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... post, unpacked, washing on and trying to stay awake so we can get sleep pattern right. Went to bed at 9.30. We have had a wonderful couple of months. Thanks to Lorraine and Frank, Matt and Christina in the North Island and to Clare and Byron in the South Island. Great fun and great memories. That's it till the next ...
... to be picked up at 8am by Gavin. We picked up his friend Cathy on the way to the coast. First stop was at a small town called Blakeney where we walked along a trail that slowly disappeared from under our feet as it was destroyed in the floods so we turned around and drove to the next town along to go to the beach there. Very different to our beaches at home, with a wind farm off in the distance. Then we headed to Wells next the sea beach, first we stopped into the cafe ...
Well, one week to go before we set off for San Francisco and then on to NZ. The spare bedroom is full of essentials (well Karen says they are essential) for our holiday. We are both getting excited about the trip and this was heightened on Saturday evening when we had drinks with Mike, Diane, Adele and Alan, all experienced New Zealand travellers. I need to manage my expectations otherwise it might all be a disappointment - unlikely though that may sound.
Spent some time trying ...
So today was a bit of a slower day but a beautiful day at that. The some was out and was reasonably warm. My iPads memory has almost filled up again, not sure why it keeps doing it, so I have an appointment at apple at one today so I head back into the city to sort it out. We worked out it could have something to do with iTunes so I we arranged for them to call me tomorrow to hopefully sort it out. I spent the rest of the after noon with a drive out to the country side ...
It was a short drive but interesting. I have a book of road maps and have marked to route I'm going to try to take around the country. I'm trying my vest to stay off the motor way and stick to the country roads and the cute little villages as much as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blyth Hotel Southwold
On previous visits to Southwold we have stayed in The Swan. On this occasion we wanted to find somewhere which is a bit brighter and appeals not just to the 'retired set'. At Blyth we found this and a lot more. The decor in all areas is bright, fresh and superbly co-ordinated. Towels and linens are of excellent quality. We paid a little extra and stayed in one of the suits - well worth it! All staff were very friendly and willing to help with anything we asked. Breakfast and dinner were delicious. Any subsequent trips we make to Southwold will definately include a stay at Blyth.
We have just returned from a weekend at the Blyth Hotel, Southwold. The hotel is wondefully newly refurbished and the service was incredible. It was so lovely that we didn't go anywhere else!! The rooms were all beautifully decorated and very comfortable.
The Blyth Hotel Southwold far exceeded our expectations on every count. The decor is delightful; New England meets Suffolk. The food was superb a fantastic selection of dishes and delicious English Breakfast, whilst service was attentive without being intrusive. The owners Charlie and Richard exude enthusiam and have done an absolutely brilliant job with the refurbishment of this well placed hotel.(It's only 5 minutes from the famous pier and lighthouse, and 5 minutes from the centre of Southwold with its art galleries and designer shops)
The young couple who've done up the Blyth have really tried hard. Lovely Laura Ashley decor, all brand new, friendly staff and a pleasant atmosphere. Don't expect a funky boutique hotel, though -- this is a privately owned, sweet place that's trying to bring something new to the area. The food's fine but not brilliant, and there was no hot water for a shower for some reason. Better than anything else available locally, and trying hard, but still some way to go.
Special Valentines Night
I was surprised by a special one night stay at the Blyth for valentines night. We only live locally in Lowestoft, but would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. We had a lovely stay and were really spoilt. The meal in the evening was excellent and the staff were young and friendly. The decor is really nicely done. It was very good value for money only £99 for dinner with bed and breakfast, although I understand this was a special offer. I hope I get taken back there again soon, even if it is just up the road!
Adnams hotels better watch out! I have been a huge fan of the Crown and Swan in the town and have stayed at the latter on several occassions. However, I have now stayed at the new style Blyth Hotel and have been converted. They have done a terrific job and the hotel offers a beautifully relaxed environment. The decor is very stylish - a contemporary twist to this great Edwardian building. The staff are fantastic and cannot do enough to help and the owners are on hand to look after guests.
What a change! Absolutely delightful! The new owners took over last October and closed the hotel for 12 weeks to refurbish and opened last week 12-01-06. We were some of the first guests to stay and what a great weekend we had. Charlie and Richard are the new hosts. They are friendly, attentive and a real pleasure to be in the company of - a breath of fresh air for the Blyth! The bedroom we were in was a kingsize superior and the decor was breathtaking. Chandaliers, silk lamp shades, scatter cushions, beautiful hand picked drapes all in a calming sea green colour. Luxurious but not at all stuffy. Even the tea cups match the fabric! I have never seen bathrooms like theirs in small independent hotels before - huge tubs with modern chrome fittings. Lovely warm towels and Molton Brown toiletries. The bar is great - fresh and clean looking in duck egg blue and cream and serves a lovely pint of Adnams. Loads of wines to choose by the glass. Food was great - simple fresh food but cooked brilliantly by their new chefs. Well done to the new owners - they have transformed this great building into the newest and best place to stay in this great seaside town. Can't wait to get back!
This has to be the worst hotel I have ever stayed at! The previous reviewer who rated this as excellent must be the owner. The bed had woodworm, there was mould all over the bathroom, the rooms were not clean (cobwebs etc in the room), it was exceptionally overpriced and the staff were rude. I had heard great things about Southwold, but unfortunately this hotel simply lets down a great area. I am surprised the tourist board even lets this place be called a hotel. Do not even think about staying there - it is that bad!!
We booked in advance and were greeted by a very friendly receptionist who showed us to a lovely large sunny room with a beautiful 4 poster bed Room 6.
It must have been the best room but we did sneak a look into some of the others and I really liked room 9 as well.
There was a baby screaming in one of the rooms but the parents soon managed to stop that by taking out for a walk.
We had a lovely stay and the whole place was clean ' comfortable and lovely and warm.
I would really recommend a visit here.Southwold is very old worldy and there are some fantastic walks.
They even accommodate dogs at the hotel so we were a bit disappointed that we had put ours into a kennel.Next time we are definitely taking him with us