We will stay in buildings that belong to the King’s School, which at the time will be on Spring break. The buildings surround the cathedral and make use of the old monastic structures with modern interiors – best described as luxury rustic. Most rooms have views of medieval buildings.
The majority of the accommodation is in double rooms with twin beds and good privacy. There are some single rooms which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The rooms are organized into “houses,” each of which will accommodate approximately 40 people. Some of the houses are buildings dating from the 1300s and were originally part of the monastery. Each house has a code lock on the outside door, which will be kept locked at all times. Also note that a locked secure area will be available for valuables at the camp.
Comforters, pillows and towels will be provided, and rooms will be cleaned daily except on Sunday. Beds will be made up for arrival but not daily. Bathrooms are down the hall, varying in number and location, sometimes with more than one on each floor. They have a good measure of privacy with individual shower doors. Each house has a common sitting area with an adjacent kitchenette and free washer/dryers. This means that you can always make coffee, tea or snacks and, since you can wash clothing, you will be able to pack lighter! There is a grocery store right in town for snack purchases.
Meals will be a culinary delight in a most exquisite ambience – the old monastic barn with original
beams. The dining hall has a gourmet chef and sous-chef on staff. You will experience some of the finest food with interesting menus including especially cooked vegetarian dishes, which are not just regular meals with meat excluded. As much as possible the menus will feature items (such as lamb) that will be a little novel, and there will be a large variety of English desserts every day. Consideration will also be made for special dietary needs.
2 fully cooked meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided each day, with additional food provided outside the dance hall after the evening dance. Lunch on the first full day of the camp (Saturday, April 1) will also be provided, following orientation. You will also be able to prepare snack food and hot drinks at any time in the kitchenettes which are available in each house. Refrigerators are also available.
Dancing will be on a fully sprung wooden floor in a new building built in the traditional style. And while we endeavor to maintain a gender balance, dancers will understand that occasionally an imbalance is necessary to make the camp viable. Any imbalance will be minimized, however. We will dance in the evenings from 7:30-10:30 pm; the days will be available for exploring or relaxing.