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A beach hut break at Shaldon Beach Huts in Devon

A seaside stay in Devon at Shaldon Beach Huts, a romantic luxury beach hut with proper beds, a bathroom and kitchen right on the edge of the beach.

I do love a colourful beach hut on the seafront, and I’ve always been jealous of anyone lucky enough to own one. But what’s even better than a beach hut? A beach hut you can actually stay the night in. Shaldon Beach Huts in Devon aren’t your glorified wooden seafront sheds either – this is beach hut luxury. You get a proper bed, bathroom and kitchen, all wrapped up in a tiny, cute, beachside package. Perfect for a weekend break in… erm February? I was super excited when I won a two-night break to Shaldon’s Beach Hut No 1 in a competition – the only catch was that I had to use it by the end of February. So we packed the thermals and the wine and headed off to Devon to see if beach hut life lived up to my expectations, even in winter.

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Beach hut interior

Looking down into the beach hut from the sleeping platform

The location

Shaldon is on the south coast of Devon, not far from Torquay and just across the bay from Teignmouth. It’s a pretty little English seaside village with a few shops, pubs and restaurants. In February the beach was deserted other for than a couple of dog-walkers, but on a sunny summer day it gets packed. A bizarre local tradition means that, from May to September, the village holds a ‘1785 Day’ every Wednesday, where people dress in period costumes and there’s a market, dancing and plays on the village green. Shaldon is on a tidal estuary so when the tide goes right out you can walk to the end of the beach and around the headland into the next bay, where there’s a tunnel that was once used by smugglers. You can also get the passenger ferry across to Teignmouth if you fancy a change of scene and a few more things to do.

Shaldon Beach

On the beach at Shaldon

The rooms

The main entrance to the huts is from the street and there’s a designated parking space for each one right outside. When you get inside, downstairs there’s a galley kitchen with a shower room opposite. The shower room reminded me a bit of being on a boat, it’s teeny and you have to sit right back on the toilet to get out the way of the washbasin, but the shower was good! Then there’s an open-plan lounge area, with a skylight and big windows so it’s lovely and light. It all incorporates cool vintage details like the porthole mirrors and retro sign, along with a nautical colour scheme of red, white and blue. The bed is on a raised sleeping platform, up a flight of stairs above the kitchen. It’s all very cosy, though you have to remind yourself not to sit up too far if you wake up in the night or you might knock yourself out on the ceiling.

Shaldon Beach Huts in Devon

Inside Beach Hut No 1

The food

The hut’s galley kitchen is surprisingly well-equipped for its size, with a full-size oven and fridge as well as a hob with two rings. We cooked dinner in the hut one night and had no problem. There’s no space for a dishwasher but you’re supplied with dishwashing kit. You’re also given basics like tea and coffee and we were left a box of tasty Hope & Greenwood clotted cream fudge to get us in the seaside mood. If you’re self-catering, there’s a small Londis shop in Shaldon and Morrisons and Waitrose supermarkets in Teignmouth. Otherwise Shaldon’s got a good selection of places to eat. Next door to the huts is the Clipper Café where you can get a cooked breakfast or afternoon tea and cakes, and they also have an evening menu. Also recommended for a special meal was ODE dining, and there’s a couple of village pubs too.

Shaldon Beach Huts kitchen

The beach hut’s galley kitchen

The facilities

The back wall of the hut is made up of three big glass doors, so in the summer you can fold them all right back and let the sea air in. There’s also a patio area out the front with a table and chairs where you can sit and watch the boats in the harbour. No 1 has the largest terrace of all the beach huts and also has a gate at the end which takes you straight onto the beach. It was so nice to be able walk right out onto the sand for a morning walk along the beach, and in summer I could see myself spending all my time outside. It was still a lovely place to be in winter though – the double glazing and underfloor heating made it really warm and cosy, and the big windows bring the sea views inside when it’s too cold to go out.

