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A little extra for our guests There’s often more to a stay in a Christian Guild hotel than just a holiday in stunning surroundings, thanks to our Interest Breaks. From guided walking breaks to holidays for those who love art or music, we’ve got something for you in our wide range at all our hotels. And our Interest Breaks are great value. As well as superb rooms and fantastic food, you get a lot of expert knowledge, lunches and more included in the price. You really won’t need to worry about anything, because the price includes all you need. As well as enjoying a great activity, Interest Breaks also give you the chance to meet like-minded people and make new friends. To make it easier for you to find out what’s going on we’ve updated our website to include more details about the breaks. Visit and you will be able to look through the breaks by date, hotel or break type and find out more about it by clicking on ‘show details’. Or if you don’t have access to the website, you can always telephone the hotels to find out what breaks they have on offer. Our reception teams are standing by, ready to take your call and provide all the information you need.

Whatever the weather throws at us this year (be it droughts or floods or both together!) you will always receive a warm welcome at a Christian Guild hotel. We are committed to helping you have a fantastic holiday, break or overnight stay, but we always like to go further. That is why we offer our guests more than just fantastic hotels and holidays. For example, we have an early payment offer that lets you enjoy a 4% discount on the price of your holiday when you pay in full 6 months or more in advance. And to help all our customers in these tough economic times, we continue to offer our redundancy protection scheme. If you are made redundant after booking your holiday and wish to cancel, then we will ensure a full refund of all money is paid – including deposits. So you can have total peace of mind when you book with us.

When you stay with Christian Guild you can tailor your holiday with us. Choose from one of our five magnificent hotels and then choose when you’d like to stay (from one night or a weekend to a week or two’s holiday). If you want to get involved with our great Interest Breaks, then there’s plenty to choose from. But if you want to stay at any time and just do your own thing, that’s fine. You don’t have to join the activities – it’s your holiday so it’s your choice!


Why not contact your choice of hotel now to find out more, or visit for more information. We are looking forward to welcoming you. Kevin Mantle, Managing Director

Church group breaks made easy Calling all church secretaries and group leaders! Are you looking for a special place for a group weekend or an away day? Then let us help. Our hotels are perfect venues for church gettogethers, and staff at each hotel are ready to look after your needs. Each hotel offers the space and technology you need, all within a welcoming Christian environment. Organisers are welcome to make a trip to familiarise themselves with the area and every 21st person goes free! Contact the hotel of your choice and let us help you arrange that special gathering. contact details Derwent House (Head Office)������������������� 01629 580550 Abbot Hall Hotel ��������������������������������������������� 015395 32896 Lindors Country House Hotel��������������������� 01594 530283

The club held its Annual General Meeting at Willersley Castle in April, with over 60 members attending and enjoying the annual exhibition of projected images and prints. The prints were on display in the recently refurbished Library and great fellowship was enjoyed, culminating in a Sunday morning ‘Agape’ service conducted by the club chaplain, Deacon Val Facey. The club was founded in 1904 as a cultural activity of the Wesley Guild and has claims to be the oldest continuously operating postal group in the country. It has grown steadily over the years and has held its AGM at Willersley Castle since 1954, and its Autumn Reunions at other Christian Guild hotels. It has over 150 members across the country, and welcomes members and adherents of the Methodist Church who have an interest in photography. Anyone interested in finding out more about the club, or joining, can visit the web site at or contact the General Secretary, Bob Winter: Tel. 0191 386 5872 or email

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All offers in this publication are applicable to new bookings only and subject to availability. Full balances must be paid at the time of booking. Terms & conditions apply. Excursions and some entertainment may incur additional costs.

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Here comes the S bargains you can’t afford to miss

Guests who don’t want the hassle of driving once they start their holiday can take advantage of a fabulous break with Abbot Hall Hotel. Set on the edge of the Lake District overlooking Morecambe Bay, the hotel has lined up a superb Car Free and Care Free five-night holiday from 6–11 May. As well as a walk to take in the views of the local area, the holiday price of just £345 per person for a standard en-suite room includes three day trips and three packed lunches.

There’s nothing like grabbing a great bargain – and Treloyhan Manor has a host of them during May and June in their nonensuite rooms. Anyone staying between 13–19 May or 10–16 June can take advantage of paying just £35 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. So if you are in Cornwall during those times and need an overnight stay or want to grab a bargain holiday, then look no further than Treloyhan Manor Hotel.

pair take the plunge to raise cash

Relax with a summer walk

Abbot Hall’s Manager, Amanda Fogg, and Deputy Manager, Diane Palmer, are getting ready to make a splash this summer. The plucky pair are taking part in the Great North Swim in June, which will see them swimming a mile of the chilly waters of Windermere. Everyone at Christian Guild wishes them well with their efforts to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you would like to sponsor Amanda or Diane go to and type their individual names where it asks you to sponsor a friend.

