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Life On The Yard Wiltshire

Do you have a pony mad child or are you a horse crazy adult? We offer short breaks on a beautiful private estate in Wiltshire where you can ride and help with the horses. The horses will be living outside your window so you can wake up to morning feed and go to bed with evening stables.

What's Included:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Self Catering Log Cabin by stables
  • 3 x 2 hour rides
  • Stable time
  • feed
  • groom
  • turn out
  • tack up etc

Price: From £495 pp

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Sample Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

Day One

Arrive today after lunch and settle into your accommodation by the stables. For friends and families we have an onsite log cabin which is charmingly located with great views across the estate. There is one bedroom that can be a double or twin bed and a sofa bed in the lounge that can be made up for families. There is a bathroom and a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge. The local gastro pub is walking distance or the hostess will prepare lunch / dinner upon request (prices below).  Riding will start this afternoon with a guided 2 hour hack through this beautiful private estate which was formerly the hunting ground of King John. You may come across the herd of deer!

Within walking distance there is a gastro pub for evening meals or your hostess will prepare dinner upon request (prices below).

Day Two

Today there will be the opportunity to help with the horses. You can help to feed, groom, muck out, tack up, bath the horses etc. The day includes 2 hours of riding out around the estate. We do have some gentle canter tracks for those who are used to cantering out in the open but the restrictions on the estate due to the other wildlife prevent galloping. Children and adults are welcome to help with the horses on our special horse crazy / pony mad immersion package. Adults can also choose to relax whilst their horsemad children help out.

If you are looking for other things to do locally during your stay we would recommend a visit to Larmer Tree Gardens. Set in the outstanding landscape of the Cranborne Chase, these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Pitt Rivers in 1880. These gardens are an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance and are recognised by English Heritage as a Garden of National Importance.

Day Three

This morning there will be another ride prior to departure.

Package price of £495pp includes –

•    2 nights self catering accommodation in log cabin for 2 people

•    3 x 2 hr private estate hacks plus helping with the horses.

To read Equestrian Escapes reviews click on the link

What to do and where to eat:

There is a pub within walking distance.

Travel is possible without a car. Please get the train to Salisbury, a collection is offered by the host (pay them directly) £20.

Professional massage is offered by the host's daughter £45 - please book and pay for directly.

The host will generally be able to offer a dinner menu £12.50 please book and pay for directly.

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

If you are interested in reading more about equestrian aids have a look at our articles page - /A-is-for-Aids/

For tips regarding your holiday such as what to wear and riding ability, please visit the Travel Tips page.

We work hard to ensure that each customer has a great time on their holiday. Please see some riding holiday reviews here.

We have a large range of holidays to suit a range of riding abilities. Please see here for more information.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 2 - 14 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 6 weeks prior to holiday
  • Book On-line by filling in the booking form below and pay deposit via WorldPay
  • or book by phone on 01829 781123.

Optional Extras

  • Collection from Salisbury railway station £20 Massage £45 Dinner £12.50