Natural Voice in Exmoor

Group Of Seniors Singing In Choir Together
Interests: Singing Holidays

The Natural Voice Network believes that singing is everyone's birthright regardless of music experience or ability. You'll learn - by ear - songs from folk traditions around the world whilst working on releasing your natural voice. Singing in harmony as part of a group, you'll be amazed how good you can sound - even if you are normally just a bathtub singer! Afternoons are free to join a guided walk to see some of the beautiful countryside in the local area or you can explore independently.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover your own natural voice
  • Learn from our knowledgeable leader in a fun and relaxed environment
  • Take part in an informal concert on the final evening

What’s included

  • Full-board en-suite accommodation
  • Full programme of tuition from our knowledgeable leader

Trip Notes

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Holnicote House

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. Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

Rooms

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 Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: the 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 or 4 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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 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. For something equally relaxing, 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. Please note, the large heated outdoor pool will be out of service during the 2022 season in order to allow for extensive repairs.

Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

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. Food at Holnicote House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Holnicote House

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Essential Information

This holiday is based on learning by ear, therefore no sheet music is required, and you don't need to bring anything except your voice!

Dave Stewart

Dave was brought up in a singing family where songs were an everyday part of life, not only around the home (he was singing songs from the age of two!) but also in school and church choirs. Later he sang with the university choir at Leeds.  Dave left full-time teaching in 2006 to broaden his “range” to include adults as well as children.  He leads workshops ranging from helping adult church congregations, to infant refugees in need of fun and belonging.

Dave believes that singing is a birthright, so we should all have the opportunity and encouragement to use our natural voices if we want to.  He believes that singing has multiple benefits: it builds confidence, raises energy levels, develops cooperation and unity in a group, and of course it makes you feel great!  Dave has held these beliefs since he started teaching and applies them throughout his work.

“If you can walk then you can dance, if you can talk then you can sing.”

An inspirational singing teacher. Well prepared with interesting range of songs for all levels of ability.

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Interests:
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