Mind & Body Weekend at Malhamdale

Yorkshire Dales

Code: MDKMB

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  • Rural peace
From £285.00 - 3 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Join us at Newfield Hall in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for a special weekend devoted to Mind & Body. Sooth your mind and nurture your body through a variety of Mind & Body taster sessions, led by a number of professional instructors all dedicated to your wellbeing.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, Nordic Walking, Alexander Technique and Mindfulness Meditation
  • Free time to explore the local area
  • Evening sessions dedicated to relaxation

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation and expert tuition
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Newfield Hall
  • Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment

Accommodation

Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately Country House. With excellent accommodation and facilities it is also our most popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.    3-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Bedrooms

Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Newfield Hall is one of our largest Country Houses, and the grand entrance hall and main staircase is one of the most striking features.   

There are two lounges and a bar which provide comfortable spaces for relaxation. The new dining room and adjacent ballroom are both very attractive and can be used for larger functions.

A multi-purpose activity room can either be used as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. There is also a range of board games and books.

Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. 

The heated indoor swimming pool is very popular with our guests.

Newfield Hall has extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales. Outside there is a walled garden and putting green.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Visit England Breakfast Award logo at HF HolidaysStart your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • On arrival there is a long driveway with one speed bump on entering a large car park, with a lower level parking area sloping at approx. 20 degrees up to main parking area
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac, with marked parking bays
  • The House fronts directly onto the car park
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • Main entrance has 2 steps, each step being 15cm high and a short porch (with one step of 15cm high), which leads to the front door, (3¾ft wide)
  • There is a permanent wheelchair ramp (5¼ft wide) to the left hand side of the entrance way, providing access to the porch. A temporary ramp can then be provided to allow access in through the front door
  • After entering the house, all the facilities are available without encountering any further steps
  • The flooring is tile / short pile carpet 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • All internal doors are fire doors and they are all 97cm wide (except where separate measurements have been given)
  • The minimum width of the corridor is 10½ft
  • The staircase to the upper bedrooms is 5ft wide. In total there are 29 steps, each being 6 inches high 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

There are two large lounges with wooden fire doors. Short pile carpet flooring and good lighting throughout.  The size of the lounges:

  • Whernside lounge           17ft x 23ft
  • Inglebrough lounge          30ft x 20ft
  • Pen-y-Ghent room           29ft x 18ft 

Public WCs

  • There is one public toilet on the ground floor available from the entrance hall with no steps
  • Toilet seat height is 41cm, the basin is 82cm high with no underspace and with 2 taps
  • There are 2 toilets in the swimming pool changing rooms, again with no steps 

Dining room & bar

  • From the entrance hall, there is a 320 cm wide corridor leading to the dining room. Door width 92cm
  • There are no steps to the dining room
  • Seats and tables are movable. The tables are round with 4 legs. Each table is 76cm high
  • All meals served are with waitress service.
  • Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival 

Leisure facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool and the changing rooms are directly off the function room, accessed from the entrance hall down a corridor, which is 3ft 2 inches wide.
  • The floor in the changing room is tiled
  • Access to the shower in the changing room is over a step of 7cm in height
  • The width of the door to the pool is 87cm
  • Within the pool area, there is 1 alarm, a rescue hook and 2 life buoys
  • The size of the pool is 16ft x 25ft 

Bedrooms

Room 15

  • Room 15 has been specifically designed for wheelchair users.
  • This room is off the main entrance hall on the ground floor, approximately 12m from the permanent ramp
  • Access is through two doors, each 90cm wide
  • One double bed and one single bed. Both beds are 60cm high
  • Available floor space is 2m x 2m
  • All bedding is non feather and the flooring is short pile carpet
  • All furniture is easily movable 

En-suite bathroom

  • Bathroom door width is 90cm, level entry
  • Toilet height is 45cm with 1 vertical hand rail and 1 pull down horizontal hand rail
  • Level entry shower, designed for wheelchair users. Support rail and pull down shower seat, which is 50cm high and 32cm x 32cm in seat area
  • Basin height is 73cm with underspace
  • Available floor space in the bathroom is 2m x 2m

