Review: Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites, Felpham Beach
Fancy snoozing to the sound of surf on shingle? These luxury beach front suites on the West Sussex coast are the perfect family staycation destination. Muddy checked in for some good old British seaside fun.
Situated bang smack on the seven mile coastal footpath at Felpham Beach, next to Bognor Regis, Beachcroft Beach Huts are the ideal boutique bolthole for exploring everything Sussex has to offer. The four stylish self-contained huts sit proudly together overlooking the wide stony beach, their eye-catching design with slanting roofs and cute porthole windows make them a real focal point in the area and must intrigue passers by.
Inside they are reminiscent of a traditional British beach hut, but no sandy floorboards or dank deckchairs here – these are seriously luxurious (just the way Muddy likes it). The design is modern & contemporary with a nod to Miami art deco with playful ornamental furnishings and art in keeping with the seaside style. Vast wall to wall glass doors open out to the private sun terrace (when the weather is playing ball), drawing loads of light and sea air – good for the constitution all year round!
We loved the extra touches provided like free bucket & spades and nature spotting “eye-spy” sheets for the kids, plus sloe gin and a guide to walking routes nearby for the parents.
Sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children, each suite includes a mezzanine master bedroom with a perfectly positioned porthole window to view the horizon from the comfort of your bed, dressed in Egyptian cotton linen. A second bedroom with bunk beds sits adjacent to the luxury shower room which includes handy bathrobes, towels & high-end toiletries.
The stylish lounge area has a comfy corner sofa, Netflix-enabled smart TV and family friendly board games. Home from home touches include a Nespresso coffee machine, Smeg kettle, plus a small fridge with a very thoughtful bottle of rose, (which we naturally cracked open upon arrival and sat on the terrace smugly watching the sweaty joggers ran past us).
Each hut guest can use the facilities of the more traditionally decorated hotel immediately behind the huts including the bar (check out the fabulously kitsch wall art including a framed picture of a beloved Chiwawa!), Tamarisk Restaurant, Blakes Beach Bar with dining pod and a small indoor heated pool – brilliant on rainy days.
The Beachcroft is positively dog heaven. The Muddy mutt Stanley (above), could not believe his luck when he checked in and received a voucher for free pup ice cream at nearby Pinks parlour, plus on-tap treats in reception. He was even welcome at breakfast in Monty’s where you can order a special chicken meal for your pooch if you’re really canine crazy!
Private parking is available at the rear of each hut alongside a handy electric car charging station. Two adult bicycles are available complimentary as well as other bikes and accessories including paddleboards for hire during your stay.
SCOFF AND QUAFF
The food at Tamarisk is seriously good and definitely worth trying whilst you’re here. We sampled some excellent scallops (above), and the lamb with dauphinoise was divine. Kids menu is the usual fair and my son was buzzing when the very generous portion of profiteroles arrived!
Breakfast is included in all room rates and can be enjoyed by a huge hamper delivered to your door (above), or a hot breakfast served in the hotel. Reception can also organise Fish & Chips delivered to your room should you want to sit on your decking and watch the tide come in.
There is also a cute café, the Lobster Pot, just behind the huts which is great for lunch, extra snacks, coffee and ice-creams.
OUT & ABOUT
Within walking distance of the hotel is the behemoth that is Butlins. Should you fancy a full-on day there it’s a good wet weather option, with it’s traditional fun fair, huge splash pool with slides and live shows. Speak to Beachcroft reception to nab a special price for their day gate entry fee.
The pier with it’s arcades and crazy golf (above), is a short stroll, as is the town of Bognor with reasonable shopping options and some pretty coffee shops and ice cream parlours. Walk back through Hotham Park with it’s mini train and play area.
A bit further afield other family attractions options include Paulton’s Park, Sky Park Farm with it’s excellent eatery and the Base Skate Park for older ones looking to let off steam.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Those who love a bit of luxury but wanting to be right on top of the beach. Ideal for families and their pets, but would also make a great romantic break or a trip with a gang of girls.
Not for: Anyone wanting 24/7 entertainment or full-on activities. This is very much the place for a simple, sleepy break to take in the sea air and relax (also those with a dislike for dogs might find the amount of much-loved mutts a bit much but we loved it).
The damage: Prices start from £375 per night for two sharing includes breakfast.
Beachcroft Hotel & Beach Huts, Clyde Road, Felpham, Bognor Regis,
West Sussex, PO22 7AH
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