The apartment is spotless and incredibly well furnished. Has everything you need, even a dishwasher and washing machine. I wasn't sure how quiet it would be, being a flat amongst flats, but it was very quiet. It's very slightly on the edges of the town, but a very quick stroll, 5-10 mins, into the heart of Old Harwich. Best of all, the top floor, has amazing roof windows that not only show views both sides across the water, but the stars at night too!
Really enjoyed our stay. Very comfortable apartment with great views from the lounge. Convenient location.
Had a fantastic weekend in Harwich, the accommodation was perfect, it had one double room and a twin room, had a great view from the living room. A few minutes walk to the restaurants, pubs and town centre. Beautiful for walking along the beach, ideally situated for whatever you want to do. Accommodation had everything you could want, felt like home from home, lovely crisp clean bedding, everything spotlessly clean. Would recommend and will certainly stay there again
This is the second time I have stayed at Old Lighthouse View, and am currently planning my next escape-from-it-all there!
The two bedroom apartment is spacious, well equipped and spotlessly clean. Its very cosy with a good heating system and plentiful hot water. The beds are very comfortable with nice quality bedding (double and two singles), there is a good bathroom (shower over bath), the kitchen is user friendly with the dining area enjoying a small balcony. This is all on the first level, with the lounge on the upper storey. It has the most amazing views in any direction. There are two sofa's and a TV and DVD player, but you really don't need them as Harwich is far more interesting to watch. In one direction there are two floor to ceiling velux windows, one of which opens in the style of a balcony which is really neat, where you can observe the many comings and goings on the River Orwell, from small craft to vast and regal Dutch and Danish passenger ferries. On the other side of the lounge, a single velux reveals a busy world below, with the train station (which cannot be heard so is not at all intrusive, but very convenient for travel to Colchester, London and beyond), an interesting jumble of roofs, the 19th century lighthouse from which the apartment takes its name and the Georgian church of St Nicholas, as well as the workshop where the replica Mayflower is currently under construction, and, what feel like just a stones throw away, the sea. As if that weren't enough you have Felixstowe opposite with its exciting international shipping and strangely hypnotic cranes. Its all laid out divertingly before you, yet you are high enough and private enough to feel loftily remote.
There is a car park with plenty of space to the rear, just outside the main building doors, and two flights of stairs leading to the apartment. Neighbours are rarely seen or heard so its surprisingly peaceful.
Harwich itself was a pleasant surprise to me, being a small and friendly town with a selection of cosy pubs and interesting antique shops,and some nice architecture, but a dearth of shops like newsagents/grocers/bakeries (however, supermarkets are a two minute drive away- which probably explains the lack of the aforementioned independent shops.) The Ha'penny pier is great, and a trip on the foot ferry to Felixstowe which leaves from here is a must. I've yet to visit the light vessel moored here, or the lifeboat station or maritime museum, all appearing closed when I've visited out of season, but there is a nice walk along the stony beach (with its interesting rock pools when the tides out) along an even path past the Green and play area (my 7 year olds favourite spot in Harwich, where he can sit on the slide and shout out the country of origin of container ships opposite- hes a bit of an anorak like me), which wends round the corner to Dovercourt, which has a much nicer beach, although the town itself is a little run down and depressed but with a larger number of shops and takeaways.
Theres lots to do in the area, all easily accessible, but our favourites are Colchester Castle museum and its surrounding gardens, Colchester zoo, and kiss-me-quick Clacton on Sea.
Or you can be like me and just plant yourself in front of the apartments amazing windows with a glass of vino and vesselfinder.com on the laptop- the apartment has WiFi too. Perfection!
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