Britain’s best beach-hut breaks

Take some time out, relax and enjoy the simple life in a beach hut by the sea… but where? Be inspired by BBC Countryfile Magazine’s guide to the best beach huts to stay. 

13th July 2017
Mudeford Sandbank beach huts

1. Mudeford Sandbank, Dorset

Get away from it on this picturesque spit of land at the mouth of Christchurch harbour. Typical prices range from £70 per night to around £450 for a full week, rising to £700 in high season. To see what’s available for rent, visit Mudeford Sandbank Beach Huts Association at msbha.org.uk/huts_for_rent.html

 

Deck chairs and beach huts at Beer in Devon
Deck chairs and beach huts at Beer in Devon. Picture: Getty Images

2. Beer, Devon

A picturesque fishing village with coastal walks and a fascinating past that includes smuggling, lacemaking and Beer stone. Lots of beach huts line the bottom of the cliffs and there are some good food kiosks serving them. One of these, Ducky’s, hires out huts. More information at eastdevon.gov.uk/seaside/beach-huts-and-beach-hut-sites/beer-beach-hut-sites/

 

Beach huts at Southwold
The simple life by the North Sea at Southwold. Picture: Getty Images

3. Southwold, Suffolk

The colourful beach huts along Southwold's promenade are iconic symbols of a traditional British seaside holiday. They first appeared in the 1960s and still capture the fun-loving, laid-back spirit of that era. Today, visitors enjoy their old-fashioned simplicity. Various daytime huts are available to hire through the Southwold Beach Hut Owners Association. See: southwoldhuts.co.uk

 

Shaldon beach huts
Traditional huts at Shaldon, or try the luxury option below. Picture: Getty Images

4. Shaldon, South Devon

This pretty village is famous for its beach huts, many of which enjoy views of the village harbour. Overnight beach huts on Ness Beach offer a fun and nostalgic seaside escape and feature a comfortable king-sized bed, sofa bed, kitchenette, shower room and dining table. Prices start from £120 for a two-night stay. shaldonbeachhuts.co.uk

 

Llanbedrog beach huts
The Llanbedrog huts enjoy views across Cardigan Bay towards Snowdonia. Picture: Getty Images

5. Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Llanbedrog Beach offers a mile long stretch of sand and is one of the calmest beaches in Wales, being sheltered by the huge headland of Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd. The pet-friendly beach is now owned by the National Trust. Simple and traditional daytime huts can be hired here from £50 per day. llanbedrog.info/llanbedrogbeaches.htm

 

Mersea beach huts
Revel in delicious seafood and golden sunsets on the Essex coast. Picture: Getty Images

6. Mersea Island, Essex

Mersea Island is a little-known gem just off the Essex Coast. It’s renowned for its native oysters, thriving fishing port, winding creeks, nature reserves and sailing. There’s a lovely beach with lines of traditional beach huts enjoying the sea views. The Little Beach Hut Company has daytime huts for hire from £55 with names like Betty, Bertie, Percy, Winnie & Kitty. They look like grown-up Wendy houses, decorated with bunting, cushions and frilly curtains. thelittlebeachhutcompany.co.uk

 

Blue Cabin
Get away from the crowds in the Blue Cabin By The Sea. Picture: Alamy

7. Cove Harbour, Berwickshire

The Blue Cabin is only accessible through a rock-cut smuggling tunnel and across a beach by foot, and is the perfect spot to enjoy some of the most unspoiled natural beauty in Scotland. Guests have included writers and musicians who find inspiration in the tranquil setting and views, and who might choose to do a spot of work at the antique desk and chair slotted into the bunk room. There’s even a fireplace for colder days. Prices from £550 per week. bluecabinbythesea.co.uk

 

Torquay beach huts
State of the art: the beach huts at Torquay's Carys Arms Hotel

8. Torquay, South Devon

Some of Britain’s newest beach huts can be found at The Cary Arms Hotel, Torquay. They’re situated on a tiny beach and enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill along the Jurassic Coast. They’re designed as an extension of the hotel rather than self-catering, so meals are taken in the hotel’s restaurant. This is luxury beach hut living, and the huts are equipped to the standards of a top hotel room. From £375 per night including breakfast in the hotel. caryarms.co.uk/to-stay/beach-huts

 

Whitstable: Traditional huts with a luxury update. Picture: Alamy
Whitstable: Traditional huts with a luxury update. Picture: Alamy

9. Whitstable, Kent

The bijou Fisherman's Huts at the Hotel Continental on Whitstable's seafront feature bright, ‘beachy' interiors and are equipped with a small fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster. Prices are from £85 per night, with breakfast in the nearby hotel included. whitstablefishermanshuts.com

 

St Moritz hotel beach huts
The beach huts come free with a suite at the St Moritz hotel

10. Trebetherick, Cornwall

Book a King room at the St. Moritz Hotel, located above the Trebetherick headland, and you’ll be handed keys to your very own daytime beach hut that overlooks the Camel Estuary. They’re classic English seaside in style, with bunting, tables and chairs. Prices from £160 per night. stmoritzhotel.co.uk

 

• For more beach hut holiday ideas try beach-huts.com and beachhuts4hire.co.uk

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