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West Country Riding, Wiltshire from £295pp

Just 2hrs outside London and 1.5hrs from Bristol and Bournemouth you will find the breathtaking Rushmore Estate. Ride through the spectacular Beech avenues, observe the deer in the valleys and absorb the stunning views across the Cranborne Chase. You may even spot a celebrity or two as this is the former home of Guy Richie and Madonna. The estate woodlands contain one of the largest blocks of semi-natural broad-leaved woodlands in the South England, and in the last 10 years has seen a major restoration programme and the woods are now recognised as a wildlife site of National importance.

What's Included:

  • 2 nights
  • B&B or self catering
  • Choice of accommodation (see below)
  • 3 days riding to suit ability
  • 3 x 1/2 day rides for beginners
  • 2 x 1/2 day rides & 1 x full day ride

Price: from £295pp


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Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

Day One

Arrive and settle into your chosen accommodation. Each of the properties that we offer are set in and around the Rushmore Estate.

This afternoon you will be meeting the horses, all of which have an interesting story behind them. Once comfortable Angie will be taking you for your first ride out through the thick woods away from the hustle and bustle of the day to day work and life. After the ride relax and enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful location - what better way to start your trip!

Day Two

This morning after a good night's sleep and breakfast you will head back to the stables to be reunited with your faithful steed. Take your camera so that you won't be disappointed as you will ride through the estate up to the hills of the Cranborne Chase to take in the spectacular views. You will be riding across King John’s hunting ground and over ancient Roman roads, and if you are lucky Angie might take you into the famous ‘circle’. A circle of beech trees that King John planted to mark the crossroads of four Roman roads. You will also view ancient Saxon burial mounds that are situated on the estate. Whilst riding out Angie will give you a history update of the 8,000 acre Estate, followed by a stop off at the local pub, The Museum Inn which was built at the orders of General Pitt Rivers who was part of the estate, and who excavated the Estate's history.

There is no doubt that this is a magical sight to see on horse back! As you are the only riders permitted on the estate this really is a truly exclusive trip never to forget. There are no cars allowed in this area and you will hardly meet a soul apart from the wonderful wildlife, peace and tranquility. You will continue on your journey passing by the local village inn where fires roar in the winter and all the food is home made and locally sourced (bare this in mind for dinner tonight - the puddings must be sampled!)

Day Three

The third day, sadly, is your last chance to ride. Angie will take you on an early morning ride through the Estate where hopefully you will catch a glimpse of the wild deer in the ancient valleys and see the stunning view once more across the Cranborne Chase.

Before you go home if you like your wines then its on to sample the delights of 'Museum Wines' which you are able to purchase and take home, or for those that don't drink it's morning brunch.

Rushmore Estate really is something straight out of a Jilly Cooper novel, you need to see it to believe it, a holiday you'll never forget begging you to come back again and again!

Please note that if you book the beginner riding package you will not under any circumstances be able to canter. If you would like to do an intermediate riding package of 3 x 1/2 day rides with walk, trot and steady canter then the price is from £350 pp staying in the onsite B&B. A 1/2 day ride is approx. 2hrs, a full day is 4hrs.

Accommodation options:

The on site B&B - you can choose to stay in Angie's beautiful cottage which is on site with the horses. The cottage boasts spectacular views all the way to Bournemouth. There is a comfortable twin bedded room here with a shared bathroom. This is a great option for travellers coming without a car as she will provide transfers for you from Gillingham or Salisbury train station or Hurn airport (£10each way). Evening meals are available in the house, two courses for £17.50.

The on site log cabin - in December 2012 Angie's lovely husband and his work colleagues built this luxury oak frame lodge amongst the gooseberry trees on their land. This option is perfect for couples or small groups of friends who want their own privacy. The lodge is made up of a lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room and a private bedroom which can be made up to a twin or double. There is a double sofa bed in the living room. Robes and slippers are provided, plus a welcome pack with milk, bread, biscuits, chocolates etc. The lodge has its own private patio with a BBQ and heater. If you would like to have breakfast with Angie in the house the price is £7.50pp and can be paid for directly. Lunch and evening meals are also available in the house at a cost of £7.50 and £17.50 respectively.

The 5* B&B - located approximately 15 minutes from the stables this beautiful bed and breakfast is right in the heart of Blandford close to all the local amenities and the village pub. The B&B has been renovated to an incredibly high standard and offers 2 large suites, one double and one twin, each individually decorated with en-suite facilities. There are also two self contained apartments each with a double bed and private living areas. For those staying in one of the suites breakfast is included in the price. For those staying in the apartments continental breakfast ingredients are provided for you to make your own breakfast. The price for the rooms and the apartments are the same and you will be allocated one or the other depending on availability at the time of booking. 

The Manor House - this family run manor house designed by Thomas Archer offers 10 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant serving beautiful home cooked food. The Manor is located just a 10 minute drive from the stables.


Prices:

2 nights accommodation plus riding to suit ability B&B on-site  

On-site self-catering lodge

5*  B&B Manor House  

Beginner riding

3 x 1/2 day rides

£295pp   £325pp £350pp £375pp  

Intermediate riding

3 x 1/2 day rides

£350pp   £375pp £400pp £450pp  

Experienced riding

2 x 1/2 day & 1 x full day

£395pp   £425pp £450pp £475pp  
Single room supplement £10pn   £15.00pn £40pn £40pn  

 

Please note the maximum weight limit for this riding break is 14 stone.

For those coming with children please note that if you stay on site in either the B&B or the log cabin they are more than welcome to spend as much time as they like at the yard with the horses - grooming, mucking out, tacking up etc. 

For people travelling without a car Angie will take you to the traditional village of Shaftesbury where you can explore the famous 'Gold Hill', relax in one of the quaint little coffee shops or browse the numerous boutique stores.

The Cranborne Chase in Wiltshire is an ancient deer forest where King John came to hunt and within which the "Chase Rights" applied from the Saxon period until 1828. A truly unique area in terms of historical landscape with a rich Archaeological heritage.

The beautiful landscape of Cranborne Chase surrounding the village is good for both walking and cycling. There are several pay and play golf courses in the area including a very pretty eighteen hole course in Rushmore park. The Rushmore Golf Club is a superb 18 hole championship golf course located near Salisbury on the Wiltshire, Dorset borders, offering an outstanding golf and social product and a unique, unpretentious atmosphere quite different to more traditional Golf Clubs. The course is available to visitors seven days a week, subject to other bookings, and they will always be assured a warm welcome.

For field sports enthusiasts the area offers riding, hunting with the Portman, Todber Manor has 6 well stocked course lakes set in the beautiful Blackmore Vale, and there are several high class shoots nearby from whom a day’s shooting may be hired.

Customer Feedback:

"Just wanted formally to thank you for introducing me to Angie and riding at Rushmore.  She and Russell have developed into real friends whom I would not have made without you."

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If you are looking for something a little closer to the coast  then perhaps the Horses, Beaches & Wine tailor made riding holiday would be more suited to you.

We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.

How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 2 - 14 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 6 weeks out
  • Fill in booking form below
  • Pay deposit via WorldPay

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights
  • Extra rides
  • Single room supplement
  • Meals
  • Non rider price
  • Golf
  • Quadbiking
  • Spa treatments