Charlie Luxton Homes by the Sea

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Sea views, fresh air and the beach on your doorstep – all factors that are seeing more and more people snap up homes along Britain’s brilliant coast.

In this new series Charlie Luxton embarks on another nationwide tour to visit more of Britain’s best homes by the sea and find out why so many of us crave our own perfect slice of the shoreline.

This time his travels take him from the surf beaches of Cornwall to the epic landscapes of North Ireland,

From renovated cottages to brand new builds, converted lighthouses and grand seafront terraces, Charlie will explore the remarkable variety of styles and architecture that shape our coastal towns and villages.

He’ll uncover homes crafted from the landscape, and ingenious design that’s produced homes against the odds. And he’ll spend time with the people who live and work on our coast – meeting those who have escaped the bustle of city living, and others who have never known it any other way.

He’ll also design his own fantasy home in each amazing location, taking inspirations from the local architecture and spectacular scenery.

Episode 1 – Cornwall

In the first programme of this new series, architectural designer Charlie Luxton heads to the amazing coastal county of Cornwall. As a regular visitor to the Cornish seaside, keen surfer Charlie knows it well but he’s about to discover that as well as great waves there are some fantastic coastal homes there too.

After arriving on a lobster boat in Padstow, Charlie heads to the picturesque village of Portloe on the Roseland Heritage Coast. There he finds a stunning contemporary home on the cliffs above this former smugglers’ cove.

Episode 2 – North Yorkshire

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton is following in the footsteps of Captain Cook and travelling the historic coastline of North Yorkshire.

Charlie’s journey begins in the fantastic harbour town of Whitby. It’s where Bram Stoker brought Dracula ashore and where a young James Cook learnt his seafaring trade.

Charlie’s arriving on a scale replica of the Endeavour, a ship in the town for lugging coal, but would become famous for taking Cook on his first Pacific voyage of discovery.

From here Charlie’s heading south to the village of Fylingthorpe, in the North York Moors National Park, to visit a Scandinavian inspired eco-house that overlooks beautiful Robin Hoods Bay.

Episode 3 – Channel Islands

In this episode architectural designer Charlie Luxton is leaving the UK and heading south to the Channel Islands to Jersey and Guernsey.

Situated 75 miles south of mainland Britain the Channel Islands are within touching distance of the French coast. They’re British Crown Dependencies, which means they are self-governed and independent from the UK but remain possessions of the Crown.

It’s Charlie’s first time in the Channel Islands and his first destination is Guernsey.

Episode 4 – Dumfries and Galloway

In this episode architectural designer Charlie Luxton is in Scotland visiting the Solway coast of Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s a region steeped in history. Here Robert the Bruce fought bloody battles with the English and its natural beauty inspired Robert Burns to write some of his greatest lyrics and poems

After arriving in the picturesque port of Kirkcudbright he heads along the coast to Sandyhills Bay to meet construction project manager Stuart Dick.

Episode 5 – Essex

In this episode architectural designer Charlie Luxton is visiting the Discovery Coast of Essex.  Say Essex to anyone who doesn’t live there and it conjures a very certain image of fake tans and footballers’ mansions – but Charlie’s mission is to delve beyond that cliche and discover the real Essex.

Stretching for over 350 miles, Essex boasts the longest coastline of any county in England… from the Thames Estuary where it flows into the Capital, to the border with Suffolk in the North. It’s a place where two different coastlines exist.  From brash seaside resorts…. to tranquil creeks and pristine saltmarshes that are havens for wildlife.

Charlie arrives at the quayside in Maldon on a beautifully preserved Thames Barge called Kitty before heading to his first port of call which is a small wooden shack nearby. Once used as a refuge by seafarers plying their trade up and down the Blackwater Estuary it’s been converted into a beautiful 2 bedroomed seaside home by Glynn and Deborah Roberts.

Episode 6 – Solent

This week architectural designer Charlie Luxton is heading to the south of England to explore the stunning coastline along one of the country’s busiest waterways, The Solent Stretching for around 20 miles. The Solent separates England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight, from the mainland.  It’s one of the busiest and best known shipping lanes in the world.

Charlie starts his tour in Cowes harbour on the Isle of Wight – virtually the world capital of yachting. Fittingly he enters the harbour on the ‘Way Beyond’, a 47 foot ocean going sailing yacht.

Then he heads off to his first house – starting in a more peaceful part of the island. Just two miles south west of the popular tourist town of Ventnor on the island’s south coast is the tiny village of St Lawrence

Episode 7 – Northern Ireland

In this episode architectural designer Charlie Luxton is leaving the mainland and heading west to Northern Ireland and the glorious Antrim Coast.

The coastal route from Belfast in the east to the border city of Derry-Londonderry stretches for around 200 miles including the extraordinary heritage shoreline around the Giants Causeway.

But will the reality of a shoreline reckoned to be one of the finest in the British Isles live up to the hype?

After arriving in the picturesque Norman harbour at Carrickfergus Charlie heads off round the shores of Belfast Lough to Holywood – a prosperous suburb of Belfast.

Episode 8 – Dorset

In this episode architectural designer Charlie Luxton visits the beautiful county of Dorset on England’s south coast.

Much of the county’s 88 mile shoreline is designated a World Heritage Site due to its unique geology. This stretch of coast is famous for its prehistoric fossils and fabulous beaches. They help make Dorset such an attractive place to live and Charlie is here to discover just a few of its magnificent seaside homes

After arriving in the glitzy surrounds of Poole marina on a luxury sports yacht, Charlie heads round the harbour to visit Sandbanks – the extravagant location chosen as home by the rich, famous and seriously loaded. Then – with the help of estate agent Steve Isaacs – he peers into their world with a tour of Vanquish, an amazing seaside property with a fabulous view over Poole Harbour that boasts a £7.5 million price tag.

But there’s a lot more to Dorset than bling