manonabeach® is proud to personally recommend the following places to stay on the coast. They all maintain the highest professional standards of comfort, hospitality and fine dining. Furthermore, each business shares the manonabeach® core values – an appreciation of both the enhancing effect of the beach and the environmental sensitivity of our beautiful and varied coastal areas. As a guest of these venues during the ongoing development of the manonabeach® series, each one represents my experience of the best coastal accommodation in the UK.
Below, each business outlines their offering and values, along with their answer to “What does the beach mean to you…?”
Set within 100 acres on the North Yorkshire Coast, Raithwaite Estate houses two hotels: The Hall, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and The Keep, a twenty-eight bedroom contemporary building, housing the UK’s first ever hotel dog spa.
In addition, the six bedroom Lake House at the far end of the 100 acre Estate offers total privacy and exclusivity. The seven newly built stone cottages are an indulgent and homely way to enjoy the tranquillity of the Estate.
There are several dining options to explore during your visit. Brace restaurant serves traditional English cuisine, highlighting some of the best local produce including fresh fish and game.
Hunters Lounge at The Keep is an informal restaurant serving Yorkshire pub classics in a relaxed atmosphere.
Afternoon Tea is served in the Conservatory at The Hall, overlooking the stunning gardens and a cocktail or two can be found in Poachers Bar!
The boutique hotel Spa is available to residents and outside guests alike and offers a range of treatments from the Aromatherapy Associates range. Use of the steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and heated pool are complimentary for hotel guests.
From romantic getaways to outdoor country pursuits, to party nights or simply a retreat from the bustling city, Raithwaite Estate truly has it all. Here is the Raithwaite beach eulogy:
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
The beach means so many things to me: childhood holidays with my parents, romantic walks, sunsets…
But looking out to sea can mean so many more things: hope, wonder, awe. I often think about the history on the seas and how the water and waves hide it. The sea has no memory, it is continuous and unrelenting, from the Saxons to the Vikings, to James Cook; the North East Coast has seen all of that and plenty more. It brings opportunity, discovery, hope, frailty, hostility and so much more.
…Joseph, at Raithwaite Estate, Whitby, below:
Highlands & Islands:
Ceud Mile Failte – A warm welcome to Lochboisdale Hotel on the beautiful island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Calum and Karen MacAulay and their family run the hotel, situated at the ferry terminal in Lochboisdale, overlooking the bay with splendid views across to Canna and Rhum.
Built in the late 1800′s the hotel is full of character and has a homely atmosphere. We have 15 rooms, 5 single, 5 twin and 4 double including one family room that will comfortably sleep a family of 5 and 1 premier king size room, ideal for honeymooners.
All of the rooms have en-suite facilities and all but three rooms have views across the bay. Lochboisdale Hotel has a warm and friendly welcome, with staff who are there to make your stay a memorable one. Feel at home by the peat fire, soak up the gaelic atmosphere and enjoy amazing views on three sides of the hotel. The hotel is a great base to explore the raw beauty of the island, a great place to relax and recharge your batteries.
Calum and Karen and their staff will endeavour to make your holiday a memorable one. If you are enjoying a special occasion or would like any special request please let us know. We will be happy to oblige. Here is Lochboisdale Hotel’s beach eulogy:
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
The beach is a life saver for me. It’s a place to take my dog for a walk and to relax and take in the beauty of the surroundings, and listen to nature. With the stresses of work and life, it’s a place to go to recharge and take in the fresh air. I love the sound of the sea, it relaxes me.
…Karen, Lochboisdale Hotel, South Uist, below:
Set in 19 acres of child friendly woodland on the beautiful South Devon coast at Dawlish Warren and overlooking the Exe estuary, the Langstone Cliff Hotel has expansive lawns and gardens, as well as magnificent sea views over the golden sandy beaches and internationally famous nature reserve at Dawlish Warren. The beach at Dawlish Warren is just a short walk from the hotel.
The Langstone Cliff Hotel has provided the perfect setting for unforgettable Devon holidays since the first guests arrived in the Spring of 1947; prior to that it was what the Victorians referred to as a “Gentleman’s Residence”. The hotel is still a popular family holiday destination, especially during school holidays, half term breaks and for special packages at Easter, Christmas and New Year. For memorable family holidays the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Devon is hard to beat.