Other Bedrooms

  • The rest of the rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
  • The rooms are located either in the main house or in the tastefully converted coach houses, both on the ground floor and the first floor
  • All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, most with shower. A few rooms have a bath 

Grounds and gardens

  • There is well lit access to the patio area through double doors from the dining room / function room with no steps
  • Ramp from the patio to gain access to the grounds
  • Garden is level in most parts, with a few steps. Mainly grass with plenty of wooden seats 

Additional information

  • 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
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Friday: Arrival day

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 leaders and welcome you to your holiday. You can sign up to your chosen sessions as you arrive at the house.

Saturday:

Please see below for the full description of each session and leader. Each session will start and end at approximately the same time, but individual leaders may vary this slightly due to the specific nature of their activity. They’ll let you know about specific timings each day.

Saturday morning’s times and choices are:

9.45am – 12.30pm (with a coffee break)

Alexander Technique (Pen y Ghent room)

Yoga or Pilates tba (lounge)

Tai Chi  (outdoors/hall if raining)

Yoga for Backs (ballroom)

Free time

Lunch: 12.45pm

Saturday afternoon’s times and choices are:

2.30pm – 5.30pm (with a coffee break)

Yoga or Pilates tba (ballroom)

Nordic Walking techniques (outdoors/hall if raining)

Pilates & Mindfulness Meditation (lounge)

Qigong (Pen y Ghent room)

Free time

Sunday:

Sunday morning’s times and choices are:

9.45am – 12.30pm (with a coffee break)

Yoga or Pilates tba (ballroom)

Nordic Walking techniques (outdoors/hall if raining)

Pilates Resist & Reform (lounge)

Qigong (Pen y Ghent room)

Free time

12.45pm: Lunch

Sunday afternoon’s times and choices are:

2.30pm – 5.30pm

Alexander Technique (Pen y Ghent room)

Pilates Resist & Reform (lounge)

Yoga for Backs (ballroom)

Tai Chi (outdoors/hall if raining)

Free time

Monday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Your activities choices are:

Alexander Technique - Shella Parry

Gentle and subtle, the Alexander Technique is far-reaching in its effect for both mind and body techniques and everyday living.

Introduction to Dru Yoga - Gill Beeson

It’s an accessible, friendly, quietly effective form of yoga, using movement, breathing and relaxation to bring body, mind and emotions to a feeling of calm and peace. You don’t need to be able to touch your toes or bend over backwards, and you may surprise yourself with what a little practice can achieve.

Nordic Walking - Linda Rusby

Learn the technique of Nordic Walking, and walk your way to health & fitness.

Pilates & Mindfulness Meditation - Rosalind Hoyes

Enjoy Pilates exercises to strengthen, stretch and tone the body, followed by guided mindful meditation for a complete mind and body workout.

Pilates Resist & Reform - Rosalind Hoyes

This is a fun class using balls, stretchy bands and circles to enliven and energise our mat-work routine, and help target the core muscles more effectively.

Tai Chi - Linda Southwick

The ancient Chinese methods of natural therapeutic movement combine grace and strength. Tai chi requires a degree of concentration and precision, and all these features make it a relaxing and rewarding form of exercise.

Therapeutic Qigong – Linda Southwick

Qigong is gentle exercise which harnesses the body’s natural energy, or chi. By using breathing techniques combined with stretching exercises, qigong promotes flexibility, relaxation and balance. Working with the seasons and using animal forms of expression and vibrational sounds makes for a fun-filled session.

Yoga for Backs - Anna Semlyen

Yoga brings comfort, lift and harmony. Enjoy easy postures suitable for all, plus breathing and relaxation. By noticing subtle changes we move toward physical health and a calmer, happier mind.

Free time

Relax in the Country House, or use the Discovery Point to explore this beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales.

