The second home appeal is still going strong, and we have rounded up the very best holiday homes in the UK with a few further afield options…
1. Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Scotland
Rua Reidh is located on the Western coast of Ross-shire and overlooks the beautiful Minch coastline. Set among the mountains and the sea, the scenery is breathtaking. Built in 1912 by David Stevenson, the cousin of the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the property has continuously operated as a lighthouse. Originally a paraffin vapour burner, the lighthouse was slowly automated in the 1980s and it now entirely automatic. This is a rural paradise perfect as a holiday escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With and abundance of wildlife from whales to wild goats, and even basking sharks, there is plenty to see and do. Although the tower is not included, owners will have access to the area including the pier, which is perfect for evening walks and watching the sunset. What more could you want? Available through Strutt and Parker for £450,000.
2. Sandown Terrace, Cheshire
This elegant and grand Grade II listed town house can be found overlooking the River Dee in Cheshire. With a Roman Doric porch and adjacent columns, this home has bundles of character. The front doors open into a grand reception hall and staircase, while the six bedrooms and three bathrooms can be found upstairs on the half landing and top floor. Each room has high ceilings with ornate detailed corning, as well as large windows with great views. With a terraced garden overlooking the river and gorgeous French doors that open onto a wrought iron balcony, you can relax in the sun and enjoy the surrounding countryside. With your own mooring pad, you can spend days out on the water before returning home to this grand house. Available through Savills for £1.65m.
3. Coco de Mer, Barbados
Escape to your own private paradise with this gorgeous villa in Barbados. Built in 2006, it takes its style from the traditional colonial-esque buildings of the area, with a veranda that overlooks the enticing swimming pool. With a dining room open on two sides, you can dine al fresco while keeping cool from the hot Barbadian sun. The home includes many local materials, including a lovely coral stone which has been used to build the gorgeous table. The landscaped gardens featuring bougainvillaea bushes and small palm trees, you can basque in your own private world. Situated in the acclaimed Sandy Lane Estate, this is the crème de la crème of property in Barbados. A hub for celebrities, you may just end up bumping into the Beckham clan or play a round of golf with Hugh Grant. Available through Knight Frank for approximately £7.3m.
4. Trippets, West Sussex
Trippets is a stunning property in a truly idyllic position overlooking the Bosham shoreline. A large family home, Trippets has four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a gorgeous kitchen/breakfast room. With a hard-standing for boats, you can park your boat ready to go should the weather call for a trip. There is also a private garden with a conservatory where you can spend the day basking in the sun and watching the boats go by. Just over an hour and half from London’s Victoria station, you can leave the hustle and bustle of London behind you and enjoy a peaceful escape – what an idyllic commuter property. Available through Strutt and Parker for £1.85m.
5. La Zagaleta, Spain
This grand villa, located in the fashionable La Zagaleta in Benahavis, was built in 2003 with panoramic views and access to the golf course and the Mediterranean Sea. Inspired by typical Andalusian architecture, the property boasts six bedrooms and bathrooms, a gym, games room, cinema, private pool, kitchen and a climate controlled winery. The area of Benahavis is renowned for its remarkable food and restaurants, drawing in thousands of tourists. It is even known as the ‘dining room’ of the Costa del Sol, so holidays spent here are a treat for your soul, and your tummy. Available through Knight Frank for approximately £4.1m.
6. Dolphin House, Cornwall
This elegant Georgian townhouse is one of Fowey’s finest period waterside houses, with stunning harbour views. Surrounded by endless coastlines and picturesque countryside, Fowey is known for its cosy atmosphere and history. With some of the best sailing in the south of England, it is also a hub for sailors. There are two yacht clubs in the area, as well as regular boating event throughout the summer. The property has four bedrooms, a snug living room and a kitchen with great views and many period features including an attractive staircase and panelled doors. If that wasn’t enough, you can even soak up the sun on the little patio overlooking the harbour. Available through Savills for £1.25m.
7. Greystones, Gloucestershire
Greystones is magnificent converted school house from the mid-nineteenth century, located in the Cotswolds. Arranged over two floors, the property featured many historic nods with original beams and fireplace. The kitchen has been recently refurbished and is kitted out an Aga and traditional stone tiled floor, while the old school room has been transformed into a snug drawing room. Surrounded by the picturesque Cotswold’s countryside, enjoy the scenery from your garden. For a staycation, Greystones is perfect. Available from Knight Frank for £795,000.
8. Hamptons, New York
Once described as the ‘Summer White House’, this three-story Victorian mansion once belonged to President Chester A. Arthur as a summer retreat. 20 Union Street is situated in the historical village of Sag Harbor, with beautiful beaches and great sailing. The property includes a Gunite pool, a library, six bedrooms, wine cellar and an al fresco dining area. Outside there’s a beautifully landscaped garden too. Recently renovated by the renowned architect Steven Gambrel, the house is both a combination of historical and modern – making it the property is ideal for holiday escapes. Available through Knight Frank for approximately £11m.
9. Angorfa, Isle of Anglesey
Angorfa is a delightful property overlooking Cemaes Bay on the Isle of Anglesey. The village is small but has access to some of the most beautiful walks along the coastline as well as opportunities for watersports and diving. The village is a short drive away to the spectacular Snowdonia mountains, famed for their dramatic scenery and walking. The property boasts nine bedrooms and six reception rooms, so you won’t be short of space. With so much potential, the property can be used as a holiday home with a self-contained annexe, perfect for extended family members. Angorfa has its own quiet little private beach and harbour, perfect for the summer holidays… Available through Strutt and Parker for £735,000.
Set in the hills above Florence, Villa Capponi couldn’t be more perfect as a summer escape. With a host of different properties available, this gorgeous villa is an idyllic setting for any holiday, no matter your budget. Originally built in the 16th century, the villa is being restored and transformed into a host of different apartments, with prices starting at €500,000.