Summer's nearly over; but if you've got £2.75 million to spare you could be making the most of any good weather next year at a house with its own private access to a beautiful beach.
Swains House, in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, has stunning views across the Solent and direct access to a quiet shingle beach.
The house has a reception hall, sitting room, drawing room, hall/study, kitchen, breakfast room and games room. There are currently eight bedrooms and three bathrooms, with plumbing and space for two more.
Outside, the two-acre gardens include an old croquet lawn and a bowling green, standing above a small cliff which descends, via rocky steps, to a small bog garden. There is a cascade of water running through the garden from top to bottom, taking in several ponds along the way.
"There are palm trees, and other exotic shrubs; rocky steps through the garden lead to a gate opening directly onto the beach," say agents Strutt & Parker.
"The grounds to the west are terraced, with a formal lawned orchard avenue, a vine and a kitchen garden."
There are a number of outbuildings, including outhouses, garages with a workshop, a boat store, potting sheds and a greenhouse. The largest building, say the agents, could be converted into extra accommodation.
But there are a number of other properties on the market right now with their own beach access or private beach. There's this seven-bedroom detached house in Argyll, for example, which comes with about 400 metres of shingle beach up to the low water mark.
It costs £1,340,000 through agents McEwan Fraser Legal.
And we recently reported on a Cardiff house that has its own private island, as well as a small stretch of beach; it's up for sale with agents Strutt & Parker for £1.75 million.
But if that's a bit out of your budget, a beach hut could be for you; there's one for sale in Walton On The Naze in Essex, for example, for just £14,500; and while it may not look like much from the outside, it boasts a kitchen and seating area and exterior terrace - and it's just a few steps down onto the sand.