When you are traveling, it is always lovely to come back to a place that you have stayed before, and find welcoming each and every time. When we are in Burnham-on-Crouch, My Beloved Brit’s favorite sailing spot for decades, we stay on the seafront at The White Harte. In honor of Burnham Week this week, I thought it was the perfect time to re-visit an old favorite.
The White Harte is located on the “seawall” facing the River Crouch, with easy access to the yacht clubs, restaurants and old friends who live in town.
On our trip this year we were able to reserve our favorite room, #6, and were pleased to find that it had been newly refreshed with classic floral drapes, and new carpet. The room is on the back of the inn facing towards the high street rather than the seafront, but it is roomy and can accommodate our massive amount of luggage–and it is only one flight of steps up from the parking area, so easier to haul the luggage to the room.
One of the best parts of our stay is the full English breakfast in the dining room that looks out on the seafront walk.
So as we eat our breakfast, we can watch the dog walkers and the odd boats sail out for an early morning move up the river.
There is an active pub downstairs from our room…
…where most evenings you can find a friendly face to share a pint with and catch up on the latest “dock talk”, the grapevine of information that constantly runs through Burnham.
Of course, as the saying goes, what starts at one end of the seawall changes considerably by the time it gets to the other end, but it still keeps the lines of communications open.
MBB has known John Lewis, the inn’s proprietor, for many years, and his father before him. I love Burnham. It is like coming home for me, and with the sailing involved and the old familiar faces, it’s even a better stop for MBB.