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Sugar Ray | Luxury Self-Catering | Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

Bright, fresh and overlooking the ocean, Sugar Ray is perched near the muscovado sands of Hive Beach on England’s cheerful south coast. An endless horizon to the front, rolling hills to the back and understated seaside elegance within seamlessly blend to make this self-catering beach house in Dorset a refreshing refuge from the real world.

Self-catering beach house for hire in Burton Bradstock, Dorset


Made entirely out of wood and designed with the extensive sea views in mind, this cool, clapboard beach house on the Dorset coast is the perfect place to while away the time throughout each of England’s four seasons. Sat in the footprint of the grassroots self-sufficiency movement, Sugar Ray was rebuilt by the hands of a local craftsman in 2012, taking inspiration from hideaway cabins in the Scottish Highlands.  A simple, eclectic interior encourages a journey through the floor-to-ceiling windows, under the tangled orchard branches and to the sun-trapped outdoor swimming pool beyond.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Spread out across one floor, Sugar Ray has three double bedrooms all positioned towards the back of the house. Each bedroom, as luxurious as the next, is bright with natural light, rich in personality and punctuated with characterful furnishings. There is one family bathroom with a roll-top bath and separate shower, one separate WC inside the house and a small WC and changing room near the swimming pool. For afternoon naps and sweet day dreams, take to the day beds in the pool house and dreamy shepherd's hut.


Overlooking Chesil Beach on the east side of Burton Bradstock, the extensive, informally landscaped gardens were designed for family fun and sun worshipping. With a sunny, south-facing disposition, follow the morning rays as they rise and fall around the house from swimming pool, to orchard, to colourful flower-bed bordered lawn. For daytime picnic excursions, the beach is just a mile away; in the evenings, gather around the fire pit and watch the coastline twinkle into the night.

For Relaxation

Days here are best spent curled together, fingers linked, watching the weather change over the sea. When the sun is shining, fill the pool house fridge with crisp white wine and float in the outdoor swimming pool, occasionally seeking shade under a tree in the orchard. Of course, it can’t always be balmy in England and when the weather forces time spent inside, here it is time to delight; light the wood burner in the shepherd's hut, cosy down on the day bed with a good book and mug of hot cocoa and slip in and out of daydreams as the rain patters on the roof.


There are two designated parking spaces in the bays outside the property with further available through the cattle gate above the house. The garden is not fully enclosed. The kitchen benefits from a large range oven with six gas hobs, a Nespresso machine, a large fridge and dishwasher. There is one small freezer in the log shed and a fridge and sink in the pool house. The beach is a twenty-minute hike through fields and along the cliff path.


  • SleepsUp to 6 (+2) guests
    From £2,250 per week, £1,695 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 2 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Three double bedrooms and one small double available in the pool house at an additional cost
  • BathroomsOne family bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower and two WCs
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA charcoal barbecue/fire pit is available
  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), shepherd´s hut and a trampoline
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsSmart TV in living room, TV and DVD player (in master bedroom), iPad and Nespresso machineInternet & Communications: Wi-Fi internet (limited speed due to location)Mobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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Style: Bright and cheerful, this sunny clapboard beach house with accent pastels, quirky trinkets and floor-to-ceiling sea view windows is the epitomy of luxurious seaside living.

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Our Take

Property Owner Katy says

The best feature of our property is the sea! Whatever the weather, if you´re out on the deck or cosy in the large sitting room you can see it and hear its soft roar from the beach below. It´s hypnotic and relaxing. You could be anywhere in the world. It´s absolutely magical.

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Unique Extras

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Burton Bradstock, Dorset to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Cider drinker Hop across the county border in Somerset and visit the Somerset Cider Brandy Company. Here you can wander the farm, learn about the annual harvest and all about distillation. Along with sampling all the goods, tours can be arranged prior to arrival, but turning up on the fly is part of the charm. A delightful day out for both parents and children alike.

Fossil hunt Fossil hunters will delight at the Jurassic landscape; some of the stones along this coast and on Chesil Beach are up to 200 million years old. Walk the Roberts' Trail, named so for the contribution that 18th century entrepreneur Richard Roberts made to the village of Burton Bradstock.

Walk in the footsteps of a literary great Visit Chesil Beach; one of the finest beaches in Europe, and find out what inspired Ian McEwan to write his best-selling novel, On Chesil Beach.

Shop, shop shop! Head to Bridport on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the town's weekly markets. Bridport is also home to a huge range of independent shops and boutique eateries. Antique hunters will be right at home in the Vintage Quarter, found just behind Waitrose.

Nearest Beaches One mile (20 minute hike) to Chesil Beach (we would not advise guests to swim at this beach due to rip currents). To swim you can walk up to the beach below Hive Café which is a 20 mins walk. 



Ramble down to Washingpool Farm shop, made famous by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, and browse an emporium of local breads, jams, chutneys, wines and beyond to gather for a home-cooked delight back home at Sugar Ray.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your luxury self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

The Hive Cafe on Hive Beach cannot be missed on any stay in Burton Bradstock. Locally sourced and sustainable suppliers mean the menu here is an ever-evolving joy of tasty goodies, from hearty breakfasts to seafood platters. For pan-Asian cuisine, steamed dumplings and sweet cocktails, it has to be Dorshi, just five miles from your seaside home.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline so should not be relied upon as a statement of fact. The photographs show aspects of the property at the time they were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed. If there are points of particular importance that need clarifying before you book, please ask our team.

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