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The Gallivant

From $128 Night United Kingdom, East Sussex, Rye

Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • Harper Bazaar's 'Best pet-friendly Hotel in the UK'

  • Award-winning local dishes

  • Beautiful beachsetting

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Complimentary jar of homemade preserve

Gallivant recipe book

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Two Night Gourmet Escape

Two nights in a lovely room with a 3 course A La Carte dinner on each night, afternoon tea and cakes, and a delicious healthy breakfast everyday.
Prices from £300 for two people (Monday- Thursday) and £400 for two people (Friday- Sunday).


The Gallivant is quite simply one of the best seaside hotels near London we know. Easy proximity to Camber Sands, voted one of the world’s 50 best beaches by the Sunday Times, is combined with a passionate commitment to local produce which has won the hotel multiple awards. Combine all that with a carefree, barefoot vibe, a cool Scandinavian meets Californian aesthetic and (even) a welcome for dogs, and you have a very chic update on the classic British bucket and spade holiday. 


With Camber Sands on your doorstep, you might decide that sunny (or potentially wind-swept) walks along the beach followed by plentiful R&R is quite enough diversion. However, just round the coast to the east you’ll find atmospheric Dungeness, where filmmaker Derek Jarman created his famous garden. Nearby Rye is a beautifully preserved medieval town and former Cinque Port where Henry James, Paul Nash and E. F. Benson all once lived – it’s now a chi chi little place with quantities of thriving independent shops and restaurants to visit. The nearby town of Battle was the site of the Battle of Hastings, and there’s plenty to see and explore around the area and at the English Heritage site devoted to that momentous event. The Jerwood Gallery in Hastings' Old Town is worth a visit for 20th century and contemporary art, while outdoor types will want to take advantage of the kite and wind surfing on offer– Camber is one of the top 10 sites in the UK for these sports.


Food is really what The Gallivant is all about; they describe themselves as a restaurant with rooms and take pride in the fact that the vast majority of their food is produced within a 10-mile radius. (That, incidentally, also makes them the first place in the UK where you can try new season Romney salt marsh lamb, a famous local speciality.) Daniel Perjesi (formerly of The Capital, Club Gascon and The Hambrough) heads up the kitchen, which has won awards from Square Meal and the Sunday Times; his tasting menu might include ingredients such as Gloucester Old Spot pork, Dungeness cod, Kentish wood pigeon and local cheeses. Breakfast features a delicious array of wholesome homemade treats (muesli, banana bread, yoghurt, jams) accompanied not just by tea and coffee but also (nice touch) an endless supply of Bloody Marys at their ‘recovery station’. Bed and breakfast here also includes afternoon tea; as befits the Gallivant’s cool foodie ethos, tea means a pot of tea and slice of cake, not fondant fancies.  


car parking
child friendly
pets allowed


Address: New Lydd Road, Camber Rye, TN31 7RB , United Kingdom

Nearest airport:

Gatwick and Stansted airports, both around 2 hours away by car

How to get there:

The Gallivant is approximately 2 hours' drive from London, via the M20.
If travelling by public transport, take a train from St Pancras International to Ashford International (half an hour) then another train from here to Rye (20 minutes). From Rye, you will need to take the The Wave 100 bus to reach the property.


Twenty bedrooms come with a back-to-basics approach to creature comforts, by which we mean you’ll have everything you need, and nothing you don’t. All rooms contain a King or Super King-sized bed, 300-count bed linen, feather pillows, a rainforest shower, free WiFi, flat screen TV and DAB radio, and with their primary needs met, those seekeing refuge from London and elsewhere can relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of driftwood furniture, bleached-out colours, nautical stripes and sea air. The interconnected deck rooms would suit families with older children; the four largest rooms, away from the main building and with direct access to the beach, are ideal for families with a smaller child (and also dog owners). Prices are inclusive of breakfast and tea (see Dining for details).


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Small and cosy. Featuring king-size beds, bath with high pressure shower above and access to the Larder of Guilty Pleasures, the in house tuck shop stocked with everything from popcorn to champagne.


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Comfortable smaller rooms that are full of natural light with double doors opening onto a small deck with teak furniture and our private beautiful landscaped coastal garden. Featuring king-size beds, bath with high pressure shower above and access to the Larder of Guilty Pleasures, the in house tuck shop stocked with everything from popcorn to champagne.

Snug Cabin

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Designed with an eye to the Hamptons they are a relaxing white throughout, with bleached ash floors, King size beds and beautiful bathrooms (one with a shower, one with both). Interconnected, so ideal for older families, they both have private decks.


Payments policy

We will ask for a credit card number when you reserve your room but won’t take anything from this until you check out or fail to cancel your reservation within 7 days.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your reservation within 72 hours of your arrival date we will charge you the full cost of your booking. If you cancel between 4 and 7 days we will charge you 50% of the full cost of your booking.

Cancellation fee is 100 % of total charge if cancelled up to 1 days before arrival.

Cancellation fee is 50 % of total charge if cancelled up to 7 days before arrival.

Check-in/check-out policy

Check-in time: 15:00:00

Check-out time: 11:00:00

Early check-in: no

Late check-out: no


Room Type Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018
Cosy $128 $128 $128 $128 - - - - - - - - -
Garden $155 $155 $155 $155 - - - - - - - - -
Snug Cabin $182 $182 $182 $182 - - - - - - - - -
Deck $169 $169 $169 $169 - - - - - - - - -

Rates indicate cheapest price for the given period and may differ dependent on number of guests. Prices have been converted from GBP at the current exchange rate of = provided by European inter banking rates. Please note: The hotel will quote prices to you in GBP.

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