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Since man actually began putting down roots and living in houses, being close to the sea has always been desirable. Granted, we no longer need to fish for our suppers (although many love to do so) or venture forth bravely to conquer new lands, but there is something deep within all our souls that tells us that we want to be near water. The wish for properties with seaviews and the feeling of space and being at one with nature that they give make them very desirable indeed.

Enjoy a holiday in an ex lifeboat station
26th May 2014
lifeboat station for rent
The Old Lifeboat Station, Hawkers Cove, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8HW
Price £1,100 - £3,100 per week
Old Lifeboat Station Padstow
If you're looking for a truly unique holiday destination, then the old Lifeboat Station at Hawkers Cove would be ideal. This historic building, once the Lifeboat Station for the Padstow RNLI, has been completely renovated to provide an idyllic and unconventional holiday home with (unsurprisingly!) a waterfront location and unsurpassed estuary views. Boasting many original features including the former steel works and winching equipment, the sympathetic split level conversion has created five lovely bedrooms and lots of great seating areas. A balcony built off the lounge provides panoramic views of the estuary as well as sun terraces on either side of the house which make the most of the spectacular scenery. From the boat room at the front of The Old Lifeboat Station there's access straight on to the ramp and down to the sea / beach depending on the tide! more

A castle with lots of rooms with views
14th April 2014
castle for sale
Dunselma Castle, High Road, Strone, Argyll and Bute, PA23 8RU
Dunselma Castle For Sale
Built in 1885-1886, as a sailing lodge for wealthy 19th century industrialist, James Coates, Dunselma is deliberately prominent to flaunt the conspicuous wealth of its owner. Standing above Strone point, it also enjoys fantastic views of Loch Long, the Holy Loch and the Firth of Clyde. This A-listed building has two principal elevations and a square-plan tower at its centre. There are ten bedrooms in all, numerous reception rooms and a four room cellar. The building boasts a wealth of Baronial features both inside and out - of particular note inside, are the mosaic floor, stained glass windows by J.J. Keir, timber panelled rooms and the stunning main stairway. A large garden surrounds the house with the property approached by two access driveways. Prospective purchasers will also have the option to purchase 30 additional acres and land zoned for housing with 11 plots. A remarkable and extravagant piece of Scottish history! more

A coastguard tower with great sea views
11th of November 2013
coastguard tower for rent
Dungeness Road, Dungeness, Kent, TN29 9NF
Price £1,450 pcm

Dungeness Coastguard Tower
You don't always have to buy to live in a unique property, and this former Coastguards Tower is a great example as it's available for long term rent. It has to be one of the country's most spectacularly located properties, set right on the shingled foreshore of Dungeness just yards from the sea. The accommodation is arranged over four storeys with a kitchen / day room on the ground floor, an en suite bedroom on the first floor, reception room with balcony on the second floor with stunning views over the English Channel and a further bedroom, also with a balcony at the top. The property is surrounded by a large amount of its own unfenced land and has its own parking area but you can also park right outside if you wish. The only downside is that it has an occupancy restriction meaning it can only be continuously occupied for a maximum of three weeks in any four week period. more

A lighthouse keepers house and cottage with views over the Irish Sea
14th October 2013
lightkeepers house and cottage for sale
Killantringan Light Keepers House, Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8TW
Offers over £485,000
Lighthouse Keepers House For  Sale Portpatrick
Category B listed Killantringan Lighthouse is four miles from the village of Portpatrick and was in operation from 1900 until decommissioned in January 2007. The property for sale comprises of a lightkeepers cottage and lightkeepers house, both of which are let as self-catering holiday accommodation by the current owners. Perched high on the cliff in approximately three acres of land, the two storey lightkeepers house has six bedrooms downstairs with the living areas on the first floor to maximise the fabulous views of the dramatic coastline and out over the Irish Sea. To the side of the house is the cottage, a detached, single storey property with three bedrooms. Located at the south western tip of Scotland, the area also benefits from a pleasant climate as a result of the Gulf Stream. more

