Despite it being June, the weather has become a fuzzy fog for the last few days, but that didn’t dampen my enjoyment of a Great British seaside break in Camber Sands with my sister and my dog this week. We got a dog friendly two night deal at a beautifully transformed former motel called the Gallivant, situated within a stone’s throw of beautiful sandbanks which lead down to a 5 mile stretch of sandy coastline.
I just love what the owners have done to transform the former motel into a beautiful boutique hotel perfectly in tune with it’s seaside location. I felt instantly inspired by the beautiful wall-art and sculpture made from glass and driftwood – I had to take some pictures for my blog! Reclaimed wood, re-used metal and glass have been used alongside pebbles from the beach to create a really striking, contemporary feel throughout the reception and restaurant.
The seaside theme continued into the rooms, which were decorated with some beautiful coastal touches – perfect decor ideas for a room by the sea, such as this coffee table made from re-claimed wood, which has been roughly whitewashed to create a distressed effect, and seashells and fishing rope from the beach have been capped with glass.
It was the perfect base for a walk on the beach and a wander around the local nature preserve. We indulged in a rudimentary spot of bird-watching before taking a short drive to Rye, a stunning little town filled with teashops, galleries, handmade gift shops, pebbled streets and wonky tudor cottages steeped in history.
We left plenty of time to go wine-tasting in two local vineyards; Chapel Down in Tenterton and Biddenden in Benenden, and bought a bottle of English rose to take home.
We got back in time to enjoy some afternoon sunshine and sample something from each course in the amazing restaurant at the Gallivant. They pride themselves on local produce – all the fish were caught freshly by a local fisherman called Russell. I had their fish pie, which was incredible. Luckily, there was plenty of space to share a chocolate fondue with homemade marshmellow. Mmmm.
Well, it was a wonderful way to experience some of the best of British seaside – beautiful beaches, warm hospitality, inspiring interiors, handicraft, local food and wine….and a good run around for my dog.
The Gallivant Hotel & Bistro – http://www.thegallivanthotel.com
Suzanne blogs from her shop and workshop, Little Beach Boutique, on Brighton Beach. You can view her handmade glass and personalised products here – http://www.littlebeachboutique.com