Bridge & Walking at Selworthy
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Exercise your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-8 miles), both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening. All guests on this holiday should be comfortable playing duplicate bridge at club level.
- Easy walks of between 4 and 6 miles
- Harder walks of between 8 and 10 miles
- Daily Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, Bridge fees, EBU qualified Bridge Director, and prizes
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Holnicote House
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable Bridge Directors for each holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - play Bridge together, eat together and relax together
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
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single room are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 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
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Your first Bridge session starts at 5pm and continues again after dinner.
Please note: The evening competition is structured by Duplicate Bridge movements which organise which competitors play which opponents and when and on which boards. In order to ensure fair competition and the correct "balance", we are obliged to ask that guests either take part in the whole evening competition (ie from 5pm through to 10.30pm) or "sit out" the entire competition on any particular evening. Please inform your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you intend not to attend the evening bridge competition.
9.30am-3.30pm: A choice of guided walks lead by experienced HF Holidays' walks leaders
5pm-10.30pm: Bridge competition, with a break for the evening meal
Horner, Webber’s Post & Luccombe – From Holnicote House we head up into the woods behind Horner, eventually to the viewpoint at Webber’s Post. We descend back through Luccombe and field boundaries back to the house. 6½ miles (10km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Hills & Woods around Luccott Farm - We walk to Lucott Farm via Whitstone Post and Shillett Combe, then Tarr Ball Hill, Pool Bridge, Horner Wood and around Halse Combe, with a chance to see red deer on our descent. 9½ miles (15km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent and 2,500 feet (760m) of descent.
Easier walk: High downs and sea cliffs above Lynmouth bay - We walk via fields over Countisbury Common to join the South West Coast Path. We can visit Foreland Point with its disused lighthouse before ascending Butter Hill, and the highest cliffs in England. Following the coast path, we descend to Lynmouth. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Harder walk: Fantastic views, Rhododendrons and Lynmouth - Descending Yenworthy Common we join the South West Coast Path to Lynmouth, with wildlife including a great variety of birds, deer and hedgerow flowers. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent and 3,700 feet (1,140m) of descent.
Easier walk: Hurlstone Point, Bossington and Selworthy - A circular route visiting National Trust villages, an ancient packhorse bridge and walking the coastal path before following woodland paths to Selworthy village, with time to explore. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.
Harder walk: Selworthy & Its Beacon Bury Castle and the Memorial Hut - We ascend through woodland visiting sites associated with the Acland family, then move on to an Iron Age settlement and the summit of Selworthy Beacon, with views across the Bristol Channel. After a short stretch on the South West Coast Path, we descend through farmland to Selworthy village. 7½ miles (12km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.
Easier walk: Crown woods & the deer park - A circular walk from and back to Dunster. We walk through the deer park to Withycombe Hill Gate where we may see some deer. We return by fields and woodland to Dunster. Just under 5 miles (8km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.
Harder walk: Cleave Abbey, a coastal walk to one of Britain’s “gems” – From Cleave Abbey we walk through Washford and beyond along a path adjacent to the West Somerset Heritage Railway line. Upon reaching the coast we join the West Somerset Coast Path to Blue Anchor Bay and beyond to Dunster. 8 miles (13km) with 420 feet (130m) of ascent.
Easier walk: Watersmeet, Lynmouth, Lynton and Valley of Rocks - Leaving Barna Barrow we walk to Countisbury, and inland down a zigzag path to Watersmeet. From here we walk to Lynmouth along the East Lyn River before taking the Victorian cliff railway up to explore Lynton. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent and 2,450 feet (760m) of descent.
Harder walk: Watersmeet, the Cleaves, the Valley of Rocks and Lynmouth -We walk to Watersmeet and on to Lynton, climbing to a panoramic viewpoint above the Valley of Rocks before zigzagging down the valley to Lynmouth. 8 miles (13.5km) with 1,800 feet (560m) of ascent and 2,750 feet (840m) of descent.
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.
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
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).
Titch is a professional Bridge teacher. She ran her own Bridge School in Devon for many years before selling it to move to Surrey. Bridge has been an important part of her life, opening doors when she moved to new countries in her youth, including Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Canada, India, etc. Titch works for the English Bridge Union, training Bridge teachers all over England. Her love of the game is infectious and she believes every player is an ambassador to Bridge. Learning and playing Bridge is equivalent to taking your brain to a mind gym and giving it a good work-out, thereby keeping it fit and active while also improving the memory. Titch’s classes are relaxed and full of good humour.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person