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Trinity sports clubs raise fresh concerns over lack of consultation on College Park

Fresh concerns have been raised over the timing and level of consultation with regard to College Park being named the preferred site to build a temporary two-storey pavilion at Trinity College in Dublin while the Old Library undergoes a major refurbishment.

Three of Trinity’s largest and oldest sporting clubs – athletics, football and cricket – had already raised their objection over the proposal, now expected to be pushed through by the Trinity College board on Wednesday, in what is their first meeting of 2022.

A feasibility study is also being presented outlining the scale of the project and allowing for the continuation of some sport at College Park; however, according to the clubs, this will effectively render College Park useless as a competition and match facility, while also depriving the wider college community the sort of green space it increasingly craves. The Old Library refurbishment is expected to take between three to five years, which means it could be 2028 before the space is restored.

Ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, Dr Iain Morrison, distance running coach with Trinity athletics club, invited Trinity provost Linda Doyle and the 27-strong college board to attend their training session at College Park on Tuesday evening, the first of the new term, after being briefed of the latest intentions only last Thursday.

“What everyone acknowledges is the importance of the refurbishment, and the temporary exhibition as a means of maintaining some revenue,” Morrison told The Irish Times.

“Our main concern expressed at Thursday’s briefing was about alternative plans, only to be told there were none. It appears College Park is the only site they want, without balancing that against all they’re taking away. Obviously we have a totally vested interest in that, don’t want to lose any of College Park, temporary or not. Because we all know what temporary can mean, or may end up being a much longer spell.

“They also presented revised drawings, which essentially squeezes in a 400m circuit, of only three lanes, but it goes right up against the boundary, and from what I can see just isn’t realistic. The football pitch is just about legal size, but again right up against the boundary. Same with the cricket pitch, it’s just not realistic.

“We also feel it’s quite unfair that much of this was done out of term, we were only briefed last Thursday, were only back training this Tuesday, the board meeting is Wednesday.

“From a sporting point of view, it’s detrimental, full stop. My feeling now is that this will be presented after ‘consultation’ with the sport clubs, and that they can live with it. I feel an alternative should at least be explored, because there doesn’t appear to be, it’s all about horseshoeing this into College Park. Do they value this space, or not?”

Following the initial proposal, November’s board meeting heard several dissenting voices, the Old Library refurbishment set to begin in early 2023, and now expected to cost €120 million. Students have four representatives on the 27-strong college board, three from the students’ union, and one from the graduate students’ union, their president Gisèle Scanlon; all four have already objected.

Last year, Dublin City Council granted planning permission for the refurbishment, and in May 2021, the Government committed a €25 million grant, the temporary library exhibition intended to cover the major loss of income from the Old Library, renowned for the Book of Kells and the Long Room.

Scanlon said the board’s insistence to push the proposal to use College Park is “ill-judged” and “does not take into consideration the displacement of student sports facilities and the resulting impact on mental health”, adding that College Park’s “historic integrity is under imminent threat”.

For Morrison the timing is also of concern: “We sent an invite to the provost’s office, and the board members, to come along to our training on Tuesday evening, give them some sense of what would actually be diminished, taken away. It is short notice, but we’ve been on short notice too.

“We don’t want this to happen, want them to look at alternatives. They’ve said they’d come back to us, after the board meeting, and it still has to go to planning, which allows for objection. We just feel something like this can’t be good for the sustainability of College Park long term.”

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Britain’s 24 best seaside towns and villages: Property experts pick their favourites from the Devon hotspot where the average house price is £257,000 to celebrity-packed idylls

There is no such thing as the typical seaside town. Some are millionaires’ playgrounds, others centres of simple, olde-worlde charm. Some are loved by surfers, others best enjoyed from a deck chair, and while many are foodies’ delights, some traditional towns are all about candy floss and chips.

All of the towns and villages below are different. Yet each, in its own way, offers the ultimate coastal living. 

The Mail talked to property experts across the country who selected their favourite seaside hotspots – taking into account property prices, transport links, schools and amenities. 

We round up the places to be, so that you can find the perfect place to suit you, from North Wales to Norfolk. 

Whitstable, Kent

Joel Taylor and his partner Billy Ray McEvoy are delighted they moved to Whitstable in Kent from Canterbury seven weeks ago. ‘In the good weather we have had picnics on the beach,’ says Taylor, 31, who works for a law firm. ‘The place has a really good vibe, with fabulous seafood and great, olde-worlde pubs like the Neptune which is virtually on the beach.’ 

Increasingly popular, Whitstable is becoming ever more expensive, but the couple managed financially by taking a 75 per cent part-ownership deal on a £320,000 two-bed semi-detached. 

It is from here they also produce their podcast Tales from Wisteria Lane – chatty reviews of television programmes. There is a broad range of housing in Whitstable, from two-bedroom flats in a modern block to high-spec townhouses in Victorian streets. Scruffy a few years ago, many of these have been revamped with dormers and loft extensions. 

Similar part-ownership schemes are available at Whitstable Heights where homes start from £94,500 for a 30 per cent share of a two-bed house with a full market value of £320,000. The average price of a semi-detached on the open market last year was £416,000 (hydenewhomes.co.uk). 

Joy Lane, running parallel to the coast linking the suburb of Seasalter to the town, is one of the best addresses. Joel and Billy Ray are so taken with the walks in the area that they are going to buy a dog soon. Other attractions include the Windy Corner Stores and cafe which uses fresh produce from Kent, The Cheese Box on Harbour Street specialising in local cheeses and Grain and Hearth bakery, for which people queue before it opens in the morning. What’s not to like?

Average house price: £452,572

The Mail talked to property experts across the country who selected their favourite seaside hotspots - taking into account property prices, transport links, schools and amenities

The Mail talked to property experts across the country who selected their favourite seaside hotspots – taking into account property prices, transport links, schools and amenities

Abersoch, North Wales

If you think the strapline ‘Welsh Riviera’ is a contradiction in terms, you should pay a visit to Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula. A favourite with movers and shakers from the Midlands, this seaside village is a little parcel of the Med in the Land of My Fathers. 

It is home to Wales’ most expensive street, Benar Headland; the local caravan park, the Warren, even has a helipad, and last year a bog-standard beach hut sold for £250,000. 

Visit in high summer and the streets are filled with shoppers packed into FatFace and Jack Wills or spilling out of the Zinc Cafe and other fashionable restaurants. 

