The word peninsula is derived from paene (almost) and insula (island). Bordered by water on three sides, these almost-islands offer a compelling combination of privacy, sea or river views and – crucially – easy access.
Here are six of the UK's best peninsula properties – all combining the exclusivity of island living with the convenience of a mainland residence.
Lizard Peninsula: Hotch Potch, Helford, Cornwall – from £895,000
Roseland Peninsula: Trethewey Barns, near Truro, Cornwall – Guide price £1,500,000
Gower Peninsula: Channel View, Langland, Swansea – from £995,000
Greenwich Peninsula: The Waterman, London SE10 – Guide price £1,950,000
Aerial view, The Waterman, London SE10 – Guide price £1,950,000