Manor House Hotel sports and craft holiday

Several members of the Arts Group are going to The Manor House sports and craft hotel in Devon for a few days this December, and the more who join us, the merrier. I've stayed there several times and it's a wonderful place, with fabulous sports facilities and a well-equipped craft centre, offering 17 different activities - everything from enamelling to jewellery-making. It's also situated in lovely countryside on the edge of Dartmoor, near Yes Tor, which makes it ideal for walking or riding.

There are two major advantages to going at this time of year: 

1) The price: Approx £190 for 4 nights full-board, all activities included.

2) The fact that the facilities, which include swimming pools, saunas, indoor tennis, squash and badminton courts, bowling greens, and more, are severely underused, which means you never have to queue.

Perhaps as importantly, it's a friendly, relaxed sort of place, where people strike up acquaintances easily, and are happy to team up for sports, games, quizzes, or to just leave you alone, if you want some privacy! 

Single room accommodation is fairly limited and unfortunately, all single rooms for mid-December are taken. However, I've provisionally booked 5 'family suites', consisting of 2 separate bedrooms, a corridor and a shared bathroom - fairly similar to student accommodation in fact, and offering a suitable level of privacy. This is from Monday 16th December. So far we've filled only 2 of the 10 places, so there are eight more available.

Family suites have to be booked for a minimum of four nights, but if you'd prefer a shorter stay, there are plenty of double/twin rooms available as well, (some actually have three beds) This would obviously mean sharing a bedroom as well as the bathroom, but they are cheaper, at around £160 for three nights.

Other facilities at the Hotel include health and beauty treatments (including a range of massages from Reiki to sports massage), free swimming and tennis tuition, supervised archery, pistol and rifle shooting competitions (with instruction for beginners), guided walks on the moors, a gym room, curling, ten pin bowling and snooker tables.

I need to let the hotel know by December 12th whether or not we're going ahead with the booking, so I would appreciate firm commitments by next Sunday (8th September) at the latest to allow for postal confirmation.

All the information on the hotel can be found here: http://www.manorhousehotel.co.uk/

Please feel free to use the comments box or email me if you have enquiries.

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  • Norman

    A real gem of a place, more facilities than I've had hot dinners! And marvellous company. Thanks Neil.

    3 · December 21, 2013

  • Julia K

    What a lovely week, and a great set of people. A big thank you to Neil for organising!

    5 · December 21, 2013

    • Neil

      Chuffed to have you join us, Julia, despite Meetup's best efforts! x

      1 · December 21, 2013

  • linda

    Great break. I also really enjoyed the walks on Dartmoor. Spa was wonderful, the crafts were fun and the company was lovely. Thanks to Neil for organising & thanks to Gabriel for the lift.

    4 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil

      Glad you could join us Linda, and pleased the walking was up to the mark!

      1 · December 21, 2013

  • Katrina M.

    I echo everyone else's appreciative comments! Particular highpoints for me were walks on Dartmoor - seeing it change in all its moods/weather conditions - and the hydrospa which was superb.

    5 · December 20, 2013

    • Jo H

      I agree the walks and the hydro spa were fab , will go back and walk more next time. Went to the reservoir today and it was bitterly cold so didn't didn't do a long walk.

      1 · December 21, 2013

  • Wayne C.

    A fantastic week but it went too quickly! Lovely company, so good to get to know members better with more time. Everyone joined in and the venue was extremely good. Thanks Neil for organising. Thanks Norman for giving Julia and I a lift. So much to do it was difficult to decide what was next! The Hydro Spa was superb and merited two visits. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    4 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil

      Am looking into weekend or longer breaks in late Feb/early March when it's still relatively cheap.

      3 · December 20, 2013

  • Jo H

    Thanks Neil for organising this excellent few days away with a great group.

    3 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil

      My pleasure - glad you enjoyed it Jo! x

      December 20, 2013

  • helen

    Yes it was a wonderful week. Will hope to go again next year. And thanks to all for such lovely company. The best meet up group
    ever.

    4 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil

      Good to have you along, and Gwen. Hope you managed to steer clear of juggernauts on the way home! x

      December 20, 2013

  • Helen L.

