10 Businesses To Buy Beside The Sea

Start a new life near the coast when you buy one of these exciting ventures, from a floating guesthouse to a seaside ice-cream parlour

Compiled by: Alice Westgate


A simply lovely location and loads of eco-friendly credentials make the Glenuig Inn a great business prospect. This award-winning property stands on the sound of Arisaig on Scotland’s west coast and comes with six letting rooms, a bunk room and two apartments. Colliers International (0131 240 7500, colliers.com).

2. SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX £119,950 leasehold

Serve treats galore from Crème, a seafront ice-cream and dessert parlour near the pier. Recently refurbished, and with a large outdoor seating area, the three units currently sell everything from waffles and hot dogs to cones and candy floss. Bradleys Countrywide (01702 551334, bradleyscountrywide.co.uk).

3. FOWEY, CORNWALL £65,000 leasehold

A feature in Coast inspired the current owners to buy The Lifebuoy Café, the oldest one of its kind in Fowey. A popular gathering point for locals and visitors alike, it is offered for sale as a going concern, complete with equipment, stock and goodwill. May Whetter & Grose (01726 832299, maywhetter.co.uk).

4. RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT £395,000

Take over an award-winning company when you buy Vintage Vacations, a glamping business made up of 13 vintage American Airstreams plus five classic British caravans. Currently run from a leased field, it is perfectly placed for exploring the island’s attractions as well as hosting private events. BCM (01983 828805, bcm.co.uk).

5. RYE, EAST SUSSEX £550,000

Currently a successful restaurant, but suitable for any lifestyle business, No 8 Lion Street is a Grade II-listed property that comes with three-bedroom living accommodation and a rear garden, all in the heart of Rye. Phillips & Stubbs (01797 227338, phillipsandstubbs.co.uk).


Riverside Chippy is a thriving business in Kinlochleven, the penultimate stop on the popular West Highland Way. In a busy residential area near the school, shops and ice-climbing centre, this fish and chip shop has year-round trade and a strong reputation. McIntyre & Company (01397 703231, solicitors-scotland.com).


A dream Cornish business, Cosy Nook Tea Gardens has been operating since 1900 and sits in the heart of this pretty north-coast village. It comes with a commercial kitchen and restaurant, a gallery housed in a former barn and self-contained owner’s accommodation. Lillicrap Chilcott (01872 273473, lillicrapchilcott.com).


If you fancy running a floating guesthouse, look no further than Rijnstroom IV, a 97ft Dutch barge that sleeps ten and is one of the most popular boutique hotels in the area. The vessel has recently undergone a complete rebuild and is currently moored in picturesque Bembridge Harbour. Hose Rhodes Dickson Commercial (01983 527727, hrdiw.co.uk).


This village store in Weybourne on the North Norfolk coast, combines a deli, café, local shop and four-bedroom home (or holiday apartment) all in one freehold property. Everett, Masson and Furby (01603 662662, emfgroup.com). 

10. WEST BAY, DORSET £159,000

An established daytime café on the harbour at West Bay in Dorset. Offered on a leasehold basis, the takeaway kiosk has outdoor seating and a soft ice-cream machine. Everett, Masson and Furby (01404 813762, emfgroup.com).

Beachcomber Logo


Privacy Policy