Bridge Players Holiday in the North York Moors

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Duration: 5 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays

If you love playing Bridge, you'll love this break. Relax at one of our beautiful country houses to take part in Duplicate Bridge Competitions led by friendly Bridge Directors with small prizes to be won. You'll play each morning and evening and enjoy exploring the local area in the afternoons. When playing, there will be time for tea breaks and to socialise with your fellow players. The Holiday is designed for regular club players; there are no seminars, you just play! You can earn EBU points on this break.

Holiday Highlights

  • You'll play each morning and evening
  • Duplicate Bridge Competitions led by friendly Bridge Directors. 
  • Free afternoons give time to relax or explore the local area
  • Gain EBU Master Points

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Carefully selected friendly, knowledgeable and EBU qualified Bridge Director, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All Bridge fees, stationery and prizes
  • EBU Master Points

Trip Notes

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This Bridge holiday has been created for anyone who is a regular player of duplicate bridge at club level. Your knowledgeable Bridge leader will focus on a different topic each day, and you’ll get plenty of instructive practice hands to help you put into play any new concepts or strategies. But it’s not all brain work – there’ll be plenty of free time to relax as well.

Arrival day 

Check-in starts from 2.30pm (Best and Better rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea where we’ll introduce your leader.

Your first Bridge session starts at 5pm and continues after dinner. Please inform either the house manager or your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you do not intend to attend the evening Bridge competition.

During your stay 

Mornings 

We start each morning with tuition from our expert leader, covering topics such as Jacoby 2NT, Splinter Bids, Cue bids, Directional Asking Bids, Defence and Two Suited Overcalls. Please note, your Bridge holiday leader may need to be selective about what seminars topics are covered in order to match the experience, skills and interests of individual guests.  We’ll also enjoy some valuable practice hands to help us apply any new concepts.

Afternoons

You can use our Discovery Point to explore the local area, relax in the wonderful surroundings of our country house or get that little extra practice time!

Evenings 

Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with a fun tournament that continues after a fabulous 3-course dinner.  

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a large amount of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, where contemporary design touches complement the original architecture and features. With 29 bedrooms, Larpool Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Choose the very spacious Room 15 on the ground floor for its lemon and grey styling, super-comfy sofa in front of a large fireplace and views across the Esk Valley. Climb to Room 2 on the first floor for similarly expansive vistas from the front of the house, or settle in under the eaves and exposed beams of beautiful Room 30 on the second floor of the house.

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 and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the tight and twisty streets of Whitby or the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax outside in the pretty courtyard or stroll the 14 acres of grounds and gardens with their manicured lawns and mature trees. Grab a well-thumbed copy of Dracula and hole up in the lounge, or join fellow guests in the large ballroom with its comfy seating and central dance floor to discuss your own adventures. The small, sociable bar provides another great space in which to relax.

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 Larpool Hall 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 local flavours.

Accessibility

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

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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. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.

Richard Banbury

Richard Banbury has been playing the game for 40 years since learning as a school boy. He lives in West London, and plays most of his bridge at Richmond, the country's largest club. His main partner is Titch Glenday, another long standing HF Bridge Leader.

He continues to play both competition and cafe bridge around the country, but these days more focuses on directing bridge events as well as teaching. Richard works for the English Bridge Union (EBU) to run their training program for bridge directors and is a qualified national director. Richard is also a member of the English Bridge Teachers Association (EBTA), for whom he contributes towards the national learning program "Bridge for All" and writes commentaries to accompany student simultaneous pairs competitions. Richard prefers to lead one-off seminars for bridge improvers on specific topics - he doesn't play anything complex and fully subscribes to "simple bridge is fun bridge!".

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