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Take 5… Homes by the sea

The United Kingdom is (of course!) an island – which comes with the obvious advantage that we have a truly wonderful and diverse coastline. As the summer holidays are upon us, and the staycation is the norm, the British beaches come into their own. From wide and sandy, to pebbled inlets, those with rock pools to those with amazing surf, the perennially popular and the hidden gems, the British seaside is a constant draw from holidaymakers to home-seekers.

If you did a quick ‘straw poll’ amongst your family and friends to ask them to name counties with beaches, they would probably say “Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk”: but of course our coastline gifts beaches all around the country, from Kent to Scotland, Suffolk to Wales. Those that are ever in favour will have adapted to the influx of holidaymakers with beach huts, bistros and boutiques; those less visited will be closely guarded secrets by locals!

A favourite topic of British conversation is the weather – for which, alongside time and geology, we can attribute the formation of our coastline and beaches, formed by the transportation of materials and minerals broken down by thousands (sometimes millions) of years of erosion of the surrounding landscapes. The different rocks, and strength of tidal waters, give rise to the glorious differences in our beaches – not just whether they are sand or pebbles, but the variety of colours from browns to greys and even reds. And depending on the local geology, the topography surrounding the beaches makes each one special – from forests to cliffs, marshes to sand dunes: there is something for everyone.

From the drama of waves and approaching storms, to the serenity of wheeling birds and the joy of fishing, there is something to enjoy for everyone: it’s hard not to enjoy the afterglow from time spent beside the seaside! And for some, holding onto the ‘feel-good factor’ becomes a quest to not just stay but to live beside the sea. Have a look at five wonderful coastal properties to make that dream come true:

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Penhill Lane, Brixham, Devon

Penhill House is a truly spectacular Art Deco property in a coastal location in Devon, with panoramic sea and countryside views, a detached annexe, tennis court and outbuildings set in approximately 16.6 acres.

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Roedean Crescent, Brighton, East Sussex

A substantial and beautifully presented home in one of Brighton’s most sought after locations, this house has been designed to enjoy stunning and extensive sea views.

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Cakeham Road, West Wittering, Chichester

Two newly built homes situated in a band of open countryside between West Wittering village and the ultra-prime beachfront properties of East Strand, both enjoying far reaching views.

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Porthaethwy, Menai Bridge, Anglesey

Cartrefle overlooks the Menai Straits, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, giving uninterrupted views from the house out over the water and across to Snowdonia. The main gardens have various winding pathways through bluebell woods down to the Menai Strait, and also to the left and right through pasture down to the water's edge.

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Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland

Prudhoe Villas is situated in a conservation area on Northumberland's Heritage Coast overlooking the Aln Estuary and within a short walk of the beach, harbour and park. Alnmouth was named one of the “best places to live by the sea” by The Times in July 2017.


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