Property porn! 8 dreamy houses by the sea you can actually buy

From Bond villain-esque lairs to secluded coastal hideaways, we bring you the loveliest houses by the sea to buy right now…

Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Once home to the artist and poet Sir Laurence Whistler, this Grade II-listed Georgian house is a painter’s paradise. Not only is there an artist’s studio and sweeping coastal views, but the beautiful bookcases, whimsical decor and leafy veranda are enough to make you feel as though you’re a character in a Virginia Woolf novel. Delightful.

Clay Point, Falmouth

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Overlooking Falmouth Harbour, with its pretty sailing boats, this Edwardian house is an ideal spot for keen sailors, with many high-profile yachting events taking place right on your doorstep, including Falmouth Week 2017 and Fal River Festival. It also has a sprawling garden with pathways that lead onto the beach, so you can launch your own boat without any fuss.

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With a splendid spot above Gorey Harbour, De Montford is one of Jersey’s most charming mansions. Along with impressive seaside views, there also happens to be a castle at the end of the garden. Which is handy. There’s a swanky kitchen, a cinema room and an indoor swimming pool (with a backdrop of neo-classical frescos), so it’s already set up for a house party.

Truro, Cornwall

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Richard Curtis fans, rejoice! This Cornish house is where yourAbout Time fantasies can come to life, albeit without the time travelling and Bill Nighy, sadly. But like the actual house in the film, at the foot of the blossoming gardens is your own private cove, so you can take an uninterrupted evening dip. There’s also a squash court, if you fancy getting a sweat on.

Le Mont de Rozel , Jersey

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We’ve found you the ultimate Bond-villain lair. Surrounded by the swirling waters of Rozel Bay, this Jersey mansion is utterly secluded – it’s ideal for a spot of dolphin-watching, or keeping an eye out for encroaching enemies. Oh, and on a clear day, you can see the French coast.

Quay House, Suffolk

This charming Suffolk property would make a splendid holiday home. Perched on the water’s edge, Quay House also has an adorable adjoining cottage, so there’s plenty of room for a party. The gardens are delightful too.

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La Jaoniere, Guernsey

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Fed up with tepid English summers and stony beaches? Escape to Guernsey, where the sun is (almost) always shining and the beaches are of the softest sand. This spectacular clifftop house is surrounded by glorious wildlife. Yes please.

Swains House, Isle of Wight

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We couldn’t leave out the Isle of Wight – the Sloane’s summer-holiday staple. So why not invest in this Bembridge-based beauty? Its gardens lead right onto the sea. But if you’re not much of a sailor, then a bowling green awaits. Or croquet, if you fancy.

 

This article was first published in Tatler August 2017, to view full profile visit this link. 

 

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