Having a bolt–hole in an idyllic location can be a great asset – you can head to your weekend retreat on a whim and spend summers by the sea or in the countryside. But think carefully about how it will fit into your lifestyle.
If you have a demanding job, a young family or a lot of commitments, you may not have as much time as you’d like to visit your holiday home. Think about how often you’ll realistically be able to go, and whether you’ll get enough value out of it to justify the purchase price and ongoing costs.
It’s also worth considering how it will fit into your lifestyle during the winter months – will a weekend at the beach still appeal in December? Ideally, your holiday home should be somewhere you’ll get pleasure from visiting all year round.