Beach Hut room which had a HUGE comfy bed to flop down onto and soft puffy pillows. A little pot of homemade biscuits waited next to a big teapot and selection of teas, the biscuits lasted all of about 30 seconds as I was famished, a huge bonus of travelling alone is extra biscuits. There was UHT milk which is always a bit of a disappointment in hotel rooms but there was a little note to say you could just call for fresh milk from reception (on a very cool retro phone next to the bed).
|I fell in love with the rubber duck, he costs £5 to take home.|
|How stunning is the beach? And this is FEBRUARY!|
Oh the beach! The Gallivant is the only hotel in Camber Sands and is literally a stones throw from the beautiful sand dunes and 5 miles of stunning sandy beach, a beach that is pretty much deserted 350 days of the year. It's all yours.
|This handsome chap was staying at the hotel|
Whenever I'm on a beach I instantly wish I had a dog with me to play with, this would be a perfect opportunity for me to use the Borrow a Doggy site but The Gallivant have got this covered. You can take one of the owner's dogs, "Camber", off to the beach, he'll even pull you up the dunes (now that's service), I definitely think more hotels should have dogs for you to borrow. If you have a dog already though that's cool as well behaved dogs are welcome at the hotel so you can all enjoy a beach holiday playing in the dunes.
|Meet Camber, he wants to be your beach buddy|
If the weather is being somewhat uncooperative for beach shenanigans and you want to go out and explore, you're surrounded by stunning countryside to venture out into. Camber is just a 5 minute drive from the gorgeous historic town of Rye so I hopped off in the car to have a mooch about. Rye is packed with loads of great antique shops, artist galleries, old book shops and lovely places to pop in for a pint of local ale or two and we covered loads of great things to get up to during our Sussex Week special.
|This awesome car seat was in a shop called McCully & Crane, I definitely want one|
The Gallivant is basically a bit of a haven for food lovers as they have a bounty of incredible produce right on their doorstep, and they know what they're doing with it. I visited during Rye Scallop Week and ate the freshest, sweetest, most perfectly cooked scallops I'd had in years.
Chapel Down vineyard is also just up the road so the drinks list features not only wonderful locally made wines but also the most fabulous lager called Curious Brew that's made using the champagne yeast from the vineyard. It's stunning, I was so impressed I headed to the vineyard the following day to pick up a few bottles!
Dinner was amazing, their salt marsh lamb was absolute heaven and served perfectly rare, but it was after a mouthful of melting dauphinoise that I actually wanted to go into the kitchen and hug their chef. Do not leave without ordering their signature dessert of tarte tatin, it truly is a thing of sticky, indulgent beauty.
No matter how fuzzy your head is the following morning make sure you get up early enough to get breakfast though because it's ace. Their homemade banana bread was a particular highlight (I had 3 big slices, well there's fruit in there so it's fine, right?) and everything is local, made to order and perfect to set you up for another day on the beach.
|French toast and banana bread = ace hangover cure|
|The sky seems a whole lot bigger in Camber|
I was a guest of The Gallivant.