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 515 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

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
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £378 - £1260 *

* Includes 25% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 3 Nov and 8 Dec 2018. Bedroom 2 is excluded at the discounted rate.

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


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
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £378 - £870

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

2 bedroom cottage near the beach in Porthleven, West Cornwall.


Driftwood Cottage, a terraced three-storey former fisherman’s home, lies a mere stroll from Porthleven’s picturesque harbour where colourful boats are overlooked by several shops, ...

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

Price per week £379 - £715

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...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £382 - £771

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views near St Agnes.


Just yards from the coastal footpath and spectacular clifftop walks above Porthtowan beach on the rugged north Cornish coast, Ocean Retreat is the perfect bolthole for walkers, sur...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £389 - £846

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views in Penzance.


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 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £392 - £852

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


The Beach House is in a truly exceptional location just above safe sandy Porthcurnick Beach. The living-room has French doors that lead out to the patio and garden, with spectacula...

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

Price per week £394 - £795

4 bedroom, rural cottage with sea views near Marazion, West Cornwall.


The glistening Atlantic Ocean and St Michael’s Mount are clearly visible from this south-facing property just off the South West Coast Path. Beautifully warm, the stylish sitting-r...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £399 - £1560 *

* Includes 30% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 6 Oct and 8 Dec 2018. Only one bedroom is available at the discounted rate.

Our guests rate us 4.8/5 on Feefo, the independent review site.

1 bedroom, cottage with a hot tub near the sea, St Ives, West Cornwall.


Relax in a super-duper Cornish spa hydrotherapy hot tub (run completely by renewable energy) on a raised private terrace close to Nancy's House. Set in the heart of a bio diverse f...

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

Price per week £404 - £879

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...

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

Price per week £410 - £773

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    23 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018

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