A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

May 10, 2019

 

Beach huts. Just that word is enough to have me grinning from ear to ear. And look. Now I can’t stop smiling because we’ve just spent a glorious day in one of Millie’s Beach Huts newest huts, the super cute Loopy Lou!

 

We are already huge fans of Millie’s Beach Huts. Dotted along the beachfront of Walton on the Naze and Felixstowe in Essex they make for the MOST PERFECT beach hideaway for families. We were thrilled when owner, Vicky, invited us to take Loopy Lou on a test run, especially as this beach hut is located on the Eastcliff side of Walton on the Naze. Somewhere we had yet to explore.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

 

Finding Loopy Lou

 

When you arrive at Walton on the Naze seafront, it’s hard to miss the array of colourful beach huts that line the promenade to the right of the pier. Like little gems winking back at the sea, it’s a picture perfect sight that always takes my breath away. Loopy Lou is not here! No, no, she is in an equally gorgeous spot. But. Whatever you do, don’t do what Nanny and Grandad Button did when they arrived, and that’s to get caught up in beach hut spotting and walk in the completely opposite direction to where Loopy Lou is, all the way to Frinton! Opps.

 

Loopy Lou is actually on the other side of the pier, so if you look out to sea and can see the pier to your left, you need to walk towards it, pass it by, and keep going. It’s worth the walk. I double promise.

 

Unlike Nanny and Grandad Button who parked in the station car park, we decided to drive right up behind the beach huts over on the Eastcliff side, as suggested by Millie’s Beach Huts, and look for parking (free) on one of the side roads. We went on the Bank holiday Sunday and were lucky to find loads of spaces. Hurrah!

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

There are steps every so often that take you down to the seafront, so we picked a set of steps and made our way down. Wow! Talk about a hidden spot. We had no idea that a whole string of little beach huts were hiding along this side of Walton on the Naze. What an adventure. As we arrived quite early, the tide was still out, so Little Button enjoyed skipping along the promenade, weaving on and off the sand, eager to find Loopy Lou.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

In no time at all a familiar sunshine yellow (similar to Harley) jumped out of the parade and we guessed right that we had found Loopy Lou. Yass!!

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

Opening up a new Millie’s Beach Hut is like opening up a treasure chest (in Little Buttons words). You know that you are going to love what’s inside, but it’s still super exciting to see what’s going to be in there and how things are laid out.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

Typical of every visit, Little Button hurried up the 3 little steps leading to the beach hut and wriggled her way in first, as Mr Button set about hooking open the stable doors. Her squeaking and giant whoops gave away that Loopy Lou was going to be a real treat.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

By the time I got a peek, Little Button was already firmly planted on the day bed and making herself at home! Looking around I could spot all those wonderful furnishing that make Millie’s Beach Huts so gorgeous. Motivational quotes decorated the walls, a mirror to not only fix your beach hair, but to also gain another viewpoint of the sea, was all there. That comfy day bed laden in colourful squishy pillows and piled with blankets. A table and chairs (for your fish and chips with a view!), and a little place to make hot drinks and perhaps a bacon butty, if you were in the mood for it.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

We were very impressed by how light and airy Loopy Lou felt. Even with 4 adults and a Little Button, there was plenty of room to sit comfortably inside the beach hut.

 

And on a sunny day, you could easily extend the space further by moving the fold up chairs outside to sit on the promenade or even the beach to watch the world go by.

 

For anyone wondering, the toilets are just a minute or two walk to the left of Loopy Lou. This is very handy when you have little ones in tow. I noticed a separate baby changing room as well, and at the time of visiting, the facilities were clean and well maintained.

 

 

 

 

Sandy toes, sea shells and the loch ness monster?

 

At this time of the year the tide comes in by lunch time and starts to go out in the afternoon. So, we made the most of our morning looking for pretty seashells (there were loads) and building sand castles. We love how close this particular beach hut is to the seafront. The walkway is quite narrow along the promenade, a bit like a regular stretch of pavement. So this meant Mr Button could have a good old lounge in the beach hut, but still easily see us running back and forth along the sand.  

