Malaga Retreat - February 2020
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OUR EXCELLENT HOLIDAY BOOKED THROUGH EQUESTRIAN ESCAPES.
Here are a few highlights of our trip.
From the minute you arrive on The Malaga Retreat riding holiday prepare to be delighted.
Darren and Sarah have created a holiday experience that is centred about the guest enjoyment, and having as much fun as possible.
We stayed here for three days at the end of February 2020. It was my daughters 18th Birthday and as Inez loves horse riding this is what she wanted to do. I’ve done some riding in the past, but was super rusty having had just a couple of refresher lessons in the UK the week before.
My wife booked the trip for us, so like most blokes I arrived in Spain not really knowing what had been arranged, only that at some point we were going riding.
The minute Darren collected us at the airport I started to realise this wasn’t going to be an ordinary experience. He started to tell me what was arranged for the next few days and I was thinking wow this is going to be great.
The highlights of our three days are below.
Darren’s experience and stories
Darren was a Jockey for 20 years. So his experience fills you full of confidence when you are out riding. I soon felt at ease with my riding. Darren has a natural love and understanding of horses. Plus his many stories of jockey life are cracking. Beer with Brad Pitt anyone?
When you stay here you are part of the family. Sarah has created a welcoming atmosphere and whether you want to hang out in your apartment, in the pool area, or just chill with their super friendly dogs, you can feel comfortable to just please yourself. It’s like staying at a family or friends house. Quite a special experience.
Alyesha and Leah
Darren has an experienced and knowledgable team who are brilliant with horses and expert riders too, so when you are out on the trails you feel confident that you are in good hands. Plus the banter between Leah, Alyesha and Darren is an added, and entertaining part of the ambiance.
We did two rides. The first was a morning ride. We rode through wonderful countryside winding its way up the mountain to a plateau where Sara was waiting with a fully laden breakfast table. The horses were tied into the shade of the trees whilst we sat in the sun, had breakfast and enjoyed the far reaching mountain views. Our second ride was an afternoon ride to a bar in a local village. Once again we rode through amazing landscapes of orange and olive groves, climbing up to a traditional village for a few drinks outside a local bar before heading back.
The luxury accommodation
We stayed in the one bedroom, two single beds apartment, and it was luxury personified. From the thoughtful decor to the futuristic shower, lovely kitchen and chill out lounge we could not have asked for more. Lovely views from the windows and an outdoor terrace made it complete.
The location is idyllic. Incredible mountain views all round. Orange, lemon and avocado trees all in the extensive grounds. Plus a huge lake of fish. We flew into Malaga and the transfer to Cortijo el Chenil couldn’t have been quicker or easier. It was pretty much one road all the way.
If like my daughter Inez, you love horses and want to get involved then you are encouraged to do do so. Inez fed and cleaned the horses with Darren and his team and got them ready for our rides. She loved every minute of it.
This is a holiday with plenty of laughing. It’s clear to me that Darren, Sarah, Alyesha and Leah have two hobbies. And those are Riding and Laughing (and they quite like a few beers too!).
I can’t quite believe I have written so much.
Suffolk Beach Ride - February 2020
A magical weekend away in Suffolk. A beautiful Sea-Front hotel with stunning sunrises and night skies from the comfort of our bed. Gorgeously kind hosts and delicious breakfasts. A lift in the hotel / very useful as I can’t climb stairs easily. Out of season free parking in the car park opposite the hotel. The riding school a few minutes away from the hotel, had so much on offer. My daughter had lessons, private & group, poke work, skills, jumping, dressage, a woodland hack and a magical beach ride. Everything perfectly organised for us to the letter, with love and kindness, by the lovely ladies at Equestrian Escapes. All we had to do was turn up and let the magic happen. Simply perfect (we were even invited in for a sandwich/cake reception and a cup of tea, when the local MP visited to see the disabled facilities the riding school had on offer)
Short Break Sherwood Forest - January 2020
We had fantastic time on the Nottinghamshire horse and spa break. The hotel was good but the equestrian centre made it great - high quality and personalised, caring service. We were looking forward to a relaxing enjoyable few days but felt like we achieved something too. It was fab! I would definitely recommend.
Cheshire Riding Break - October 2019
This was a fabulous riding break at a very professional, yet very friendly yard. Sandra, all her team, and the wonderful, happy and healthy horses inspired confidence and fun. With the excellent standard of instruction, the stables being minutes away from the accommodation and lots of lovely countryside to hack in, this is a perfect break for every level of rider.
Mallorca Monastery - September 2019
An exciting - and at times challenging for us - beautiful three day ride in the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca. Lorenzo and Mareike were great people to spend time and their horses were exceptional. We really loved that the horses were ridden without bits, were forward going, brave, sure-footed as mountain goats and with the kindest of temperaments. We were very well looked after and my daughter's confidence had soared by the end of the trip. It was a proper adventure in a stunning landscape.
Lakes & Scotland - August 2019
Thank you, Hatty, for making us aware of these two incredible escapes. I cannot imagine a more wonderful vacation being crafted for us. I can't express how happy I am with our stays.
The Lakes - August 2019
Incomparable! It felt like a home away from home! The warm welcome from Louise put us instantly at ease and Anna's patience and kindness to two older, out of shape ladies, on three hour rides was appreciated. Truly, everyone we encountered was wonderful. The rooms, the views, the rides out, the food, beautiful horses - I've run out of superlatives! And where else can you get lovely goodbye hugs?
Scotland - August 2019
Absolutely fantastic! We very much appreciated how well we, two older ladies who had been out of the saddle for years, were catered to.
Kids Camp - the Lakes July 2019
Please pass on my thanks and warm regards to the Witherslack team. Cressida had a really lovely time last week, rating her stay as a 10/10! She misses Scrumpy the pony she was riding :(
Hope you all have a great Summer!
Kids Camp - Wiltshire July 2019
Just wanted to send a email to thankyou all for your wonderful hospitality you showed Megan and Abi last week. The girls could not have wished for a more beautiful riding experience. The lodge went down very well, and they truly enjoyed themselves. We hope you all have a wonderful summer, and we will see you all again in the near future.
New Forest - July 2019
Just to let you know I had a fantastic time riding in the New Forest it was great weather and loved cantering through the countryside!! The accommodation was also lovely mum and I had a great time in the caravan and going out at night! the down side is I have a pressure sore from the riding and had to get it dressed in hospital!
Thankyou my friend and I will be using you again later in the year
Brecon - July 2019
My son and I were in England for a couple of World Cup 2019 cricket matches and wanted to do some cross-country riding in the gap period. Sarah and Chessy were fantastic in understanding that we wanted to do long canters and were interested in outdoor landscapes. In short order, they were able to provide options, help with the scheduling and travel logistics and provide excellent guidance on our trip. We had a fantastic experience riding in the Wales countryside on excellent horses, beautiful vistas and local, knowledgeable guides. Everything was perfect.
Cheshire - July 2019
I have just returned from an fantastic break in the most beautiful country house hotel in Cheshire booked through Equestrian Escapes. It was everything a country hotel should. The food was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble. The stables were right next door and the horses were superb. Well schooled and forward but eager to look after me. I rode Red, Charlie, Maddy and Penny and they were all fantastic as was Chris the instructor, who taught me such a lot. I really enjoyed myself. Thank you so much Equestrian Escapes
Cheshire - July 2019
Just came back, from my Cheshire ridingbreak, that Equestrian Escapes had helped me organized and booked! I had such a good time! The riding were great, I really liked my instructor, and feel that I have got much more confident in my riding, and learnt a lot new! The horses that I rode, Alfie and Red, were amazing, and took good care of a little nervous rider. The hotel, were I stayed were absolutely fantastic! All staff were so helpful and friendly and the food was great! I couldnt have wished anything more for my holiday! This was my second time in Cheshire with Equestrian Escapes, and I already miss the lessons and the lovley horses Alfie and Red! I hope that I can be back very soon for a third riding break! Both Hatty and Sarah helped me organized this wonderful trip! They answered all my questions that I had, and it was very easy to get in touch with, both on phone and e-mail! Thank you so much, I will absolutely travel with you again!
Murcia Ranch - June 2019
We absolutely loved it. We had a lovely time. Very laid back and the weather was beautiful it really was. And javier was great. He’s a lovely man. We definitely will be going back. But need to learn Spanish as there English isn’t good. But overall it was fantastic thank you
Tarifa - June 2019
Equestrian Escapes planned a wonderful 5 night 6 day horse riding holiday in Tarifa Spain for my friend and I. Our hotel was extremely Spanish and approximately a 15 minute walk along the beach to the riding stables. The riding stables are extremely clean and well kept. The horses beautiful Andausian's are well balanced, calm and very well behaved. They are extremely well cared for by their owner Klaartje and her two stable girls Charlotte and Gin. Riding on the beach and in the mountains so relaxing. All abilities of riders are catered for and our 2 horses which we rode were amazing. You don't need to take your own riding hats or boots as they are all provided at the stables. I would highly recommend Equestrian escapes to help you book onto this wonderful riding experience. Thank you and we are looking forward to our next adventure with you xx Equestrian escapes provided riding information and also information regarding the hotel and area of Spain. They informed the riding stables in Spain when we would be arriving and when I called them upon our arrival they were expecting us. All the information which was sent to us prior to our trip was clear and well planned.
Tarifa - May 2019
Here are a few photos, I didn't take many in the end, I suppose I was taking in the scenery. Thanks again for organizing, the team were great hosts , and the horses went like a dream. I will be in touch for my next trip.
Bulgaria - May 2019
Bulgaria was a fantastic trip! I was very well looked after by Bogdan and his wife Lubla, had a lovely horse and the riding was a good mix of fast and slow. Plenty of opportunities for fast, long canters. The scenery was stunning and we had a different view every day.I went as a solo rider and am a nervous rider but I was well matched with my horse and had no issues. The food was basic but plentiful and some hotels were better than others. The opportunity to visit some of Bulgaria's historical sites was much appreciated and added to the diversity of the trip. You need to be reasonably fit for this trip as you are riding approx 6 hours a day. The routes were well thought out and and the organisation excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip and will go again. Thanks to Bogdan and Lubla for a truly amazing experience!!
Wiltshire - May 2019
We are absolute beginners, and we were incredibly well looked after. Angie and the team run a fantastic operation.
The riding itself was just lovely - fabulous scenery and the exclusive use of the (enormous) estate means you can go on a different ride every day and basically never meet another person. Very special
Angie is a great hostess. Very attentive from the first minute to the last, and nothing was too much trouble. She ensured the cabin was stocked up with food before we arrived (at no extra charge) and plied us with cooked breakfast, tea and coffee and cakes through the day. Lunch or dinner would have been available too, if we hadn't been going to the local (excellent) pubs instead! She clearly loves her horses, and riding, and that's infectious.
Jerez Feria - May 2019
Hi, I just wanted to thank you for organising our trip to Jerez. We had the most amazing time at the Feria and the Royal Riding School gala, the sherry tour was very interesting too, but the highlight was the wonderful riding with Alfonso. It rated as one of the best experiences of my life and my daughter’s too. Such a beautiful estate, superb horses and an excellent host. A memorable experience. So glad we did the lesson and extra hack.
This was the ideal package for me as a relative novice rider. I couldn't have chosen a better option. The location is perfect and the staff so welcoming. I had 3 days of riding on a beautiful and gentle horse combined with some excellent tuition. All this in the most attractive and peaceful countryside
Cheshire -April 2019
Third time and still fabulous. Its my third riding break with Equestrian Escapes, I had a fabulous time again. The country hotel is just perfect with really lovely staff and the riding school are excellent both the staff and the horses, I just wish I could've stayed longer. Looking forward to trip number four. Thanks to all the teams for a brilliant time. An easy booking process and great personalised experience
Cheshire - March 2109
Equestrian Escapes arranged a fantastic two night break away for for my husband and March. We had different riding abilities but they made sure this was catered for the riding opportunities that we had. We had three days riding in beautiful Cheshire with accommodation arranged at a spa hotel. The team at Equestrian Escapes were very efficient and made sure that our time away was planned well so that we didn’t have to worry about anything and could just enjoy it. We are currently looking for out next adventure as a family on their website. Equestrian Escapes are quick to respond to all queries in a professional and friendly manner.
Mallorca - May 2018
Exciting, exhilarating and challenging 3 day horse riding trek in the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca.
We found this trek on on the Equestrian Escapes website. They arranged the accommodation in Pollenca at start and finish of our trip. The small family run Hotel was excellent with amazing rooms and breakfasts. The description of this trip on the Equestrian Escapes website was exactly as it was. Lorenzo knows what he's about and the trail horses are intelligent, experienced and fit for the challenging work they do. Lorenzo and Mareike were great hosts and provided a beautiful and exciting three days of riding through an ever more stunning landscape as we climbed higher into the mountains. The Lluc monastery is all part of this unique experience. We shall not forget the ample and excellent food we were provide with throughout the trip. Most of all we will remember the comradeship of the group and the beauty and service our horses gave us. We had a real sense of loss and separation when the trip came to an end!!The choice we made was a shot in the dark after a riding holiday in the Eden Valley fell through. Their description of this particular trip and the advice given by Sarah regarding my own lack of riding experience being compensated for by Lorenzo's quite remarkable horse was completely sound. There were a couple of hiccups in communication through the process but these were sorted out easily enough. We would recommend Equestrian Escapes to find you a riding holiday to suit.
Wiltshire - April 2019
It's an amazing place with lovely hosts and georgeous horses. Angie is so knowledgeableabout the terrain and history and I felt that she thought it important I had the riding experience I had hoped for.
Bulgaria - April 2019
Just to say this was a fabulous trail ride - through a beautiful diverse landscape including fast riding on plains, winding through shady forest and some stunning vistas/climbs. The weather was kind with just one colder/grey day. Can easily compete with better known European destinations and in my view far surpasses them as is less spoiled by intensive tourism.There was plenty of fast riding and excellent logistics with care and attention to detail throughout. The standards of the hotels and spa facilities were much higher than my expectations of Bulgaria. This was an exhiliarating ride with luxurious recovery available just when needed and would be best advertised like that I think (rather than as spa being a primary purpose of the holiday, just to make sure it keeps attracting the right participants - time for spa was inevitably somewhat limited by length of riding days - absolutely the right priority)! The group of 6 was good. More than 8 wouldn't work on the terrain/with single guide. I would definitely go back for the national park ride.
Cheshire - April 2019
Just returned from an amazing 2 night 3 day stay in beautiful Cheshire.
The spa hotel was lovely, the breakfast amazing and the staff couldn't do enough for us. The stables were fabulous! Chris our trainer, knew her stuff and worked out quickly what we needed. I was assigned a fabulous horse called RED who just knew I wasnt very confident but looked after me so well. I even learnt to canter for the first time! Sandra the owner, was lovely too and we felt very much at home. We are lucky to only live 40 mins away and will be back for private lessons in the not too distant future.
Meanwhile were ready to book this amazing break again & have emailed for a quote.
Our party consisted of 2 mums and our 13 year old daughters and we all agreed it was the BEST UK holiday EVER!! Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved
Portugual, Malaga and the Lake District - February and March 2019
I had the time of my life. I met some amazing people as well who were also somewhere on their riding journey. Had some fantastic instructors but for me the horses were the best teachers! I learned a lot about myself as well!
It was lovely to just chill out in Paris at the end and do nothing but go to restaurants and galleries! Relaxed and energised- up to my next chapter in riding!
Tarifa - October 2018
I did not get a chance to email you about our holiday that your company kindly arranged for myself, my mum and sister in October of last year.
I just wanted to tell you that we all had an amazing time and made memories that will last us a life time.
It was our Mum’s 70th birthday surprise, and she had no idea until we arrived at the airport.
The flight to Gibraltar was non eventful, and we had an easy taxi drive straight to our ‘fabulous’ hotel….omg…spoilt or what?!!!!
Even though we arrived earlier than scheduled, the hotel staff were eager to please, they made us cocktails and took our luggage whilst we stared in amazement at the luxurious hotel grounds and scenery.
We couldn’t believe how lovely the whole place was, just out of this World……
We met up with the horses the next day, and to say we were pleasantly surprised at the condition they were in was an understatement….we could instantly see that the owners and staff loved these animals dearly. The riding trails we went on were great, and the memories of cantering on the beach through the water on Andalusia horses will most definitely stay with us for the rest of our lives.
The hotel food was of excellent quality and we even ventured down to the local beach restaurant and also the ‘surf’ restaurant further down the beach….the fish dishes were ‘wow’!!!!
We were blessed with the most wonderful weather, just perfect……..
So from myself, my Mum and sister……
Thank you all for the most wonderful holiday EVER!!!!!!!!
Ceri, Hester and Rhian
Lake District - October 2018
Dear Hatty, Sarah, and the equestrian escapes team, I just came back from three wonderful days in the Lake District with Dina and her team. Not only was the hospitality and scenery spectacular, the quality of instruction was - as you advised me- absolutely first rate. Thank you for your patience and guidance all along the way, I can’t wait for my next escape! I’ve also posted about it and been asked by many so don’t be surprised if you get a lot of other requests.
Ps- Dina is clearly a first rate horsewoman; her philosophy of leading with body language and core, rather than kicking and hitting the horse, really resonated with me. I want to learn in that very technical, classical, more subtle and deeper, way, even if it takes me much longer to get to cantoring! I want to keep this experience of being in harmony with the horse. I was wondering who else you might recommend who I could learn with, who is a bit closer to London? I hope to go back to learn from Dina and Emily, but until I can I’d like to get some practice in!
Loire Valley - September 2018
Just a line to thank you so much for organising an excellent holiday. In particular, Jessica and her staff at the riding school in the Loire Valley were brilliant with my autistic son; very patient, kind and understanding.
You have just acquired another regular customer!
With best wishes
Barcelona - Summer 2018
My family (two adults, two young teen girls) spent a beautiful and relaxing holiday in the wilds of northern Spain. The accomodations were in a very nice family-ownded B&B that caters to active travelers. My daughters were over the moon at the number of friendly cats in the area and we narrowly excaped having to take one home with us. As for my husband and I, we loved the serene beauty of the surroundings and the excellent hospitality from our English-speaking hosts. But OH the horses! The stables are situated just a long walk/short drive away from the B&B. The staff is very professional, friendly, and flexible, and the horses are gorgeous, well-trained Andalusians. What a treat, as a beginner, to be able to ride such happy, responsive horses! Each day we had a lesson in the ring and then went for a hack through the local countryside--perfect for us as beginners. One advanced rider in an adjacent group was able to have private jumping lessons instead, so they will definitely adjust to different levels. Why choose this holiday? Beautiful surroundings, great food, happy, forward-going horses, and, Barcelona--one of the great cities of Europe--is just an hour away.
Booking with Equestrian Escapes was a quick and easy experience. First, I looked through the holidays they offer (which are located all over Europe), narrowed it down to a few possibilities, and then emailed asking their opinion as to which would be most suitable for our family. Voila! I appreciate that Equestrian Escapes checks out each stable and the accomodations before offering the holiday on their site--it's not foolproof but it's an added layer of reassurance. We'll be booking another holiday with them this summer, this time to Wales!
Summer 2018 - Lake District
Brilliant Kids Horse Camp Holiday - Lakes
My daughter spent a great week here on her own having riding lessons, hacking out, pony games, mucking out and yard cleaning. The staff and other girls are friendly and the food is good - she never got hungry. The sleeping and washing facilities are good and clean. See you next year.
Dreamy Visit to the Lake District
The Lakes is amazing! Everyone went above and beyond to make me feel relaxed and welcome during my stay. The inn itself is cozy, clean and comfortable; waking up to the beautiful views and horses was a treat. Seeing the Lake District with several of their horses was a dream come true - the views and riding are spectacular. I can't recommend this holiday enough.
