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The Olde Barn Hotel

Toll Bar Road, Marston, Lincolnshire NG32 2HT

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The Hotel

Idyllic luxury hotel retreat set in beautiful countryside.

Enjoy the tranquillity of this idyllic retreat set in beautiful countryside in the heart of England. Belvoir Castle is within easy reach as are several historic houses.

The hotel has an excellent reputation for traditional English cuisine, which is prepared by experienced chefs using top quality locally grown or produced ingredients.

All of the rooms are spacious, well equipped, and tastefully decorated for a comfortable stay. Facilities include en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making equipment and TV.

The emphasis is on quality and the state-of-the-art Health Club and Spa has something for everyone, from the fitness fanatic to those just wanting to enjoy the luxury of the spa.

Facilities

Swimming pool, spa/jacuzzi, sauna, gym, golf course nearby, lift and tea/coffee available in the bedrooms. Smoking is allowed in some bedrooms.

Supplements

Room Upgrades.

Location

Elaine Duff

Elaine Duff

I learnt to play bridge at university but didn’t start playing duplicate until 2008 when I started playing again after a 10 year break. I play regularly for both Hitchin and Royston Bridge Clubs but it is with Hitchin that I am mostly involved with directing and encouraging players to improve through workshops. With one of my bridge partners I have entered some of the local county competitions.

I was born in Yorkshire and although I have spent over 45 years in the south I still see myself as a Yorkshire lass. I am a proud grandmother of a boy 11 and two girls 9 and 2. I have found that being with them is a delight and entertaining them is one of life’s pleasures. As yet I haven’t been able interest them enough to learn to play bridge. My spare time is taken up with visiting the gym, reading fiction, mainly mysteries, and attending some of the many courses available for retirees. I love travelling and having lived in Australia for three years in the early 2000s. My partner and I visit there once every couple of years. For the large part of my working life I was a teacher of mathematics and was lucky to be involved in consultancy work and lecturing before I fully retired in 2011.

Festive Bridge

DRAFT ITINERARIES – please note these are subject to change

Denham Grove:   Christmas | Twixmas | New Year | Other

The Olde Barn:   Christmas | Twixmas | New Year | Other

Blunsdon House:   Twixmas

 

Christmas at Denham Grove 2018

Hand Evaluation and Transfers with Sandy Bell

SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER
15:00 to 17:30 Mr Bridge Welcome Desk will be open in the reception area.
You are able to check into your rooms from 15.00 onwards.
Denham Grove staff to host mulled wine and mince pies from 15.00 till 17.00.
A complimentary porterage service is available on arrival and departure.
17:45 to 18:30 Welcome Reception.
Complimentary drinks reception in the bar lounge.
18:30 to 20:00 Dinner.*
20:00 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE, MONDAY 24 DECEMBER
08:00 to 10:00 Full English or Continental Breakfast.
Note: Day Guests are not entitled to breakfast on any day.
10:30 to 12:30 Seminar -Hand Evaluation in No Trumps followed by Set Hands.
Alternatively relax in syndicates 1, 2 or 3 with the option of playing
other games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or do a Jigsaw.

Tea and coffee at approximately 11:00.
12:30 to 14:00 Buffet Lunch.
14:00 to 16:40 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.**
Alternatively relax in syndicates 1, 2 or 3 with the option of playing
other games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or do a Jigsaw.

Tea and coffee at approximately 15:15.
17:45 to 18:30 Mulled wine, canapés and carols in the bar lounge.
18:30 to 20:00 Dinner.*
20:00 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.
 
CHRISTMAS DAY, TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER
08:00 to 10:00 Full English or Continental Breakfast.
10:30 to 12:00 Discussion on the Answers to the Bidding Quiz.
Alternatively relax in syndicates 1, 2 or 3 with the option of playing
other games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or do a Jigsaw.

Tea and coffee at approximately 11:00.
13:00 to 15:00 Four course Christmas Lunch (Lounge suits/blazers).
15:00 Queen’s Speech displayed on televisions in the lounge bar.
Christmas cake to be available to all guests during the afternoon at the drinks stations.
15:30 to 16:40 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.**
18:30 to 20:00 Festive Cold Buffet Supper.
20:00 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.
 
BOXING DAY, WEDNESDAY 26 DECEMBER
08:00 to 10:00 Full English or Continental Breakfast.
10:00 to 12:30 Seminar – Hand Evaluation in Suits followed by Set Hands.
Alternatively relax in syndicates 1, 2 or 3 with the option of playing
other games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or do a Jigsaw.

Tea and coffee at approximately 11:00.
12:30 to 14:00 Buffet Lunch.
14:00 to 16:40 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs**
Tea and coffee at approximately 15:15.
18:30 to 20:00 Dinner.*
20:00 Bridge Session - Duplicate Pairs.
 
THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER
08:00 to 10:00 Full English or Continental Breakfast.
Note: The hotel likes clients to check out before 10.00.
It is therefore advised that you check out after breakfast.
The venue can store your luggage if required.
10:00 to10:10 Informal Prize Giving for the duplicate section.
10:10 to 12:30 Seminar – Transfers followed by Set Hands.
Alternatively relax in syndicates 1, 2 or 3 with the option of playing
other games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or do a Jigsaw.

Tea and coffee at approximately 11:00.
12:30 to 14:00 Buffet Lunch.
  All depart.  Have a safe journey.

To make bookings or for further information, telephone my office on 01483 489961.