Given the beauty, quality and diversity of the coastline in the United Kingdom it will be of no surprise to anyone if you have fantasised about owning your own ocean view, because really, who hasn’t? For many, the cost of such a venture is formidable and so a dream is all that remains.
The very rich can afford to buy whole islands – think Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt, or Richard Branson for example – but then they can afford the 7 figure sums that such a purchase demands. For the rest of us, owning our own piece of coast is just a pipe dream.
Or is it? There are over 8,000 miles of gorgeous coastline around Britain. Some 45% of that is owned by the Crown, and on the whole the rest of it belongs to the Ministry of Defence, the National Trust and local authorities. Any that is left is in private ownership and occasionally bargains can be had at auction for a stretch of beach. Kate Bush paid £2.5 million for 17 acres of Devon coast just a few years ago, but other smaller plots can sell at anything from £80,000 upwards.
If this sort of money is out of reach but you are very keen on having your ocean view then it may be worth considering investing in a holiday lodge. What’s great about many holiday lodges is that they are set on well-kept parks with a wide range of facilities and they offer a more affordable option to seaside ownership.
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A) Ladram Bay, Devon
Offering truly spectacular views of the Jurassic coast in East Devon, Ladram Bay has great offers on pre-owned holiday homes for under £10,000. Some of the hire lodges even come complete with hot tubs overlooking the Jurassic coast – a World Heritage site. Who could ask for more? Certainly, Ladram Bay offers the quintessential holiday home sales in Devon and has remained family run for over 70 years.
Facilities on the park are first-rate – offering a large heated indoor swimming pool with a children’s play area pool, bars and restaurants, amusement arcades and entertainment, crazy golf, children’s play areas and Wi-Fi. As Ladram Bay Holiday Park is elevated it means that the vast majority of static caravans and holiday lodges have a bird’s eye view of the sea while access to the private beach offers the opportunity for some kayaking, rowing or motor boat hire, so you won’t run out of things to do.
B) Barmouth Bay, West Wales, Gwynedd
In Wales, Barmouth Bay is a highly desirable location. They have direct access to Barmouth Beach with its vast expanse of beautiful unbroken sand that never seems to become overcrowded, and an array of activities on offer such as body surfing and beach volleyball. Facilities on the park include a heated indoor swimming pool, walking trails, a children’s play area and Wi-Fi access.
C) Red House Chalet & Caravan Park, Norfolk
The Red House Chalet and Caravan Park in North Norfolk is a family run Holiday Park is set in two acres with stunning sea views and access to a private beach. There are a range of chalets and lodges to rent but for those with an eye on their permanent seaside view, the park does offer luxury and deluxe caravan holiday homes and holiday lodges for sale.
D) Sandhills, Dorset
If you really do long for a coastal view you may have to shop around and wait your turn for a pitch. Sandhills is located on the east side of Christchurch harbour, but also offers beautiful sea views towards the Isle of Wight, giving the park a very nautical feel. The park offers a range of holiday homes with easy beach access for all, simply cross the promenade to reach the sand.