Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 54

The Bay Tree Broadstairs is currently closed for a major refurbishment and will re-open in December 2017.

We’ve delayed re-opening owing to slower than anticipated progress with our refurbishment.

We’re now managing the remainder of our build (primarily decoration, second-fixes and snagging plus landscaping) ourselves along with a new site manager instead of through our original building contractors.

We would like to thank all of our guests for their patience – we will be open as soon as we can and we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!

We are still reachable by phone 01843 862502 & email enquiries@baytreebroadstairs.co.uk for enquiries and future bookings.

The front of The Bay Tree is now looking clearer. Our French windows from our sea-view restaurant are open on the right and our sea-view lounge can be seen on the left of this picture.

Most of our front patio has now been cleared of building materials and will be relaid ready for outside tables and chairs from which to admire our sea-views.

The glazing for our main entrance has now been fitted – there is some work to do on repairing our stonework and adding an additional step after we have tarmaced our drive.

At the rear of the hotel, work on building our brick walls is progressing. The centre of the picture shows the start of brick steps leading to our garden and bay tree, just visible at the top of the picture whilst the area between the bricks and the dumper truck will contain a private terrace and external, step-free entrance into Room 1, Willow. The brick walls will contain a herringbone pattern in the centre.

The side of the hotel away from the drive contains a narrow service area and our extractor fans for our kitchen. We had to complete some repair work on old pipes and lay new pipes and services so we will soon be resurfacing this area.

Inside our utility room, we have started to construct the large shelves we need to hold our stock of towels and sheets. Our new gas-powered commercial dryer is on the left, with our commerical washing machine on the right. The washing machine detergents are temporarily on the floor between the machines and their automatic feeder can be seen on the wall.

We are very pleased with the colour of the walls in our hall. The left door leads into the utility room, the right into our kitchen.

This is Room 6, Chestnut, on our first floor. This room will be getting some very special wallpaper.

We’ve begun to move furnture into Room 8, Alder. We have also added the bedside wall-lights (note the led reading lights on hoses so guests can read without disturbing their partners!) We love the fancy headboard for this room!

Room 8 also has an original fireplace. The blue chairs are just here temporarily and will go into the triple-aspect sea-view turret in Room 9, Yew.

Our oak thresholds leading into our rooms and wet-rooms, such as here in Room 9, Yew.

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The banisters and spindles at the top of our stairs are now in place. The area around the borders will contain polished oak. The walls will be the same putty colour as in our hall and ground-floor corridor (please see above picture).

Room 10, Maple, with it’s spectacular sea and cliff views to the left and triple-aspect sea-view turret (like the one in Room 9, Yew) has now got a very useful storage area for hanging clothes.

Viking Bay Broadstairs looking gorgeous, We are located in the next bay along, Stone Bay, behind Bleak House which is the castle-like building in the centre of this picture.

Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 53

The Bay Tree Broadstairs is currently closed for a major refurbishment and will re-open in December 2017.

We’ve delayed re-opening owing to slower than anticipated progress with our refurbishment.

We’re now managing the remainder of our build (primarily decoration, second-fixes and snagging plus landscaping) ourselves along with a new site manager instead of through our original building contractors.

We would like to thank all of our guests for their patience – we will be open as soon as we can and we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!

We are still reachable by phone 01843 862502 & email enquiries@baytreebroadstairs.co.uk for enquiries and future bookings.

Almost all of our scaffolding has now been removed.

Work on building our new brick boundary wall is progressing.

Our view over Stone Bay is beautiful.

The glass for our new entrance has now arrived.

We have started applying the first coats of colour to our hall and rear passage.

Our doorways have been getting their special intumescent fire protection paint applied.

Our carpenters have been working hard on creating oak thresholds for our doorways and the oak trimmings to go on our staircases (the pieces with the square inserts are where our spindles, some of which we have copied directly from our originals, will go).

This is an example of one of our oak thresholds (the small holes will eventually be completely hidden).

In Room 10, Maple, in one of the top front corners of The Bay Tree, we have been able to get right into the eaves and gain some valuable space for guests to use as a small built-in wardrobe.

We are always looking for unique pieces of furniture we can use in The Bay Tree, such as this beautiful chest of drawers.

We are particularly pleased with this desk chair, which will be used the receception area of  our library bar located next to our entrance.


The lights on our rear balcony are now on.

The lights on Room 5, English Oak, our balcony sea view room are now on as well.

Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 52

The Bay Tree Broadstairs is currently closed for a major refurbishment and will re-open in December 2017.

We’ve delayed re-opening owing to slower than anticipated progress with our refurbishment.

We’re now managing the remainder of our build (primarily decoration, second-fixes and snagging plus landscaping) ourselves along with a new site manager instead of through our original building contractors.

We would like to thank all of our guests for their patience – we will be open as soon as we can and we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!

We are still reachable by phone 01843 862502 & email enquiries@baytreebroadstairs.co.uk for enquiries and future bookings.

Ben has been keen to help get supplies and also supervise daily trips to our local recycling facilities!

Our boundary wall is coming along nicely: after the post visible half-way up our drive, there will be brick footings then wood fence panels.

This is the rear of our car park: the rubble and clutter in the foreground will be cleared.

This is looking up our drive to our bay tree and in front of Room 1, Willow.

We will tarmac our drive and make areas look presentable  and safe but will look to complete our external works, including adding flower beds, brick stairs to our rear entrance  a small utility area in the spring.  As Room 1 is intended to be both accessible (including having it’s own private terrace and step free external entrance) and  dog-friendly we will complete this part of our brick-works prior to our opening in December.

This is the inside of Room 1, Willow. It is not easy to show on the blog but we’ve been working hard to ensure most of the snagging – ironing out any little glitches, touching up and finishing,  is as near to completion as possible.

Across the passage from room 1, our tilers have been creating the area in our utility room for a butler sink for easy-bucket filling for our staff cleaning Room 1, our rear entrance and toilets (all have Karndean engineered wood flooring) plus our kitchen and utility room, not to mention our sea-view restaurant which has its original wood flooring.

This is an example of one of our oriel windows, here in Room 2, Hazel, which allow for partial sea-views of the North Sea.

Our sea-view lounge with its spectacular views will look amazing once we’ve completed our refurbishment.

When we need a break from our refurbishment we love walking Ben up to the North Foreland lighthouse – which can be seen flashing from The Bay Tree.