Summer Camp - Lakes
Maja had the most wonderful time with you and if we didn't live 300 miles away she would love to come everyday. Thank you to everyone who made her stay the best and to all the other girls who she will miss. A BIG THANK YOU
An excellent riding holiday in a fabulous location - Lakes
The riding tuition was excellent, B&B comfortable with very friendly people running it, excellent food and a stunning location in the South Lakes; the riding out was almost all on quiet bridleways with just a little along a quiet road. I would definitely go again!
A physical and mental breath of fresh air in spectacular scenery with wonderful staff! - Lakes
I spent 3 Days at this lovely Equestrian centre. John and Deana the owners truly know what hospitality is all about giving a 5 Star friendly service from pick up from the train station and throughout my stay. The horses I was matched with were lovely and having been away from horse riding for 10 years my instructor (Mary) was great and I leave my 3 day more confident Novice Rider. Thank you also to Anna and Louise. Deana and John you have an excellent team and I can not wait to visit again. I will definitely recommend this holiday to anyone looking for a horseriding holiday in a friendly atmosphere and some spectacular views of the Cumbria country side. 5 stars !!
Brilliant - Lakes
Weekend away with granddaughter and she came back everyday after she’d been saying that she couldn’t wait till the next day. She says all the horses she rode were different in their own way and she loved it. The staff were very friendly. Definitely be back at some point great location, staff, food and horses!
Easter weekend - Lakes
Myself and my friend spent the Easter weekend at Witherslack Hall and had a fantastic time. We received a very warm welcome upon arrival. The location is very scenic and there are lots of nice places to walk nearby. The arena area is lovely and we really enjoyed our lessons. The staff are so friendly and give great tips and advice. The horses are all gorgeous! Our two hacks were fantastic - the scenery was stunning and i learnt alot about my horse riding as I hacked! The B& B is full of character and cosy. Dinners were very tasty and a great size! Louise and Deanna were lovely hosts as were all the teaching staff Anna, Elle ,Emily ..... I felt very refreshed after my 3 days at Witherslack!
Second time here, lovely as always! - Lakes
We came to Witherslack Hall last year for a weekend, having our first riding lesson and enjoyed it so much that we came back a second time, almost exactly one year after. Hospitality from the team was top notch as always - the first time we came she picked us up at Grange over Sands station late at night after some train delays; this time, we decided to drive up from London and even though we arrived after midnight they were waiting for us at the door. The horses and trainers were also great: we had Jake, Scrumpy, Flake and Peaches to ride on and had lessons with Max and Emily. Considering this was effectively our second lesson ever, with the first ones a year ago, they got us up to speed quickly and by the second day we were able to go on an even longer hack in the lakelands with Deana than we did the last time. The horses were lovely, especially Jake, although not without the occasional mischief and attempts to grab a quick bite of leaves as we walked through the woods. Breakfast was delicious with generous portions as always, and because we had a car this time we were able to explore the lake district for food. That said, if you're visiting by train, lunch and dinners are available on prior arrangement with Deana. We had all our meals there last year and they were simple and delicious, proper home cooked food. Our cat also came along for the second time and she seemed to enjoy having an entire room in a lovely cottage to herself during the day. Pets are definitely welcome here. Would we come again? We're on a 2 year streak, I suspect we'll make that number much higher in the years to come!
August 2018 - Brecon Beacons
Hi Hatty and Sarah
Just to say we had an absolutely amazing time on our holiday at Brecon, both the riding school and Spa Hotel were fab. We had 3 great rides, only 2 or 3 of us in the group and my friend Lynne who had never cantered before had several great canters and even a small gallop!
Look forward to booking another holiday with you in the future
Maria and Lynne
August 2018 - Cheshire
I took your 3 day 2 night riding holiday in Cheshire this year from 28-30th May.
It does seem like such a long time ago, but I do want to thank you for organizing yet another perfect riding getaway.
As it was my second time, I wondered if I could get anything more out of it. Between last year and this, I did get on a horse a few times but sadly I simply couldn't get the canter going.
The good folks at your stable knew exactly the problem and from the word go I could canter! I won't ever understand what magic lies in Cheshire, but this time, I'm so happy to say that I managed to canter when I tried it in Thailand!!
Do keep up the good work and needless to say I do hope to be back again next year!
July 2018 - Portugal
I am a returner to riding. It is almost fifty years since I rode regularly, so it was with some trepidation and a lot of excitement that my friend Sue (also a returner) and I planned a riding holiday. On the advice of Equestrian Escapes we chose “Ride in the Sun” Portugal for our adventure. Booking and arrangements were made smoothly and efficiently.
It is now three months since we visited Portugal and there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t think about it and smile. We had such a good time and learned so much. I look at the photographs and remember a great holiday with lovely people and (dare I say it) even lovelier horses.
Antonio is the perfect host. He is knowledgeable and a very talented teacher. I have never been so well looked after, or worked so hard, a perfect combination. Every morning we rode out in the beautiful countryside and in the afternoon we had a lesson in the school. When we returned from our ride out Antonio served very welcome cold beers. He was a hard task master in our lessons and I can still hear his cry of “Come on Ladies” – I don’t know if he meant the mares or us! We learned so much from him and his beautifully schooled horses.
After our lesson we retired to our B&B (just a short walk up the road) for a shower or a swim and in the evening Antonio collected us and took us out for dinner. There is nothing better than eating out with a “local” who knows the restaurants and food. Everything was included and I honestly only spent fifty euros the whole week. The wine was excellent and Antonio recommended dishes and drinks – perfect.
Now I am home I can enjoy riding our lovely thoroughbred mare with much more confidence and skill. Though I think I may well need to return to Portugal (or maybe another Equestrian Escape) in the not too distant future to learn some more!
July 2018 - Portugal
I cam here in July 2018 for a break away from the normal 9-5 routine for a bit of 'me time'. I have throughouly enjoyed every bit about it i.e connecting with the riding and the horses and Bev has been a superstar. Truly wonderful, I would like to think I will be back to see you all! Thank you so much.
May 2018 - Portugal
Just to let you know that Zoe and I had the most fantastic time in Portugal - it really was everything you had promised. Fundamentally, beautifully schooled horses and excellent tuition - we will be back!
April 2018 - Lake District
Good afternoon Hatty
I have just come back from my 3 day horse riding holiday in The Lake District.
Thank you for recommending as had a fantastic time. The owners and staff are 5 star.
I will definitely be booking again later on in the year as can not wait to go back.
April 2018 - Lake District
A 4 day riding holiday with my 11 year old daughter was a wonderful gift from my husband. The weather forecast (April!) was pretty grim and, as quite an experienced horse rider (and owner of my own horse) the day before we left home I wondered why on earth he hadn't booked us a riding holiday in Spain! THANK GOODNESS HE DIDN'T! This 4 day break was one of the best short breaks I've had for many, many years and to share it with my daughter was a magical experience. Every aspect of the experience was outstanding - the horses, the scenery, the wet weather, the sunny weather, the beautiful living room in the farmhouse, the food, but most importantly the welcome and the wonderful service we received from all staff. When we left we felt like we had made good friends ... we really didn't want to leave. Conversation flowed easily with Deana, her husband and Louise and their welcome was warm and sincere. The horses were well matched to our size and ability and riding instructors and guides were second to none. I have been visiting the lake district for the past 35 years (my husband is from Windermere) and we are keen fell-walkers and climbers. However we hate crowds. How we had managed to "miss" this beautiful part of Cumbria for all that time I will never know, but on our 4 day's riding in the vast amount of land belonging to the Witherslack Estate we barely saw another person - what a refreshing change from the usual Easter break in the Lake District.
We had visited here in October 2017 where my daughter and I went on an afternoon trek - I was impressed by the level of professionality and the "no-nonsense" approach where care of the horses and regard for health and safety was a top priority.
A final word - don't come here if you expect to go thrashing around at high speed on horses - these rides are steep, often slippy, rocky in parts - the horses are extremely sure-footed and work their socks off on what must be long and tiring rides for them. Sit up, slow down, relax and enjoy the scenery ... it doesn't get much better than this!
March 2018 - Malaga
Dear Lindsey and the Team,
We both had to share our truly amazing experience with your team
We recently returned from our Spanish Equestrian Escape, a 4 day holiday break (we managed to escape from the cold weather here in Wales only to have torrential rain over in Spain) but it didn't hamper our riding at all as they had a big indoor school so we were still able to continue having lessons, we did manage a hack out on one day and rode through the Olive Groves which was amazing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with their fantastic set up. The horses were well looked after, all 30 of them. A joy to ride so highly schooled horses with good quality tack. The cuisine was excellent and even had wine with our evening meals, nothing was too much trouble. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, organised and made you feel at home at all times. The accommodation was first class, clean and comfortable especially the beds.
We have plenty of photos from our short and fantastic trip and will most definitely be returning. We would certainly recommend anyone who is thinking of organising a trip to go here Ola!
Thank you once again and keep up with the good work.
Linda & Rob
February 2018 - Cheshire
Dear Equestrian Escapes,
Have just returned from a Cheshire riding break and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. The Country House Hotel is so comfortable and welcoming, I really felt like a guest rather than a customer. The teaching from Chris was one-to-one, knowledgeable, tailored to my needs, and led to growing confidence and improvement I could feel, even in such a short time. And, of course, my equine partners Rosie and Charlie were well-schooled and looked after me very well! I do recommend this for anyone who wants to get away for a short break and enjoy comfortable surroundings in a nice hotel, together with some stress-free riding with friendly experts. I shall definitely be back.
Thank you so much
January 2018 - Portugal
Friend Nicky and I are back from our trip to Portugal, under the tutelage of the formidable and hilarious Antonio. What a magical experience – I wanted you to know what a super time we had and how sad I was to return home. I will certainly be back in touch to book more riding holidays – it was fantastic.
A few things of real note:
• The accommodation was charming – very homely, warm, comfortable and welcoming. We had twin beds (perfect for us), a little sitting room and every thoughtfulness – even a bottle of wine and two bottles of water as a welcome. The fruit trees in the garden were in season so we picked clementines, oranges, grapefruits and lemons.
• We were looked after throughout – we were picked up and dropped at the airport. Antonio took us for lunch and dinner to great local places and we ate royally. When we just wanted a picnic lunch in our rooms, he took us to the supermarket and helped us shop, wheeling the trolley and advising on the local wines!
• The horses were completely amazing.
• The riding tuition from Antonio was great – he was charming, challenging, funny, direct, honest and supportive, and he took us right back to the basics with posture, seat, style and control. We didn’t get to canter much since we weren’t ready for it! But my goodness, I can keep control of the trot.
• The hacking / trekking was amazing. The location is fabulous and the views were to die for. Even the weather was (in the main) pretty good. Not bad for early January.
I hope this gives a good account of our experience. I would highly recommend the place and the whole experience.
Thank you indeed for arranging this, and do contact me if you have any questions.
Very best wishes
January 2018 - Wiltshire
Thank you so much for organising the trip to Wiltshire for Hilly and me.
We had a really wonderful time during our stay. It was a pleasure to stay with Angie and her team all of whom helped to make our experience so enjoyable. The horses were such a pleasure and privilege to ride. They were so well mannered and very comfortable, and the lovely comfy saddles helped too. The scenery was beautiful and twice we saw herds of deer with a stag, as we rode by and in the forest. Thank you to you and to Angie and her team for a memorable experience.
All the best
December 2017 - Rafael Soto Clinic Spain
Dear everyone at Equestrian Escapes
Just a thank you for the lovely time we had on the Rafael Soto at Epona Spain clinic in December.
I have been on riding holidays before (NOT with Equestrian Escapes!) and often feel that while the riding may be good, other details are not. No such quibbles about our experience at the wonderful Epona Spain. Every detail was immaculate.
Fernando is an excellent host and was always attentive, and the hotel Alcatraz de la Reina is superb. In or out of the saddle, we were well looked after.
I went hoping to improve my riding, and I know I did. I have heard the term "schoolmaster" bandied about concerning horses before, but I know I never rode a true schoolmaster until I rode the two lovelies, Aladdin and Oscuro, allocated to me. They looked after me, but they cut me no slack either, just as a good teacher should - by day 5 when my confidence was really up, little Oscuro gave me a terrific time! (I felt as if I was controlling some wild untrained stallion - I wasn't, of course, he is perfectly schooled, but he has the excitement and feel of something else!) The tuition was just right and very individual - my faults were correctly analysed, and I was given every help to improve and gain confidence. The structure of the week was just right, too: 3 days of intense work with Vivi and Raul, then a day off for the wonders of Jerez and flamenco, then 2 days with Rafael Soto, who, despite his awesome reputation, could not have been kinder or more patient.
So - a great holiday, and I will want to go back to Epona, and Spain, and take advantage of the Equestrian Escape efficiency too.
Thank you so much.
Best wishes for a good 2018
October 2017 - Cheshire B&B
I've just come to the end of a four day break in Cheshire, staying at the farmhouse B&B, and I wanted to write and say thank you for organising such an enjoyable holiday.
The quality of the instruction I received in the lessons was fantastic and I learned so much more than I expected. Everything at the stables was extremely well organised and everyone was very friendly and made me feel welcome and well taken care of. I was especially happy to be matched with a lovely, calm horse for my last two hacks. Riding out is not something I'm very used to, and being on such a good horse helped with my confidence.
I hope to be able to return again next year.
September 2017 - Cheshire Spa Hotel
THAT WAS THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER!!!
They are so lovely at the farm, I've learned absolutely loads, had a gorgeous spa - just off to get my baby girl now - happy mama!
September 2017 - Wiltshire
Superb time in Wiltshire. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her break - Thank you!
Our 14 year old daughter is an experienced rider and was looking for a tailored and more personal riding holiday and this met her needs. She had lost of time on the yard, lots of "hands-on" experience with the horses and plenty of riding. she was well cared for had great fun and was made to feel very welcome. we felt reassured that she was in very safe and caring hands and enjoying herself.
August 2017 - Almeria Spain
Hi Lindsey and the team at Equestrian Escapes.
Having just returned from an unforgettable riding holiday in Almeria we wanted to thank you for arranging our trip and opening our eyes to a new adventure!
We stayed in a beautiful little Villa which was just five minutes away from the yard and had everything we needed including a lovely pool to cool off in after our rides. Our hosts Erika and Jay were so thoughtful, they went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We were collected from the airport and greeted by Nick at the villa with lunch awaiting us and a well stocked fridge of food and drink for breakfasts and lunches.
After settling in by the pool we headed to the yard for a sunset ride. We were introduced to Erika and the team of horses, dogs and Ronnie the pot bellied pig, who together made our stay so memorable. Every animal had its own story, many involving a sad start but a happy and unbelievable turn around after being rescued by the team and friends of Rancho Luz Del Sol. Erika showed us pictures of some of the dogs and horses and we couldn't believe we were looking at the same animals. It really was eye opening to see.
The horses were lovely and we enjoyed coming down everyday a bit early to help groom and feed. Erika let us choose our horses and was very flexible asking where we wanted to ride and what we wanted to do. We generally rode every morning and evening. We chilled in the sunshine by the pool in the afternoons then after our evening ride we joined Erika, Jay and the family for a lovely meal. Jay is a fantastic cook and made some wonderful meals including a BBQ and Sunday roast, and soon caught onto our love of desserts too!
We fell in love with the dogs who also all had special rescue stories. 'Blue' and 'Wilma' joined us on many of our rides adding lots of entertainment!
We had dinner in the local village on two nights which was great. We also did a lunch ride where Erika took us to Cantoria. We untracked and left the horses to graze whilst we went for a lovely lunch at a Spanish bar, then headed home along the Ramblas (dried river beds). The scenery was spectacular, especially at sunset with endless mountains surrounding us and many panorama vistas! We got some great photos and videos along the way!
Some things are difficult for the yard to get in Spain and so if you have extra room in your suitcase I am sure the yard would be extremely grateful for any bits and pieces. Perhaps contact Erika and Jay before you set off to see if there is anything they need. We certainly would have done if we had known and are planning to get some bits together to send.
Overall we had a brilliant week and are already missing the whole team at Rancho Luz Del Sol and cannot thank them enough for their kindness and hospitality. We definitely hope to return! We recommend this holiday wholeheartedly, it was a unique and heartwarming experience. Em
August 2017 - Scotland
Seven Days of Superlative Heaven!
It has the most accommodating horses, the most delightful ponies, the most tailored programmes, the most adventurous opportunities, the most time-out attention, the most horse forgiveness (for those times you get it wrong) . It also has the friendliest people, the considered tuition, the tastiest food, the ideal room, the foot pounding on-your- doorstep explorations … and I had the best, the most amazing, the most fun that I’ve had in a long while!
August 2017 - Cheshire
Dear Sarah and Lindsey,
Thank you for your suggestion - and organising - of the wonderful break we just had in Cheshire!
The hotel was lovely (our room seemed bigger than our flat in London :)) and the golfers provided lively ambiance and some quality outfits. Tarporley was a lot of fun too. But the highlight was the stables and horses, of course - they were something else. We had lessons on Penny (Michael) and Timmy (me) both of whom were wonderful, very soft and very forward. We feel (hope!) that we learned a lot from them and the instructors, Emma and Chris, both of whom gave very good and clear advice.
The hacks (on Tulip and Maddy) were great fun too, especially the forest ride for me, as Tulip was the most admired by the children and their parents because of her colour ;) reminded me of being five and looking longingly at horses cantering past!!
Now we just to apply all this in the riding school :)
August 2017 - Almeria Spain
Have just got back from a week at Rancho Luz del Sol with my 13 year old daughter.
We flew to Almeria airport so that the drive to the ranch was approximately 1h 20.
The 3 bed villa (with pool) was comfortable, clean and spacious and had all the amenities we needed. The cupboards and fridge were well stocked with food and drinks for breakfast, lunch and snacks. We ate our delicious (home cooked by Linda) evening meals with Erika at the main house.
Erika and her team do amazing work in very difficult conditions. The animals are top priority always. The horses (and dogs) are extremely well cared for and loved. Some have truly been through a horrific time and they receive extra special care and attention to help regain their trust in humans and nurse them back to health.
The riding was amazing. We hacked out with Erika morning and evening to avoid the hottest part of the day but the choice was ours to make.
The landscape around the ranch is incredible and there is so much variety that we hacked on different routes each time we went out.
We hired a car for the week (which I strongly recommend) so that we could explore the Almeria area in between riding. Highlights were the natural thermal lake near Baza and the beach resort of Mojacar.
All in all it was an amazing week with wonderful people and we will definitely be booking again for next year.
17 July 2017 - Portugal
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Equestrian Escapes for an amazing trip to Portugal I have recently been on. Antonio and his wife are outstanding hosts and the horses were amazing to ride!
The hotel with Ingrid was also perfect and made for an altogether perfect few days… my only issue being that I didn’t book to stay for long enough!
I will be 100% be booking with Equestrian Escapes on a regular basis and am trying to work out dates to be able to go back to Portugal before the end of the year!
13 July 2017 - South Wales
Having got back into riding this year, I have always wanted to ride on a beach and googled it, Equestrian Escapes caught my eye because of the pure range of holiday that they offer - plus the reviews were great. Having lost 7.5 stones I wanted to treat myself and indulge in a horse riding passion The holiday itself was epic in every sense of the word and my dream of riding on the beach was fulfilled - not surprisingly I have booked again for next year.
12 July 2017 - Cheshire
It was at the suggestion of Sarah and Matt at Equestrian Escapes that I ended up in Cheshire, as they said the standard of instruction was very good. Indeed it was. They tailor made the break for me to suit my standards and what I wanted to achieve, and I really appreciate that aspect of this tour operator. They gave me specific instructions on how to get to the hotel, allowing me a very smooth journey from London. Would not hesitate to use them again.
10 July 2017 - Spain
I am a non horse riding dad with a horse mad teenage daughter - so organising horse riding holidays for her are challenging - or at least was until I discovered Equestrian Escapes! Sarah and her team have now been arranging fantastic trips for us for nearly 10 years and each one seems better than the last! Great locations, first class horses and trainers, superb variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets.
