A cottage perched perilously close to the edge of the cliff is on the market for £295,000

The agent behind the sale of the former coastguard cottage says its current owner has been unaffected by coastal erosion for the past 32 years and is leaving due to his “advanced years”

The cottage in Dunwich, Suffolk, which is being sold for just £295,000 due to the risk of it falling overboard

A cottage with spectacular North Sea views has come up for sale after being reduced by £200,000 – because it is perched near the edge of a cliff.

The four-bedroom semi-detached house built in the 1820s sits about 40ft from the cliff at the end of its garden in Dunwich, near Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Erosion has endangered other homes on the shoreline and caused a few to fall into the sea. Due to disaster potential, the former coastguard cottage, which needs complete renovation , was valued at £295,000.

Stuart Clarke, a partner at agent Clarke & Simpson, which is selling the property, said the cottage was in a ‘fantastic position’ and could cost around £200,000 more were it not for the risk of ‘erosion.







The cliff in the Dunwich area in which the house is located is supported by vegetation, which means it is less likely to erode.
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But he said the current owner said the 45ft high cliff at the end of his garden has not been affected by erosion at all in the 32 years he has lived there.

Mr Clarke added: “The cliff in this area of ​​Dunwich is supported by vegetation which means it is less likely to erode. There has been no significant loss of coastline in this area since long, although no one knows what will happen in the long run.”







The village in which the chalet is located has lost many buildings due to coastal erosion
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The village of Dunwich dates back to Anglo-Saxon times when it was the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles. Much of the village, including its eight churches, has been submerged by the sea since the 13th century.

Mr Clarke said the elderly cottage resident moved out because he had been ‘moving on for years’. He added: “He’s been there since 1990 and he loves it, but now he’s much older and has to move. It has nothing to do with ownership.

“The house is attracting great interest, both from people who want it as a second home and from those who want to live permanently on the coast. It would also make a wonderful holiday rental due to its position by the sea .”

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