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.


Best dance tuition I have ever had, Well prepared and taught through lesson, and plenty of practice and reinforcement, which is overlooked in most lessons. Good that some are brave and resourceful enough to carry on at this time, or there would be nothing available for dancers 

— George Tudor-hart

We very much enjoy the opportunity to dance and think that it is really good that you are doing this even though it is not (very) profitable. Thank you.

— Mark McCaffrey

Lovely weekend thoroughly enjoyed. Lack of numbers did not spoil the experience, in fact helped with lots of space on the dance floor for a beginner standard. Music was good throughout. Clean and safe hotel.

— Frances Reid

Classes were fantastic and the evening dancing fabulous with a really good music selection. Had a fabulous time, just what was needed after a very stressful year. Will definitely come on a Dancebreaks holiday again.

— Paula Martin

Really appreciate your decision to continue with the holiday even though so many cancelled at the last minute. Our enjoyment was not spoilt by lack of numbers at all. You created the same enjoyable atmosphere and kept things moving as always. Jim and Georgina.

— James Barnes

We are Fairly new to the Dancebreaks weekends. However the organisation, teaching and all hotel amenities were excellent. We were well looked after. We already are booked for future dance events.

— Peter Allcock

Very happy with the organisation which is very smoothly done now. Easy to see the possible holidays online and book accordingly and then see at a glance what I've booked. Music good, dance facilities good, social distancing arrangements good. Have booked another 7 breaks.

— Mark McCaffrey

Everything carries risk at present but Durrant House and Dancebreaks we're reassuringly thorough in their care and precautions. Lockdown had left our dancing a rusting remnant of what we expected, but it was good to take the first remedial steps in such a supportive setting. Thank you

— Brian Ellis

Lovely to be able to get away from stresses of life and work in a hospital at these tough times to relax in beautiful scenery in Devon and get the chance to dress up and dance which is such a joy! It felt as safe as it could be in the ballroom - lots of space between couples and everyone very respectful of keeping apart. Great selection of music too! Thanks for helping us keep dancing safely

— Dawn Smith

Lovely time as usual, wish we could have stayed for the Sunday night as well. The smaller group worked well for social distancing, felt safer dancing than walking down the street! Can't wait for the next one.

— Peter Short

: It was good to be able to step out and dance to good music after such a long lockdown and furlough from dancing. Under the rapidly changing government covid guidelines you made the event very relaxing and we thoroughly enjoyed dancing again.

— Bruce Fox

Fantastic tuition from Mark and Olga. Well managed numbers allowed for sufficient space for tuition and practice, and also for dancing at the evening events. Great dance floor and very good music for dancing.

— Connie May

As usual, another excellent and very enjoyable holiday.

— Gwenda

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

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

March 2021

Mar : 12th - 15th (Fri - Mon)
Spring Ball Weekend

  • Tuition with Mark & Olga

Optional 4 Dance Group Workshop with British Professional Ballroom Champions Mark & Olga Elsbury and optional Private Lessons by arrangement through Dancebreaks.

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



April 2021

Apr : 30th - 3rd (Fri - Mon)
May Bank Holiday Ball Weekend with Opt Quickstep Tuition with Lawrence & Emma

  • Tuition with Lawrence & Emma

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 quickstep tuition with Lawrence & Emma

A single supplement applies to this hotel


October 2021

Oct : 8th - 11th (Fri - Mon)
Weekend With British Professional Ballroom Champions with Cabaret and opt. Ballroom Technique Tuition

  • Tuition with Mark & Olga

A weekend with British Professional Ballroom Champions with cabaret and optional up to five hours ballroom technique tuition with Mark & Olga Elsbury

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

A single supplement applies to this hotel

Optional ballroom technique tuition with Mark & Olga


December 2021

Dec : 3rd - 5th (Fri - Sun)
Pre-Christmas Rest & Relax Weekend with Opt. Cha Cha Tuition, Cheryl Beresford

  • Tuition With Cheryl

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 Cha Cha tuition with Cheryl Beresford

A single supplement applies to this hotel