Sarah will only offer trips to places and people they have been to and got to know themselves, and that level of care shines through. Her passion is contagious and clearly percolates throughout her knowledgeable team. Always happy to bespoke trips and cater for all levels of ability from expert (my daughter) to useless (me!).
This time we went to Northern Spain, but we have been all over with Equestrian Escapes and as well as the horse experiences have loved discovering interesting new places and the non riding events Sarah so cleverly weaves into the holidays to make them even more memorable. Here's to the next 10 years, and beyond!
09 July 2017 - Portugal
After a break of a few years I discussed with Sarah what were the best options for me and the few days I had to take a break. After thinking about it I went for a 3 day break at Ride in the Sun just north of Lisbon, Portugal. The team at Equestrian Escapes were excellent and organised. They advised on many aspects even the recommendation to take the train back to Lisbon - I did and it was the right choice!
As for the holiday a definite 5 stars. The stables, instruction and horses were fabulous. Antonio was an great instructor plus the rides out in the river or in the hills were amazing. The pictures you see are exactly what you do I've got my pictures of myself with a splashing grey horse! In 3 lessons I felt an improvement and anyone would benefit regardless of your riding level. Antonio and his wife Marisa took us to different local restaurants for lunch and dinner. We learnt a lot about horses and history of the area. The accommodation with Ingrid and Hans is excellent just a 5 minute walk from the stables. Nothing is too much trouble for them.
One of the reasons I chose here was Sarah and the team plus all the repeat visits Antonio's clients make I now understand why!
07 July 2017 - Portugal
I just wanted to say I had a fantastic few days away at Ride in the Sun in Portugal.
Fantastic place, people and horses they were great. I felt I improved even in my 3 lessons. The hacks were amazing especially the River one.
A few pictures of my time.
Many thanks as you pointed me to choose this one and I'd most certainly go back.
4 May 2017 - Cheshire
Rating for this holiday Excellent
Had a lovely time, very impressed with the riding stables brilliant instructers learnt so much and the accommadation was lovely too cant praise them highly enough for their friendliness and great service Horse riding break 26 Apr 2017
Rating for this holiday Excellent
I couldn't have asked for a better break. All members of staff was so thorough, friendly and approachable. What sets this break aside from other companies was they wanted to make your experience one to remember. When going out on hacks we was given pointers and filled us with confidence. The views was breath taken. I hope to go back end of summer. Spot on - Fabulous trip 25 Apr 2017 By Lucy's mum
Rating for this holiday: Excellent
My 14 year old horse mad daughter and I have just returned from a 4 day trip to Cheshire. We stayed on a farm B&B, complete with horse, dogs, cats and chickens and a very warm welcome. The yard was equally welcoming and highly professional. Over the course of the 4 days my daughter had nearly 8 hours of riding and a stable management lesson, all of which were agreed in principle in advance but then tailored to her specific requirements on the day. We were after the next level up from your average riding school, looking to extend her experience of lateral work and work to understand stride length coming into fences - technical stuff which also requires horses regularly worked to a good standard to be able to comply. In both the teaching and the horses we were delighted and the short break more than exceeded our expectations.
Wonderful short break with Equestrian Escapes 24 Apr 2017
Rating for this holiday: Excellent
Equestrian Escapes organised a 4 day, 5 night trip for my wife and I to Jerez, which included riding at a fantastic stables 10km from Jerez, trips to the Riding School, National Stud and the Gonzales Byass bodega and two wonderful 5 star hotels, one in the country and one in Jerez. Sarah and Lindsay organised everything really well, including a late change of accommodation dates which they handled superbly. I recommend them to anyone who's organising a riding holiday!
April '17 - Cheshire
Just to say a quick thank you for organising our wonderful bank holiday weekend in Cheshire. That was an amazing experience for all of us. The riding centre was very nice, professional and helpful staff and the horses are top quality. We all enjoyed hacking out in the beautiful Delamere forest. Ponies for the little girls were also top quality, well schooled and very friendly.
The accommodation at the hotel was also very nice and cosy and the food was good.
We all are back refreshed and with lots of nice memories of the place. Would definitely recommend this location to others.
Many thanks again for your efforts.
How I am already dreaming about Lake District:)
March '17 - Cheshire
Hi Lindsey and the team at equestrian escapes,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant time in Cheshire on the dressage break. After an unfortunate journey up you made everything once i got there amazing, i was really impressed with the riding stables and the lessons i learnt so much in such a short space of time and Timmy and Alfie were lovely. Thank you so much for sorting it so i didn't miss a lesson after my bad journey and sorting everything so well. And the hotel was absolutely perfect, everyone couldn't have been nicer and nothing was any trouble for them they were all so helpful. I will definitely be booking to go again, possibly for longer!
So thank you so much and ill be back in touch to go again!
February '17 - Wiltshire
Dear equestrian escapes
My daughter and I enjoyed the short break with the healing massage and reflexology.
The B&B was comfortable and John and Patricia were lovely hosts and the Sarah and her co-therapist Marie- Helene were excellent.
Angie from the stables was fantastic and enthusiastic about everything, even the fog! :-) We had a great rides out and we would love to come back to see the Bluebells!
We would recommend this package to novice riders like us.
November '16 - Cheshire
I just wanted to thank you so much for arranging a fantastic holiday in Cheshire.
I couldn’t fault it and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Janet was the perfect host, the riding was amazing and everyone at the Riding Centre was lovely. It was a great confidence booster, particularly with my jumping – Penny the schoolmaster was a real star! Sadly it absolutely bucketed down on Thursday, but the farm ride was still great and we still managed to do some of the cross country jumps.
Thanks again and I’ll definitely try to book something again with you for next year.
September '16 - Lake District
We booked the weekend at Witherslack Hall during a two-week vacation to the UK. It was utterly perfect. Deana was wonderfully accommodating even when we were an hour late to arrive. The house is charming and breakfast was delicious. The best part was the utmost care they give to their horses. It's clear they care about their (and your) safety. If I am ever in the UK again, I will definitely be back!
September '16 - Wiltshire
Here is a testimonial about my time in Wiltshire!
There are some places that easily register as special. In signing up for an Equestrian Escape, I wasn't looking for special, but I found it in Wiltshire. I was so fortunate to stay with Angie and husband in a private room that overlooked the stables. Upon arrival, Angie offered me a hot cup of tea and some time to admire the scenery. The rolling green and yellow fields cascaded downwards from the cottage, surrounded by lush green forest; the forest that we would soon be riding through.
I rode Sovereign during my stay- and I was told and soon discovered- that she loves Americans. Sovereign was calm, clever, and very sweet, a very good match for someone who hadn't ridden in about a year and hadn't had lessons in a decade. Angie and Eve toured the groups and gave a detailed history of the woods (which are private, vast, and ancient). We walked through an area touch by the Romans and notably King John, trotted through wood-y paths, and open fields. I went on a total of three rides and each ride had completely different scenery. We even went through a tiny village, thatched roves and all!
Angie, her husband, and Eve, were extremely obliging and attentive (and fun!). I was offered tea regularly, a 'first' breakfast (snack) and the full English fair ( toast, pork sausages, bacon, farm fresh eggs, and my favorite tomatoes!). The family brought me to local pubs for the dinner- one had been operating as a pub for 600 years!
Most importantly, as a single, foreign, traveler, they adopted me into the lifestyle and the community. I did not just feel like a random traveler in for a visit but rather, I felt drawn in. I felt connected to the place, the people, the experience, and of course the horseback riding. I cannot wait to book my return trip and bringing my mom along. I hope to share the special experience I had with her as well. Cheers!
September '16 - Brecon Beacons
Thank you so much for arranging the fantastic break.
Wanted to drop in on my sister on the way back but she wasn’t around on Weds, so it didn’t take much of an excuse to turn the three days into four!
DATE RIDE TIME
Monday 5 September Half day ride 1.30pm
Tuesday 6 September Full day ride 10.00am
Wednesday 7 September Full day ride 10.00am
Thursday 8 September Half day ride 10.00am
The extra day was absolutely no problem with either the B&B or stables.
The B&B was very comfortable (rather good breakfast!) and the stables was great.
The day two horse had a back problem but was replaced for the next two days with the best ride I’ve had.
The hacking was fantastic and the weather was perfect, despite somewhat negative forecasts until Sunday!
The Black Mountains countryside is just wonderful and guidance was brill, including a lot of required riding advice!
I reckon the four days together has rather improved my riding so will be in touch again next year around April time, as/when the weather gets nice!
All the best,
September '16 - Cheshire
Hi - I just got back today from a 2 night horse riding break in Cheshire. It was amazing - I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The country house hotel was amazing, the staff were so tentative and friendly and the riding school was lovely. The staff in the riding school were very friendly too. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable experience and I would love to do it again. I would certainly recommned it. Thank you to all - can you please pass my comments on to the hotel and the riding school. I had the pleasure of riding a beautiful boy called Red for the duration of my stay. He was so sweet. I learnt alot from the private lessons too and the Hacks were a lovely adventure. Thank you - Michelle.X
September '16 - Harrogate
We, Paul and I, just wanted to write to let you know that we have had an outstanding long weekend with Gemma and the team in Harrogate.
From the first minute Gemma made us feel so welcomed. The accommodation was first class being well appointed. The decor attention to detail provided a personal touch with a premium quality.
The horse ridding was superbly measured with skill ability reviewed so that the ridding experience met my objectives. I take away with me new skills and a renewed confidence and understanding to progress my riding further.
In summary we experienced an amazing host, a hardworking and helpful team, fantastic accommodation, an inspiring ridding experience, an outstanding ridding tuition (thank you Lucida, you rock your job) all resulting in a superbly brilliant weekend.
A big 5 stars out of 5!
August '16 - Malaga
Well we returned back from Malaga two weeks ago and today has been the first day Ive been able to talk about it as I miss it so much.
What a truly magnificent place with wonderful people and fabulous horses. I felt compelled to write to you and let you know.
We had an amazing week there (20th-27th August 2016) starting with our accommodation, it was clean bright quiet and cool and were made to feel at home the minute we arrived. Paul and Christine were very accommodating and interesting people who truly love their animals. And Adrian (manager) was always on hand to help. The pool and its surroundings were nothing less than 5 star and so comfortable and relaxing with staff regularly enquiring if we needed anything,
As for the horses I've never ridden horses that are so independent and well trained. It was a fabulous place to learn new things with horses that teach you to ride correctly and an instructor (Pedro) who's knowledge was second to none. There is nothing worse than having horses nose to tail just following the horse in front. My experience with horses is quite high but ive never learnt so much in such a short space of time.
We hacked out through the beautiful countryside of olive groves and grape vines and then had an invaluable lesson every evening.
I can't thank them enough for the experience and we most definitely will be returning even just to re-home one of the many rescued puppies.
Would you please forward this email to Christine and Adrian and let them know they can use this email in any advertising or marketing they wish to.
A truly amazing experience.
August '16 - Lake District
Wanted a weekend away from the hustle and bustle or normal life and that's exactly what we got! The farmhouse B&B was beautiful in a gorgeous location and everyone was friendly and welcoming. The views are amazing and there are plenty of walks to disappear on and country inns. The horse ride was fantastic and as a complete novice felt really reassured and enjoyed the whole experience. Will definitely be coming again!
August '16 - Wiltshire
Thank you so very much for recommending and organising our weekend break to Wiltshire. What an amazing time we both had. We were met by a very smiley Angie who showed us to the fabulous log cabin, which had so many thoughtful personal touches that makes you realise very quickly that this is a home from home. We were asked to settle in & pop over to meet everyone & say Hi…we instantly felt relaxed & welcome. One of Angie’s surrogate children showed us around the yard & introduced us to the 4 legged family members. Must admit the first thing that went through my head, was where are the horses we’ll be riding – these are proper horses, all shiny & amazing….little did I know that this amazing lady was willing to trust us with her horses….even if we were in the very capable experienced care of Eve (and she really is the most impressive young lady I’ve met in a long time).
I rode Hope one of Angie’s 3 star Eventers & I’m still smiling about that. I’ve come away feeling very happy with what I’ve achieved & will gentle reminders about my position from Eve & the pointers from Angie, I had amazing rides (in the most stunning surrounding I’ve ever been) that made me constantly think about that I was doing – these aren’t horses you can be complacent with, but that’s great, because I leant so much.
Angie really is an incredible lady who I will be forever grateful to for spotting that Sophia had put her pelvis out. I didn’t even tell Angie that Sophia had a small off, but she asked me if she had because her left foot was at a slightly different angle to the right. She immediately got on phone & asked her friend to have a look at Sophia & fit her in for a massage with mine. Amazing as during the massage my daughter felt a lot of tenderness in the muscles around her left hip. All sorted now & like I said, forever grateful.
I would feel very privileged to go again – it was very hard to leave
Huge thank you again for recommending the perfect holiday for us.
August '16 - Cheshire
I just wanted to email you to say that I had an absolute ball on my equestrian holiday. Everyone was lovely and the horses were amazing. Thank you so much for organising everything. I look forward to my next holiday with you!
I have attached a very happy photo of myself and the handsome Minty!
I rate my experience 5 stars
July '16 - Cheshire
Olly and I just want to say a huge thank you, we returned yesterday from our 3 day riding holiday in Cheshire. We had a fabulous time. The hotel and staff we amazing really friendly and helpful. The riding stables were also amazing and friendly. We learnt so much and are hoping to return. We would definitely recommend going there. If you could pass my comments on to the hotel and stables we would be grateful.
July '16 - Wiltshire
I wanted to send you a note of thanks for such a wonderful stay at Park Cottage Stables. Your horses are magnificent as are you, your home, hospitality and Claire and little Thomas! And what a treasure is the little girl (I cannot remember her name) who is so devoted to helping you every day...can tell she loves being around and riding horses.
I loved the setting and, of course, riding in that beautiful countryside. Waking up to grazing sheep out the bathroom window was picturesque indeed!
I do intend to work on getting back there next summer for an extended stay....two weeks hopefully. In the interim I hope to get more consistent riding done here to get my skills back. I trust Merlin is still fit in spite of my bouncing! Ha!
We made it home with no glitches. It is good to be home again...missed my family...especially by little grandchildren...they missed their nanny too :).
Take good care and God bless you all!
June '16 - Almeria
I have provided a review below for the Almeria ranch. Thanks for all of you help booking this.
I highly recommend booking a stay at the ranch. On arrival we had a warm welcome at our villa accommodation, which was of an extremely high standard.
The riding is amazing, with horses and rides to suit all abilities. We had a mixture of longer rides, stopping off in small villages for lunch or shorter rides in the morning and the evening with a break in between to have lunch at the villa and a rest by the pool. We enjoyed arriving early at the stables to help muck out, groom and tack up the horses.
Our hosts Jay and Erika were second to none. Jay cooked fantastic meals for us at the villa and arranged barbecues for all of the guests at the local pub.
I travelled with a group of 5 and we all got so much more from this holiday than we could have imagined - a truly unforgettable experience!
June '16 - Cheshire Village Inn
Just wanted to say I had an amazing time. The accommodation and the horses were superb. The staff at local Inn and the Stables really looked after me and made me feel very welcome. The hacks were idyllic. To top it all the weather was glorious. I would highly recommend the Village Inn experience. Horses and Beer do go together as long as you keep them 12 hours apart!!! Everything in moderation!
June '16 - Ride in the Sun Portugal
Spent a week riding Lusitano horses under the instruction of Antonio. Well trained horses with expert guidance from our instructor. Improved our riding skills greatly.
The accommodation was excellent and Antonio took us to great dining places each, including at a medieval festival nearby.
We have already booked to go back again in 3 months time.
Ian & Yvonne
June '16 - Cheshire
Quick note to say, had a fabulous time in Cheshire. Excellent tuition, friendly, helpful staff...absolutely adored the horses, especially Red, what a beautiful, charming horse!!! The hack on Friday with Red was superb.
I'd like to try another break either late September, possibly October, either in the UK or Europe. Where would you recommend?
May '16 - Almeria
just a quick email to let you know how much we enjoyed our short break with Jay and Erica in Almeria.
The horses were very well looked after and all really enjoyed their jobs hacking out in breath taking scenery.
We have many videos of us galloping along with pricked ears up in front of us. The villa was beautiful and the fridge well stocked for breakfast and lunch, with wine and beer provided with the cooked evening meal when we returned from riding.
Jay and Erica went out of their way to provide us with a holiday that we will always remember, from letting us choose the type of riding we wanted to do and how long we wanted to do each day, to what we wanted to eat and drink. Nothing was too much trouble.
Some things are difficult to get in Spain for the horses, so if anyone has a little extra room in their suitcases to take a few odds and ends out, it might be worth contacting them to see if there is anything they need. I know we certainly would have done if we had known.
May '16 - Harrogate
I could not imagine having had a more wonderful holiday! This is my home away from home in England now. Gemma and Chris were wonderful and welcoming. The horses were great too. I enjoyed my lessons with Nic and my hacks with Amy and Gemma. I turly felt like I was visiting family! Thank you, can;t wait to be back. Sara
May '16 - Harrogate
Stayed in Harrogate earlier in the year and had the most relaxing break. Brilliant facilities and the horses are so amazing we came back for another stay. Would fully recommend for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Friendly hosts and lovely food. Rowena and Hannah
May '16 - Tailor Made Portugal
I am home from Portugal and I just wanted to let you know what an amazing time I had. Katharine is a brilliant host and made me feel so welcome! The accommodation was incredible and Katharine had truly thought of everything. The setting of the countryside was breathtaking and the horses were amazing, so we'll looked after, impeccably mannered and well behaved any nervousness I had had soon disappeared. The stables were immaculate and it was so nice to see happy horses in such a great environment. I was so sad to leave after such great tuition Katharine is a wonderful teacher! I am already looking to return and as soon as I get into work I will be looking at dates for my next trip!
The whole experience from booking to coming home has been brilliant! Thank you so much!
April '16 - Loire Valley
Just to report back to you.
We are having the time of our lives here in the Loire Valley.
Firstly Jessica at the stables is lovely. Speaks really good English and is lots if fun.
Secondly Cora and the accomodation is fabulous. We ate here last night and I have to say it was the best meal of the week so far. Oeufs en cocotte followed by quail with home made mushroom ravioli with a foie gras sauce followed by again homemade chocolate macaroons with vanilla ice cream. She is quite charming. Photos to follow!
April '16 - Ride in the Sun, Portugal
Just to sat we all really enjoyed our holiday in Portugal, we could not have chosen better.
Everyone was very accommodating, we were happy with the standard of everything .
Ingrid could not have been more welcoming
We enjoyed going out for lunch and dinner and experiencing local life.
Really its full time for Antonio and Marisa but they just treat you as guests, it makes everything more personable.
I am sure that other places leave you to your own devices after riding, this was so much nicer
Michelle and Niamh are looking to go next year at Easter, I wont be going but Niamh may take a friend.
When this is confirmed will book.
Thank you so much for all your help.
March' 16 - Barcelona
We have recently returned from an Equestrian Escape in Barcelona. The accommodation was beautiful, the rooms were clean and the food was really good! The quality of riding was fantastic. We rode forward-going horses, the staff were very friendly and knew all the local trails well and gave great tips for improvement both during lessons and on trails. We would definitely go back.
Thank you, Gemma B
February '16 - Lake District
Have just returned from the most fabulous riding break in the Lake District. The B&B and stable owners were the most perfect hosts and made me, as a solo traveller, feel incredible welcome. The horses were great and really helped me overcome my confidence issues. I enjoyed some private lessons with Deana and some hacks into the countryside. I can't wait to re-visit soon, thanks soooo much! Siobhan x
January '16 - Cheshire
The whole experience was above and beyond. Frimp is an incredible host and the pictures of the BnB house do not do it justice. We were amazed with the size of living space and the breakfast was incredible. Brilliant horses and not “school horses” at all, they were all impeccable and very happy! Instructors and all yard staff were so kind and knowledgeable too. We even got some photos from Helen of me and my Husband’s first ride together! The booking team answered all of my questions and put together the perfect package for an experienced rider and absolute novice. THANK YOU! Polly
January '16 - Hoof Camp Portugal
Hoof camp was a great energiser to get into good habits post new year excesses!! Katharine is a great fitness and riding instructor. She’s a great motivator and adapts the itinerary for your desired outcomes/fitness level. The location is stunning and a great mix of lessons in the school and hacks out around the lakes and countryside.