A converted boathouse on the Holy Loch
12th of August 2013
boathouse conversion for sale
The Boathouse, Shore Road, Strone, Argyll, PA23 8BD
Offers in excess of £245,000

Converted Boathouse In Strone For Sale
Built in 1885-1886, 'The Boathouse' was part of the Dunselma estate owned by James Coats, a wealthy 19th century industrialist who was an avid yachtsman and was president of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. This C-listed building boasts quality nautical-themed stonework with crow-stepped gables and has fantastic views of Loch Long, the Holy Loch and the Firth of Clyde. Set in three quarters of an acre of fully enclosed land, it has been converted to create a beautiful and unique three bedroom detached property boasting many of the original features and would be ideal as a family, retirement or holiday home. more

A martello tower with unrivalled views of the English Channel
10th June 2013
martello tower for sale
The Warren, Wear Bay Road, Folkestone, CT19
Guide price £500,000

Martello Tower Folkestone
Martello towers were built during the Napoleonic Wars (between 1804 and 1812) as coastal defences against threat of foreign invasion and of the 103 towers built, only 45 remain, many of which are in ruins. This Grade II listed Martello Tower, located in Folkestone, is one of the few that have been converted with the majority of renovation work completed giving the new purchasers the opportunity to finish the internal renovation to their own style and specification. The three bedroom property is arranged over four floors and on the top floor there's an open plan lounge area with panoramic 360 degree views across the English Channel (France is visible in clear weather). It is set in a good sized plot which boasts an underground garage / workshop which could have a number of uses. All in all, a unique building, a unique opportunity and a unique location. more

A former coastguard look out tower with a great sea view
3rd of June 2013
former coastguard tower for sale
Tower Cottage, Carsethorn, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 8DS
Guide price £150,000
Former Coastguard Look Out Tower
Tower Cottage has had an interesting historical past. Built in the late 19th century, it was once a coastguard watch tower, designed to have an eagle eye view of the coastline in order to monitor smuggling activities but has now been converted to create a comfortable three bedroom house with spectacular views eastward of the Solway Estuary to the Lake District mountains and westward views towards Criffel. This charming sea side house would be a great bolt hole as it has a small, very manageable garden and is located in a beautiful, rural area just a few miles south of Dumfries. more

A sea view mansion in an area with a great micro-climate
27th of May 2013
mansion for sale
Chapel Rossan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 9NA
Offers over £575,000
Stranraer Sea View House
Category B-listed Chapel Rossan dates to circa 1848 and is so called as in the period 600-1100 AD it is believed a small chapel once stood on the site. Its position, set adjacent to the beach and Luce Bay, is possibly the finest in the Rhins peninsula of Galloway and the 3.9 acres of mature, well stocked gardens benefit from the favourable micro-climate created by the Gulf Stream. The six bedroomed house boasts a number of unusual features including cylindrical chimneys, pointed-arched Y-traceried windows and studded door to the front elevation. It has been well maintained and has flexible accommodation with the possibility of creating a self contained three bedroom apartment. This rural and unspoilt area, is keeping up with the times though - anyone looking to work from home will be interested to know that it benefits from high speed BT broadband connection, with download speeds often averaging 6 to 7.5 Mbps! more

A folly that's anything but!
20th of May 2013
castle for sale
Wyke Castle, 1 Pirates Lane, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9GL
Offers over £500,000
Castle Folly In Dorset
Wyke Castle is a Grade II listed folly, built around 1855 on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Set at the top of the wonderfully names Pirates Lane, the property has fabulous 360 degree panoramic views with stunning vistas of the Fleet, Portland Harbour, Weymouth and beyond along the Jurassic coastline. Wyke Castle has been sympathetically and tastefully modernised to a very high standard, whilst retaining its character. The accommodation is spacious and includes: an entrance vestibule, beamed hallway, circular sitting room, dining room, circular master bedroom with feature glass ceiling, three further double bedrooms, circular cellar (dungeon) with fresh water well, modern fitted kitchen, two bath / shower rooms and separate annexe with bedroom / lounge / kitchenette and shower room. There's also a double garage, off road parking, gardens and a large patio area. Having a property with such character and with such an incredible outlook can never be described as a folly! more

