Those lucky enough to afford a second home are often bowled over by idyllic seaside towns, or rural hamlets that speak of tranquillity and a real escape from urban chaos. But in order to enjoy a second home fully, would-be owners need to consider a number of factors.

The first and probably most important is: after a hard week at work, will you be in the mood to drive for several hours to your rustic bolthole? This is a consideration often overlooked in the excitement of buying a property that offers access to great beaches or lush countryside. But the distance between your main home and your second home could be a decisive factor in what you actually feel like doing come Friday afternoon.

Choosing a property in Devon or Cornwall, for example, might mean a long drive, depending on how remote it is. Small, winding roads can take a while to navigate. Those who are comfortable travelling by train may be able to get to their home more quickly, providing a railway station and taxi service is nearby.

And the remoteness question arises in relation to security too. Isolated cottages can be easy pickings for burglars, so think about security measures such as alarms and timed lighting if you do choose a remote location. Alternatively, select somewhere near other properties – but always take out adequate holiday home cover.

Another consideration is parking. Parking charges can add to your already-large weekend driving costs, and garages alone can be sold for 10s of thousands.

And last but not least, make sure there are activities to enjoy in the area. Whether your interests include boating, golf, rambling or cycling – ensure the locality can support your pursuits.

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