Beat the rush and enjoy a walk in some of Cornwall’s most interesting and beautiful places with Treloyhan Manor’s Early Summer Walks Week. The seven-night break includes five day trips with packed lunches, including walks to Clodgy Point, Portreath, Padstow and Porthleven. It takes place from 19–26 May, so you’ll beat the Jubilee Bank Holiday rush, and prices start at just £510 per person for en-suite accommodation that’s fit for a queen!

Sand, sea and a super hotel

Hop on board for a great week Everyone can sit back and relax if they book a super interest break with Sidholme Hotel. The Car Free and Care Free fivenight break from 27 May – 1 June allows guests to put their feet up and enjoy coach tours to fantastic attractions. Among the places being visited are: the summer home of Agatha Christie; Seaton Tramway; Slade Donkey Sanctuary; Tiverton Canal Barge; and the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Prices start from just £410 in an ensuite room and include entry to all destinations apart from the National Trust properties.

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Summer holidays relaxing on smooth sand while the waves lap on the shore may sound like a millionaire’s exotic foreign holiday, but Cornwall boasts some of the best beaches in the world, which means they are available to everyone. They’re so good, surfers from around the globe use them. With a superb climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream, St Ives has one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. It is also close to some fantastic attractions, so it’s the perfect place for a holiday. And if you like the idea of having a relaxing seaside break, then Treloyhan Manor offers first-class accommodation in stunning grounds that will make you feel like a millionaire. Best of all, because it’s a Christian hotel, you will be sure of a warm welcome and the chance to meet new people who you can enjoy fellowship with. So, what are you waiting for? Contact the hotel today: call 01736 796240 or email

Relaxing in a teashop is all part of a great holiday. So why not really push the boat out and enjoy Sidholme Hotel’s Teashop Strolls week. The five-night break from 20–25 May is a brilliant package of local strolls with a visit to a local teashop at either the start or end of the walk. The super price (just £395 per person for standard en-suite accommodation) includes light refreshments and transport to and from the walk location.

teashop strolls

Tea-mendous idea for a break


Be car and care free


Traffic jams have become part of bank holidays. But Treloyhan Manor has come up with a great offer that means you can get to the Spring Bank Holiday break (2–9 June) early and save cash. If you book to arrive on 1 June, you pay just £35 per person for the night for dinner, bed and breakfast in an ensuite room. For those staying in non-ensuite rooms it’s just £25 per person for the night. And with kids discounts, it means that while others are stuck in jams, you’ll be at the luxurious hotel safe in the knowledge that you’ve got a great deal.

You can’t beat a stroll on a warm summer’s day! But nothing beats a stroll with breathtaking views, which is what you’ll get when you join Treloyhan Manor’s Mid-Summer Strolls break. As well as enjoying the beautiful St Ives hotel’s surroundings, you’ll be able to enjoy five visits in the county, which includes Marazion, Ludgvan, Truro Cathedral, Porthcurno and St Just. The package prices start from £435 per person in en-suite accommodation for the break from 24–30 June.

Jewel in the crown!

Take part in the London Olympic Games celebrations without having the hassle of travelling to the cramped capital at Willersley Castle Hotel. On 29 June, the Olympic Torch will pass through Matlock and the hotel is celebrating with a special event. Join the hotel for a light brunch before the making your way to the place where the Torch passes. Afterwards, you’ll be free to enjoy the surprising town of Matlock Bath and the hotel’s breathtaking grounds before an Olympic Gala Buffet and bed and breakfast. At the special reduced price of just £44.88 per person (based on two people sharing a twin or double room), this is a fantastic break for those who want to see the Torch and experience all that Willersley Castle Hotel has to offer.

sugar craft

Sidmouth is getting set for a lot of fun to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer – and Sidholme Hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the activities during the Jubilee Half Term Fun week (3–8 June). The town’s cricket club is hosting a classic car show from noon on Monday 4 June, and on Bank Holiday Tuesday there is a super royaltythemed garden party in the Sidholme grounds, with stalls, games and, of course, cream teas.

