Beach Cove, Hele Bay – Ilfracombe

Could this be one of Britain’s swankiest ‘beach huts’?

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Length: 7 days (Saturday to Saturday)

Cost: Driftwood beach hut sleeps two. For a week-long stay at the end of September costs £290. Prices during other seasons range between: £265 – £915.

September or early October is probably my favourite time to take a UK-based break. If you’re after some autumn sunshine a little closer to home, you’ll find golden horizons and a peaceful vibe in Devon this time of year. In my next blog post I’ll include some recommendations for things to do in North Devon, but first, more about the place where we are staying.

Pictures supplied from the beach hut owners:

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Beach Cove opened its pastel-coloured doors for the first time just two months ago. There are around twenty or so beautiful and smartly designed huts, with uninterrupted sea views; each has a very pleasant ‘beach hut’ ambience inside and out, with bright colourful exteriors complemented by chic-vintage interiors. These cosy and stylish retreats on Hele Bay (pronounced “heel”, not helly), are located in a picturesque cove in one of Devon’s most idyllic locations and makes a lovely getaway for anyone looking for a really intimate coastal escape or some quiet time to write or paint.

Roots and Toots’ pictures:

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A stay in a beach hut usually offers a rustic, glamping-type experience: The promise of a charming stay by the sea, dry and comfortable sleeping quarters but with no running water and the use of communal showers and amenities. Beach Cove however sits on the higher end of the scale, offering one of the most luxurious beach hut escapes you’re likely to find in the UK. We stayed in “Driftwood”, an open-plan studio with sea views. Whereas most of the other huts at Beach Cove have separate bedrooms, I personally prefer this studio-style format, which is in keeping with an authentic beach hut layout. The cutest thing about this place is our double bed which is housed within the two back walls, so that you’re snugly sandwiched into an alcove in your own cosy nest, with two sky lights above the bed so you can watch the stars and listen to the sound of the waves as you drift off.

Driftwood certainly is a Tardis and inside includes: a small bathroom with sizeable hot power-shower and soft towels; a lounge area with flat-screen TV and DVD player, WIFI, sofa; a fully-equipped kitchen (including an espresso coffee machine) with an oven and two electric hobs, fridge freezer; storage space; central heating for the winter months; decking with a small table and two chairs and panoramic sea views.

Hele Bay is our “front garden”, a stone’s throw from our hut:

photo 17 photo 11 photo 18 Accommodation: There is a choice of studio and one-bedroom beach hut style retreats or one-bedroom apartments at Beach Cove. Most have their own private hot tub and decking.

  • Outdoor hot tub (in Premiers and The Pad only)
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • iPod docking station
  • Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen including fridge/freezer
  • Shower
  • Bed linen, duvets and towels
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Beds made up for your arrival
  • Patio area with patio furniture
  • Double glazed and centrally heated
  • Pets £45pw each (in Wrinklewood only)

How did we stubble upon somewhere that really seems to have achieved the right balance of design, comfort, tranquility and ambience? 70 years of heritage helps… You can book this holiday through Hoseasons, a UK-based holiday company who celebrated its 70th birthday this year. Seventy years ago, Wally B Hoseason started a business from humble beginnings in a single boatyard on the Norfolk Broads. He transformed his business into the UK’s largest boating holiday company. As a result over the years they’ve become famous for boating holidays but also lodge, park and family activity break escapes Europe-wide. They also have a great selection for couples searching for a touch of luxury in a peaceful location such as Beach Cove.

For more information visit www.hoseasons.co.uk or call 0844 847 1100.

@Hoseasons www.facebook.com/hoseasons

Beach Cove: http://www.beachcoveretreat.co.uk

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