A little late in the season we know, but with hopes of an Indian summer fading fast, we’ll take any dose of sea, sand and sunshine we can get. And there’s nothing that inspires a sunny mood (even on a dull day) more than a bit of beachhouse style. So, fill your Thermos flask, tuck your self up in your tartan rug and admire our round-up of the best British beachhuts…

Navy and white stripes + sea green + washed wood =  classic seaside chic, as spotted on West Wittering beach by managing editor Sara Norrman, last Sunday.

Photo: Hove beach huts by Benedict Adam

Here’s how to work clashing bright candy colours and puts some panache on your promenade.  South Beach, Florida? Hove, actually. Much admired by houses editor Mary Weaver.

Photo: photoeverywhere.co.uk

Just to show anything goes with black, Bournemouth adds accent primaries for an trad with a twist look.

Photo: Neil Hughes Photography

Gelato shades on Mersea Island in Essex whet the appetite of editor’s PA, Susie Sanford.

To snoop around more habitable coastal houses, check out this contemporary beach house on Livingetc.com.