Tiny secluded beach just minutes from Lancashire where visitors say 'this is the one'

Hightown artist Tracy Lewis has been turning heads with her Owl-themed shed
Hightown artist Tracy Lewis has been turning heads with her Owl-themed shed -Credit:Liverpool Echo

A secluded Airbnb location on a beach in Merseyside is only a 20-minute drive from Lancashire.

The Owl House in Hightown is one of the "most loved homes" on the website, with guests singing the praises of the accommodation. Described as a glamping experience, the hut is in a secluded garden that overlooks sand dunes on Hightown beach, located between Crosby and Formby beach.

In 2010, Tracy Lewis made the beach hut out of recycled materials including cob, old plywood and curved windows made from old glass bottles. Five years later in 2015, the accommodation became a finalist in Channel 4's Shed of the Year competition.


Hundreds of visitors have stayed the night in the hut since its appearance on the programme and most have left glowing reviews, reports the Liverpool Echo. Tracy says the venue was designed by her friend Leonardo and took three months to build.

It is found in the bottom of host Tracy's garden and just a 10 minute walk away from Hightown train station where guests can then visit Formby Pine Woods of Liverpool city centre.

Inside the Owl House
Inside the Owl House -Credit:James Maloney

Tracy said: "The area I live in is tranquil and quiet. It is so relaxing and spending time in the Owl House means you can really get close to nature. There are local mobile dunes and the sleepy Hightown beach with its petrified forest and snaking Alt Estuary.

"Just three miles north you can find the famous Formby beach where they discovered footprints of Neolithic men and the town with its pinewoods reserve, home to the red squirrel. But within just 30 minutes you can be in the middle of Liverpool."

Hightown was recently named one of the most desirable villages to live in Britain, according to research from Savills and Telegraph Money. The Times report said: "Commuters can work in the city and retreat to the coast where there are sandy and shingle stretches, dunes and wetlands teaming with wildlife such as natterjack toads.

"The nearby Sefton Coastal Path provides views of sprawling farmland and coastal vistas." The Pheasant Inn, on Moss Lane, is also a much loved gastropub that has been named among the top 50 pubs in the UK, by Big 7 Travel.

The views are spectacular
The views are spectacular -Credit:Liverpool Echo

One five star reviewer, who used The Owl House said: "If you're looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to stay at- this is the one! Waking up with an incredible view on to the sea and drinking our coffee outside in the beautiful garden was exactly what we needed. Tracy (and the dogs) made us feel warmly welcomed and at home. We will definitely come back."

While another added: "Perfect for a Weekend getaway to the beach, Host more than helpful and accommodating, easy to get to beautiful surroundings, looks exactly like the photos if not better in person, would highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice weekend away, 100% visiting again."

A third said: "Fabulous night's stay wish it could have been longer, amazing location and views, made all the better with an amazing sunset and clear sky, could have stayed on the terrace all night. Definitely a unique place to stay." Find out more information and book here.