We are extremely sad to announce that Alistair Dixon, one of The Bay Tree’s owners and Robert Stone’s husband, has passed away peacefully on 6th November 2023 at Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury, aged 62

Alistair, and Robert, are proud to have brought The Bay Tree to what it is today and love being with our staff, our dogs and all our guests, both new ones and regulars, who together make up The Bay Tree Family 

Please do not send floral tributes – tribute page for donations https://alistairdixon.muchloved.com

Victorian elegance with
modern luxury.

When the owners Alistair Dixon and Robert Stone bought the property in April 2015, they decided to take the building back to its Victorian roots. That means traditional wooden sash windows, the original skirting and doors have been kept or copied and stairs and landings have all been restored to their former glory.

Robert and Alistair have created a unique style and design which reflects their personalities and interests. In addition to restoring original features, unique pieces of upcycled furniture were brought in to add colour and personality to the rooms.

A hotel with a touch of Magic.

The hotel features Harry Potter art work by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who created the graphic universe of the entire Harry Potter film series. In the library all the pictures feature school text books and we have copies of various Wizard newspapers such as The Daily Prophet and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

There are also some magic-themed touches scattered around, a straw broom, an ink well and feather quill, but the aim is not to be a Harry Potter themed venue, rather to add a unique point of interest.

The Observer newspaper named The Bay Tree hotel as one of the best hotel picks in the country.

The newspaper highlighted the hotel’s "detached 1896 red-brick house…..repurposed antiques and pleasing paint shades.” naming the Bay Tree Hotel as one of its ‘innovative' five of the best hotels in the country.

The Bay Tree Hotel Rooms

The bedrooms are named after British trees, reflecting the hotel’s namesake Bay tree which is thought to be the oldest and largest in Kent. It stands at the rear of the property. There are ten en-suite bedrooms, eight of which have sea views, and one room is accessible to wheelchair users, with a wet room and ground floor access, the hotel is also dog-friendly.

Important Announcement

Ben, our Bay Tree Bedlington Terrier, went to the vet on 1st March to check his ears which were smelling badly only for us to find he had a tumour spreading in his mouth.

Further checks on 3rd March have made us think this is malignant and that he was in pain and we have had to put him to sleep. Clearly he will be very sadly missed by ourselves, our staff and our guests. Ptolemy, our Bedlington puppy is now 16 months old and adapting to life without Ben.

We will have more pictures and a webpage in memory of Ben coming soon

The Bay Tree Bar & Restaurant

The Bay Tree bar and restaurant, which is open to the public as well as resident guests, is very popular, with our sea-front location, locally-sourced cuisine and range of local beers, wines and spirits.
The Bay Tree restaurant is open to the public serving breakfast, morning coffee and afternoon tea, lunches. and dinners
We request 24 hours notice for all reservations. Please contact us here or telephone 01843 862502 to reserve.