Comfortable and Friendly B&B
This is one of the best B&B's that I've stayed in! Booked through Booking.com £180 for 3 nights B&B for 2 people.
Breakfast was continental - Fruit juices, tea/coffee, cereals, fruit, yogurts, toast and preserves, or for £5 extra-Continental plus Full English Breakfast (Locally sourced Sausages, bacon, black pudding, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes with parsley garnish), kippers, creamed mushrooms on toast etc. Bread was home made- an assortment of white, seeded wholemeal, cinnamon and bannana. My Full English was Huge!
BayTree House is a tastefully converted Victorian House, which has retained many original fittings-Stained glass windows, large rooms with chandeliers etc.
We stayed in Room 5, which was a quite spacious en-suite room (we had a free upgrade, as the family room that I'd originally booked was a shared bathroom, and Liz upgraded us free as we were staying for 3 nights!)
Room 5 was decorated with Aubergine furnishings - not sure if other rooms have 'a colour' Antique pine large double bed (very comfortable), wardrobe with plenty of hangers, wash basin and stand with mirror (complimentary Shampoo,soap, sewing kit), bedside tables, chevron mirror, dressing table, kettle and assortments of teas/coffee, hairdryer, iron, DVD player and selection of DVD's (we had brought our own selection of DVD's/CD's) Scented candles/dried flowers.
Bathroom- WC, Shower, heated towel rail, shower cap, towels and loo rolls.
We were a bit surprised to find that every time we used the WC, 'piped music' could be heard - We couldn't see any speakers or sensors-Turned out that the adjacent room (4) was the room with jacuzzi - and these residents were listening to Classic FM, while relaxing in the spa!(with the radio volume turned up, so they could hear over the jets!)
Outside- seating and tables, BBQ, plants and a pond with ? Koy Carp.
Off Road Parking. Free WIFI throughout, Tourist Info leaflets.
Evening Meals - Perhaps best to book in advance - we enjoyed our evening meal here- I had Sirloin Steak with boiled new potatoes and salad, Phil enjoyed his Fish and Chips. (We found that Lowestoft was a bit lacking in places to eat at night -Liz (and the handyman) recommended Sgt Peppers in the High Street, plus a couple of Indian restaurants, we were hoping for a place to eat local food though.
Monthly Food and Craft Fair held here
Next door, a former pub is undergoing restoration-scaffolding etc- but we didn't experience any noise during our visit.
Unique Quality: Liz makes you feel very welcome, and her staff are very friendly and welcoming too.
BayTree B&B is in a good location to explore Sparrows Nest Park, with its gardens and museums, plus stage for live music. Also the Naval memorial and Ness Point/Guiliver
A good base for exploring more of Suffolk and Norfolk. We visited Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings during our weekend.
Initially, we were hoping to stay in Southwold, but most places were booked up (School holidays/return bookers) and also out of our budget - £75-£90+ - so here we got a good price £30 each per night/great accommodation, and quite easy access to Southwold etc.
I'd certainly recommend Baytree House, and would stay here again!
Directions: North Lowestoft, near Sparrows Nest Park
2 Nights in Lowestoft
On arrival our booking of a twin room was incorrectly a double, although a second bed was promptly moved into the room. We were told if we weren't happy there was a Premier Inn just down the road. We decided to stay and were in room 2. The first night the hotel was quite noisy, the guests in the room above seemed to be re-arranging the furniture late into the night. People arriving very late made a lot of noise, not helped by the wooden uncarpeted floors in general areas. There was no bath, and no drinks machine referred to by other guests. One bed was rickety and falling apart, the slightest movement made a noise which disturbed the other person. No full height wardrobe or place to hang coats etc. The bathroom was poorly fitted and had no place to hang towells. There was a fairly large and obvious spider in the bathroom which remained there during our stay. A DVD player was provided, but had no connection to the TV! A long mirror was sat on the floor just resting against the wall. Used glasses from the previous night were left in the room for the next night.
The advertised 'Bar' seemed a tiny facility and was behind a shut door marked 'Staff Only' in the evening, so we didn't like to try it. Luckily there is a pub next door.
The hotel was described as 'gay friendly', it was no more or less so than any other we have stayed in. We both hate dogs....
The front and rear gardens were an untidy shambles.
On the positive side, the owner was very friendly (although she didn't introduce herself) and the food was excellent if a little too much. An early, but pretty basic continental breakfast was much appreciated. The hotel location is particularly convenient.
To describe this hotel as 'Luxury' is somewhat exaggerated. We would be unlikely to stay there again. As we arrived other guests were moving out, saying it wasn't what they had expected.
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