Beachside chalet which may fall into the sea is on sale for £625,000

Beachside chalet on the ‘Cornish Riviera’ is up for sale for £625,000 – but house hunters are worried it might fall into the SEA

  • Glenavon enjoys spectacular views, located just 300 yards from the beach
  • But some are worried that the pad, near Whitsand Bay, will be eroded by the sea

A beachside chalet on the ‘Cornish Riviera’ has been put on sale for £625,000, but house hunters are concerned it may fall into the sea.

The home, perched right on the edge of a cliff, has sparked concern among those who have seen it.

It lies right near the edge of the beach at Withnoe Cliff in Whitsand Bay, south east Cornwall, and can only be accessed by 73 ‘gentle’ steps.

But one poster joked that although it is currently described as 300 yards from the beach, it may be even closer in years to come.

The property is for sale via agents Scott Parry Associates.

A chalet on the Cornish coast has been put on the market for £625,000, but house-hunters are concerned it’s at risk of falling into the sea

The property on Withnoe Cliff in south east Cornwall can only be accessed by 73 ‘gentle’ steps

It has nearly 900 sq ft of internal living space, including two bedrooms, as well as a level garden with an external shower

Glenavon enjoys a much coveted location, sitting on the doorstep of the three miles of golden sand beaches and clear waters of Whitsand Bay

Its last owners enjoyed it for 23 years and was rebuilt in 1987 to a ‘fine contemporary standard’

A description on Rightmove reads: ‘Only 300 yards from the beach and commanding a stunning 180 degree prospect across the azure blue waters of Whitsand Bay, a detached beachside chalet in Cornwall’s most prized coastal location, currently a successful quality holiday let and available as a turn-key proposition but equally suited to full time residential occupation.

‘Glenavon enjoys a much coveted seaside location on Whitsand Bay.

‘The extraordinary panorama encompasses views including the iconic landmarks of Rame Head to the east, the Eddystone Lighthouse on the horizon and westerly views to Looe including Looe Island, Hannafore Beach and extends as far as Dodman Point and The Lizard on a clear day.

‘The constant passage of commercial, naval and pleasure craft around Whitsand Bay approaching the entrance to Plymouth Sound, makes this an extraordinary, distracting and inspirational outlook.’

Whitsand Bay boasts over three miles of golden sands with its clear waters renowned for bathing, surfing, kayaking and watersports.

The property also has clear views of diving trips to HMS Scylla, the ex-Royal Navy frigate sent to the bottom of Whitsand Bay in March 2004, to become an artificial reef.

The pad has almost 900 sq ft of internal space, two bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a further shower room and level gardens with an outside shower.

The description adds: ‘In our clients’ ownership for 23 years the property was rebuilt in 1987 and is presented to a fine contemporary standard with full double glazing and combination of electric and LPG gas heating.

‘The accommodation is designed to take full advantage of the extraordinary sea and coastline views.

‘The property is freehold with full residential use however given the nature of the location its use is equally suited to use as a second home or indeed for holiday letting purposes.

‘Our client has occupied the property residentially for many years but is currently letting through Helpful Holidays with a gross revenue of about £48,000 per annum.’

The seaside property also boasts clear views of diving trips to HMS Scylla, which created an artificial reef when it was sunk to the bottom of Whitsand Bay

But some house-hunters are worried that the property’s precarious location could see it eroded away by the sea in extreme weather, and expressed doubt that the new owners would get a mortgage or insurance on it

And it adds: ‘The property is approached via a path and a flight of 73 gentle steps.’

There is parking nearby – but only on a leasehold basis.

One poster said: ‘Only 300 yards from the beach today; 200 yards next year and so on*

Another added: ‘One strong storm surge in winter and that house is gone this year. You will never get a mortgage or insurance on it. Only option would be pay to have it moved.’

But another replied: ‘Ach, it’s fine as long as nothing interferes with normal weather patterns to make it increasingly likely extreme climatic events occur more frequently, which let’s face it, is highly improbable.’

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