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£65,000 for Wells beach hut

PUBLISHED: 09:57 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 07 July 2010

It is a stunning sea view that has been forever immortalised on the silver screen by award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow when she walked across the famous golden sands on Holkham beach in the hit movie, Shakespeare in Love.

IT is a stunning seaview forever immortalised on the silver screen by award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow when she walked across the

famous golden sands on Holkham beach in the hit movie, Shakespeare in Love.

Now that same view can be yours everyday from the comfort of your own beach hut…but it doesn't come cheap.

For a beach hut located towards the Holkham end of Wells beach has gone up for sale with a guide price of a jaw-dropping £65,000.

Despite the global credit crunch, there are, it seems, plenty of people prepared to pay that price for a glorified shed which has no main services and in which you are not officially allowed to sleep in

overnight.

According to Belton Duffey's officer manager in Staithe Street, Wells, Henrietta Bruce, 180 The Beach Hut on Wells' golden sands, has attracted "a great deal of interest," mainly from potential purchasers from outside

the town.

"Despite the current global gloomy economic climate, there has been a lot of interest and, even at a guide price of £65,000, the huts on the beach are still as popular as ever," said Ms Bruce.

"It's a glorified shed, somewhere where you can escape from the midday sun, change into your swimming costume, enjoy a cup of tea or even have forty winks".

A hut was sold recently by the firm for £45,000 and another one on its books, with the name of Dolly Mixtures, is being offered at £50,000.

And it appears that, as with bricks and mortar properties, the price is all about location, location, location.

Ms Bruce says that because the hut is at the Holkham end of the terrace of huts facing the sea, its value is that much greater.

But just paying the guide prices of £50,000 and £65,000 isn't the end of your expenditure for your bijou beach residence. Each year you have to pay an annual licence agreement through Pinewoods Partnership.

The licence currently stands at £265.78, a sum reviewed each year.

It is rare for the beach huts in such a favoured location to come onto the market as traditionally owners retain them within their families and they are often handed on to sons and daughters and grandchildren.

Former Wells mayor Joyce Trett said that while it is nice to think that people admire Wells so much that they are prepared to pay so much for a hut, a figure of £65,000 would be a good deposit for a home for a young person wishing to remain living in the town.

"I do find it amazing that people will pay that amount of money for a beach hut that could potentially be washed away by a high tide," said Mrs Trett.

To find out more details about the beach huts for sale call Belton Duffey on 01328 710666.

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