From the Isle of Skye to the Cornish coast, Britain has some of the most beautiful beachfront property in the world. Living near the water has more benefits than the view, though. Water enhances our lives in ways we aren't even aware of, by making us more creative and helping us to relax. According to a recent study, seeing the ocean is directly related to lower levels of anxiety, and hearing the sounds of waves promotes feelings of relaxation and safety. It's no wonder that residents of coastal towns are some of the happiest people in Britain.
Luckily for British residents, their island nation offers a range of beachfront properties to choose from. Interested in reaping some of these health benefits for yourself? Look no further, because we've compiled homes in some of the happiest coastal hotspots in Britain.
1. Swansea, Wales
With a 70% happiness rate, Swansea is one of the happiest places in the U.K., and the gorgeous seaside views may have something to do with it. The Mumbles is known for its beautiful views, making it a highly desirable area. Fancy trying your hand at seaside living? This family home is perfect for listening to the ocean while enjoying the beautiful sunsets on the outdoor sitting area.
65 Higher Lane, The Mumbles, Swansea
2. Poole, Dorset
The combination of beautiful sandy beaches and the second largest natural harbour after Sydney makes Poole one of the most sought-after places to live in the U.K. You’ll find both ends of the property market here, and from small homes to enormous mansions, Poole will surely have something to suit anyone’s budget. Interested in living on the Jurassic coast? This modern property is located in one of the most desired beachside locations in Weymouth. Finished to the highest standard, the property features a built-in security system, triple glazing, under-floor heating, an air-conditioning system, and oak, walnut, and marble flooring. Four bedrooms and two bathrooms in addition to three balconies complete the property.
Preston, Weymouth, Dorset
3. Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria
If you’re looking for beautiful coastal property, look no further than Cumbria. Grange-Over-Sands is an idyllic seaside retreat located between the mountains and the coast with access to a village close by. Curious about what the area offers property-wise? We thought so. Located one mile from the coastal town of Grange-Over-Sands, this impressive barn conversion offers flexible accommodation over three floors. Comprised of four double bedrooms, a family bathroom, spacious dining room, lounge with vaulted ceiling and multi-fuel stove, this home offers all of the benefits of countryside living with the amenities of having a village close by.
4. Ilfracombe, Devon
There’s plenty to be happy about in Ilfracombe, as it’s one of the most beautiful (and competitively priced) seaside opportunities in Devon. With dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea and some of the loveliest rolling green hills in the country, the quality of life in Ilfracombe is certainly enviable. Absolutely hooked? You could be living a life of cream teas and oceanside views faster than you think. This four-bedroom equestrian property with views of the sea just over the hill will have you feeling happier in no time.
Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon
5. Looe, Cornwall
This Cornish village offers more than pasties and fantastic surfing. Residents of Looe, Cornwall, have a relaxed style of life and an indomitable community spirit. You’ll find pasty shops and plenty of Cornish artistry in this village, as well as the beautiful Cornish coast. Ready to move? This four-bedroom property in Padstow sits in the heart of the conservation area and boasts impressive character features.
6. Hunstanton, Norfolk
The coast of Norfolk is one of England’s hidden treasures. Nestled in the hills, small villages and quaint country lifestyles abound. For fresh sea air, look no further than Hunstanton, one of the most picturesque seaside towns that Britain has to offer. Fancy finding a coastal home in Norfolk? This four-bedroom detached house in Tatterford might just be the one for you. Its tranquil village location will make you happy in no time.
7. Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby’s sandy beaches and pastel homes combine to create the perfect recipe for happy living. With a picturesque town centre and beach access, it’s a bit like living in a fairy tale village. If city life isn’t what you fancy, take a look outside the town (and notice a significant drop in price). Ready to live in Tenby? Ivy Tower Farm is the place for you. A six-bedroom detached house with a delightful garden and a two-bedroom annexe, this property is in a fantastic village location.
Ivy Tower Farm
8. Emsworth, Hampshire
Between the lush New Forest and miles of stunning coastline, Hampshire’s got something for everyone. Hayling Island doesn’t disappoint. With views out onto the crystal-clear water and all the space you need to stretch your legs, you’ll be feeling calmer in no time. Hoping for Hampshire? This home on Hayling Island has everything you need. Its five bedrooms are perfect for a family, and the oceanfront views make it easy to see and hear the water at any time of day.
Hayling Island, Hampshire
9. Woodbridge, Suffolk
The Suffolk coast is bursting with quaint villages, but Woodbridge may be the most charming. Woodbridge is a quaint market town, full of unique shops and local markets. Once you venture from the city centre, you’ll see miles of beautiful coastline. Sold on Suffolk? This five-bedroom detached cottage has one of the best views in Bawdsey. Located right on the coast, you’ll be feeling the healing effects of the water in no time.
East Lane, Bawdsey
10. Bideford, Devon
Rounding off our list is Bideford, a lovely little town located in Devon. Once you’ve had your tea and scone, walk over the beautiful arched bridge and discover the beautiful Devon coastline. Can’t wait for your cream tea? A two-bedroom bungalow might be exactly what you’re looking for. With spectacular ocean views, this property is an ideal option for a buyer looking to reap the benefits of oceanside living.
Millards Hill, Instow, Bideford