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

Sugar Ray

Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK

Bright, fresh and with 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 a heated outdoor pool from which to enjoy it all combine to make this unique self-catering beach house in Dorset a refuge from the real world. 



Made entirely from wood and designed with the sea views in mind, this cool, clapboard beach house 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 floor-to-ceiling windows to views of Hive Beach beyond. There's a Mediterranean vibe to the stone pool house, complete with handcrafted kitchen, snug and large outdoor dining area.


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 be captivated by the mercurial seascapes outside. When bedtime calls, Sugar Ray has three double bedrooms in the main house and one in the summerhouse adjacent to the pool. The shepherd's hut is an idyllic space for afternoon siestas overlooking the sea. Each bedroom is as luxurious as the next; bright with natural light, rich in personality and punctuated with characterful furnishings.


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 south-facing sunny 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 excursions with expeditionary appeal, the beach is a twenty-minute hike through fields and along Dorset's iconic cliff path. Later in the evening, gather around the fire pit in blankets and watch the coastline twinkle into the night.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £3,995 per week, £2,995 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree bedrooms with double beds in the main house and one double bed in the summerhouse. In the main house, there is a family bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower and two WCs. There is an additional wet room in the pool house.
    View bedrooms
  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (May - September)
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere are three designated parking spaces at the property; two immediately outside the property and one in a lower bay. Should you need more space, there is a hard-standing area accessible through a wooden cattle gate on the left of the property. 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, super-fast WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue/fire pit, linen, bath and pool towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • Eco-friendlyElectric car charging point available at an additional cost
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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There are plenty of spaces to enjoy the summer weather at Sugar Ray
A perfect haven for those seeking shade, the Pool House sitting room

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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 St Brides close to the seaside town of Burton Bradstock and Hive Beach, 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 coastal home and area alike. Should you wish to venture out, 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 groceries to help make self-catering a breeze. 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.


To See


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

Our time spent here in your happy house has been very special for all of us, and we feel so blessed to have experienced it. We have done so much in such a short period of time, and we leave feeling very refreshed. It´s been so special, thank you so much.

What a lovely place, the views are incredible! We had one lovely day before storm Ciara hit and we were trapped inside watching it… there are much worse places to be! I can imagine this is also amazing in the summer. Thank you. The property is well cared for and this makes all the difference. Smashing!

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.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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