The hotel also provides accommodation for a host of weekend breaks and mid week breaks, some including high quality cabaret entertainment. A wide range of specialist dance holidays and weekend breaks, as well as a selection of Summer Jazz weekends, Langstone Special Weekends and short mat bowls holidays are also available.
The Lincoln Bar is right at the heart of the Hotel and is open all day and every day. It is situated opposite the Langstone Cliff Hotel’s large and comfortable public rooms. These consist of the Lounge, Verandah Room, Drawing Room and The Poolside Room, which are all fronted by a magnificent Victorian cast iron colonial verandah with it’s spectacular sea views across the hotel lawns towards the Exe estuary and English channel.
Breakfast in the Lincoln Restaurant offers a huge selection that means you won’t have to worry too much about lunch. A traditional full English breakfast is available, as well as lighter choices. Dinner offers a table d’hôte menu with a wide choice of dishes at each course and a very popular carvery option. There are always vegetarian dishes available and special dietary requirements can invariably be met. There are normally Gluten free options on each menu.
For a wonderful holiday experience by the sea, the Langstone Cliff Hotel is just a click away. Come and enjoy our warm Devon welcome! Here is the Langstone Cliff Hotel beach eulogy:
“What does the beach mean to you…?”
Fun and Friends.
Kerri, at Langstone Cliff Hotel, below:
Norfolk & Suffolk:
There are few places in British golf where you can walk from your hotel bedroom to the first tee in under a minute. The 36-bedroom golf hotel at Thorpeness Golf Club is situated right behind the third tee and adjacent to the opening hole.
The large spacious rooms, split between the golf clubhouse and the annexed Braid Lodge, are ideal for golf groups and offer a choice of twin, double and single beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Many rooms overlook the gardens of the nearby ‘Meare,’ a manmade boating lake, or the golf course and are a short stroll from the TeeView restaurant and clubhouse bar. Secure storage and drying space are available for electric trolleys and rain gear.
The classic wood panelled bar in the club house is a perfect place to relax with comfortable chairs, a roaring fire in Winter and gold inscribed honours boards charting the club’s past champions.
The well-stocked bar serves outstanding local ales from the Adnams Brewery in Southwold and a tasty light bite menu packed with locally sourced produce.
The charming TeeView Restaurant has a golf course view and a menu that reflects the best seasonal produce from local Suffolk suppliers.
After dinner guests can retire to the bar or snooker room, enjoy the tranquillity of the Library or take the short walk to the beachfront and admire sea views.
There is a special charm to Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel that makes golfers feel at home and inspires them to return year after year. For many, Thorpeness becomes their home club away from home.
The Golf Club
Thorpeness is home to a James Braid designed heathland course, a stone’s throw from the Suffolk Heritage Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The former fishing hamlet was transformed into a holiday village in 1910 and has a boating lake “Thorpeness Meare,” a windmill and the curious ‘House in the Clouds’ (a converted water tower hovering 70-feet above the tree tops).
Five-time Open Champion James Braid fashioned Thorpeness’ golf course on heathland next to Suffolk’s Heritage Coast and shingle beaches in 1922.
The 6,421 yard layout winds through pines, firs, heather and gorse on a low lying coastal plain in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
During the summer the golf course is a riot of colour and sound. Heather frames the sandy fast running fairways. Rare flora and fauna bursts into bloom.
The thud of irons on the sandy turf mixes with shrill bird calls and if you tee off early enough you may see Thorpeness’ noble Stag and his harem of female hinds.
Thorpeness looks a simple test on the scorecard at 6,421 yards but it plays deceptively long and is a real test of shot-making skill.
With just two par-fives and four challenging short holes you must make your score on the par-four holes. To do that you have to drive the ball straight and long and hit accurate approaches to avoid cannily placed greenside bunkers, swales and hollows.
The 429-yard 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes in British golf. It has become iconic for the quirky spectator watching over its green. Suffolk’s famous ‘House in the Clouds,’ is a converted water tower which resembles a country cottage, and appears floating on the horizon above the trees.
Thorpeness is blessed with a mild coastal micro-climate and one of the lowest levels of average rainfall in the UK. Coupled with quick drying sandy fairways these rare conditions make it a perfect year round destination for golf breaks in one of the most unspoilt and beautiful parts of Britain’s coastline. Here is the Thorpeness Golf Hotel’s beach eulogy:
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
Thorpeness is no ordinary Suffolk village. Nearly a century ago, the architect, barrister and playwright, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie set about creating a safe and healthy, fun packed holiday environment for his family and friends. This was a place where children could enjoy the magic and innocence of a traditional seaside holiday.
