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Dream Homes by the Sea on the Market Now

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Calling all beach bums. From Scottish castles to Cornish cottages, these gorgeous UK properties are proof that you don’t have to move abroad for sea-views. So wave goodbye to city living and take the plunge with one of these fantasy homes by the sea…

1. Marine Drive, Rottingdean, Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton is beloved for its quirky charm and artsy vibe, and this family home – situated just outside the city centre in the coastal village Rottingdean – is Brightonian to the core. Firstly, there’s the unconventional layout. There are four bedrooms on the ground floor and a master suite up top, with an open plan living/kitchen space sandwiched in between where it can maximize the house’s panoramic sea views. Then there’s the furniture, much of which has been co-opted from maritime equipment, and the bold, modern colour scheme (red shower anyone?). Even if you’re not into having a kitchen island made out of an old fishing boat or a studio with portholes for windows, this house – with it’s sprawling garden and sea forty feet from the back door – is a dream family home. Available through Hamptons for £1,975,000

2. Polvarth Lane, St. Mawes, Truro, Cornwall

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If you’ve got sea legs, jump ship to this award-winning waterside home. With direct access to the sea and much of the bottom floor given over to a boat workshop/store, it almost feels more like a private harbour than a home. But rest assured, inside the house is nothing if not comfortable. There are warm wood interiors, a large open living space, stylish glass walls framing the sea views and contemporary outdoor terraces perfect for entertaining friends or chilling out with a bottle of white after a day on the water. There’s even a sunken hot tub for when the sea is too nippy. Available through Savills for £3,250,000

3. Beach Road, St. Margarets Bay. Kent

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Fancy a game of tennis overlooking the Channel and those famous white cliffs? This sunny house is only a few steps from the sandy beach, and a short walk up the shore from popular coastal village St Margaret’s Bay. Inside, there are six bedrooms and six reception rooms. They could do with a freshen up, but the direct beach access, panoramic vistas and sea-front tennis court make it more than worth the effort. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,000,000

4. The Cliff House, St Margarets Bay, Dover, Kent

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Glorious sea views, sprawling lawns and terraces, outdoor swimming pool and freshly refurbished interiors; this clifftop mansion really is the home of your dreams. Situated within its own 11 acres and surrounded by National Trust land it guarantees peace and tranquillity. The five bedrooms all have wonderful views across the channel, while downstairs a modern kitchen and magnificent barn style living room criss-crossed with wooden beams make this a comfortable family home. Keep ponies in the paddock, stomp along the cliff footpath, or simply gaze across the water to distant Calais for pure sea-side relaxation. Available through Knight Frank for £4,250,000

5. Kilberry, Tarbert, Argyll and Bute

For a seaside property with history, this 15th century highland castle is an absolute steal. Built in the Scots baronial style it has ten bedrooms, countless reception rooms, grand staircases and a stunning orangery. The tiger skin hung walls might not be to your taste, and the house is in desperate need of refurbishing – but with a private sandy beach just a short walk away it will be worth the effort. Wander through the beautiful walled garden down to the shore and you’ll find private cottage (also included), a historic chapel and unrivalled sea views. Be warned though – this beach may look Mediterranean, but the water is ice cold. Available through Knight Frank offers in excess of £650,000

6. Rosebank, Castle Road, Dartmouth

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At first glance, this cliff-side home looks like an Italian villa. In fact, it’s only a stones’ throw from Dartmouth Castle and a couple of hours drive out of central London. With sun-terraces, covered gardens and rocky steps leading straight down to the water, this three-bedroom home has all the romance of continental living. Indoors it’s light and airy, with a vaulted reception room, a modern kitchen, contemporary wooden beams and fantastic views from every room. Gaze out towards the ocean from the sun-room, or head down to the boat shed at high tide for instant access to the water. Available through Marchand Petit from £3,000,000

7. Antony Passage, Saltash, Cornwall

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Saltash is known as ‘the gateway to Cornwall’, and this 7.75 acre harbour property – positioned where the estuary runs into the sea – is a dream Cornish home. There’s a Grade II Listed mill and six-bedroom mill house which, though charmingly old fashioned from outside, is bright and modern within. You’ll also get a guest cottage, a double garage with a newly built studio on top, a private harbour and beautifully tended waterfront gardens. Oh, and some pretty spectacular sea views out over the channel and upstream to the historic arched brick bridge. Available through Savills for £3,500,000

8. Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall

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A hot tub with sea views? It’s got our vote. Perched in a secluded spot above Portherras Cove (famed for its sandy beach and Balearic-blue water) this four-bedroom farm-house is the ultimate sea-side retreat. Inside is fresh and cottage cosy; there’s a sun-room for lounging and an upstairs terrace for sunbathing. Meanwhile outside, the garden is surrounded by rustic stone walls and the patio is perfect for entertaining friends. But really, it’s all about the magnificent landscape; rolling hills and crashing waves as far as the eye can see, to be soaked up from the comfort of your own private hot tub. Available through Knight Frank for £1,850,000

9. Buxton Road, Weymouth, Dorset

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This contemporary home has a very Grand Designs feel to it; everything from the large rectangular windows to the combination of wood and slate feels modern and cool. Indoors this seven-bedroom property boasts large, open plan living spaces with soaring ceilings and sliding glass doors. The wrap around porch is the perfect place for dinner with friends, while the bustling sea-side town of Weymouth with its long sandy beaches is just a ten minute walk away. Available through Symonds & Sampson for £1,750,000

10. North Cliffe, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Last up is this magnificent Welsh property which, with its elevated position and floor to ceiling glass walls, has some of the most majestic views on the Pembrokeshire coast. Laminated Nordic Spruce beam support acres of triple glazing that effortlessly bring the outside in, while an open plan interior and wrap around balconies make for a feeling of endless light and space. In the summer enjoy entertaining on the sprawling lawns and floating in the clifftop pool. Then, in the colder months, huddle up in the sauna and gaze out over the dramatic coastline. Meanwhile, the solar panelled roof means you’ll be choosing the sustainable option all year round. Available through Savills for £3,000,000

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