Holiday cottages by sandy beaches

Nothing says summer more than warm sand between your toes and turquoise waters lapping onto golden beaches. Visit the West Country for Britain’s bestRead more

The poet Robert Frost declared, rather despondently, that ‘nothing gold can stay’: clearly he had never been to the West Country. Here, miles of sandy beaches offer the perfect family holiday in a myriad of destinations.

Somerset’s 50 miles of coastline combines warm waters, soft sand and traditional seaside towns. Try Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Cove beach for sandy exploits; bustling Minehead or extrovert Western-super-Mare for family-friendly attractions on their respective miles of sands.

On the South Coast, Dorset competes with equally as attractive towns bursting with beach-side fun. Quaint Lyme Regis and pretty Swanage offer sand-a-plenty as well as all the amenities needed on a self-catering holiday.

But sandy beaches don’t have to be busy…venture further south to Devon and Cornwall to discover seclusion and serenity on your own stretch of golden sand. On the North Coast, tiny coves offer secret slivers of beach perfection: check out BossineyDaymer Bay and Constantine Bay for your idyllic romantic getaway or Valentines’ break.

Miles of flat sands are the perfect host for beach-sports: try your hand at kite-buggying at Watergate BayWestward Ho! or Perranporth.

Beach breaks abound along the Devon and Cornwall coasts: jump into the surf, then relax on soft sands at Fistral BeachPraa Sands or Sennen Cove.

If gentle waves lapping onto sugary sands is more your style, explore the calmer waters around Falmouth or Devon’s famed, ‘English Riviera’ stretching between the towns of Torquay, BabbacombePaignton and Brixham.

Wherever you choose your cottage in the West Country, a sandy beach is never far away. 

We have 492 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £355 *

2 bedroom, rural apartment near the beach in Flushing, Cornwall.


Little Trefusis is a single-storey cottage close to Flushing, a delightful waterside village with two popular pubs and a harbourside cafe. This charming cottage has an open plan li...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £355 *

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £355

1 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach near Portloe.


Tucked down a quiet country lane and just five minutes’ drive from the sea, this charming detached cottage is surrounded by 50 acres of National Trust land and is adjacent to the c...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £355

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £357

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach near Portscatho.


Wem House with its sea views is in a truly exceptional location just above the safe sandy Porthcurnick Beach. Converted from an old farm building this detached cottage is immaculat...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £357

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £360

1 bedroom self catering apartment near the beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.


Sitting within a beautifully converted Victorian villa, The Cadogan Apartment offers a high standard of accommodation for a couple or lone traveller looking for a coastal break. Gu...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £360

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking.

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £360 *

3 bedroom apartment with sea views in Falmouth, South Cornwall.


Superb views over the water to Flushing and the Roseland peninsula are guaranteed from this beautifully decorated contemporary first floor apartment, part of the renowned Admiral's...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £360 *

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £363

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach in Penzance, West Cornwall.


Pretty Love Lane Cottage is set down a quiet narrow lane on the outskirts of Penzance within the grounds of the Owners' home. Penzance town centre and the fishing village of Newlyn...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £363

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £366 *

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Fowey, South Cornwall.


This gorgeous Victorian cottage is an absolute delight; updated with gentle sympathy to offer the modern necessities of central heating, drench-head shower and a granite-topped kit...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £366 *

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £370 *

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Portscatho.


Situated on the edge of the picturesque coastal village of Portscatho, this wonderfully spacious bungalow has recently been refurbished to a very high standard with a light and air...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £370 *

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £370

1 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Just, West Cornwall.


Stunningly gorgeous, this former miner’s terraced cottage has been transformed into a beautiful retreat for couples looking for something extra special. In the cosy sitting-room a ...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £370

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £371

1 bedroom cottage near the beach in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


This is a gorgeous little bolthole, right in the middle of lovely Portscatho on the Roseland peninsula and just yards from Tatam's beach (and Tatam's boutique cafe selling deliciou...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £371

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