The viewing tower - a place for reflection for the body and spiritYou will find it hard to concentrate on anything other than take in the panoramic views
Luxury Boutique Apartment with Coastal Views
Luxury Boutique Apartment with Coastal Views
8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
3 baths
8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
3 baths
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This unique and spacious penthouse apartment offers a real escape from the stresses of modern day life. Originally the prestigious Royal Hotel; guests included Joan Collins and Sir Thomas Lipton, the Belvedere provides luxurious, yet homely accommodation for up to 8 people. The stunning 'Belvedere Viewing Tower' offers magnificent panoramic views across the historical Cinque Port town, Mersea Island, Point Clear and St Osyth and beyond over the East Coast.

The space

A space to inspire and replenish the soul, the Belvedere provides spacious accommodation on the top floors (3 levels) of a Victorian hotel which more recently has been converted into three flats. It is has gas central heating and wi fi and all windows are secondary glazed.

The accommodation is accessed via a private lift opening to the hallway OR stairs into the entrance on the lower floor.

Lower floor:

Stairs up to main floor hallway and,
Main Floor:
Lift entrance and doorway to roof terrace garden: a totally secluded and peaceful place to relax.
The bathrooms, bedrooms, lounge, dining room/kitchen are along the main floor.
Stairs* leading up to: Ante Room: a cosy room which has the feel of being underdeck! Furrnished with Chesterfield sofa and chairs ideal for after dinner drinks

Stairs* leading up to: The Belvedere viewing tower – a unique octagonal shaped viewing room with vaulted ceiling offering ample seating for everyone.

*please note that the two stairways leading from the main floor up to ante room and Belvedere tower are steep and narrow and, although both have handrails fitted, should be accessed with great care. They would be difficult to access by the infirm or less able. Please see photographs showing detail.

Both the Belvedere and Ante-room are not centrally heated and so both
rooms can be very hot in the summer months but chilly during the winter months. However, even on a clear sunny winters day, the Belvedere should be warm enough for most! Fleecy throws will be left in the area - the views are an experience not to be missed, whatever the time of year!

Off-road parking for 2 cars alongside the building.

Guest access

Guests will have access to the entire living space in the apartment apart from a few locked cupboards where we will keep our personal belongings.

The vintage lift is for the sole use of the occupants of the penthouse and was made in a bygone age! For reasons of safety of our guests, we urge parents to ensure that children are very closely supervised if using the lift and that, under no circumstances, children under the age of 14 do not use the lift unsupervised but instead use the communal stairs and access the penthouse via the first floor entrance.

Similarly, children under the age of 14 must be supervised on the roof terrace at all times. Under no circumstances should anyone climb onto the roof terrace walls.

Please be aware that the owners can take no responsibility for irresponsible behaviour.

Interaction with guests

Although this our own family holiday home, guests will be left to enjoy the accommodation independently. We will not be staying at the property when guests are booked but we will be very close by and contactable by phone/email at all times should the need arise.

We do ask that the primary guest/s who who place/s the booking, informs us immediately should a problem arise eg faulty appliance, no hot water, damage to property.

Other things to note

The nightly rate on the listing is set as an average over the year. This nightly price will fluctuate over the year according to the usual holiday seasons and these adjustments will be reflected in the calendar. We are very happy to offer a rate for stays longer than two nights, eg midweek, weekly and we will also consider offering a fair rate for under-occupancy, depending upon the season and likely demand for bookings. Please do enquire before placing a reservation.

Please note that our prices are inclusive of the following:
Tea and coffee
A 'welcome pack' of essentials, such as milk, bread or croissants
Basic toiletaries (shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand wash, shower cap)
Quality bed linens (a change of bed linen will be provided weekly for reservations of 7 days and more)
Bathroom towels (a change of towels will be provided weekly for reservations of 7 days or more)
Beach towels
Hot water and central heating
Wi Fi
Wide selection of DVDs, books and board games
High chair, travel cot, buggy and stair gate

Elevator in Building
Free parking on premise

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 king bed
Bedroom 4
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

The Belvedere is our own family holiday home which we love to share when we are not staying there ourselves. We have lovingly laboured on the refurbishment for two years and, for this reason, we have decided to accept only bookings only from guests who meet all of Airbnb's verifications and have 100% positive reviews from other hosts.