Not that it’s all about shopping and fine dining. The coast, which has Snowdonia as a backdrop, offers brilliant surfing at Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) and for those who prefer to just stand and stare, there are frequent sightings of dolphins, seals and peregrine falcons. 

One huge plus point for anyone thinking of moving to Abersoch is that it doesn’t put up the shutters in winter. That is when the second home owners, who let their properties in high season, return. They may join the huge turnout for the annual New Year’s Day swim. 

Abersoch’s popularity, like the Med’s, shows no sign of being dimmed by the stagnation suffered in the broader housing market. Overall sold prices over the last year were 20 per cent up on the previous year.

Average house price in the past year according to Rightmove: £568,397

Newport, Pembrokeshire

Mention Pembrokeshire, and snapshots of the multi-coloured Victorian villas overlooking Tenby Harbour spring to mind. Newport is less well known – nearly anonymous. 

Perhaps that’s a good thing because it prevents the village from becoming overrun by tourists and hen parties. Its natural ‘tribe’ is outdoorsy families who enjoy sailing and other water sports and art. 

The Gallery yr Oriel is packed with fine art while Ffynnon is a trendy lifestyle store selling home interiors from its cute vintage shop. The Newport Collective gallery is run by local artists. Foodies are well catered for at award-winning restaurants such as Llys Meddyg which specialises in local artisan food and the Canteen, for pizzas. 

This is an all-year-round place to live with thriving golf courses, longboat rowing, tennis and life-saving clubs and a full range of stores and amenities. The Parrog is the most sought-after area, with houses there going for over £1million, closely followed by Feidr Ganol Tremydon, where one place recently sold for £875,000. 

Small terraced houses are very reasonably priced but they should carry a financial health warning. Although they make ideal holiday lets, the Welsh government has imposed exorbitant council tax charges for second homes. ‘It’s ludicrous because these small terraced cottages with no parking aren’t the kind of homes the locals want,’ says Carol Peett of West Wales Property Search. ‘So they simply remain empty, which means the local economy suffers.’

Average house price: £463,654

Mumbles, Swansea

The days are long gone when Mumbles was a scruffy seaside suburb of Swansea, best known for its noisy student Saturday nights, when the youngsters attempted the Mumbles Mile, downing a drink in every pub. 

Now the former fishing village is one of the most desirable places to live in Wales, attracting the likes of Bonnie Tyler, who has an impressive house behind high hedges on the front, and Robert Pugh, who played Craster in Game of Thrones

Joanna Page, of Gavin and Stacey fame, has family there, as does Catherine Zeta-Jones. It’s easy to see what attracts them. On a sunny day, diners in the new Oyster Wharf spill out on to the terraces overlooking the bay; families drink coffee in Verdis, an enormous glass-fronted Italian cafe-cum-ice cream parlour while the fashionable and well-heeled sip in the wine bars that line the hillside. 

The White Rose and the Pilot are good old-school pubs. Swimming in the bay is not recommended but head slightly west and you have the glorious beaches of Gower. Langland is the nearest but for more solitude, you’ll prefer Three Cliffs. 

The nearest housing to it is found in Southgate or Pennard from where it is only a short walk to Pobbles Bay. A three-bed semi in Southgate will set you back £350,000. 

If you need a drink after that then drop into Southgate Social Club – also known as the ‘bucket of blood’ from the days when it was popular with trawler fishermen. Ask to see their picture of Michael Douglas pulling a pint when he was there with Ms Zeta-Jones. Mumbles has some of the best schools in the area, notably the comprehensives at Bishopston and Olchfa.

Average house price: £400,152

Solva, Pembrokeshire

There is an air of mystery about Solva. The former fishing village lies hidden between the hillsides until it suddenly opens out into the pretty sheltered harbour and St Bride’s Bay.

The housing is a mixture of more modern stock in Upper Solva and the old cottages found beside the river in the lower half of the village. It is well-served with shops and restaurants. Bayview Stores opens for 13 hours a day, selling everything from papers to take-aways and fresh crab. 

The Main Street has MamGu (in Welsh it means Granny) selling coffee and excellent Welsh cakes and Number 35, a cafe by day that transforms itself into a restaurant in the evening. 

This is a famously warm and welcoming community. Despite its small size (the population is only around 800), it manages to run the annual Solva Edge Festival, a weekend of cultural activities with choirs, poetry and bands raising money for charity. 

There is no lack of things to do here the year round, with football, rowing and sailing clubs all thriving. There are coffee mornings and community cinema once a month. 

For those who just want to gaze at the big skies and the bobbing boats there is the Harbour View pub which sells Brains on draught – a cult beer in the Principality. The Ship Inn serves good food and the Royal George has live music. 

Although schools in Wales come in for heavy criticism, Solva children go to Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi in St David’s, a ten-minute drive away, and it has received a glowing report from Estyn, the Welsh form of Ofsted

You don’t have to break the bank to live in this magical little village. ‘Solva is attracting buyers of all ages,’ says Carol Peett of West Wales Home Search. ‘Incomers often start small businesses or work remotely. The village has such a lovely, strong community spirit. And who can resist seafood from Mrs Will the Fish?’

Average house price: £441,636

Ilfracombe, Devon

A coastal town that sparkled in the 19th century and fell into a depression in the 20th, Ilfracombe’s time may have come again – a renaissance seemingly symbolised by Damien Hirst’s 66ft statue of a sword-wielding pregnant woman above the town. 

The town certainly has natural beauty. To one side there is a towering headland guarding a little rocky bay overlooked by a 13th-century chapel. In the middle is a sheltered harbour and to the west there is another green headland. 

A bathing beach is the only thing that’s missing but that’s made up for in its famous Tunnels. Welsh miners, in the 19th century, were drafted in to hack a series of tunnels in the cliffs to Crewhorne Cove. Here they built three tidal pools – two for ladies and one for gentlemen. These are still popular today, both with swimmers and couples getting married. The pools provide a dramatic backdrop to thousands of wedding day snaps. 

There is an air of slightly shabby quirkiness about the town itself. As for housing, hotspots include Tors Park Road, near the seafront, where Hirst bought a property, and Crofts Lea Park with its large Victorian detached villas. Elan Homes is selling brand new homes in its Seascape development for £259,000. The town is a major attraction for retirees and second home owners who fuel the property market.

