As we gear up for this Sunday’s Wimbledon finale, Discover Britain serves up a selection of ace hotels that boast seriously picturesquely tennis courts
One of the country’s most beautiful courts must surely be Crantock Bay Leisure Club, pictured, in Cornwall, South West England. The court overlooks Crantock Beach, so close that it’s likely many a tennis ball has ended up in the water! The Leisure Club, which also has swimming facilities, is accessible to members and those staying at the Crantock Bay luxury self-catering apartments. It’s a fantastic place to holiday for a taste of England’s rugged Atlantic coast, and the apartments are located near to popular walking, surfing and kitesurfing spots. Crantock Bay is under three hours’ drive from Bristol Airport, or half an hour from Truro, itself just under five hours by train from London.
Tennis fans should head to the beautiful Stoke Park, which hosts the annual Boodles Tennis Championships a week before Wimbledon. Its grass tennis courts sit within view of the impressive Mansion building, which was built in 1788 and designed by James Wyatt, architect to George III. You too can book to play there between May and September. Stoke Park is also a fantastic place for golfers: its 27-hole championship course is considered one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. Stoke Park has an interesting ‘other life’ as a film set – two Bond films, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Wimbledon (look out for the grass tennis courts!) and many more movies used the property as a film location. Stoke Park is in Buckinghamshire, roughly an hour west of London by car or train. Room rates are from £270, on a B&B basis.
Also vying for the title of England’s prettiest tennis court is Gidleigh Park in Dartmoor. Nestled in a wooded valley and set in front of the striking country house hotel, the courts are the perfect place to enjoy a friendly game. For the summer season, Jonathan Hamilton, Gidleigh Park’s qualified Senior Performance Coach, will be on hand to offer lessons for just £50 per hour, for up to four people. The hotel is also offering a new tw0-night ‘Great British Summer’ break, which includes a glass of Pimms and strawberries on arrival, a full afternoon tea, and a three-course a la carte dinner, created by Michael Caines MBE and his team. The two-night break also includes accommodation, breakfast, and even an umbrella– just in case the weather doesn’t play ball! The package starts from £457.50 per person, based on two sharing for two nights and is available for stays until 30 September 2015.
You can be forgiven for getting distracted during a game of tennis at Highbullen Hotel in North Devon, where the courts boast sweeping views of the Mole Valley. There are seven all-weather courts in total at the hotel, with tennis coaching available from a local LTA qualified coach. The hotel offers tennis breaks, either one or two nights, which includes accommodation, dinner and breakfast, as well as two hours of court hire each day. Rates are from £125 per package.
Perched high above the village of Staveley in the Lake District, the self-catering property Skyline boasts breath-taking panoramic views across the valley to the fells and beyond. This luxurious and unique property is home to a beautiful tennis court within its eleven acres of secluded unmade woodland. After enjoying a game, guests can retire inside the traditional stone façade and enjoy the property’s stylish and contemporary interiors. Skyline sleeps up to ten and prices start from £1330.