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Summer bridge in the Devonshire Countryside Join Colin Simcox on this summer Bridge holiday in the heart of the delightful Devonshire countryside. Lying in the Exe Valley, the market town of Tiverton is a gateway to both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, and when not playing Bridge there’s plenty to explore. The historic Grade one, Bicton Botanical Gardens have been conferred with the highest conservation status by English Heritage. Knightshayes Court, a fine Victorian House belonging to the National Trust is worthy of a visit, as is Powderham Castle, which has been the family home of the Earl of Devon for over 600 years. Golfers will appreciate the 18-hole course at Tiverton, considered one of Devon’s finest parkland courses. We’ll be staying in the comfortable Best Western Hotel, which is just a pleasant stroll from Tiverton’s picturesque town centre. It is highly recommended on Trip Advisor, with a certificate of excellence, as well as with our own First for Bridge and Arena Rail guests who praised the excellent dining, and welcoming staff. We play Bridge in a beautifully light and spacious bridge room, and guests can enjoy the comfortable bar area with sofas and armchairs, ideal for gathering before and after bridge sessions.
Make your own way to our hotel where, if numbers will allow, we will offer an ‘Early Bird’ afternoon session on the day of arrival. At the start of your Bridge holiday you’ll be invited to join our Bridge director and host for a welcome meeting in the hotel. Any single travellers will have the opportunity to find a partner for the Bridge room. Our Bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing Bridge, we try to include interesting Bridge seminars, hosted by your Bridge Director. Your duplicate Bridge will be available every evening between 7.45pm and 11.15pm and we endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs. Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. 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 and the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.