Shaldon Beach Huts, Devon

The terrace at hut no 1 and nautical details inide

My tips

  • Guests are… there’s just room for two (take someone you like as you’ll be in close contact!)
  • Staff are… keys were left in a key box, so although we spoke to the owners we didn’t meet them.
  • Don’t forget… shampoo and shower gel as you’re not supplied with toiletries other than hand wash.
  • Useful to know… pack light, as although there’s a hanging area near the door there’s not a huge amount of storage space or any drawers to store your clothes in.
Shaldon Beach Huts, Devon

The entrance to the beach huts

The details

Beach Hut No 1 is available to rent through Cottages Southwest – prices start from £130 for a one-night stay or £120 per night for two or more. There are also winter and last-minute three-night special offers. Beach Hut No 2 and Beach Hut No 5 are also available to rent through Discovery Holiday Homes. No 2 is almost identical to no 1, but no 5 a bit cheaper with a ladder up to the sleeping area instead of stairs.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Darlene
    March 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    How adorable!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Lovely aren’t they, such a great idea for a holiday rental!

  • Reply
    aeparker81
    March 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Such a cool place and Shaldon is such a sweet part of the riviera!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Shaldon was lovely – I was at university not far away in Exeter but had never made it down there before!

  • Reply
    Vlad
    March 6, 2015 at 8:04 am

    My god, look how cute and cozy they are! 😀 I would love to stay in one, they are very lovely!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      They were so cute! Really well designed too to fit so much into a teeny space.

  • Reply
    Jen
    March 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    OBSESSED. Seriously though – they are adorable.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Haha, hope you get to go try them out sometime!

  • Reply
    Kathryn Burrington
    March 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    These look wonderful and somewhere I’d love to stay for a couple of nights. I’ve visited Devon many times when I was young but never this village. It sounds a lovely place to stay and the 1785 days sound great fun too. Anothe for the wishlist!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      They were perfect for a short break (so you don’t have too much stuff to fit in…). I might have to drop by for a 1785 day sometime, do love these strange English traditions!

  • Reply
    lexklein
    March 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    So cute and cozy-looking.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks, yes they were lovely and cosy on a winter’s day!

  • Reply
    trolway
    March 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    If you like to try something different, Lucy’s description makes this sound very appealing – on my wish list too!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Will have to try and get you down there sometime!

  • Reply
    shazzarob
    March 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I love beach huts! These look amazing. Wish they had them up north.x

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 10, 2015 at 11:21 am

      There’s a gap in the market there, someone should build a few! x

  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    March 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    These beach huts are totally adorable! I’d love to stay overnight in one and I love how close they are to the beach. My kinda beach hut!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 10, 2015 at 11:22 am

      It was so nice to be able to walk straight out onto the sand! They’re really cleverly designed too, so you didn’t feel squashed in at all.

  • Reply
    andrewtbh
    March 12, 2015 at 2:06 am

    I can already imagine myself snuggling up in these huts! Looks absolutely cozy, would love to visit one day.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Hope you get to make the trip someday, it’s a lovely spot!

  • Reply
    nicoladunkinson
    March 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I stayed at beach hut no 1 last April…I booked it as a surprise for my husband’s 30th. I loved the cute, quirkiness of it…and the underfloor heating! 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

      That’s a great birthday present! Hope you had a great time.

  • Reply
    onefootinparis
    March 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    These beach huts are adorable!! I can’t believe i’ve never visited Devon.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      So cute aren’t they, hope you get to visit Devon sometime soon, it’s a beautiful area (especially when the sun shines!).

  • Reply
    Maddie
    March 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love this, so cute! It doesn’t get much more quintessentially British seaside than this.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      March 23, 2015 at 10:06 am

      It doesn’t! They were so lovely, couldn’t think of a better seaside spot.

  • Reply
    vocabulary|in|chunks
    April 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

    How romantic !

    • Reply
      Lucy
      April 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Definitely – it’s such a cute little place perfect for two!

  • Reply
    linneaonadventure
    April 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I love this blog!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      April 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, it was a lovely place to stay!

  • Reply
    Laura
    April 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Oh wow, how cute are they?

    • Reply
      Lucy
      April 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Lovely aren’t they, and actually really comfortable too!

  • Reply
    Zoe
    August 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful beach hut, I imagine they are really popular.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      August 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Especially in summer, but we didn’t have too much trouble booking in February!

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