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Oh, We Brits Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
One thing you can safely say about us Brits is that we do like to be beside the seaside. Beach huts are a delightful addition to any seafront and this article explores the nostalgia behind the painted wooden doors.
Whether you own a hut, and a staggering 20,000 of us do, or simply rent it for a day a hut can be sanctuary. If the weather is poor you and the family can keep warm and dry while other holidaymakers sit on soggy sand and when the sun shines a hut provides cool shade.
The British love affair with the beach hut dates back to before the Victorian age when bathing beauties could protect their modesty by discreetly entering the sea via a cabin at the water’s edge.
A few years ago beach huts were highly fashionable and prices soared.
Just last year a 13ft by 12ft one-room hut at Christchurch, Dorset, sold for £126,000 despite having no electricity, running water or toilet.
Despite the recession these petite properties are still desirable with many areas having waiting lists. Local councils have embarked on building programmes in an attempt to bring in revenue from rents but demand still out-strips supply.
For many pensioners, with happy childhood memories of holidays by the sea, their beach hut becomes somewhere to enjoy a cup of tea and watch the world go by almost all year round. Some hardened “hutties” even visit their beach hut on Christmas Day.
For families, a beach hut offers obvious attractions. The excitement of spending a day or two in a “little house” is a great adventure and Mum and Dad can supervise activities at the water’s edge from the comfort of the hut.
With the going popularity of “staycations”
If you are enjoying a holiday or weekend break in Suffolk there are plenty of beaches with huts for hire and every one is guaranteed to evoke childhood family memories of days at the seaside.
Southwold, Felixstowe and Thorpeness near Aldeburgh on the beautiful Suffolk coast all boast beach huts with very different characters. You can opt for candy-coloured huts or utilitarian shelters and it will still feel like a treat.
Suffolk weekend breaks offer much more than just a golden coastline and award-winning beaches. Once they have tired of the novelty of sand, sea and ice cream (hopefully not mixed together!) the children will love Africa Alive, Pleasurewood Hills or Easton Farm Park. The whole family will delight in the old world charm of Southwold Pier and the magical historic sites including Sutton Hoo.
If you want to hire a beach hut this year book one now, once the sun shines everyone will remember the charm of these sanctuaries and they will be snapped up.
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