Next Step Ballroom & Latin dancing at Selworthy
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These holidays are designed for those with previous experience in any of the Ballroom & Latin dances, perhaps gained on our Introduction to Ballroom & Latin holidays. You’ll be introduced to some of the more complex dances on each holiday, but you’ll have plenty of time to practice your steps and develop your technique. According to the interests and the wishes of the group this holiday may include some or all of the following dances; Slow Foxtrot, Ballroom Tango, Viennese Waltz, Samba, Rumba and Paso Doble
- Enjoy two dance sessions each day
- Learn in a fun and relaxed environment
- All our Country Houses have a good dance floor and sound equipment
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
As a historic National Trust property, Holnicote House is full of charm and character. Located on the extensive Holnicote Estate, at the foot of Exmoor, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.
Holnicote House has 32 newly refurbished bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the thatched cottages, called Butlers and Guns, in the grounds.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- 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
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
This holiday has been created to help you get to grips with a couple of the more complex Ballroom and Latin dances. Your professional dance leader will patiently demonstrate the various steps and techniques you need to master. You‘ll then have fun as you focus on these in the relaxed and informal atmosphere.
To ensure that we include the dances you want to learn in the holiday programme, please complete the pre-holiday questionnaire.
You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.
During your stay
Mornings & afternoons
Ready to tackle some of the more complex Ballroom & Latin dances? Then let’s get stuck in! After a delicious breakfast we start with tuition from our experienced leader, learning news steps and enjoying the thrill of putting it all together as we practise together on the dance floor. The emphasis is on fun and we’ll quickly become more confident and accomplished. Our well-earned tea and coffee breaks will be a welcome opportunity to rest and chat with new friends.
The evenings are yours to enjoy, so after a fabulous 3-course dinner choose to relax at the bar, put your feet up with a good read in a quiet lounge or take part in the optional evening activity – this is how to round off a perfect day!
We’ll be sad to see you leave but we’ll know you’re heading home after a leisurely breakfast full of new skills and techniques to confidently revel in the drama and elegance of your new dances.
What to bring
There are no special dress requirements for dance holidays - just wear something loose and comfortable. You will be active so expect to be warm and dress accordingly. Both men and women should bring shoes with a smooth sole. Ladies should wear shoes with a low (or no) heel and ankle strap. Strapless sandals, strapless shoes and trainers are not suitable.
During your stay at Holnicote House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Selworthy:
Less than a mile from Holnicote House is Selworthy village. At first glance the thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area. However, Selworthy is not as old as it looks, having been rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland. Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village.
West Somerset Railway
Travel on Britain’s longest steam railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydyard. Now lovingly restored by volunteers, the line recreates a classic Great Western Railway branch line with steam trains operating daily from April to October. Minehead station is 10 minutes' drive from Selworthy, or can be reached on the number 300 bus. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
An historic castle transformed into a comfortable stately home for the Luttrell family. Some highlights include the 'modern' 1950s kitchen and the snooker room. Dunster Castle sits in extensive gardens, complete with its working watermill. The adjacent town of Dunster is full of character and also well worth a visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle
Lynton & Lynmouth
The quaint Victorian town of Lynton sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and Lynmouth harbour. The two settlements are connected by the historic cliff railway. The short walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks is highly recommended.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and his wife Sara lived in the village of Nether Stowey, about 45 minutes' drive from Selworthy, from 1796 to 1799. In 1909 it was acquired by the National Trust, and later restored and opened to the public. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridge-cottage
Hestercombe Gardens, around an hour's drive away near Taunton, were constructed in three periods - a landscape garden from the 1750s, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery from the 1870s, and Edwardian gardens of 1904-1908 designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. www.hestercombe.com
Arlington Court, about an hour's drive away near Barnstaple is a fine Regency house set in an extensive estate. The grounds include a formal Victorian garden whilst the stables house the National Trust’s carriage collection of over fifty horse-drawn vehicles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court
Travel to Selworthy
Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ
The nearest railway station is at Taunton. 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).
The 29 mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 50 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £57 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.
The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 4½ mile journey will cost you approx £10 from our recommended taxi provider. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.
Travelling from Overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Taunton. Its a relatively straightforward journey - allow 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Taunton you can travel on to Selworthy by bus or taxi (see above).
Chris & Derek Eaton
Chris started dancing at the age of 16 with Wigan’s Tommy Moss and took all the medal tests in Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence and Disco. Chris has always been part of a dance school, teaching classes, running socials, hosting dance holidays and leading workshops, including wedding dance lessons. She met her husband Derek when he came to learn to dance - and they have danced together ever since!
They have recently started their own dance company, ‘Dance in Class’ based in Chris' home town of Ashton in Makerfield. Their ambition is to own their own dance school.
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|5 Nov 2018||SLDNS - Next Step Ballroom & Latin - Selworthy||4||£399.00||£369.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
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