Have you ever fallen asleep to the sound of the sea gently lapping the shore and then woken to a stunning ocean sunrise just a flip and a flop away from your bed? A beach hut holiday at Beachcroft luxury beach hut suites is the perfect place to do just that, and a lot more besides. Come with me on a dreamy coastal escape…
Our stay at Beachcroft Beach Huts
Our beach retreat at Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites and meals were complimentary for the purpose of this review. However, all views, opinions and new-found love of a dreamy beach hut holiday are entirely my own.
British seaside holiday meets coastal chic at luxury Beachcroft beach huts on the beach at Felpham Village, West Sussex. The beach huts, are part of the neighbouring 4* Beachcroft Hotel, and sit overlooking the beach and into the horizon beyond.
Part of the Peter de Savary hotel collection, which includes the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, Dorset, these are quite possibly the most luxurious beach huts in the UK and, beyond doubt, the most stylish.
The Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites
Four beach hut suites, named Beach, Sand, Pebble and Shell, are a striking sight on the promenade. Porthole windows, Adirondack recliners and a maritime colour palate add to the nautical theme and take beach hut living to a whole new level.
A private deck faces the sea and is the perfect spot to sit back and soak up the ocean views. This superb little sun trap catches the sun from sunrise to early evening, its glass balcony keeping you nicely sheltered if there’s a sea breeze.
Tri-fold glass doors open the full width of the beach hut to let in a full measure of sunshine and seaside charm. The beach huts are slightly offset with clever planting so you’re not overlooked by next door. However, passers-by can see into the deck area which we didn’t mind and actually found quite entertaining. Some people total avoided eye contact whilst others stop for a quick chat – usually along the lines of ‘you’ve been lucky with the weather.’ The weather was superb.
Step inside and décor is seaside themed with signature touches by the De Savary interior designer, Kathleen Fraser. You’ll never be in any doubt that you’re just steps away from the ocean on your beach hut holiday with porthole style windows, retro seaside prints and a bright beachside ambiance throughout.
The living area is bright, breezy and spacious with a high sloping ceiling and huge retro artwork on the main wall. A gorgeous corner sofa in deep teal matches the watery hues of the full length curtains and bright splashes of red add a fun vibe. A solid wood feature ceiling fan keeps things cool and a large flat-screen smart TV comes loaded with Netflix for the not so sunshine days. There’s underfloor heating. We are in England after all.
The Smeg mini fridge comes stocked with a bottle of rose, fresh milk and fizzy drinks. Above it are tea and coffee making facilities and a coffee machine, pods and snacks. The welcome shots of sloe gin are a lovely touch.
Mezzanine Master Bedroom
Step up a small carpeted staircase to the master bedroom which is set on a mezzanine level. Catch a glimpse of the horizon from your bed through the perfectly placed porthole window opposite. Two giant champagne corks make for bedside tables, there’s a dressing table, chair and flat screen TV. A built-in wardrobe with hanging rail, iron and ironing board also has plenty of space to store luggage.
The comfortable bed is dressed in my favourite Egyptian cotton bed linen by Tielle, who supply many top hotels. I always check the linen wherever I stay, so I was pleased to see their name on the label before sinking into their gorgeous sheets at the end of the day. Soft fluffy robes come as standard.
The Bunk Room
Children will love the bunk bed room on the ground floor which features two cosy bunks and comes supplied with nets, buckets and spades for rock-pooling and seaside play.
The Shower Room
Next door, is the luxury shower room with powerful rainforest shower, Cole and Lewis toiletries and towel rail loaded with soft fluffy towels. The heated mirror means there’s no waiting for the steam to clear and there’s a good-sized basin and vanity unit counter-top.
Entry to the beach hut is on this level via a private car park with a parking space for each beach hut and an electric car charging point right outside.
Dogs are welcomed at Beachcroft Hotel and Beach Huts
As with the other properties in the group, dogs are very welcome at both the hotel and the beach hut suites.
Fabulous Food at Beachcroft Beach Huts
Because the beach huts are part of the adjacent Beachcroft Hotel, breakfast service is included and brings two rather wonderful choices. Either dine in the hotel’s Tamarisk Restaurant and choose from the full menu including both continental style and cooked breakfast favourites. I can highly recommend the full English.
Alternatively, order a breakfast hamper and dine alfresco on your deck. It’s the perfect spot for a delicious continental picnic breakfast with fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissants, ham, cheese and orange juice which is delivered fresh to your door in a wicker basket at a time chosen by you.
The Tamarisk Restaurant
Our first evening we dined at the hotel’s Tamarisk Restaurant which is light and airy with a nice buzzy atmosphere. After a gin and tonic in Monty’s Bar we went through to the main restaurant and ordered from the a la carte menu.
There is an excellent selection and I’d have been happy with any of the dishes on the menu. Our three-course meal was spot on, prepared with good quality, fresh produce, imagination and was full of flavour.
