It’s a proven scientific fact that being near water makes us happy, which is why the thought of spending summer on a house right by the sea feels hard to beat. While Europe’s best beach hotels boast top-notch service and facilities, these seaside boltholes offer the luxury of privacy; just you, your guests and the sound of waves in the distance. From traditional cottages on remote islands to slick design homes and cheerful shacks that sit straight on the sand, these are some of our favourite beach houses in Europe to rent this summer.
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