Bridge at the Luxurious Castle Château Belá, Slovakia

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29 Sep 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
Duration: 7 nights half board & wine with dinner incl. flights
Ref: 19049
With: Mark Hooper

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SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT - THE LUXURIOUS CASTLE CHÂTEAU BELÁ

The Castle Château Belá is very highly rated on Trip Advisor and has won awards under the Historic Hotels of Europe. In fact you could say it is fit for a prince - Prince Harry himself stayed here when he attended a wedding 3 years ago.
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The sophisticated Castle Château Belá in Slovakia really needs to be experienced to appreciate its high quality and standard throughout. It is steeped in history as far back as 1138 and has seen many changes as this region of Europe moved its borders over the years. In 2000 this baroque chateau was bought back by a previous family owner and lovingly restored in a very authentic and personal way into exclusive accommodation.

Inside you will find an array of elegant public rooms with period furniture, fine paintings and luxurious furnishings. We play bridge in the Orangerie which overlooks the landscaped gardens and fountains and chateau terraces where you can relax and sip one of the chateaus own famous wines.

It is set in 28 hectares of land where you will discover woods, fields of sunflowers, vineyards, a cottage & herb garden, livestock, and three lakes. Take a picnic, walk, sit and relax, and simply absorb this incredible landscape.

The Chateau offers a range of facilities including an outdoor pool (seasonal), steam room and sauna, 2 tennis courts, fitness centre, and it even has its own cinema.

The hamlet of Bela is small - with just one shop, but if you can manage to pull yourself away from the chateau and its beautiful grounds local buses or a 10 minute taxi ride will take you into Sturovo, the most southern city in Slovakia, which is situated on the Danube itself. Here you will find shops & restaurants, a railway station, and the Vadas Thermal Resort - which is a popular thermal centre with 7 outdoor and 2 indoor pools. From Sturovo you can walk across the Maria Valeria Bridge into Hungary - or take the fun train across.

ALL THIS INCLUDED...

INCLUDED: - A full day tour to Budapest with a guided sightseeing tour of this famous city on the River Danube with its incredible Houses of Parliament, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. Incl. free time to shop and lunch.

INCLUDED - A full day tour of the picturesque “Danube Bend” with a stop in Szentendre, the colourful artists town, and a visit to Visegrad with its imposing medieval citadel . From here we take an hour boat trip on the Danube.

INCLUDED - A half day excursion to the historic city of Esztergom, the previous Hungarian Capital. We have a guided tour of the neo classical cathedral - the third largest cathedral in Europe, dating back thousands of years and full of treasures. This imposing building sits on the top of Castle Hill offering incredible view points over the Danube and the old town.

INCLUDED - a wine tasting that includes 5 of the Castle Château Belá wines-some of the finest in Slovakia.

OUR BRIDGE PROGRAMMES

During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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PRICES:

Twin/double share: £1299 per person
Single supplement: £175 per week
Junior suite supplement: £175 per room per week
Deposit: £250

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return flights to Budapest*
  • Return transfers from Budapest airport to Castle Château Belá on our arrival/departure dates
  • 7 nights in a deluxe room at the Castle Château Belá
  • Half board including quality wine
  • Unlimited mineral water in bridge room and restaurant
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Full day excursion to Budapest including guided tour
  • Full Day excursion of the “Danube Bend” including one hour boat trip
  • Half Day tour to the old Hungarian Capital Esztergom, including entrance & guided tour of cathedral
  • Wine tasting in chateau - includes 5 fine quality wines
  • Porterage
  • Free WIFI throughout

*The price includes flights from London to Budapest and some regional airports with flight supplements will be added once flight schedules are released by the airlines. If you wish to make your own way to the chateau and meet us there please deduct £150 per person.

NOT INCLUDED:

Lunches, drinks and meals other than those specified, travel insurance and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

Castle Château Belá

The Castle Château Belá is situated within 28 hectares of land in the hamlet of Bela in the Southern part of the Slovak Republic bordering Hungary. This luxurious chateau is steeped in history and been lovingly restored in its authentic style, with an array of elegant public rooms full of priceless antiques, paintings and high quality furnishings.

GUEST ROOMS:

All 38 rooms are deluxe rooms characterised by warm décor carefully selected materials and the finest fabrics. Rooms have parquet floors and large marble bathrooms with a bath and walk in shower, and some rooms have just a walk in shower.

  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Full tiled bathroom with bath with shower attachment or walk-in shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Laundry service
  • Mini-bar (stocked - charge)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Bathrobe & slippers

Three junior suites are available at a supplement of £175 per suite per week, and have a separate lounge as well as a bedroom.

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

The chateau boasts an outdoor pool (seasonal), sauna, steam room, fitness centre, 2 tennis courts, table tennis, snooker, massage (charge) and even its own cinema.

The 28 hectares of ground offer limitless walks through woods, fields, gardens and vineyards. Fishing is available in the 3 lakes, at an additional cost.

We dine in the elegant Baldacci Restaurant where vegetables and salads are sourced from the chateaus own gardens, and beef is taken from its own Hereford cattle. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style and a glass of fine wine from the chateau’s vineyard is included at dinner.

You can enjoy a drink in the cosy lobby bar which specialises in a choice of rums from all over the world as well as the famous Castle Château Belá wine. The Castle Château Belá has a long standing wine making history, and since 2001 have produced some of the finest Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignons of the country.

A light lunch can be taken in the Chateau Vinotheca, a rustic restaurant, or on the terraces overlooking the landscaped gardens and fountains or in the courtyard.