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 489 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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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...

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7 nights from £371

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    5 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019

    £465.00 £372.00

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7 nights from £372

1 bedroom thatched cottage with sea views in Coverack, West Cornwall.


For over 300 years The Loft has been standing on the south side of Coverack bay keeping watch over the ever-changing moods of the sea. A former fishermen’s net loft skilfully conve...

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7 nights from £372

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    6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

    £487.35 £389.88

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7 nights from £376

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Portscatho, Cornwall.


This lovely stone-built barn is set back from an unspoilt country lane just outside the harbourside village of Gerrans. One of just two recently renovated barns (Long Linhay (3142)...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £376

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £378

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


Spaven Mor is a timber-clad cottage situated in the grounds of the friendly village pub, The Royal Standard, in Gerrans. This single-storey former workshop has been beautifully con...

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7 nights from £378

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
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7 nights from £386 *

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


One of only a handful of properties on Pendennis isthmus – a finger of land pointing out into Falmouth Bay – with far reaching views over the water towards the Lizard peninsula, th...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
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7 nights from £386 *

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    29 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019

    £565.40 £452.32

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7 nights from £390

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


A perfect retreat for a couple to relax, The Chocolate House is a beautifully renovated 18th Century cottage set in iconic Chapel Street in Penzance. Although located close to the ...

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7 nights from £390

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

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
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7 nights from £395

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views, Shaldon.


Bay Cottage is just steps from the beach in Shaldon, which lines the south shore of the Teign estuary. The South West Coast Path is on the doorstep, so this is a fantastic place fo...

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  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £395

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    6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

    £493.13 £394.50

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7 nights from £396

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near Looe, Cornwall.


The water at Talland Bay seems to glitter in the sun, as if a million fireflies were dancing on the surface. What better place to relax and take in this breathtaking view than Litt...

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  • Dogs welcome
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7 nights from £396

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    6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

    £495.38 £396.30

  • Sleeps 4
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7 nights from £400 *

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Ives, West Cornwall.


Set within a quiet road in the coastal delight that is St Ives, this stunning detached house offers a wonderful oasis of holiday haven waiting to be enjoyed at any time of the year...

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7 nights from £400 *

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
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7 nights from £400 *

3 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in St Agnes, North Cornwall.


There is nowhere quite like St Agnes when it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation. There is something about the salty air and laid back pace of life that makes this peninsula a par...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
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7 nights from £400 *

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