You remember that feeling, you’ll never forget it, that inescapable feverish anticipation, sat at your desk on the last day of term. With every tick of the clock’s second hand your heart jumps an extra six beats. As the afternoon sun creeps ever closer to the horizon, you creep ever closer to the classroom door. Your teacher? They’ve given up and all. Nobody cares about the life-cycle of a Kingfisher. Its 5 to 3 on the last day of term. And then it strikes. The school bell screams the sweet ring of freedom and the whole class, nay, the whole school erupts out of the building and into the next 6 weeks of freedom. That feeling never leaves you. You may be slightly more dignified as you leave work on the last day before the summer holidays. But deep down, regardless of how tight your tie is done up or how shiny your shoes, Alice Cooper still screams in your brain as you vacate the office/factory/dance studio (delete where applicable). This week we would like to celebrate the summer by highlighting some SRA certified holiday destinations.
We start first along the East Sussex coast near Rye with the restaurant and hotel The Gallivant. Offering a range of different sized rooms catering to whatever size your party, this Scandinavian inspired hotel is a mere stone’s throw from the beach. In the warmer months The Gallivant provides lovely spaces outside for you to eat and drink – cocktails on the beachfront terrace, or light snacks in the shingle garden or opt for the beach picnic service. Last month The Gallivant was awarded the highest sustainability rating of three stars by the SRA for its success in achieving its ambitious goal of sourcing almost all of its fresh ingredients from within a ten mile radius. The Gallivant is a coastal gem that is not to be missed.
Head east along the coast to Urban Beach, an award-winning boutique hotel sat just a five minute walk from the front at Bournemouth. Urban Beach strives to stand out from the hundreds of other hotels on Bournemouth’s seafront, by offering stylish yet affordable hotel accommodation with a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere for both couples and families alike. The hotel is also home to an impressive ground-floor bistro offering a menu that sources fresh and seasonal ingredients from local suppliers and comes equipped with a fully stocked bar boasting homemade colas and local Dorset ales and fruit juices. Urban Beach is perfect beach-front destination for you and your family to enjoy the British summertime.
For many people a summer holiday means an escape from the tiresome daily grind, a chance to seek refuge in relaxation, a place to be pampered and indulged in ultimate luxury. If you share that desire than look no further than Chewton Glen, a lavish country house hotel and spa surrounded by 130 acres of Hampshire countryside. Priding itself on being voted the ‘Best Hotel for Service in the UK’ Chewton Glen offers you exclusive spa treatments including the luxurious Treehouse Treatments, where from the tranquil setting of a personal treehouse, you can be pampered with a deep pressure massage which ‘draws on the energy of the surrounding forest’ It really is about as far away from a rambling holiday in the Yorkshire Dales as you can get, but if relaxation is what you crave this summer, settle for nothing less than Chewton Glen.
Next we have a summer holiday location for all of you animal lovers. If the idea of leaving your beloved dog behind removes any potential enjoyment from your on-coming summer adventures than Battlesteads Hotel is ideal for you. Offering dog friendly rooms that doesn’t discriminate against our furry four-legged family members, you can enjoy as a complete family unit this holiday destination which boasts superb walking trails round Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park. And visitors this year can reach for the stars. The hotel recently became the only in the UK with its own observatory, and with minimal light pollution in the midst of Northumberland there should be plenty on which to feast your starry eyes.
Finally we travel to The Felin Fach Griffin, a quaint dining pub located between The Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons, where they believe in ‘the simple things in life done well’ With magnificent views of the countryside which has made Wales one of the UK’s top holiday destinations, The Felin Fach Griffin offers a chance to return to ‘a slower pace of life’ Where you can sleep and eat in humble and welcoming comfort. Sustainability is also very much at the forefront of The Felin Fach’s ideology, they support the community by serving their customers only the best of local produce which includes wonderful beers, wines, and fruit juices from the surrounding areas as well as a goodly array of fresh produce from its own lovely garden.