We stay at the wonderful Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue, set in two and a half acres of mature gardens. On the edge of the delightful market town of Tiverton, it is just a 10-minute stroll from here into the town itself. The town is full of history and heritage, with the beautiful Tiverton Castle and the 11th-century Bickleigh Castle. Why not explore the rich heritage further at the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life? The town also has a great selection of unique independent shops and boutiques, along with plenty of eateries to choose from, to sit and relax a while. We include a visit to the beautiful 65-acre RHS Garden Rosemoor, as well as a guided tour of Powderham Castle.
Your Bridge Programme
Play & Explore holidays are suited to intermediate players who wish to learn new skills, and regular players looking for a relaxed holiday with bridge.
Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing bridge, our host will aim to include interactive bridge seminars.
Your duplicate bridge will be available every evening between 7:45pm and 11:15pm. We endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs and playing relaxed and friendly bridge.
Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2:30pm and 4:45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. On UK holidays, bridge sessions may take place in the mornings instead of the afternoons, complimenting any included excursion programme.
Masterpoints are awarded on evening sessions, and on day sessions with over 5 tables.
During your bridge holiday, nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our bridge programmes also allow time to relax, giving the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.
This morning we head to RHS Garden Rosemoor. Gifted to the RHS by Lady Anne Berry in 1988, and known for its many garden ‘rooms’, RHS Garden Rosemoor spans 65 stunning acres.
Visitors can breathe in the sweet-smelling scents of more than 250 varieties of blooms in the two Rose Gardens – The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden and the Shrub Rose Garden. For those curious about crops, there is produce ripe for the picking in the Fruit and Vegetable Garden. Celebrate the flavour of the seasons and explore a mouth-watering array of delectable edibles.
The vibrant Hot Garden is famed for sizzling reds, oranges and yellows, waves of plants chosen for heat and vibrancy. If the heat gets too much, visitors can retreat to the serene pastels and blues of the Cool Garden, a tranquil Eden around a teardrop-shaped pond.
This afternoon, we return to the hotel to enjoy a cream tea and free time. Dinner this evening is followed by bridge.
Today we head to Powderham Castle. Built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391, it has remained in the family ever since. Having withstood the ravishes of the civil war in the 17th century, it was embellished in the 18th century with fine interiors. During the Victorian period, the exterior was transformed into the spectacular building you see today. An included guided tour of the castle will uncover 600 years of Courtenay family history.
The castle is set within a 3,500-acre estate, with beautiful gardens around the castle for you to revel in. We also include a tractor/trailer park safari ride through the deer park.
Dinner in the hotel is followed by evening bridge.
After a leisurely breakfast, it is time to depart the hotel.
Please note, this hotel does not have a lift.
Single Room Supplement from £80.00 (5 days).
You will stay for four nights at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue on a half-board basis.
Set in two and a half acres of mature gardens on the edge of the delightful market town of Tiverton, the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue is ideally located being just 7 miles from Tiverton train station and with public transport links close by. The hotel’s Gallery Restaurant serves a full English breakfast with locally sourced produce. Drinks can be enjoyed in the hotel’s comfortable bar. There is complimentary parking on site with electric car charge point, and hotel guests have complimentary use of the pool and gym at the nearby Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton.
Single Room Supplement from £80.00