Take two weeks of early summer rain, drop a magical sunny weekend in the middle, bring 160 lifelong friends together for a stylist's gay wedding then book every room at The Gallivant and you get the recipe for one of the most romantic and stylish weekends I'm likely to remember.
My wife and I spent fri-mon at The Gallivant and witnessed the whole build-up, the event itself and the waves goodbye and not at one moment did we feel anything other than impressed with this little beach-side Hotel in Camber, East Sussex.
Only an hour from London down the M20 and 3 miles from picturesque and historic Rye, The Gallivant is 20 rooms on one level, a good restaurant/bar and space for a marquee big enough to seat 160 guests. Decor is lime-washed "Hamptons" throughout. The basic rooms which make up most of the accommodation are quite small but there are three (?) more which are a little more lavish. Don't expect 5* excesses (no wardrobes or fridges in the rooms and no pool or spa) but do enjoy good food from an energetic and creative kitchen in a welcoming environment. And if you get the munchies at 4am there is an "Honesty larder" stocked with choccies, cokes and drinks (under the watchful eye of a camera we noted!).
Licensed to hold weddings, they cleared the bar area for the ceremony and then we all trooped the 200 yards to the dunes for cocktails and nibbles before returning for the wedding feast.
Gallivant didn't drop a stitch at any time and the staff were friendly and helpful. Wedding rate was £120/night so its upscale price-wise but like the event itself it sets itself apart by being achingly stylish and just a little bit, well, special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our coastal restaurant with rooms, across the road from the dunes of Camber Sands and beautiful sandy beach beyond. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, we're a calm and relaxing hideaway from the stresses and strains of modern life. We have 20 amazing bedrooms all decorated with an eye to the Hamptons and serve great food using almost exclusively locally sourced fresh ingredients. In 2016 we were included in The Times 'Coolest Beach Hotels - No. 4', The Mirror's 'Top 10 Seaside Hotels in the UK' and Squaremeal's 'UK's Best 100 Restaurants'. The private coastal garden incorporates mini secluded decks behind all the Garden and Luxury Garden rooms and is also home to The Beach Hut, where guests can enjoy relaxing massages and lovely facials after a day on the beach using ethical and natural health and beauty products that are exclusively blended in the UK. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Place At Beach
- Place At The Beach Rye
- The Gallivant Camber, East Sussex