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The Boho Hut, Hove Esplanade, East Sussex
This thoughtful fusion of authentic Sri-Lankan ‘nick-nacks’, tracked down with the help of a kindly tuk tuk driver, and contrasting patterned wallpaper exudes vibrant beauty. Jessica Christie-Miller also lends the hut to her sister’s residential home for adults with learning disabilities.
Hut 279, Hove, East Sussex
“Our beach hut is a force for good”, says Scott Roedersheimer of The Grace Eyre Foundation, which for over 100 years has been supporting individuals with learning disabilities. Hut 279 provides an inclusive and positive creative space for the charity to enrich the lives of people both with and without learning disabilities through a range of activities – with all proceeds generated from hire are reinvested into the charity.
No. 303, Brightlingsea, Essex
A hut for the history books! Having returned from serving in the Royal Navy after World War II, Uncle Jack used his demobilisation gratuity to invest in timber for his dream hut on the Brightlingsea coast. Since then, six generations, including current owner Janette White, have loved hut no. 303. Having overcome devastating floods in 2013, it stands proudly, decorated in rich blue hues and traditional nautical themed items.
No. 31, West Bay, Thanet, Kent
An Aladdin’s cave absolutely brimming with fascinating kitsch collectibles, treasures and trinkets, Lili Sanchez’s beach hut, A.K.A. ‘shed’ is loved all year round. Having moved to the area a few years ago, Lili discovered her fondness for beach huts when she rented one for the day. Christmas brunch in the shed is now an annual tradition for Lili’s family, all of whom live far away from Thanet. For Lili, no. 31 is both a sanctuary where she can wrap up and listen to ‘The Archers’ and a place to enjoy with friends, old and new.
No. 14, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
Lisa Hammond’s mother, Sally, had long yearned for a beach hut, but had sadly passed away when a plot became available after a nine year long waiting list. The family came together and accepted the offer – creating a holiday haven with an open-door policy. Colourfully decorated with a traditional seaside feel, No. 14 has also hosted Macmillan coffee mornings for two years, raising over £800 for Macmillan in tribute to the charity’s fantastic support for Lisa’s mother, Sally.
No. 65, Calshot Beach, Hampshire
“A special place with an intriguing past, a cherished present, and a warmly anticipated future” is how Cathy Knapman describes her beloved dream hut. Having worked tirelessly to create her ‘ship shape Cath Kidston’ styled escape for a large (and growing) family, Cathy takes great joy in relaxing, after many stressful years, with her new-found seaside community.
My Happy Hut, Dovercourt, Essex
Following difficult times, leading to her relocation to the area as a single mother with three young children, Anna Baria and her family have found happiness in this aptly named hut. With a red and white polka dot exterior that would not be out of place in a fairy tale illustration and traditional pastel interior, this hut features carefully selected objects that add to its happy seaside vibe.
Serenity-on-Sea, Bournemouth, Dorset
Liz and Martin Baum’s beach hut is relaxing retreat and inspiring creative space. Martin is our very own ‘beach hut bard’, having written his best-selling book about Shakespeare in the hut, after using it to regain his confidence in the face of health problems. This life-enhancing idyll offers true peace and tranquillity for all who visit.
Millie, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Victoria and her hut Millie are no strangers to Beach Hut of the Year, having been a finalist in 2015. Since then, Millie has been lovingly transformed from her kitsch Cath Kidston style into a vibrant, joyful and unique ice cream parlour theme – featuring a giant ice cream - making it even more of a local attraction. In 2015, Victoria donated a large portion of her rental income to Macmillan charity.
Buggleskelly, Glyne Gap, East Sussex
Train driver, Chris Dewey’s hut is painted and decorated in the style of a Southern Region train station or signal box, apt given that the railway runs close behind the hut. The name is inspired by his favourite film - the classic Will Hay comedy ‘Oh, Mr Porter!’, in which ‘Buggleskelly’ is the name of a station - and features train memorabilia. Although new to the beach hut scene, the Dewey's enjoy meeting their beach neighbours and have made an instant impact with their uniquely decorated hut.