We all know that a good beach hut costs the same as a small house, but many people continue to buy or rent them. It’s understandable. How lovely is it that you can go to the seaside in any weather, boil the kettle and then look out to sea from your own little pastel-coloured kingdom?
The man going round taking money for deckchair rental is likely a childhood memory. If you don’t fancy sitting on a towel, many people choose to hire a deck chair. Fine for the day, but not good long-term as they offer no spinal support and encourage the spine to curve. A few years back, Blackpool tourism suggested phasing them out, as they were ‘a reminder of the era of cloth caps?’, but the locals thought otherwise.
Back in Victorian times, beach huts were portable ‘bathing stations’ on wheels, where people of wealth could be transported down to the sea and back, without losing their dignity for changing into a costume! Today, wild swimmers have no fear. They just get down to their cossies and jump right in – often at some ungodly hour in the morning, even on Christmas Day. Only in England!
There are around 20,000 beach huts across the UK. Not just in Norfolk and Suffolk, you’ll also find them in many parts including Brighton and Bournemouth. The high prices tend to be dependent on the beach it is situated, rather than the hut itself. One little pre-war wooden beach hut in Dorset sold for over £200,000 a few years back. The average price is now over £35,000.
Life’s Better At the Beach!
At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. Sandy Gingras
Sky above, sand below, peace within. If there’s Heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached. Jimmy Buffett
If you feel lonely walking alone on the beach, then you are ignoring the friendship of the waves, the seagulls and the wind. Mehmet Murat ildan