Average house price: £257,296

Appledore, Devon

You often hear it said that Appledore has all the charm of St Ives without being so remote. There is something in that. With its cobbled streets full of colourful fishermen’s cottages, it has the essence of its Cornish counterpart. 

There are plenty of art galleries as well as lovely pubs such as The Seagate and The Beaver. To feed the body as well as the spirit there is John’s, an award-winning deli. 

‘One of Appledore’s biggest draws is that there is plenty to do all year round, which gives it a stronger sense of community than its more touristy neighbours,’ says Tom Folland of Strutt and Parker, Exeter. ‘It has its own literary festival, a world championship crabbing contest and its own regatta.’ 

The surfing beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe are just along the coast and communications are good enough to make once-a-week commuting a possibility. There is a train station at Barnstable which gets you into Exeter in just over an hour. Buying into the Appledore lifestyle does not, however, come cheap.

Average house price: £403,581

Harlyn, Cornwall

The Cornish village was looking a little sad until recently. ‘Then the famous Pig hotel arrived and Harlyn came to life again,’ says Josephine Ashby of John Bray Estates. ‘It was followed by the arrival of Beach Box, a trendy beach bar which attracts young people.’ 

Harlyn has always been the classic bucket and spade family beach, with its rock pools, perfect sand for sandcastles and safe bathing. Now it also has a touch of surfer chic which is reflected in the house prices. 

A six-bed house with sea views sold for £4million last year and you won’t find much for sale under £550,000. In Karrek, a new block of shiny white apartments being built overlooking the beach, a two-storey apartment is for sale for £995,000 (cornwallestates.co.uk). 

If you move a mile inland to St Merryn you will buy far more house for your pound. Prices are down 17 per cent since 2020 and an attractive cottage can be found for under £300,000. The village itself is on a busy crossroads with a bakers, a grocer and the superb Rafferty’s bistro, whose owner trained under Rick Stein.

Average house price: £750,000

Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Nowhere else has changed, socially, so dramatically and so quickly as Mawgan Porth has in the last 30 years. At the turn of the century, it was just another slightly tired looking beach resort with a resident population of 300. 

Then, one by one, the A-Listers turned up. Actress and writer Imogen Stubbs was one of the first to arrive when she bought her beachfront house in 1995. Since then Jason Statham has bought here, as have, reportedly, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Grey fame. 

In 2010 the Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett bought two modest properties with a view of turning them into something very special. That’s not to mention a whole host of more anonymous city boys. 

So what is it about dear old Mawgan Porth that suddenly has the super rich desperate to buy there? ‘There’s the brilliant surf at Watergate Bay, the Scarlet Hotel and the fact that it doesn’t get as packed as places like Polzeath and Rock,’ says Josephine Ashby of John Bray estate agents. ‘But above all, it’s just five minutes from Newquay Airport. They like the idea of being able to jump on a plane and be in the waves a few hours later.’ 

Prices are predictably high in Mawgan Porth nowadays – there are several places for sale at over £3million. Yet there is a way to join Blanchett, Statham and the others in the queue for groceries in Cornish Fresh, the local shop. Lovat is selling luxury lodges for £200,000, with annual site fees of £5,500 (lovatparks.co.uk). And very comfortable they are too.

Average house price: £1,337,500

Fowey, Cornwall

Make your way along Fore Street, the main street in Fowey, and it’s difficult not to break into a piratical swagger. Tiered on the hillside above the deep water harbour, this is Long John Silver country. 

Today, instead of rollicking Admiral Benbow pubs, you’ll find more civilised hostelries such as Fifty, a wine bar and the Old Quay House Hotel. There is a full range of shops, including a cafe selling homemade cake, an old-school butchers and a deli – everything to attract incomers down from London (DFLs). 

It is four hours and 19 minutes by train from Paddington to nearby Par. To complete the scene, across the estuary are Bodinnick, where the novelist Daphne du Maurier bought a summer house in 1927, and the ancient fishing village of Polruan. 

The prime addresses in Fowey are the Esplanade and St Fimbarrus Road. Houses with a sea view there are selling for over £2million. A two-bed apartment, without a sea view, will cost around £250,000. 

There has been a fair amount of ill-feeling over homeowners from ‘up-country’ treating the Fowey property market as a cash cow recently. As an example, before selling his Grade II listed townhouse for £2.75million, the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay used to let it for a cool £4,700 a week. In an attempt to ensure they aren’t priced out of town, locals have voted to ban the sale of newly built homes to second home owners.

Average house price: £604,217

Exmouth, Devon

Exmouth is all things to all men. Fundamentally, it is a proper, year-round town, not a summer drop-in. 

It has a three-screen cinema, football, rugby, a seafront cricket pitch and a full range of independent shops. The schools are very good with the local Colyton Grammar highly ranked in various league tables. Foodies are spoilt for choice between the Italian Ristorante Sapori; the smart seafood chain Rockfish at the harbour and the Italian Store, a brilliant deli/cafe. Celebrity chef Michael Caines runs Mickey’s Beach Bar with regular live music nights. 

It is, too, a Mecca for water sports. Edge Watersports provides lessons in everything from power kiting to paddle-boarding. Being on the estuary, the water is usually quite calm. Take a pre-breakfast walk and you are likely to catch folk singer Steve Knightley and his crew taking a dip, even in darkest winter. 

Exmouth is, finally, a pensioners’ paradise. The manor gardens are very relaxing, the Pavilion theatre on the front puts on interesting shows and quiz nights and, crucially, the promenade is straight and dead flat, enabling wheelchairs to trundle along easily. As for property, the Avenues area sells detached homes for over £1million.

Average house price: £374,365

Dartmouth, Devon

Why should yachties buy in Dartmouth when glorious Salcombe is just along the coast? 

‘Dartmouth is open all year round, unlike Salcombe,’ says Tara Pitten of Marchand Petit estate agents. ‘The bars, restaurants and shops don’t close down in winter which gives an added dimension to the town.’ 

The Dart Marina opened its new bar and restaurant last month so now you can moor your boat, have a drink outside by the riverfront at Cloud 9, then head off for dinner at the Marina Hotel. 

However, Dartmouth is not all about boats. The Flavel Arts Centre is a community hub that puts on films, plays and concerts. There is a rugby club and a good swimming pool and for the shopper, there is a wide range of delis, bakeries and hardware stores as well as the ubiquitous M&S and Sainsbury’s. 

The town has several good restaurants, including the upmarket Seahorse and The Angel. If you fancy a change of scenery then head around the bay for a meal at the new beach bar at the blue-flagged Blackpool sands. 

