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ritain’s most beau­ti­ful spots all sur­round water. Whether it’s dra­matic cliffs in Kent, or a peace­ful lake in Cum­bria, liv­ing near water is at the top of most house-hunters’ list of de­sir­ables.

Small won­der, then, that prop­erty de­vel­op­ers are so keen to find wa­ter­side spots for their best new projects.

Re­search by County Home­search, a buy­ing agency with more than 20 of­fices around Bri­tain, shows that a water view at­tracts a 50 per cent pre­mium com­pared to a like-for­like prop­erty in­land.

Es­tu­ary views are the most pop­u­lar, fol­lowed by the open sea. They hold their value over time, too. Hal­i­fax es­ti­mates that homes near water have on av­er­age more than dou­bled in price since 2001.

Here is our top 10 of the lat­est, most at­trac­tive new wa­ter­side homes on the mar­ket. LECH­LADE, GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE This scheme, called The Lakes by Yoo, proves wa­ter­side fun can ex­ist even in­land. It is a hol­i­day home de­vel­op­ment in 650 acres of the Cotswolds with lux­ury homes, rang­ing from three to six bed­rooms. Each prop­erty is built to the owner’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions and comes with a ter­race fac­ing one of the lakes. There is a concierge and house­keep­ing ser­vice, a spa with swim­ming pool and treat­ment rooms as well as a sauna and steam room. There is even a vis­it­ing farm­ers’ mar­ket. £900,000 to £3m (01367 250066; the­lakes­byyoo.com).

DEVON “This could be the ‘must have’ wa­ter­side ad­dress in the coun­try,” claims a spokesman for Dev­ing­ton Homes, the de­vel­oper trans­form­ing the 19th-cen­tury Grand Ho­tel into apart­ments over­look­ing Ply­mouth Hoe. In the Six­ties, it hosted the Bea­tles but then be­came a lowly Berni Inn. Af­ter be­ing wrecked by fire, it has been con­verted into 26 two and three-be­d­room flats with sea views. £249,950 to £1.45m from Dev­ing­ton Homes (01326 211655; grand­ply­mouth.co.uk).

CORN­WALL There are two un­usual el­e­ments here. First, it’s rare to find new de­tached wa­ter­side houses on sale, but here are three. Each with four bed­rooms and a whopping 3,000sq ft of liv­ing space. Sec­ond, lit­tle of Corn­wall re­mains undis­cov­ered but this north-coast fish­ing port be­tween St Agnes and St Ives is as close as you get to it. £775,000 to £850,000 through Charts Edge (01803 863108; chartsedge.co.uk). CHICH­ESTER, WEST SUS­SEX If you are on the coast, make the most of it. This new five-be­d­room house has a glass roof plus plenty of win­dows and bal­conies with views across The So­lent. The gar­den has beach ac­cess and there is boat stor­age, nat­u­rally. In­land, Chich­ester re­mains a vi­brant cul­ture-vul­ture’s haven. £1.5m from Strutt & Parker (01243 832600; strut­tand­parker. com). ISLE OF WIGHT For the best view of Cowes Week, try Van­tage Point, twobed­room apart­ments each with a ter­race. “The homes have been de­signed to max­imise light, have panoramic views and are just yards from the Royal Yacht Squadron. They over­look the start of the ma­jor­ity of Cowes’ sail­ing events,” says Nicki Den­nis of de­vel­oper Ban­ner Homes. £800,000 to £900,000 (01983 292193; van­tage­point­cowes.co.uk). SHOE­BURY­NESS, ES­SEX This clever con­ver­sion has seen 11 homes made from a mil­i­tary gar­ri­son of­fi­cers’ mess. It sits right on a se­cluded beach and of­fers fab­u­lous long-dis­tance sea views. The re­main­ing home on sale is vast – 5,500sq ft, in­clud­ing four bed­rooms and the for­mer ball­room. Ideal for a house­warm­ing party. £795,000 from Fine (01702 826037; fine.co.uk and of­fi­cers-mess.co.uk). LYMING­TON, HAMP­SHIRE Twelve de­tached houses and 130 one, two and three-be­d­room apart­ments are for sale at Lyming­ton Shores. They over­look the river and are ac­com­pa­nied by

Go with the flow: sea­side towns such as Sal­combe, in Devon, above, have long at­tracted a pre­mium

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