A high spec dream house on the water's edge
2nd January 2013
contemporary villa for sale
Panorama Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset
Price £7,750,000
Sandbanks Contemporary Villa With Sea Views
Set on the water's edge on the exclusive Sandbanks Peninsula, this 7,700sq ft architecturally designed marine residence has been built to the highest possible specification with the best materials to create the ultimate in luxurious living both internally and externally. Set over four floors (all served by a bespoke lift), the accommodation of this five bedroom property reads like a wish list - indoor pool, gymnasium, media room, study / library, sauna. The entire top floor is dedicated to an exclusive master suite with bedroom, separate dressing room, luxurious en suite, spacious living room and external decked area. There's a three car garage in which to keep your vehicles and professionally designed and landscaped gardens. more

An Art Deco property with 360 degree sea and town views
19th August 2012
art deco house for sale
New Haven, Beacon Hill / Hilltop Road, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6BA
Price £599,950

Art Deco House For Sale In Kent
This Art Deco house, built in 1933 on the Downs in Herne Bay in Kent, is a classical example of its type. The striking architecture, cubist planes, use of glass and concrete, the roof terraces and sensuous curves, all give a glimpse of a bygone and altogether more glamorous age, and internally it retains many of its original features too. The icing on the cake of this unique seafront property is that it also has fabulous views, with a 360 degree vista of the sea and town. There are four good size bedrooms and two reception rooms which open onto a sun terrace overlooking the beautiful sea views. Outside, there's a south facing rear garden and many sun terraces (including a 32 ft roof terrace) and a feature curved observatory overlooking the sea views. This unusual property is a must for anyone with a love for all things Art Deco. more

A view of life on the ocean's waves
30th July 2012
beach front property for sale
Surfsplash Beach Cottage, 3 Fiddler's Yard, Woodbrush Brae, Dunbar, EH42 1HB
Offers over225,000
Beach Front Property In Dunbar
The aptly named Surfsplash Beach Cottage has the best of both worlds. Step out the front door and you're in the heart of the historic East Lothian fishing village of Dunbar, but look out the back and you could be on a sea adventure. That's because this two bedroom cottage is built right on the sea shore on Dunbar's East beach and at full tide the sea is under it's balcony. An idyllic retreat, it is used as a popular self-catering holiday home and the current owner has a well-established clientele of repeat customers with year-round occupancy. more

A beacon on the North Anglesey coastline
30th April 2012
converted lighthouse for sale
Point Lynas Lighthouse, Llaneilian, Amlwch, Anglesey, LL68 9LT
Price £1,500,000
Converted Lighthouse For Sale Anglesey
Point Lynas Lighthouse is an unusual and distinctive lighthouse with castellated walls and a semi circular lantern located unusually at the base of the tower, rather than the top. The property comprises of three properties, currently used as a main residence and two holiday cottages, all set within a castle style walled courtyard with views towards the sea from some windows. The location is superb too being situated on 17 acres of land on a headland on the North coastline of the Isle of Anglesey. So, not only can you count the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as your near neighbours, you also get breath taking sea views including fabulous sunsets and the chance to spot the odd dolphin swim by. more

House on an island for sale
27th February 2012
Newquay's house on an island for sale
The Island, Newquay, North Cornwall
Offers in the region of £995,000
House On An Island For Sale
Here's a great opportunity to own one of the most photographed houses in the UK because "The Island" is up for sale. The three bedroomed house, built in the 1930s, is perched on its own granite rock in Newquay, Cornwall and has to be the ultimate in living by the beach. Access to the house is via a 70ft-high footbridge - the only privately-owned suspension bridge in the country. When the tide is in the island is completely surrounded by water but when it's out, there's also direct access to the sandy beach below. The ultimate pad for a millionaire surfer who wants the ultimate in beach access from their home!more<

