For these types – as well as regular players – it’s a bonus when booking a weekend away to discover their idyllically located country hotel has its own tennis court.
Some even offer special packages with the option of professional coaching. Headlam Hall, a 17th-century country mansion set in splendid gardens and rolling farmland near Durham, has a hard court and coaching is available from £30 an hour.
The hotel currently has a summer offer which includes free use of the tennis court, the spa and bicycles, and half-price green fees on the golf course. The cost from Sunday to Thursday is £178 per person sharing for two nights with bed, breakfast and dinner.
Set in 65 glorious acres of grounds by the Helford River in Cornwall, Budock Vean has two all-weather courts and will loan guests rackets and balls. Their tennis pro Des O’Reilly has LTA Master Club and Senior Performance Coaching qualifications and can arrange individual or group training. A coaching session costs £40 an hour and an overnight stay is £133 single room or £266 double.
Down on the Isle of Wight, Priory Bay provides a scenic setting for a game of tennis. Set on a 60-acre estate on the east coast, the hotel has a private secluded beach and players enjoy views of the orchard and sea. Two courts are available to hire at £20 in summer and a double room with breakfast costs £160 a night until July 4, then £200 until August 25.
Finally, for those who prefer to ‘watch’ rather than ‘do’, two sister hotels in Suffolk have a special deal which requires minimal physical effort. The Luxury Serve break at The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and Salthouse Harbour in Ipswich includes a chilled bottle of fizz and chocolate-dipped strawberries to enjoy while watching the Wimbledon action on TV. It costs from £150 or £165 per room per night respectively.« View all blog articles.