It looks like a normal row of beach huts, but a closer look reveals this inland property is actually a quirky house painted with a seaside-themed facade.

Rod Hague and his wife Helen originally built the two-bed detached bungalow with a series of pitched roofs so they could maximise the number of solar panels.

When Rod realised the design looked like a row of five beach huts he decided to paint the whole side of the house in bright hues to create the seaside effect.

Five beach huts or a single house? The Hague's have taken beach-chic to a whole new level

Five beach huts or a single house? The Hague's have taken beach-chic to a whole new level

Five beach huts or a single house? The Hague's have taken beach-chic to a whole new level

After renaming the eco-friendly bungalow The Beach Huts, the couple are now renting it out as a holiday home for £1,200 a week.

The property is in the West Sussex village of Oving, which is five miles from the sea.

The house sits on the Hague's second-generation family farm.

The build took two years and the couple moved in when it was finished. They lived there for eight years until they had their second child. As they'd outgrown it they moved into the main farmhouse.

The open plan holiday home was a family home for many years and is full of light

The open plan holiday home was a family home for many years and is full of light

The open plan holiday home was a family home for many years and is full of light

Called The Beach Huts, the couple's holiday home sleeps four comfortably

Called The Beach Huts, the couple's holiday home sleeps four comfortably

Called The Beach Huts, the couple's holiday home sleeps four comfortably

The house is almost entirely made out of wood and the interior walls are painted with heat-reflected paint. The solar panels feed the hot water tank and electricity.

There is a wood burning stove with a back boiler for central heating and water in the winter and an air source heat pump was added in 2013 as a back-up to the woodburner.

The Hagues designed the house so no walls are load-bearing, meaning the interior layout can be changed with ease in the future.

Inside the property has an open-plan living room and kitchen and two bedrooms, a master with king-size bed and a second twin room.

It faces directly onto a tennis court and has a terrace and back garden for alfresco dining. The swimming pool is due to open to guests next summer.

Fancy a staycation? The quirky ecohouse is not far from Bognor Regis

Fancy a staycation? The quirky ecohouse is not far from Bognor Regis

Fancy a staycation? The quirky ecohouse is not far from Bognor Regis

The cute bungalow in West Sussex has a back garden and will soon have a swimming pool

The cute bungalow in West Sussex has a back garden and will soon have a swimming pool

The cute bungalow in West Sussex has a back garden and will soon have a swimming pool

Anyone for tennis? The village home comes with its own tennis court

Anyone for tennis? The village home comes with its own tennis court

Anyone for tennis? The village home comes with its own tennis court

Helen said: 'It was never intended as a holiday home. My husband designed and built it – with help from a good chippy – for us.

'The idea behind the design was maximum solar gain. My husband wanted to build an ecohouse, something a bit different, and was trying to put as many solar panels on as possible but the pitch of the roof couldn't exceed a certain height.

'He came up with the idea of having a series of pitches and he thought it looked like a row of beach huts so we went with that.

'After eight years we outgrew it and decided to move into the family farmhouse.

'It was a wonderful home to us and always felt like we were on vacation there so it seemed only natural to turn such a wonderful space into a holiday home. The views are stunning and the light that comes into the house is very uplifting.

'It's lovely to see people's reactions to this bright and quirky building and never fails to put a smile on their faces.

'It's not by a beach at all, the nearest seaside is Bognor Regis.

'It is the perfect place, it looks like a holiday home.'

For more information on The Beach Huts or to book go to thebeachhutsholidays.com

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