manonabeach® is proud to personally recommend the following places to stay on the coast. As well as maintaining the highest professional standards of comfort, hospitality and fine dining, 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 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:
North East England
Waren House Hotel, Budle Bay, Bamburgh
This attractive Georgian house, once owned by the third Lord Derwentwater, now offers today’s visitor a rare retreat for true relaxation, along with a central point for venturing through the delights of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the beautiful and romantic dining room where food is presented with the utmost care. Our cellar is stocked with a huge choice of reasonably priced fine wines.
All public rooms and bedrooms are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted in the ‘Puffin’ – a separate building located near the entrance.
Relax in the gardens or in the comfortable lounge and adjacent library. For those seeking the simple pleasures of walking – the sandy shore offers mile upon mile of beautiful scenery.
From this tranquil setting it is easy to find the treasures of the Heritage Coast, including the magnificent castle at Bamburgh, just two miles away.
For the past 5 years the Grays Restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette Award for its excellence in food and service under the guidance of Head Chef Steve Owens, and in 2015 achieved two Rosettes. So why not be pampered in the elegant Grays Restaurant dining room where our team of five chefs prepare dishes of modern Northumbrian cuisine?
The menu is à la carte with a wide range of choices.
There is an extensive and carefully selected range of wines and aperitifs to choose from.
Highlands & Islands
Lochboisdale Hotel, South Uist, Western Isles
The hotel is located in Lochboisdale, which is situated on a deeply indented sea loch of the same name on the south east of South Uist. It is a small port with car ferry connections to the mainland and Barra. The hotel was commissioned by Lady Gordon Cathcart the estate owner in 1880 as a fishing hotel and it is still full of charm and tradition. It welcomed its first guests in 1882 and the original guests’ books are still resident in the hotel, along with the daily catch records.
The district is much associated with Prince Charles Edward Stuart – Bonnie Prince Charlie – who spent at least one night in June 1746 on Calvey Island at the mouth of Lochboisdale, which can be seen clearly from the front of the hotel, before setting sail for Skye with Flora MacDonald. Flora was born at Milton, six miles north of Lochboisdale and the ruins of her birthplace are commemorated by a cairn monument.
A little north of Milton and you will find the ruins of Ormaclete Castle. It took seven years to build, was occupied for seven years and then while celebrating the Jacobite victory at Sheriffmuir in 1715, it burnt down to the ground by means of roasting venison.
The hotel boasts individual rooms, with ten double or twin and including a large family room that will comfortably sleep five people, plus one premier king size room ideal for honeymooners and five single rooms. All the rooms are en-suite.
We have a sun lounge which overlooks the harbour, the bay and the hills. There is both a bar supper menu and an A La Carte menu, offering the best of local produce, seafood and game. Lobster is available on request and you can even pick your own off the boats in the bay.
In addition, we offer an impressive classic wine list of over 45 different wines, old and new world.
No matter what adventures the Island gives to you what better way to end a day than with a good drink in our traditional Creel Bar? We stock a wide range of Beers, Island Gins and Spirits perfect to meet the desire of any guest. We often have local bands play Live Music, as well as a Pool Table and a Darts Board. In short, the perfect end to an island day.
If you are looking for a “get away from it all” experience, then the islands that make up Uist are the place you want to be. With miles and miles of empty beaches to the west, quiet roads and an eastern wilderness of hills and moorland, combined with a lively warm community, the feeling of space from the wide open skies and being welcomed by friendly islanders will relax, rejuvenate and feed your soul
Nestled between Lewis and Harris to the north and Barra and Vatersay to the south, Uist is easily accessed by ferries from the mainland and from the other islands. Uist is the collective name commonly used for the islands that make up Uist (or The Uists). These are Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay. Despite all being linked by a causeway each has their own story and character. Also included are The Monach Isles, which are off the coast of North Uist and have been uninhabited since 1948.