A Titanic house with fabulous views over the Menai Strait
6th February 2012
manor house with Titanic connection for sale
Bryn Mel Manor, Allt Bryn Mel, Glyngarth, Menai Bridge, LL59 5PF
Guide Price £1,100,000
Manor House In Anglesey For Sale
Built in 1899 as the summer residence of the family of the owners of the White Star line - famous for the Titanic - Bryn Mel Manor is situated in Anglesey, on the west bank of the Menai Strait and has excellent open views over the water with Bangor on the far bank. Since the death of the last family owner, the building was derelict for many years, before being converted into a nursing home. In July 2011 it was announced that the home was to close and the building redeveloped into luxury flats and apartments. Of course, if you're a budding Aristotle Onassis you may need all 39 bedrooms for yourself, but the building does offer great development potential. The building is vacant at the moment and is up for auction offering an excellent opportunity to get your hands on one of the ultimate pieces of Titanic memorabilia. more

A water tower in the Outer Hebrides
30th of January 2012
reservoir water tower and plot for sale
Ness Knockaird Reservoir, Knockaird, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XF
Guide price £20,000

Water Tower For Sale On Isle Of Lewis
From experience, the North West of Scotland doesn't generally suffer from a shortage of water, hence it's not a surprise to find that this water tower is up for sale. The only surprise is that it was built in the first place! This truly unique property is going for auction on the 7th of February 2012 for a guide price of just £20,000 - the lot comprises of the reservoir water tower and a rectangular fenced plot extending to 1,628 sq.ft (151.25sq.m approx). The tower is of concrete construction and could be converted to a variety of uses (subject to consents). It is located in a remote and tranquil setting at the northernmost tip of the beautiful Isle of Lewis and benefits from stunning sea views. Lewis is the largest island in the Outer Hebrides and is popular with tourists, who come for the outdoor life, surfing and sea kayaking. Converted, this tower would make a truly unique home or holiday let. more

A renovated tower with views to the Solway Firth
>10th October 2011
tower house with secret staircase for sale
Abbots Tower, New Abbey, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG2
Offers in the region of £625,000
Scottish Rennaissance Tower New Abbey For Sale
Abbots Tower was built by John Broun circa 1580, in all probability using material from the abbey. It was built in the latest French "chateau" style, now known as Scottish Renaissance, with pepperpot turrets and candlesnuffer roofs, crow stepped gables and wide spiral staircases. Restoration began in 1990 and took the best part of twenty years to complete. The accommodation lies over four floors accessible by stone turnpike staircases leading up the tower and a "secret" staircase which leads to the Garret. Abbots Tower sits in approximately three quarters of an acre and includes a modern courtyard with a detached double garage and workshop with a spacious games room above. more

A contemporary house with a Mediterranean feel
26th September 2011
contemporary villa for sale
Casa Blanca, Ilsham Marine Drive, Torquay, TQ1 2HTQ
Price £2,150,000
Torquay Contemporary Villa With Sea Views
The aptly named Casa Blanca is a spectacular newly completed home situated on one of Torquays finest sites with unparalled views over the sea towards Thatcher Rock. It is architecturally striking, with a nod to the style of art deco and with influences from the villas of the Mediterranean. With an incredible c. 5000 sq ft of floor space, this four bedroom house has a media room, an open plan living area and a three car garage and offers the ultimate in contemporary lifestyle. Floor to ceiling windows leading on to south facing terracing captures the awe inspiring view and brings the inside out. Who needs the French Riviera when the English Riviera offers property like this. more

A castellated tower which stands sentry to Balcary Bay
19th September 2011
tower house with sea views for sale
Balcary Tower, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
Offers over £750,000
Castellated Tower For Sale
The three storey, Category C listed Balcary Tower is picturesquely sited on a promontory overlooking the Solway Firth and Balcary Bay. It has four bedrooms and a spacious sitting room with a glorious picture window with expansive views across the Firth. The house has many character features both internally and externally and is set in approximately 19 acres (7.9 hectares) of land including a 12 acre paddock and is surrounded by wooded grounds. The Tower further benefits from its shore location as it boasts a sea filled swimming pool, a boat house and stores, a slipway, jetty and salmon netting rights. more

