THE MOST expensive beach hut in Britain has gone on the market in Christchurch for a staggering £280,000 despite having no running water, mains electricity or toilet.
The wooden cabin is on the exclusive Mudeford Spit, which is home to the most costly beach huts in the country.
The price tag for Hut 78 beats the previous highest sum for a cabin on the sandy peninsula which sold for £275,000 earlier this year.
For £280,000 you could buy a four-bedroom detached house in Huddersfield or two three-bed cottages with an acre of land in the village of Maerdy, South Wales
The sandbank can only be accessed by a 20 minute walk, a ride on a novelty land train or by ferry.
Beach hut owners have to share communal bathroom facilities and can only sleep in the huts between March and October, but can visit any time of year.
Hut 78 is close to both the ferry jetty and the communal facilities, and looks out on Christchurch Harbour.
The timber home measures 16ft 7in by 10ft 2in and comfortably sleeps four, with a double bed in a mezzanine level.
It has a living area, which doubles as sleeping space for two and modern kitchen.
Solar panels on the roof power the fridge and lights, the cooker runs on bottled gas and there is a water tank that feeds into the kitchen sink.
As well as the eye-watering purchase price, the new owners will also have to pay annual rates to Christchurch Borough Council of about £500 and a licence fee of about £4,500 a year.
Andy Denison, from Denisons estate agents, who are handling the sale, said: “This beach hut has gone on the market at £280,000, which means it is probably the most expensive one in the UK.
“We are pitching it at this level because it’s quite unique – it’s on the front line with harbour views, which is very sought after, and it’s got lovely extras put in, such as bi-fold doors.
“The owners have only had it a few years but their circumstances have changed. The hut was upgraded by the previous owner and the current owners have done quite a lot inside and all new windows and doors put in.