Today little has changed and the beach to us means exploring the fairy-tale location of Thorpeness in Suffolk and marvelling with friends and family at its charm and history.
…Claire, at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel, below:
Trevalsa Court Hotel, Mevagissey
Whether you are looking for a special romantic break, a base for exploring Cornwall or a family beachside holiday, Trevalsa is the perfect boutique hotel, with the perfect location. Trevalsa, Cornish for house on the cliff, is understatedly elegant and stylish with period stylings and rich furnishings.
A hotel by the sea
Trevalsa was originally a grand seaside home, secluded within two and a half acres of sub tropical gardens. Understatedly elegant and stylish, with an eclectic mix of granite windows, oak panelling, rich fabrics and rugs reflecting the colours of Cornwall.
A comfortable sitting room with books and games, and roaring fires in colder weather, an intimate bar and an oak panelled restaurant. The terrace overlooks the sea for lazy, hot afternoons and balmy evenings.
There are bedrooms to suit a range of budgets. Most have stunning sea views. Some are stylishly simple, others romantically glamorous. All with immaculate bathrooms, hospitality trays and TVs with DVD players. Children can be happily accommodated with parents on fold away beds in some rooms.
Our restaurant is informal and relaxed. There are wonderful views over Mevagissey Bay and the SW Coast Path is at the bottom of the garden. The abundance of excellent local produce, fish, meat, dairy and vegetables, all sustainable and traceable, is the foundation for our menus. Our chef, Adam Cawood, uses the freshest ingredients to create delicious, intriguingly interesting but ultimately, simply cooked dishes. Trevalsa Court Restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence.
We Look Forward to Welcoming You to Our Special Hotel
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
Trevalsa Court is situated right on the coast, perched above rocky cliffs and a small sandy beach. The coast path runs right past the end of the garden, with Polstreath beach just beyond and Mevagissey nearby, so this is a vibrant environment for us.
…John, Trevalsa Court Hotel, Mevagissey, below:
Beadnell Towers is situated in the heart of the delightful village of Beadnell on the Northumberland coast and is only a short walk from some of Britain’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches.
A very warm welcome awaits you from Michael, Allyson and all of the team, who are eager to be of assistance in making sure your stay at Beadnell Towers is both pleasurable and memorable.
We have ten en-suite bedrooms including a number of family rooms. All of our bedrooms are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, plus a television. Our family rooms can accommodate two adults and two children; all of these are fully equipped with television, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities. All of our rooms are furnished to a high standard and are designed to make your stay with us a comfortable one.
This is a perfect venue for a wedding reception. We have a number of wonderful rooms available and most of our select rooms boast king-size beds and views of the Northumberland coastline.
Residents and non-residents are welcome year round to our bar and. All of our food is freshly prepared by our team of qualified chefs. We offer a wide choice of mouth-watering dishes, all of which are cooked using the best in local produce including, fresh locally caught fish, meat and vegetables.
The beautiful coastline of North Northumberland is well known for its long, unspoilt sandy beaches, picturesque villages and magnificent medieval castles.
The quaint harbour village of Beadnell, with its scenic bay, lies between the historic towns of Alnwick (10 miles south) and Berwick Upon Tweed (20 miles north). Neighbouring villages and places of interest include Holy Island (the birthplace of Christianity in Britain), Bamburgh Castle (one of the finest castles in England), and the popular fishing village of Seahouses.
If you want to see more of the Northumbrian countryside, the magnificent Cheviot Hills are only a 20 minute drive, perfect for keen walkers and cyclists.
Things to do
In beautiful Beadnell Bay you will find an array of activities including, golf, diving, windsurfing, fishing. Other activities are within easy reach, as are the unforgettable Farne Islands, with their impressive wildlife.
Further afield, the market town of Alnwick has plenty of shops and visitor attractions including, Alnwick Castle, where parts of Harry Potter were filmed, the famous Alnwick Garden, which now plays host to the largest tree house in Europe and a fantastic leisure centre with swimming pool.
Whatever you plan to do during your visit to Northumberland, Beadnell Towers is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring some of this marvellous county!
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
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…Mick, Beadnell Towers, below: