Would you like to be beside the sea?

Under the spinning beam of a candy-striped lighthouse the squat cottage has stunning views of the sea - and they are getting closer.

The 18th century home is one of a pair of bookend houses each side of the landmark red and white tower at Happisburgh.

It is up for sale with a £247,500, boasting fine furnishings and a panoramic view.

And despite the village being a high-profile hotspot for coastal erosion the agents say the cottage looks to be safe for at least another 100 years.

Even the local sea defence action campaigner agrees - providing the experts have got their sums right.

Timeline projections in an emerging, but so far unadopted, shoreline management plan (SMP) show that in a century's time about three quarters of the land between the lighthouse and the cliff could be swallowed up by a combination of erosion, and a proposed policy not to bolster sea defences there.

Estate agent Philip Wright said they had consulted the SMP over the long-term fate of the cottage and discovered it was "far enough back not be affected."

The former keeper's cottage, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1791. It has two double bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen-diner and shower room, with a large cellar containing a games, study and storage areas.

It has been privately owned since the 1930s, and rented out for holiday accommodation in recent years, with almost a full season's bookings this year - and had a "huge amount of appeal and character," added Mr Wright, manager of the Potter Heigham-based Waterside agency.

Coastal Concerns Action Group co-ordinator Malcolm Kerby said: "People thinking of buying property in Happisburgh often phone asking my opinion - and I cannot really give one, so I refer them to the council.

"The SMP 100-year line erosion only comes three quarters of the way to the lighthouse - but it is all guesswork.

"Sometimes in bad storms you can lose 12m in one lump, then get a long spell of nothing."

His group is continuing to lobby for compensation for anyone losing homes or businesses where the government refuses to defends the coastline, and there are fears of prices and demand being blighted.

But Mr Kerby said there was no real sign of a major slump, and that people - at least those who could afford to take a risk - were happy to buy homes with seaviews.

"People must make their own judgment. I have lived here for more than decade. It is wonderful place to life, and a superb community - and we are known around the world," added Mr Kerby who yesterday had a call from CBS News in New York wanting his help with a programme - about the affects of coastal erosion on "real estate."

Details of the cottage are available from waterside on 01692 670400 or visit homes24 at www.EDP24.co.uk