15 villas with va-va voom

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    Escape to the coast

    This jaw-dropping, architect-designed home is stunning – and the view of the beach isn’t bad either!

    Full of modern glamour, it combines style and back-to-nature simplicity. Designed in a V-shape to provide views along the coastline as well as out to sea, it has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural light floods in and highlights the natural limestone and solid oak floors.

    A south-facing decked terrace outside overlooks the beach – perfect for relaxing on with a gin and tonic. For the kids (or adults who haven?t grown up), there’s a games room on the ground floor, with 46in flatscreen TV and Wii console. Bedrooms are decorated with a tasteful nautical theme – think bold stripes in contrasting shades of blue and white, and elegant greys.

    Cook in the state-of-the-art bespoke kitchen (appliances include Dualit and Miele) – all open-plan, it’s a great entertaining space as it opens on to the living and dining area, opening on to the terrace. Wake up to the sound of the sea, as the master bedroom on the first floor looks straight on to the beach.

    Camber is one of the closest stretches of sand to London and the only dune system in East Sussex. Its sweeping landscape has featured as the location for several films and TV series, including The Monuments Men (starring George Clooney) and The Invisible Woman (starring Ralph Fiennes).

    There are plenty of great food opportunities too – The Ship at Winchelsea Beach (shipwinchelseabeach.com) has a butcher’s shop and food hall attached. The Gallivant Beach Bistro (thegallivant.co.uk) uses delicious locally sourced produce, and is a key part of Cool Camber. And make sure you visit nearby Rye – a walking tour with audio guide will help you discover the secrets of this picturesque historic town (ryeheritage.co.uk).

    A week costs from £3,000 through Alastair Sawday’s (sawdays.co.uk) or call 01797 224754 to book. Sleeps up to 8.