New for 2020

4-Night Bridge & Sightseeing in the South Downs

Two retired seniors playing cards as a hobby in the garden in summer
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays
from £469pp

During the day you will enjoy active sightseeing in the local area taking in its cultural landscape and heritage highlights before returning to the country house. It’s then time to get ready for the evening Duplicate Bridge competition – a friendly affair overseen by the Bridge Director with small prizes on offer. EBU Master Points can be earned on this break.

Holiday Highlights

  • Escorted sightseeing excursions to places of local interest (please allow approximately £10 per day for entrance fees to attractions)
  • A free day on all 6 and 7 night holidays
  • Each evening there is a supervised Bridge competition 
  • Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
  • Small prizes offered, for fun
  • EBU points are awarded on this holiday

What’s included

  • Transport for escorted sightseeing excursions to places of local interest (please allow approximately £10 per day for entrance fees to attractions)
  • Each evening there is a supervised Bridge competition
  • Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
  • Small prizes offered, for fun

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Enjoy daily sightseeing tours with a free day on all 6 and 7 night holidays.

We'll take you to see the cultural and historic highlights and places of interest in the local area.  Our full itinerary will be published shortly.

We'll return in time to relax before the evening Bridge competition starts.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 ensuite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chantonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Better Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Abingworth Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room, which has a giant brick fireplace at its heart, hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local Sussex flavours. Look out for the Sussex Churdle, a traditional, meaty ploughboy lunch, local Chiddingly beef cooked with black olives and Sussex smokies, smoked haddock served in a prawn sauce. Cap it all with a Sussex Pond Pudding, a pud that’s part of the honourable tradition of British dishes with names to pique the interest more than the appetite, which is actually bright and zingy, suety and syrupy all at the same time

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Abingworth Hall

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What to Bring

All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

Please be sure to bring and membership cards you may have such as National Trust or English Heritage if relevant to the attractions we are visiting.

All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes.

Mike Eden

Mike has taught bridge for many years, he is a Professional Member of the EBU Teaching Association and is a qualified club director.  Recently Mike helped develop the New Fast Track Book – ‘Learn bridge in 24 hours’.  Mike enjoys teaching from absolute beginners to advanced, running regular classes at Young Chelsea Bridge Club and together with his wife Carrie, lectures and directs on cruises.

You can find out more about Mike on his website www.bridge.me.uk 

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
08 Jun - 12 Jun Bridge £469 Available Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Bridge Holidays

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