Beach Hut of the Year 2016 - Meet the Winning Hut

Towergate's Beach Hut of the Year returned in 2016. My Happy Hut of Dovercourt, Essex, completely captivated this year's panel of expert judges, including: Channel Four's 'Location, Location, Location' presenter, Phil Spencer; historian and author, Dr. Kathryn Ferry; beach hut designer Pete Samson; beach hut lover and Sunday Times journalist, Charlotte Vowden; and last year's Beach Hut of the Year winner, Jane Ashmore.

My Happy Hut exterior


Congratulations to ‘My Happy Hut’, 2016's Beach Hut of the Year. My Happy Hut, at Dovercourt, Essex, completely captivated this year's panel of expert judges, including: Channel Four's 'Location, Location, Location' presenter, Phil Spencer; historian and author, Dr. Kathryn Ferry; beach hut designer Pete Samson; beach hut lover and Sunday Times journalist, Charlotte Vowden; and last year's Beach Hut of the Year winner, Jane Ashmore.

Phil Spencer visited ‘My Happy Hut’, to award owner, Anna with the illustrious accolade of ‘Beach Hut of the Year 2016’, and present her with £1,000, a year’s free beach hut insurance and a commemorative plaque to proudly hang in her award winning hut. Harwich and Dovercourt beach hut association will also benefit from this win as they will also receive £500 as part of the prize. View our Instagram account for photos of the day: @BeachHutofTheYear.

When purple hut, 41f Dovercourt Promenade, came up for sale two years ago, Anna fell in love at first sight with its drawbridge entrance and unusually spacious interior. The name, 'My Happy Hut' was thought up by Anna's young daughter, and was decided on last year when Anna began to rent it out. "It's our happy place after a traumatic time and we hope the people who rent it out have happy memories of their time there."

My Happy Hut Media Highlights

Click here for a complete list of Beach Hut of the Year media highlights.

A special mention to highly commended huts Buggleskelly, of Glyne Gap and Lili Sanchez's Aladdin's cave, No 31, of Thanet.

This year’s top 10 huts were:
• The Boho Hut, Hove Esplanade, East Sussex
• Hut 279, Hove East Sussex
• Hut 303, Brightlingsea, Essex
• No 31, West Bay, Thanet, Kent
• No 14, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
• No 65, Calshot, Solent, Hampshire
• My Happy Hut, Dovercourt, Essex
• Serenity-on-Sea, Bournemouth, Dorset
• Millie, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
• Buggleskelly, Glyne Gap, East Sussex

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