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Everyone is closer to home due to COVID restrictions and as a result beach huts are becoming more popular than ever.

BBC goes to the seaside town Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, which has more than 1,000 cottages, to find out what’s special about these seaside sheds.

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Vicky Gunn, 42, had a busy and stressful life as an accountant when she bought a beach cottage in 2014.Seven years later, she left her job to own two cottages and run six more for different owners.

“All of our cottages sold out on record this year and we’re busy midweek right now.

Photo Caption: Vicky Gunn quits work as an accountant to manage a beach hut.

Melanie Whitehead, president of the Walton Beach Shack Owners Association, said everyone thought she was “crazy” after buying her in 2008 for £ 6,000.

“Now people are almost in panic buying them, and over the past two weeks they have increased by thousands of pounds,” she said.

“The more expensive they get, the more people want them. Mine is around £ 30,000 now and a lot of money for a glorified shed.

Photo Caption: Melanie and her daughter Emilia enjoy spending time at the cottage on the second row.

You can read more about the epidemic beach hut boom here.

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