Beachcroft Hotel Beach Huts review
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Our first post lockdown trip was a UK staycation to the beautiful Beachcroft Hotel‘s Beach Hut suites in Felpham, West Sussex. Some of the beach huts are dog friendly and so we got to take Alfie with us too, which I think is the best thing about travelling in the UK.
The Beachcroft Hotel is situated on a seven mile stretch of coastal footpath and there are four self-contained beach hut suites which overlook the beach. They are reminiscent of traditional Great British seaside holiday beach huts but are super modern and stylish inside, a perfect bolthole for couples, families and four legged friends.
The Beach Hut Suites are beautiful inside. They’re really luxurious with a bunkbed room for children, a stylish lounge area with a corner sofa and a lovely comfy bed on a mezzanine level. There is a porthole in the wall opposite the bed so you can wake up and see the sea from your bed which was just lovely.
There is a Nespresso coffee machine, Smeg fridge and kettle and plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits. There was also a very welcome bottle of rose on our arrival and a decanter of sloe gin.
There’s also a luxury shower room with a waterfall shower – perfect for warming up after a refreshing (read: freezing!) dip in the sea!
The suites have a contemporary design with seaside style art prints on the walls and then there are glass doors out onto the decking area which open all the way for an inside-outside feel.
We stayed in the Shell beach hut which is one on the furthest end away from the hotel. I think this was definitely the best hut as it was set a little bit further back from the promenade so felt very private.
There’s plenty of parking, with a large car park for the hotel and then private parking outside the beach huts.
There are also some bikes for you to use, if you stay in one of the beach huts. We didn’t go on a bike ride as we had Alfie and he’s not really well behaved enough to run alongside a bike(!), and actually, I’m not very good at riding one! But the promenade was perfect for riding a bike along.
Although we stayed in the beach huts, you can stay in the hotel if you prefer and they have rooms which overlook the sea and a penthouse suite. There is also a seafront terrace outside the hotel where you can enjoy a drink and a nibble.
Food and drink
As we were on a doggy getaway, we enjoyed a three course evening meal on one night in the hotel.
We were sat in the bar, rather than the restaurant, as we had Alfie with us and the only tiny negative we thad was that the bar was a bit dark and old fashioned which was in stark contrast to how bright and contemporary the beach huts are.
The food was amazing – I had the duck to start with which was really tender and had a lovely smoked flavour. This was followed by the sea bream which was really yummy and it was quite a big piece of fish so really filled me up. For pudding we shared the chocolate delice which was so rich and creamy. Lee has said several times since that it was the best dessert he’s ever had!
We also had breakfast on both days. There was a continental and cooked breakfast menu and you could choose whatever you liked from both of these. We had a full English on both days and it was really yummy. It also came with a very good helping of mushrooms, which are my favourite breakfast item!
Alfie was also offered breakfast and he chose to have a sausage. It was so cute to be able to all eat our breakfasts together!
On our second evening we enjoyed a takeaway on the terrace. We ordered fish and chips (when at the seaside, right?!) from local chippie The Sussex Fryer who delivered it to our door. Fish and chips are also available to order from the hotel for you to have on your terrace and there are some other local takeaways too.
The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. They also made a big fuss of Alfie, getting him a sausage for his breakfast and giving him a toy to take home as a souvenir! They were also very professional with all the new Covid procedures.
The very best thing about the Beachcroft Hotel Beach Hut suites is their location. They are literally RIGHT on the beach.
I don’t usually like to spend much time in the room on holiday as I like to be out and about doing things but because the suite was so nice, we spent lots of time sat out on the terrace (usually with a glass of wine in hand!) listening to the sound of the sea, reading and chatting.
It was really quiet when we were there and I’m not sure whether it was because of Covid or because the weather wasn’t amazing (although it was dry which is a turn up for one of my trips!), but it was just so peaceful so we sat outside each morning for coffee. We basically just couldn’t wait to get out on that terrace!
On one side of the coastal path is Bognor Regis which is a traditional British seaside town with arcades, a fun fair and some shops. We headed to Pinks Ice Cream Parlour in the town as the Beachcroft Hotel left some vouchers for free ice creams in our room – there was even one for Alfie!
If you walk the other way, you get to the very upmarket village of Middleton-on-Sea. We walked along marvelling at the houses on the beachfront – some of them had swimming pools too! We did the walk along the seafront from end to the other a couple of times during our stay and we really enjoyed it.
Felpham itself is a lovely little village too. Unfortunately when we were there some of the pubs were closed, else we would have really enjoyed a meal in there. There are blue plaques dotted all around the village. We spotted this one where William Blake, the romantic poet, lived. The English Literature graduate in me was thrilled!
We also spent a lot of time on the beach which is lovely and clean and where the beach huts are it’s dog friendly too. We had a picnic on there and I went for a really refreshing dip in the sea one evening.
The beach huts are absolutely perfect for a dog friendly holiday. It was lovely to let Alfie run around on the terrace while we were sat outside and there was a bed, blanket and bowls for him as well as some treats. There was even a bandana for him to wear on his holidays!
Anyone who travels with a dog will know that you have to take a lot of extra stuff with you (I always think it might be like travelling with a baby!) and so it’s really handy to have things already there in the room when you get there to save space in the car. Especially if you have a Mini like I do – space is at a premium!
I wouldn’t say I was particularly apprehensive about our first post-lockdown trip but I know some people will be and I was really impressed with what the Beachcroft Hotel had put in place.
Inside the hotel itself, the floor was marked out at two metre intervals and at reception, they checked us in from behind a perspex screen. There was hand sanitiser available throughout the reception area too and all staff wore masks and gloves. Our keys were available inside our beach hut which meant we didn’t have to have them passed to us.
Everything inside the hut had been sanitised and there was a little bottle of hand sanitiser inside the hut for us to use. It was Bayliss and Harding and smelled really nice! Decorative cushions and covers were removed from all rooms and there was no housekeeping service, although one was available on request.
This actually suited us better as our beach hut was such a nice place to chill out in that we spent a lot of time there and it would have been awkward if someone had come in to clean the room while we were out on the terrace.
We had an absolutely amazing stay at the Beachcroft Hotel’s Beach Hut Suites. I can definitely recommend it for a relaxing stay overlooking the sea, the perfect UK staycation.
To find out more and to book your own stay at these beautiful Beach Hut Suites, visit the website.