THIS is the most expensive beach hut in Britain which has been sold for a staggering £170,000 — just two days after going on the market.

A beach hut with no running water or mains electrcity has been put on the market for an astonishing 145,000 pounds a week after a neighbouring hut on Mudeford Spit,

The wooden cabin has no running hot water or washing facilities and requires a 30 minute walk, a ride on a land-train or a short ferry trip to get there.

Yet estate agents were flooded with interest in the 18ft x 10ft timber retreat and a bidding frenzy meant the hut was able to command the record price.

The immaculately-decorated hut on the isolated Mudeford Spit near Christchurch, Dorset, boasts stunning dual views of the harbour on one side and The Solent on the other.

For the same £170,000 price tag you could buy an “exceptional detached villa” with three bedrooms near Glasgow.

It could also buy a Grade II listed cottage in the historic market town of Wymondham in Norfolk or a luxury three bed detached house in Hull. The national housing market might be struggling in the financial climate but beach hut sales are booming.

Hut 97 at Mudeford has solar panels on the roof to provide electricity for lighting and a 12V pump system that supplies cold water from a tap.

It has a fitted kitchen with gas oven and fridge which can be powered by a battery or gas.

There is a separate bedroom on the ground floor two single beds in the cramped confines of the roof eaves plus a sofa bed in the living space.

Although six people can sleep there, a local bylaw only allows overnight stays from March through to October.

On top of the asking price, the new owners will have to pay a ground rent to the local council of £2,500 a year.                 –TS