These epic Dorset beach shacks cost up to £240 a night on Airbnb

Wouldn’t it be nice to own a beach hut on the Dorset coastline? Luckily for those craving a slice of life (at high tide) you don’t have to go buy everything – you can hire them by the day or night.

Along with stylish city apartments and rustic rural retreats, Airbnb offers sun worshipers the opportunity to rent a range of tiny coastal vacation homes. However, guests can pay dearly to wake up to the sound of crashing waves, with stays at these spectacular seaside locations costing up to £240 per night.

Additionally, cleaning and service charges can add £200 or more to the cost of a booking. But if you have deep enough pockets, scroll down to check out these Dorset beach shacks.

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The Hen Hut, Mudeford – £240 per night

This “popular family cabinin Mudeford is described as “perfect for families”, sleeping up to eight people on beds, sofa beds and sofas. Located directly on the shore, it would make a great base for sunrise swims and sunset parties. The place has modern conveniences, including a small kitchen with a gas oven and hob, as well as a small fridge.

But don’t expect too much luxury, even at this price: the owner describes the space as “pretty basic – like a campsite but with a roof”. It has solar-powered lighting, but battery capacity is low and candles may be needed after dark.

The hot water supply is also limited, with a tank under the cabin requiring occasional refilling. And there are no indoor toilets – the communal toilets are a minute’s walk away.

Mudeford Beach Hut, Mudeford – £135 per night

“If you want to watch the sunrise or see the sunset, there’s no better place to be,” this listing boldly states. But with views across the harbor and towards the Isle of White, they may be right. Able to accommodate up to four people, its French windows open directly onto a private patio with the water a few meters away.

The interior is elegantly furnished in gray and blue tones, reflecting the ever-changing colors of the sea and sky just beyond its timber clad walls. A cozy retreat with a well-equipped kitchen, this self-catering hideaway would make a great base for summer days spent crabbing, swimming or boating.

27 Monmouth Beach, Monmouth – £130 per night

Cobb Harbor is so popular with fossil hunters, water sports enthusiasts and dog walkers that this coastal cottage is already booked until October. Its whimsical blue and white interior includes a stove, fridge and microwave, while its double doors open onto a small deck and the sands of Monmouth Beach.

It can accommodate up to four people in bunk beds and even has a small bathroom. Long-term leases are also welcome, for those looking for a long retirement by the sea.

Mudeford Beach Retreat, Mudeford – £96 per night

Although it is not located directly on the shore, this elegant cabin is a few minutes walk from the sea. And the owner goes out of his way to make guests feel by the sea.

The small, wood-clad house has a wooden deck with a barbecue and umbrella, atop a man-made pebble shore. It even has a nautical-themed interior, complete with driftwood cup holders and ship wheels as decoration.

Set in a private garden, it offers more comfort than the average beach hut, with a well-equipped kitchen and even a small bathroom. At £96 per night, it costs almost three times what a Travelodge would cost – but it’s at least three times more scenic at this price.

Exclusive Use Beach Hut & Hot Tub Annex, Bournemouth – £84 per night

Rather than staying in a coastal cottage, this list offers the option of a spacious annex with an enclosed garden and hot tub, plus a beachfront cabana just steps away. Overnight accommodation brings a seaside flair inland, with a gravelled patio outfitted with an alfresco dining table and artificial lawn for sunbathing.

The self-contained unit has a full kitchen and washing facilities, with double doors opening onto that little slice of sea haul. The beach hut itself is more basic than most, but still offers a place to sit and enjoy the shoreline during the day.

It is still equipped with a gas hob and barbecue, with folding furniture and even beach games to play. And it neighbors Bournemouth Beach, one of the sandiest and most popular in Dorset.

Vintage Beach Hut, Lyme Regis – £60 per day

For those who are simply looking for a place to shelter for a day by the sea, there are also Airbnb hosts who offer just that. This example sleeps up to four people, providing “all the necessities needed for a relaxing day at the beach”, including a gas stove, kettle, four chairs and a daybed.

With a private south-facing terrace, it enjoys the sun whatever the weather. And with half-glass doors facing the sea, views of the Cobb can even be enjoyed when the weather is cooler.

Sandbanks Beach Hut, Sandbanks – £40 per day

Another place available for daily rental, this beach hut offers what beachgoers need for a day trip and no more. Towels, blankets, games, crockery, radio, chairs, table, windbreak and boogie board are provided, just steps from public restrooms and showers.

There is no electricity or water inside, but there is a drinking water tap right next to the hut, while a cafe and kiosks are a short walk away. The venue is located on Sandbanks Beach, which hosts the British Beach Polo Championships, which is Blue Flag quality and fully patrolled.

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