Arrive into Malaga airport. We can either collect you from here (€110 return) or you can hire a car and we will send you driving directions. You will be staying in a 200 year old recently restored luxury Hacienda with facilities including a heated infinity pool, private gardens, Chapel lounge, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and shady gazebos overlooking the valley and acres of olive groves and pine forests. All rooms are en-suite and have been restored in typical Andalucían style with bamboo ceilings and rustic tiles. Once arrived and settled in, the daily activities ahead will be discussed and if time permits you will start with an assessment lesson. Should you wish we will take a video of this and one again at the end of the holiday; this should enable you to see the improvement made during your stay. The aim of this break is to improve your equestrian skills and confidence around horses, you will be offered a mixture of lessons and trail rides under the careful guidance of our excellent instructors.
Day 2 - Day 6
Today your riding programme begins in earnest - riding programmes are flexible there will be a mixture of lessons and riding out. There is instruction for beginners but there is also instruction available for more experienced riders to try some high school movements on well trained Andalucian horses. You can ride out in the countryside as a beginner as soon as the instructor deems that it is safe for you to do so.
For the treks we have different routes, some longer and some shorter, we make every effort to tailor your riding experience especially for you!
Our 2-3 hour rides include a visit to our local bar to enjoy a well earned drink and tapas; you will pass through the National Park which is a treasure, the pine trees offer sheter from the sun in the summer months. Early morning or evening rides are a must in July/August. Returning to the hacienda there is plenty of opportunity to canter through this area of natural beauty. This evening you will be dining with your fellow guests and hosts (en-famille) in the chapel lounge. All meals are prepared from fresh local produce or from our own garden.
There will be the opportunity to take part part in carriage rides with training to drive and tack up a carriage horse. This is included in the price and may be taken in place of a lesson.
There is also a trip to Cordoba once a week to to see the city and the horse show - price 50 Euros including a ticket to see the show (subject to a minimum of 5).
Quality instruction is available from beginners through to advanced riders, this is not compulsory but it is a treat for experienced riders to try out some high school movements on well trained andalucian horses!
This morning after breakfast, is usually our picnic ride. The more experienced riders will be able to enjoy a canter. We take guests for a visit to our local sacred Chapel where the delicious picnic will be served in the grounds. Guests will then return home in the afternoon. After a rest we will be visiting a local tapas bar in town this evening to enable you to appreciate a bit of our local 'atmosphere'.
Sadly today it is time to head home. Transfers back to Malaga are available upon request.
The price for a 7 night riding break staying in a double/twin en-suite bedroom on a half board basis is £1050pp off season (exc. Xmas, NY & Easter) or £1275pp March, June, July, August and November or £1350 April, May and September, October.
Closed December and January.
Non-rider prices available at a reduced rate.
NO single room supplement - this holiday is highly recommended for solo travellers.
Quality Spanish tuition is also offered
The above prices included linen, towels and bedding, daily maid service, wifi access, satellite tv, hospitality toiletries pack and slippers
*Please note the maximum weight limit here is 100kg*
Family deal - 2 adult riders & 2 child riders (both under 14 years) - one child stays free (July & August only)
Children will be looked after and entertained in our mini 'pony club' for 2 hours whilst parents ride out together. Additional baby sitting is available at an extra charge.
On the pony club children will ride lots of course but also they learn points of the horse - often in more than one language. How to wash off their horse or pony, parts of the tack, they solve horse problems and take part in quizzes. There is no reduction in prices for children due to the staffing required, but they do have fantastic fun!
Malaga airport transfers
The cost for a return transfer is €110 per car between 9am and 8pm and outside these times there is a €40 supplement.
Maximum of 8 people per car.
We do not offer transfers after 8pm and before 9am as this causes disruption to our guests and animals. If clients wish to fly at these times we will drop them in Malaga the night before and they can transfer themselves from their chosen hotel to the airport.
If clients arrive after 10.00pm they should make arrangements to stay in a hotel and we will collect them in the morning. We don’t allow guest to arrive at the house any later than 10.00pm.
Please allow a 3 hour transfer window between departure from the house and your flight time.
We can also arrange transfers to and from Antequera bus or train station for €40 return.
Equestrian Escapes are happy to reserve your transfers for you however, as payment for this service is made directly to the transfer provider this service does not form part of our contract with you. As such, we are unable to accept responsibility for any delays, missed transfers etc.
*Please note the outdoor pool now has a cover, the pool is not heated November - March. The cover is retractable and will be pushed back during the summer months*
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