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

Sugar Ray

Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Bright, fresh and overlooking achingly beautiful ocean views, Sugar Ray is perched near the muscovado sands of the Jurassic Coast’s Hive Beach. 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 unique and unparalleled refuge from the real world.

Introduction

Made entirely out of wood and designed with the extensive sea views in mind, this cool, clapboard beach house in Burton Bradstock is the perfect year-round sanctuary. Sat in the footprint of the grassroots self-sufficiency movement, Sugar Ray was rebuilt by 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-trap outdoor swimming pool beyond.

Inside

From the sumptuous embrace of the lounge to the charming shepherd’s hut with its own woodburner, chilled out mornings and rainy days here are a delight. Cosy down with a good book and mug of hot cocoa and be captivated by the mercurial seascapes outside. When bedtime calls, Sugar Ray has three double bedrooms spread out across one floor, 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.

Outside

Overlooking the world-famous 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. Later in the evening, gather around the fire pit in blankets and watch the coastline twinkle into the night.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 (+2) guests
    From £2,250 per week, £1,695 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree double bedrooms and one small double available in the pool house at additional cost. One family bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower, and two WCs.
  • 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
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday and MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere are two designated parking spaces in the bays outside the property, and more available through the cattle gate above the house. The garden is not fully enclosed. The kitchen has 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 20-minute hike through fields and along the cliff path.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, bottle of local wine, candles, Smart TV in living room, TV and DVD player (in master bedroom), iPad, WiFi internet (limited speed due to location), charcoal barbecue/fire pit, linen, bath and pool towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Burton Bradstock

Known as one of the gateways to Dorset´s iconic Jurassic Coast, families love to visit this unique area for its fossil laden beaches, Olympic-class sailing waters and unique chalk cliffs criss-crossed with walking trails.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Sugar Ray is located in the popular seaside town of Burton Bradstock, 40 miles from Poole.
  • By Car The house is just over three hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train stations are Dorchester South and Axminster, both 15 miles away, with regular trains from London.
  • By Air The nearest airport is Exeter, just 38 miles west of Burton Bradstock.

From the owner

“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.”

From the owner

We've owned this special home for nearly 10 years and have spent nearly as long thoughtfully rebuilding the bungalow, decorating it and maintaining the large gardens. From the start, we have always been mindful that the real heroes of the piece are the wide expanse of sea and the beautiful and ancient landscapes that surround us.

As soon as you arrive, you'll be absolutely transfixed by the view and the presence of the sea. One of my very favourite things about Sugar Ray is stepping out of the car, day or night, to be greeted by the gentle roar of the waves, way below on the shingle beach. It is immediately relaxing and you will spend many a happy minute, or hour, listening to its gentle rhythm, whatever the weather. 

Families and groups of friends of all ages will enjoy this home and area alike. Should you wish to venture out away from Sugar Ray, there are almost too many diversions. These range from antiquing to fossil hunting to angling. But you may well not want to leave or need to - Bridport Waitrose will deliver your groceries. Many a happy day can be spent lazing around the pool, reading in a quiet corner or cosying up on the sofas.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Burton Bradstock with an insider’s perspective.

HIX Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis
To Eat

HIX Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis

A cool and contemporary seafood restaurant run by the renowned chef, Mark Hix. They have wonderful views across Lyme Bay to St Brides and serve delicious food. You can also fit in a round of crazy golf or table tennis once you´ve eaten!

Chesil Beach
To Do

Chesil Beach

An 18-mile stretch of shingle beach, Chesil Beach famously forms part of the UNESCO protected Jurassic Coast. There are better spots for swimming but Chesil is great for walking (east or west) and fascinating for those with a particular interest in geology.

Abbotsbury Swannery
To Do

Abbotsbury Swannery

See the swans at Abbotsbury, the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. Found near Abbotsbury village, the site sprawls over one-hectare around the Fleet Lagoon and can be home to over 600 swans at a time.

Bridport
To See

Bridport

Bridport is famous for its markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as well as its array of independent shops. Visit the Vintage Quarter for antique and collectable hunting and head to Bridport Museum to learn about the ‘Bridport Dagger’.

Guest Testimonials

My friend and I have had the most marvellous week at this absolutely stunning cottage by the sea! We´ve had gorgeous sunshine most days and took great advantage of the calm, peaceful and warm pool. The cottage itself couldn´t have been more cosy and welcoming, in the evenings we snuggled up on the sofa. The beds are so very comfortable and we slept so well. The last thing to mention is all the delicious restaurants in the area! Thank you so much for a memorable stay. We would love to visit again.

We have had a brilliant week at Sugar Ray. All members of the family loved it! The weather has been brilliant and the pool is lovely and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The house is so cosy and it felt like a home from home. I highly recommend this great property.

A charming eclectic house in a stunning location. We had a lovely time and the weather was fabulous. It would be nice to spend time here in the summer when the pool is open. A special shout out to Claire who went all out to make sure our welcome was great. We had a lovely weekend.

We had the most wonderful stay and the weather cooperated beautifully! Please would you tell the owners that they have done an absolutely magnificent job with the property. We have been staying in holiday houses for over 25 years and this one was incredibly well thought through and perfectly kitted out. We loved it all!

Just a quick note to say how wonderful everything has been. We´ve been renting holiday houses for over 20 years and this is the most well thought out one I´ve ever come across - beautifully done inside and out and stocked perfectly. Thank you to you and your team for making our stay so magical.

After a long journey, we were thrilled that the house looked so fabulous on arrival. After stocking up with goodies from the local shop, we headed straight to the beach with the dog. We have enjoyed lazy days by the pool and have loved the house. It has everything we could need. Thank you.

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