January '16 - Hoof Camp Portugal
An excellent, all inclusive holiday. The food was very good and healthy… The quality of riding was very good. So enjoyable to ride for miles off road with stunning scenery. Overall this holiday was very enjoyable. We will both make every effort to go on “Hoof Camp” again next year.
January '16 - Ride in the Sun, Portugal
An unforgettable experience riding beautiful brave Luistano horses in outstanding countryside. The accommodation was homely and quaint, the rural hotel offered comfortable beds, warm rooms and lots of hot water (for a Jan visit) Friendly and welcoming, Ingrid and Heinz were the perfect hosts and served a first class breakfast.
Our instructor Antonio made us welcome from the start, nothing was too much trouble. He organised horses, rides out, lessons and planned every meal. A whole four days of not having to think! Wonderful!! I can thoroughly recommend this venue and we are already planning our return trip. Thanks to Antonio for being such a fantastic host and a caring, considerate instructor.
January '16 - Ride in the Sun, Portugal
The place were dreams are made!
Myself and a friend booked our holiday through equestrian escapes and we really have had the time of our lives, the horses couldn't be better cared for and was very happy in their work. Our host in Portugal was the owner of the riding centre and he really couldn't do enough for us. He was very knowledgeable in all areas of riding, he gave us some interesting techniques to use at home with our own horses. Sarah and Lindsey at equestrian escapes were extremely helpful making our whole holiday run very smoothly and successful. We are with out a doubt retuning next year. If your thinking of going on a horse riding holiday equestrian escapes are amazing.
Thank you so much for an amazing adventure , Karen xx
January '16 - Malaga
Heaven on earth for horse lovers!
Found this lovely stable near Malaga through Equestrian Escape last year, and we absolutely loved it! Traditional Spanish mansion been beautifully converted into a lovely B&B, with stable and riding arena attached to the accommodation.
All horses are friendly and very well looked after, and enjoyed the amazing view when we went for a hack in the morning. Lots of rescued dogs are there, and these furry friends made us feel welcomed with lots of wiggles while we stayed. We just booked our holiday there for the 3rd time, and looking forward to their home made paella!
December '15 - Mallorca
I just wanted to let you know I had the most wonderful stay and riding holiday in Mallorca and I really can't thank everyone enough for the hospitality and adventures. Id rather tell you about the bits I enjoyed the most because I feel everyone has gone above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and welcome. Mary, as a hostess you really have been amazing! Our trips out to the dermond party fireworks were so surreal and I’m really thankful the extra effort you put in to find out about it and for taking me there. I would have been able to experience it otherwise! And I have loved our morning trips with the dog and being able to explore the beautiful town and the market. Your company has really made my holiday and bring able to talk more and understand more about the barefoot and bitless riding was fascinating. You have a beautiful home and have made me feel more than welcome! I really can’t thank you enough. It has been so much fun riding with Lorenzo. His relaxed, spontaneous and adventurous approach has just exceeded what I thought the riding would be like. I’ve just had such an incredible time and the planned trips were so incredible.
Thank you so much, Claire xxx
November '15 - Wiltshire
Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you so much for organising the riding holiday for me and Roshni in Wiltshire last week, we had an absolutely amazing time and can honestly say neither of us have ever been anywhere so relaxing! Angie and her team were brilliant hosts and we had so much fun with Eve riding Sovereign, Tamara & Merlin! We are already making plans to go back to Wiltshire in 2016 :)
Many thanks again,
November '15 - Cheshire
Just a quick word to let you know how much I enjoyed my short riding trip. The country house hotel was great. Sometimes it can feel a bit awkward to travel alone even for someone like me who is used to it (my husband does not ride so I usually take my horsey trips by myself). The staff at the hotel made me feel comfortable and cared for at all times.
The riding was great. The horses were well behaved and the instruction was on point for me. They provided me with horses that were safe and competent at helping me with the riding issues that were being addressed. The barn was accommodating when i asked if I could have an extra jump lesson instead of one of the hacks. The 3 hour farm ride was a lot of fun.
Getting to Chester by train and then to the hotel was easy. As you indicated, there were plenty of taxis when i got to Chester and the hotel assisted me by booking a taxi for my return trip to the station after the farm ride.
Thank you for your recommendations and assistance in organizing this trip. I am sure i will want to do it again next year when I come to London with my husband on one of his many trips and need a little "me' time.
Novemner '15 - Italy
Dear Equestrian Escapes
We have just returned from the most amazing trip to Italy. From start to finish we received a top class service that could not be faulted. We were met by our own private driver at Fiumicino airport who drove us to our beautiful apartment base in the city. And what a location! We were located a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and just a couple of minutes from Piazza Navona. In just 2 full days we exhausted ourselves with all the sights including the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, Spanish Steps and so much more.
Then on to the castle for the riding.. we took the train to Orvieto from the main station in Rome which was so straightforward. We could have got a taxi but chose to walk from the apartment taking in more sights along the way. At Orvieto we were met by our driver who took us the rest of the way to the castle. Before booking with Equestrian Escapes we were quite apprehensive as to what to expect as we’d never been on a riding holiday before. How wrong we were to expect anything other than excellence! Our only regret is that we didn’t choose to stay for longer. Our bedroom at the castle was prefect, hosts and guides outstanding, horses impeccable, chef wonderful (I could go on). We look forward to returning next year.
Thank you so much, Mr and Mrs Campbell
September '15 - Cheshire
Fantastic 3 day break with Equestrian Escapes to Cheshire. The stables and livery were one of the best I have been too both in the UK and overseas. Horses were fabulous and their health and wellbeing is at the heart of this establishment. Chris and Laura were superb instructors and guides and Sandra, the owner, took time to make sure that I was happy with my ride and the horses that had been chosen for me. I would highly recommend this holiday and will be returning with my 3 riding friends.
September '15 - Peru
Riding along the Sacred Valley was utterly breathtaking. Incredible scenery seeped in tradition that constantly changed in response to altitude - from pampa, elfin forests, cloud forest with orchids to avocado orchards and tributaries feeding the Amazon. The riding was challenging enough for even experienced riders. The guides were charming, helpful and knowledgeable in all aspects and the accommodation and food was excellent. It was a real privilege to ride high in the Andes with condors circling in the thermals, so close it felt like you could touch them, jostle with mule trains and porters on tiny mountain trials as well as seeing the glaciers and lakes that are likely to disappear in the next decade.
As a tour operator, Equestrian Escapes were extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the proposed tour, as well as guidance on flights, both international and domestic. They also recommended and booked hotels in Lima and Cusco we required before and after the ride. We would definitely recommend this company.
September '15 - Blair Horse Trials
We made our own arrangements to travel to Edinburgh from Suffolk. When we arrived at Edinburgh train station we were met by a pre-arranged (by Equestrian Escapes) taxi which took us to the hotel. The hotel was lovely, all the staff were helpful and friendly. Each morning of the trials we were picked up promptly as per the schedule and taken to Blair Castle, each evening we were picked up promptly and taken back to the hotel. The three taxi drivers were lovely, helpful and kind.
I have only used Equestrian Escapes once before, to go to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014. Equestrian Escapes did everything they possibly could to ensure that everything ran smoothly, which wasn't easy for them when dealing with such a large amount of people and getting them to various destinations. When they sent me an email promoting the European Championships I didn't have any reservations about booking again with them. The staff are all very helpful, answer emails promptly, and are very easy to deal with on the phone.
September '15 - Tailor Made Portugal
Dear Equestrian Escapes
We have recently returned from a holiday in Portugal, which we really enjoyed.
Catherine (and Martin) went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. The accommodation was beyond our expectations and Catherine made sure we had plenty to eat and drink (we must hold a record for getting through so much of the wonderful local wine!). The horses were lovely, well looked after and Catherine made sure we all had suitable riding experiences, which was not easy for her given our differing abilities.
Thank you so much
Linda, Bob, Julie, Brent and Sarah
August '15 - Sierra Nevada Spain
My daughter and I spent a wonderful week riding in the Sierra Nevada with Dallas Love. We were expertly matched, both in personality and riding ability, to some superb horses.Stunning scenery, delicious picnic lunches en-route, comfortable hotels each night and great company, we couldn't have asked for anything else. Dallas was an amazing guide and host and looked after us brilliantly all week. A huge thank you and trying to plan our next trip!
August '15 - Wiltshire
Just wanted to say thank you for organising our riding holiday and that you put us with Angie in Wiltshire.
Despite we both Natalie and me have piked up a cold before the holiday we have had an amazing time with Angie and the guys.
We came back to London last night well rested and relaxed.
What a great experience it was, definitely will go back again.
Thank you again and wish you well!
Best regards, Janos and Natalie
August '15 - Wiltshire
I recently did your short break to Wiltshire with Angie and had a brilliant time. She was a wonderful host and her horses were second to none. I particularly loved the experience of her sunset ride.
I am interested in the short break in Cheshire now staying at the Counrty House Hotel.
July '15 - Brecon Beacons
This was my best trip ever. Beautiful country. Charming friendly people plus visiting The Royal Welsh Farm Show. Can't wait to go back!
July '15 - South Wales
We have just returned from a really lovely few days with Penny and Lawson in South Wales. I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. Such helpful and friendly staff, lovely horses, wonderful scenery and great hospitality. A holiday break to remember. Thank you so much for the booking.
All the best
July '15 - Algarve Coast of Portugal
Just had the most amazing 4 days on The Algarve Coast of Portugal holiday. We felt as if we were immediately welcomed in to the family and felt so at ease during our stay. The advice on how to survive in the Portuguese heat was very welcome. The meals were amazing and every opportunity was given to visit and experience the local culture, towns, markets, local delicacies, traditions and the sunset on the beach. Nothing was too much trouble. The riding was amazing too and I know my daughters would have tried to take the horses home with them if they were given the chance. The tuition was second to none we have experienced before and we have come away with new confidence and passion to try out the new techniques learnt during our stay. The whole experience was relaxing and refreshing and would most definitely recommend this holiday to anyone wanting a horsey holiday. Its perfect and we are already planning our return visit.
May '15 - Tailor Made Portugal
I keep meaning to write and thank you all for organizing a fantastic holiday for me on the Tailor Made Portugal holiday with Catharine & Martin.
I had such a great time & actually had a little tear when it was time to leave, which isn't like me at all!
I can't fault anything, the accommodation was excellent, the setting was beautiful & we were made to feel really welcome and at home. It was so peaceful!
The horses were great & I really improved my riding in the short time I was there.
My only complaint was that I had to leave & come home but I'm saving up for my next holiday already!
May '15 - Wiltshire
I felt it necessary to drop you an email to say thank you for booking me on the above trip to the Rushmore Estate and the riding I experienced. Please can you pass on my thanks to Angie, Eve and Rose for all of the help, support and coaching they provided to me and for letting me be part of their daily life for a few days. I had the best time and the horses were just beautiful.
While I was there Angie also advised me to see a friend of hers who was a chiropractionor (Which I did) as she felt that I was off balance and I was walking lopsided. This was indeed the case and Jenny re-aligned me. This was obvious when I rode after getting home. I felt a lot more balanced. I have now booked myself in to a local chiropractionor to keep the good work up that Jenny did.
I will definitely be going back to see the girls in the future and would recommend this weekend for anyone whether they are a novice or experienced rider.
Once again please can you pass on my thanks to Angie and the girls for a great few days and I hopw to see them all again in the furture.
May '15 - Cheshire
Sarah - thank you so much for your swift and direct organisational skills. I had a fab time on my riding holiday in Cheshire. Sheila was LOVELY. I massively recommend that you send single travellers to her as she made me feel so welcome. The breakfasts are great.
The stables was FAB! I rode Minty, Polly and Timmy and it was a fabulous Trio that they put together for me. I had half an hour without stirrup on my first day - hooray!
The instructors were great, horses superb and the welcomeness good.
Thank you so much
I am definitely interested in the Lake District - and have my eye on Machu Pichu for my 40th!!
Thank you Thank you
April '15 - Wiltshire
I meant to write early but i got caught up in the rest of travels. I really don't no where to begin.
My stay with Angie on the Wiltshire riding holiday was just amazing. It truly was the highlight of my trip. I loved her horses, they when so well trained. Merlin was one of the best horses I have ever ridden. All of her horse are amazing. From the moment I arrive I knew your guidance in planning my trip was right on the mark.
Angie and Russel made me feel right at home. I stayed in the cabin it was such a lovely little place to use as a retreat. Angie became a friend that I can't wait to see again. She went above and beyond in showing me the sights of the estates and the towns and she kept me quite busy. She also kept me well fed and I developed a love for English ice cream. I love the way everything was so flexible and if we went longer on a ride it was because we enjoying the estate. I did not want to leave. This being said I will be visiting her again next year for a longer stay. She totally corrupted me as she likes to say.
One of the highlights of my trip was shopping for English proper English riding attire in an English Tack Shop. I love tack shops.
April '15 - Wiltshire
Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time myself and Emily had with Angie on the West Country Riding Break. We fell in love with Sam and Rocky, they suited us perfectly!
April '15 - Tailor Made Portugal
I had a brilliant week with Katharine in Portugal despite me having a bad cough & the weather being not as good as in the UK!
Katherine is a really accommodating host and easy-going company, so even if I had been there on my own I would have had a good time. The horses are so well looked after and happy, it was a joy to have them come up to be caught. Of the 6 horses I rode, I loved 3 of them (Piri, Hope & Rupee) but had a particular soft spot for young Rupee, the fidget. The terrain there is perfect: no roadwork, undulating green hills, the reservoir for splashing in and acres of wild flower meadows amongst cork oaks. I got my gallops and had fun hopping over logs – yay! Katherine was good at varying the pace to avoid sore muscles and she also restored my confidence when it comes to jumping. I wish I could have regular lessons with her & Miguel (the farrier who is also an excellent trainer) – both inspiring teachers.
The beautiful yard is kept immaculate by Samantha & Keith, who are so friendly and though I didn’t expect to spend the whole day there, very much enjoyed it. I fell for little Sophie and even more for Bartok at Martin’s house – what a sweetheart.
The guest house is very comfortable, spacious and well equipped; not having to take toiletries was a bonus as it saved space in my carry-on case.
I’ve already recommended the holiday and hope to return.
March '15 - Andalucia tour (Seville and Tarifa)
Thank you so much for organising a lovely holiday for us. It was perfect, we loved everything about it. Paloma was great, the Jerez trip astounded my daughter so much that her tooth fell out, (this was handled brilliantly by the reception staff at the lovely hotel in Seville who helped write a letter to her from the spanish tooth mouse), and the riding in Tarifa was also excellent.
I really hope we can book with you again soon.
All the best,
February '15 - Cheshire
Wonderful week in Cheshire horse riding through Equestrian Escapes. My 10 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself and the coaching and support she received from the trainers at the stables was second to none. We have a lovely hack on the last day and I could really see how confident my daughter was on her horse Taggy. Tears when we had to leave and we can’t wait to come back.
Thank you, Joanne
January '15 - Tailor Made Portugal
Katharine was the perfect host. I was collected from the station by her partner Martin and his lovely dog Willow, who was to accompany us on most of our rides the rest of the week. The cottage that we stayed in was cosy with a wood burning stove going 24/7 making you forget that it was mid winter. All the rooms had electric blankets, fleecy blankets and spare heaters so we did not get cold at night and Katherine made sure we had everything we needed.
The riding was fantastic. On my first day, I rose Paloma, a sweet bay pony who is not only a confidence giver but fantastic fun to jump as I found out later in the week. All the horses are kept immaculately. They may not be sparkling white from being groomed 100 times a day and kept in stalls but they are happy, healthy and well cared for. I can vouch for their quality of life not just as someone who has been around horses for many years but as an equine veterinarian too. Katherine has reduced a number of horses and unless you were told this, you would never know as they are in such good condition and such a pleasure to ride.
The one on one days were certainly my favourite part, getting a dressage lesson in the morning on a Lusitania stallion followed by a hack and a jumping lesson all before lunch was great. The highlight of my trip has to be when we set up a jump cross course through the olive groves and Katherine and I rode Hope and Paloma round.
I would 110% recommend someone to go stay with Katherine. Just don't expect Portugese winters to be hot! Bring plenty of layers and waterproofs if you go in January as the weather was very changeable!
Januray '15 - Almeria
Just to let you know we had the best weeks holiday ever in Almeria in Southern Spain.
What made the holiday so special, is their customer service towards us, very friendly, organised, relaxed atmosphere, attention to detail when teaching in the arena, making us feel confident being on their wonderful horses. Food excellent! Scenery amazing landscape. Villa very comfy, hot tub a must to ease the muscles.
I would defiantly recommend this holiday to anyone.
December '14 - Wiltshire
Hello Lindsey and colleagues,
Very many thanks for the gorgeous “card” you sent…it is beyond cute.
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.
They made the 5+ hours’ drive up from Wiltshire to Cheshire a couple of weeks ago so that Angie could inspect my new horse, clip him and generally give him an “Angie makeover” which left him looking wonderful. She agreed with my unease about where he was at livery, then vetted and approved the yard to which I have now moved him. Her input, personality and knowledge was so empowering for me, and I am very grateful to her for that ( and by extension, to yourselves.)
Please accept my warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas, and a successful New Year.
November '14 - Wiltshire
Just back from an amazing weekend with gorgeous Angie - we can’t believe how lucky we were - felt we’d died and gone to Heaven.
Again - can’t thank you enough for putting us in touch with such an amazing person - we had a wonderful, wonderful time.
Carolyn and Judi
September '14 - Jerez
Just to let you know we had a fantastic time in Jerez. Alfonso was amazing as were all the hotel staff.
Thank you very much for all your help
Markus and Leah
September '14 - Wiltshire
We just got back from your Wiltshire holiday. The weekend was fabulous, horses wonderful and the countryside awesome. Angie was a great teacher and guide and obviously loved her horses. I could thoroughly recommend this holiday and we are already thinking about the next one.
September '14 - Cheshire
Just thanking you for a wonderful weekend at Cheshire , all staff at the riding centre from were very proffesional in their approach and the one to one instruction was excellent . I went from a non rider to cantering on the third lesson (at 65 years old) and my wife had private dressage lessons which she got quite emotional about. If all your centres are of this standard will be booking again!
Geoff and Deborah
September '14 - Portugal
We had a brilliant stay with Katharine this September. She is an excellent horsewoman and teacher and not a bad cook either! The horses are well cared for and happy and Katharine chose the rides that best suited our ability. We enjoyed a mixture of hacking out in wonderful countryside and lessons back at the stables. Our confidence in riding grew tremendously in the space of a week and our only regret is that we couldn’t stay for longer. Can’t wait to visit again in 2015.
Linda and Dave
September '14 - Brecon Beacons
just a quick email to let you know I had an awesome time in Wales.
Everyone was so nice and welcoming, the horses were great and the landscapes breathtaking.
I feel so rested and relaxed!
Thank you for making this happen!
September '14 - Cheshire
Hi, Chris & I had a brilliant time on our learn to canter break in Cheshire. Chris can now canter, one handed too!!, 20 metre circles, etc. For someone who had just 4 lessons before we arrived I think thats pretty amazing! Sandra & the rest of the team were absolutely wonderful as were the horses they gave us. We plan on going back just for the odd lesson or hack even though its a 3.5 hour road trip. Thank you for the best riding experience I have had so far!
August '14 - World Equestrian Games Normandy
Just a quick thank you for all your efforts during WEG. Special thanks to Mark from me for all his work.
The French don't like to make life easy do they!
There were a few difficulties nut none of them caused by yourselves and you were very adaptable to the situations as they happened.
Hope you have all recovered.