If you are moving the entire family to the area, the schools are uniformly good, according to Ofsted, and if someone needs to get back to city life, it is two hours and 46 minutes from Exeter to London Paddington.

Average house price: £466,690

 Mudeford Spit, Dorset

The famous beach huts at Mudeford spit, where owners, who can live here between April and October, speak movingly of waking up to the sound of the sea lapping close by

The famous beach huts at Mudeford spit, where owners, who can live here between April and October, speak movingly of waking up to the sound of the sea lapping close by

Highcliffe and Mudeford, which are situated between Bournemouth and Lymington, were favourite destinations during Covid when people moved from the city in search of sea air and the great outdoors. 

It is easy to see why. The panoramic view from the cliff top at Highcliffe over to the Isle of Wight to the east and Purbecks to the west gives a blast of natural beauty that guarantees all is going to be well with the world. 

The area is enormously popular with retirees: in nearby Christchurch 30 per cent of the residents are retired. There are great golf courses nearby and for sailors, there are well-regarded clubs at Lymington and Poole Harbour. 

What really sets this area apart, however, are the beach huts at Mudeford Spit. This half-mile spit of sand is wrapped protectively around Christchurch Harbour. With the Hengistbury marshlands at the back and the Channel out front, a little toy Noddy train takes you to the huts. 

Every year journalists run articles ridiculing their prices – one recently sold this year for £480,000. Yet they miss the point. You can sleep six in these huts and some have designer interiors that are a match for any luxury caravan. Most have an upper mezzanine sleeping floor, marble worktops, double glazing, solar panels to power LED lights, fridges and hot water. 

Owners, who can live here between April and October, speak movingly of waking up to the sound of the sea lapping close by, sharing an experience of soporific relaxation that no amount of lifestyle counselling could match. 

If you prefer a more traditional home, the average sold price of a house in Highcliffe last year was £464,000 – 19 per cent up on 2021. If a Mudeford beach hut is beyond your budget then a front-line beach hut at Friars Cliff, with views to the Isle of Wight, is for sale for £115,000. Annual licence £1,200 with winkworth.co.uk. Overnight stays strictly forbidden.

Average house price: £503,798

Pett Level, East Sussex

 

If you are looking for solitude on the south coast then head for Pett Level between Hastings and Rye. This is where David Bowie filmed the video for Ashes to Ashes and, although you’ll find a few archaeology boffins studying the fossilised tree trunks of a prehistoric forest which emerges at low tide and the odd wild swimmer, the beaches are usually devoid of visitors. 

Only the wealthy seem to be in the know Pett Level and above the shoreline you will see some expensive, modernist timber-clad constructions. The late manager of the Pet Shop Boys, Tom Watkins built a Bauhaus-inspired home, The Big White House, here in 2003 and filled it with art by, amongst others, Eric Gill, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. 

Even more impressive was the Second World War look-out post which the artist and bon viveur, Michael B White, converted into a studio on the cliff-side above the beach at Cliff End. White also installed an enormous ship’s bell and when courting couples on the deserted beach below arrived at a certain moment of intimacy he would ring it, causing many a heart to flutter. 

Sadly White’s masterpiece has been knocked down now to be replaced by a neat, minimalist Japanese-inspired structure. When you have had your fill of being alone you can walk inland to Pett’s best pub, The Two Sawyers, or drop into the family-run butchers. Solitude, however, does not come cheap.

Average house price: £579,741

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

It’s often said that the Isle of Wight gives you the sensation of going abroad, without leaving the UK. Certainly, its natural beauty has the flavour of another country. Coastal paths, cycle routes and bridleways cover the island, revealing wildflower-topped chalk cliffs, forest trails and, of course, the splendid beaches. 

There has been an influx of incomers over the past decade. Places like Yarmouth, Cowes and Ryde appeal because they are close to the ferry crossings for commuting. Bembridge, on the eastern side of the island, has its own airport, harbour and three beaches. 

It also has some of the wealthiest residents, several of whom keep a house here purely for Cowes Week. The village is charming, with independent shops – including a greengrocer, bakery and butcher, several eateries and a library. 

A highlight of village life is the Fort Walk in August when you can explore one of Palmerston’s follies. Residents swear by the quality of life here, even taking into account the cost and hassle of getting a ferry to the mainland.

Average house price: £574,461

Bosham, West Sussex

There is something distinctly Midsummer Murders about Bosham. Perhaps it’s the eerie quiet of this picturesque harbourside village three miles west of Chichester. 

The story goes that it is where King Canute came a cropper against the tide. The church is stitched into the Bayeux Tapestry. Sailing underpins the culture here. The sailing club boasts the largest fleet of day boats in the country and holds a junior sailing week every summer. It also has an arts and crafts centre, two shops, a gallery and a cafe. 

The water’s edge is sometimes busy with day-trippers and if they park on the front, unaware that the tide surges in, their cars can get submerged. Photographs of stranded cars go up in the Anchor Bleu pub. 

If you tire of the quiet in Bosham, nearby Chichester has excellent shopping, not to mention The Festival Theatre which puts on plays, many of which are destined for the West End. There is modern art at the Pallant House Gallery. You need serious money to move to Bosham. However, you may be able to pick up a 1970s semi-detached on the outskirts of the village for £390,000.

Average house price: £938,464

Deal, Kent

Very few places have changed as dramatically as Deal in Kent this century. Twenty-five years ago the closure of the coalfields and the Royal Marines barracks had left it looking very forlorn. 

Then, with the launch of the high-speed service into London St Pancras in 2015, the 70-mile journey that had previously taken two and a half hours was cut to 90 minutes. The town filled with weekend down-from-Londoners, some of whom turned into full-time residents. 

There was much here to please them, from walks along the two-mile pebble beach or along the Grade II Listed pier. Today you can enjoy the dozens of coffee shops, delis and restaurants or sip a few in Le Pinardier wine bar or in the magnificently battered but welcoming Royal Hotel, overlooking the sea, where Nelson and Lady Hamilton once stayed. 

There is golf at the nearby Royal St George at Sandwich, fine countryside and it’s an easy hop across the Channel for lunch in France. As for property, the incomers favour tasteful renovations of the houses in the conservation area – the three roads in from the seafront linking to Beach Street and Middle Street.

