Beach Hut of the Year 2015

The summer of 2015 was all about the humble British beach hut as thousands were captivated by the biggest national beach hut competition in Britain. With over 20,000 pillars of joy lining the coast up and down the country, we wanted to find the very best. Hundreds entered, 11 were shortlisted, thousands voted for their favourite, and a team of expert judges led by Channel 4’s Phil Spencer took the final decision to crown ‘Betty’ of Mersea Island, Essex, owned by Jane Ashmore, as Britain’s best Beach Hut 2015.

Our Judges

  • Channel 4’s Phil Spencer

  • Beach hut historian and author Dr. Kathryn Ferry

  • Radio Times journalist Susanna Lazarus

  • 2012 Winner Pat Bevan

Read more about our panel here

In August 2015, Phil Spencer visited Betty’s owner, Jane Ashmore, to award her with the illustrious title of Beach Hut of the Year 2015, and present her with £1,000 for West Mersea Beach Hut Association, a year’s free beach hut insurance and a commemorative plaque to proudly hang in her award winning hut.

‘Betty’ was chosen by the judges as the pick of the bunch for its aesthetic creativity, unique style and its charitable role within the local community. The judges also praised Betty’s authentic origins as a family hut and how with Jane’s children grown up and the hut not being used as often, Betty is now let out for many new families to enjoy.

Betty has been styled with a shabby-chic retro, vintage interior, with all items sourced from local charity shops. Jane often lets Betty out to friends and family, even growing it into a business called ‘The Little Beach Hut Company’. Betty is also let out to a number of local charities free of charge, and regularly gives vouchers to Great Ormond Street Hospital to be auctioned, each time raising over £350.

“It was an immensely difficult decision to select this year’s winner among the incredible array of entries and fantastic designs. However, ‘Betty’ was chosen for its beautiful décor and its admirable contribution to the local community which made it a stand out hut for us.”

Phil Spencer

Beach Hut of the Year Media Highlights

The Finalists – Sunday Times It’s all about Location Location Location – Mail Online Betty is Britain’s best beach hut (video) – ITV News
Inside Britain’s Beach Hut of the Year – Mail Online Phil Spencer: on his favourite house hunter and Britain's best beach hut – The Telegraph 5 best beach huts in the world from £24 a night, as Essex coast home ‘Betty’ is named best in Britain – The Mirror

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