Thanks again Rosemary
To everyone at Equestrian Escapes,
My husband and I would like to thank you all for organising a fabulous package for us including the hotel in Cabourg (which we loved) and the great seats at the show.
What an experience, which exceeded my expectations.
Thanks VERY much once again....you guys were fabulous.
We hope you can all take a breather now yourselves, as I am sure it was very demanding on all of you as the event came closer and during the 2 weeks as well.
Take care and all the very best...until 'next time'
Donnee and Lawrence
Dear Sarah and Team,
Do hope you are all home and dry and relaxing (?) after what must have been
for you a pretty challenging time in France! I wanted to send a quick
note of thanks to you all, and including the coach drivers, for all your efforts to deliver a very enjoyable trip. I thought that the Kyriad hotel came well up to scratch for being so accommodating and flexible, and the only thing about the rooms was that there was no time to sleep in them!!
One has now heard much criticism about the French organisation, particularly re the traffic, and I expect you saw also that Canadian medallists could not get to the stadium to receive medals because of being stuck in a traffic jam. However we all (and Zara) spurred the team on to
their Silver Medal so it was a very satisfactory outcome.
With all good wishes,
Just a quick note to let you know how much we all enjoyed our WEG experience. It wasn’t easy for your staff in Normandy but they did their level best to get us all to our various destinations on time and the FEI organisation (or lack of) had nothing to do with them! They coped manfully with all that was thrown at them as far as I could tell!
Port Land camp site in Port en Bessin was lovely and I for one will be going again.
Thank you again, best regards
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the WEG trip to the 3DE last weekend.
The 3 drivers we had Stan, Andy and Steve were brilliant to say the least. Their knowledge of the roads and country etc was fantastic.
The problems we did have were no one’s fault – road works and accidents on the motorway.
Our accommodation was clean and perfectly adequate, the Portlands site was quiet and peaceful with very good facilities.
Thanks again for a brilliant trip. You can’t please all the people all the time, well done all of you!
Pauline (Wallace Party)
Jenny and I returned home safely.
I just wanted to say we had a FAB time in France at WEG. The Gold Beach accommodation was excellent and Giovanna couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. I know there were some coach issues encountered during the time, but from our perspective we had no issues at all and thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
I think under the circumstances you and your team thought on your feet and dealt with issues as well as you could have done.
It looked a logistical minefield getting everyone in the right place at the right time, combined with French disorganisation and people changing their minds left, right and centre!
We just wanted to make sure we expressed our appreciation and thanks, we had a wonderful time and couldn't have asked for anything more from you and your team, and to do it all with a laugh and a smile was a great achievement. We'll certainly be trying to scrape together the pennies to go on another Equestrian Escapes trip as you were all first class.
Jo and Jenny
I hope you are well? We made it back from WEG last night....and already back at work!
We had a fabulous time! The students where very positive and learnt a lot. We saw some great competition and some beautiful countryside. The hotel was excellent (for a budget hotel), clean tidy with helpful staff, excellent food and service in the restaurant. The village of Port en Bassin was great and will definitely be making a trip back there in the future.
We didn't get to meet the rep and it was a bit slow to get bus leaving times each day but that was our only feedback and certainly didn't de-tracked from our enjoyment. It was a shame that other members of the party where so negative (particularly as we had organised the trip for the students which then potential had an impact/reflection on us!). I did make every effort to keep the other people on our bus positive and help as their unofficial organiser!!
Please thank all your staff as the task to get so many people all the events was challenging.
I have however, left my portable hard drive in the hotel! (with my life is on it!!!!!) I have called the hotel (Kings) and will call again this afternoon but if you speak to one of your colleagues/ the rep please could you ask them to check if it is there and send it back to me (I am happy of course to pay).
Hi Equestrian Escapes. Am about to head back to uk and that will finish my trip with you.
Just wanted to say I have had a great time. My accommodation was clean and comfortable with a great breakfast each morning. It was in a wonderful area with good restaurants. Shuttles got me to events on time except for the first day which didn't worry me because I enjoyed the little tour the bus went on when the driver got a little lost and we only missed the first two horses go. Seats were great especially for the eventing Showjumping.
Your staff were incredibly obliging and pleasant .
I had one glitch where my accommodation was not booked for the last night and that was fixed.
The one thing I will take away with me is how anxious and untrusting other people are. They angst over things that are not even going to happen and ruin their now as they worry about future possibilities or they create problems that are not even real. Amazing to watch and listen to briefly as I enjoyed myself.
Thank you for all your hard work this has been the easiest holiday I have ever had. I just wish Toddy hadn't fallen off right in front of me at the duck pond. And I missed Totilas. I thought the freestyle was a bit disappointing.
Oh and thank u for adding endurance into my package - it was a highlight.
August '14 - New Forest
I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time last week with Anna! The tuition was excellent, and Liz and I both felt that we got a lot out of it. We were made to feel very welcome, and it was just like staying with friends!
Thank you very much for helping us to find somewhere, especially at such short notice.
July '14 - Cheshire
Just wanted to tell you how wonderful our riding holiday in Cheshire has been. The hotel was great, very relaxed and we had an upgrade to a beautiful room with a view of the welsh mountains.
The riding was amazing, horses were beautiful and very calm and reassuring. Plus fantastic tuition, we learned so much more than we thought possible.
We are already thinking about booking a return visit! I can truly say it has been one of the best holidays I have ever had.
Many thanks for a wonderful experience, I’ll be in touch when we decide on a date for our next holiday :)
Amanda and Simon
June '14 - Peru
I have travelled the world and must say this experience was one of the highlights of my travels. The horses, the accommodations, the scenery, the staff, etc. were top notch. It was an incredible experience and one that I recommend wholeheartedly.
June '14 - Peru
I did the 10 day trail ride to Macchu Picchu Sept 2013. Everything was fantastic. I traveled alone and was a little concern about this with it being South America. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was looked after like a princess. Everything from being collected at the airport to being dropped off was well organised and ran like clock work. The horse I had was the best I have ever ridden. He was a American Quarter horse and very responsive. He was clever, fast and occasionally cheeky. The american endurance saddles were comfortable and the reign handling was more Western than European but very easy with one hand. The horses were taken care of and I didn't do any of the work. I love these trail rides and I am never ready to dismount but with these endurance horses I was beat! We cantered for long periods at higher than I am use to altitudes and I was physically tired! I was lucky that my group was small so we went fast.
The lodges were fantastic, each with a jacuzzi. I met some fantastic people. Mainly Americans there walking. We would leave after them and arrive at the next lodge before them. It was great passing the walkers on horse back. Not sure I could have done the walk. I put on half a stone during this holiday despite the exercise and came back with some lovely bits of trinkets, jewellery and some powerful coffee!
I am happy to be contacted about this holiday as a reference if people are asking for more details/specifics.
June '14 - Cheshire
Hello, I have returned from the most fabulous weekend ever! I had an amazing time and received excellent instruction and several brilliant hacks out, the farm ride was memorable. I cannot fault my stay at the farmhouse B&B which is idyllic Catherine is the perfect host and my room overlooked the livery yard,bliss! Thank you. Joan
May '14 - Tailor Made Portugal
Just to let you know I had a brilliant time on my riding holiday in Portugal. Would highly recommend the holiday. Highlight was riding/swimming with Pedro in the river. .....the most amazing experience ever! I was so relaxed out there and nearly cried when I left.
As a solo traveller I was completely at ease, I was met at Faro airport by the cleaner and her two dogs and chatted all the way on the journey to the stables like I had known her all my life.
It was just BRILLIANT
May '14 - Almeria
I thought you may be interested in our feedback from our riding hols in Almeria. It was absolutely wonderful. The family were lovely and Jay and Erica made us very welcome, as did mom and dad.
The scenery was very picturesque and we had some lovely rides. Sue and I were both touched by the way that they had rescued so many horses and dogs! I really do wish them well and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone interested.
I have also put a note on trip adviser. I think we may very well be back in touch with you before the end of the year to book another holiday, a different country as we don't like to go to the same place 2 years in a row.
April '14 - Malaga
Dear Sarah and Lindsey,
I have just returned from yet another fantastic riding holiday in Spain.
This Andalusian, Spain holiday which you describe as ‘Luxury just 40 minutes outside Malaga’ is certainly a must for another visit again. The whole holiday has proved yet again, to be a treasure of wonderful experiences.
As you know I have visited before on a 4 night, 5 day trip and this latest 7 night visit has certainly lived up to and indeed, absolutely exceeded any expectations. The beautifully schooled and very well cared for horses, the excellent accommodation, location, climate, hospitality, wonderful scenic hacks riding through the olive groves, alongside vineyards and through wild grasses and camomile, expert tuition, very friendly hosts and staff, great food, dogs to adore……the list is endless, provided so many ‘perfect moments’ that I cannot wait to return.
Thank you so much for your help in organizing this brilliant holiday. I am returning refreshed and inspired to continue improving my riding abilities.
I am attaching a few photos which I thought you might like to see. In the meantime, once I have organized things at home, I shall be in touch again.
All the best
April '14 - Shropshire Jack Mytton Way
Lindsey – just wanted to provide some feedback for the recent trip we arranged:
We had a great time at our recent stay in Shropshire – our hosts were so helpful and friendly that the 3 days we had there were fantastic. The horses they had were great and we were able to enjoy riding through the forest with the beautiful scenery. It rained a lot whilst we were there but that didn’t dull any of the spirits. I was a relatively novice rider and didn’t feel out of place at all – one of the best things was that they tailored the trails we did so that we could stay together as a group and if anything I think my riding improved throughout the time I was there.
The BBQ at the end of the day was also great and the conversation with Perk and Chia was always full of life and vibrancy. Both are very passionate about what they do and that fed through to their interaction with us. They have a wonderful home and we were able to enjoy the local restaurants as well as the great morning breakfasts Chia cooked!
I would highly recommend!
April '14 - Surrey
Hi Lindsey I wanted to say Ive spent three days riding in Surrey and staying in the B&B, both of which were fantastic. Wendy at the B&B was lovely and very helpful and the staff at the yard were really friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend both.
April '14 - Wiltshire
Just to say thank you to you and your team for what turned out to be a stunning and lovely weekend away, all very efficient and professional throughout and I would use your company again without hesitation. I would be grateful if you could also forward this onto Angie for me, I’m not sure I have the time to describe in full the experience that she provides at her fantastic facility. Her endless energy for what she does knows no bounds ! her professional approach and flexibility in providing a riding experience for all is superb.
We will hopefully at some point in the near future return, that provided we have not made it onto the black list, all though if the hug on departure was anything to go by I think we were well received !
Angie, thank you.
Steve, Nicola and Grace.
April '14 - Portugal
There is simply too much to thank you for on this small page so... the highlights:
Swan - for showing me what's possible with clear communication
Zimbro - for sharing my banana in the morning
Kate - for the laughs, for always asking - 'right then, ready for a canter?' on the wonderful ride-outs!
Christian - for your constant checking in - 'you all right Susan?' & for believing my luggage would show up and for the gorgeous beach tour
Bev for delightful stories, constant encouragement & training, incredible hosting and sharing
I had high hopes and expectations when I booked this adventure in the cold Canada spring '13 - thanks to all of you for making them come true!
Susan - Canada
April '14 - East Devon
Just a quick email, to thank you so much for arranging, my riding holiday. I had a brilliant time, the hotel and stables were excellent, the staff at both really helpful, the horses were lovely and in excellent condition, the quality of the lessons & the hacks was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the planning went perfectly, I shall definitely be back to book with you later on in the year.
Thank you so much,
April '14 - Malaga
Back a week now & wondered if you wanted feedback. I did give detailed feedback & suggestions to Chris so this is a summary.
It was a very good week
Accom – perfect & luxurious as you said. Attention to detail in the décor & facilities were 1st class. The new disabled facilities would be a unique feature for a rider with a disability.
Horses – again top marks. You did need to be ‘in charge’ for faster paces, but it was lovely to ride responsive, forward-going, handsome horses. The stabling, yard maintenance & tack were all good too.
Lessons - Misty, Eddy & Flamenca made good schoolmasters for Antonio’s challenging & excellent teaching. Made me realise I need to ditch my UK instructor!
Staff – Everyone was so friendly and keen to make things right. I’ve not been anywhere where there is so much flexibility.
Cost - The no single supplement was a huge plus as I wouldn’t have gone w/o it.
March '14 - North Wales
I would urge anyone to try a riding holiday here as everything is well organised and the accommodation and location were superb. The riding school can cater for all levels of rider and offers a varied itinerary. I highly recommend it and would book through Equine Escapes again without hesitation.
March '14 - Portugal
Fab holiday fab people with stunning horses landscape and riding!
I have just returned from the most amazing holiday staying with Katharine and her lovely team of Claire and Natalie.
I was worried about travelling alone and going somewhere that no one I knew had been but as soon as Katharine fetched me from the airport I realised everything was going to be fine.
I got to ride some stunning safe responsive horses and learnt to do Spanish walk and passage.
Staying by the stables was lovely and walking through the orange groves to see the horses in their paddocks made me smile every day.
I had some lovely hacks with Natalie and a few great nights out too.
The riding was stunning and I have some videos of me riding in the arena and all you can hear are the birds singing.
Hacking through the river and having nice long rolling canters was soooo lovely.
The lessons from Katharine were really good and I have managed to work on a few of my faults and hopefully continue to improve on this at home with a few minor changes.
Katharine cooked some lovely meals for us and lunch was also lovely every day. As was the smell of the freshly baked bread every day.
I really enjoyed the beach ride it was stunning to be so close to the glorious ocean.
Everyone was so nice and supportive and encouraging.
Life was at a much slower pace than I was used to and I have come home feeling like I have had a month away but could easily have stayed a whole lot longer.
When I spoke to equestrian escapes before booking they said that most people say their only regret is not staying longer and I am soooo glad I stayed a whole week and still wish I could of stayed for longer.
Missing it sooooo much and would love to go back :-) Katherine
March '14 - Shropshire
Good morning Sarah
I just wanted to e mail about our weekend break
I just want to say what lovely people run your riding break in Shropshire. Our hosts made Katie and I feel very welcome and looked after us very well and we had a lovely time riding.
I would thoroughly recommend for anyone to ride there
Unfortunately the weather was not the best but we made the most of it
Many thanks for arranging everything
March '14 - Portugal
I've been meaning to write for ages to thank you and the team for sending me on such a lovely riding holiday!
I went to Portugal, to the school just near Faro, late in 2012 and had an amazing time. You really are welcomed in as part of the family there and the teaching was incredible. I hadn't ridden in a very long time, so it was like learning from scratch, but learning from the very best. It was an extremely happy week and I'm very sorry I never wrote to thank you for arranging everything.
Hope 2014 is a successful year for you all!
November '13 - Cheshire
I would like to take this opportunity to feedback my thoughts on my recent 3 days in Cheshire.
The Bed and Breakfast.
The host deserve a medal/ award/certificate for being the most friendly landlady/land lords in the country.
Although I did not see much of Nick, I got the feeling of a great deal of thought on his part, had gone into making the place comfortable.
The breakfast. Well that was out of this world. I have only come across one place in recent memory which would surpass the choice. That being a hotel in Park Lane where bread and butter pudding is also served for breakfast. Having that choice of instant coffee was a great idea. Many people prefer instant these days.
Catherine was a very genial host who made my stay so good and pleasant.
Her customer service skills, even though there was some problems within the house hold, (the horse not being well and the dog missing) were great and worthy of another certificate.
Allowing me to wander around her livery yard and meet the horses was icing on a very big cake.
My only regret was not meeting the young lady who did the livery yard, I believe her name was Jenny.
It is a pity as she has the best smile I have seen for a long time. Her husband is a very lucky man.
She was very busy when I was there and I never disturb people when they are working so hard.
You may get the impression that I enjoyed my two nights there.
And you would be right.
The riding school.
If Carling made riding schools, this would be it.
The service was impeccable, the teaching clear, concise and easy to understand and the underlying humour was brilliant.
Humour is important in place like this as it shows that the staff are enjoying their jobs.
This may sound strange, but I got the impression from the horses that they were enjoying themselves.
When I started riding, there was someone who would now be called a horse whisper who showed me if a horse was happy. But that was some years ago.
I was impressed by the concern shown as to whether I was in pain as I have not ridden for 20 years and have a metal plate in my upper leg. The pain was fine and the plate never moved.
The Hacks were too short. I enjoyed them too much. I know I annoyed some fellow riders by not responding to their questions, as I was a "handsome male" on their hacks, it must have been infuriating for them. Thing is, being deaf in one ear, I could not hear them.
I could be a brilliant rider, but I need a great teacher. But it is a long way to come every week just to get taught. I will have to make do with a second rate school near where I live.
Anyway, pass my good wishes on to them and if I survive then next couple of months, I will do it again.
October '13 - Luxury Algarve
I had a fantastic holiday, I could ride well schooled horses and had perfect instruction. The cottage was cosy and I had a good rest! Thank you, the atmosphere was very good...I hope I can come back. Anna
October '13 - Almeria
I would highly recommend this great value riding holiday in a lovely, unspoilt part of Spain. Excellent hosts, I stayed in the main house which is beautiful and the food was lovely. The horses are really nice and the views (riding up and down the mountains) are amazing. Ride as little or as much as you like; and you can ride different horses every day if you want.
October '13 - Portugal
Hi Sarah and Lindsey,
I just wanted to drop you a quick email and let you know that both my husband and I had a great holiday in Portugal. The accommodation was perfect and Katharine is the perfect hostess. She is a fantastic instructor and she taught me so much! We even managed to get my husband on a horse and thanks to Katharine's skills as an instructor he felt totally at ease.
Thank you for making the booking process so easy! I'm hoping to convince one of my friends to join me for a return holiday next spring. So I will hopefully be in touch with you soon again. :)
September '13 - Wiltshire
Just a quick note to say that Hatty and i enjoyed Angies horses. I do believe that we would have been bored with the riding school type. Annette accompanied us and Hatty was able to go hacking on a very well mannered pony that cantered nicely. Thank you , they were very knowledgeable and Hatty was kept safe but was encouraged to do the cantering that i hoped she would manage! Beautiful countryside and weather, please pass on our gratitude.
September '13 - Wiltshire
Hi Lindsey and Louise
I just wanted to tell you that I had a brilliant time on my riding holiday in Wiltshire.
When I arrived I was very nervous as I am new to riding and have previously only had lessons in an indoor school but thanks to Angie, Hannah and Annette my confidence grew enormously - both on and around the horses. Angie made me feel so welcome in her home and I really appreciated the little touches like chocolate in my room - and the tea and cake breaks!
I left feeling very relaxed but also much more confident and invigorated.
Thank you for making this happen.
August '13 - Luxury Algarve
I had a fabulous week, the horses are lovely and the tuition excellent. The cottage is well equipped and very peaceful. Thank you Pru & Julian for making it a perfect holiday, I enjoyed every moment here. SE
What more could we say other than it couldn’t have been a better riding holiday! Fantastic facilities, tuition, cottage and best of all the staff and owners. We hope this is the first of many holidays.
August '13 - Shropshire
Sorry about the delay in sending some feedback for our trip to Shropshire with yourselves.
I can honestly say that we had an amazing time. Our hosts were friendly and very accommodating, going above and beyond what we expected from home made cakes to great advise about the local area and places to visit. From a great breakfast and a delicious bbq we were set us up for the day.
The horses we amazing to and our hosts ensured that we were matched up well with horses that could accommodate our abilities to ensure that we had a fun, relaxed and enjoyable experience. The riding in itself was varied from woodland rides to village rides giving us a change to walk, trot and canter and a range of surroundings.
Overall I feel that its fair to say that the Shropshire break was a hidden gem in all forms and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
If you require any further information or photos then please just let me know.
August '13 - Surrey
Excellent experience in Surrey! Impeccable attention & horses, I want to send very cordial and grateful greeting to my hosts at the stables, highly recommended!
August '13 - Ascot
Sarah, I wanted to take a moment to thank you and Lou for your helpful coordination about my trip to Ascot. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to booking another trip with Equestrian Escapes in the future!
