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Fri 8 Mar - Sun 10 Mar 2019

Elstead Hotel

Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3QP

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The Hotel

Close to the heart of Bournemouth and a short stroll from the beach, yet conveniently placed for the major road and rail links, the Elstead Hotel is in the perfect location.

It is situated in a quiet, tree-lined avenue and has a large private car park.

The hotel frequently receives accolades and awards for its presentation and service for a Hotel in Dorset and provides a high level of comfort for the most discerning guest.

The 50 en-suite bedrooms are of a high standard and well equipped with facilities such as satellite television and direct dial telephone with voice mail.

The attractive and spacious air-conditioned restaurant has an excellent reputation for traditional, home-cooked food.

Hotel guests enjoy the use of Elstead's purpose-built Nordic Leisure Club in wooded pine surroundings. The heated swimming pool is ideal for exercise and relaxation. The fitness suite has all the latest equipment for an exhilarating workout, or just relax in the sauna and steam room.


Free High-Speed Internet, satellite TV.


Hilary Levett

Hilary Levett

Hilary Levett

I live in Pevensey Bay near Eastbourne with my husband Robin. I have always enjoyed card games, learning solo as a child then when I was about twenty a boyfriend taught me bridge. In recent years I qualified as a director and have been teaching beginners at my local club. For me the fun of bridge is social duplicate. I neither play nor direct at any high power events.

I love to play any card games, word games like scrabble, board games and do crosswords. I was born in the South East but spent over 20 years in Cheshire with my husband Robin, where I ran a boarding cattery. I also puppy walked for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation.

I love working for Mr Bridge, playing cards in beautiful places with so many interesting people, who wouldn't?

Robin Levett

I'm still relatively new to bridge. Shortly after I retired in 2009 Hilary taught me to play bridge, first Benji, then we started playing at a club where only Acol was allowed and subsequently we played a lot in France where we had to contend with the five cards majors and strong no trump - with different looking cards, and in French. Quite a whirlwind of experience followed by the great opportunity of 'helping' at Mr Bridge events around the country.

I really enjoy playing with Mr Bridge's clients and despite not being particularly competitive very much enjoy doing well, when that happens.

I was a keen runner, cyclist and rugby player and in my latter sporting years very much enjoyed many games of badminton and table tennis. Now my interests are that bit more sedentary, I still very much appreciate new technology and am a keen photographer and traveller.

Our daughter Holly lives nearby in Hastings and we derive a lot of pleasure seeing her and our two granddaughters.

Duplicate Bridge

Seminar: Overcalls

This break is for regular duplicate players with an interest in learning more about the seminar topic.

Bridge Programme

This is the format for all duplicate events and rarely varies. All parts of the programme are optional.

15:00 Mr Bridge Welcome Desk open
Tea or coffee on arrival
17:45 to 18:30 Welcome drinks reception
18:30 to 20:00 DINNER
20:15 Bridge Session 1
08:00 to 09:30 BREAKFAST
(tea & coffee at 11:00)
12:30 to 13:30 COLD BUFFET LUNCH
14:00 to 16:45 Bridge Session 2
18:15 to 20:00 DINNER
20:15 Bridge Session 3
08:00 to 09:30 BREAKFAST
(tea & coffee at 11:00)
12:30 to 14:00 COLD BUFFET LUNCH
14:00 to 16:45 Bridge Session 4

Other Information

One, Two, Three or Four Players

Whatever the game we will be able to accommodate you - finding partners or team-mates whenever necessary.

Non-Bridge Activities [Walking & Outings]

Do remember this is your break - you are free to roam the countryside, or visit one of the many local attractions in the area. Or of course you can simply take a break - watch some sport or lie down for a siesta or visit villages and towns for some shopping!

Checking Out (1100 on day of departure)

The hotel would like clients to check out before 11am on the day of departure. Therefore we advise that you check out after breakfast - bags can be stored for the rest of the day.


For those wishing to give gratuities to the staff - we do make available a collection bag on the day of departure - contributions are strictly optional and we hand this bag over to the staff at the end of the event.