Icing on the cake!


diamond jubilee

Super summer strolls

Flower power break

Olympic effort at Willersley

Wow your family and friends by learning the fabulous art of sugar craft during a brilliant holiday at Sidholme Hotel. Top pastry chef Rachel Bowering will be on hand during the five-night break to show you how to make sugar craft items, decorate cakes, make petit fours and produce stunning chocolate decorations. The Sugar Craft Break takes place from 10–15 June and costs £375 per person staying in standard en-suite rooms. The great price includes expert tuition, lunch each day and tea and coffee during one session each day.

Devon’s public gardens are an explosion of colour and scent during the summer. So why not enjoy visiting some of the best during a super excursion break at Sidholme Hotel? This super six-night break includes visits to Otter Nurseries, Montacute House, Connaught Gardens and the HHA/ Christies Garden of the Year Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. The amazing price – £445 per person in standard en-suite rooms – for this break from 17–22 June includes four coach trips including entry fees (except National Trust properties) and lunch!

Oh baby! Abbot Hall welcomes new family members Abbot Hall staff have been celebrating the birth of three babies within months of each other. First to arrive was Viktor Witek (centre), next was Alicja Joanna Krepa (right) and, finally, Alexandra Julie Haines (left) was born. Christian Guild wishes all parents and their new arrivals the very best.


Beat the jams



Great breaks and offers from May to July to get you in the summer mood

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coach holiday

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Great holidays just for your congregation Calling all churches! If you would like a special coach holiday for 40–50 people from your congregation, then let Willersley Castle Hotel make the arrangements for you. From booking forms, transport to and from your area to the luggage labels and a full evening programme, the Derbyshire hotel will look after everything for you. Organisers are welcome to make a trip to familiarise themselves with the area and every 21st person goes free! Holidays are available throughout the year, so contact General Manager Kevin George or Head Receptionist Anne Allaway today to talk about what you need. You can contact them on 01629 582270 or email

Enjoy a july ‘staycation’ and the kids go free! Staycations are all the rage this summer – but it means top holiday destinations are busy. So to help you beat the rush, Treloyhan has a great offer. All children under the age of 10 stay for free at the St Ives hotel if you book from 21–28 July.

Get in the swing


A week of fun and foliage is something that garden lovers shouldn’t miss when Treloyhan Manor hosts its brilliant Bristol Cornish Gardens Coach week from 30 June – 7 July. Guests will be picked up from points in Bristol, Taunton, Exeter and Wadebridge on a luxury coach for their sevennight holiday. As well as staying at Treloyhan and enjoying its stunning surroundings, guests will also enjoy visiting gorgeous gardens at Trebah, Caerhays, Trengwainton and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The package price starts at an amazing £495 per person for en-suite rooms and includes coach travel, so you can really relax on this great holiday.

For those living further afield, this coach holiday to Abbot Hall (7–14 July) is a great way to enjoy the Lakes without the hassle of driving there. The package costs £495 per person staying in standard ensuite accommodation, and includes the outward and homebound journeys. Pick-ups are arranged in Newton Abbot, Exeter, Taunton and Bristol.

coach holiday

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Break will grow on you!

from south devon to south lakes

If you think a golfing holiday means expensive courses and hotels in Portugal or Spain, think again. Lindors Country House Hotel has lined up a fantastic six-night break that takes in three of the top golf courses in Wales. On each golf day, you will enjoy lunch and a chance to play 18 holes on the courses of the prestigious Rolls of Monmouth, St Pierre and Monmouth, which has been voted the prettiest in Wales. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, this is a fantastic holiday. As well as enjoying a great round, there are also daily competitions and prizes. The price of the Golf Break, which takes place from 14–20 July, starts at just £505 per person.

Threesy does it!

Abbot Hall Hotel Lindors Country House Hotel Sidholme Hotel

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set for the school hols Your family will be celebrating when school’s out for the summer holiday, and to help you get into the long break, Lindors Country House Hotel is organising a fun-packed week in July. The five-night break – from 22–27 July – includes a host of great activities for all ages as we warm up for the Olympics. The School’s Out package is just £310 per person and includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

family week

Treloyhan Manor loves to welcome families to its splendid St Ives hotel – and is making the cost of staying cheaper for those families with three generations. Each time you book for grandparents, parents and children – the children stay for free, regardless of age. This fantastic offer is available now and ends on 21 July. So make sure you book soon to take advantage of a fabulous family holiday for less. General Manager Kieran Lynch said: “As a Christian company we believe that families holidaying together is important, so we want to make it easier for all three generations to do so at the best possible value.”