August '13 - Malaga
I just wanted to email you to say that I had a great time in Spain – once I was there, I had wished I had booked for a week.
All of the staff were very friendly and helpful, in particular Derek, and also the instructors Tanya and Will, volunteer Sarah and of course, Diego the cook. I was very impressed with the accommodation and food, the staff and the brilliant care taken of the horses and dogs.
As I had booked this fairly last minute and have only been hacking out once a week recently, I wasn’t sure that I was ‘riding-fit’ enough for the holiday. However, whilst getting a little ‘hot’ on the lessons, I did manage to keep up and have actually come back without any aches. I rode two of the ‘ponies’, Misty and Flamenca – as they were comfortable, forward going and my back was ok with them, I didn’t take the opportunity to ride the other horses (although as my back was ok and I didn’t have any aches afterwards, in hindsight I think I may have been ok on something bigger).
Thank you so much for your recommendation, it really was a dream holiday for me, horses, dogs, swimming and great food, accommodation, staff and company.
All the best
July '13 - Luxury Algarve
A big thanks for a wonderful stay. The tuition was amazing, I will ride with confidence in the future. So beautiful and relaxing, thanks to all the staff for making the holiday so enjoyable. I so enjoyed the cottage, pool and the food.....especially the desserts! DA
Peaceful location, beautiful horses, excellent tuition and warm, friendly hospitality! Who could ask for more? Mary
The perfect holiday! Very good tuition, horses and food. Lots of learning during an amazing stay! S & A.
We have had a fantastic holiday. The cottage was perfect, immaculate and well equipped. We enjoyed both swimming and riding and thought the horses and staff were wonderful. We would love to come back! A,J, M & D
July '13 Barcelona
What an excellent location we loved the region. It’s definitely an outdoors enthusiast paradise. Conveniently located within 1 hour distance of the coast, the French border and Barcelona. Girona is ~20 minutes away and it is a lovely city. Would definitely return to further explore this region. The quality of accommodation was excellent. Our hosts made us feel at home. The house is beautiful with lovely views and all modern amenities one could ask for. The horses are well trained and well behaved. The trails are beautiful and suited for all levels. The ride to the nearby small towns is fabulous and the food was delicious. A wonderful experience!
July '13 - Almeria
My daughter and I have just spent four wonderful days at your ranch in Almeria in Spain. My daughter experienced some wonderful riding whilst I relaxed by the pool as a non rider.
Everyone worked tirelessly to give us the holiday we had hoped for and their dedication to their horses and their beautiful family is commendable.
We have every intention of returning to this unique location where you can escape from the hectic pace of normal life and enjoy the unspoilt countryside and ride as much or as little as you want! We had a wonderful time.
June '13 - Almeria
The family in Almeria were very friendly. Tanya and Chris were very welcoming and made us feel at home. The horses were clearly very well looked after. Riding in the mountains was lovely and we had different options as to what time we could go, we also did some jumping and dressage. Jay and Erica were very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. The overall riding experience was excellent and we would happily go again.
Thank you, Matthew
June '13 - Barcelona
Very impressed. One of us was an experienced rider and the other a novice (just 6 hours of riding ever!) so very impressed that they sized us both up very quickly and jocked us up on suitable horses. Going there, I was nervous that the horses would be ‘robot-like’ which certainly was not the case for some of them (Uruguay the stallion!!) which made it far more fun. The rides were very good especially the very last one with Rafa who took us galloping along, through rivers amongst some brilliant scenery. The stops for lunch very relaxed yet entertaining.
June '13 - Dordogne
While looking on the internet for new riding holidays we found Equestrian Escapes, who were offering this holiday, and as we were looking for a short break, riding somewhere in France this looked to be just what we wanted, as it is a relaxed riding holiday with some interesting time looking at the local sites .
We were met at Limoges airport by Richard and after just 45 minutes arrived at the farm , and introduced to the other riders who had just finished their stay ..
Gill had the tea and biscuits served at the picnic table , which went down well, then we were shown to our room which is spacious , with a lovely en-suite shower, the other bedroom having bath and shower. Then we were taken round to be introduced to all the horses. Our break consisted of 2 hours riding next day with some site seeing in the afternoon, then the next day a lovely ride to the lake where we picnicked (full day), with the 3rd day 3 hour ride stopping at another lake for coffee and biscuits. Again site seeing to a nearby chateau.
The horses are excellent and well behaved, we tacked up ourselves and off we went with Gill leading us out. The countryside is beautiful with nearly 40% woodland over undulating countryside. Lots of wild life, we were lucky enough to see pine martens. Good bit of walking , with a nice mix of trot and good canters, there is lots of off road riding and where you ride on road its very quiet with hardly any traffic.
Gill is also the cook and the meals (full board ) are excellent , especially the Quiche.
What makes a good riding holiday?? Well the weather is a start (we had good weather) good horses and tack, an excellent trail leader, and good food . This holiday has all those . Gill is an excellent trail leader, which is essential. I must also mention Richard as he was a very attentive host catering for our every need, wine glass filled , tea maker and of course the regular trip to the nearby bakery for fresh bread and croissants.
We have taken many riding holidays all over Europe , Morocco, and recently Zimbabwe, and this holiday is highly recommended. Thanks so much for a lovely riding holiday ( Our 17th one ) , we hope to return .
Roger and Sue KENT.
June '13 - Malaga
I would like to send a big thankyou. My holiday to the Cortijo in Malaga was perfect. Just what we asked for perfect setting , delicious food, great riding and all the horses were very well looked after and perfectly behaved. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who will listen. We were all confident riders but i would recommend it to someone who wanted to learn to ride. Thanks again.
June '13 - Brecon Beacons 1 week trail ride
Last week I did the Brecon Beacons trail ride. It was fantastic. Everyone involved with the stables were fabulous. The scenery breath taking and the accommodation good. I don't recall ever eating so well on holiday!
June '13 - North Devon
Thank you very much for organising our first horse riding holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed the riding in the beautiful field of North Devon. While I have some riding experience, my companion was a complete beginner and she was somewhat anxious; however, Teresa and her staff at the stable were superb and put her at ease straight away. The horses were well looked after and they were just so wonderful and majestic. The B&B you recommended was great too. The owner, Roger, could not do enough for us. The very comfortable bed and lovely breakfast was a bonus. We definitely would like to go to other places for more riding to appreciate the beauty of nature and the ever so lovely animals.
June '13 - Bournemouth
Hi Sarah & Lindsey,
Just letting you know I had a wonderful horsey time in Bournemouth, nice set up. The people that run the place are very friendly, Naomi in particular was great and took me on some super riding. We cantered and cantered great fun the views were awesome the weather was fab the sun had got its hat on !!! so to say. The beach ride was an evening ride and very pleasant too not much road riding so great time was had by all. I would recommend to anyone from beginners to experience if you want good scenery and reliable hacks out. Thanks for arranging it all.
June '13 - Luxury Algarve
Fantastic four days, we loved it! Beautiful location, fabulous horses, brilliant riding school and the training was second to none. Thank you Pru and Julian, we had a wonderful time.....we will be back! L & C
Fabulous horses, people and hospitality! I could not have hoped for a better break in such a stunning location. Thank you, Faye
June '13 - Almeria
We got back from our holiday on Tuesday and I wanted to let you know that it was absolutely wonderful! I rode a number of different horses, all good, while my daughter fell in love with one pony and rode that every day. The rides were through spectacular scenery either at a steady walk or with long fast canters. We went out twice a day on some days and did different rides every time - incredible variety!
Our hosts could not have been kinder - nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent home cooking and one evening we went to a local tapas bar.
When not riding we sat by the pool - it really was the perfect break. I can't recommend them highly enough. We will certainly be back!
Thanks again for your help with this,
May '13 - North Devon
This is the 3rd holiday we have booked with Equestrian Escapes and each has been a fantastic experience. The staff at Equestrian Escapes have always been extremely helpful and nothing is too much trouble. The company were recommended to me by a colleague and I have no hesitation in recommending them to any family who want to combine excellent riding with a well organised holiday.
Thank you, Lorraine
May '13 - North Devon
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our week riding in Devon. The horses were superb - very well-behaved and responsive - and our rides along the beach were the highlight of the week.
The village hotel that you arranged for us was excellent - the room was beautifully decorated and the breakfasts really set us up for the day.
Thank you again for arranging such an enjoyable week's riding in North Devon.
May '13 - Tarifa
We had a fantastic time. The horses are really well looked after, the staff were superb.
Lovely natural way with the horses. Thank you. You made my 50th special. Julie XX
We had an amazing time- thank you so much! Lovely scenery, exhilarating riding, perfect horses! Kate & Emma
Fantastic. Everything I dreamed of! Great horses & brilliant instructor. Thank you so much Kim & Jane X
May '13 - Wiltshire
Just wanted to give you some feedback following my amazing weekend with Angie in Wiltshire. The whole experience was fabulous. Everything, from the accomodation and hospitality to the quality of the horses was far, far better than I had imagined.
Whilst I ride regularly, I can get nervous riding horses I don't know. Before my trip I had the living daylights scared out of me by various people at my normal stables, with horror stories ranging from wild horses dumping people in bushes, old nags that hardly moved and huge groups on horses which follow a well trodden route without paying any heed to their rider. By the time I set off for Wiltshire I was practically welded to my body protector with images of myself riding a wild old nag which would set off at a gallop, without warning, and dump me on the floor in front of twenty other people! Much of this was probably because I didn't speak with you beforehand, this was a gift from my mother. Angie put my mind at rest within 10 seconds of arriving. The quality of Angie's horses is amazing, unlike anything I have ever ridden. Also, the fact that I went out on my own with an instructor meant I could do what I was comfortable doing and allowed me to (a) learn and (b) not embarrass myself. For me, the one to one/small group tuition is a major selling point.
Thanks for arranging such a wonderful break for me.
May '13 - Ascot
Dear Lindsey, thanks so much for organizing our weekend in Windsor. A fantastic 21st birthday for my daughter Hannah, one we will never forget. Horses were amazing and the Windsor Great Park ride was fantastic, a great bunch of people rode with us and the scenery was stunning. Well worth every penny! The stables were very busy but very professional and matched us with good horses who also looked after us. Thanks again, we will definitely do it again. Tina
May '13 - Almeria
I have just got back from the most amazing holiday at the rancho in Almeria. Our hosts Jay and Erica, Tanya and Chris were brilliant people and made my holiday very special, I want to tell others what a brilliant holiday destination Almeria is and I would happily go back another time.
April '13 - Luxury Algarve
April 2013. A brilliant week of riding, excellent tuition from Pru and Luis, a team dedicated to giving their all and a terrific place to relax and chill! MM
April 2013. Beautiful location, gorgeous horses and so relaxing. Excellent tuition, we had a great time; thank you. S & J
April '13 - Algarve
The time I spent on the Algarve was so special. The scenery is beautiful and Katharine is a natural host. The stables are very secluded so it’s a perfect escape and a great opportunity top explore the surrounding tracks and trails with hardly a car in sight. Riding out twice a day was bliss and one of the best things I have ever done and I was so sad to come home. I couldn’t fault the trip! It was a privilege to immerse myself in daily life at the stables and I was made to feel so welcome. Thank you so much for a great adventure!
March '13 - Algarve
Just thought that I'd let you know that the holiday that my 2 friends and I went on last week with Katherine in the Algarve was absolutely fantastic! The horses were all really friendly and great for all abilities - I fell in love with one and wanted to bring him home!
Katherine was an excellent host and her cooking and baking skills are fantastic! The setting and the rides were also lovely.
To sum up, a great time had by all. I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone.
March '13 - Ascot
Hi Lindsey, thank you for all the arrangements. The trip was perfect and the stable guys were really great.
February '13 - Malaga
The best holiday we have ever been on. Accommodation, staff, horses,
riding all amazing. The lessons were of an amzing quality and my riding
improved greatly. If you want an unforgetable riding experience in
amazing surroundings with great people and food then this is the
holiday for you. Cant wait to go back! Roll on next Easter!
February '13 - Algarve
Dear Equestrian Escapes, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a lovely weekend away in the Algarve. This was a last minute booking and as a beginner rider I was unsure of what to expect. You made the booking process very easy, the accommodation in Portugal was perfect, Katharine made me feel so welcome in her home and it was lovely to stay on site with the horses. I learnt so much in such a short period of time, the combination of lessons and hacking was ideal and I can’t wait to go back.
Thank you again
January '13 - Algarve
I had an amazing time and I must say this break totally exceeded all my expectations. Travelling alone it was lovely to get to stay in Katharine’s house and enjoy home cooked dinner every night. Katharine is an amazing chef and super nice. I felt very welcome from the moment I arrived. Her house is conveniently just next to the stables so I also had a chance to help with the stable duties and spend time relaxing with the horses, as much as I liked. She is a brilliant instructor and has got a great selection of horses (Warmblood, Thoroughbred, Friesian, Lusitano etc and the cutest little Shetland ponies too! All great characters!) Even the cat (Magic) managed to melt my heart (…and I am not very fond of cats) I would highly recommend this holiday for any single traveller or anyone who appreciates private tuition and personal touch to get the best out of your riding holiday. The hacks were amazing, safe paths with great views, gallops and river crossings and it was lovely to try some new tricks (like Spanish walk) in the arena. This package was advertised as tailor-made and it really was that! I wish I had stayed longer! Laura
November '12 - Portugal
This has been a magical experience! Your friendly and welcoming hospitality has made me feel part of the family in the short time I have been here. Thank you for your encouragement and expertise in riding and horse care which I now feel I am becoming a real part of! I cannot wait to get back and show them my improvement. I am so grateful for the times you have taken me out in the area making my holiday as full and entertaining and as relaxing as it could be. I am sad to be leaving but hope to return again soon. The food has been exquisite, the horses beautiful and the people inspiring!
Many thanks for a prefect stay - Hannah Webster
November '12 - Malaga
I just wanted to write a review of my recent holiday in Andalucia.
Exceeded all my expectations. A really personal experience. The accommodation was spacious, comfortable and well decorated, with everything that I needed. The horses were superb and instruction to match - completely changed my attitude to riding. Food and wine were of great quality and plentiful. The Hartfields went out of their way to show us the local area including a superb trip to Cordoba to the Spanish riding school and a very sociable tapas experience afterwards. They couldn't do enough to ensure an enjoyable stay. As a lone traveller it was ideal - plenty of opportunity for company without any hassle. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Hope this is ok - if it sounds gushing that is because I had an amazing time.
November '12 - Malaga
Just wanted to say what an amazon time I had in Malaga, I couldn't have asked for anything more from them, the horses & the venue. The weather was awful but they kept us entertained & couldn't have done anymore to make us feel so welcome.
I honestly thought I was a good rider until I went there & they taught me how I should be riding to get the most out of the horse & for them to enjoy themselves too. Such a high quality of horses which blew me away.
It was my birthday that week & we all went to watch a dressage show & have tapas afterwards which made it v special indeed.
Honesty cannot rate Chris & Paul highly enough & recommend anyone to go and visit, you won't be disappointed.
October '12 - Algarve Portugal
To Bev and the team. Thank you so much for making us Scottish lassies so welcome. I have had a wonderful holiday and achieved what I came to do which was to become a better rider. The level of tuition has been exceptional and I am looking forward to trying everything I have learnt on my own horse.
The horses have been fab and a joy to ride. I have enjoyed meeting all the staff who have been very helpful. I will miss the dogs company. The package has just been ideal with the perfect balance between riding and site seeing. I am sure our paths will cross again and I thourghly look forward to that day. You must brave the Scottish weather some day and come and see us all in Scotland.
Thanks for the holiday of heaven! All the best
October '12 - Dordogne
We enjoyed a truely wonderful week in this rural idylic country home complete with cat, dogs and beautiful horses. Our hosts did everything to make us feel welcome. The room and food were superb. As a novice rider I was apprehensive of a riding holiday, but Gill (and the horse, Emir) are great teachers and I feel that my riding technique and confidence have really improved. The surrounding countryside was great to explore on foot and it would be very difficult to miss seeing the wildlife. I would strongly recommend this holiday to both riders and non-riders. We had a great time and were very sorry to leave.
Thank you we look forward to returning soon!
October '12 - Cheshire
Holiday Destination - Amazing!!!! Excellent hotel that couldn't do enough for us and one of the best stables I have every been to. Superb one-to-one attention from instructors who were really knowledgable and a really personalised service thanks to a really useful, friendly (and subtle!) assessment conversation. The yard had a fab selection of steeds that challenged us during lessons but also looked after us out hacking (not a frequent hacker) and on the farm ride, which was one of the best three hours of my whole life. The quality of riding was 5 star. I felt like I learnt more than I ever could have done in three days and have gained shed loads of confidence.
I picked this holiday because I wanted to perfect my technical skills and thought that this choice catered for that with a bit of luxury thrown in. As it happens, it was more than that! I have developed a better posture as well as increasing my confidence and ambition to go further. Horses, instructors, hotel, staff, location... everything was beyond my expectations. This was the best £400 I have ever spent. Fact.
October '12 - Barcelona
Rafa was fantastic, great horseman very good company and wonderful horses! Highly recommended.
October '12 - Cheshire
Arranging my horse riding holiday through Equestrian Escapes was so easy, the booking staff were so helpful and accommodating and the holiday itself was first class. The hotel staffs were so friendly and the stables were only a 5min walk round the corner from the hotel. The quality of horses and riding was also outstanding. My riding instructor Lauren was amazing, she taught me so much in the short space of time I was there and the horse I rode all weekend, Red, was wonderful and took very good care of me. My overall experience was first class; I would gladly go on the exact same holiday again. I look forward to returning.
October '12 - Malaga
We had a fantastic holiday at the Cortijo in Malaga. We were made very welcome and felt completely at home and very comfortable from the minute we arrived. The Cortijo is in a superb location just outside Antequera and has been beautifully restored by the owners. The riding facilities are excellent and we enjoyed a mixture of very high quality lessons and lovely hacks out into the stunning countryside. They have a good variety of horses to ride and much care was taken to match us with the right horse for our ability and temperament. Chris and Paul are fantastic hosts and provided us with lovely food and drink and took us to local bars and markets. All the staff were incredibly friendly and good at their jobs and we are grateful to them all for ensuring that we had a really good break.
October '12 - North Devon
Just wanted to let you know we had a fab week in Devon. Teresa and her team were great, very professional, made us feel really welcome and we had excellent tuition. We fell in love with all the horses who also took great care of us.
Thanks for all your help.
October '12 - Berkshire
I just want to say thank you for your help, we've had a lovely weekend in Berkshire. We were well looked after and the house is nice and the horses were great and we were met by professional and really lovely people. We are very satisfied.
Again thank you and we look forward to going there again.
October '12 - North Wales
Just thought I would give you some feedback from the weekend in North Wales. Firstly the weather could not have been better, so lucky. The self catering accommodation was excellent and so convenient to the town and riding school. The two hacks were fantastic, especially the time spent on the beach where we got the chance to gallop. The service and enthusiasm of the riding school was great.
Hope to do another trip soon. Scott
October '12 - Cheshire
Hi Lindsey, just to say thank you and your team for organising a fantastic weekend for us. The spa hotel was lovely and the riding was amazing. We will be booking next year.
September '12 - Portugal
What a fabulous break - excellent riding, great company and hospitality - so relaxing and interesting. Can't imagine anything better. Special thanks to Bev for top class professional training and to Christian for being so helpful and friendly. Not least the fantastic horses.
September '12 - Wiltshire
Stayed in Wiltshire in June at Angie’s cottage and had an amazing time. She is a wonderful host and she is the most amazing person I have had the privilege to meet. Have stayed in hotels all over Britain and have never had such a warm welcome and service is second to none. As for the horses they are amazing and your rides are geared to your ability and what you want out of the holiday. If you want 5* exclusive without the over the top price tag then this is for you. This is the first time ever I have booked to go back to the same place, in fact I booked while I was there.