Average house price: £375,380

Cromer, Norfolk

The town was once a bi-word for faded grandeur but that was then, this is now. Little by little, gentrification has come to the North Norfolk town. Freelancers and other work from home types have moved here from London and fine delis and restaurants have sprung up alongside the traditional chippies. 

Art is very popular here: in places like the Gunton Arms, a pub with rooms, the walls display works by Tracey Emin and Lucian Freud. A public art gallery opened on the seafront in 2022. 

The twin beaches are gems of soft, sheltered sand and to top it all there is the famous pier. Measuring 152m in length and completed in 1901, the Cromer lifeboat launches off its end, creating quite a spectacle. 

The main attraction though is the 510-seat Pavilion Theatre, home of the world’s last remaining full-season end-of-the-pier show. Today it specialises in tribute acts and vintage 1960s rockers like the Manfreds and Fairport Convention.

Average house price: £290,238

Orford, Suffolk

The last place in the world you’d expect to find a trendy up-market village is tucked behind Orford Ness, a long, shingle spit at the mouth of the River Ore which was for many years used for hush hush military testing. Red-bricked Orford has the foodie revolution to thank for its sudden popularity. 

Gourmands love the Saturday country market and rave about Pinney’s on the quayside where they buy freshly landed fish and Pump Street Bakery where the doughnuts are to die for. 

To get rid of the calories there’s a little light crabbing on the quay, dinghy sailing up the Ore and the Alde and walks along footpaths and on the dyke opposite Orford Ness. In terms of more cerebral pursuits, there is a beautiful church – much admired by Benjamin Britten film nights, concerts and singing in the Jolly Sailor. 

Add to all this its teeming bird life, being a National Nature Reserve, and it’s little wonder that the BBC’s Nick Robinson and the writer Anthony Horowitz live there.

Average house price: £479,325

Wells-next-the Sea, Norfolk

North Norfolk has joined Cornwall in recent years as a happy stamping ground for Down From Londoners (DFLs) buying second homes. Wells-next-the-Sea is DFL central. Nestled between Holkham Beach and the bird sanctuary at Blakeney Point, it is the classic 1950s Famous Five beach. 

Families play cricket on the expanse of sand, made even more immense when the sea retreats, and to complete the scene there are the famous, brightly coloured beach huts on stilts. If you fancy one of these, be prepared to fork out around £95,000. To simply hire one costs £65 a day, which usually includes all the trappings for a day on the beach – coffee, hot chocolate, deck chairs, a little gas stove, windbreaks etc. 

Other pursuits are equally wholesome. There is cycle hire and seal-spotting boat trips from the quay and the Wells and Walsingham light railway. The town itself is unremarkable but pretty, with a leafy Georgian square and a good selection of shops and eateries. 

Yet to buy a six-bedroom townhouse here costs nearly £2million. A realistic alternative is Sheringham, a town with a similarly old-fashioned feel, or Hunstanton, another seaside classic, with tennis and golf clubs.

Average house price: £495,472

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Whitby is one for the goths, its old streets and ruined abbey being the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yet it is more than that. 

The beaches are superb and the locals have the North York Moors on their doorstep. The town itself is a picturesque mix of medieval and 19th-century buildings built in the shadow of Whitby Abbey which you reach by a cliff-side climb of 199 steps. 

Estate agents claim that 50 per cent of their house sales go to second home owners looking for the kind of quaint fishermen’s cottages found off Flowergate or Henrietta Street. 

There is a shortage of properties for sale, however, and it may pay to look in villages such as Ruswarp and Sleights. Sandsends, to the north, once a retreat for Edwardian families, is very pleasant, as is Robin Hood’s Bay, just to the south of Whitby. The oldest part of this village, right by the sea, is the most desirable. 

You don’t come to Whitby for the arts scene but The Pavilion puts on regular events, including tea dances. Significantly, the University of the Third Age (U3A) is thriving. Although it is a five-hour journey by car from London and 90 minutes by train to Middlesbrough, Whitby’s breathtaking scenery continues to attract incomers to this North Yorkshire town.

Average house price: £259,207

Alnmouth, Northumberland

Few places match the needs of the modern work from home executive as fully as Alnmouth. The bracing sea air should quell the executive stress, there’s a golf course to maintain the fitness levels and a deli to help cater for the dinner parties. 

The Northumberland village offers a fast train service to Newcastle, York, Edinburgh or London so a quick dash back to the office in times of crisis is a possibility. Apart from its wild and windy sandy beach, Alnmouth itself has an upmarket, brightly painted high street and an outstanding Ofsted-rated primary school. 

So there is no danger of disadvantaging the children with a move to this remote part of the coast. In fact, they are likely to be spellbound by the seat of the Percy family in the attractive market town of Alnwick, only four miles away. This was, as all children know, where the first Harry Potter film was shot. House prices are enticing to southerners’ eyes, though comparatively high for the North East.

Average house price: £404,833

Bamburgh, Northumberland

Bamburgh is not for softies. Dominated by the mighty Norman castle perched on a rocky outcrop, when the wind blows across its one-and-a-half mile white sand beach it has the look of a Siberian wilderness. 

Yet the holiday let owners are doing well as ever more tourists appreciate Bamburgh’s rugged beauty. A report out last week – The 2024 Holiday Letting Outlook from Sykes Holiday Cottages – put Bamburgh in the top ten for largest income increase for holiday lets in the space of a year. Bamburgh owners made an average annual income of £30,100 in 2023, a 25 per cent increase on the previous year. 

Bamburgh itself is a pretty little village with a few good shops, including Carter’s the butchers and convenience store and The Pantry deli. It has several pubs and The Potted Lobster specialises in seafood. 

Lack of housing stock is a problem. There are only three places on the market at the time of writing, one being 22 Ingram Road, a three-bed bungalow with views towards the castle. Price: £900,000 (finestproperties.co.uk). 

‘Properties don’t come on the market very often,’ says Ryan Eve of Finest Properties. ‘When they do they sell very fast and it’s the owners running holiday lets who are driving up prices.’ One solution could be to look in Seahouses, a little to the south. It has a beautiful beach and it is known for its view of the Farne Islands, a big attraction for boat trippers.

Average house price: £613,750

Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Whitley Bay has for generations been loved by the locals in Tyne and Wear and now it has had a magnificent make-over. 

The Spanish City is its flagship. This grand Edwardian venue on the waterfront has a champagne bar, tearoom and wedding venue following a £10million renovation project. It is part of the town’s seafront master plan that includes High Point View, 14 townhouses on the site of an abandoned old hotel, as well as new railings, lighting, seats and shelters. 

