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The Gallivant - Hotel in Sussex

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New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, TN31 7RB, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Mark O’Reilly www.thegallivant.co.uk
+44 (0)1797 225057 (landline)

Quirky beach pad with fantastic food, a New England feel and stylish bedrooms - Camber Sands is across the road, gorgeous Rye is close

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This cute seaside restaurant with rooms stands across the road from Camber Sands, its five miles of pristine beach the best in the south. Kite surfers, beach cricketers and sun worshipers all gather and at low tide vast tracts of land appear, making it a great place to walk. As for the Gallivant, it's a quirky little pad, a boutique motel with fantastic food. The restaurant, recently refurbished, has a cool New England feel with seaside colours, comfy sofas and a wood-burner that burns on both sides. Uncluttered bedrooms – some big, some small – have lots of style: the best linen, Hypnos beds, driftwood furniture. Two in the main house open onto private terraces, four outside are perfect for families, all have good bathrooms, digital radios and flat-screen TVs (and a DVD library). But it's the food that takes the biscuit, much sourced within 30 miles: porridge for breakfast, fish soup for lunch, afternoon tea 'on the house', then a good dinner, perhaps Rye Bay scallops, salt marsh lamb, caramelised banana with toffee sauce. Visiting chefs – Tom Aikens, Mitch Tonks – come up to cook, too.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Mark O’Reilly:

Local points of interest from
Mark O’Reilly:

  • Camber sands - 5 miles of pristine sand sitting behind one of the few protected dune systems in the UK. The beach is huge, clean and magnificent - summer and winter, the dunes the ideal spot for a picnic. 3 minutes walk from the hotel.
  • Dungeness - An extraordinary shingle wilderness that sits on the most southerly point of the south east coast. Scattered with ramshackle cottages and boats it feels left behind by the modern world. Famous for it’s population of artists and writers.
  • Rye - One of the ancient Cinque Ports, Rye is remarkably untouched with its cobbled streets, lined with Medieval and Georgian architecture and collection of independent traders, boutiques and 20+ antique stores and galleries.
  • Great Dixter House and Gardens - Once the family home to the great gardening writer Christopher Lloyd this historic house, gardens and centre of education is now a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
  • Battle of Hastings, Abbey and battlefield - The site of probably the most famous and decisive battle in English history, 1066 Battle of Hastings where William the Duke of Normandy defeated King Harold of England marking the end of Anglo-Saxon England.
  • Port Lympne Wildlife Park - Set in 600 acres and housing over 650 rare and endangered animals, Port Lympne is famous of its Gorillas and has one of the largest captive collections in the world. The perfect place to spend the day with the whole family.
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"Booked the dog lovers break. Helpful friendly staff and a relaxed feel to the whole place. A really excellent breakfast with lots of choice. Delicious evening meal. Good walks along the beach and into Rye. Hope to return."


September 2015
"Great location stones through from the beach. We also took a long walk into Rye. The room was lovely and had everything we needed. We enjoyed the addition of the 'Larder of Guilty Pleasures' an honesty bar. We had a delicious evening meal in the restaurant - all the food is locally sourced. Breakfast was hearty and again very tasty. It was a perfect night away and we made the most of the DVD library. The staff were very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We'd love to go back."

Zoe - London, United Kingdom

May 2015

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  • 20 Doubles
Price:(i) £105 to£185 per night

Booking info:

Minimum two nights at weekends.


Lunch from £12.50. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30.




New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, TN31 7RB, Sussex

Hotel 18 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 105 to £ 185 per night
Hotel 2 Double rooms
With terraces
Price: (i) £ 125 to £ 185 per night
Mark O’Reilly www.thegallivant.co.uk
+44 (0)1797 225057 (landline)

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