Community spirit, Gaelic language and crafting is alive and well in Uist. You will hear folk chatting in Gaelic in shops and in the summer months there are all sorts of local ceilidhs and events that welcome visitors to come along and join in the fun. Islanders are very warm and indeed as you drive through the islands, expect a wave from the friendly locals and a chit chat in the shop. As a crafting community, you will see islanders planting potatoes, cutting peat and looking after livestock – don’t be surprised of you have to stop to let a crofter move cows or sheep to another field!
Many of the roads are single track, which means that you can’t speed along, forcing people to take their time, stop in passing places and take in the stunning scenery, all adding to the island experience (Let traffic pass – safe driving on single track roads is key).
With six inhabited islands, plus the uninhabited Monachs, there is a huge choice of things to see and do in Uist which make these islands a visitor destination in their own right.
Homore, Isle of South Uist and Interview Highlights:
“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:
The Priory is a small, luxury, country house hotel in South West Dorset, located on the River Frome in Wareham, near Studland and Poole. The setting is beautifully idyllic, and somewhere where ‘the past is always present’, and where peace and tranquillity prevail. Steeped in history, with open views of the countryside, the hotel is much sought after by those wishing to enjoy the comforts and ambience of a quintessential English country house hotel. The Priory is (we think) the finest, independently owned, hotel in Dorset, and is a member of the highly regarded ‘Pride of Britain’ hotel collection; an exclusive consortium of luxury, privately owned hotels.
Much sought after by those wishing to enjoy the comforts and ambience of a quintessential Grade II listed English country house, each of the hotel’s 17 guest rooms are individually furnished to a high standard, offering their own unique character and charm; some afford views and glimpses of the River Frome and Purbeck Hills, whilst others overlook the lovely gardens, or pretty inner courtyard. Accommodation is available both in the ‘Main House’ and ‘Boat House’, which is located directly on the riverbank. Please kindly note that we do not have any family rooms, interconnecting rooms, or rooms suitable for the disabled.
Special occasions, such as Private Functions, Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s, are a highlight at The Priory. Head Chef Stephan Guinebault’s own personal ethos lies at the heart of all that he does. When Stephan joined The Priory in 2006, he brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, which all stemmed from growing up on his grandmother’s (grand-maman) farm in the Loire Valley, and her cooking! Today, Stephan’s passion for food is as evident as ever. He thrives on obtaining quality produce, with a guaranteed provenance, using fine, locally sourced, ‘seasonal’ produce, whenever possible. He is inspired by both European and International cuisine, along with traditional French and English dishes, which all translate perfectly to the plates of our discerning customers.
The setting is beautifully idyllic, where the past is always present and peace and tranquillity prevail. Here is the Priory beach eulogy:
“What does the beach mean to you..?”
We are lucky enough to be 15 minutes by boat or car to some of the best beaches in the UK. It isn’t surprising our family spends a lot of our time there. Perfect for a warm summers day but equally inviting on a crisp winters day when it is just you and the dogs making the most of the quiet season.
Jeremy, at The Priory Hotel, below:
Norfolk & Suffolk
Felbrigg Lodge Hotel, Aylmerton, Norfolk
We invite you to come and enjoy our little bit of paradise at our North Norfolk hotel. Felbrigg Lodge Hotel is set in seven acres of peaceful woodland grounds, so come and enjoy the most relaxing hotel in North Norfolk .
The hotel has seven unique and individual rooms. Sycamore and Walnut are located on the first floor in the main house, while the remaining five rooms are in the grounds; none are more than two hundred yards from the main house. The hotel offers Bed and Breakfast, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and excellent value Midweek Short Breaks.
Guests who dine with us are offered a daily changing menu, consisting of three starters, sorbet and four main courses, with three homemade desserts.
We use fresh local produce wherever possible to produce well presented, home-cooked food, cooked with care and attention and an occasional twist.
The hotel offers a selection of picnic hampers, which you can pre-book to have delivered to your room on arrival for a light lunch, or as an alternative to dinner in the restaurant. Our hampers are also ideal for guests arriving later, who cannot make dinner service at 7 p.m.