32 The Hythe | Bed & Breakfast in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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32 The Hythe - Bed & Breakfast in Essex

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Maldon, CM9 5HN, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Kim & Gerry Gibbs

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+44 (0)1621 859435 (landline)

+44 (0)7753 135108(mobile)

Breakfast watching Thames barges sail past – this immaculate, romantic fisherman's cottage is tucked between church and Blackwater river

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The Thames barge in all her glory: the Gibbs' garden runs almost into the river Blackwater where these majestic old craft are moored and the mudflats are a bird watcher's dream. Summer breakfast on the deck – local smoked kippers and free-range eggs – watching the barges sail up the river is a rare treat. Beneath wide limpid skies this sensitively extended fisherman's cottage looks out to 12th-century St Mary's at the back where Kim and Gerry ring the Sunday bells. It's immaculate and comfortable inside, an inspired mix of modern and antique lit by myriad candles, among other romantic touches.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Local points of interest from Kim & Gerry Gibbs:

Local points of interest from
Kim & Gerry Gibbs:

  • Home of the Maldon Sea Salt company, used by many famous chefs and Wilkins jam factory with Tea Rooms, Tiptree and Heybridge
  • There are lovely coastal walks and bird watching opportunities along the Blackwater estuary with many strategically placed public houses for lunch
  • On our doorstep and viewed from the house we have many moored Thames sailing barges which offer river trips
  • Just a short car journey away you can explore the beautiful St Peters Chapel, Bradwell on sea built 654AD
  • Visit The Company Shed, West Mersea, frequented by many famous chefs
  • Enjoy a visit to RHS Gardens, Hyde Hall
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Very 'special' place. Charming friendly, helpful hosts, exceptionally good breakfast, wonderful room and picture perfect view. Great location. Excellent."

Marie - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

September 2017
"Wonderful location, full of interest for a weekend visit - a room with a view and plenty of little extra touches and high quality breakfast to start the day off nicely."
April 2015
"A perfect place to stay in every respect. We will certainly return."
September 2013
"I have to start with a WOW!!! What a fabulous B&B. Although our visit was very quick, we are keen to re visit for a longer period. The attention to detail is second to none. Kim and Gerry are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was a feast full of delights. Highly recommend a visit. "
August 2012
"My husband and I stayed at 32 The Hythe on 13/06/12, after an fab evening on the Thistle Barge, we went to the B&B and Kim was really hospitable and friendly. The entire stay was fabulous, comfortable, relaxing. The extra touches around the place were brilliant. Oooh and good coffee, always a bonus. The breakfast was a feast. I would like to thank Kim everso much for her kindness and making us feel so welcome."
June 2012
"What a fantastic two day stay we had last weekend in such an idealic spot. Kim and Gerry are great hosts, the house is beautiful with luxury furnishings and real attention to detail. We were lucky to hear the bells being rung on Sunday lead by Gerry this week. The breakfasts were first class and very generous. A couple who clearly enjoy having guests- Well Done!"
December 2011
"Our two night stay was absolutley perfect in every way. Thankyou"
November 2011
"Superb! The unique position of 32 The Hythe makes for the most amazing views of the magnificent Thames barges, right from the bedroom, and the colours of the dawn across the mud-flats are unforgettable. The breakfasts are generous, with a splendid selection of fresh fruit beautifully presented as well as an excellently-cooked 'full English'. We had breakfast in the beautifully-furnished dining-room, which also has lovely views across the estuary. Kim and Gerry's friendly hospitality is a delight; they genuinely enjoy having guests, and are very happy for guests to sit at leisure in their well-kept garden to enjoy the views and read the newspapers! We will definitely be back!"
October 2011
"We stayed at the Gibb's B&B in September and had such a wonderful stay. We loved the comfort, the lovely little touches, Maldon is very pretty and a trip on the Thames barges well worth the time. We would definitely come back and stay for another weekend."
September 2011
"A wonderful overnight stay here; such a pity we could not take longer. The accommodation and the the estuary are both worth the visit to The Hithe. Kim and Gerry are excellent hosts and the breakfast is exceptional"
August 2011
"We had a very relaxing weekend stay at The Hythe. Everything was to such a high standard. The breakfast was fab one of the best we have ever had, a 1st class B+B."
July 2011
"A really pleasant surprise find. Kim and Gerry are the perfect hosts and the views are some of the best we have enjoyed in a Sawdays’ B&B (and some of these have been pretty spectacular). A‘must stay’ if in Essex .. and the breakfast is tremendous too."
July 2011
"An idyllic spot with wonderful hosts. The Gibbs have thought of everything from gorgeous bubble bath to scrumptious breakfast!"
June 2011
"Our stay was flawless in every respect.Kim and Gerry have huge personal warmth. Every detail of the location, the room with the magnificent 360 degrees views, their beautiful house and garden and the breakfast was perfection itself."
June 2011
"Absolutely superb! We stayed one night at 32 The Hythe and felt spoiled from the start. There are treats everywhere from the chocolate bars in the entrance hall to the proper biscuits and fresh milk in the thermos on the tea tray (no tiny fiddly packets here) and chocolates on the water carafe. Everything we could think of was there including a wonderful selection of DVDs we never had time to watch. Best of all in the Gold Room (with windows on three sides) was the chaise longue right by the window overlooking the barges allowing us to watch the tide progress up and down the estuary. And as for the bathroom - stuff of girly dreams. Again no piddling little bottles here but a wonderful selection of decent sized bottles of luscious scents and oils and creams. Thank you Kim and Gerry. We will be back!"
February 2011
"Kim and Gerry are excellent hosts and their home is in a wonderful position overlooking the Blackwater estuary. We had the en-suite room which was very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed watching the Thames barges, the tides and birdlife from our window. The second room is larger and has windows on three sides so even more views and a private bathroom next door. Breakfast was a wonderful feast with lots of fresh fruit and choice. The traditional cooked breakfast with bubble and squeak cakes is to be recommended. We didn't need any lunch! The garden is delightful and a lovely place to sit and relax."
August 2010
"Kim and Gerry were perfect hosts - friendly and offering a great place to stay. You could keep to yourself in the very comfortable rooms or rely on their local knowledge and get out to see the local sights and sounds. The breakfasts were really terrific, both in taste and quality and just as you ask for. We were travelling from Australia and would recommend 32 the Hythe to anyone - try it!"
July 2010

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  • 2 Doubles
Price:(i) £100 per night

Singles £80.

Booking info:

Over 14s welcome.


Pub 100 yds.


Christmas & Boxing Day.


Maldon, CM9 5HN, Essex

B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 100 to £ 100 per night

Kim & Gerry Gibbs

Visit website

+44 (0)1621 859435 (landline)

+44 (0)7753 135108(mobile)