Dance Playford Style in the Peak District

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Dancing Holidays
from £379pp £379pp

The elegant moves seen in BBC dramas such as Pride & Prejudice and Poldark are just some of the Playford style dances that originated in the 17th and 18th centuries following the publication of John Playford’s book – The English Dancing Master – in 1651. Enjoy discovering how to dance these and many more, accompanied by authentic (recorded) music. This holiday is ideal if you have some experience of folk dancing, but don’t worry if not! Daily morning dance sessions are led by our expert dance instructors and social dancingafter dinner. Afternoons are left free so that you can relax or explore the local area. Our Discovery Point contains maps and route notes for self-guided walks.

Holiday Highlights

  • No partner required
  • Learn in a fun, social and relaxed environment
  • Dance under the guidance of professional Dance Instructors

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • Solo travellers are welcome - dancers are encouraged to dance with others, so if you're on your own, you won't be left out

Trip Notes

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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.


Mornings

Mornings will be spent learning and practising dance steps, all under the guidance of your experienced HF Holidays Instructor.

Afternoons

Your afternoons are free to explore the local area, relax in the country house or perhaps practise your dancing independently.

Evenings

Evenings give you the opportunity for social dancing or relaxing in the house. There may also be some in-house activities for you to join in with if you wish.


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.

 

Rooms

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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

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What to Bring

There are no special dress requirements for this dance holiday - just wear something loose and comfortable. You will be active so expect to be warm and dress accordingly. Both men and women should bring shoes with a smooth sole. Ladies should wear shoes with a low (or no) heel.

Paul Garner

Paul started dancing in East Grinstead in the mid 1970s. To his surprise he found he liked it and continued when he moved to the Cambridge area, where, a year or so later, he joined a dance display group which specialized in dancing dances from the Maggot Pie collection. In the mid 1990s he started calling when the caller at his club moved from the area. He now calls at several dance clubs in the Cambridge area and in 2011 made his first appearance as a caller at Eastbourne International Folk Festival. He enjoys dancing and calling English dances, from 1650 to the present day, and American square and contra dances.

Paul is an excellent dance leader and introduced us to a large variety and number of dances

Guest Reviews

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.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
23 Mar - 27 Mar
4 Dancing £379 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Dancing Holidays

4 nights from £379pp £379pp

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