Don't just take our word for it, here are some comments from our guests:
Thanks for a really excellent holiday. Great fun, non-stop. Brilliant concept and execution, very good balance of activities. Fascinating bridge. Very well done to all concerned. Certainly hope to join another Stocken holiday some time.
Bridge worked so well with three teachers/players all so knowledgeable and easy-going. Ace week! Let's hope we remember the conventions/play as well as the brilliant times. A la prochaine fois with the Stockens.
Many thanks. It was a lovely week, the best we have had.
What a lovely, lovely week - many thanks to a wonderful family team.
We all enjoyed it enormously, including the trips out. We would certainly be up for another trip.
Thank you very much. You've both gone to so much trouble and been very relaxed and enjoyable company. I particularly appreciated being met at the station, Claudia.
Thanks to Claudia and Zeb for a great week.
We will wait with bated breath for details of your next trips.
Thank you so much for making bridge so much fun and for another brilliant week.
The holiday has been outstanding. Couldn't have had a nicer week - it has been wonderful.
We thought the perfect surroundings, the company, the bridge and bridge lessons, and the cooking added up to a totally wonderful holiday for us. You manage to make it so enjoyable for us all - clearly you have a gift for this sort of thing. You make it look so easy, but I suspect that a huge amount of time is spent researching and planning, and then putting it all in to operation. Thanks for a brilliant week.
Thank you for making it all go so well.
Thank you Claudia. France was such fun!
We all love Zeb's classes and to have the added bonus of you and your mum made the week really special.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, in spite of the rain!
I echo what the others are saying about France. Great week even greater with you and your mum. I too am interested in Andalucia and in Burgundy next autumn. And in anything else for that matter!
Wonderful care and attention to detail. Thank you so much for everything.
Mixing everyone up at dinner was a huge success. We like the feel of country house rather than hotel. And we loved the hosts!
An excellent time - many thanks indeed.
Very impressive, great pains taken to make good holiday for all. Flowers in room lovely. Table seatings were brilliant and huge factor in success of holiday. Claudia and Zeb great team, very thoughtful and fun. Don't change this formula!
Brilliant week, very well organised - many thanks
The balance between bridge, excursions and golf just right. We like the longer holiday so we can enjoy all three. Like the informality of a house not a hotel. Well organised and charming.
Many thanks for a wonderful French experience. Keep up the good work. Well done.
Superb! I have been really impressed with everything. Quality of food was excellent. Bridge: as there was no pressure for anyone to play, it was great so many people did so much of the time. I definitely ended up playing much more than I expected. Organisation brilliant. You made everything run so smoothly and dealt professionally and patiently with all questions/comments/concerns. Thank you for a super week!
Great week. Thanks to all!
Many Thanks. What a team
I really, really enjoyed the whole week and you all worked so hard. It was such fun to meet you and your Mum and I really hope I will be allowed back on some Bridge holidays in the future!
Liked mixing people up. Good we could raid fridge! A great week, thank you.
Teaching perfect. A week to remember!
Excellent. Very good venue. Very sociable group. Good size and mix. Standard of bridge was good though not too good!
Thanks Claudia and Zeb. Very good memories of a super trip
Thank you Claudia and Zeb for such a good week in France even allowing for the weather. I would be very interested to hear about future holidays.
Food, bridge teaching, overall service: very super! Thank you very much - it was a great treat.
Food: interesting, varied and more than ample. Excursions: well chosen, welcome contrast to bridge sessions. Overall service: prompt, efficient and helpful re travel
Great mixing up and playing with everyone. Great walks. Thank you!
Thank you both so much for an excellent week-end at The Rectory. We enjoyed it all tremendously. The bridge was, as always, very well planned and put across, and we learned a lot. Testing, but good fun! And there was a good team of people to enjoy it all with. We were greatly surprised to win prizes, but thanks very much for them.
The Rectory Hotel was good for the event. The staff were charming. Thank you Claudia for all your organisational efforts.
We have both really enjoyed our time here. You have organised it superbly and thought of everything. The bridge was fabulous. I do hope we do another one.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend of bridge. All great fun and well organised by you both. Well done! We are definitely going to join you again on a future occasion
Thank you both for an excellent weekend. Very enjoyable, in delightful surrounds but .... more importantly ... wonderful opportunity for tuition and consolidated play.
I really appreciated the helpfulness of all of you - Philippe collecting us, Karin with meals and advice and Claudia and Zeb over bridge, local advice etc. The bridge break was like being at home with friends and being indulged - good food, company and of course spectacular scenery.
Excursions a real joy. Makes the holiday much more than just a bridge break. Walk with Davina was excellent.
The friendly service and food provided by Karin were excellent. A memorable stay! Karin's cooking is outstanding. I found the programme just right for the time available, challenging and stimulating. Zeb as always proved an excellent teacher. Davina was a charming and very knowledgeable guide. The flower garden was wonderful and well chosen. Thoroughly enjoyable stay. Would recommend it to bridge playing friends. Well done!
Really appreciated Karin's food. Hope to be able to retain all I have learned. Memo to myself - do more of Zeb's courses. Lots of interesting information and well planned. Can see that it is difficult to plan for different fitness levels, but I was thrilled to be able to get into the mountains.
Can't believe that the holiday is over
What a wonderful week it has been
Thanks to Zeb, Claudia and dear Dinah
And the fabulous chef, La Delphine;
Shame the weather has not been that brilliant
But the bridge and the food were 5 star
And a great group of people to be with
And the friendliest defenders by far.
WJO's, UCB's, all kinds of doubling
There's a lot of new stuff we've learnt to play
So here's three cheers for the whole Stocken family
Hip, hip, hip hip, hip hip hip hooray!
Thankyou to all our guests and their kind comments.
We hope to see you again soon!