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 520 self catering cottages by a sandy beach.

3 bedroom cottage near the beach in Carlyon Bay, South Cornwall.


Tredhowr is a spacious detached contemporary house just 10 minutes’ walk from the beach, the coastal footpath and championship golf course at Carlyon Bay, and the wonderful tall sh...

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

Price per week £467 - £1490 *

* Includes 20% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 29 Sep and 15 Dec 2018, 5 Jan and 18 May 2019, 28 Sep and 14 Dec 2019. The first floor is excluded at the discounted rate.

Fabulous Shepherds Hut for up to four with sea views and hot tub, near Penzance


Wow – Mount View Retreat really does have it all – stunning panoramic views of Mounts Bay and beyond, an en suite complete with flushing loo and hot water, its own private hot tub ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £467 - £990 *

* Includes 10% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 2 Jun and 14 Jul 2018, 1 Sep and 13 Oct 2018, 27 Oct and 8 Dec 2018.

1 bedroom, dog friendly apartment with sea views near Boscastle.


With the most enviable views across Trebarwith Strand out to sea, Praxis offers the perfect setting for those looking for the ultimate seaside getaway. Located in the heart of this...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £542 - £1355

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  • 10% off

    13 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018

    £1212.72 £1091.70

  • 10% off

    20 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018

    £1355.00 £1219.50

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall.


Tucked away in a wonderfully tranquil location behind Swanpool Nature Reserve and just a 10 minute walk from Swanpool beach, this modern, spacious family house is the perfect locat...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £549 - £1890 *

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* Includes 25% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 3 Nov and 8 Dec 2018, 5 Jan and 16 Mar 2019, 2 Nov and 7 Dec 2019. The first floor is excluded for parties of 2 at the discounted rates15% off for parties up to 4 + cot on selected dates. Two bedrooms are excluded at the discounted rate.10% off for parties up to 6 + cot on selected dates. One bedroom is excluded at the discounted rate.

  • 20% off

    29 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018

    £1236.62 £989.60

  • 10% off

    6 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018

    £1322.18 £1189.80

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in St Austell.


Sitting right above the tiny harbour at Charlestown with views of the tall ships moored below, The Captain's Gig is a lovely 18th Century terraced cottage sympathetically updated t...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £578 - £1570 *

* Includes 20% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 6 Oct and 15 Dec 2018, 5 Jan and 30 Mar 2019, 5 Oct and 14 Dec 2019. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are excluded at the discounted rate.

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


Welcoming and completely memorable, this penthouse apartment features luxurious finishes and furnishings, soft fluffy towels and breathtaking views of Mullion Cove harbour; simply ...

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

Price per week £587 - £1499

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

3 bedroom cottage with sea views in Portreath, North Cornwall.


This stunningly designed contemporary beach house with unobstructed views over Portreath beach is likely to take your breath away. The liberal use of glass floods the living space ...

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

Price per week £887 - £2560 *

* Includes 20% off for parties up to 4 + cot on selected dates. 30% off for parties up to 2 + cot on selected dates.

3 bedroom cottage with sea views in Portreath, North Cornwall.


This is a beach house in every sense of the word, with light, bright open spaces, indoor-outdoor living on the private roof-deck lounge and views to leave you speechless. Giant win...

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

Price per week £887 - £2560 *

* Includes 20% off for parties up to 4 + cot on selected dates. 30% off for parties up to 2 + cot between 9 Jun and 7 Jul 2018, 8 Sep and 13 Oct 2018, 3 Nov and 15 Dec 2018.

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the beach in Seaview.


Located in a small waterside development on the edge of Seaview, 62 Buddleia Cottage is a pretty beach bungalow offering comfortable accommodation, for a couple or small family, in...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £309 - £670

2 bedroom, dog friendly apartment near the beach in Penzance.


Jubilation is a first floor apartment with excellent sea glimpses from the open plan living area to the outdoor Jubilee Pool and Penzance promenade. A single and double bedroom mak...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £322 - £699

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