Kilbrannan Guesthouse Info Page


First of all we would like to say a big Thank You for all the support we have received from our guests through 2008 to 2015. Hopefully we will see you all again this year.

History of our Guesthouse

Before the property was built, there was an officers mess on this land. The officers mess was demolished sometime before 1859 (when I discover more about this I will let you know).14 Trafalgar Road was built by John Eagleton, a local man on 1st Sept. 1859 for use as a dwelling house. A covenant existed stating that a ground rent of 1.19 must be paid annually to 2 lord commissioners of her majesty's treasury (Queen Victoria). The house has had many owners over the years and was lived in by Gentlemen and their families as well as professional people:
The house was first bought brand new for 270 and later sold in 1880 by the purchasers son for 490 after being left it in his father's will
The new owners had the house for 45 years before selling it on in 1925 for 700. During the 45 years our house was rented out to 4 local people (for what use I don't know yet)
After 4 years of owning the house it was sold again in 1929 for 750 to new owners. Sadly the man (a local postman)died in 1941 leaving his wife behind. She married again in 1946 to a man from Beccles and finally sold the house on in 1966 for 2,750.
The new owners turned our house into a boarding house at this time, erecting walls to divide rooms and had the dormers on the top floor built in 1969
The boarding house was sold for 27,000 in 1978 to 2 couples who sold it on after 11 months for 36,500
The new owners sold it on to us in 2008 for an undisclosed sum.

Looking through the documents to find this information was very interesting as they contain all the names, dates, finance plus much more including the original wax documents with wax seals etc. Certainly a gold mine for anyone interested in history and genealogy
Many of the documents could be of importance to your family tree if you have connections with Great Yarmouth. We are always happy to help.

(Kilbrannan Guesthouse as it looks now)

The covenant existed until we paid,with the previous owners help, to have it lifted in 2008


About us

Kilbrannan Guesthouse is owned and run by Gary,Julie and Charlie Smith.
We originally come from Leicester and spent many a time travelling backwards and forwards to the seaside for holidays and day trips so I guess we were always drawn to be living at the seaside some day. Running Kilbrannan Guesthouse is certainly a change from our old lives back in Leicester, as managers in our own field we were always committed to meeting deadlines,achieving targets,motivating staff etc. Now our deadlines are cooking breakfast on time and cleaning rooms before guests return. There's a lot more to it really. The best part of our lives now is meeting different people from all walks of life, sitting with them in the Guest lounge relaxing and having a chat.
Julie and Charlie are both 1st dan Black Belts in Korean Karate and have represented England and Great Britain in European and World championships. Between them they have earned many medals and trophys. They trained with a very successful Karate academy in Leicester ran by Master shane varney.
As far as other hobbies are concerned, Julie likes cleaning and Gary enjoys cleaning, tending to the garden, reading Daphne Du Maurier novels and researching his family history and has unearthed people from 1785 so far.

Survey results for 2015
We introduced surveys in each of the rooms when we arrived in July 2008 with the aim of finding out what people really thought of what was on offer at Kilbrannan Guesthouse. The 2008 - 2013 results were pleasing for us to read, but the 2014 results were even better and were broke down as follows:
Room Cleanliness 100%
Room facilities 100%
Breakfast choice 100%
Breakfast Quality 100%
Hospitality 100%
Value for money 100%
You can see why we are pleased with the results. Thank you everyone who participated. Here are some of the guest comments:
"Comfortable, enjoyable stay. Lovely large room with a view", "Very friendly people and very homely", "Room was spotless, happy to recommend to friends", "What a delightful place, possibly one of the best we have visited", "fantastic stay, highly recommended", "Everything was of a high standard, marvellous breakfast", "Very friendly and helpful, Breakfast fantastic, Room perfect", "Made to feel just like family", "Cool especially the DVD player", "Best Guesthouse in Gt. Yarmouth"
These are just some of the many guest comments we have received.

Everything we do is done for your benefit, not ours.

Thank you for reading this page and see you all soon in Great Yarmouth

Gary, Julie & Charlie



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