September '12 - North Devon
We were delighted with every aspect of the holiday. The booking arrangements were handled efficiently. The B & B was excellent and our host Roger went out of his way to make sure we were extremely welcome. The resort was brilliant.
The riding was good. I was unfortunately unable to ride on the beach but my companions had a brilliant ride.
All in all it was a very successful trip.
September '12 - Barcelona
We went to Barcelona in mid-September. The old farm house we stayed in was beautiful. The owners were away but Tom who was looking after us did a good job.
The horses and the riding at Hipica Equinatur were fantastic. Beautiful, well-trained, forward-going horses and some spectacular scenery to ride through. Each ride was different, a nice mix of flat plains, rivers and mountains, and also a mix of walk, trot and canter – and the occasional flat-out gallop!
Outside of riding times, the lake at nearby Banyoles is well worth a visit, as is the ancient fortified town of Besalu.
July '12 - Jerez
Sarah created a great holiday for me based on my interests and needs. I was able to really do what I was interested in. The hotel was excellent! It offered more luxury than what I needed. The quality of riding was excellent! This was the area I was nervous about but Alfonso and the horses were of superior quality on every level. The lessons offered experiences and learning, the hacks were in stunning surrounds and I felt safe riding all of the horses I rode. It was also relaxed and casual as well.
July '12 - Wiltshire
Hi, just wanted to say what a wonderful riding experience we have just had with Angie and Hannah in tollard royal. What beautiful horses, wonderful people and stunning countryside. Paul and I came home so relaxed and we are still buzzing about our experience.
June '12 - Cheshire
Frimp our host at the B&B is a lovely lady, very welcoming and friendly. We loved our stay at her very comfortable home. Very yummy breakfasts!!!! We had a fantastic time, our horses were superb. Mia and I had a brilliant time – so much so we wanted to move up to Cheshire!! The people were lovely and very accommodating. The horses were well suited to our ability.
Zara and Mia
June '12 - Saumur
Saumur is a beautiful town, easy to get to from Paris, big enough to have all necessary amenities and a range of wonderful restaurants, yet small enough to be intimate and picturesque. The horses picked for the riders were perfect, the school is neat and clean with the horses obviously loved, the routes chosen beautiful, absolutely perfect and great value for money. Overall Experience – 10 out of 10.
June '12 - Cheshire
Just wanted to say that we came back from a weekend in Cheshire today and it has been the best weekend. The B&B was amazing and our room had a lovely view of their stables. The riding was brilliant and we rode some fantastic horses through some beautiful scenery. Thank you so much! xx
June '12 - Algarve
The stables were lovely and in a very nice setting. All the people at the stables were exceptionally friendly and very kind and helpful and I believe went just that bit extra to ensure we had a good experience.
The owner is a superb teacher and horsewoman. After an assessment she matches you to the right horse / pony for your hacks out and lessons (usually on different animals), all designed to improve your seat and rider effectiveness whilst ensuring you enjoy your stay. For the amount of riding we would be doing during the week she took great care to ensure that we didn't get saddle sore by providing gel saddle savers for us - these certainly helped. We spent a bit of time working on pads rather than saddles to develop flexibility which helped with the more advanced movements we did later in the week. Bev also spent time with us doing exercises on the ground to further develop feel and how the horses work which was great fun and very enlightening. We watched informative videos too! I feel I learnt so much in one week!
Christian, the stable manager goes out of his way to make you feel welcomed and comfortable around the horses and makes sure you enjoy the experience too.
The weather was exceptionally hot so we rode out early and then later in the day again when cooler, these times changed per day depending on the heat and our plans for lessons and hacks.
The hacking was very varied with many different rides - we certainly never did the same one twice. Our rides were of different lengths from 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours. We rode through the pine woods which were lovely and cool with wonderful scents of pine, thyme and curry (from the curry plants). We popped over small jumps and had plenty of trots and canters through the trees. We rode through the orange groves, past fig trees and avocado trees which was very interesting. We rode along the beach and along the tracks across the lagoons again very interesting from the bird watching point of view. The road work was limited but Christian took us to see the multi million euro houses of the rich which was like being in Beverly Hills on one ride - then to the beach for a lovely canter on the sands.
The horses and ponies are superb - exceptionally well mannered, polite and obedient. I would go so far as to say most are totally unflappable. They suit all abilities from the complete beginner to the more advanced and capable.
The accommodation is very comfortable and clean. You don't spend a lot of time in your room except to sleep! The food is wonderful and you can have the full Portugese experience if you want too. They serve the most delicious Portugese dishes. We went out for a Portugese fish banquet one evening and then we had sunday brunch at a local coffee bar - the cakes are definately recommended! Christian was more than happy to drop us off at the Spa for a swim or down by the lagoons for walks and would then collect us later on - nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him.
Breakfast was taken on the patio after morning rides around 10.30 -11.00 am so was a brunch really and Adrianne organised fresh orange juice (from her own orange trees), local produce like cheese, hams, pates and wonderful bread. Do not expect to loose weight whilst out there! We were able to use the washing machine too which was a real help as you go through clothes very quickly due to the heat.
Everyone went out of their way to ensure we had a really good holiday. We cannot praise them enough!
We would both recommend them to anyone and most certainly plan to return ourselves.
You don't need a car - taxi too and from the airport is fine and very convienient - around 25 Euros each way for the taxi! So I thiought this was very cheap.
Sarah, thank you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us both.
June '12 - Malaga
I had a fantastic time in Antequera it was a perfect mix of relaxation and action packed! The riding was the most scenic I have ever done and I have fallen in love with Andalucian horses! The staff were very welcoming and made sure that I had a brilliant time organising an exciting and diverse itinerary. I have never eaten so well - the food was fantastic and I got to try lots of Spanish tapas. It was an amazing few days and a great way to explore an area of Spain which is so beautiful and unspilt. I did not want to leave, it was like a big family and I will definitely come again! Thank you! Jessica
May '12 - Italy
Just to let you know what a fantastic holiday we had at the Castle in Italy. My daughter Beccy Somerton arranged it and we were there from 24th – 27th May.
The horses were super – well schooled, sensible without being plods and a joy to ride. The staff were so friendly we felt we were saying goodbye to family when we left!! All in all a really lovely holiday in gorgeous surroundings and we wish we were still there!!
May '12 - Cheshire Dressage
‘A Cheshire riding /dressage break for a Christmas present turned out to be a revelation. Over 3 days I felt bad old riding habits overturned into the beginning of a thoughtful and logical technique brilliantly and patiently explained to me by a truly top class instructor and because she worked me so hard I ached but recovered in luxury at one of the best B&Bs I have ever stayed in.’
May '12 - Epona
This holiday was absolutely brilliant. The balance is just right with the mix of trails and dressage plus it is a bonus to be able to go to the beach where no one else can ride. The non-riding elements which are also planned during the week are brilliant as well. It became apparent early on that the family know everyone in the area so where we went for dinner in Carmona and Sevilla and the Flamenco evening you are so well looked after as Fernando has such a good relationship with people. You really do get an authentic experience not a touristy one so the restaurants and Flamenco is where the locals go which was so enjoyable.
The trip to Jerez was just incredible, that was one of the things that made me decide on this holiday as it was part of it. Absolutely fantastic place and the show was amazing, we had front row seats.
The welcome and hospitality at Epona is second to none. Jane does a tremendous job cooking so the food was excellent and of a really good variety, Vivi and Caty are incredible horsewomen and Fernando is such a character and a pleasure to be around. You are extremely well looked after whilst at Epona.
The horses are very well looked after and all of them so well-mannered, one of the most surprising aspects was how incredibly docile all of the stallions were, after lessons we would help with the horses or chat to the girls and they would be next to each other not even batting an eye at each other yet to watch them being ridden they are so powerful and athletic!
Anna and Matt
May '12 - Barcelona
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for setting up our riding holiday to Gerona! My husband and I had an amazing time. Staying at the Country House Hotel was perfect and our hosts were equally as amazing! Our instructor and the horses were all perfect. I enjoyed taking a jumping lesson and the trail rides were beautiful. All-in-all, we cannot wait to book another holiday with you!! :o)
April '12 -North Devon
Excellent - as two experienced riders I was a little nervous it would be a bit tame but as we were the only two in the group we were able to ride to our standard. The beach ride was superb. Lovely quality time with my daughter.
April '12 - Cheshire
Great riding holiday wife and daughter had a thoroughly good time and would recommend the venue and stables as excellent!
April '12 - Brecon Beacons
Fantastic. A perfect girls short stay. The stables were very accommodating for our ability and made sure that our experience was a great one!
Mo and Emma
April '12 - Cheshire
Hi Lindsey-my daughter, Lindsay Bouscaren, and I are in the Edinburgh airport waiting for our flight home and I just wanted to let you know that we had the nicest time in Cheshire!! Frimp and her husband took such good care of us and the riding was fabulous. We took lessons from Chris and Laura and Lauren and Briany took us out on hacks and the xc farm ride and each were delightful. I hadn't ridden in a while so the lessons were a great refresher but for me the absolute highlight of my stay was the xc farm ride-I could barely walk when I got off the horse but I am still reveling in how much fun it was!!
Thank you also for getting us the train info which was very helpful and our trip was smooth
Many thanks and we will definitely use Equestrian Escapes again!!
Helen Hunt Bouscaren
March '12 - Cheshire
We have just got back from our Easter trip to Cheshire as mother and daughter. My 10 year old daughter said it was the best holiday she has ever been on and I quite agree. It is the first time in 20 years that I actually feel that I have progressed and it has ignited a passion in us both that I hope will last!
March '12 - Cheshire
Riding in Cheshire was a fantastic experience. Everything from the ‘very English’ B&B to the horse riding itself was amazing. This is such a stunning part of the UK and it was amazing to see some of this on horseback. The staff at the riding centre were so friendly and welcoming - the instructors especially were patient, knowledgeable and gave you confidence. The horses were stunning and are very well looked after. The whole experience was beyond my expectations and I’d without doubt recommend Equestrian Escapes in the future. I’m already thinking where to go next…!
March '12 - Beach Ride Pembroke
We have just come back from our break in Wales riding on the beach and just want to say how wonderful it was. The stables were so welcoming and helpful with our riding. The accomodation was lovely and the rides were fantastic. Many thanks for a great holiday.
February '12 - Wiltshire
Riding was fantastic – a truly unique experience. The landscape was absolutely gorgeous and Angie’s horses were magnificent. Both Angie & her groom Hannah were a joy to be with and fantastic hosts.
February '12 - Shropshire
Just to let you know the holiday was excellent. The people were lovely, accommodation was great, and the riding fabulous. I would recommend the holiday to all my friends .
February '12 - Cheshire
Our first riding holiday as a couple and with Equestrian Escapes, we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The people were extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you. Linda H
February '12 - Tarifa
Holiday Destination – Tarifa Spain
Handling of Booking – Excellent – exactly as described
Quality of Accommodation – very good – fantastic location
Quality of Riding – Brilliant – the best kept horses and stables I have ever seen. Horses absolutely beautiful and standard and quality of treks was breathtaking
Overall Experience – It is truly one of the best holidays I have ever had. We were blessed with very good weather – but the whole experience was beyond expectations. The horses and stables were the best I have ever seen. We hired a car and there was a lot to see and visit in the local area. The hotel was located on the beachfront and was very beautiful. The food was excellent too. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough.
February '12 - Simply the best - Jerez
This is just a note to thank you for organising a really good week for us in Jerez. We had a wonderful time.
All your arrangements worked smoothly. The hotel is charming and well situated. We were pleased to discover that it even has its own parking.
As for the riding, we could not have asked for a better experience. Alcantara is an excellent facility and has a wide selection of interesting horses to ride. Alfonso went out of his way to suggest a flexible program and to give us personal instruction at the right level as well as some good pointers for schooling our own horses. He also guided us on great hacking – regularly refreshed with abundant quantities of his family’s sherry and delicious tapas!
We shall be back!
With best wishes
Sue and Ken
February '12 - Ascot
Just a quick email to say a big thank you for your help in arranging my 40th birthday weekend. Everything ran very smoothly and everyone had a lovely time. The hotel were exceptionally helpful!
February '12 - Madrid
I have gone on a few other equestrian holidays , and by far this is one of the best all around trips I have ever gone on.
The horses, people and country were extraordinary and I would still be there if I didn’t have to work to make money to return!!!
Thank you Mariano and Spain!! And Equestrian Escapes for turning me on to this magical non-turisty place..
February '12 - Cheshire
Hi I just wanted to write and say I had a fantastic holiday – the hotel was good and the riding was amazing. Everyone was really friendly and especially Chris, my instructor- she was great. I owned my own horse for many years but can honestly say these 3 days were some of the best riding I’ve ever had. I’m now thinking about what to book next...Barry
January '12 - Cheshire
“as a non-rider looking to book a weekend for my partner who rides I was in the dark as to what I should book and where but Equestrian Escapes made the whole process easy and the location/riding was first class. I would recommend them to all…”
January '12 - Wiltshire
All in all, a wonderful experience. Thanks to Angie and a good hug to Nikita from Esther!
January '12 - Cheshire
Just to say that we had an excellent time this weekend in Cheshire, the Country House Hotel was excellent and the staff their very helpful and friendly. Nicola had a great lesson and a fun hack and really enjoyed the riding, the stables themselves were brilliant and the staff knowledgeable and friendly – I am sure we’ll be looking to come back again before too long (especially if Nicola has her way). If you could pass on our thanks to all the staff at the hotel and the stables they were all excellent and a credit to both organisations.
January '12 Cheshire
Hi Louise – just to say I had a really lovely time in Cheshire – the staff were very friendly and patient with my attempts at jumping. I had a great time on Red and Timmy. Cheers Jo
January '12 - Wiltshire
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my time with Angie this weekend. The hacks were great and horses are amazing, I've come home feeling totally refreshed and relaxed.
December '11 - Brecon Beacons
The B&B in Brecon was really comfortable and welcoming and they had really good links to the stables making the whole holiday really easy and relaxing. The horses were fast but safe. I had a great time, I’ve recommended the guest house to non-horsy friends and family and I’m looking forward to my next visit.
December '11 - Surrey
I had a great week of riding. The horses were really good, and the staff was a very friendly team with some escape to the pub. Thanks to Ian and all the team. The B & B offers very comfortable and clean place to stay. It was my first experience in a B&B and I just want to recommend it.
December '11 - Wiltshire
May I take the time to say what a fantastic time I have just had in Wiltshire with Angie. Angie is such a lovely lady and the horse's are top quality, the scenary during the hacks out is wonderfull,
December '11 - Brecon
Just wanted to let you know I had a really great break in Brecon and I'm very grateful that you could find me somewhere out of season. The Guest house was lovely and the riding stable was really good and the girls who took me out riding were really good and were very kind and let me choose the rides and speeds etc.
November '11 - Wiltshire
Tollard Royal is a beautiful area! Angie could not have made me more welcome. I felt at home and nothing was too much trouble. I will undoubtedly go back again sometime.
November '11 - Wiltshire
I am sending you a few photos from our riding holiday in Wiltshire with Angie.â?¨We had a fabulous time, enjoyed every minute. The horses are fantastic, accommodation superb in Angies Cottage (she is a great cook), weather was also good - from fog to beautiful sunshine. We had a deliciuos cream tea at the local farm shop- yammi... and after our day ride both Wendy and I were were relaxed and chilled out :-) â?¨â?¨Thanks for organizing this great holiday.
Have a good day,â?¨
October '11 - Surrey
All standards of riding are definitely catered for on the holiday my friend and I went on. Bed and Breakfast accommodation and riding were both superb! In the current economic climate it was refreshing to find this value for money.
October '11 - Wiltshire
We had a great time - please pass our thanks to Angie as we forgot to write in her visitors book.
She really looked after us well and it is a beautiful place.
The treatments at holistic therapy suite and dinners at the pub were also excellent.
We'll book again.
October '11 - Jerez
Just a note to thank you for all your help over arranging and then re-arranging our holiday. You were efficient and kind which I much appreciated.
We had a great time and enjoyed both the hotel and riding establishment so Sarah’s assessment of what would work for a riding daughter and tired mother was spot on – my thanks to her too.
October '11 - N Devon
We had a fabulous weekend, riding on 3 days. The beach ride was just wonderful, despite it being rather wet and very windy. The hotel was delightful and we could not have been made more welcome. Thanks!
October '11 - Cheshire
Dear Equestrian Escapes,
I'm just writing to say that I had a wonderful 3 day break in Cheshire last week, with tuition at the riding centre. What a great yard it is. All the staff were really welcoming and the standard of the tuition was really excellent. Chris had the measure of my numerous faults in a very short space of time and over the three days I felt a real improvement, and returned to my own horse with more confidence and a lot of things to practice. The horses which they chose for me to ride were just right and schooled to a very high standard.
I had some very peaceful sleep at the B and B, and as the yard staff told me, the cooked breakfasts were indeed delicious.
Thank you very much.
I will be back, and next time with my friends.
October '11 - Wiltshire
Have just come back and what can I say. It was "A" * * * * * * * * + + ++ + (that could look rude). It means "A" star plus plus plus!! and I really did not want to come home. Thank you so much for organising it and no doubt will speak again.
September '11 - Saumur
We had an amazing time in Saumur. Great riding with really thoughtful lessons and lovely well looked after horses. The accommodation was great, charming and close to the centre of town. Lindsey and Sarah did a great job of organising a wonderful trip.
Emma and Arabella
September '11 -Cheshire
We were really well looked after with quality horses, friendly and knowledgeable staff and tuition. It was just superb.
September '11 - Tuscany
Excellent weekend with very friendly staff that made us feel very welcome! Excellent standard of horses & beautiful rides through the Tuscan countryside. Wish we could have stayed for longer! We stayed in the lodge looking out over the gardens and the pool which we had to ourselves throughout the stay. We were lucky enough to be invited up to the castle by the count & countess to join the wedding party on the Saturday night – such a great experience. Already thinking about next year!
September '11 - North Wales
Amazing, large selection of horses & ponies, staff worked hard to find a suitable mount, and checked we were happy before setting off and also made a big effort to ensure that our holiday was the best it could be, tailoring the rides & lessons to our individual wants and needs, and keeping us separate from other people, such as regular lessons, and also making sure that our preferred horse was available for us all weekend if we wished. Also, the beach ride on the final day was one of the best rides we have ever been on! The overall experience was brilliant, would definitely go again.
September '11 - Shropshire
Simply the best holiday ever, had an incredible time, will definitely go back! We absolutely loved our stay!
Thank you so much!
September '11 - Barcelona
I love horse riding and couldn’t think of any better way to spend some time in Spain and learn a bit about Spanish culture. At the stables, Rafa, Nuria and Silvia made my riding holiday really wonderful and challenging. They have wonderful horses of all sizes and types and are very warm and welcoming.
My stay was also perfect with Linda in the apartment, an amazing cook and wonderful to share stories with after a long day of riding.
Thanks to all for such a great experience.
September '11 - North Devon
Our holiday destination was fantastic! Beautiful scenery and lovely beaches. Quite stunning. The Village Hotel was very good. High standard of room. Good breakfast and loved the themed 1950’s/1960’s dining area. Great fun! Our hosts were very friendly and helpful.
The quality of the riding was superb! Well organised and run. I felt we were in safe hands and the horses were lovely.
The overall experience was wonderful!!!! We all had a brilliant time. Everything went as planned and it worked out better than we had expected.
September '11 - Horses, wine and flamenco
Eventually!!! I have just sent an sms to Alfonso Lopez on his mobile phone thanking him so much for a most fantastic riding experience on his grand, sensitive and well-educated horses!!! Maria and I enjoyed every minute of our three dressage lessons under Alfonso's skilled supervision! The horses, the riding, Alfonso himself (so kind and humble), the stables, the staff, the finca, the fascinating landscape made it The Ultimate Event during our stay!
Maria's and my expectations were fully met - and beyond!! (Trying) to do a piroutte in canter on the centre line with the reins in one hand sitting in a Spanish saddle was one for example! The passage, the piaffe and the Spanish walk on Impostor was another! What a magnificent horse!!
