If you don’t want to get on a plane to enjoy some autumn tennis, then a trip to Manor House Hotel and Ashbury on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon could be just the ticket
Manor House Hotel and Ashbury boasts eight indoor and five outdoor tennis courts. If you go and stay at either of the hotels, use of the tennis facilities is free of charge, as indeed are any of the many other activities on offer.
Set on the edge of Dartmoor in the Devon countryside, the outdoor courts have fantastic views to the northern edge of Dartmoor towards Yes Tor and with two indoor courts recently completed at the Ashbury, there are now more opportunities to play even if it’s raining outside.
At The Manor House there are 4 indoor courts in one hall, laid with Matchplay 2 carpet - ideal for tennis groups staging their own competitions. The hall has a viewing gallery above each court. The Moorland Tennis Hall is an individual court fitted out with “Nearly- Grass” carpet and the Spa Sports Hall houses another indoor court.
If you don't want to organise your own competitions Manor House offer competitions, which are open to players of all abilities. Private group or individual lessons are available from one of the LTA accredited coaches at an additional cost. Group Sessions with resident coaches are available during the week priced at £2 for 30 minutes or £4 an hour.
Coaching groups are split into three categories. These are juniors under 13, over 13 years (beginners and improvers) and club/team level players. Free group tennis coaching is being offered on all breaks taken between 8th October and 27th April 2016.
If you’ve got any energy left after playing tennis the extensive sport facilities and activities include thirteen bowls rinks, twelve badminton courts, two squash courts, 25 snooker tables, nine table tennis tables, darts, curling, five-a-side football, rounders, basketball, netball, volleyball and continuous cricket. There are five indoor target ranges, featuring air rifles, air pistols, archery and laser clay shooting. Free golf is available on any of the seven 18-hole golf course options.
There are plenty of leisure activities - three swimming pools, exercise classes including yoga, pilates and aquarobics, 10 lanes of ten - pin bowling. Two hydro spas and reasonably priced health and beauty treatments complete the all-round experience.
Discounts are available for groups of eight or more and with full board and activities included in the price there won’t be any nasty surprises when you check out.
The Manor House Hotel is located on the A386 Bowerland Road, approximately two miles north of the junction with the A30 and two miles from Okehampton. Contact 01837 53053 or visit www.manorhousehotel.co.uk.
Manor House Hotel