A house for an idyllic childhood in a magical setting
27th June 2011
mansion with chapel for sale
Penally Abbey, Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7PY
Guide Price £1,500,000
Mansion House With Chapel In Wales
Built on the site of an ancient monastery, believed to date to the 5th century, Penally Abbey is a beautiful limestone mansion boasting 12 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of reception rooms. It is set in five acres of gardens and woodlands and has its own Holy Well and medieval ruined chapel (St Deiniol's) in the garden. Once owned by the Irish whiskey family, Jameson's, it became a country club in the 1950's until the present owners bought it in 1985 which allowed their children to enjoy a magical, idyllic Enid Blyton childhood. When the kids flew the nest, it became a small country house hotel, and has been running as such ever since. more

From far away… a friendly light, a lighthouse brightens up the night
31st January 2011
converted lighthouse for sale
The Old Lighthouse, St. Ann's Head, Dale, Pembrokeshire
Offers in the region of £1,250,000
Converted Lighthouse For Sale St Anns Head
Although the lighthouse at St Ann's Head in Pembrokeshire dates from 1714, the present tower was built in 1841 and helped protect ships from the dreaded Crow Rock and Toes lying off Linney Head. The Old Lighthouse has been sympathetically converted to create a comfortable family house with plenty of nautical details (such as brass portholes) to enchant those with an interest in the sea. It boasts five bedrooms including a romantic double bedroom in the tower. The observation lounge at the top of the tower allows the stunning sunsets over the ocean to be fully appreciated as windows on three sides give almost 360 degree sea views. You could almost be in the middle of the sea!. And for those who can't bear to be away from water even when they're indoors, there's a stunning indoor swimming pool and sauna. more

To the manor born with sea views to die for
6th January 2011
Victorian manor house for sale
Bonchurch Shute, Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38
Guide price £795,000
Manor House With Sea Views
Bonchurch Manor is a sprawling coastal country house with seven bedrooms and simply stunning sea views. Built in 1835 by the church historian, Canon Venables, the property still retains many of its distinctive original features including a spectacular conservatory. It has had a number of different roles in the past 175 years - a convent for young ladies, a sanatorium, a hotel, a B&B, but has now been returned to its original use as a private residence. It could remain as a large family home, or become a boutique hotel, a conference facility or could even be converted into individual apartments. The decision is yours as they say and this manor house would probably enjoy a new lease of life with a fresh identity. more

For whom the bell tolls
17th September 2010
toll house for sale
Tollgate House, Marine Drive, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 2QZ
Offers in excess of £395,000
Toll House For Sale
Tollgate House was built in the late 1800's, and is a Grade II listed building of special architectural and historic interest. It was built around the same time as the famous Great Orme Lighthouse (listed as one of the top ten best lighthouses to stay in by the Sunday Times) and is located on the West Shore, noted for its sunsets over Anglesey. The views from this property are truly spectacular with undisturbed panoramic sea views towards Anglesey and Puffin Island, Penmaenmawr mountain range and towards the twin humps of Deganwy Castle, overlooking the blue flag beach of the West Shore area. The property is arranged over three levels and has three bedrooms, two reception rooms, off road private parking and small garden. A truly character property, with views to die for. more

Mediterranean style house with breathtaking sea views
3rd September 2010
house with stunning sea views for sale
Polkirt Hill, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26
Price £895,000
Cornwall House With Sea Views For Sale
From the architecture of this five / six bedroom house in Mevagissey you'd be forgiven for thinking that the sea views that this property enjoys, were of the Mediterranean Sea rather than the English Channel. The drawing room is on the first floor taking full advantage of the immediate and breathtaking southerly views over the whole of St Austell Bay and along Chapel Point. more


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