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Self-catering holiday cottages in Kingsand and Cawsand

Sheltered by the woodland that backs it, Cawsand beach is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Masts and sails point skywards as boats bob in the harbour swell. Skimming stones bounce, barnacles fizz and ice-cream sticky fingers get washed in the lulling tide. Tucked into the Rame Peninsula, Cawsand is a rare treat – a charming fishing village and beach less frequented by the summer masses.

Amble the short distance to Kingsand beach right next door, or for the more energetic, the high cliffs and stretching sands of Whitsand Bay are just over five miles away along the South West Coast Path. Leave the car behind and hop aboard the Cawsand Ferry from the beach, listening to the clang of anchors and the squawk of seagulls as the boat chugs across to the Cornwall-Devon border to Plymouth, where the city’s restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops await. The ferry runs from Easter until the last Sunday in October.

The Details


Cawsand has a wonderful selection of places to go for an evening tipple and bite to eat including the Halfway House, and The Bay. Here you’ll find a fantastic menu with locally caught seafood and ales. 


There is a seasonal dog ban on Cawsand beach between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31, however dogs are welcome on Kingsand, the next beach along a minute walk away.


The beach at Cawsand has level access via a slip lane onto the sand. There is a pay and display car park for up to 85 vehicles, alternative there is a further 120 spaces in Kingsand. Toilets are located next to the slipway. RNLI Lifeguards are on duty between 10am and 6pm throughout the summer months.