Take me to the beach – Enjoy a little escapism with our range of beach locations
Although mid-winter, here at Fresh Locations, we still dream of beaches – whether it’s the Bahamas or Broadstairs.
As a location agency we start talking beaches in early Spring and all too often, we spend a scorching hot July helping people with their Christmas shoot needs. But we thought that we share some of our beautiful beach locations with you. By the way, if you own, or know of, a great seaside property – we’d LOVE to hear about it…
We’ve got seaside locations to suit every style of shoot. Of course we have many variations on the classic beach cottage in our locations library, such as ‘Kingsdown Beach’, with its breezy, gently distressed décor and nautical themed accessories – from model sailboats to vintage buoys and ropes. This property is close to London in Kent where you can also find ‘Hastings Cottage’ which is a quirky, colourful cottage with direct access to a secluded sandy beach.
If you are looking for summer-in-the-Hamptons aesthetic, then we recommend the incredible ‘Chichester Beach’ This large beach house with a New England aesthetic combines a spacious modern layout with features, such as tongue-and-groove panelling, log burner and with direct access onto the beach. All of our beach properties are the type of places you won’t want to leave, but the good news here is that you don’t have to, as its also possible to stay over.
Many of our seaside locations, including ‘Kingsdown Beach’, ‘Mandalay’, Norfolk, ‘Saunton Beach’, and ‘Mersea’ also include a beach huts – eternally popular, quirky and characterful little spaces. But seaside properties don’t have to be all blue-stripes and fishing nets.
Our location library also features some fantastic examples of contemporary seaside design. ‘St Margarets Bay’ in Kent is a light and airy architectural gem, and nods to the low-key good looks of Californian Mid-Century Modern. Meanwhile, our ‘Bexhill’ location is something very special. Set over three floors, its many rooms all enjoy beautiful sea views across an infinity pool which appears to merge with the Channel beyond. It’s a versatile space that mixes simplicity with a sense of glamorous luxury.
While our classic seaside locations remain as popular as ever, we’ve noticed an increasing trend for edgier, more rough-luxe beach homes, particularly for fashion shoots. It seems that many of our clients want beaches with a wilder, more desolate beauty and are happy with beaches that incorporate traces of an industrial past. The ‘Shoreham Beach’ location is an architect-designed Modernist-style beach house featuring parquet floors and vast expanses of glass looking onto the sea. Meanwhile, the ‘Experimental Station’ has an ultra-minimal aesthetic and features plywood panelling and a sculptural monolithic block of a fireplace. The ‘Pump Station’, nearby on the same beach, has a similarly monastic beauty, with exposed beams and an ultra-simple aesthetic that avoids competing with the mesmerising seascapes outside the windows. As ever, talk to us, we are confident we can find the perfect location for your shoot…