Certainly, the Atlantic climate can season you with the strange spell of horizontal rain. But it’s a risk worth taking when your tennis court is perched above Carne Beach, one of the finest beaches in South Cornwall. Between matches, you can relax in the graceful, unapologetic embrace of the old school of the Nare – where cream teas in the garden alternate with rock and clifftop walks, and fresh Portloe lobster is a must-have dish for dinner.
Details B&B doubles from £360 (narehotel.co.uk)
No wonder the tennis facilities are good at this stylish but low-key mansion near Dunblane. Andy Murray is the owner. In addition to a practice wall and children’s area, he has outfitted the property with a state-of-the-art, weatherproof pitch adorned at Wimbledon purple and green. Lessons are offered by Perth coach Daniel Alexander Reed. There’s plenty of local flavor on the menu, too – from Perthshire venison to smoked North Sea haddock in cullen skink soup.
Details B&B doubles from £250 (cromlix.com)
Hoar Cross Hall Ground
3. Hoar Cross Hall, Staffordshire
Your tennis court here is set against the backdrop of grand Victorian architecture. Hoar Cross Hall’s two all-weather tennis courts are located right next to the main house – and thanks to a recent £14million makeover, it looks stunning. Rooms here are still sold on a full-board basis, including access to an underground spa that is said to be one of the largest in Europe. So your drop shots and volleys are sure to be followed by saunas, Kneipp foot massages and a long float in the saltwater pool.
Details Double full board from £330 (baronseden.com/hoar-cross-hall)
4. Foxhills, Surrey
If you’re only focused on improving your game, put Foxhills at the top of the list. Set in woodland just north of Ottershaw, the much-expanded Victorian mansion houses facilities for over 200 activities, as well as a vibrant tennis club. Overnighters have full access. Alongside 11 courts and five full-time coaches, this includes bi-weekly social tennis sessions (Wednesdays and Sundays), as well as free technique clinics. Take a class in the club’s bustling yoga cabin and you’ll take a big step towards fitness.
Details B&B doubles from £160 (foxhills.co.uk)
Park House Hotel, West Sussex
5. Park House Hotel, West Sussex
“We have four full-time gardeners and hundreds of man-hours go into preparing and maintaining this grass,” says Pride of Britain Hotels member Jeremy Wilkins of Park House. The result? Two championship standard tennis courts, carpeted in soothing Sussex greens, with views of the South Downs near Midhurst. Once the match point has been won (or lost), you can catch your breath in a hotel of high standards in country house style. Expect exquisite manners, a healthy dose of chintz and the siren call of local Nyetimber sparkling wine at dinner.
Details B&B doubles from £238 (parkhousehotel.com)
The Grove, Hertfordshire
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6. The Grove, Hertfordshire
When summer comes, the walled garden of The Grove is something of a hub. Ice cream, striped deckchairs, an outdoor annex of the Everyman cinema: it’s all there, as well as two all-weather tennis courts. Former UK top 10 player Ryan Brough provides training, and an outdoor pool awaits nearby when it’s time to cool off. Meanwhile, the hotel itself offers a rich mix of luxurious chocolate and cream rooms and lively bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to let off steam in London, ten minutes by taxi from Watford Junction station.
Details B&B doubles from £420 (thegrove.co.uk)
7. Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire
Illusions of grandeur abound in this stately Scottish pile, built in the 1870s, so it’s only fitting that its all-weather tennis court sits alongside the Italian garden, landscaped by the doyenne of Edwardian designers. , Gertrude Jekyll. Inside, velvet four-poster beds, crackling fires, and antique vanities add to the old-world glamour. But chances are you want to be outside as much as possible, even when you’re not trading crossfire: mountain biking, stargazing, archery and skeet shooting all feature on the hotel activities menu.
Details B&B doubles from £293 (glenappcastle.com)
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