The four one-bedroom self-catering apartments that comprise Lillibets are housed in a single two-storey building, with two apartments adjacent to each other on each level. A partial lattice-work panel divides each apartment and affords a degree of privacy on the deep common balcony that runs along the frontage of each floor. External steps on each side of the building allow guests' access to their own apartments without having to pass in front of neighbouring apartments.
The apartments are virtually identical and a single description will suffice for all four.
Guests will clearly have to climb an extra flight of stairs to gain access to the apartments on the upper level. However, these apartments benefit from the best views of the bay and get the maximum cooling from both land and sea breezes. For this reason, the two upper apartments do not have, or need, air-conditioning, unlike the lower apartments, which have small air-conditioning units in the bedrooms. The upper apartments did originally have small cable TV sets but these were removed due to lack of demand. The lower level apartments have ceramic floor tiles and the upper floor wooden floors. There are no other material differences between the four apartments.
The Lillibets building is located on a steep hillside. Access is via several flights of stairs. It has to be stressed that whilst the property undoubtedly represents an excellent choice for those looking for no-frills near-beachside accommodation, it would be totally unsuitable for anyone with walking or mobility difficulties.
Against this, being built on the hillside gives the property a major advantage: the view. Although located behind another apartment house, both floors of Lillibets provide wonderful views over the bay and the pretty little valley in which the house is located. Climbing the extra flight of stairs to the second floor is well worthwhile, as the top apartments clearly have the best views.
The apartments offer a spacious 42sq.m. of floor area, excluding the front balcony. They provide comfortable accommodation for two adults and one or two children. Although simply furnished, allthe basic necessities are provided.
Each bedroom is furnished with a 5ft Queen-size double-bed with mosquito net, bedside tables with lamps, a dressing table and a wooden wardrobe offering half a metre of full-length hanging space and a similar area of shelved storage. As already mentioned, the bedrooms on the lower floor are equipped with modern whisper-quiet split-unit air-conditioners. The apartments on the upper floor have no need of air-conditioning due to the higher location and cathedral-type open roof which provides exceptional air flow and cooling.
Each bedroom has direct access to the bathroom. A second door provides access from the living area. The bathrooms are fully tiled 'wet rooms' and feature a walk-in open shower, toilet and wash basin. Hot and cold water are provided in both the bathrooms and the kitchens, unlike many of the local small apartments who only provide cold water and instantaneous hot-water showers.
Various options can be provided in the apartments to accommodate children or additional guests, including a double bed settee, a rattan day bed suitable for a child, a travel cot and a lightweight single folding bed.
The L-shaped living areas are spacious and simply furnished with a comfortable rattan sofa and armchairs, but little else.
The kitchenettes are furnished with a medium-sized fridge with freezer compartment, four-ring gas stove, electric kettle and toaster and small, but adequate, collection of kitchen utensils, glassware, crockery and cutlery. Everything was reasonably maintained and adequately clean.
There is no dining table inside the apartment, despite there being adequate space, because frankly no holidaymaker is likely to dine indoors when they can dine on the wide (2.2m) covered balcony with those wonderful views of Castara Bay and the lovely little valley in which Lillibets is situated. The balconies are furnished with attractive wooden circular tables and chairs where most guests will choose to dine and to spend much of their leisure time when not on the beach.