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

Nanny Button actually preferred this side of the beach, saying that she liked how it was less crowded and felt like the beach hut was right on the seafront, rather than being set right back. Meaning that you didn’t really need to close up before going to get your toes sandy.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

As it was chilly, we did spend quite a bit more time in this beach hut. Probably much more than we ever have done before on a beach hut day out. Everyone that walked past Loopy Lou was friendly, and she drew lots of admiring glances. Eastcliff has a real sense of a beach hut community / camaraderie, just like over on the other side of the pier, which was lovely to be in the thick of.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

All Millie’s Beach Huts have goodies stowed away to keep the little ones entertained. These really came in handy when we wanted to head inside for hot drinks. Little Button happily found a book and a colouring set to keep herself busy, in-between watching out of the beach hut window for mermaids. Just by chance we were all looking when Little Button yelled ‘it’s the loch ness monster!!!” at the top of her voice. And yes, there was something there in the water. A sea lion! What luck.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

 

Fish and Chips with a view

 

After a morning of lots of walking and exploring, the tired adventurers definitely needed fish and chips to keep them going! As you come out of Loopy Lou, turn to the right, and head up the promenade. You will shortly come to the Fisherman’s café and this is the closest place to pop in for ‘café style’ fish and chips and refreshments. If you’ve got the energy (which Nanny and Grandad Button had run out of), you could keep going, almost to the pier, but then turn off down Old Pier St. and you’ll come to a more traditional fish and chips shop, Yates – which is super-duper yummy and we would absolutely recommend it!

 

We went for the Fisherman’s café fish and chips this time round and brought it back to Loopy Lou, so we could have lunch with a beautiful seaview. – Because really, nothing is like it.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

The tide

 

Now. This is not a negative, but rather something that you may want to consider when hiring this particular beach hut. Remember when I said that Nanny Button particularly loves how Loopy Lou feels like she’s right on the seafront, because of the narrow promenade? Well, when the tide does come in, it comes in all the way up to the walkway in front of Loopy Lou. We knew it would, but it still gave us a bit of a fright to begin with.

 

On our way back from the Fisherman’s café up the promenade, the sea spray got a bit splashy in places. And if you have young children, you would need to keep a very close eye on them not getting too close to the edge as there are no barriers in place. – Sorry, that did sound a bit hairy didn’t it.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

It’s really not that bad, and actually, it was exhilarating watching the tide coming in from inside Loopy Lou.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

We saw plenty of families and fisherman out on the promenade when the tide was up. But, if you are not used to plenty of beach days, then you may find it more comfortable being set back a bit more in Mickey or Minnie on this side of the pier.    

 

 

 

Our overall thoughts on Loopy Lou

 

Loopy Lou is stunning, spacious and perfect if you like to be very close to the seafront and a bit off the beaten track. There is so much to love about a beach hut day in her! We especially like how you can get the best of both worlds, as it’s less crowded, yet also super close to those all-important amenities that families will need. I can’t wait to see what Loopy Lou is like in the summer months, when the tide is out for a larger part of the day! – We would absolutely recommend a beach hut day in Loopy Lou.

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

Looking to book a beach hut? Pop over to Millie’s Beach Huts where you will be able to see all the gorgeous huts available to hire for the day. You need to be fast as dates go so quickly!

 

See you out on the sand!

 

A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

 

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A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)

 

 

 

Looking for more beach huts? Have a read of these:

Sun, Sand, Sea And A Little Beach Hut Called Harley

A Beach Day In Sunnysands – Millie’s Beach Huts, Walton On The Naze

Happiness is a Millie’s Beach hut called Rosie Posie

 

 

Disclosure: We were invited for a day out in Loopy Lou by Vicky from Millie’s Beach Huts. All views are my own (as I’m sure you can tell). We cannot recommend Millie’s Beach Huts enough! #adgifted

 

 

 

 

37 responses to “A beach hut day in Millie’s Beach Huts – Loopy Lou (the yellow one!)”

