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 536 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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


The Old Boat House is an attractive period cottage set in a fantastic waterfront location on the edge of the beach at Seagrove Bay. This is a charming family home and can be rented...

  • Sleeps 9 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £931 - £2360

4 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in East Cowes, Isle of Wight.


Barton Manor Farmhouse is a beautifully refurbished, 150 year old property set in the delightful grounds of the Barton Estate, adjacent to English Heritage's Osborne House, former ...

  • Sleeps 9 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1277 - £3120

4 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near the beach in Bembridge, Isle of Wight


Orchard House is a wonderful property for an extended family looking for a sprawling holiday home near the beach in Bembridge. The downstairs living areas are inviting - no doubt t...

  • Sleeps 10 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £717 - £1928

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    1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018

    £1186.73 £949.38

5 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage with sea views in Wootton, Isle of Wight.


Creekside is a fabulous waterfront property that makes a wonderful choice of holiday home at any time of the year. This stunning detached house, set on the banks of Wootton Creek, ...

  • Sleeps 10 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £738 - £1683

5 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach in Portscatho, Cornwall.


Tucked away at the end of a Cornish country lane, this lovely old farmhouse is set in idyllic surroundings, overlooking adjacent farmland to the sea beyond. Imaginatively restored ...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £821 - £2250

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


Swift Cottage is a gorgeous, comfortable Edwardian end-of-terrace property, spread over three levels with wooden flooring throughout the kitchen and dining area. The spacious dinin...

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

Price per week £859 - £1969

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


Mountbatten Garden Apartment is a fabulous apartment stylishly furnished with four en suite bedrooms and comes with a private courtyard including a six person hot tub. Vibrantly de...

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

Price per week £895 - £2250

5 bedroom cottage with sea views in Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall.


Twelve Steps is just off the coast road leading down to Mawgan Porth, a real surfer’s paradise beach on the north Cornish coast. With Atlantic sea views and direct access to the be...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £957 - £2960

5 bedroom, rural self catering cottage near the beach in Ryde, Isle of Wight.


Seacrest House is a stunning holiday home with fabulous Solent views across beautiful Appley beach and is perfect for a large family or group of friends looking for a property with...

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

Price per week £989 - £2311

5 bedroom house with sea views in Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon.


This wonderfully spacious house stands proud, perched on the edge of Sedgewell beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, the location of this house is second to none. Pond House doesn't just boast ...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1065 - £2497

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    1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018

    £1627.92 £1302.34

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