Taking a break from crocheting yesterday, I went down to Bournemouth to visit youngest daughter and see the end of year degree exhibition at the Arts University . Afterwards she was keen to take me to Hengistbury Head, knowing I'd love the beach huts and she wasn't wrong. We had a lovely time wandering around, imagining how great it would be to own one of these little treasures. I took heaps of photos, but have picked out some of my favourites.
There are more than 300 huts, arranged back to back along a long spit of sand. Some face towards the nature reserve and the beautiful Christchurch harbour. Others face the dunes and beach with stunning views to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. No wonder they are some of the most expensive in the country. ( Around £150k plus £2000 p.a. ground rent) We peeped in a few and they are surprisingly large, with sofa beds and good size kitchens, many having sleeping lofts and bunk beds. There are shower/toilet blocks and water standpipes, though no electricity, but solar panels and gas fridges would make them very comfortable.
The beach cafe is a great place to watch the world go by.
Here's an image showing some of the huts on the right, with the nature reserve in the foreground. You have to leave the car and take to the footpaths, (if you're feeling fit)
Or take the little land train which is more fun!
To end the day we went to the beach a little further along the coast, towards Southbourne, where it was almost deserted, and had a paddle, before reluctantly heading home