In the evenings:

Each evening there will be activities on offer.  All activities are entirely optional; you may prefer to enjoy a drink at the bar or relax with a book in a quiet lounge.

 

Every effort is made to adhere to this itinerary; however there may be circumstances beyond our control which could lead to a change in the programme.

This is the 2016 itinerary - the 2017 choice of activities will be available in due course.

What to bring

No special clothing is required for your Mind & Body Weekend, but it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement. Please also bring a Pilates or yoga mat, socks and a small blanket.  If you’re choosing any of Shella Parry’s Alexander Technique sessions, please bring a few thin paperback books for placing under your head during postures.

 

Local area

The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.

Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.

During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Malham Cove
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.

Skipton
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk

Brontë Parsonage
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk

Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

Fountains Abbey
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.

Brimham Rocks
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

Harrogate
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.

Lightwater Valley
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

York
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Travel

Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

New at HF HolidaysLet us help you get to Newfield Hall

Our own station transfers: We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Skipton railway station and Newfield Hall every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. The transfer is £5 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

By train: The nearest train station is Skipton. 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).

By car: From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

By taxi: If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £14 per journey. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Leaders

Linda Rusby

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 Southwick

Linda is a qualified self-employed teacher based in South Yorkshire specialising in tai-chi, qigong and Kundalini Yoga. With her previous 35 years of experience working for the NHS, health and well-being are at the heart of everything she does. She also teaches allotment gardening and makes connections between the different disciplines, which have the common element of personal growth. Creativity is also central to Linda’s approach: she is involved in creative dance groups which engage people of different age and experience. Central to her teachings are the five natural elements needed for a balanced life.

 

Rosalind Hoyes

Rosalind trained with Body Control Pilates in London and ran a busy teaching practice for many years, relishing the opportunity to bring the benefits of Pilates to a huge variety of people from all walks of life, including professional athletes. After running a successful studio in Northamptonshire she de-camped to the Peak District to fulfill her love of walking and has since focused on teaching private clients and running Pilates retreats and holidays. Her teaching experience has led to an increased fascination with the link between mind and body and, after studying Mindfulness at Bangor University, Rosalind has incorporated this into her Pilates classes with great effect.

 

 

Shella Parry

Shella Parry has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1987 and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (MSTAT). She was one of the teachers on the major research trial published by the British Medical Journal in 2008, which showed how effective it is for chronic back pain.

Shella will enable you to make real progress in a short time in the way you think about movement, and you can continue working with these empowering discoveries at home. It’s very relevant and practical, but also great fun!

 

 

 

Anna Semlyen

Anna Semlyen began her yoga in York school in 1996. Whether you’ve done yoga before or are new, Anna’s style is safe, welcoming and effective. If you want to relieve stress, aches and pains, release tension or have a calmer mind, yoga can help. It’s a wonderful tonic for body and mind. Anna was awarded British Wheel of Yoga Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Research. She co-authored the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and relaxation CD, and research papers with the University of York. She holds a BWY Dip, Ayurveda Dip and MSc in Health Economics. Anna also plays the ukulele and is a keen poet, juggler and salsa dancer.

For more information about Anna's work visit

www.yogainyork.co.uk/www.yogaforbacks.co.uk

 

Molly Melhuish

Molly is a qualified and experienced Yoga and Pilates teacher with her own studio based in Cardiff. She holds a BA Hons degree in Human Movement. She teaches Hatha yoga to include physical postures, breathwork, relaxation and visualisation and meditation exercises. Her Pilates classes focus on the original exercises since she was trained individually before any of the big Pilates schools were formed. Molly is very passionate about the human body; what it can do and seeking out its limits.

Hatha yoga is not suitable for those with disabilities although spine and other joint problems can be catered for.

 

Dates & Prices

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30 Sep 2016 MDKMB - Mind & Body Weekend - Malhamdale 3 £325.00 £285.00 Save £40 off pp Book Now
13 Oct 2017 MDKMB - Mind & Body Weekend - Malhamdale 3 £335.00 £305.00 Special Early Booking offer - £30 off pp Book Now

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person