You haven’t lived until you’ve slept on the beach. A bold statement but one I believe to be true.
I’ve always wanted to sleep overnight in a beach hut, a longing since childhood. As an excitable eight-year-old I was fascinated by my grandma’s seaside beach hut, colourfully sat among the pebbles on Budleigh Salterton beach. It seemed full of oh-so-secret, exciting things (I’ve since learnt gin and posh table cloths… I like her style.)
Sleeping in a beach hut has been on my bucket list for years so when Bournemouth Council got in touch to see if I’d like to stay in one of their stunning lodges on Bournemouth Beach I couldn’t reply “yes please” quick enough. Literally my idea of heaven, a dream come true!
Everything about sleeping in these magnificent lodges is exciting. They are much bigger than you can possibly imagine. Looking at the website I thought, “how can you fit five or six people in there?” The answer is; easily. Also the bathroom is brilliant, perfectly kitted out for all your needs with an impressive shower too. I expected a caravan-style dribble however, the shower was on par pressure and heat wise with our power shower at home.
There is so much to love about these amazing little spaces,I’m not sure where to start. My children were so, so excited about this adventure and loved every single minute of it. They are still talking about it now, six weeks later!
What are they like inside?
Despite being compact the lodges are very comfortable and perfectly well equipped. Everything you need for a seaside holiday is provided. The kitchen has all the essentials… fridge/ freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, pots & pans, cafetiere, wine glasses and all the utensils you could possibly need. Complimentary tea, coffee, sugar and milk is provided to get you started.
Other useful items included were a hair dryer, a thick blanket (great for cosying up on the balcony late at night) and a selection of games – everyone loves Jenga. There’s also a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Where do you sleep?
On the upstairs mezzanine level there is a double bed and a single bed. Downstairs the kitchen table area turns into another double bed. In this particular lodge there was plenty of room for a travel cot for our two-year-old in the kitchen area, other lodges have a single bed available downstairs too.
You can request a travel cot and high chair for your children at no extra costs. There are also little gates (just like a baby stair gate) at the top and bottom of the staircase. Perfect to keep little ones safe.
What are they like outside?
The fabulous bi-folding doors mean the front of your lodge opens up entirely. Each private balcony area has an incredible sea view, overlooking the beautiful sands of Bournemouth Beach. Seven miles of golden sand literally just a few footsteps away. The lodges couldn’t be in a more relaxing and idyllic location.
Each lodge comes with deck chairs and a table, you can borrow a parasol from the nearby reception – which you’ll find in a cool little beach hut, naturally. You can also borrow beach toys for the children from here, balls, buckets, spades and there’s a laundry room right next door.
I’m not sure life gets much better than waking up to the sound of waves, the warmth of sunshine and the view of happy people cycling/ roller blading and dog walking down the beach.
The view from the front of our beach lodge was magical and really reminded me of being in California.
I love the way they are lined up next to each other, perfectly friendly – (if you fancy a morning chit-chat with your neighbours) but also with plenty of privacy (once you are relaxing on your deck chairs you are hidden from next door).
Just to make your experience even easier you can use the local Deliveroo service to have meals delivered directly to your lodge, at any time in the day. There’s a wide choice of local restaurants who take part including fish ‘n chips, Thai, noodles, Lebanese, India, Mexican, fried chicken, breakfasts etc.
You’ll also find a few restaurants and bars in walking distance from the lodges along the beach front. Including Urban Reef (cafe/deli with a beachside terrace), The Wood Oven (fresh wood fired pizzas), The Neptune Harvester (traditional Harvester pub chain) and The Prom Diner (seafront American diner style cafe on Boscombe Pier).
We decided to have a Sunday night Deliveroo pizza delivery from The Wood Oven, which was such a nice lazy treat after a busy day out.
There is a beach kiosk literally a one-minute walk from the lodges that sells cereal, eggs, milk, butter, bread as well as all the ice creams and drinks you’d imagine.
Things to do:
Bournemouth beach is seven miles long so walking and cycling along the promenade is a must. You will pass 250 different coloured beach huts along the way and can stop off for ice creams/ drinks on the beach as you go.
Oceanarium – if you have children in tow Bournemouth Aquarium is worth a quick visit, especially if you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day.
My advice would be to go early in the morning as the beach can get busy during school holidays and on weekends. We arrived for 10am and it was relatively quiet and peaceful.
You can buy ice creams, refreshments and souvenirs from the car park area at the top but once you are down on the beach there is nothing available. Worth bearing in mind on a hot day as we didn’t know and planned to buy drinks when we got down there.
Staying in Bournemouth Beach Lodges was without doubt one of my favourite trips we’ve experienced as a family. An incredible adventure and special memories I will forever treasure.
Life always feels that much freer and easier by the sea, so to be able to sleep that close to the waves while feeling feel warm and safe was absolutely amazing.
I just know sleeping in these magical lodges will be something we talk about again and again over the years. It’s been six weeks since we stayed here and the children are STILL asking when we can go back. They’re as obsessed as I am.
To find out more information visit: www.bournemouthbeachlodges.co.uk or call 01202-451-781.
*Disclaimer: This review is in collaboration with Bournemouth Beach Lodges – all photos, words and opinions are 100% mine and genuine*