  1. Gemma says:

    Those huts look fab, perfect for families if little ones need a nap or some time away from the hustle and bustle. I love the colours so pretty x

  2. Heather Keet says:

    I love how it’s a place to get out of the sun and relax without having to walk all the way back to your hotel accommodation or camping out in a restaurant which is not usually very comfortable. it looks perfect if you have young kids who need to take a midday nap.

  3. Bryony Shaw says:

    Looks like an amazing beach hut – the colours are adorable! Well written blog post too you have such great writing skills.

  4. Alexandra Cook says:

    What a wonderful place. So many great things to do and see there. Such a brilliant place tobtake thw ehole family.

  5. Lydia C. Lee says:

    These are not really a thing here, tho there is a place in Victoria with them. I think that would be so much fun! #Dreamteam

  6. I love how Loopy Lou has been decorated. Its so funky. I also love the idea of sitting in a beach hut having fish and chips. Sounds like a perfect summer activity! #DreamTeam

  7. The hut itself is absolutely gorgeous, and the idea of eating fish and chips and looking out at the spray and the foam is heavenly, but I have to say it looked COLD there!!! Enda, from endastories.com #DreamTeam

  8. Oh … time at the ocean! Bliss!

  9. This looks so lovely and we’re in Essex so would definitely love to do this! #dreamtime

  10. This looks lovely. I love proper seaside huts. There’s something so English and traditionally seasidey about them!

  11. Sonia cave says:

    Oh wow this is gorgeous I adore beach huts and really did wish we had one as we live our lives on beaches!! They are so cosy and pretty

  12. sam says:

    What an adoreable beach hut and it looks likes a fab day out to enjoy the beach and relax X #dreamteam

  13. I’d love a day in a beach hut. It seems like such a great idea for when you need a little break.

  14. Sophie says:

    Oh Loopy Lou is too cute! I’d love a beach hut. My Nan has one at West Wittering when I was young and I have really fond memories of holidays there. Thanks for sharing. #dreamteam

  15. Laurie says:

    Wow! Looks like a super fun day! I had no idea beach huts could be so elaborate. I was picturing something much more Spartan.

  16. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine says:

    What a brilliant idea and it looks fantastic. we would def do this #dreamteam

  17. Beach huts are just the most beautifully British things. I love the cute vintage look of them. I would love to have a Beach Hut.

  18. The delight on Little Buttons face is just perfect. what a really lovely spot and the beach hut looks amazing. We had a beach hut when I was little (happy memories) and so I always love to see them when I visit the coast. #dreamteam

  19. Isabel says:

    Looks and sounds great! I love the idea of a beach hut and it’s on the list of things to do for sure… #dreamteam

  20. Aww this looks so magical and the perfect hideaway for a day at the beach! I love the décor inside and all the extra touches to help make your day out as comfortable as possible 🙂

  21. Jenni says:

    I love these little beach huts, they are so cute! I really want to spend a day in one too now!

  22. I’d always imagined beach huts to be really basic but this one looks lovely. That’s given me something different to think about doing for a day in the summer.

  23. Oops, forgot to add #dreamteam

  24. Anosa says:

    I am truly impressed but the look of this beach hut, I did not know they decorated them like that and made them so comfortable.

  25. Kirsty says:

    This beach hut looks lovely. They are definitely on my list of places to visit. #DreamTeam

  26. Wendy says:

    I love your beach hut reviews! It would be so handy and exciting to have a little place of your own right next to the sand!xx

  27. What a lovely little haven by the beach! I’d love a beach hut! #DreamTeam

  28. Those beach huts look amazing. We have beach huts at two of our beaches in Cape Town but it is mostly used as changing facilities #dreamteam

  29. Emma says:

    Oh wow, she’s a beaut isn’t she! I’d love a day in a beach hut, I love the sound of the sea! Unfortunately we’re rather landlocked up here! Really enjoyed reading, thank you! #DreamTeam

  30. Crummy Mummy says:

    We’d love a beach hut – the trouble is they’re about £16,000 a pop in our neck of the woods (Hove)! #DreamTeam

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