Looking at these fabulous houses, all I can think of is why I am not a millionaire? They are all gorgeous and of course, unaffordable.
1. Don’t forget your waterskis
This clapboard lodge stands on the edge of a serene Cotswolds lake near Cirencester.
Water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing are available for the energetic — and fishing for those who prefer something more sedate. There are five bedrooms, a 1,580 sq ft deck above the lake and a private jetty.
The house is part of a gated complex so there is 24-hour security and a shared gym and spa.
For sale: £850,000
2. Pull up the drawbridge
Surrounded by its own moat (you enter via a drawbridge), this castle-in-miniature in East Sussex sleeps four.
Dinner is eaten in the Great Hall with Gothic windows overlooking the water. The house is owned by a former Formula 1 racing driver who also represented Britain at sailing.
He built this replica 12th-century castle in 1993.
To rent: From £1,200 per night
3. Great gatsby on the isle of wight
Sitting on the beach at this clapboard house, you could almost believe you were in The Hamptons — the preferred playground of New York’s elite so intoxicatingly depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
The house is set in six acres of gardens and woodland and looks over a 60-metre private beach.
And if the water is too choppy or chilly to have a dip, there’s an outdoor infinity pool — with its own pool-house — that appears to flow straight into the sea.
For sale: £2.9 million
4. A wondrous watermill
This six-bedroom, Grade-II-listed, converted watermill in Norfolk sits on the banks of the River Wissey.
The original machinery still works and is housed in a 50 sq ft oak-panelled room. There’s an adjoining miller’s house, a wine cellar, a tennis court and 7.5 acres of grounds. The river flows directly beneath the house and you can hear the churn and splash of water from the sitting room.
For sale: £1.35 million
5. Watch out for Loch monsters!
On this secluded 260-acre island in the middle of Loch Craignish, on the coastline of Argyll, the only buildings in sight belong to you.
There’s a helicopter hangar and a choice of private beaches. There are also seven bedrooms and five bathrooms spread across two houses, an observatory, boathouse, two slipways, a jetty and moorings.
Watching the sun go down over the cool, silvery waters is something to behold.
For sale: £2.5million
6. Britain’s most unusual address
Dubbed ‘the best address in Britain’, Number 1, The Thames, is a bomb-proof former estuary gun emplacement, built around 1855.
Standing on a spit off the Isle of Grain in Kent, it is reached by a causeway at low tide. At high tide, the tower is accessible only by boat or helicopter. So, no danger of being disturbed by the neighbours!
With a bit of Grand Designsstyle imagination, this derelict fort could be truly spectacular.
For sale: £500,000
7. Pepperpot perfection
This unusual octagonal house, with a 60ft harbour frontage, looks like a whitewashed pepperpot. It stands above Porthmadog bay in Wales and the Snowdonia mountain range beyond.
It is a stone’s throw from Madoc Yacht Club and from the balconies you can see beyond the headland to Portmeirion and across Tremadog Bay towards Harlech Castle and the Cambrian coastline.
For sale: £625,000
8. Build your own grand design
This site, 100ft above the Sound of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, looks over the sea-cliffs of Ardtornish, the Stevenson lighthouse and Duart Castle.
There’s an acre of land to build the house of your dreams. The only stipulation is that you use traditional Scottish building methods and materials such as local stones and timbers.
For sale: £165,000
9. Your own riverbank palace
Inspired by the designs of the great architect Edwin Lutyens, this Arts and Crafts mansion is set in five acres looking over the pretty River Orwell in Suffolk.
If messing about in boats (there is an adjoining boathouse) isn’t entertainment enough, there’s an indoor pool with a bar area and a six-person Jacuzzi.
Balconies and terraces look over the jetty and river.
For sale: £3.95million
10. Solitude of a shepherd
The only noise you’ll hear staying in this shepherd’s hut on the Isle of Skye comes from the stream next to the croft.
There are views of Loch Eishort, Loch Hourn and the Atlantic Ocean. The hut sleeps two and there are dogs, cats, hens and donkeys for company and a wood-burning stove for warmth on cool evenings.
To rent: From £90 per night
11. Clifftop trainspotting
If you loved The Railway Children when you were young, this is the perfect place to play at being station-master.
The converted Edwardian railway carriage stands on a cliff-top above Cardigan Bay in Wales, between the sandy beaches of Aberporth and Tresaith. Europe’s largest colony of bottle-nose dolphins swim in the waters below.
The 1908 carriage has been painstakingly restored and you can step off the running-board on to the coast footpath. For anglers, there are plenty of sea bass and mackerel to catch.
To rent: From £49 per night
12. Bijou charm by the briny
There’s not much space in this one-bedroom beach hut in Christchurch, Dorset, but the door opens directly onto the beach at Mudeford Spit.
There’s a small kitchen for making picnics and the hut sleeps four people (on bunk-beds and two sofas) at a squeeze.
For sale: £155,000 leasehold
13. To the lighthouse
Converted lighthouse towers are as rare as hen’s teeth.
Climb up the winding staircase inside this one in Pembrokeshire for views over the Cleddau Estuary, the Irish Sea and the islands of Skomer and Skokholm from the observation lounge.
There are five bedrooms and an indoor heated swimming pool with cliff-top views.
For sale: £975,000
14. Delights of the channel
The English Channel may not be the Med, but on a fine day, the sight of the waves crashing against Hastings pier is magnificent.
Bay windows in the kitchen and sitting-room of this white stucco beach-front house overlook the marina.
Like other seaside resorts, Hastings’ best days are behind it now fewer holidaymakers choose to take staycations, but the Old Town remains charming.
To rent: From £115 per night
15. London’s No 1 view
Floor-to-ceiling windows in this penthouse flat in Wapping in London’s East End give views over the Thames, Tower Bridge, the Shard, the St Katharine Docks, and the Tower of London.
In addition to 2,098 sq ft of living space, you can also buy your own mooring station — right next to the one often used by the Queen during official tours and outings.
For sale: £6.25million