Admittedly, the Atlantic climate may ace you with the odd spell of horizontal rain. But that’s a risk worth taking when your tennis court is perched above Carne beach — one of south Cornwall’s loveliest strands. In between matches, you can relax into the Nare’s gracious and unashamedly old-school embrace — where cream teas in the garden alternate with rock-pooling and clifftop walks, and fresh Portloe lobster is a must-do dinner dish.
Details B&B doubles from £360 (narehotel.co.uk)
No wonder the tennis facilities are good at this elegant but unshowy mansion near Dunblane. Andy Murray is the owner. Alongside a practice wall and children’s area, he has equipped the property with a state-of-the-art, all-weather court, decked out in Wimbledon purple and green. Lessons come courtesy of Perth-based coach Daniel Alexander Reed. There’s plenty of local flavor on the menu too — from Perthshire venison to smoked North Sea haddock in the cullen skink soup.
Details B&B doubles from £250 (cromlix.com)
The grounds at Hoar Cross Hall
3. Hoar Cross Hall, Staffordshire
Here, your tennis comes with a backdrop of grand, Victorian architecture. Hoar Cross Hall’s two all-weather tennis courts are set just to one side of the main house — and thanks to a recent £14 million makeover, it’s looking magnificent. Rooms here are always sold on a full-board basis, including access to an underground spa that’s said to be one of Europe’s largest. 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 Full-board doubles from £330 (baronseden.com/hoar-cross-hall)
4. Foxhills, Surrey
If your focus is solely on improving your game, put Foxhills high on your shortlist. Set in woodland just north of Ottershaw, the much-expanded Victorian mansion is home to facilities for more than 200 activities — as well as a vibrant tennis club. Overnighters get full access. Alongside 11 courts and five full-time coaches, that includes twice-weekly social tennis sessions (on Wednesdays and Sundays), as well as free technique clinics. Follow with a class in the club’s busy yoga cabin, and you’ll take a big step towards match 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 that grass,” says Jeremy Wilkins of Park House, a member of the Pride of Britain Hotels association. The result? Two championship-standard tennis courts, carpeted in soothing Sussex greens, with views towards the South Downs near Midhurst. Once match point is won (or lost), you can catch your breath in a hotel run to high, country-house standards. 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
6. The Grove, Hertfordshire
Come summer, the Grove’s walled garden is something of a hub. Ice creams, striped deckchairs, an outdoor offshoot of the Everyman cinema: they’re all here, along with two all-weather tennis courts. Former British top 10 player Ryan Brough provides the coaching, and an outdoor pool beckons nearby when it’s time to cool off. Meanwhile, the hotel itself offers a rich mix of luxury, chocolate-and-cream bedrooms and buzzy bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to let off some London steam, ten minutes by taxi from Watford Junction station.
Details B&B doubles from £420 (thegrove.co.uk)
7. Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire
Delusions of grandeur are par for the course in this Scottish baronial pile, built in the 1870s. So it’s fitting that its all-weather tennis court sits next to the Italian garden, laid out by the doyenne of Edwardian designers, Gertrude Jekyll. Inside, velvet-canopy beds, crackling fires and antique dressing tables add to the old-world glamour. But chances are, you’ll want to be outdoors as much as possible, even when you’re not swapping cross-court shots: mountain-biking, stargazing, archery and clay-pigeon shooting all feature on the hotel’s activities menu.
Details B&B doubles from £293 (glenappcastle.com)