Demand is high not just for the huts on the private estate at West Witterings sandy beach but also at other hotspots at Rustington, Worthing, Goring, Ferring, Lancing and Littlehampton. Barry Sprules runs the family business Castletor, which owns the 100 or so beach huts at the bottom of Sea Avenue in Rustington and is also responsible for a beach hut information web-site (www.beachhutworld.com).
Huts on this stretch of beach vary in price from between 12,000 and 17,500 depending on size and condition, and range in size from 6ft square to 8ft square with a 4ft veranda. There are two which date from the 40s and also, a number of new-builds painted in pastel colours with treated timber and stainless steel fittings.
"Its just a fabulous escape - why would you want to queue for hours at an airport to go to the Mediterranean when you can come to Rustington on a day like today", said Mr Sprules standing, outside some of the war time huts on Rustington beach. "I learned to swim here - it represents the simple life", he added.