Pilates & Circle Dancing in the Southern Lake District
A fun and sociable holiday that’s great for body and mind. Enjoy Pilates sessions each morning and circle dancing each afternoon and after dinner. In Pilates our expert tutor will lead the way to practise slow, controlled movements and postures. Practice leads to greater core strength, improved flexibility and better muscle tone. Circle dancing is one of the oldest forms of dance, practised all over the world. It’s a very inclusive form of dance accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. We’ll practise a form which celebrates the seasons of the year. It’s very easy to learn and no partner is required. No prior experience is necessary for either activity.
- Improve flexibility, core strength and muscle tone with Pilates
- Celebrate the seasons of the year and the cycles of life with circle dances
- Fun and relaxed teaching with an emphasis on having a great sociable experience
- No partner required
- High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Guidance and tuition from a qualified Leader to ensure you get the most from your holiday
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Mornings shall be spent practising Pilates with your HF Holidays Instructor, followed by a break for a tea break.
In the afternoon, we shall come together for our Circle Dancing sessions before winding down for our evening meal.
Evenings give you the opportunity for social dancing or relaxing in the house. There may also be some in-house activities for you to join in with if you wish.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 32 rooms, Monk Coniston has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Rooms with a view are well worth the extra spend as you’ll be overlooking the gardens or the lake. Our favourite is Room 9 on the first floor, which contains some of the original features from when it was first built in 1885, a striking sailboat-patterned wallpaper and opens on to beautiful views of the gardens and fields that slope down to the shore of Coniston Water.
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, Lakeland barn for activities, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Lake District, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds with their putting green and croquet lawn and uncover the hidden walled garden on the hill behind the house. Take a turn around the National Trust nature trail and look out for the fabulous, rare mature trees. Stumble on the small secret folly stood quietly among the bluebells when they’re out and the lush green grass when they’re not. Catch up with fellow guests in the bright and spacious lounge or grab a drink from the airy bar and wander down the garden to the bench overlooking Coniston Water for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner – you might even spot the restored steam yacht Gondola cruising the five-mile length of the lake. After hours, duck into the converted Lakeland barn with its exposed beams and rustic chandelier for evening activities and skittles.
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 Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
No special clothing is required for your Pilates holiday, but it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement. Please also bring a Pilates mat and, if possible, a small blanket.
There are no special dress requirements for dance holidays - just wear something loose and comfortable. Both men and women should bring shoes with a smooth sole. Ladies should wear shoes with a low heel.
Sally has been Circle Dancing for over 20 years and now regularly teaches three groups in Croydon plus day & weekend workshops.
She’s been choreographing since 2003 and will use any music as long a dance reveals itself. She loves the feeling of community and togetherness you get from Circle dancing. Sally attends regular Greek dancing sessions, and weekends in the UK and Greece every year taught by Dimitris Triantafyllidis. Sally really enjoys the growing repertoire of new contemporary dances to various genres of music.
Sally is a qualified Body Control Pilates instructor and currently teaches 11 classes, 1-1’s and 2 small groups a week. Pilates was recommended to her after an accident in 2003 and it was this that got her back to fitness. Sally has tutored weekend retreats of Circle Dance and Pilates in Northampton. She is passionate about these two forms of exercise and wellbeing and feels they are very much holistically linked. Sally looks forward to dancing and stretching with you!
Sally is a brilliant leader, very knowledgeable and inspiring. She was careful to include everybody, whatever their level of previous experience & skill.
3 nights from £395pp £380pp
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