How much? Beach hut 'sells for £180,000' in Dorset

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Beach hut 'sells for £180,000' in Dorset

A UK beach hut without water, electricity or a toilet has sold for the eye-watering price of £180,000.

The hut opens out onto the beach at Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset, and has wonderful views over The Solent towards the Isle of Wight.

However, tenants, of which it can fit up to four, will have to walk to a nearby amenity block to spend a penny.

The hut only went on the market a few weeks ago, and has reportedly already sold for the price of £180,000.

Will Wright, of Waterside Properties, told the Daily Mail that there was "a lot of interest", adding : "It was talk of the town when it went up for sale. The beach huts down there are so popular, I am not surprised it sold so quickly."

The new proprietor now owns the leasehold on the property until 2029, and will have to pay a yearly service charge of £1,986 to Christchurch Borough Council.

Former owner Sarah Litchfield, 48, told the Daily Telegraph: "I had a mad moment 10 years ago and bought it. I'm a local girl and everyone dreams of having one.

"I have spent many happy years down there and it has been a tough decision to sell."

If the hut did sell for £180,000, it makes it the most expensive beach hut in Britain, beating the last high of £170,000 for a hut on the same stretch of beach back in June 2012.

A family from Christchurch bought the 5.5m (18ft) by 3m (10ft) property in Mudeford.

Andrew Denison, from Denisons Estate Agents in Christchurch, told the BBC: "Mudeford beach is a beautiful area and not one where beach huts regularly come and go.

"It's bizarre - the price of beach huts are going up while the price of houses are going down. But it's a lifestyle rather than a commodity. It's the dream of a nice English summer."

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