THINK you can’t afford your very own beach front pad complete with sea view and sandy garden? Think again.
The couple behind the new St Annes beach huts have revealed not only will the picturesque huts be for sale and long-term rent – you will also be able to get your hands on them by the day.
And with a price tag of around £36,000 to buy one of the coloured wooden huts, the £45 day rentals are sure to go down a storm for those who just want a taste of seaside living.
Stuart Robertson, who owns St Annes Beach Huts along with wife Zoe, said: “We thought offering day and week-long rentals of the beach huts would be a good attraction for tourists and bring more people to the resort.
“It’s also a good facility for local families and will be somewhere they could bring their guests or visitors, and will offer people who are considering purchasing one of the huts to try them out before they buy.”
The first wave of beach huts – five in total – will be lowered into place close to the mini-links golf course on the Promenade on August 21, and the Robertsons have planning permission to build 40 more.
A show-hut has been on display on the Promenade since last month, and Mr Robertson said the iconic pale blue hut – the first in St Annes for 30 years - had proved popular.
He said: “Reaction to the show-hut has been tremendous - people love it.”
The huts – which will also be sited – will have mains electric and a sink, and users will also have their own private washing facilities in The Island on the Promenade.
Overnight stays are banned, but people will be able to use the huts every day between 7am and 10pm, 365 days a year.
As well as buying a hut, they will also be available on a five or 10-year lease, and to rent by the day or week for holidaymakers or local residents.
However, although the first huts will be available from next month, there will be no day or week rentals on offer until next year.