The Little Beach Hut Company, Mersea Island, Essex England February 2018

by Emma Bumpus on February 19, 2018

Winter brings a coastal injection of island life to Careertraveller and family as they venture off the Essex shoreline, heading 9 miles south of Colchester to Mersea Island.

Adventure heightens as we drive over a causeway called The Strood, whose silky low tide mudflats introduce us to the Blackwater Estuary, famous for it’s saltmarshes and wildlife feeding ground.

Beach life beckons as we drive through chocolate box villages beaming with pride and stunning countryside, teasing us with interrupted estuary views of the island, spanning just 8 miles square!

Sandy shingle beaches and the Victoria Esplanade is our final destination where we are greeted by a seaside carnival of pristine candy coloured beach huts that twinkle with pleasure, fun and relaxation. It is here we meet Betty, the celebrated award winning beach hut owned by the The Little Beach Hut Company, whose award winning beach huts offers guests a slice of luxury hideaway chic.

Immaculately positioned with front row veranda overlooking the sea stands this tantalising tardis with glass interior doors, presenting a harbour of cheerful vintage paraphernalia built to please. Inside is a boat -like haven of carefully constructed space brimming with essentials including water, gas, cooker and sink. Rainbow coloured tableware and crockery come in all shapes and sizes with a captivating mix of spots and stripes in bone china and melamine, which amongst the deckchairs, windbreakers and electric heater radiates grand hospitality.

White washed walls adorned with nautical memorabilia bring the outside in and make this a home for all seasons and a reason to celebrate the good things in life. Amongst the buckets and spades and good old-fashioned dominoes we can’t help but notice a scattering of shells and wooden love hearts. We later discover these have chaperoned 4 successful marriage proposals!

Betty woos us with her fluffy cosy seating, pastel coloured cushions and picnic tables, which enough for 8 people brings on a brew and a pan of hot chocolate for the teenagers after a midwinter game of seashore cricket. Hunger alert is a seafood menu of fresh handpicked local fish and homemade treats delivered beautifully by Hughes Fish Company Ltd who specialise in wet fish, shellfish and seafood platters.

Lunch is aesthetically served in afternoon tea style with a 3-tier high tea serving plate stand just bursting with Vitamin Sea! Top to bottom is a sophisticated abundance of smoked salmon, crayfish tails, smoked mackerel, prawns, mussels in half shell and pièce de résistance lobster. Dressed elegantly with fresh lemon on a bed of salt spraying samphire we inhale the ocean and its invigorating properties before sailing away with the melt-in-the-mouth homemade salmon and chive muffins.

Complementary lemony cream cheese and smoked mackerel pâté add a luxuriously luscious superfood palate to the picnic that justifies the zesty potted lemon posset, whose silky rich texture deserves a Michelin star!

Kite surfing views from our seafront dwelling gets the pulses racing for a brisk winters walk along the island’s coastline, which stretching 13 miles door to door brings us close to nature. Amongst the dog walkers and wading birds we clock the Two Sugars Café before cosying up in Betty’s blankets, board games, magazines and surplus tea and coffee. We get lost amongst amidst the water bottles, playing cards and books and observe nothing is too much for Betty, whose beach front allure and well contained hut is a day-trippers delight.

Smitten with this island, a second visit is definitely on the cards!

Further Information:

The Little Beach Hut Company
Hughes Fish Company Ltd
Visit Mersea Island
Visit Essex – The official tourism organisation for Essex

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