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trains, trams & boats

Summer holidays aren’t just for the children – big kids can have fun too! And at Willersley Castle Hotel there's a great interest break planned for 28 July – 3 August. Fans of all kinds of transport will have to make tracks to the beautiful Derbyshire hotel to enjoy the Trains, Trams and Boats week, which will offer suggested day visits to the Crich Tramway Museum and Cromford Canal. Each evening includes themed games, so there's fun all the way on this break. At just £60 per person per night you'll enjoy en-suite rooms and dinner, bed and breakfast – and with under-12s going free, it is fantastic value. Please note: excursions will be charged separately.

Discounts and free places make break a family favourite

The Derbyshire Dales and Peak District are often overshadowed by the likes of the Lakes, but if you want to immerse yourself in beautiful, natural creation then the Dales and Peak District National Park are absolute gems. Monica and Geoffrey will be hosting a superb four-night interest break at Willersley Castle Hotel in the late summer with walks for all abilities. The break – from 26–31 August – is just £304 per person and includes dinner, bed and breakfast plus transport to and from the walks and a packed lunch each walking day too.

Hit the right notes with roger jones and team Roger Jones and his team will be making a welcome return to Willersley Castle Hotel in the summer for a week of worship, music and reflection. Whether you want to immerse yourself in all that is planned or just sit back and relax, this is the perfect break. The Roger Jones Music Week (from 19–25 August) includes activities, free time for relaxing in the castle’s superb surroundings and Christian fellowship at its best.

The world was their oyster! Guests young and old had the world at their feet during February half-term when they took part in a special interest break at Sidholme Hotel. The hotel hosted an Around the World week, which saw guests making crêpes from France, creating piñatas from Spain and enjoying Indian body painting. And they did it all without leaving the fabulous grounds of Sidholme Hotel!

Treloyhan’s a golden wonder Guests at Treloyhan Manor have more than just a super hotel and beautiful surroundings to look forward to. The St Ives hotel has been awarded the nationally-recognised CHEFS Gold Food Award for its delicious dishes. General Manager Kieran Lynch said: “This is a great achievement for our kitchen team, and a fantastic start to 2012.” Operations Manager Janet Turner added: “This award has been brilliant to add to our company’s achievements this year.”

Interest breaks at Sidholme Hotel often book up quickly – so if you love the idea of a week of crafty activities then now’s the time to book a great break in October. Christian craft company Time to Sow will be on hand offering two options each morning from Monday to Thursday during a special break from 21–26 October. Guests will learn all they need to know about decoupage, beading, perfect peals and scrapbooking among a host of other activities. And for those who book early, there’s the added bonus of 20% off the package price. With an ensuite room, dinner, bed and breakfast included, that’s a fantastic deal for just £320.


Book early... save 20%

roger jones music week

Places at Willersley Castle Hotel’s Family Adventure Week are going fast – so make sure you book today to avoid missing out. The six-night break (from 5–11 August) will be packed with free in-house activities and other fun pursuits away from the hotel (at additional cost). Afternoons and evenings will offer something for all ages. The break offers fabulous value for families: under-12s stay for free, and there are discounts for children and grandparents when all three generations book together. Contact the hotel for details.

Put your best foot forward


family week

Full steam ahead! under-12s go free

Upgrade your break It’s been a tough few years, so why not treat yourself by upgrading your room during your break at Sidholme Hotel? Upgrades are often available and offer that extra bit of luxury you deserve during your holiday. Contact Sidholme on 01395 515104 today, or email to find out more about their great value upgrades.

For more details about the Interest Breaks and what’s included, contact the hotels directly or visit: Sidholme Hotel 01395 515104 Abbot Hall Hotel 015395 32896 Treloyhan Manor Hotel 01736 796240 Lindors Country House Hotel 01594 530283 Willersley Castle Hotel 01629 582270

Holidays further afield in 2012 For more information and a full itinerary, or to book your place on any of these holidays please contact: Derwent House, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5JG Telephone: 01629 580550 Email: Web:

MethodisT heritage coach tour:

St Ives & South-wesT EnglAnd

14 – 21 july 7 nights from £515

AustRia walking holıday

4 – 11 august 7 nights from £847 incl. flights & transfers

MethodisT heritage coach tour:

centrAl & Northern EnglAnd

2 – 9 september 7 nights, £550

proposed Holidays further afield in 2013 The holidays below are under consideration for 2013. To register your interest in any of them, please contact Derwent House using the details at the top of the page.




in the steps of st. paul

northern italy (sightseeing & walking)

Christian Guild Newsletter - May 2012  
Christian Guild Newsletter - May 2012  

The May 2012 edition of the Christian Guild newsletter.