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Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 50

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.

We’ve had our local fishermen catch some fresh local mackerel which we’ll perfect in one of our fresh fish dishes for our sea-view restaurant!

Talking of our restaurant, we’ve been busy installing new equipment in our kitchen, which we can’t wait to try out!


Our new kitchen is a third bigger than what we had prior to the refurbishment – and this time the majority of our equipment is new!

Our sea-view restaurant is currently being used as a workshop by our carpenters who are working hard on our woodwork.

Our carpenters are working on creating bespoke shelving storage for linen, towels and in-room amenities.

Whilst we work we are taking care to protect our new carpets.

Our decorators are working hard to ensure that our finished rooms will look amazing!

We’ve been busy painting all of the spindles – some of which we had especially made to match the originals, in areas where the old fire-boarding meant they had previously been removed) with several coats of paint – it’s a lot easier to paint these now before the new they are put back on our staircases and landings.

We’ve started to add some of our exterior lighting to our building.

Outside, work is continuing on levelling our car park and preparing the ground under our bay tree for a patio at the rear of The Bay Tree.

Likewise, work is progressing on our drive – including adding new drainage underneath, ready for adding tarmac.

Our bricks are ready to be laid on our drive and on our front sea-view patio, including some of the flint bricks (which we actually had to source from nearby Sussex!)

Stone Bay, directly opposite The Bay Tree, is looking beautiful in the evening sun.

Ben has been taking time out in our family wood in Hertfordshire to get extremely muddy! (When returned to broadstairs, after an initial couple of buckets of water being placed over him, he was ‘rinsed’ in the sea before being allowed anywhere near his hotel where he tested one of our new wet-room showers!)

Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 49

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.

We’re now starting to build the wall and boundary on the left of our drive.

Our original boundary wall can be seen in this picture.

We are continuing to build our walls and level our car park at the rear of The Bay Tree.

Our bay tree, supposedly the oldest and largest in Kent, is flourishing – although we will get our local tree surgeon to give it a smart trim once the refurbishment is complete.

We have now started to add the first of our bespoke oak thresholds, which will go across all room entrances and entrances to en suite bathrooms and wetrooms. Here the oak which will line our staircases is also visible. There is a bit of work to do with finishes, trims and varnishes but we think this will really stand out as a very nice feature of The Bay Tree when we reopen.

This is the carpet that will line our landings with the oak surrounds and thresholds bordering it.

Whilst some rooms are ‘snagged’ – when we deal with finishing details, such as paint finishes and scuffs, checking all woodwork (for example to ensure doors and windows close properly), other spaces are being used to touch up furniture – some being painted, much being re-varnished etc.

We are focusing our efforts from the top of the hotel working downwards, so we hope to be able to start moving furniture into some areas very soon and showing off how our completed rooms will look!

We will be introducing some new artwork, which we have had especially framed, into the hotel – this is an example!

Our public toilets are beginning to get their finishing touches, such as their hand-dryers now being added.

We still find time for relaxing walks with Ben, such as to the nearby Reculver Towers Country Park.

Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 48

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 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.

Outside, our front patio will look stunning once we’ve relaid it and planted some new foliage.

Our driveway has been cleared and lowered (it was encroaching on our damp course) and we have realigned our boundary with our neighbours where we had lost a little land – this will mean our driveway will be slightly wider (our previous guests will recall there was a narrow pinch-point!) We will, of course, be re-building our boundary wall.

Work on our wall around the permiter of our car park is progressing nicely – these walls needed rebuilding, especially as we have lowered the car park to ensure it is level. The car park and drive will get new tarmac.


The framework for our main entrance has now been built. The main entrance and porch will get new glass. Of course, we have some work to do rebuilding our step into The Bay Tree.

The front of The Bay Tree is taking shape: we’ve new steps up to our sea-view terrace, new French windows into our sea-view restaurant, new traditional sash windows. oriel windows to allow for glimpses of the sea, a panoramic window (at the top, on the side of our building) which has spectacular views over Stone Bay and the chalk cliffs plus an additional triple-aspect sea-view turret. Once we’ve completed the guttering, the scaffolding will be removed.

The views from our sea-view balcony are amazing!

We’re making sure that the luxury en suite bathroom for our balcony sea-view room will be of superb quality!


The views from our triple-aspect sea-view turrets are pretty cool too!

We love using bright colours to liven some of our rooms

Downstairs, our bay tree can be viewed from our ground floor accessible and dog-friendly room, which will also benefit from its own private terrace.

Our ground floor accessible room features some clever pieces of design, such as this basin with discreet grab handles for guests with limited mobility (we will also add some discreet, foldable, rails to this area as well.

We’re always on the look-out for unique pieces such as as this tiered plate stand for serving afternoon teas.