Beach huts – the ultimate in small space living
With the summer season in full swing, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn to the seaside. Think sandy beaches, paddling in the sea and ice creams (alas the blue skies and glorious sunshine aren’t always guaranteed in the UK) – what’s not to love? For those who love to holiday in the UK there’s another fabulous fixture of the British seaside – the humble beach hut.
It’s estimated that there are 20,000 beach huts around the UK coast. With a history dating back as far as 1801, and favoured by Royals, actors and artists, huts were once known as bathing machines to protect your modesty. Today, quintessentially British beach huts can easily exchange hands for the price of a house. Famous hut owners have included the actors Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Williams, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana’s parents Lord and Lady Spencer and, of course, the conceptual artist Tracy Emin, who famously sold her Whitstable hut to the Saatchi Gallery for £100,000.
What’s more, for those seeking out a taste of real coastal living, some beach huts offer just that – and more. In Dorset’s Mudeford, a community of beach huts permits owners to sleep in the huts all year round, offering an enviable taste of life at sea first-hand.
Futon Company says: Beach huts offer the ultimate in small space living. At no more than 4m x 4m, these compact spaces are designed to offer dwellers a seaside base where they can relax, read, barbeque, sail and engage in all the delights that seaside living has to offer. As experts in space saving living, we have plenty of savvy ideas to maximise the space available…
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