Gallivant (verb): ‘to go from one place to another in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment’
The Gallivant is a chic New England style boutique hotel in Rye, East Sussex, with just 20 rooms the hotel has an intimate and relaxed beach-side feel. The Gallivant makes a perfect weekend escape from London, especially for our little family, since pups are welcome too.
The entrance takes you straight into the small reception room with a beautiful fireplace, friendly receptionist, sheepskin draped chairs and a chalkboard with daily weather and tide reports. On the side of the reception is a bookcase filled with books, wellies, flip-flops and beach towels for guest use. And for Annie’s delight, there was a big jar of doggie biscuits.
Our room was decorated with whitewashed wooden floors, fresh neutral colour scheme and pale blue accents. In the corner was a bright, coral reading chair. We loved the old-school rotary dial telephone, all the books on the shelves, the clever Gallivant hemp beach bag and the “Gone to the Beach/Do Not Disturb” door sign. The atmosphere is clean, stylish and oh so relaxed.
Our bed was big and scrumptious with crisp white Egyptian cotton linen. Annie had a little doggie bed ready for her, alongside with food and water bowls and biscuits. Very thoughtful. Annie thanks for all the sweet little details.
The room comes with a flatscreen TV, DVD player, coffee and tea facilities and a basket full of goodies from the larder. Now, the “Larder of Guilty Pleasures” is a clever idea – cupboard at the end of a corridor, filled with everything from soft drinks, crisps, nuts to sweets. You can freely have any of the snacks, just mark what you’ve had on a little list and bring it to check out. And the prices are very reasonable, nothing like your usual minibar rip-offs.
The double doors lead onto a private terrace with two wooden deckchairs.
Over in the bathroom, we were excited to see a walk-in rainforest shower, Noble Isle toiletries and fluffy white towels & bathrobes.
The Gallivant hotel’s Beach Bistro prides itself on sourcing food from local farmers, fishermen and other nearby suppliers. We both absolutely loved the beautifully presented, delicious and unpretentious food.
Crab mayo, heritage tomatoes and basil.
Melt in your mouth Carpaccio of Winchelsea beef, Mayfield Swiss cheese and horseradish.
How stunning is this slow cooked lamb breast with crushed pink fur potatoes, peas and broad beans!
Baked vanilla cheesecake with local strawberries and jelly.
The Gallivant breakfast was a great start to the day and they had a wide selection; homemade granola, porridge and gluten-free banana bread, to yogurt pannacotta and even a ‘recovery station’ offering Bloody Marys and Berocca drinks to brighten your morning – just in case the party went a little too late the night before. Great idea and a nice touch. Cooked breakfast was available for extra charge, but we were happy without it as well.
The Camber Sands Beach is just a stone’s thrown away from the hotel and it played the main role for us on this trip. Although the weather was mostly cloudy, it was still warm and we loved our long wanders along the golden sand dunes and pristine beach. The Gallivant is only five minutes’ drive from the cobbled streets and chic boutiques of Rye.
Image source: Gallivant Hotel
The Gallivant is just a two-hour car ride or hour and a half’s train ride from central London, making it an ideal destination for a weekend break.
We had such a lovely time at The Gallivant – highly recommend it to anyone who loves beach walks, fine British cuisine and a cosy bed to sleep in.
Do you have recommendations for other dog-friendly hotels in the UK, or anywhere in the world? We like to bring Annie with us as much as possible and its always nice to hear others experiences of pet-friendly places – shoot me a message or comment below, we will so appreciate any tips! Have a lovely weekend!
New Lydd Road, Camber, East Sussex TN31 7RB | +44 1797 225 057 | website