Romantics who love the sea need look no further. Welcome to a unique, private, cliff-top estate which began as a tented military camp in 1909. Annexed to what was the old Post Office is your own little ‘billet doux’, with garden. Walk straight into a pretty kitchen with duck-egg blue cupboards and wooden worktops and a hand-carved French dresser filled with china. The cream-carpeted living room opens onto the private garden and is bright and airy – sun streams in through French windows with beautiful crewel-work curtains. On the walls hang original art; the owner is a sculptor and runs stone carving courses you can book onto, check the SeaSculpt website for dates. The bedroom is cool and sleek, painted in soft greens with a fashionably-distressed wardrobe and a chest of drawers, and views over the sunny patio (complete with barbecue). There’s a fabulous big shower, with a heated floor, low level lighting, plump towels and fragrant things. A few steps and you are already on the coastal path with access to the beach. Walks are spectacular but you’re near to Swanage town for retail therapy.