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Anyone for a tennis break? By Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HEALTH + WELLBEING By Maggie O' Sullivan

Wimbledon is less than a month away – time for we fair-weather players to dig out our racquets and hit the courts. But we won’t be heading for the park: here’s where we’ll be brushing up our backhand this summer.

Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

This Robert Adam mansion house hotel set in Capability Brown landscaped parklands has two all weather courts. But we prefer its restored Victorian grass court (above), with its little revolving pavilion. Play a few sets, then take tea on the lawn: it’s all very Noël and Gertie. Dinner, bed & breakfast from £249, including full use of spa and leisure facilities, tennis courts and gym. Fingals, Devon

It’s unusual for a B&B to have an indoor swimming pool, let alone a grass tennis court, but this very unusual ‘boutique B&B’ just outside Dittisham has both. The 17th-century manor house has been taking paying guests for the past 30 years, but it still feels more like a private home than a B&B. Not surprisingly, its loyal guests return year after year, so if you want to use the court this summer, better look sharp. Bed & breakfast from £170 in high season.Foxhills, Surrey

Forget all notions of a gentle knockabout on a summer's afternoon, tennis is a serious matter at Foxhills: there are 11 tennis courts (nine of them floodlit – so no stopping for tea) and four tennis pros, offering numerous clinics and coaching programmes. The facilities belong to the Foxhills Country Club, but as a hotel guest you will have full access. Dinner, bed & breakfast from £126 per person, per night. Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Regular visitors to this blog will know we are big fans of Chewton Glen. We’re particularly impressed by its dedicated tennis centre, comprising two indoor and two outdoor courts, and a tennis pro. You don’t have to bring a racquet (you can hire one) or even a tennis partner (you can play with the pro), but you do have to remember your kit: wearing what the hotel calls the ‘correct tennis attire’ is part of the deal. New Forest Special Offer from £140 per person, per night, room only.Greystead Old Church, Northumberland

A surprising number of holiday cottages in the UK have tennis courts. We're rather taken with this one, set in a walled garden. It belongs to a Georgian rectory in the heart of the North Tyne Valley. In 2013 the owners converted the adjacent Grade II listed church into a beautiful holiday cottage and tenants are invited to use the court. Not that you’ll have much time for tennis: Kielder Water, Hadrian’s Wall and Hexham are all within a short drive. Seven nights from £635.

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