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The Gallivant – Rye East Sussex

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The Gallivant – Rye East Sussex

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Don’t you love the name? The dictionary informs us that ‘to gallivant’ is to ‘wander about, seeking pleasure’ and, indeed, this place started life in the 1960s as the Blue Dolphin Motel, when it no doubt saw its fair share of gallivants and their girls. It’s still immediately identifiable as a motel (some of California’s coolest hotels have been fashioned from them, so why not here?), but in its current incarnation, it’s also chic, seaside fresh, buzzy and fun. The relaxed and airy restaurant, with a Nordic/New England vibe, takes centre stage where the modern British cooking ticks all the boxes. As for the 20 bedrooms, they are pleasingly calm havens with wonderful beds dressed with the finest linens. For pampering, there’s the Beach Hut treatment room in the garden, but best of all, is that Camber Sands, that extraordinary expanse of dunes and beach, is directly over the road, and charming Rye is just a five-minute drive by car.

Doubles from £125
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The Gallivant can organise a delicious beach picnic or bottle of English sparkling wine, to take to the beach watch the sunset from the dunes of Camber Sands, it really is a scene that money can’t buy.


At the Gallivant, menus make the most of the incredible local ingredients, working directly with fisherman, farmers and foragers. The quality of the produce is remarkable. Don’t miss the Legends of the Dining Room guest chef series. Each dinner features a chef who is making a real impact on the UK culinary scene.


A ticket to the boutique Kino cinema in Rye. This establishment screens everything from the latest blockbuster films to quirky world cinema as well as offering live screenings of performances from the Royal Opera House and The National Theatre. You will not be disappointed.


The supremely sporty receptionist Katie can challenge you to a set of tennis of two if you feel like a game, or for something more gentle, she also teaches guests yoga on the beach.

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