Beach Huts just got Cool

Fancy relaxing on the beach in style? Discover one of the coolest beach huts on Mersea Island, Essex

A beach hut is an icon of the British seaside scene. A few years ago a beach hut was not much more than a colourful shed and somewhere to put your feet up, however today they’re sleek, stylish and highly sought after!

There’s nothing better than spending a lazy summer’s day on the beach, and on a warm Sunday in July, I had the pleasure of experiencing a beach hut for the first time at Mersea Island.


Hired via Cool Coastal Huts (@coolcoastalhuts), the delightful hut at no.213 West Mersea, offers everything you could need for a full day at the beach. The interiors are simple and stylish. Clean lines, fresh and contemporary, inspired by the insanely expensive huts of Mudeford, Dorset. It comes with a simplistic kitchen worktop, sink, gas hob and essentials for those all-important cups of tea! 

Owner Jo Lowery, who purchased the hut a few months ago, has excellent attention to detail. Her love for interior design shines through and she has thought of every little addition to help create the perfect beach day for guests. From the comprehensive guide she sent via email prior to my arrival detailing the location, parking and facilities to the extra storage unit at the back of the hut full of beach basics; buckets and spades, games, inflatables, crabbing lines, extra chairs, wind breakers and more. The hut is dog-friendly too, and there’s even a water for bowl for pooches. 

I arrived at 10am. The beach was calm and blissful. I took a quiet 10 minutes in the deckchair before my family descended for a day of fun.

We enjoyed snacks, paddling and a BBQ lunch. We bought along few extra chairs and picnic blankets and there was plenty of space surrounding the hut to accommodate 10 of us. A few of us enjoyed a long leisurely walk along the beach towards the fishing sheds and seafood shacks, while the others watched water sports. After a long walk, it was back to the beach hut for a snooze, followed by afternoon tea and a competitive game of bat and ball!

We finished up the day around 7.30pm (the beach hut is available until 8pm), with sandy salty hair, sun kissed skin and a bundle of family memories!

I will certainly be hiring this beach hut again next year, and maybe even before then…I’m quite tempted to hire it for the day by myself. Imagine sipping a glass of wine on a little deck while the waves gently lap the shore or settling down with a book and cup of tea while feeling a gentle sea breeze. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

No.213 at West Mersea is available to hire via Cool Coastal Huts for £60 per day. Their Frinton-on-Sea beach hut is £50 per day.


Instagram: @coolcoastalhuts

Read our guide to visiting Mersea Island, Essex 


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