Bay Tree Broadstairs Refurbishment Week 41

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

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

The view from our new triple-aspect sea-view ‘turret’ in Room 10, Maple, is stunning!

This is the same window from further back in the room: the houndstooth carpet has just been put down (yes, we know there’s a little bit to finish by the radiator) and the colours have been specially chosen to reflect the room’s surroundings

This is the feature window in Room 10, Maple, with its stunning views over Stone Bay to the chalk cliffs to our left

In the next room,  Room 9, Yew, there is another triple-aspect sea-view ‘turret’

Room 9, Yew and Room 8, Alder (pictured here, with yellow walls) both have ‘Juliet’ balconies which allow for glimpses of the sea. We haven’t yet added the railings outside these windows

Moving further down the stairs (Rooms 10, 9 and 8 are on our top floor), the owners bedroom and Room 7, Walnut, below, are located off a half-landing

Room 7, Walnut has a small oriel window which also allows for glimpses of the sea. The larger window in this room looks to our neighbour

This is the bathroom in Room 7, Walnut – the (frosted) windows  onto our rear garden and our bay tree, supposedly the oldest and largest in Kent

This picture is taken from our first floor landing: Room 7, Walnut, is located at the top of these stairs on the right

We had fire-panels which we’ve now removed (with modern sprinklers we no longer require them): this meant we had to replace banisters and balustrades (replicating designs from our hall)

We’ve also identified where we’ve had to undertake unforeseen strengthening in order to be sure that the staircase is suitable for use in a commercial building (built in 1896, we were originally a domestic house and usage as a modern hotel is considerably more demanding!)

Steps are being renewed with oak (not shown in this picture)

Floor boards have been raised, partly to allow for the myriad of services (electric cables, data cables, pipes, sprinkler networks etc.) but also so we can add oak surrounds to our floors, which will look fantastic when completed!

This picture is looking down the staircase below to our hall. On the right, by the balustrade, is a temporary steel structural support. We are strengthening the ceiling above and the first floor landing (you can’t tell from this picture but the floor was sloping very slightly)

Unfortunately it has been impossible to anticipate some of these issues until we had stripped the building back.  They are easily addressed and won’t take very long to rectify. We are working flat-out to address these issues so we can progress with re-opening The Bay Tree

In our sea-view restaurant (which will also be open to non-resident guests) we are now starting to add our first colours

In our kitchen, we have now added Altro Whiterock to the walls which makes for a very practical, easy-clean surface.  We haven’t quite finished installing the flooring in our kitchen

We’re very pleased with how our V & A Puddleglaze Peacock Blue tiles are looking in our ground floor toilets

From Stone Bay, it is easy to see The Bay Tree, in an enviable position on top of the cliffs of Stone Bay

We have made time to perfect our salted caramel and chocolate tart – this one was transported to a garden party in Sandwich over the weekend which is why the caramel is overflowing slightly from transit and the summer heat!


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