Improve Your Bridge - Part 1 in the South Downs

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays
from £299pp £239pp

Suitable for anyone who is already confident with the subjects covered in Next Step Bridge. Morning teaching sessions with an experienced Bridge Director will cover topics such as discarding, Stayman red suit transfers, and simple overcalls with one topic being covered per seminar day. You’ll also enjoy some valuable practice hands to help apply new concepts and strategies. After a free afternoon, put your Bridge skills into action in the friendly evening Bridge competition.

Holiday Highlights

  • Bridge competitions morning and evening
  • Afternoons free to explore the local area
  • Small prizes offered for fun
  • Gain EBU Master Points

What’s included

  • Morning teaching sessions with an experienced Bridge Director will introduce you to the rules and basic tactics
  • Each evening there is a supervised Bridge competition so you can put your new skills into practice
  • 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

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Mornings

We start each morning with a seminar from your Bridge Director and fun, practice hands to help you along your way. During your holiday you’ll get to understand a variety of new terms and concepts to help you master and improve your game.  On our 6 and 7 night breaks you'll have morning free of seminars so you can spend the whole day enjoying the local area.

Afternoon

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your afternoon free time. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, details about other places to visit as well as weather forecasts and public transport options.

Evenings

Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with the evening games a break for a fabulous 3-course dinner and coffee.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 ensuite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chantonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

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 Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Better Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

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 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, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

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 Abingworth Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room, which has a giant brick fireplace at its heart, hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local Sussex flavours. Look out for the Sussex Churdle, a traditional, meaty ploughboy lunch, local Chiddingly beef cooked with black olives and Sussex smokies, smoked haddock served in a prawn sauce. Cap it all with a Sussex Pond Pudding, a pud that’s part of the honourable tradition of British dishes with names to pique the interest more than the appetite, which is actually bright and zingy, suety and syrupy all at the same time

Accessibility

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

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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.

Cliff Little

Cliff has been playing Bridge since his University days and is keen to pass on to others the enjoyment that can be had from the game making it a fun, competitive and enjoyable social pastime. Cliff is Chairman of his local Bridge Club, an English Bridge Union (EBU) trained teacher and a qualified County Tournament Director.   Cliff teaches Standard English Acol, the EBU recommended system, both privately and at evening classes at the local Technical College, and also gives tuition in the less common systems used by more experienced players.

Cliff was a really good tutor and kept the classes and competitions going at a good pace.

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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
12 Feb - 15 Feb
3 Bridge £299 £239 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Bridge Holidays

3 nights from £299pp £239pp

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