With The Championships, Wimbledon, gracing our screens for the next two weeks, the nation’s thoughts are turning to all things tennis. Here are five of the UK’s most picturesque hotel tennis courts – perfect for perfecting that killer forehand.
Glenapp Castle, Scotland
Standing high above the dramatic Ayrshire coastline in the southwest of Scotland’s historic lowlands, Glenapp Castle is a family-owned baronial castle hotel set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, complete with fairy-tale turrets and oak-panelled rooms. The hotel’s tennis court has an unrivalled location next to the castle itself and is surrounded by thirty-six acres of gardens and woodlands.
Maison Talbooth, Essex
Based in Constable country in Dedham, Essex, Maison Talbooth has just 12 individually-styled bedrooms meaning that guests will generally have the hotel’s tennis court to themselves. The hotel’s heavenly pool house area complete with outdoor pool (heated year-round), hot tub and honesty bar is just moments away, and perfect for a post-match dip.
The Nare, Conrwall
Surrounded by acres of National Trust land, The Nare’s tennis court sits in a prime spot overlooking Carne Beach on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula. After a few sets of tennis, guests can cool off in the hotel’s outdoor pool or charter the hotel’s classic motor launch, Alice Rose, and explore the Fal and Helford Rivers.
Situated on the South Devon coast near Salcombe, family-friendly Thurlestone Hotel is a short stroll from the coast. The hotel’s two tennis courts are situated near the nine-hole golf course and can be booked 48 hours in advance. Rackets and balls are provided free of charge.
Bailiffscourt, West Sussex
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa near Arundel is a ‘medieval’ retreat set in 30 acres of tranquil parkland near Climping Beach in Sussex. Aside from the stunning spa and fine dining restaurant, there are two well-maintained tennis courts tucked away in the hotel’s lavender-filled grounds – perfect for those who prefer to play without an audience.