    What a lovely week! The company was fantastic - great to meet you all! And of course, massive thanks to the boss for organising it all. :)

    3 · December 20, 2013

    • Neil

      Born in the OAG! x

      3 · December 20, 2013

  • Neil

    Exceptionally enjoyable holiday - thanks to everyone who came along, teamed up, chowed down, and all I can say is let's do it again soon!

    4 · December 20, 2013

  • Jo H

    Im coming too now, brilliant !

    November 28, 2013

    • Neil

      Did you manage to bag a single room, Jo? :)

      November 28, 2013

    • Jo H

      yes I did but I had to pay 10% extra cos its single?!I can offer a lift if needed.I've asked about badminton , swimming and walking will be super fit by the end of the week!

      November 28, 2013

  • Jo H

    If I can get the time off work I would like to come , I will book directly with the hotel if spaces still available by then too.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • linda

    Have booked accommodation directly with hotel & Gabriel has kindly offered me a lift share.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to be there. Can't do. Prior Christmas arrangements. Have fun.

    November 13, 2013

  • helen

    I too would appreciate a lift share for myself and friend if there's one available thanks

    October 14, 2013

    • Neil

      Helen, email Gabriel de la Pena via his profile page. He should be able to help.

      October 14, 2013

  • Cleo C.

    Not sure my last message got posted for some reason, but I'm still needing a lift to Devon, if Katrina, Norman, Gabriel or anyone else has a place please. Pleased to contribute to costs.

    October 11, 2013

    • Katrina M.

      That's fine Cleo, we'll sort something out. Am also giving a lift to one other.

      October 13, 2013

    • Cleo C.

      OK Katrina. May even see you at an event before then.

      October 13, 2013

  • Wayne C.

    Thank you Norman, much appreciated

    October 11, 2013

  • Norman

    Can take you

    October 11, 2013

  • Wayne C.

    Hi Katrina, Gabriel and Norman, could anyone give me a lift to Devon and back for the December holiday. I am of course willing to pay towards petrol etc. Regards

    October 11, 2013

  • cleo l.

    thx neil, too complicated wat wiv arranging lift/bookin train as well! will give it a miss, nxt time

    October 7, 2013

    • Neil

      OK Cleo, take care.

      October 7, 2013

  • cleo l.

    Thx Neil, are u saying the booking for 10 people u made is full and I should make my own arrangements direct with the hotel? thx cleo

    October 7, 2013

    • Neil

      Yes, that's right Cleo.

      October 7, 2013

  • cleo l.

    hi neil i cannot see how exactly to pay can u go thru it stage by stage please, is it paypal? where is the link, what do i click etc thx cleo

    October 6, 2013

    • Neil

      Hello Cleo: This is the Manor House Hotel's website: http://www.manorhouse...­ You can book a room through the site, or call them on[masked] and book over the phone. Best wishes, Neil

      October 6, 2013

  • Cleo C.

    I know it's a long time ahead yet, but it would make me feel a whole lot better if I could arrange a lift with someone well ahead of time. Very happy to share cost of petrol, provide moral support, travel sweets and words of encouragement to driver through bad weather and traffic jams :-)

    October 6, 2013

  • cleo l.

    interested in coming, would like a lift if anyone's driving, will pay towards petrol, let me know how we pay, thx, otherwise share taxi from station, will need to know what time it starts and finishes though to book trians.......

    October 5, 2013

    • Neil

      Hi Cleo, have made a group booking now - you're welcome to join us, but you'll need to arrange your own transport and book via the website above.

      October 6, 2013

  • Wayne C.

    I got a brochure through the post, it looks amazing. Will be a welcome break.

    October 6, 2013

  • helen

    Lift too for me and Gwen? If one's going

    October 5, 2013

  • Maria

    Sadly, too close to Christmas travels and other commitments :(

    September 3, 2013

  • Pat O.

    Cannot make these dates but interested in any future bookings.

    September 2, 2013

  • Katrina M.

    Looking forward to a lovely break in December.

    September 2, 2013

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