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.

6 bedroom holiday home with sea views in Marazion, West Cornwall.


Majestic St Michael’s Mount dominates the bay by the ancient market town of Marazion, deservedly one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside locations. The Old Manor House, built in 177...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1594 - £4830

6 bedroom, dog friendly self catering home near the beach in Ryde, Isle of Wight.


Full of character, Pelham Lodge is a top destination for a large group of friends or an extended family looking for a house for a celebratory occasion. Just a short stroll from Ryd...

  • Sleeps 14 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1440 - £3290

7 bedroom holiday home near the beach in Perranporth, North Cornwall.


Just a mile from the superb surfing waves and glorious sandy beaches at Perranporth, this fabulous Georgian farmhouse is the perfect holiday location for big family gatherings and ...

  • Sleeps 14 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £1468 - £4140

7 bedroom, dog friendly home with sea views in Port Isaac, Cornwall.


Silver Spray's clifftop location has to be one of the most breathtaking in Cornwall! Overlooking Port Gaverne cove and Port Isaac – famous for the television programme Doc Martin, ...

  • Sleeps 14 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1620 - £4560

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This contemporary retreat has sea views over the walled terrace across the east of Mount’s Bay and beyond. Leave the car behind as The Boathouse is close to the South West Coast Pa...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £754 - £1800


Tiddily Prom has unsurpassed sea views across Mount’s Bay as far as the Lizard peninsula. Elegant and spacious, this light and airy apartment has an open plan living area and a lar...

  • Sleeps 7 + 3 cots in 3 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1003 - £2136

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


The hot tub, private terrace and sea views make this a perfect retreat at any time of the year. With the shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool (available from the beginning...

  • Sleeps 8 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £956 - £2514


Approached by a gently sloping path, detached Crugsillick Studio is ideal for families with young children or those with limited mobility. All on one level inside, the open plan li...

  • Sleeps 9 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £759 - £1745


The Sail Loft has the most spectacular views from the floor to ceiling picture window in the large open plan living-room. Oak floors, vaulted ceiling with oak beams, a cosy contemp...

  • Sleeps 10 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £1321 - £3200


Set in a peaceful wildflower meadow and just a few minutes' drive from two fabulous beaches, Hobie offers the finest luxury camping in a large, stylish safari tent. Its only neighb...

  • Sleeps 12 + 2 cots in 2 properties
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £931 - £2550

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