This regeneration is far from merely cosmetic. Whitley Bay High School – rated ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report – is in the process of getting an upgrade, with a new football pitch, new halls and a landscaped central zone. (Incidentally, Valley Gardens Middle School is also judged outstanding, as are several of the primary schools.) 

The best addresses include Holywell Avenue with its mock Tudor and Arts and Crafts homes and Marine Avenue with its Victorian semi-detacheds. Prices here hit £1million. You will find 1960s villas close to the golf club for around £500,000. Park View, with its fashionable cafes and lifestyle stores, is worth a visit. 

There are six blue-flag beaches along this part of the coast and getting there could hardly be easier, the journey on the Metro from St James in Newcastle city centre taking only 24 minutes. Rail services connect to London and Scotland. All of which explains why Whitley Bay today is such a canny place.

Average house price: £306,605

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The incredible bargain-basement holiday cottages you can buy across Europe for as little as £4,000: From hidden idylls unspoilt by mass tourism to boltholes in reach of Ryanair and easyJet

With the average price of UK properties currently around £264,000, it’s not surprising that many buyers are looking to Europe where you can get much more bang for your buck.

Although British residents can now only spend 90 out of each 180 days in Europe, buyers are snapping up properties across the continent – some for less than the price of a second hand car.

Spain is our top choice for a cheap life in the sun. Around 130,000 British over-60s live there and the UK’s cost-of-living crisis remains a big driver, despite price hikes on some Spanish goods. And Alicante is the most popular for Britons, with 76,739 living there in 2023, according to the local census.

But there are plenty of other parts of Europe that offer the chance to soak up some sunshine – and snap up deals on property. 

From Slovenia, Cyprus to Sicily, here are some of the best homes on the market for under £100,000.

FRANCE

The home offers several outbuildings and plenty of land overlooking the Ernée valley

The home offers several outbuildings and plenty of land overlooking the Ernée valley

Pays de la Loire, Mayenne, Chailland

If it’s charm, character and a lot of space you’re after, this property may be the one. The stately, stone-built ‘maison de maître’ has a large kitchen/diner and lounge, four bedrooms, an office and an attic that could be converted to create even more space (pending planning permission). The home offers several outbuildings and plenty of land overlooking the Ernée valley. The pretty village of Chailland is just half a mile away, with shops, a post office, a bar/restaurant, crêperie and primary schools. The historic riverside town of Laval, 11 miles away, has a direct high-speed train line to Paris.

(£99,787/€118,000, agencethom.fr)

This lovely three-bedroom former farmhouse retains much of its period charm and character

This lovely three-bedroom former farmhouse retains much of its period charm and character

Le Teilleul, Manche, Lower Normandy

This lovely three-bedroom former farmhouse retains much of its period charm and character. In addition to the good-sized living quarters, there’s a cellar, large adjoining outbuilding, hangar and spacious attic space. There is also the possibility of acquiring more land. Bordered by Calvados, Orne, Mayenne and Ille-et-Vilaine, the Manche department offers much to see and do including a host of museums, churches, water mills and chateaux to discover. Access is a doddle, with a range of ferry services to ports along the coastline to the north and west, as well as Caen airport 50 miles away.

(£99,781/€118,000, clefrance.co.uk)

ITALY

A compact old townhouse with oodles of potential, this two bed, two bathroom property is on sale for just £4,651

A compact old townhouse with oodles of potential, this two bed, two bathroom property is on sale for just £4,651

Mineo, Catania, Sicily

A compact old townhouse with oodles of potential, this two bed, two bathroom property is on sale for just £4,651. The selling agents say the building is structurally sound although of course will need plenty of work on the interior – at least £13,000, including a new bathroom for around £2,500 and another €2,500/£2,116 notary fees and stamp duty. Connected with water, gas and electricity, it is located in the picturesque medieval town of Mineo, which is peppered with ancient churches, historic buildings, atmospheric narrow streets and glorious views over valleys as well as Mount Etna. Budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet fly to Catania Fontarossa airport, which is 25 miles away.

(£4,651/€5,500, vivasicily.weebly.com)

This lovely stone house enjoys a beautiful location by Majella mountain and is just ten minutes' drive from Lake Bomba in Abruzzo

This lovely stone house enjoys a beautiful location by Majella mountain and is just ten minutes’ drive from Lake Bomba in Abruzzo

Colledimezzo, Chieti, Abruzzo

This lovely stone house enjoys a beautiful location by Majella mountain and is just ten minutes’ drive from Lake Bomba in Abruzzo, an area unspoilt by mass tourism. The Adriatic coast is only a 35 minute drive away. The property is in very good condition and its attractive exposed stone interior walls add plenty of character. The ground floor has a wooden verandah overlooking the garden and surrounding hills, and there’s also a sizeable terrace. Although there are three bedrooms, the attic bedroom could be divided into two bedrooms. It is located one mile from Colledimezzo, which, with its cobbled streets and charming churches, offers a slice of authentic Italian village life.

(£99,781/€118,000, abruzzoruralproperty.com)

GREECE

This renovated two-storey, two-bed home in the traditional village of Houmeriakos is situated in a quiet lane and enjoys wonderful views of the valley and villages below

This renovated two-storey, two-bed home in the traditional village of Houmeriakos is situated in a quiet lane and enjoys wonderful views of the valley and villages below

Lasithi, Áyios Nikólaos, Crete

This renovated two-storey, two-bed home in the traditional village of Houmeriakos is situated in a quiet lane and enjoys wonderful views of the valley and villages below. Ready to move in, it features a modern fitted kitchen, wood burning stoves and a living room with a dining area and access to a terrace. There’s also a roof terrace and the property is sold part-furnished and with all white appliances. The village has cafes and restaurants and there are shops and other facilities a five-minute drive at Neapolis. The charming seaside town of Áyios Nikólaos is just a 10-minute drive, while Heraklion International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.

(£97,254/€115,000, Buyandsell.gr)

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house located in Gardelades, a traditional village 11 miles from the attractive capital, Corfu Town

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house located in Gardelades, a traditional village 11 miles from the attractive capital, Corfu Town

Liapades, Corfu

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom detached house located in Gardelades, a traditional village 11 miles from the attractive capital, Corfu Town, with its numerous excellent shopping and dining choices and cultural attractions. The property is spacious and in good condition, and has a large covered balcony as well as storage space. The nearest beach is just 2.5 miles away, and five miles from the house is Palaiokastritsa, which boasts beautiful beaches and pretty landscapes.

