Plain Sailing

For yachties, Savills (01872 243200) is selling the perfect Cornish waterside retreat at Polruan, a pedestrian-ferry ride away from Fowey. Once home to Slade’s shipyard whose flagship schooner inspired Daphne du Maurier’s first book, the site subsequently housed the local dinghy club and Waterside Bistro. Converted in the 1980s and re-designed by the current owner in 2002, this £1.95 million marine residence offers flexible five-bedroom accommodation. It also sports a private quay, a purpose-built boathouse, a hydraulic boat-crane and two outhaul moorings and is a stone’s throw from a tidal beach.

Naturrally Nautical

Four miles from Exeter, this Grade II-listed former boat house is one of only two homes in Topsham with its own private pontoon, and the only one with a slipway and dry dock. For sale through Strutt & Parker (01392247455) for £3million, it was built in 1700, converted in 1904 and recently refurbished with enormous style. Five bedrooms, formal dining and sitting rooms are teamed with enormous style. Five bedrooms, formal dining and sitting rooms are teamed with an amazing kitchen/breakfast/family room and views down the estuary (where there is a deep-water mooring) to the open sea at Exmouth six miles away.

Off The Beaten Track

Perched on the clifftop, on a no-through lane, the three coastguard cottages at Bass Point enjoy direct access to the South West Coast Path. They are also a short walk from an inn, butcher/deli, grocer, post office and local favourite Ann’s Pasties at Lizard Village. Lillicrap Chilcott (01872 273473) is seeking £575,000 for the foremost cottage that has two bedrooms and planning consent for a third.

In The Mayflower’s Wake

Visited by the Pilgrim Fathers’ ships on their way to the New World, the cobbled quayside at Bayard’s Cove played centre stage for much of The Onedin Line TV series in the 1970s. Close to the harbour’s Tudor fort and well placed for next month’s Dartmouth Royal Regatta, a five-bedroom Grade II former merchant’s house costs £1.25 million through Marchand Petit (01803 839190)

Jurrassic Gem

Affectionately known by locals as Noah’s Ark, the Grade II Pier Terrace at West Bay, Bridport, was designed by Arts & Crafts architect Edward Prior. Situated just off the inner harbour, it is a few yards from the beach and famous sandstone cliffs. A one-bedroom apartment at the ‘golden gateway’ to Jurassic Coast costs £175,000 through Symonds & Sampson (01308 422092)

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