The Average British Beach Hut Is Now Worth £28k – Here’s What It Costs To Rent One

You may have noticed that beach shacks have been all the rage across the country, with beachgoers willing to do almost anything to secure leases and some sellers demanding up to £600,000 for tiny structures.

Just this week, the council warned owners of coveted beach huts on Essex seafronts to stop making extravagant additions to their huts, such as balconies and patios, in a bid to rent them out for expensive events and parties.

What is clear is that beach huts are a hot property in the UK. Research from Hoo, the hotel room deals platform, shows the average price of a beach shack soared 41 per cent last year, fueled by the popularity of stay-at-home vacations during lockdowns. This year a cabin will cost an average of £27,500.

Sandy Retreat: Beach huts on the dunes near Christchurch in Dorset. After the rise of stay-at-home holidays from lockdown, cottages are a hot property, costing an average of £27,500

Now consider returns. The average cost of renting a beach hut is £1190 per month, around £40 per day. To put this into perspective, a hotel’s daily rate is just £67, rising to £112 in London.

Jodie Granger-Brown runs a lucrative business, The Happy Huts, manages the rentals for 15 other beach hut owners, and owns two huts in Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk.

For £60 a day, Jodie makes sure her cabins have everything a family needs for a traditional British day at the beach, including outdoor chairs, windbreaks, beach toys and a gas stove to whip up a cup of tea.

“I bought my first cabin 15 years ago for £50,000 and today it would sell for £90,000,” says Jodie.

‘Demand skyrocketed last year and I don’t see it fading away. My cabins are nearly full for the season. A beach hut is the perfect way to beat the British weather.

It’s great to have a base where we can prepare drinks and a simple meal, and it saves us the hassle of carrying all our gear to the beach.

Sade Chapman, 32, rents one of Jodie’s cabins every three months as a gift to her two children, Emily, three, and Jack, six.

“It’s great to have a base where we can make drinks and a simple meal,” says Sadie. And it saves us the hassle of carrying all our gear to the beach.

The price of beach huts varies alarmingly on our coast, but without a doubt our St Tropez is Mudeford in Dorset.

Mudeford Spit, to use its full name, is a long sandbar that separates the sea from the inland waters of Christchurch Harbour.

For the full Robinson Crusoe experience, residents can, for eight months of the year, sleep in the cabins overnight to the sound of the waves, changing hands for unbelievable sums.

This spring the going price was around £350,000 and one cottage sold for £570,000. However, they do rent for £126 a night.

Big business: a row of beach huts in Whitby, Yorkshire. Across the UK, small structures rent for an average of £40 a day.

Cabins at The Spit sell out as soon as they come on the market, but a six-minute drive away on Avon Beach, prices are considerably lower. “Position is everything,” says Gareth Bowden of Winkworth Estate Agents. ‘

‘In Avon Beach, we are selling a front row cottage with views towards the Isle of Wight, for £100,000. Second row cabins sell for £70,000 and one in the back row is around £68,000.

Beach huts on Avon Beach rent for around £30 a day.

The five beach huts in Branscombe, Devon are just as well located as those on Mudeford Spit. Located below the cliffs, right on the beach, these cedar log cabins have pine interiors with living rooms that open to balconies that look out to sea.

Unfortunately, living so close to nature also has drawbacks: in the 2014 storms, the cabins suffered considerable damage. However, it didn’t deter someone last month from paying the asking price of £275,000 for one of them.

Beach huts are also in fashion today. They appear regularly on social media and the “beach chic” is featured in glossy lifestyle magazines like Coast.

Vicky Gunn at Millie’s Beach Huts in Walton-on-the-Naze even offers a style consultancy that advises on how to furnish a beach hut and it’s a far cry from plastic plates, splinters on the floor and the smell of pasta. of fish. sandwiches

Craftsman James Wood has a business making new beach huts. Beech countertops and oiled floors are de rigueur.

However, owning a beach cottage as an investment is not a simple matter of handing over the keys and collecting the money. There may be a service charge or ground rental.

At Branscombe that amounts to £1,530 a year. Also, the cabins need ongoing maintenance.

“Sea air and winter storms are a real problem,” says Jodie. Moisture deforms the doors. I need to paint them every year and fix all the screws that rust so easily.

Ultimately, owning a beach cottage is as much a labor of love as it is an investment. “There’s something refreshing about spending a day in a beach hut looking out to sea,” says Sade, a pediatric nurse. ‘You have this sense of space that is so relaxing.’