Bridge Players Holiday in the Peak District
This break is specifically aimed at regular players of Duplicate Bridge at club level. Topics covered in morning seminar sessions could include Jacoby 2NT, Splinter Bids, Cue Bids, Directional Asking Bids, Defence and Two Suited Overcalls. There is one topic per seminar day and afternoons are left free to relax or explore. Each evening there is a serious – but still fun – Bridge competition. EBU Master Points can be earned on this break.
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.
We start each morning with a seminar from your Bridge Director and fun, practice hands to help you along your way. During your holiday you’ll get to understand a variety of new terms and concepts to help you master and improve your game. On our 6 and 7 night breaks you'll have morning free of seminars so you can spend the whole day enjoying the local area.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your afternoon free time. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, details about other places to visit as well as weather forecasts and public transport options.
Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with the evening games a break for a fabulous 3-course dinner and coffee.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
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 Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
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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?
In 2017 my job was made redundant and I took the opportunity to take early retirement. I had always enjoyed walking so applied for and was accepted as an HF walk leader.
I first learnt to play bridge at university and in 2013 I qualified as an EBU tournament director. I am also an EBU qualified bridge teacher.
I play regularly at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club and occasionally play for Manchester in one of the county teams.
As well as walking and playing bridge I also enjoy cycling. I regularly do voluntary work for the National Trust and for Sustrans, who manage the national cycle network.
“Victor and Mary were very well prepared and the combination of teaching and practice hands was excellent. They were patient and helpful throughout as well as being fun and friendly.”
Leader to Be Announced
We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.
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.
|Date (Start - End)||Nights||Itinerary||Price||Status||Trip Notes||Book|
13 Mar - 16 Mar
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3 nights from £289pp £199pp
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