We’ve found the best waterside properties on the market – full of elegance and charm, and they’re only a stone’s throw away from the water…
1. Windhover House, Cornwall
For the first time since its construction in the 1930s, this dreamy seaside home is finally on sale – although we doubt for long. Save being on the shore itself, Windhover House’s cliff-top locale is as close as you can get to the water, and offering elevated panoramic views of the Treyarnon beach below and above the flurry of tourists in the summer, we’re tempted to say it’s even better – no sandy shoes in the house.
Sitting discreetly on five acres, behind solid timber gates and an arched front door is this charming lakeside country house. A loving and sympathetic restoration has sen the house transformed for comfortable modern living with wonderfully large spaces ideal for families.
The piece de resistance, however, must be the west facing Conservatory Drawing Room where relaxation is accompanied by a healthy dose of Vitamin D and lush views. The nearby lake, complete with an island, is perfect for morning strolls and a spot of boating.
3. Broadbridge Mill, Gloucestershire
We love a conversion, and this restored former mill is especially handsome. Although sitting on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this fairytale facade for a villa in the South of France; the stone facade with running stream feels deliciously European. Secluded and approached by way of a charming gravel driveway, coupled with views of unspoilt natural splendour, the home is simply idyllic.
4. Belmore House, Isle of Wight
This pretty-in-pink Grade II listed home with its pillared entrance porch is utterly magical, as if lifted from a fairytale and placed in the equally beautiful setting of Cowes and The Solent. Within its Queen Anne exterior is a dream-home optimised for comfortable luxury with classically proportioned rooms featuring large windows and charming touches such as archways. Other than the incredible uninterrupted views of The Solent and its sailing activity, you’ll find a secluded landscaped garden complete with terraces mature borders, lawns and a heated swimming pool.
5. Mill Cottage, Little Faringdon
Picture perfect this enchanting Grade II listed cottage imbues countryside charm. Secluded in a private location with a riverside front, the home is simply wonderful – and not only in its locale. Although quaint, Mill Cottage feels luxurious across its three floors, and its dining room featuring wooden beams and floor to ceiling windows is an especially nice touch. The separate double garage and self-contained studio above is ideal for a work space if you’re feeling inspired by your pastoral surroundings – we think you will be.
6. The General, Bristol
There are few places in the country that come close to London’s arts and culture scene, but Bristol is certainly one of them. Housed in the chapel of a converted general hospital, this mezzanine apartment is truly spectacular and unique; arched roofs, original stained glass chapel window and a lovely modern staircase leading up to the master bedroom are only a few of the features that make this property seriously enviable. Nestled on the banks of the River Avon backed by the Bristolian colourful terrace houses, you’ll be spoilt for views.
7. Watersmeet Road, Wiltshire
Backing onto the River Avon, Watersmeet Road is aptly named and occupies prime real estate, offering stunning views of Salisbury Cathedral, the feel of a country home and the locale of a city.
The Georgian style modern home makes the most of its glorious surroundings with bountiful private gardens, bright and airy interiors which feature a generous skylight and a beautifully large arch window in the heart of the home. The tranquil river runs just moments away perfect for summer frolicking and even fishing.
8. The Brink, Gwynedd
The beach house of our dreams, Benar Headland offers all the luxuries needed for optimum R&R. From its elevated setting, two levels of terraces and glass balustrades, the contemporary property offers panoramic views of its majestic surroundings, from Cardigan Bay to St Tudwals Islands and the Welsh Mountains beyond. But the real treasure lies below; set into the cliff you can easily reach the gorgeous shores below by way of private steps leading right down to the sea. Alternatively you’ll find water (even) closer to home in the outdoor swimming pool.
9. The Lake House, Gloucestershire
Lakeside living at its most exclusive, The Lake House occupies a covetable position in this enviable lakeside estate, offering 6,000 square feet of space and enjoying a beautiful westerly aspect over Bowmoor Lake, framed on either side by bucolic woodland. A relative new build in 2013, the house has been designed with utmost luxury and ease of living in mind with under floor eating, electronic curtains, programmed lighting and a built in Sonos music system. The house’s extensive decking directly fronts the lake; an idyllic setting for al fresco eating and sunbathing in the warmer months.
10. Magnolia House, Chiswick
The opportunity to live in a beautiful home on the Thames doesn’t come often, and this Grade II listed residence is an especially beautiful one. An imposing property enjoying incredible views of the Thames from all its principal rooms, no doubt this one will be snatched up quickly. Even better than its locale on the Thames, Magnolia House is a part of the delightful riverside enclave of Strand on the Green, known for its historic pubs and outstanding schools. Although smack bang in the city, when you’re itching for some nature beyond the river on your doorstep, the nearby green spaces of Kew Green, the Botanical Gardens and Chiswick House Grounds are on hand.
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