Award-winning boutique hotel The Gallivant provides the ideal base for beach combing and post-walk relaxation
When you first approach The Beach Hut at The Gallivant, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn. From the outside it looks like a decent-sized shed at the bottom of a garden. You mean to say there’s a treatment room in there?
Inside you will find a masseuse waiting to skilfully unknot those clenched shoulders and aching legs. The Gallivant is also a firm advocate of supporting local business. All the products used in the Beach Hut are from Wideye, a range of ethical health and beauty products based just down the road in Rye.
The Gallivant is located in Camber Sands, home to some of the best beaches on the south coast. It brands itself as a restaurant with rooms, which arguably does it a huge disservice. From the outside it looks like a motel but the interior is more akin to a boutique hotel.
The restaurant is a showcase for the best local ingredients virtually all sourced from within a 30-mile radius. It has picked up a string of awards and was recently featured in Squaremeal’s top 100 UK restaurants. I had the mackerel salad and the gnocchi made with goat’s cheese from the Sister Sarah dairy in Kent, washed down with a crisp and refreshing glass of English wine.
The rooms come in a variety of sizes, from Cosy (that’s also the name of the room) through to the Officers House, which sleeps up to eight adults.
But it is also enormously accommodating for pets. I stayed in one of the Garden rooms, which allowed my four-legged friend a chance to stretch his legs before setting off across the dunes.
They also provide bed and bowls and even a dog towel to clean those sandy paws.
Rooms start at just £95 and there are all sorts of delightful little touches, from the framed vintage swimsuits to the “gone to the beach” tag to hang on your door instead of “make up my room”.
Perhaps best of all, when you’ve spent an afternoon roaming the beaches, away from the daily grind, you can come back to tea and homemade cake.
I’ll raise a cup of your best bone china to that.