3-Night Bridge & Walking Holiday in the Isle of Wight
Exercise both mind and body with this classic combination. During the day you’ll have a choice of two guided walks, either an easier route of around 4-6 miles or a harder route of around 6-8 miles to explore the local area (exact nature of the walks varies by location). After your walk you’ll return to the country house and have time to freshen up before the evening’s Duplicate Bridge competition overseen by a qualified Bridge Director. EBU Master Points can be earned on this break.
- Bridge competitions morning and evening
- Afternoons free to explore the local area
- Small prizes offered for fun
- Gain EBU Master Points
- Guided walks in the stunning local area
- Transport to and from walks
- A free day to explore the area independently on all 6 and 7 night breaks
- Each evening there is a supervised Bridge competition so you can put your new skills into practice
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
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 a daily choice of 2 walks with a free day on all 6 and 7 night holidays.
You can choose a guided walk of either an easier route of around 4-6 miles or a harder route of around 6-8 miles to explore the local area (exact nature of the walks varies by location).
We'll return in time to relax before the evening Bridge competition starts at 5pm.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Freshwater Bay House
Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood atop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaids Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.
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 Freshwater Bay House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes.
About 15 years ago, my boyfriend at the time, Vince, announced that we should play bridge at a club. I had never played bridge before and he had played a few times before, in Kenya, with some friends. Wanting desperately to impress him, I agreed. He explained the basics to me and I remember downloading and reading up about duplicate bridge in my lunch hour. I explained with great enthusiasm, in the car on the way to the club, how to lay the quitted cards on the table, depending on who had won the trick. I’m sure you can guess how that first session went!
Not the initial foray that I would recommend to anyone wishing for a gentle and successful debut into the beloved world of duplicate bridge! And, for me, beloved it became and is. As is Vince, now my husband.
Following a very successful corporate career and a background highly suited to teaching (I started teaching my dolls at age 6), I changed career direction completely. I attended and passed the EBU Tournament Director course as well as the EBU Teaching course. I am now absolutely nuts about teaching both adult and junior classes and am most proud of heading up the Junior Bridge section at the UK’s most attended bridge club. I am starting five school bridge clubs in the autumn and direct regularly at three clubs, two of which are in the top five bridge clubs in England.
These are a few of my favourite things: bridge, meeting people and holidays. What more could anyone hope for?
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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18 Jul - 21 Jul
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