Rent a beach hut for the day

POSTED ON: 12/09/2016

Rent a beach hut for the day By Oliver Paul
Suffolk Food Hall

Having evolved from the wheeled bathing machines used by the Victorians to preserve their modesty, the brightly painted beach hut is now one of our greatest British seaside icons. The very first huts appeared in Bournemouth, but today there are believed to be around 20,000 of them all around the U.K. A large proportion of these are to be found on our stretch of Suffolk and Essex coastline, lining the shore in seaside spots such as Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Wrabness, Felixstowe, Sizewell and Southwold, housing all sorts of beachy paraphernalia, the wherewithal to make a sandwich and cup of tea, providing a place to change out of wet bathers and welcome shelter from the odd shower or, just possibly, the scorching sun!

Beach huts are often kept within the same family from generation to generation but many are available to rent by the week, or sometimes by the day, so why not look into renting one this summer and making the most of a bit of good old fashioned fun beside the sea?

Visit the beach where you would like to rent as many owners post rental notices on their huts, or search or - both online agencies list a number of beach huts in most Suffolk and Essex locations. Specifically for Felixstowe, a list of huts available for hire can be picked up from the Felixstowe Information Centre, tel: 01394 276770 or email Suzie’s Beach Cafe in Southwold often have last minute day rentals - turn up and check first thing in the morning as there are no advance bookings (£30-40 per day for smarter ones, £5-10 per day for the very small ones). Some local estate agents such as Durrants, Flick & Son and Boydens also list huts to rent.

Peak season prices range from up to £250 per week for the best equipped, best sited huts in upmarket Southwold, to as little as £60 per week in some Felixstowe locations. The price very much depends on the location, and the location of the beach hut within that location! When making an enquiry be sure to check on what cooking facilities, utensils, chairs, windbreaks and other beach necessities are provided, the hut’s proximity to the sea (in some places not all huts immediately face the sea or beach and may be behind other huts) and the proximity to a fresh water tap, toilets and parking. If you are a dog owner you should also check if dogs are allowed on the section of the shore where the beach hut is located.

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