Our wish is that guests have a very special experience when staying and so we simply ask that they respect the accommodation and leave it just as they found it on arrival.

Guests must be sympathetic that the Penthouse is part of a larger property shared with private residents and so it is really important that respect is given to our neighbours who live on the lower floors. For this reason, we ask that the volume of the TV and music is kept to an acceptable level and, under no circumstances, loud music not played after 11pm.

The uniquely quaint lift, which is for the exclusive use to occupants of the apartment, was most probably built at the turn of the 20th century and so is noisier than modern lifts! For this reason we ask that guests respect the level of noise to our neighbours when using the lift at all times.

The apartment is a most comfortable and sociable space, particularly suited to families and groups of friends - it is definitely not the place for events or parties.

Extra visitors are not permitted without our own approval.

Regrettably we are not able to welcome your pets and there is a strict no smoking policy both in the communal areas of the property and in the penthouse.

Parents of children should be aware and extremely vigilant when using the roof terrace, lift and windows. All sash windows are fitted with restricted openings for guests safety and for ventilation. In the winter months, all windows will be fitted with secondary glazing.

Supermarket deliveries must be arranged to arrive between the hours of 9am and 7pm.


7 Reviews

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Tom User Profile
August 2017
First this is a really Top Notch Apartment and in a great location, very close to the sailing club. Teresa, the hostess is a lovely lady who made us very welcome. We would most definitely try and book this apartment if we are in Brightlingsea in the future.

Sharon User Profile
July 2017
This apartment is beautiful. The photographs look good but the real experience is perfect. Teresa made us so welcome, nothing was too much trouble. We didn't want for anything during our stay as it is so well equipped and we were met with a welcome hamper too. The views are delightful and there are so many lovely places to sit and admire it from. Ideal rental for families of mixed ages...something for everyone. Cannot recommend highly enough

Anthony User Profile
June 2017
Wonderful and interesting building, beautifully finished and the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend to explore that part of the world.

Philip User Profile
May 2017
We had a fantastic time at this wonderful flat! Impeccable in every way: excellent and speedy communication, absolutely first class standard in the recent renovation of the whole flat, and a lovely location for a relaxing time. Very highly recommended indeed. No negatives whatsoever.

Ian User Profile
May 2017
We had a lovely family gathering in this property for adults and two little ones. The location is superb for Brightlingsea front, and the flat is in excellent condition - perfectly presented and with great 'wow' factors too, with both the viewing turret and the retro lift. The hosts comms and attentiveness was faultless. I would heartily recommend this property for a family or peaceful stay. Thanks, Ian

Alex User Profile
August 2017
The Belvedere is a wonderful place. Our family spent a fantastic week there. It is spaceous, well-appointed, and has great views of Brightlingsea and the Colne estuary. It is centrally located in town, very close to the hard and the promenade. Teresa and John are great hosts and we couldn't have been happier with our stay there.

Stephen User Profile
June 2017
We couldn't have enjoyed our stay at the "Belvedere" more. The apartment is spotless, comfortable and modern yet full of character. Felt like home away from home except we don't have a private elevator or turret at home! Excellent views of Brightlingsea, the rivers and Mersea and St. Osyth from the turret while sipping a cup of tea or just passing the time watching the sunset! The 4 main bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining area and sitting room are spacious and well appointed. Easy walking distance to the Hard and prom. Finally we must mention Teresa the co-owner with her husband, Richard, what gems! Fresh flowers and basic foodstuffs greeted us on arrival, above and beyond any accommodation we've experienced before.They haven't missed a thing with function and decor. They accommodated our special requests for extra cots and baby accessories. Excellent choice for a large family or 4 couples. Stephen & Christine, Calgary, Canada

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