Have you ever dreamed of buying a beach house in Hawaii, or snapping up a waterfront home in Florida? Well, your dream home might be closer to hand than you imagined; the UK is full of hidden exotic locales that feel a million miles away from the our drab city streets. Here are seven of the best.
Known as ‘Sunny Tiree,’ the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides is famous for its long, uninterrupted hours of sunshine, regularly recording the longest sunny periods in the UK. It also boasts stunning crystal white beaches. Not quite Hawaii, but almost.
The Torquay village of Cockington looks like the chocolate box town time forgot. If immaculately manicured thatch and and a lack of double glazing is your thing, nothing tops this Devon town. It’s like rural France, without the French.
It may resemble the picturesque town of Portofino in Italy, but Portmeirion is located in exotic Gwynedd, North Wales. Admittedly they rent the whole thing out to tourists, so you can’t actually live there, but for those hankering after a slice of the Mediterranean, Gwynedd might be for you. Warning, it may be slightly cooler than northern Italy.
St Michael’s Mount
Why go to France for spectacular Norman castles, when there’s St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall? Those living in the mainland town of Marazion have romantic views that rival anything in Europe. Or a Disney movie.
The vast shingle beach at Dungeness in Kent is the UK’s only desert, and the only place in Britain where the dream of living in a Nevada-style wilderness can become reality. Crawling with unique wildlife, and with a vista dominated by two Nuclear Power Stations, there really is nowhere else quite like it.
Oddly, these Miami style waterfront homes are located in the rolling Cotswolds. They come complete with everything from overhanging decked terraces to designer open plan layouts. Everything apart from the Gators.
The Vale of Glamorgan
Most people think they would need to move to Italy or France to enjoy dreamily living amid vineyards. But from the south coast of England to Fife, rows of vine are popping up everywhere. The one above is just outside Cardiff.