What an incredible stay. From the telephone booking conversation, to being welcomed at her front door, Jilly and her son are simply the perfect hosts. With the right balance of familiarity and privacy, we felt so at home and have no doubt in our minds that we will be back, and taking all our family and friends with us.
The house itself is a work of art by Jilly herself, with care and attention to every detail. We were provided with a permit to park on the street and stayed in the large double with a bath. The room was simply beautiful. I felt relaxed the moment I walked in and was absolutely delighted with the treats waiting for us... a box of truffles, bottles of still and sparkling water (always replenished) and some yummy crisps to go with the bottle of red we brought with us. We asked for some wine glasses on the first night and they were replaced every day afterwards without even a word. I merely mentioned in passing about me not drinking tea or coffee at our first breakfast and then as if by magic, hot chocolate and herbal tea appeared at the table as well as in our room that very day.
As for breakfast, well, that title simply does not do justice to the 3 course meal (!) we had each morning!! There is no conventional menu but instead, Jilly presents her ideas depending upon the local ingredients she has in that day, sometimes even from her own vegetable garden. Her talents are boundless in the kitchen and she simply defines the word gourmet. No wonder she is under pressure to open up for brunch!!
Jilly had plenty of recommendations for the local area, of which we took advantage - hiring bikes and cycling the Viking coastal trail, walking and perusing the little villages and towns we passed along the way. Despite all their loveliness, the true gem in Broadstairs is Jilly and Belvidere Place. A home full of character and stories, just like its fantastic hostess. If I were to ever run a B&B, this would be how I'd want to do it. Thank you Jilly.
- Also Known As:
- Belvidere Place Hotel Broadstairs
- Belvidere Place Broadstairs, Kent