Mudeford Sandbank beach hut goes on sale for £285,000


A wooden beach hut that is kitted out better than some houses has gone on the market for £285,000.

The 10ft by 16ft timber cabin has an expensive fitted kitchen that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern home.

It is equipped with heated running water, a cooker, fridge/freezer, lighting and a built-in speaker system powered by solar panels on the roof.

And it even has its own toilet, unlike most of the other 360 huts at Mudeford Sandbank in Christchurch, Dorset, whose owners have to make do with using a communal one in the shower block.

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This 10ft by 16ft wooden beach hut at Mudeford Sandbank in Christchurch, Dorset, is not your typical shore shack. It is in fact kitted out better than some houses - and has a price tag of £285,000

This 10ft by 16ft wooden beach hut at Mudeford Sandbank in Christchurch, Dorset, is not your typical shore shack. It is in fact kitted out better than some houses - and has a price tag of £285,000

This 10ft by 16ft wooden beach hut at Mudeford Sandbank in Christchurch, Dorset, is not your typical shore shack. It is in fact kitted out better than some houses – and has a price tag of £285,000

Hut no. 112 is equipped with heated running water, a cooker, fridge/freezer, lighting and a built-in speaker system powered by solar panels on the roof. (Above, the fitted kitchen that wouldn't look out of a place in a modern home)

Hut no. 112 is equipped with heated running water, a cooker, fridge/freezer, lighting and a built-in speaker system powered by solar panels on the roof. (Above, the fitted kitchen that wouldn't look out of a place in a modern home)

Hut no. 112 is equipped with heated running water, a cooker, fridge/freezer, lighting and a built-in speaker system powered by solar panels on the roof. (Above, the fitted kitchen that wouldn’t look out of a place in a modern home)

It even has its own toilet, unlike most of the other 360 huts at Mudeford Sandbank, whose owners have to make do with using a communal one in the shower block

It even has its own toilet, unlike most of the other 360 huts at Mudeford Sandbank, whose owners have to make do with using a communal one in the shower block

It even has its own toilet, unlike most of the other 360 huts at Mudeford Sandbank, whose owners have to make do with using a communal one in the shower block

The new owners of the hut will be rewarded with spectacular sea view across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight

The new owners of the hut will be rewarded with spectacular sea view across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight

The new owners of the hut will be rewarded with spectacular sea view across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight

The cabin can sleep four or five people on the mezzanine floor while the smart downstairs lounge area can also be converted into a double bed

The cabin can sleep four or five people on the mezzanine floor while the smart downstairs lounge area can also be converted into a double bed

The cabin can sleep four or five people on the mezzanine floor while the smart downstairs lounge area can also be converted into a double bed

As well as the purchase price, the new owners will have to pay annual rates to Christchurch Borough Council of about £500 and a licence fee (ground rent) of about £2,500 a year

As well as the purchase price, the new owners will have to pay annual rates to Christchurch Borough Council of about £500 and a licence fee (ground rent) of about £2,500 a year

As well as the purchase price, the new owners will have to pay annual rates to Christchurch Borough Council of about £500 and a licence fee (ground rent) of about £2,500 a year

The cabin can sleep four or five people on the mezzanine floor while the smart downstairs lounge area can also be converted into a double bed.

The value of the sought-after bolthole is in its location. 

The sandy spit it is on is so isolated it requires a 20 minute walk, a ride on a novelty land train or a short ferry ride to get there.

But the new owners will be rewarded with spectacular sea view across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight – quite a change of scene from 1940, when Mudeford Spit was dominated by metal sea defences in case of a Nazi invasion. 

The hut is on the harbour side - so in addition to the spectacular views, you can launch a boat or kayak straight onto the water

The hut is on the harbour side - so in addition to the spectacular views, you can launch a boat or kayak straight onto the water

The hut is on the harbour side – so in addition to the spectacular views, you can launch a boat or kayak straight onto the water

The sandy spit it is on is so isolated it requires a 20 minute walk, a ride on a novelty land train or a short ferry ride to get there

The sandy spit it is on is so isolated it requires a 20 minute walk, a ride on a novelty land train or a short ferry ride to get there

The sandy spit it is on is so isolated it requires a 20 minute walk, a ride on a novelty land train or a short ferry ride to get there

Mudeford Spit used to be dominated by metal sea defences in case of a Nazi invasion - but now has some of the most expensive beach huts in the country

Mudeford Spit used to be dominated by metal sea defences in case of a Nazi invasion - but now has some of the most expensive beach huts in the country

Mudeford Spit used to be dominated by metal sea defences in case of a Nazi invasion – but now has some of the most expensive beach huts in the country

The owners can also stay overnight in the huts from March to October.

For the £285,000 asking price, you could buy a four-bedroom semi-detached house in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, or a five-bedroom detached house in Runcorn, Cheshire.

As well as the hefty purchase price, the new owners will have to pay annual rates to Christchurch Borough Council of about £500 and a licence fee (ground rent) of about £2,500 a year.

Charlie Dancer, from Denisons estate agents, who are handling the sale, said: ‘This is a lovely hut, it’s been done really well. The kitchen is nicer than you would find in a lot of houses and it’s been finished to a really high standard.

‘It’s immaculate inside. You have got a big mezzanine floor with plenty of space for sleeping upstairs.

‘It has a speaker system wired into the hut and it’s connected to the solar panels so you can keep track of your battery level and the intake of the solar panels.

Floorplan for beach hut no. 112. Owners can stay overnight in the huts from March until October

Floorplan for beach hut no. 112. Owners can stay overnight in the huts from March until October

Floorplan for beach hut no. 112. Owners can stay overnight in the huts from March until October

'It has a speaker system wired into the hut and it's connected to the solar panels so you can keep track of your battery level and the intake of the solar panels,' said Charlie Dancer, from Denisons estate agents, who are handling the sale

'It has a speaker system wired into the hut and it's connected to the solar panels so you can keep track of your battery level and the intake of the solar panels,' said Charlie Dancer, from Denisons estate agents, who are handling the sale

‘It has a speaker system wired into the hut and it’s connected to the solar panels so you can keep track of your battery level and the intake of the solar panels,’ said Charlie Dancer, from Denisons estate agents, who are handling the sale

‘There’s LED lighting, a water heater, which is quite unusual to have in these huts, and it is one of the only ones I know that has a toilet, which is very handy in the middle of the night.

‘It’s all quite fancy and done very nicely.

‘To have the speakers and all the gadgets is quite unique for the beach huts. It’s got everything you could want or need really.

‘This one is on the harbour side, so you’ve got really nice harbour views and you get lovely sunsets there. You’ve also got the added benefit you can have boats and kayaks in front of you and can launch straight onto the water from there.

‘The huts at Mudeford are completely unique, there’s nothing else like it I have seen anywhere in the country. When you get there, you almost feel like you’re abroad – especially when we get the nice weather there. It is a lovely spot.’ 

Mr Dancer added: 'To have the speakers and all the gadgets is quite unique for the beach huts. It's got everything you could want or need really.' (Above, a sleeping area on the upper level)

Mr Dancer added: 'To have the speakers and all the gadgets is quite unique for the beach huts. It's got everything you could want or need really.' (Above, a sleeping area on the upper level)

Mr Dancer added: ‘To have the speakers and all the gadgets is quite unique for the beach huts. It’s got everything you could want or need really.’ (Above, a sleeping area on the upper level)



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