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Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 51


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.

Our views of Stone Bay are as amazing as ever!

We’ve been adding a considerable amount of brickwork to our exterior. These are steps leading to our sea-view patio and French windows into our sea-view restaurant.

Here, bricks are laid out ready for laying next week on our driveway.

At the rear of the hotel we have started work on creating the new brick steps which will lead from our car park and rear garden with our bay tree (the shadow of which can be seen in the top part of this picture).

In this picture excavations can be seen for waste, pipes and power cables next to our neighbour’s wall: There will be some service steps here and next to the fence will be a small housing for our waste bins, additional power supplies into the garden and a  sink/ mini-wet-room with hot and cold running water and a shower attachment (the shower attachment is for washing down dogs – belonging to guests as well as Ben) that bring back sand from the beach!

We’re almost ready to finally sign off some of our rooms, with our decorators having worked extremely hard to achieve the final finishes and quality that we want to show.

Our public toilets are nearly finished and we’ve now installed the additional lighting and the hand-dryer.

We’ve started bringing back on site some of our chandeliers ready to be tested then wrapped up and protected again whilst we complete our refurbishment.

This is the chandelier that will be hung in our sea-view lounge.

This is James, one of our lead carpenters, showing how the edges of our staircases will look – we can’t wait to see these finished, especially once they’ve been varnished and had French polishing.

This beautiful art-deco cabinet will live in our hall and display our range of Bay Tree toiletries, candles, reed-diffusers etc. that will feature a unique scent created especially for The Bay Tree.

We have just had some more chairs for our sea-view dining room come back from our upholsterers.

Stone Bay (with The Bay Tree visible in the distance, to the right of the blue house).

 

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.