- Style Designer driftwood
- Setting Sand dunes and salty air
A casual and stylish stay by Camber Sands' dunes in East Sussex, the Gallivant hotel is awash in breezy whites, blues and driftwood furnishings. It’s a comfortable place to relax after a day enjoying the sea and sand. A welcoming bistro serves up fresh fish and seafood.
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $157.70 (£96), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include a two-course (Continental and English) breakfast.
- Facilities Library of books and DVDs, windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment hire, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD player and the White Company bath products.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Extra beds are £20. Under-12s can dine in the restaurant between 6pm and 6.30pm. The hotel has a list of reliable local babysitters for guests to contact independently.
- Eco‐friendly Almost all (95 per cent) kitchen ingredients are sourced within 20 miles of the hotel, making its food miles pretty negligible. And all the furniture was made by a local wood-recycling business.
- Also Dogs are welcome in the rooms outside of the main building; just make sure they’re as friendly as Camber, the owner’s dog – he has a penchant for licking.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Go for a beachy and breezy blue-and-white Beach Hut Suite for the most cat-swinging most space. They have white wooden floors, handmade feather sofas and a very wide bed, as well as their own patch of the motel-style decking outside. Fans of a good bed need look no further than a Double – each comes with a king-size number made from recycled wood.
- Packing tips Blue, white and beige to blend in with your coastal surrounds; beach-proof shoes suited to a hilly ramble.
- Also The chef runs regular cookery classes: go along with him to meet a supplier and watch what he does with the produce. You’ll then be able to eat it, too. There are boat-to-plate, field-to-plate and shoot-to-plate options on offer. What’s more, guests get a discount.
Food and drink at The Gallivant
- Hotel restaurant The dune-facing Bistro is cool and coastal, kitted out in reclaimed driftwood, lots of blue and white, and a healthy smattering of shells. Ben Fisher heads up the kitchen, where fresh catches cooked to perfection have earned this be achy outpost two AA rosettes. Try the devilled crab – a moreish hot pot of spicy crustacean and melted cheese – or the Rye Baye sole with Jerusalem artichokes.
- Dress code Breton stripes beneath your windbreaker.
- Top table The beach may be obscured by grassy dunes, but by the window is best.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 9.30am; lunch is on offer pretty much all day; and dinner starts at 6pm and runs until 9.30pm.
- Room service Bistro fare and an abridged room service menu are available between 11am and 9pm.
- Hotel bar There's no bar, just a pair of sofas in the restaurant to perch on while you wait for your table. When the weather's fine, there are a handful of tables on the outdoor decking. If you're feeling patriotic, try the English wine from Chapel Down.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details