The issue of second homes left empty for much of the year remains a contentious one. Inflated prices make it next to impossible for young people in popular holiday destinations to buy homes. There’s been much talk of measures to address this but very little action. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that these cottages were originally locally owned. When I raised the issue in Looe, I was forcibly reminded that the quaint little holiday lets in the old town were originally dark, damp, cramped and tiny – fine when nicely done up for a week or a fortnight in the summer but pretty dismal to spend a lifetime in.
Tom Fort spent 22 years in the BBC Radio newsroom before becoming an author. His latest book, Channel Shore (Simon and Schuster, £14.99), was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the week.