Deciding to stay put in the UK this season? Check out this coastal gem for a touch of the seaside with less of the travel.
With all the uncertainty surrounding travel at the moment, the staycation may be about to make its biggest comeback yet. As people across the world cancel holidays and flights, you might be thinking about alternative breaks for you and yours. Let me present a very attractive option…
Right by the seaside (as in, just a few steps above Hive Beach) is The Seaside Boarding House – just three hours from the centre of London. From the creators of the internationally renowned Groucho Club, this is the ultimate getaway for those wanting to go to sleep to the sound of the sea, and wake up to watch seagulls swooping for fresh fish.
I highly recommend arriving in time for afternoon tea (and if you’re even earlier then check out Hive Beach Cafe next door to tick another foodie destination off your list). Served with enough clotted cream to sink a battleship, the freshly baked scones are delicious and will fuel you for a walk along the stunning coastline. You can either cut down onto the beach and skim stones as the sun sets, or you can walk across the clifftops and watch the waves crash below you in Lyme Bay.
Checking into your room is a total delight. The hotel knows what you need – they believe bedrooms should be a ‘refuge from the world’ encompassing ‘a den, a fortress and a sanctuary of comfort and calm’. I can confirm that ours was all of these things – and we were lucky enough to have a generous window seat looking out over the bay. There are no televisions in the rooms which we loved – and spent several hours looking out at the view, reading books and genuinely switching off.
You’ll float down to dinner feeling as though you’re already largely recharged. The dining room is beautiful, especially at dusk when the sand is washed off your feet and you’re ready for a large glass of wine or a strong Gin and Tonic. The fresh seafood available is exceptional – not fussy or pretentious, just confident in its own ability to delight and satisfy. There’s an excellent balance between well dressed tables and excellent service, and a relaxed atmosphere where children and well behaved dogs are welcomed.
Stay for a drink in the bar after your meal or settle on a sofa in the cosy snug with a roaring fire. There’s a sense of timelessness here, and the staff won’t rush you – they’ll just stop by every so often and bring you whatever you need.
The sea air and handmade Devon mattresses should ensure a good night’s sleep. Whether you lie in late or get up to brave an early morning dip, you’ve still got breakfast to enjoy. I was a cliche of myself and went for the avocado and poached eggs (why not?!) whilst he fully approved of the Full English. We read the newspapers, drank fresh orange juice and wondered how on earth we were going to leave this fabulous spot.
If you can’t work an overnight room here, the hotel serves food and drink from 9am 7 days a week to non residents. Stop off here for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner – you’ll find yourself booking in for a stay before you know it.
For more information or to book visit the website here.
The Seaside Boarding House
Reservations: 01308 897 205
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