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Sunset from the Penthouse you cannot miss, normally available all year round
Sunset over the river Stour viewed many days from the Penthouse lounge balcony.
Sunset view from the lounge
One of the spectacular views always enjoyed from the Penthouse
The Quayside and pier from the sea, a must to visit during your stay
One of the many views from the lounge balcony
View of Old Harwich from the sea.
Dovercourt lighthouse and Blue flag beaches, just a short walk from Old Harwich.
Old Life Boat museum
St Helens Green, Harwich
Harwich beach at sailing time
Low lighthouse and prom
Old Harwich street
Cox`s pond
Harwich`s best kept secret
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Harwich, Essex, England

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Amanda M
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Superb accomodation in a fantastic location”
Reviewed 22 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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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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Travelling group: Young Children
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Stefan H
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It was a nice, exciting stay with a lot of new positive experiences”
Reviewed 11 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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person found this review helpful

The appartment with the lighthouse and harbour view has a nice interieur and Harwich is near Harwich International and a perfect location to start several trips with car or by train to popular citys like London, Colchester,Mainingtree,Ipswich or to the seaside locations like Felixstowe, Shotley Gate or Clacton-On-Sea.

We enjoy our stay and we will be back for a second time.

With Kind regards

Stefan Hindermann

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Your age range 35-49
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Erdmute K
Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Well appointed and comfortable apartment”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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person found this review helpful

We were pleasantly surprised by this neat and beautiful apartment on two floors. Everything was good quality (cooker, shower etc.) and we found everything we needed, including toilet paper and cleaning materials! The balcony is small, but big enough to have a cup of tea in the sunshine. Upstairs, it may be necessary to mind your head! At night, it was quiet, as the trains leave on the other side of the building, 100 meters away and only start early in the morning. Harwich Town has some little gems of old buildings, but has little to offer for the tourist. However, by train and bus, you can get to many interesting places in a short time. For us, it was perfect. We will certainly go again.

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Liked best: the proximity to our children
Liked least: the heavy table and chairs in the kitchen
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Susan R
Wisbech, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Fabulous views, lovely place”
Reviewed 20 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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This was a lovely well equipped place to stay. We appreciated having the basics like tea, coffee, washing up liquid etc supplied.
The views from the second floor lounge are great with lots of activity on the water. Harwich is an interesting place to stay and we particularly enjoyed meals at the Samuel Pepys and our ferry trip to Felixstowe and lunch at the Orwell hotel there.

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Liked best: Views from lounge
Liked least: Shower over bath
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Aliciooop
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Back Again”
Reviewed 4 April 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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person found this review helpful

My partner and I decided to book in advance and come for our Valentine's weekend- and it's definitely a firm favourite with us now. It's a home away from home, with all the cosy conveniences, while maintaining a holiday feeling.

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Liked best: as always the penthouse lounge
Liked least: my partner setting off the smoke alarm every time he cooked...
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