32 The Hythe

Maldon, Essex
Bed & Breakfast

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


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 14 welcome.
Christmas & Boxing Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 100 yds.


Nightly price
from £110
Singles £90.
2 Doubles
From £110


Keen sailors Kim and Gerry are as sunny in disposition as the huge sunflowers they grow in the garden. They clearly love hostng guests - serving breakfast straight from the Aga, and saving up tips on things to see and do. The perfect place to stay for a weekend in Maldon, and worth making the trip just to stay here.

Rebecca, Sawday's inspector

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

Marie, Edinburgh

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.


A perfect place to stay in every respect. We will certainly return.


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.


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The neighbourhood

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