Celebrating the centenary of Centre Court, this year’s Wimbledon Championships (27 June-10 July 2022) are set to be particularly special. If you’re feeling inspired to practise your serve, then look no further than these dreamy tennis courts dotted around the UK, from Sussex to Scotland.
The Headland Hotel & Spa, Cornwall
Perched thrillingly on a clifftop overlooking Fistral Beach in Cornwall, the trio of hard courts at The Headland Hotel & Spa occupies the most striking of settings. After your match with jaw-dropping 360º sea views, soothe sore muscles in the hotel’s spa and its Cornish salt steam room, sauna, hot tub or indoor and outdoor swimming pools. An overnight stay costs from £150 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis courts and spa.
Glenapp Castle, Scotland
Standing high above the dramatic Ayrshire coast, Glenapp Castle is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Deliver a sensational serve on the hotel’s hard tennis court against the backdrop of the baronial castle and its soaring turrets, surrounded by thirty-six acres of gardens and woodlands. An overnight stay costs from £245 per room per night (two sharing) including full Scottish breakfast and use of the tennis court.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
Tucked away in the hotel’s lavender-filled grounds, the two well-maintained tennis courts at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, near Arundel in West Sussex, are perfect for those who prefer to play without an audience. Post-match, stroll through the private parkland to Climping Beach and dip your toes in the sand or find serenity in the spa. An overnight stay costs from £269 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis courts and spa.
The Lake Country House, Wales
Hidden down meandering lanes in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Irfon, The Lake Country House is a place of tranquillity where one can truly get away from it all. Outdoor pursuits are the order of the day here. Wander through rhododendron-lined pathways to the tennis courts where you can practice your backhand before a spot of fly fishing on the lake or a round of golf. An overnight stay costs from £205 per room (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast and use of the tennis courts.
Talbooth House & Spa, Essex
Talbooth House & Spa in Dedham Vale in Essex overlooks the same sweeping views that inspired Constable’s bucolic masterpieces. The country house hotel is home to just 12 individually styled bedrooms so guests will generally have the tennis court to themselves. A pretty walled garden with an outdoor pool and hot tub is mere moments away, perfect for a post-match dip. An overnight stay costs from £210 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis courts and spa.
The Nare, Cornwall
Set in sub-tropical gardens with gently swaying palm trees, The Nare’s En-Tout-Cas-designed tennis court has a prime spot overlooking Carne Beach on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula. After a few sets of tennis, cool off in the outdoor pool, recline in the hot tub or charter Alice Rose, the hotel’s classic motor launch, to explore the waterways nearby. An overnight stay costs from £312 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis court.
Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
Hidden in landscaped, flower-scented gardens created by celebrated English gardener Rosemary Verey, the tennis court at Barnsley House is blessed with a very special location. This honey-hued, wisteria-clad retreat also hides another secret, a cosy cinema with pink leather sofas perfect for snuggling up to watch your favourite film after a day (or hour) on court. An overnight stay costs from £224 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis court.
Situated on the South Devon coast near Salcombe, Thurlestone Hotel is a family-friendly retreat a short stroll from the coast. The hotel’s two all-weather tennis courts are situated near the golf course, plus there’s a croquet lawn which is ideal for garden games. An overnight stay costs from £200 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and use of the tennis court.
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