Whether you’re looking for a British sea-view residence or a beachside home-away-from-home in the Bahamas, these are our pick of the top coastal properties on the market right now…
1. An Carraig, Ardentinny, Argyll
With its immaculate white exterior and stunning location overlooking Argyll and Bute’s Loch Long, almost every room within this impressive lakeside property possesses breath-taking views. Nestled within the west-shore hamlet of Ardentinny, with plenty of opportunity nearby for pony trekking, forest walking, fishing, golfing and sailing on the Firth of Clyde, the beautiful B listed home enjoys two floors of comfortable living space, including that of an impressive kitchen and sitting room with direct access to an alfresco decked terrace, a drawing room with a wood burning stove, and four spacious double bedrooms.
Offers over £415,000, Strutt & Parker; struttandparker.com
2. Apsara, Old Fort Bay, Bahamas
An incredible opportunity for those looking for Caribbean luxury, Old Fort Bay’s paradisal villa Apsara is a contemporary coastal home like no other. The palm-tree encompassed waterfront property, which boasts sophisticated white interiors and a private white-sand beach, features a sea-facing infinity pool, koi pond, outdoor steam room, private boat dock and multiple outdoor living areas for alfresco dining and sun-down indulging.
Price upon request, Christie’s International Real Estate; christiesrealestate.com
3. Withdean Road, Brighton
A contemporary coastal home situated within the vibrant city of Brighton – and one of Hove’s most reputable residential areas – this nine-bedroom property possesses panoramic views stretching the British seaside resort and South Downs, which can be enjoyed from the spectacular top-floor terrace or from the array of spectacular full-height windows. A show-stopping property ideal for spacious family living and entertaining – complete with a sunken hot-tub, infinity pool, and five-a-side football pitch – Brighton and Hove’s beautiful Withdean Park is only a short distance away, as well as the South Downs National Park.
£3.95m, Hamptons International; hamptons.co.uk
4. Belvedere, Exmouth, Devon
For a regal-style residency with spectacular water-front views, look no further than this Grade II listed castellated property situated on the Exe Estuary. An impeccable secluded family home with 13 acres of idyllic surrounding grounds, estate highlights include an extensive tennis court and pavilion, indoor swimming pool, impressive gym and spa facilities – including a hot tub, sauna and shower rooms – and a historic gate lodge, comprising of an open plan kitchen and living room, bedroom and bathroom, ideal for when guests come to stay.
£5m, Savills Exeter; savills.com
5. Cavo Sereno, Greece
Purchase your very own Mediterranean castle with this fit-for-royalty residence on the prosperous Greek island of Spetses. Outstanding coastal and countryside sights surround Cavo Sereno, along with an array of coniferous trees and ornamental flowers, both of which can be viewed and enjoyed from the water-view terrace, the perfect position for alfresco dining and outdoor entertaining. There is even an impressive wine cellar with space for 1,200 bottles, two private beaches, as well as two exclusive boat docks, ideal for island exploring.
€14.6m, Greece Sotheby’s International Realty; sothebysrealty.gr
6. Waterwynch House, Pembrokeshire
With its spectacular sea views and direct walk-way to the beach, Waterwynch House makes the ultimate coastal escape. Originally built in 1820 under ownership of renowned English artist Charles Norris, the magnificent house boasts an impressive history. Once home to Lord and Lady Risdale in 1920, family of the former British Prime minister Sir Stanley Baldwin – whom spent time much of his time visiting – the property then became a hotel in the 1980s, until it was transformed into a magnificent contemporary beachside residency complete with eleven bedrooms, a gym and offices, and an entertaining billiard and games room with a bar.
£2.5m, Savills Cardiff; savills.com
7. Villa Velanidi, Corfu
For a slice of Greek paradise, Villa Velanidi’s magnificent sea-views, idyllic landscaped gardens – featured in The Gardens of Corfu, the Times and the Evening Standard – and bright, contemporary interior comprises an ideal coastal holiday home or blissful Grecian all-year-round residence. Boasting elegant marble floors, a large-scale infinity pool, outdoor dining areas with speakers for entertaining, and a beautiful front terrace with views stretching the Ioanian sea, this magnificent villa caters to both sought-after seclusion and endless family fun.
€1.5m, Incognito Property; incognitoproperty.com
8. Polstreath House, St. Austell, Cornwall
A character-full Victorian villa possessing glorious sea views, Polstreath house was designed to charm with its open fireplace dining room (featuring a beautiful set of French doors), impressive front porch with stained-glass windows, and resplendent interior, which is only matched by its impeccable surroundings. The property sits on a cliff-top above Polstreath Beach, enveloped by scenic gardens stretching five terraces, where panoramic views of the water can be enjoyed at all times.
£2.2m, Knight Frank; knightfrank.com
9. Santa Margherita, Ligure, Italy
A stunning hill-top villa nestled between Santa Margherita and Portofino, this picturesque Italian property, just 500 metres from the sea, boasts magnificent coastal views stretching across the beautiful Tigullio Bay. Surrounded by an idyllic array of pine trees, flowers and exotic plants, the impressive main house – complete with five bedrooms and two large terraces – is accompanied by a cosy guest cottage, various outbuildings, and a peacefully secluded swimming pool with a bar for pool-side entertaining.
Price upon application, Aylesford International; aylesford.com
10. Palmela Palace, Cascais
The concept ‘coastal gem’ doesn’t quite match the splendour of this spectacular 19th Century manor house. Established in 2012 as a property of public interest and located in the scenic resort town of Cascais, the one-of-a-kind 17-bedroom mansion boasts unparalleled panoramic views of the Portuguese coastline and bay of Cascais, with four floors of impressive and expansive living space, including that of a piano room, a south-facing living room with impeccable ocean views and a unique chapel featuring 18th Century hand-painted tiles. The palace’s exterior is just as awe-inspiring, with a sea-facing swimming pool, sun-catching gardens and palatial solid wood front door with antique bronze fittings.
Price on application, Fine & Country; fineandcountry.com
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