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 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:
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.
North West England:
Bay Villa, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
There are few rules at Bay Villa. You can enjoy breakfast at a time to suit you and it will be served personally in your room. The bacon and sausages will be from Stuart Higginson’s own pigs, the eggs will be free range from Sizergh, and the bread will be organic from the bakery just round the corner.The Slow Life ethos is integral to Bay Villa. The aim has been to get as far away from the corporate house style as possible. Visitors to Bay Villa often remark that it seems like a tardis because the modest front door gives no indication of the magnificent interior. The bedrooms have lots of space giving you plenty of room to relax and everything around is designed to be both beautiful and useful. ‘Beauty and utility’ are our watchwords, because we haven’t forgotten the things that make modern life easy, such as a fridge, flat screen TV and free wireless internet.
Grange-over-Sands is one of the few Slow Life towns left in England. It has lots of old-fashioned artisan shops, two of which have won awards for being the best in England.
Grange is the only part of the Lake District with a reputation for mild, warm weather, but don’t be surprised if you are so seduced by the Slow Life at Bay Villa that you never want to leave your room.
Visitors to Bay Villa often remark that it seems like a tardis because the modest front door gives no indication of the magnificent interior.
When Cumbria’s most famous architect Francis Webster designed the house in 1820 it was the grandest in Grange-over-Sands. This was before the railway was built and its gardens extended to the shoreline; they were famous for their walnut trees whose roots were lapped by the shore. Just beside the modest front door is a plaque written by the civic society which tells something of the history of the house.
The three best rooms in the house have been made available for Bay Villa’s guests. They are special, even by the standards of the time with a spaciousness and sense of luxury, rarely found.
We have three fabulous en-suite bedrooms available at Bay Villa B&B in Grange-over-Sands. Each has been completely refurbished to the highest of standards
- Large spacious rooms
- Stunning views
- 42” HD TV with Freeview
- Complimentary tea & coffee
- Soft robes
- Locally produced toiletries
- Free wireless internet
- Daily housekeeping.