Dance Holidays at Durrant House – Bideford, Devon

The Durrant House Hotel continues to be the best hotel in our current offering. The rooms, ballroom, food and service, have been praised by all our guests as exemplary, and Carole and I continue to recommend this hotel without reservation.

Durrant Ballroom

Our largest dance floor at nearly 90ft, this beautiful laminate ballroom floor is much loved by dancers and Vincent of Vincent and Flavia fame mentioned it was one of the best he had danced on.

Rooms and Public Areas

The rooms are of contemporary décor, with a good standard of furnishings and some bathrooms have marble walls and glass sinks making them luxurious in appearance. Dancers, our room allocation includes all premium rooms followed by standard rooms (3 star quality). These rooms are allocated to our dancers in priority booking order.

The public areas have a colonial feel with dark wood, etched glass and marble floors and the ballroom is stunning.

Food and Restaurant

The restaurant, with etched glass and mahogany panels, is extremely comfortable, and has a warm and homely ambience. The food and service, and attention to every detail, was noted by our clients to be of a very high standard and therefore represented wonderful value for money.

R&R Spa

R&R is a world apart, a luxury North Devon haven where you can enjoy a range of gentle therapeutic treatments including nail extensions, pamper days and pedicures that will leave you feeling Refreshed, Revitalised, Rejuvenated, Restored, and above all Relaxed – and ready to get back on top of your job and busy family life.


We have been on several dance holidays in the past. This was our first with you and it is definitely the best! We shall be coming again.

— David Wollett

I wanted to write to express my delight at the most enjoyable weekend I have just spent at the Durrant Hotel, Bideford. Your stand in host Peter Tebby was a pleasure to meet and I thoroughly enjoyed his choice of music. Many thanks to him and Christine for being such friendly pleasant hosts, and for the wealth of knowledge that he was imparting to me. The highlight of the weekend was the dance tuition from Mark and Olga. Their charm and professionalism was second to none, and the classes gave us some wonderful figures to put into our routine. The best moment for me was when Mark, whilst doing their demonstration of the Viennese waltz, chose me to partner him for a wonderful turn on the dance floor. It was my birthday weekend, which made it all the more special, and I was riding high for the whole of the stay. Many thanks for a fabulous time. I look forward to the next. Frances

— Frances

We had a great weekend, Paul & Carol were very welcoming as always. The tuition we got from Richard & Morgan was outstanding we thoroughly enjoyed it. Carol & Paul had obviously take great care in the dining seating arrangements as we were seated with some lovely like minded people. We would definitely recommend 'Dance Breaks' and will be booking again for future holidays.

— Mr. Booth

Absolutely loved this weekend. Richard and Morgan's tuition was perfect for us - they gave us extra information where needed and we loved the choreography. We thoroughly enjoyed the company of other dancers we were sat with, and Paul and Carole's organisation and whole approach could not be improved upon, in our opinion. Neil

— Neil

Just returned home from a very enjoyable weekend dance break holiday in Bideford. The organisation has been excellent with caring G attention to detail at all stages. We have enjoyed many holidays with Paul and Carole over the years and have never been disappointed. We hope to be able to continue for many years to come. Looking forward to the next one. G V.

— G.V


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Places of Interest

Barnstaple: just 8 miles from Bideford, Barnstaple offers something for everyone. Whether it’s shopping, leisure and culture or immersing yourself in the town’s rich
history, England’s oldest borough caters for all tastes. Barnstaple’s Pannier Market dates back to Saxon times and offers a range of local crafts and produce, and has been voted in the Independent as one of the top 10 food markets.

Bideford is an attractive town on the banks of the Torridge estuary. Following the building of a new bridge in the late 1980’s it is not so busy with the traffic heading into North Cornwall able to bypass the town on the
A39. The old road has a lovely famous bridge crossing the Torridge linking the town of Bideford to its aptly named neighbour “East the Water”.

This area of North Devon was home to Author Charles Kingsley, and where he based his novel Westward Ho! Since that novel was published the town of Westward Ho! has grown and was in fact-named after the book!

Appledore, Instow and Clovelly have their own charm, whilst at Great Torrington, the Dartington Glass Factory has a visitor’s attraction and Factory shop.

Local Tourist Information

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Address Heywood Road Northam Bideford EX39 3QB United Kingdom

Holidays at This Hotel

May 2019

May : 3rd - 6th (Fri - Mon)
May Bank Holiday Ball Weekend

Whats Included

Sherry reception * Dinner and B&B * Formal ball * Hosted by Paul & Carole with the renowned Eden Nights music collection * Use of the ballroom during the day for practice (sometimes time specified) *


October 2019

Oct : 11th - 14th (Fri - Mon)
A Weekend with British Professional Ballroom Champions with Cabaret and Opt. Ballroom Technique Tuition, Mark & Olga

  • Tuition with Mark & Olga

What’s Included

Ballroom, Latin & Popular Sequence Dancing * Dinner and B&B * Sherry Reception * Formal Ball * Hosted by Paul & Carole Eden with the renowned Eden Nights music collection

Optional ballroom technique tuition with Mark & Olga


November 2019

Nov : 29th - 1st (Fri - Sun)
Pre-Christmas Special Weekend

What’s Included

Ballroom, Latin & Popular Sequence Dancing * Dinner and B&B * Sherry Reception * Formal Ball * Hosted by Paul & Carole Eden with the renowned Eden Nights music collection

* Use of the ballroom for practice during the day sometimes time specified