If you're a regular Duplicate Bridge player at club level these breaks will help develop your competitive edge. Seminar topics will cover bidding, card play and defence in greater detail, getting you to think hard about your game. Most of these holidays have sole use of a Country House which results in the maximum number of players and a great competitive atmosphere. All guests on this holiday should be comfortable playing duplicate bridge at club level.
- Morning seminars will cover topics in depth and will fine tune your skills
- Each evening there is a serious (but still fun) Bridge competition
- Free afternoons give time to relax or explore the local area
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Gain EBU Master Points
- 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
As a historic National Trust property, Holnicote House is full of charm and character. Located on the extensive Holnicote Estate, at the foot of Exmoor, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.
Holnicote House has 32 newly refurbished bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the thatched cottages, called Butlers and Guns, in the grounds.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining rooms
|• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September
|• Croquet lawn|
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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.
Check-in starts from 2.30pm (premium 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
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.
We pride ourselves on our award-winning lunches, and you’ll get to savour these before some free time in the afternoon. 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!
Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with a fun tournament that continues after a fabulous 3-course dinner.
We’ll be sad to see you leave, but we know you’ll be heading home after a leisurely breakfast full of new insights and strategies to help you bid and make contract when you’re next playing at your club.
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.
During your stay at Holnicote House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Selworthy:
Less than a mile from Holnicote House is Selworthy village. At first glance the thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area. However, Selworthy is not as old as it looks, having been rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland. Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village.
West Somerset Railway
Travel on Britain’s longest steam railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydyard. Now lovingly restored by volunteers, the line recreates a classic Great Western Railway branch line with steam trains operating daily from April to October. Minehead station is 10 minutes' drive from Selworthy, or can be reached on the number 300 bus. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
An historic castle transformed into a comfortable stately home for the Luttrell family. Some highlights include the 'modern' 1950s kitchen and the snooker room. Dunster Castle sits in extensive gardens, complete with its working watermill. The adjacent town of Dunster is full of character and also well worth a visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle
Lynton & Lynmouth
The quaint Victorian town of Lynton sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and Lynmouth harbour. The two settlements are connected by the historic cliff railway. The short walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks is highly recommended.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and his wife Sara lived in the village of Nether Stowey, about 45 minutes' drive from Selworthy, from 1796 to 1799. In 1909 it was acquired by the National Trust, and later restored and opened to the public. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridge-cottage
Hestercombe Gardens, around an hour's drive away near Taunton, were constructed in three periods - a landscape garden from the 1750s, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery from the 1870s, and Edwardian gardens of 1904-1908 designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. www.hestercombe.com
Arlington Court, about an hour's drive away near Barnstaple is a fine Regency house set in an extensive estate. The grounds include a formal Victorian garden whilst the stables house the National Trust’s carriage collection of over fifty horse-drawn vehicles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court
Travel to Selworthy
Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ
The nearest railway station is at Taunton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 29 mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 50 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £57 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.
The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 4½ mile journey will cost you approx £10 from our recommended taxi provider. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.
Travelling from Overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Taunton. Its a relatively straightforward journey - allow 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Taunton you can travel on to Selworthy by bus or taxi (see above).
Alan was awarded Professional Membership of the English Bridge Union for services to the game, in recognition of both his teaching ability and of his work promoting Bridge in schools and at Birmingham University. Presently teaching Bridge at the West Midlands Club (Solihull), Alan also devotes his time as President of the Birmingham Bowling Association. Having joined HF Holidays as a leader in 1988, Alan continues to enjoy the “buzz” of working for HF Holidays in our Country Houses and looks forward to welcoming you on your forthcoming Bridge holiday.
An excellent teacher who provided clear, easy-to-follow practices. Very laid-back and enjoyable teaching skills.
Gordon has been playing Bridge for forty years and has represented his county on occasion. As well as being a Premier National Master, he is a full member of the English Bridge Union’s Teachers’ Association and a County Director. He has been teaching Bridge at night school and bridge clubs since 1995 and firmly believes that the game should be played for pleasure.
Made what could have been a very dry subject very enjoyable and informative.
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