The beach huts of all beach huts have arrived on the West Cornish coast. Slylist’s Susan Riley wants to change into a dry Robe and move in forever!
Contentment is hard to find in building form but I have found Three Mile Beach. Otherwise known as beach-hut heaven and a place keep making happy, satisfied sighs all day long.
Three Mile Beach is a hamlet of 15 colour–pop dwellings tucked behind the entrance to Gwithian Beach on the West Cornwall coast – and as holiday houses go, they are stand out in every single way. This starts with their appearance because each house is painted brightly in contrasting hues and named after a corresponding pop song. Ours, an intense plum, is Purple Rain. Strawberry Fields with its deep pink and the calming cream of Champagne Supernova are just down the way.
Three Mile only opened in June but it’s already put Gwithian on the map; a beach that has long been a favourite with the local surfing and kite surfing communities. It’s a place where people in hoodies pull up at sunset, light up a barbecue and share drinks. Where kids and dogs roam free over the sand dunes and long grasses. It’s wild and gloriously untamed. And it‘s right on Three Mile Beach’s doorstep.
For self–catering supples, Trevaskis Farm Shop is a short drive away. Rest assured, however, that good food is all around you. The Hungry Horsebox mobile cafe sits beachside for a hot lunch on the sand, and Three Mile Beach has its own tapas truck and drinks tuk–tuk with everything from halloumi chips and pomegranate molasses to crispy spiced squid and peach salsa and grilled Cornish sardines.
If you want even more of a foodie treat, order in a private chef (£75 each for the Feast menu). We had former rugby pro Rupert Cooper – owner of cookery school Philleigh Way – rock up and serve dish (fresh Thai fish cakes and kimchi) after delicious dish (miso aubergine) as well as possibly the best dessert on Earth (caramelised plums, whipped cream and yoghurt with meringue) as we chatted under the stars. Next day’s leftovers did not disappoint either and I can report it was hard to get out of the Fatboys.
The other things you will not be starved of at Three Mile Beach are rest, replenishment and a chance to reconnect with nature. So go if you can and throw another log on the wood burner for me.
This article was originally published in the Stylist Magazine, November 2021.
Three-bedroom beach houses start from £2,400 per week in low season; threemilebeach.co.uk