To own a holiday home with an uninterrupted view of the sea is one of our biggest obsessions.
Whether it’s watching the waves crash on to the shore or feeling the sand between our toes, the sea is a mesmerising force. No wonder then, that prime sites on Britain’s coastal holiday home resorts get snapped up quickly.
Family-owned Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Padstow commands sweeping views of the Cornish coast from its clifftop spot.
Panoramic views: Homes on the clifftop at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park in Cornwall
‘It’s fascinating to see the Atlantic ocean in all its different moods and that’s a big part of the joy of owning a holiday home here and returning throughout the four seasons,’ says park owner Patrick Langmaid.
‘Even though I have been here at Mother Ivey’s with my family for over 30 years, I never tire of simply standing and staring.’
The beach, accessed by a coastal path, is uncrowded and free of noisy jet skis and speedboats.
It’s also pristine due to Patrick’s zest for beach clean-ups. He ropes in owners, staff and local schoolchildren and has even invested in a machine to sift out microplastics.
But that’s why Phil Mitchell, 56, who first visited Mother’s Ivy four years ago in a touring caravan with his wife Jane, 59, loves it.
Seduced by the breathtaking views, they bought a holiday home in a prime spot, on the front row with uninterrupted views.
‘We love the fact it’s so quiet. There are no noisy attractions,’ says Phil. ‘Even our dog Stanley loves the peace and Patrick keeps it pristine.’
The couple, who are paddle boarding and surfing enthusiasts, have a two-bedroom home measuring 38ft by 12ft which cost £80,000 new.
They pay £3,500 a year in pitch fees but reckon it’s worth every penny, and every mile of the six-hour drive they make from their home in Leeds.
Homeowners enjoy panoramic views over the Channel at Sandhills in Christchurch, Dorset, and don’t need to negotiate a coastal park to get to the beach.
Homes are set among the trees and the sea is a few steps from the front door. But you have to pay a pretty penny for the view. A two-bed 40ft by 16ft luxury lodge in a prime, front-row position costs £700,000.
A coastal resort selling family fun in Wales is Meadow House, recently voted the best park in Pembrokeshire.
A newly launched development, called The Puffins, has 31 pitches for lodge and static holiday homes with sea views across Amroth Bay as well as restaurants, a gym and swimming pool.
Across on England’s East coast, award-winning Searles Leisure Resort in Norfolk has new and pre-owned lodges for sale priced from £46,995. It’s close to the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham estate and five minutes from the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton, famed for its striped cliffs, sunsets and sandy beaches.
The 50-week season at pet-friendly Broadlands Sands Holiday Park in Suffolk makes it ideal for winter and summer visits.
There’s family entertainment with a newly opened swimming pool, adventure golf and climbing wall, as well as spectacular sea views and a sandy beach at the bottom of the cliff.
Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth beaches are also nearby. Holiday homes are available from £50,000.
On Scotland’s Solway coast, Sandgreen Caravan Park has its own private, sheltered sandy beach. Dog-friendly Sandgreen is two hours from Glasgow in the heart of an official National Scenic Area.
A three-bedroom pre-owned holiday home is available for £16,499 and includes central heating and double glazing.