Chichester Harbour, West Sussex
Benefiting from easy access to London —it’s pretty much a straight shot down the A3 and a journey that’s been vastly improved by the creation of the Hindhead Tunnel—the sailing communities around Chichester Harbour of Bosham, Itchenor and Hayling Island all enjoy lively summers of sport.
The villages around the harbour have some pretty clapboard and Victorian houses that fetch millions because of what Philip Harvey of Property Vision describes as their ‘ Swallows and Amazons’ appeal— very casual and relaxed, with children racing around on bikes and messing around on the water in dinghies and on paddleboards.
One of the island’s few houses with direct beach access, The Ledge House in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, has seven bedrooms, six reception rooms and 1.3 acres of garden. £1.575m through Knight Frank ( 01962 658913)