It's difficult not to adore the Beach Huts Middleton. The bed and breakfast/beach resort-esque accommodation is, after all, absolutely adorable and you'll find your experience here to be both charming and calming.
It's located just off Main Goolwa Road in Middleton, South Australia's surfing and whale watching hotspot. Middleton is a very small coastal town, approximately eighty kilometres south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It's a popular holiday and tourist destination all year round, from sandy summer breaks to cosy winter getaways.
The beach is the main attraction of Middleton, but the Beach Huts offer an ideal base to explore the surrounding area and experience all that the region is known for: waves, wine, and wildlife. You'll find this easy to do with your own vehicle, but to really experience the Fleurieu way, take a ride on the historic Cockle Train or follow the scenic Encounter Bikeway, both of which connect Goolwa to Victor Harbor via Middleton and Port Elliot.
Not that you'll be particularly inclined to leave the comfort of your Beach Hut with its unique character and village-like atmosphere. Though if you do need or want to, the twelve huts surround a delightfully rustic communal dining hall, full sized tennis court, well-maintained lawn area, cottage-style garden, and there are even laundry facilities.
The Village Hall is a great way to feed and socialise with a larger gathering of family and friends. It's equipped with a large dining table, barbecue area, and a kitchen with everything you'll need to cook up a feast to fill all those tummies. This includes an oven, stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, fireplace, and a coffee machine to kickstart your morning.
If cooking isn't your idea of a fun holiday activity, then simply book a table at the on-site Blues Restaurant for some contemporary Australian cuisine made with fresh local ingredients and an extensive home-grown wine list. It's a popular venue for weddings and functions, but can be closed during the off-peak season, so be sure to check ahead for openings and availability. Otherwise, dinner might involve a drive to a neighbouring town for fish and chips (which are a beach holiday necessity anyway).
While it might be called the Beach Huts, don't be expecting an ocean view or Esplanade dwelling because it's a walk to get to the beach (a short one, about five minutes, but a walk nonetheless). Rather, the Beach Huts are all named after popular Australian seaside destinations: Coogee, Noosa, Bondi, Brighton, Cottesloe, Portsea, Sorrento, Mooloolaba, Coolum, Henley, Torquay, and Scarborough.
The term 'hut' seems somewhat of an understatement as these are actually quite spacious cabins with high pitched ceilings. Each is furnished with a queen bed and serviced with an en suite bathroom and functional kitchenette. The similarities end there because the huts may also be configured with a single bed, double sofa, or even a spa bath depending on your needs, making them perfectly suited for couples and small families.
The iconic bathing boxes at Victoria's Brighton Beach are definitely the design inspiration here. However, the huts are styled as uniquely as their namesake. Portsea, for example, is a beautiful example of coastal chic; simple, light, and airy with on-trend neutral decor. Perhaps most importantly for a guest though, it's fresh, clean, and thoroughly appointed.
The queen and single bed in Portsea are so comfortable you'll be begging for an early night followed by a lingering breakfast in bed. The bathroom seems quite new and modern with a generously sized shower and spa bath nearly deep enough to snorkel in. Though your time in here is probably better spent relaxing with a glass of the complimentary sparkling wine. Don't worry if you forgot your towel or flannel because quality linen and toiletries are provided.
Speaking of relaxing, there are plenty of places to do just that. Inside is a lounge and table and more seating outside on the front deck or in the back courtyard patio that comes complete with barbecue. Established trees and garden surrounding the outdoor areas maintain a certain sense of peace and privacy.
For entertainment, there's a television, DVD player with movies that can be borrowed from your friendly hosts at reception, wireless internet access, and a stack of magazines. Reverse cycle air conditioning provides climatic comfort.
The kitchenette is suitable for easy meals and quick snacks in the hut. However, the continental breakfast provisions are on the basic side, so if you require more than cereal and toast, you might like to pack a few groceries items of your own.
Depending on your choice of Beach Hut and the time of year, prices range from $160 to $255 per night with minimum stay requirements for weekends and public holidays. Off-peak specials are available and the cost is well worth it for a few nights of relaxed luxury and a quirky coastal getaway. Be warned though, that a few nights is not nearly enough and you'll be wanting a longer visit and the chance to stay in each of the huts.