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7-Night Bridge & Walking Holiday in the South Downs

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Bridge Holidays
Walking Grade: 2
from £999pp

Exercise both mind and body with this classic combination. During the day you’ll have a choice of two guided walks, either an easier route of around 4-6 miles or a harder route of around 6-8 miles to explore the local area (exact nature of the walks varies by location). After your walk you’ll return to the country house and have time to freshen up before the evening’s Duplicate Bridge competition overseen by a qualified Bridge Director. EBU Master Points can be earned on this break.

Holiday Highlights

  • Daily choice of two walks
  • Daily evening Bridge competition
  • Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
  • Small prizes offered, for fun
  • EBU members earn Master Points

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Carefully selected friendly, knowledgeable and EBU qualified Bridge Director and HF Holidays’ Walk Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All Bridge fees, stationery and prizes
  • All transport for the walks
  • Master Points

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Enjoy a daily choice of two walks with a free day on all 6 and 7-night holidays.

You can choose a guided walk of either an easier route of around 4-6 miles or a harder route of around 6-8 miles to explore the local area (exact nature of the walks varies by location).

We'll return in time to relax before the evening Bridge competition starts at 5pm.


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 en-suite 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 Chanctonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

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 Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Premium Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium' 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. Food at Abingworth Hall 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 Abingworth Hall

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Getting to Abingworth Hall

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Essential Information

Bridge

All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.

Walking

To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.

Mike Eden

Mike has taught bridge for many years, he is a Professional Member of the EBU Teaching Association and is a qualified club director.  Recently Mike helped develop the New Fast Track Book – ‘Learn bridge in 24 hours’.  Mike enjoys teaching from absolute beginners to advanced, running regular classes at Young Chelsea Bridge Club and together with his wife Carrie, lectures and directs on cruises.

You can find out more about Mike on his website www.bridge.me.uk 

Julia Davies

About 15 years ago, my boyfriend at the time, Vince, announced that we should play bridge at a club. I had never played bridge before and he had played a few times before, in Kenya, with some friends. Wanting desperately to impress him, I agreed. He explained the basics to me and I remember downloading and reading up about duplicate bridge in my lunch hour. I explained with great enthusiasm, in the car on the way to the club, how to lay the quitted cards on the table, depending on who had won the trick. I’m sure you can guess how that first session went!

Not the initial foray that I would recommend to anyone wishing for a gentle and successful debut into the beloved world of duplicate bridge! And, for me, beloved it became and is. As is Vince, now my husband.
Following a very successful corporate career and a background highly suited to teaching (I started teaching my dolls at age 6), I changed career direction completely. I attended and passed the EBU Tournament Director course as well as the EBU Teaching course. I am now absolutely nuts about teaching both adult and junior classes and am most proud of heading up the Junior Bridge section at the UK’s most attended bridge club. I am starting five school bridge clubs in the autumn and direct regularly at three clubs, two of which are in the top five bridge clubs in England.

These are a few of my favourite things: bridge, meeting people and holidays. What more could anyone hope for?

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
30 Sep - 07 Oct 2022
7 Bridge £999 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Bridge Holidays
Walking Grade:
2

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