Improve your Bridge - Part 1 Holiday in the Cotswolds

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays

This holiday is designed for anyone who is confident with the subjects covered in Next Step Bridge. Topics such as discarding, Stayman and simple overcalls will be covered on this holiday (one topic per seminar day). If you are already confident with these please take a look at Improve Your Bridge - Part 2.

Holiday Highlights

  • Morning teaching sessions with an experienced Bridge Director will cover a host of topics
  • Each evening put these skills into action during the Bridge competition
  • Free afternoons give time to relax or explore the local area
  • Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
  • Small prizes offered, for fun

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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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This Bridge holiday has been created for anyone who is already confident with the subjects covered in our Next Step Bridge holiday. Your knowledgeable Bridge leader will focus on a different topic each day, and you’ll get plenty of revealing 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 knowledgeable Bridge leader, covering topics such as discarding, Stayman and simple 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.

Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.

 

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 main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

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, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

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 Harrington House is hearty 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 tuck in to Cotswold leg of lamb, Bibury rainbow trout and a selection of Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied with Harrington House homemade chutneys.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Harrington House

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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.

Viv Mason

Viv is a keen Bridge player and also a Bridge teacher. She has taught beginners and improvers for Ipswich and Kesgrave Bridge club using the EBU methodology. Introducing newcomers to Bridge is very satisfying as it is life skill that is played all over the world. She is now involved with helping to prepare an accelerated Bridge teaching course in Suffolk. Viv is a qualified club Director and directs for Woodbridge Bridge club and Heritage Bridge club.

Viv’s other passion is walking usually in a group sometimes leading routes, and says that “the two pursuits go well together as one has fresh air, views and exercise and the other requires some mental thought” Both involve some talking and listening.

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