I love the sea. I don't enjoy bouncing about on it in a boat but I like to look at it from the security of dry land. I also like to paddle. Ailz has always wanted to live beside the sea.
The house has been on the market for a long time. The seller attributes the failure to attract buyers to it being on a busy road. For us that's more of a selling point. I want to be able to walk to the shops- and the nearest ones are five minutes away- and have access to bus stops. One of the things that's frustrating about living on the farm is that you need a car to get off the premises- and I don't drive.
We've had a good look at a number of seaside towns. For a while we were sold on Margate and then we discovered Bexhill, but we keep coming back to Hastings. It's a handsome town. It has cliffs and old buildings and quaintness and character but also a bit of that jolly, pass the salt and vinegar vibe of the popular seaside resort. It has an excellent art gallery and a long history of bohemian raffishness. And it still operates as a fishing port- with the largest beach based fleet in the UK.