Dorset beach hut sells for nearly a third of a million pounds

A beach hut in Dorset has sold for nearly a third of a million pounds.

Situated in Mudeford Spit in Christchurch Harbour, the small hut measuring just 12ft by 10ft, sold for around £325,000 and attracted four potential buyers, two of whom did not view the property.

For the same price, buyers could purchase a five-bedroom house in Hull.

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Andy Denisons of Denisons estate agency told The Telegraph that the sale was a record for the huts, which have seen a spike in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent interest in staycations.

“The demand for the beach huts at Mudeford is the highest I have ever known it right now. It has gone crazy,” he said.

”People are throwing in the towel on foreign holidays this year, they are very wary of them.”

He continued: “The cost of flights and hotels is starting to get expensive and people don’t know what it will be like in the resort when they get there in terms of being restricted in hotels and restaurants.”

Mudeford Spit is home to 360 huts, all of which are privately owned, and cannot be reached by car.

On the eastern side, the sandy beach faces the Solent and looks across to the Isle of Wight.

The hut is fitted with a small kitchen, a chemical toilet and a bed “which can sleep four”, although overnight stays are only permitted between March and October.

Owners would also have to cough up annual council rates to the tune of £4,500 per year.

The gradual relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions across the UK has seen a surge of interest in holidays closer to home.

A recent survey conducted by Admiral Insurance of almost 60,000 people living in the UK revealed that more than 38 per cent of Brits are planning a holiday at home this year.

Of those opting for a staycation, more than 84 per cent cited the coronavirus as instrumental in their decision not to leave the country.

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