£93,032/€110,000, rrcorfurealestate.com)

SPAIN

This well-presented two-bed mid-floor apartment is located within an established and multinational residential development

This well-presented two-bed mid-floor apartment is located within an established and multinational residential development

Lomas De Cabo Roig, Costa Blanca South

This well-presented two-bed mid-floor apartment is located within an established and multinational residential development that offers an attractive communal swimming pool and green areas. The interior is spacious and bright and has an east-facing sun terrace. The two double bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the property is offered mostly furnished. Cabo Roig has two main beaches and plenty of amenities including bars, shops, restaurants, while a supermarket and shopping centre is nearby. During the summer there’s lively nightlife too. Murica-Covera and Alicante airports are just 45 minutes away.

(£99,362/€117,500, iadespana.es/en)

Just 700 metres from the beach, this two-bed apartment built in 2000 has a double bedroom and large single

Just 700 metres from the beach, this two-bed apartment built in 2000 has a double bedroom and large single

Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia

Just 700 metres from the beach, this two-bed apartment built in 2000 has a double bedroom and large single. There’s a big covered terrace, and the development offers a swimming pool and a playground. Salou has plenty of family-friendly attractions and vibrant nightlife, and its setting on the beautiful Costa Daurada ensures a great choice of golden beaches and enticing turquoise waters. Neighbouring Tarragona is a delight, with narrow cobbled alleyways and pretty plazas to wander, plenty of cafes and restaurants, and churches and Roman ruins to explore.

(£99,781/€118,000, iadespana.es/en)

PORTUGAL

This studio apartment is situated in a development with two swimming pools, a tennis court and cafe/bar, and is just five minutes from the centre of Tavira on the Algarve coast

This studio apartment is situated in a development with two swimming pools, a tennis court and cafe/bar, and is just five minutes from the centre of Tavira on the Algarve coast

Tavira (Santa Maria e Santiago), Algarve

This studio apartment is situated in a development with two swimming pools, a tennis court and cafe/bar, and is just five minutes from the centre of Tavira on the Algarve coast. Tavira has some of the region’s best beaches, and is one of the best-preserved historic towns in the Algarve. The medieval architecture includes a castle, and pretty cobblestoned streets to explore. Ria Formosa Natural Park is nearby, with salt pans that attract flamingos, spoonbills and other wading birds, adding to the host of local attractions available.

(£97,254/€115,000, century21.pt)

CYPRUS

This fully furnished two-bedroom apartment has verandahs to the front and rear and allocated parking, and is within a residential complex with its own communal swimming pool

This fully furnished two-bedroom apartment has verandahs to the front and rear and allocated parking, and is within a residential complex with its own communal swimming pool

Frenaros, Famagusta

This fully furnished two-bedroom apartment has verandahs to the front and rear and allocated parking, and is within a residential complex with its own communal swimming pool. It is located in the popular village of Frenaros, which is around a 20-minute drive from the tourist resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, and 40 minutes from Larnaca International Airport. The village is famous for its red soil and delicious watermelons and its centre retains numerous historical features, including Byzantine churches dating back to the 12th century. Its an ideal place to people-watch at one of the coffee shops or tavernas.

(£94,711/€112,000, islandhomescyprus.com)

BULGARIA

Just 30 minutes to the sea and Burgas airport, this four-bedroom rural house built in 2021 has a very large plot of land extending to 9,448 square metres

Just 30 minutes to the sea and Burgas airport, this four-bedroom rural house built in 2021 has a very large plot of land extending to 9,448 square metres

Sredets, Burgas

Just 30 minutes to the sea and Burgas airport, this four-bedroom rural house built in 2021 has a very large plot of land extending to 9,448 square metres. Sold furnished, the large two master bedrooms have en-suite facilities and their own balconies. There is a small amount of work to complete some flooring and plastering on the first floor. The house offers far reaching countryside views. The little village, with a population of around 350 people, has a shop, church and mayor’s office.

(£93,019/€110,000, bulgarianpropertiesforsale.com)

MONTENEGRO

This two-bed stone house is situated in a quiet, peaceful area close to historic sites. With an open plan kitchen/salon, it also has three ruins in the grounds

This two-bed stone house is situated in a quiet, peaceful area close to historic sites. With an open plan kitchen/salon, it also has three ruins in the grounds

Risan

This two-bed stone house is situated in a quiet, peaceful area close to historic sites. With an open plan kitchen/salon, it also has three ruins in the grounds. It’s situated in a mountainous area ideal for lovers of wild nature and outdoor pursuits. It is a 40-minute drive to the coast, 22 miles away from Kotor Old Town, and 28 miles away from Tivat Airport.

(£93,013/€110,000, sold by ntRealty Tivat via rightmove.co.uk)

HUNGARY

This three-bed villa is situated in a quiet part of Bardudvarnok village in a beautiful valley

This three-bed villa is situated in a quiet part of Bardudvarnok village in a beautiful valley

Bárdudvarnok, Somogy

This three-bed villa is situated in a quiet part of Bárdudvarnok village in a beautiful valley. The house was built in 1965 and features three wood burning tiled stoves and has land big enough for animal husbandry or vegetable gardening, or perhaps the construction of a guest house. A park, playground and soccer field are nearby, as is Lake Petörke, perfect for swimming and walking.

(£70,185/€83,000, immotrading.at)

LATVIA

Enjoy city centre living in one of Europe's most attractive capitals for the price of a car parking space in central London

Enjoy city centre living in one of Europe’s most attractive capitals for the price of a car parking space in central London

Riga

Enjoy city centre living in one of Europe’s most attractive capitals for the price of a car parking space in central London. The one-bedroom apartment, with an open-plan kitchen/living room, has the added advantage of being situated in a quiet courtyard. With Riga centre right on your doorstep, there are museums, concert halls and theatres nearby, and a gorgeous pedestrian-only medieval old town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants – and low prices. This Baltic capital is also known for its beautiful wooden buildings, Art Nouveau architecture and lively nightlife.

