The Hut

Situated in West Mersea, ‘Lovely Surprise’ is a large beach hut (10 x 8 ft) with an even larger raised and enclosed decking area (12 x 8 ft).

The hut is in a sheltered and more private second row position offering grand sea views.

The sand directly in front of the hut is great for kids of any age to build their castles high or tunnels deep - careful adults may be asked to help!

Approximately 50 metres along the beach is the charming ‘Two Sugars’ cafe, shop and ice cream kiosk. And just beside this is a children’s playpark, car parks, public toilets and water tap.

The Contents

The hut has a kitchen area with a two-ring gas stove and grill, a padded storage bench to sit or lie on. The hut also contains:
  • Tables, chairs, parasols, windbreakers, mallet, blankets;
  • Kettle, stove igniter, pans, chopping board, spatulas, tongs, mugs/cups, plates, bowls, teapot, milk jug, carving knife, cutlery, bottle opener, tin opener, tray ;
  • Dustbin, broom, mop, dustpan/brush, washing up bowl, wash brush, t-towels;
  • First aid kit, fire blanket;
  • Buckets, spades, games, books, magazines, inflatables;
  • The following may be provided: bin liners, washing up liquid, kitchen roll.
COVID-19 update: Some of the above items may still be removed for hygiene reasons as shown in grey above. Anti-bacterial spray and hand sanitiser may be provided but we advise you to bring your own.

The Island

An escape to Mersea Island, with its stunningly beautiful coastal scenery, offers an abundance of attractions including some nationally renowned seafood restaurants. The island is accessed by a beautiful causeway which, during the occasional high tide, briefly makes Mersea a true island retreat.

Attractions include: Mersea Island Vineyard and Brewery, Cudmore Grove Country Park, Lady Grace Boat Trips, Mersea Island Museum, Foot ferry to Brightlingsea, Foot ferry to Point Clear.

Great places to eat include: The Company Shed, The West Mersea Oyster Bar, Mehalah’s at Oysters & Ale, The Art Cafe, Cowabunga Pizza.


  • Sandy beach
  • Pets welcome
  • Playpark nearby
  • Cafe 50m
  • Seaview from the decking area
  • Shops 1km
  • Toilet facilities 70m
  • Watertap 60m
  • BBQs and similar are allowed on the beach
  • Carpark 90m