The Gallivant is a mere stone’s throw from the fabulously expansive beach at Camber Sands. With four dog-friendly rooms (all in the hotel’s “The Biggest” category), each with direct access to the outside, this is a great spot for a relaxing, sandy getaway.
Eat: The Beach Bistro is as relaxed as the rest of place and is run by the experienced head chef Ben Fisher (formerly of Tom Aikens and the French Laundry), who has taken the ideal of local produce to heart and builds his menus around ingredients that come from less than 30 miles away. This includes a natural emphasis on fish and other seafood. Dogs aren't allowed in the restaurant, apart from on the outside terrace (only open in summer). If you don't feel comfortable leaving the pooch behind in the room, it is possible to get room service at no extra charge.
Sleep: The Gallivant is on the site of an old motel and retains much of the feel and layout from its former life. But the rooms have all been upgraded to a high standard, with light colours and plenty of driftwood furniture adding to the shabby chic, beachcomber feel. Room 20 is the pick of those available for dogs and their owners. The Gallivant makes much of how much it loves and welcomes dogs and even offers a special Dog Lovers’ Package.
Walk: Walking on Camber Beach and the next door Broomhill Sands Beach is great fun. While large sections are dog friendly all year round, in some areas dogs are only allowed between May and September, but must be on a lead between marked zones. Visitor numbers naturally build in summer, and although the beach is big it can get a little crowded. The historic town of Rye is only a short drive away and well worth a visit, with plenty of dog-friendly shops, pubs and restaurants. It is possible to walk to Rye and onto Rye Harbour and through the wildlife reserve to Winchelsea. This shingle beach (which at low tide reveals wide expanses of level sand) is usually deserted. Adventuring the other way, you get to the wild, weird and charismatic Dungeness National Nature Reserve.
South East England
New Lydd Road
TQ 95904 18983
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: Only on the outside terrace
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes, but only on the terrace. Room service is free
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?