Post-pandemic, we’ve come to appreciate the value of getting away like never before, so if you have money to invest, why not consider buying a holiday home?
Make it pay its way by renting it out when you’re not there, so check whether there are restrictions on letting, and current rates.
"Calculate if the cost of a property in a sought-after location is justifiable against the earning potential," advises Harry Roberts, managing director of My Favourite Cottages.
"Make sure it’s equipped with furniture and accessories that aren’t too personal and be prepared to buy additional luxuries to give it as many selling points as possible."
All these properties for sale are definitely worth writing home about.
1. Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, £60,000
While not strictly a holiday home, on a sunny summer’s day at the seaside there’s nothing better than being able to change out of a wet swimsuit and sip a sundowner in your own beach hut.
They appreciate in value too — Rightmove recently reported that the average price of a beach hut has jumped by £10,000 over the past year.
This one is in a front row position on the esplanade at Frinton, an old-fashioned town with a wide and sandy Blue Flag beach, and is well-maintained with a newly-felted roof and steps. Find out more from Sheen's.
2. Torcross, Kingsbridge, Devon, £300,000
A ground floor seafront apartment in a picturesque village with a pub and restaurant sitting at one end of a three-mile stretch of beach known as Slapton Sands.
In immaculate condition, it looks out over the water and down the coast towards Dartmouth, and comprises an open plan kitchen/living room with a fireplace and big picture window, a double bedroom and a shower room, and comes with a terrace and off-street parking. Available through Marchand Petit
3. Secret Cottage, Southwold, Suffolk, £515,000
The clue’s in the name — although this charming cottage is in the heart of the town and a short stroll from the beach, it’s discreetly tucked away in a peaceful spot.
Accommodation consists of a cosy sitting/living/dining area plus a shower room on the ground floor, and two bedrooms — both with fitted storage — and a WC upstairs, all tastefully decorated. Find out more by contacting Durrants.
4. Fisherman’s Cottage, Port Isaac, Cornwall, £740,000
As the village that brought us sea shanty supremos Fisherman’s Friends and where TV’s Doc Martin is filmed, it’s no wonder that Port Isaac is among the UK’s top five fastest-growing locations for bookings this summer, according to Sykes Holiday Cottages.
This means that continuing demand for this whitewashed cottage is virtually guaranteed.
It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room with a wood burner leading to a kitchen/diner, a good-sized garden and views over the harbour and out to sea. From John Bray Estates
5. Lipwood House, Windermere, Cumbria, £600,000
Wansfell is a large and recently refurbished two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground floor apartment in a former gentleman’s residence within walking distance of Lake Windermere.
Close to the town centre and station, it’s the perfect choice for a staycation and sits in beautifully manicured communal gardens with views of the Langdale Fells from the main rooms.
All furnishings and future bookings are included. Available from Fine & Country
6. Symi, Greece, €800,000 (approx. £681,293)
Perched in one of the best spots on the Dodecanese island of Symi, north of Rhodes, is this neoclassic villa. It was built in 2008 and, unlike many of its neighbours, can be accessed by car.
It incorporates three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/living/dining area, a guest apartment, two levels of inner courtyards and terraces offering panoramic vistas over the harbour. Learn more from Engel & Volkers
7. Escapade Silverstone, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, from £750,000
These two, three and four-bedroom residences are far removed from your typical holiday home but you don’t have to be a Formula One fan to appreciate them.
Not only do they overlook motorsport’s most hallowed track, but they’ll operate as high-end short-stay accommodation, generating an estimated 5.5% yield.
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Owners and guests will have exclusive use of the Escapade clubhouse, which, in addition to breathtaking views of the circuit, has a gym, swimming pool and sauna, restaurant, bar, roof terrace and private dining room.
The first phase will be ready in time for next year’s Grand Prix. By Escapade Living
8. The Lakes by Yoo at Cotswolds Waters, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, from £765,000
Following on from the success of The Lakes by Yoo — an exclusive private estate where Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Philippe Starck designed properties — 63 two-bedroom apartments and 77 four- and five-bedroom houses have been launched in a similar lakeside setting on neighbouring land.
The emphasis is on relaxing and recalibrating amongst nature, and buyers will become members of a private spa facility. Register your interest at The Lakes by Yoo
9. Villa Vela, Sotogrande, Andalusia, Spain, $23m (approx. £19,211,650)
This huge contemporary villa is at the end of a sweeping, gated driveway in La Reserva, the newest and final zone to be developed in the upmarket Sotogrande resort.
At over 23,000 square feet, it’s predominantly open plan and features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, an entertaining level opening onto a terrace, a spa, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, gym, glass wine cellar, cinema, indoor and outdoor pools and private access to La Reserva’s 18-hole golf course. Through Gideon Lang-Laddie of The Agency