(£63,592/€75,200, habita.com)

TURKEY

Just 800 metres from the sea, and with a shuttle bus available, this fully furnished and equipped two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground floor flat with a sizeable garden is ideal for sun and sea lovers

Just 800 metres from the sea, and with a shuttle bus available, this fully furnished and equipped two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground floor flat with a sizeable garden is ideal for sun and sea lovers

Adabuku, Bodrum

Just 800 metres from the sea, and with a shuttle bus available, this fully furnished and equipped two-bedroom, two-bathroom ground floor flat with a sizeable garden is ideal for sun and sea lovers. It offers a spacious living room with open kitchen and a large, airy balcony. The complex it is located in includes nearly 20 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children’s pools, water parks, children’s play areas, a football field, basketball court, tennis courts, a golf course, viewing terraces, barbecue areas, and more. The property is near sandy beaches and private beach clubs, and spas and social facilities of five-star hotels nearby. The village centre, a ten-minute walk, has numerous restaurants, markets and shops. The surrounding area has pine forests, archaeological sites and bird sanctuaries.

(£98,500, gumusgayrimenkul.com.tr)

CROATIA

This attractive three-bedroom villa is situated in central Istria in a rural location, just a 30-minute drive from the sea

This attractive three-bedroom villa is situated in central Istria in a rural location, just a 30-minute drive from the sea

Lupoglav, Istria

Istria, in western Croatia, has around 200 miles of shoreline and is home to very pleasant resort towns and some great beaches. This attractive three-bedroom villa is situated in central Istria in a rural location, just a 30-minute drive from the sea. With two large bedrooms and one small one, the property also has a terrace. In a small village at the foot of the Ucka mountain range, the surrounding area is ideal for hiking, biking and other outdoor pursuits. The nearest shop is just five minutes by car.

(£97,261/€115,000, beverywhere.com)

SLOVENIA

This three bedroom detached house in West Slovenia requires some renovation and modernisation but is impressive, considering the low price

This three bedroom detached house in West Slovenia requires some renovation and modernisation but is impressive, considering the low price

Tolmin

This three bedroom detached house in West Slovenia requires some renovation and modernisation but is impressive, considering the low price. It has a kitchen/diner, living room, storage areas, three bedrooms and a terrace. At the confluence of the Soca and Tolminka rivers, Tolmin has a charming old town, restaurants and cafes, a modern sports park and 1000-year-old castle ruins. Just a short walk takes you to the attractive Tolmin gorges and entrance into the Triglav National Park.

(£50,740/€60,000, beverywhere.com)

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Self storage booms as tenants use it as an alternative to upsizing, data suggests

  • Last year, turnover in the self-storage sector reached over £1.08bn 

Self-storage is increasingly being used as an alternative to upsizing amid sky-high rental costs and property prices, findings suggest. 

There was a 49 per cent increase in self-storage enquiries in the latest quarter compared to the previous quarter, data from Compare My Move claims.

A growing number of people are turning to self-storage as a longer-term option, according to the data. 

Lengthy: A growing number of people are also turning to self-storage as a longer-term option

Lengthy: A growing number of people are also turning to self-storage as a longer-term option

Last year, turnover in the self-storage sector reached over £1.08billion. 

Average rental returns came in at £26.23 per square foot, up 1 per cent on the previous year. 

There was 50million square feet of self-storage space in the UK last year.

Dave Sayce, founder and managing director of Compare My Move, told This is Money: ‘Higher rents is one of the main factors when it comes to people choosing a smaller property when renting, especially in larger cities.

‘London has seen the highest rent increase in England 11.2 per cent over the past 12 months, and despite this continue to have the smallest average floor size because of the cities density (84m²).

‘On average, the difference between a one bedroom flat and a two bedroom flat in the UK around £200 a month, this difference rises to around £450 in London.’

Longer self-storage leases are ‘much more popular’ than the shorter self-storage leases, Compare My Move said. For enquiries, the most popular timespan is between three to six months.

Conversely, the proportion of people interested in self-storage deals lasting less than two weeks fell by 27.7 per cent in the first quarter, the research claimed. 

A chart showing self-storage asking rents per week in 2023, according to Self Storage Association UK

A chart showing self-storage asking rents per week in 2023, according to Self Storage Association UK

In its 2024 industry report published in April, Self-Storage Association UK, said: ‘UK rental stock shows no signs of improving.’

It added: ‘The renter demand pool is becoming even more robust. There are more renters overall, growing from 3.9million private renter households in 2011 to 5million in 2021 (Census 2021) in England and Wales. 

‘The number of renters is forecast to grow, not only due to a growing population but also owing to affordability constraints in the sales market.’

Concerning: A chart showing forecasted housing unaffordability

Concerning: A chart showing forecasted housing unaffordability

‘The combined result of this is that the number of house moves declined which will have an impact on self storage demand.’

Separate research by KitKeeper last month found that 40 per cent of people said that did not have enough storage space in their homes. 

Michael McCreadie, founder of KitKeeper, said: ‘As the population grows and housing space is at a premium, many of us are living in small homes with little storage space. 

‘Despite that, we are consumers of more belongings than ever before, especially when it comes to hobbies, pets and children.’

The cost of self-storage can be steep and vary significantly depending on location, the size of the space required and the duration it is required for. 

Rental costs have been rising in recent months, but the pace of growth has started to slow. 

Average private rents increased by 8.7 per cent to £1,262 per month in the year to May, down from 8.9 per cent in the year to April, and below the record-high annual rise of 9.2 per cent in March 2024, according to official data published on Wednesday. 

How to keep self-storage costs down

Dave Sayce, founder and managing director of Compare My Move, has a number of tips to help keep self-storage costs down:   

1. Have a reference point 

Storage prices will change depending on where you are in the UK but the average tends to be around £26.23 per square foot. Check the average storage prices in your area and keep them in mind when browning for storage companies.

2. Compare storage companies

As well as knowing the prices you should be paying, you should compare multiple storage providers around your area to find an average price for the length of time and the amount of space you need. 

Usually, storage companies will offer discounts for long-term storage plans, so keep this in mind if you are looking for a length longer than a year.

3. Declutter before you store

The main aspect that affects the price of storage is the amount of space you’ll need, so having a declutter before storing and reducing the volume of items you’ll need to store will reduce the cost of storage.

4. Compare storage insurance prices

Most storage companies make insurance compulsory, they will either organise this for you as part of the price or ask you to sort your own insurance. 

Make sure you know how much insurance should cost depending on what you want to store before agreeing on a price, the more valuable the items you need to store the more expensive the insurance will be.

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