Since we were right on the coast I chose pan-fried sea bream fillet with lemon and spinach risotto, roasted heritage tomatoes and parmesan crisp for my main course. It was superb as were our starters and desserts. Mr Jones opted for steak which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Blakes Terrace and Beach Bar
For lunches and snacks, Blakes Terrace and Beach Bar is the place to be. They serve up light bites, sandwiches and sweet treats. The private dining pod looks like a fun place for afternoon tea and the tables overlook the beach.
If you’re hankering for something more filling burgers, seafood platters, salads and good old fashioned fish and chips are also served.
We loved our fish and chip supper which we ate picnic-style on the pebbles by the sea while an overly-attentive seagull lurked nearby. The hotel sent it over in a hamper with salt and vinegar, tartare sauce, drinks, glasses and cutlery. It’s not a beach holiday without fish and chips on the beach is it?
The Beachcroft Hotel will pack you a picnic lunch to take on your days out which might come in handy for some of the following activities.
Things to see and do near to Felpham
Walk the Coastal Footpath
There’s a lot to do during your beach hut holiday at Beachcroft Hotel. Start with all, or part of the 7-mile coastal footpath which passes right by your door. Perfect for four-legged friends – dogs are welcome at the beach huts and hotel.
You’ll reach Bognor pier if you head west. In the other direction the promenade passes Felpham beach before reaching Middleton just over two-miles away. If you’re heading this way check the tide times as it can get cut off at high tide.
Two bicycles come allotted to your beach hut so if you’d prefer to cycle the path you can. The bikes are stored in the beach hut car park and you’re issued with a key so they’re accessible at any time.
Soak up an ocean sunrise
This is the stunner I got up early for on our first morning.
Take a dip in the ocean
Take a refreshing dip in the sea just steps from your suite, or if you’d prefer, the hotel’s heated indoor pool can be booked for a private swimming session. Towels are provided and there are changing rooms by the pool.
There are plenty of other beach activities nearby like windsurfing and SUPs from the nearby sailing club. The beach is a pebble beach at high tide but you’re into bucket and spade territory with plenty of sand when the tide’s low.
Explore Felpham Village
Pretty Felpham village is right on your doorstep. See where poet William Blake lived and is believed to have written the hymn Jerusalem. Pop into St Mary’s church to see the stained glass window dedicated to him.
The village is full of charming thatched cottages and some good traditional pubs like The Fox Inn and The George.
Visit Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve is a very beautiful, peaceful and an important site for wildlife. Discover nature trails, spot the wildlife, take a picnic, which the Beachcroft Hotel can prepare for you, or head there for a beautiful sunset – by the lagoon is a good spot.
Use the entrance in Pagham Village which is about a 15-minute drive away and not the one in Selsey Road which will take around half an hour.
Play a round of golf
For golfers there’s a choice of three courses nearby. Bognor Regis Golf Club, Chichester Golf Club and the award winning course at Goodwood Golf Club.
Near to Chichester is Bosham, (pronounced Bozum), a small coastal settlement overlooking Chichester harbour with waterways and quayside passages. It’s one of the prettiest villages in West Sussex.
High tide comes right up to the village and you’ll see cottages with tiny doors and high thresholds to keep the tide back. It’s said that this is the place where King Canute commanded the waves to go back and failed. See if you can spot the black swan near the quay and drop by the The Bosham Inn or head to Anchor Blue, a family-run harbourside pub. There’s also an arts centre which is worth a visit.
The Cathedral town of Chichester with its festival theatre, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes is about a 15-minute drive away. Chichester is a pretty town with its fair share of cute cottages and picturesque streets.
Gardeners will enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens which sit between the Cathedral and the City Walls. It’s a peaceful garden dating back to 1147 with water features and a wildlife friendly space.
Arundel’s focal point is the Castle which has commanding views over the River Arun and across the countryside. Almost a century of history can be found within the brooding castle walls. You’ll find works by Canaletto, Gainsborough and van Dyck, exquisite antiques, furniture and tapestries.
Explore the Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower and take a stroll through a series of themed gardens and the new formal Collector Earl’s Garden.
After visiting the castle take a foray into the town’s small lanes and alleyways where you’ll find a clutch of antique shops, tea rooms, and galleries. Nature lovers will enjoy Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
This is a fabulous English seaside holiday with a stylish twist. The beach huts are the ultimate beach retreat brimming with thoughtful touches and seaside quirkiness.
The food in the hotel and the breakfast hamper are excellent and the staff, without exception, are helpful, friendly and attentive.
Use of all the hotel restaurants and bars mean that meals are all taken care of. Beach hut guests may also book sessions in the hotel’s heated pool. The beach huts overlook the sea and are in the perfect spot for exploring the highlights of West Sussex including Arundel and Chichester which are nearby.