Seaside living in Swanage

With midsummer fast approaching (how is it almost the longest day already?), and Design Hunter focusing on outdoor living this month, I've been casting my eye around for homes with great outdoor spaces - and they don't come much better than this seaside home in Swanage, Dorset.

Close to the sea front and with an elevated position that provides wonderful views from the rooftop terrace, the property has a colourful and varied history and has, according to local accounts, previously been used as a pumping station, a fish market and a lemonade factory.

Originally built in 1850, much of the character of the present accommodation derives from the exposed Purbeck local stone from which the property is constructed.

In the living room a striped hammock hangs from an old crane - an architectural salvage piece from the City of London which found its way to Dorset as a ballast on a ship returning empty having delivered Purbeck marble and stone.

Nautical references in the décor allude to the home's seaside location.

On the top floor a sun room opens out onto the roof terrace.

The amazing roof top views seem to be popular with the local wildlife too.

The property is currently for sale through Savills Canford Cliffs at £975,000.