Pilates & Nordic Walking Holiday in Exmoor
Combine Pilates with learning the Nordic Walking technique and feel the difference it makes to your fitness and feeling of wellbeing. Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise which combines stretching and breathing to build core stability. Nordic Walking complements Pilates by using the core muscles and building up cardiovascular stamina - excellent for improving muscles and joints. The Nordic Walking technique uses special poles (a bit like ski poles) so that the upper body muscles are worked as well as the legs. Sessions will take place in our country house gardens. Walking poles are provided.
- Expert tuition and advice from our experienced Leaders
- Relaxed and friendly environment
- Small group sizes of 15 people or fewer
- High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Guidance and tuition from a qualified Leader to ensure you get the most from your holiday
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.
In the mornings, you will practise Pilates, under the guidance of your HF Holidays Instructor, followed by a session of Nordic Walking technique in the grounds of the house.
Your afternoons will be free for you to relax at the country house, or perhaps explore the local area independently. Please note: there is no guided walking provided.
In the late afternoon, there will be another Pilates session for you to join if you wish.
After dinner, you may wish to partake in an optional relaxation session or join in with the in-house activities.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.
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, 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, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow
After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.
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 Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
No special clothing is required for your Pilates holiday, but it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement. There may be some lying down work, so you need to bring a Pilates mat and a small blanket. Please note: a non-slip yoga mat is not suitable.
Poles for Nordic Walking are provided.
To enjoy your Nordic Walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear and clothing are suitable to the conditions likely to be encountered. This is not a guided walking session as such, but an opportunity to practise your Nordic Walking techniques.
Linda Rusby is a fully qualified exercise professional specialising in Pilates, Nordic Walking, personal training for lower back pain management, weight loss and rehabilitation from injury. She’s also a sports massage therapist. Linda works from her studio in West Sussex and travels to see clients locally in Sompting. Linda has great enthusiasm for teaching fitness and massage, and enjoys seeing clients get great results.
For more information about Linda’s work, visit her website at www.lindarusby.co.uk
Linda was kind, helpful, knowledgeable and tried to ensure that all guests got the maximum benefit from the activities.
4 nights from £449pp £429pp
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