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 best

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 514 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

4 bedroom, rural self catering cottage near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


A wonderfully modern property, beautifully furnished and housed in an American-style cladded exterior, Pitt Corner is roomy, with plenty of space for the family to spread out. As w...

  • Sleeps 10 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1244 - £2590

5 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Falmouth, Cornwall.


How amazing is this? An open-air pool, a bubbling hot tub that catches the last rays of the evening sun and undulating countryside views, all just a stroll from the gorgeous Helfor...

  • Sleeps 10 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1350 - £3795

7 bedroom holiday home with sea views in Port Isaac, North Cornwall.


Stroma is a Victorian semi-detached house perched above the cove at Port Isaac overlooking Port Gaverne and its sheltered beach. With stunning sea views from the sitting-area and f...

  • Sleeps 11 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £965 - £2925

5 bedroom, dog-friendly home near the beach in Crantock, Cornwall.


The Malt House, built in 1825 and Grade II Listed, is situated in the centre of Crantock, a short distance from the village green and just half a mile from the sandy, dog-friendly ...

  • Sleeps 11 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sun

Price per week £1077 - £2950

Dogs go free on holidays starting between 29th June to 5th July.

6 bedroom, rural self catering home near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight.


Windleshore is a gorgeous holiday home, set in the beautiful and sought-after village of Bembridge. Accessed by a private road, and with extensive grounds, this fabulous retreat of...

  • Sleeps 11 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1485 - £2970

5 bedroom self catering home near the beach in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


A beautiful Edwardian villa, with evident period charm, West Ingle boasts sea views from almost every room. Spacious, light and airy, many original features have been retained. Bot...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1013 - £2250

6 bedroom, rural self catering home with sea views in Seaview, Isle of Wight.


Bay House is an incredibly spacious and stylish Edwardian villa offering great sea views from many of its rooms. Lovingly refurbished throughout, the property is the ideal choice f...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1147 - £2580

6 bedroom holiday home near the beach in Portscatho, South Cornwall.


This gorgeous Victorian double-fronted village house is set in the heart of the pretty fishing village of Portscatho with the beach, harbour, shops and galleries all within five mi...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1258 - £2440

6 bedroom holiday home near the beach in Mevagissey, South Cornwall.


If you want masses of space and a relaxed vibe for a family get-together, this is the place for you! Just yards from the beach at Portmellon Cove on the outskirts of the ancient fi...

  • Sleeps 12 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1265 - £2751

6 bedroom, dog friendly home with sea views near Kingsand, Cornwall.


Fabulous sea views from this exceptionally spacious, south-facing detached house extend from the Rame peninsula in one direction to St George’s Island at Looe in the other. A gate ...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1461 - £4120

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

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