September '11 - Simply the best!
We stayed in two hotels….one in the centre of Jerez was great for ease of walking into Jerez, close to restaurants and walking distance to a number of organised visits. The boutique hotel close to Alfonso’s stables was superb. We absolutely loved the ambience, décor, service etc. Would love to stay there again as we only had the one night. The riding was brilliant! The level and variety was just right. As we are experienced riders I enjoyed that we both got good horses that actually had a bit of spirit! Alfonso was excellent, he has great horses, great facility and took us on some excellent rides in beautiful countryside.
September '11 - Saumur
The horse riding was superb, professional even for the novice rider. We would recommend Aurora to anyone - Fab! Very good service from the equestrian staff and very helpful when booking. Highlights were the riding. Cadre noir trip. Samur good location something for everyone would definitely go back. Would recommend this experience too fellow riders.
Pat, Mike and Rebecca
September '11 -Skipton
We stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast in a stunning location and the landlady was warm and friendly. It had a relaxed atmosphere and they were very accommodating, it was a pleasure to stay there. The riding centre was excellent, the staff were patient and great teachers. We found them informative and welcoming and would love to visit the stables again. Our overall experience was absolutely fantastic, we cannot complain about anything! We had a wonderful time and intend to book another holiday in the future. The handling was efficient and straight forward and we would like to thank you for such a great experience.
August '11 - North Devon
Very positive. As someone going through a stressful time at home, this break was much needed and proved very positive. The booking process went really well, and Equestrian Escapes were very helpful in accommodating a single traveller at fairly short notice. My host family was lovely and I can’t recommend them enough. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time and made lots of great memories!
August '11 - Brecon Beacons
Handling of Booking – Excellent. I felt assured that you understood my requirements and I had confidence that you actually knew the people you were sending us to ride with.
Quality of Accommodation – Excellent. A really friendly couple in a lovely setting. The accommodation is in keeping with the style of the house which is a beautifully restored old Mill House. The village pub which is one of 2 in the village and is literally a minutes walk away was friendly and the food was nice too.
Quality of Riding – Absolutely brilliant. People make all the difference, and the team there are amazing. Really helpful, friendly, informative. I was a first time rider and my Daughter is an experienced rider. They managed to accommodate us both. Honestly, I can't say enough about the people at the riding school they made a great experience even better. The location is beautiful and the views whilst riding were literally breathtaking.
Overall Experience - Awesome ! I love to be pleasantly surprised and on this trip I really was!
Aug '11 - Cheshire
I had a superb "escape". The accommodation at the B&B was lovely and it was a short drive to the riding centre which is directly next to the Delamere Loop - so offers plenty of riding opportunties. The hacks aren't to be missed. The whole holiday was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. I would definitely book again and am already saving up for next year!
Aug' 11 - Cheshire
A professional service from Equestrian Escapes and the most amazing horses and ponies offered in Cheshire. All riding abilities covered and expectations exceeded with the level of instruction received from the schooling sessions and sheer exhilaration of the numerous forest rides encountered on the hacking sessions. An experience that must be repeated. Accommodation on site as share the same grounds so it was a very short walk to the stables where a warm welcome was always received
Aug '11 - Swaledale
I have just returned from Swaledale and I wanted to let you know what an excellent holiday it was! Your team were really helpful in the office, the B&B was great, nothing was too much trouble, tea cakes on arrival very yummy
Jane and the horses were brilliant the scenery was fantastic. All in all a truely superb experience that could not be bettered!
Aug '11 - Cheshire
Good morning Lindsey
I wanted to express our sincere thanks for arranging our first class riding holiday in Cheshire. The horses were just second to none and as an advanced rider I so appreciated the level of both horse and instruction. I could of ridden there all day long and got so much out of it. Each member of staff we encountered was so friendly and accommodating. Amelia was thoroughly taken care of with a show pony for the schooling and then a retired working hunter pony for the hacking. Please do pass on my thanks to your colleagues and those at the stables - this is one experience we will definitely be repeating.
From two ecstatically 'happy horsey holidayer's - Sarah-Louise & Amelia.
Aug '11 - Brecon
We booked last minute to stay in Brecon, Equestrian Escapes were fantastic ,very easy and they didn't stop looking until they found me accommodation.
The B&B was very nice, the full engilsh breakfest in the morning is plenty for a hard day riding. The quality of the riding was phenomenal, horses for everybody. The routes for experienced riders are incredible, some parts not easy, but if you ride well are fantastic. The people at the stables are very good too.
This ride is definitely something you have to do once in your life. My daughter and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Juan & Gabriella
Aug '11 - Portugal
Dear Sarah and Lindsey,
I thought I would email you just to say that Hayley and I had the most wonderful holiday and experience this week riding Lusitano horses in Portugal.
The location, horses, riding, facilities, hospitality and food together with the expert tuition and guidance, were truly superb and were very much appreciated by both myself and Hayley. It was such a privilege to ride such beautiful horses and to learn so much from them and from the instructor; he had such patience and understanding. To complete the holiday, the CD and photographs provided at the end of our stay was really wonderful and all of the staff were extremely friendly and kind.
We have taken so much away from this trip and sincerely hope to return next year if at all possible.
With many, many thanks for organising such a brilliant holiday for us.
Karen (and Hayley)
Aug '11 - Epona, Spain
I went to EPONA in August, Lindsey handled my booking very efficiently, the accommodation was very good. I particularly enjoyed riding through olive groves, fields of sunflowers and on the beach (a life long ambition!) and I learnt some new dressage moves!
The overall experience was fantastic - the owners were very friendly and helpful. The horses were all well cared for and well trained, I would definitely recommend this holiday!
Aug '11 - South Wales
We had an absolutely brilliant time in Wales. The accommodation was first class.The people were very friendly and easy going.The riding was brilliant.We had not ridden for over a year and I had lost a lot of confidence but by the end of the week my confidence was restored and I even went over the cross country jumps. Every type of rider is well catered for and the horses are honest and hard working. I would say that it is the best riding holiday we have been on for the quality of rides and horses and we have been on quite a few. The scenery is beautiful and the private rides through the woods excellent.The beach rides too were fantastic.We were very well looked after at all times by friendly and helpful staff.
Christine & Philip Taylor
July '11 - Cheshire
B&B - WOW!!! Highest quality for a B&B that I've ever seen. I LOVED IT!!! :) Nice place, good weather, and really good horses in an amazing stable...
July '11 - North Devon
Our hotel had a quirky style, cool, v friendly, great location, great value for money....can't fault it!! We made good use of the free wet suits and body boards!! The stables were very professional, we had lots of encouragement from the teachers, amazing scenery, great horses. The overall Experience was brilliant, would definitely do it again!
July '11 - Jerez and Tarifa
Quality of Riding – This was my favorite part...the horse were great!!! I could tell that these places were hand picked by the owner for their quality horses and professional riding staff. My ride in Tarifa was a dream come true, beach and country side. I could really take in the beauty of a very special place. Katja in Tarifa was very safety conscious, timely and professional. She was a joy to ride with and listen to her facts about the region. Alfonso tambien muy buena gente, I rode his very light and agile Rebenque (Lusitano gelding). What a blast!! I want a horse just like him. Alfonso was very attentive and welcoming as well. I will be booking with Equestrain Escapes again, just have to save money. I completely trust that they will provide quality accomodations, entertainment and riding.
July '11 - North Wales
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Equestrian Escapes for the professionalism and helpfulness they displayed in relation to our booking. The recommendation for our B&B in North Wales was perfect. Our hosts were most welcoming, their property and the location were beautiful and my husband and I had a wonderful time. We were also very happy with the stables and I particularly enjoyed galloping through the waves on my first ever beach ride!
July '11 - Cheshire
I have been riding over 20 years; i would travel 250 miles purely to have a half an hour lesson. We learnt more in the two half hour sessions than i have learnt in ten years and that is not an exaggeration! The horse were excellent and are not what i would call 'typical riding school ponies/horses', which was wonderful to see.
June '11 - Cornwall
This was one of the best weeks in my life! I really loved it, it's really something speciall that I'll remember forever.
June '11 - Shropshire
I telephoned on a Thursday seeking a holiday the following week and was very impressed with all the staff I came into contact with and the speed and efficiency in which they organised everything (particularly as I had no idea where I want to go). I was in the saddle by the following Monday afternoon. The farmhouse was huge...lovely room, very comfortable bed, great breakfasts and the best hosts you could possibly wish to have.
I rode the same horse for the three days that I was there....she was extremely well mannered and stepped out beautifully. Although I am an experienced rider I have not ridden regularly in recent years, so although I did not want a sleepy horse it was important that I felt safe and in control, which I did. My husband was a novice rider and loved the experience so much that he is now planning on taking further riding lessons back at home
I loved the whole experience...the riding, my hosts and exploring the Shropshire area (so many lovely food places!) It was made particularly special because of the warm welcome we received by Lucia and Perkin, I can't emphasise enough how friendly the welcome was which immediately made us both feel at ease in their home. Their recommendations for places to go and good restaurants really helped us make the most of our time in Shropshire
June '11 - Brecon Beacons
very pleased with our short break in brecon. stables, riding, guides and horses were excellent. hotel lovely.
June '11 - Pembrokeshire
A superb tailor made holiday that exceeded our expectations ....
June '11 - Almeria
Riding at San Jose, near Almeria is idyllic, well behaved lovely natured horses, a nice guide who is laid back and sings as he rides, gentle rocky mountain paths, a gallop along a picturesque beach and grassy terrain with cacti and tequila plants, a relaxing and lovely experience.
June '11 - Shropshire
Just to thank you for helping me arrange my recent horse riding holiday weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend. Chia and Perk made me very welcome and it was so nice to meet the riders that joined us on the hacks. Maybe i will have the opportunity to do it again sometime in the near future.
June '11 - Saumur
Sarah and her staff arranged a 2-day ‘escape’ for me from Holland to France. They worked very fast in making flexible and convenient arrangements. The hotel was comfortable and just a short walk to Saumur centre. The stable was run by a friendly young woman who took excellent care of her horses and treated me well – including a tasty picnic lunch! This was an enjoyable break for me and good value for money. I will book with Equestrian Escapes again.
May '11 - East Devon
The whole service was very good! They take care of all the details for you. All you have to do is pay and then turn up for your holiday. I took on a lot and it was hard work. A whole week with virtually no prior experience. I'm told I did very well, I think half of that was the skill and patience of the instructors. The stables seemed very professional and had a great atmosphere about them. The hacks in Devon were lovely. It's a shame it's so hard to take pictures on a horse. The B&B was lovely and the couple who run it were really nice and welcoming.
May '11 - North Devon
As a busy individual with little time to spend searching for holidays, I was delighted that Equestrian Escapes were able to arrange a relaxing and enjoyable riding and spa break with just three days notice. The choice of hotel and riding school was perfect and the staff there were friendly and helpful. I'll definitely be contacting Equestian Escapes again.
May '11 - Horses and Chocolate
Excellent tuition, gorgeous, well-cared for horses, friendly staff, beautiful British countryside, a four-poster bed and tasty chocolate! What more could anyone want?
May '11 - Cheshire
The cottage was just what we were expecting from the information sent. It was very clean and comfy. Nicely set out and furnished. All mod cons and everything in good working order. The location was excellent. Enjoyed the quiet and privacy but also good as only 10 mins walk to shops, pubs and restaurants. The riding was exceptional. A very friendly and professional set up. The horses were outstanding. We were allocated our horses after an initial assessment of our riding ability (very informal and fun), the horses we were given matched our personalities and skills absolutely spot on. I was very sad to say good bye at the end of the trip. My riding has improved 100% since this trip and my tutor at home was amazed. I have already recommended this holiday to friends. My mother and myself are hoping to book this holiday again within the next few months. After hearing about the fantastic time we had, my husband now wants to go also. Looks like I might be back twice more this year!
Sarah Cooper & Jane Eastwood
May '11 - Bournemouth
I just wanted to thank you for setting up our wonderful holiday.
The family at the B&B were so nice. They made us feel right at home, and our room was warm and comfortable. They were a 5-minute walk of the stables-- we had no need to drive at all once we reached the village.
The weather was very windy but we managed to have three very different hacks through open ground, along the cliffs, woodland, and along the beach. The horses wer a pleasure to ride-- very forward going and fast, but surprisingly calm when faced with passersby on bicycles, people waving things on the beach,and even being passed by eight motorcycles as we walked along a short stretch or road.
Claire, who lead our group was very friendly, and showed real skill in matching riders to horses.
May '11 - Portugal
Dear Sarah & Team,
I just wanted to drop you a short email to thank you for suggesting the riding holiday in Portugal from which I have just returned. It was excellent - really brilliant riding holiday. I will definitely book again with yourselves and I think perhaps later in the summer staying closer to home and doing your intensive riding weekend in Cheshire.
May '11 - Jerez
I just want to thank you for putting the best holiday together for us. The hotel was superb and very helpful and friendly, especially when we kept on getting lost all the time in the car! The riding was out of this world, Alfonso is just great and the National Stud, well I was in tears from the beginning and when the Mares came galloping in to meet the foals we both lost the plot!! In short we have had (and still are having, in Ronda now) one of the best holidays of our lives.
April '11 - Cheshire
Just wanted to say that we were really impressed with both Rock Farm B&B and the riding stables in Tarporley. We are already thinking about when we can go back!
April '11 - North Devon
The Village Hotel and Wendy and Martin were lovely. My room was tastefully done and very comfortable, I loved the American Diner breakfast room, and there was lots of choice at breakfast, with the cooked breakfast was very good. I arrived early on the Friday, after my riding had been re-arranged to the afternoon because of the Royal Wedding, and was invited into the breakfast room, given coffee and toast, followed by more than several glasses of bubbly, and watched the Wedding with Wendy & Martin and some of my fellow guests. Perfect!
The riding was very good. I liked the variety of going out on the hills above the town, riding the sand-dunes, and then the wonderful finale of a canter down the beach and taking the horses for a paddle. What I really appreciated was being able to spend some time on the horse before going out on a hack, to make sure I was happy, and being offered to try another if I wished. There seemed to be a good range of ponies/horses to cater for different levels and the staff were very friendly.
April '11 - Shropshire
We had a wonderful few days away at your Riding Centre in Shropshire, Chia and Perk made us feel at home and welcome. The area is very beautiful, the views are amazing, a very relaxing atmosphere. The pub ride through the forest was excellent all topped off with a lunch treat (cheesecake) at the pub. As first time riders we didn't really know what to expect, but we had a wonderful stay and the riding was perfect, not to long and not too short.
Thank you all at Equestrian Escapes for all your help and making the weekend a perfect one.
April '11 - Cheshire
Just to say we'd DEFINITELY come back. You handled the booking in such a friendly professional way (especially when I had to cancel due to illness) The accommodation was perfectly adequate and the riding was outstanding. The owner of the stables was so lovely, the horses just amazing, the hacking great and we had the best teacher (I think it was Christine). Honestly it was the best riding experience we've ever had (can you convince the stables to move 100 miles down the M5 so we can use them every week!)
April '11 - Cheshire
Equestrian Escapes provided us with a wonderful weekend of riding in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, in a professional and friendly atmosphere.
March ' 11 - Brecon Beacons
I have just returned from a holiday with my sister which we organised through Equestrian Escapes. We stayed the spa hotel in Brecon. I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time. The spa/ride combination was perfect for a short break to get away from it all. I absolutely loved the hotel - it is a real gem and I will certainly be recommending it to others. The Riding Centre was also lovely, with a relaxed unstuffy feel to it.
Thanks for organising such a great break for us.
March '11 - Cheshire
Lindsey, you were right to advise me to go to Cheshire, Thanks so much!
The whole experience was Exceptional! Accomodation and hospitality were second to non, what a warm welcome! And the Stables were fabulous, friendly, patient and very informative, I learned so much! I can't wait to book again. Thank you so much.
March '11 - Bournemouth
The B&B was really excellent. I haven't had a room serviced so nicely since I stayed at Gleneagles and the breakfasts were fantastic (and substantial, yum!) Friendly yard, lovely horses and the beach ride was absolutely, wonderfully, staggeringly lovely!
Had a wonderful time - lovely people, great food, superb horses, amazing beach riding.
February '11 - Tarifa
I and my family have recently returned from a holiday in Tarifa. The holiday was organised by Equestrian Escapes. I booked this holiday on the recommendaion of a colleague who rated the service extremely highly. The holiday exceeded expectations in all aspects. My daughter rated the rides as spectacular although tiring, the staff at the Hotel couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and the driver who ferried us to and from the airport to the hotel and also our daughter to and from the stables was brilliant.
The Clarke Family
February '11 - Cheshire
Hi Lou / Sarah,
Just a quick note to thank you so much for the recent equestrian break we've enjoyed in Cheshire.
From the very second we arrived, Frimp and Charlie made us so very welcome.. Rock Farm accommodation was superb, homely and truly comfortable...a true home from home :o) If you could please thank them both again on our behalf.. Our stay was 1st class x
The riding Stables were also outstanding. Poppy and Vicki were thoroughly attentive and absolutely understood what we were capable of... (Niamh a real star, me a complete novice.!!) They were a real pleasure to be with for the few days we were with them... Alison was great, and has an exceptional team - thanks gang x
Overall, what started as a whim, researching 'horsey breaks' at the very last minute...resulted in a fabulous half term break that we'll remember for a long time to come - I'm still feeling muscles (a week on.!) that I'd forgotten I had !! :o)
Many many thanks...a break fully recommended by Family MacNamee.. We'll be back.!
Claire & Niamh xx
February '11 - East Devon spa and ride
Hi, Just wanted to say a big thank you!! Back from my 3 days break in Devon it was fantastic. The teachers lovely, the stables amazing and horses patient. Great area for hacks and can't wait to go back.
Thank you for a brilliant break and to all those involved.
February '11 - Epona Trail & Train
I really wanted to thank you for this wonderful holiday! The place is really wonderful, I loved the contact with the nature, and the horses: they were all so sweet, always in a good mood, and especially so well trained. The hosts were so delightful, and the food was amazing .... and I am Sicilian which says a lot :):):)
Thank you Sarah for suggesting this particular package to me, it was a magic week, you cannot imagine how special this week has been to me! I would definitely go for it again......
February '11 - Epona Trail & Train
I just thought I would drop you a line about my recent trip to Epona.
Thank you very much for your recommendation.
I had a really great time. The horses are wonderful, well schooled and well mannered and I felt completely safe on them, which helped my confidence immensely.
The level of instruction was excellent and I have re honed the basics.
The food also was excellent, as I vegetarian it is very rare to get good food abroad but Jayne's cooking was second to none and all the meals were fantastic.
Overall 10 out 10 , I am planning to go back later this year if I can.
January '11 - Madrid
I just thought you might like to get an update on my riding experience in Madrid. Mariano was absolutely incredible to ride with, he is a very safe rider and informative guide and has a fabulous personality. The riding is phenomenal, and, he has great riding horses. One of the best horse riding experiences that I have ever had! I would most highly recommend him.
January '11 - Jerez Spain
I was handed the task of booking an “unforgettable equestrian vacation” for my boss and his wife for her 45th birthday. As I am not a travel agent, I sceptically researched a number of different companies on-line, and ultimately decided to book with Equestrian Escapes; and I couldn’t have made a better decision! Equestrian Escapes custom made exclusive getaway was easy to book as they took care of every single detail, and more importantly for me, my boss and his wife had the most amazing and unforgettable time! I would strongly encourage anyone looking to book an equestrian vacation to put your trust in this company, as they are organized, trustworthy and simply exceptional at what they do.
Julia Robinson, Toronto, ON.
November '10 - Cheshire
just a note to thank you very much for the excellent time I spent riding in Cheshire. The horses, stables, coaches and accommodation were all superb. I am very happy with the progress I made with my riding skills, and look forward to returning there some day soon.
The hacks were amazing - what great county Cheshire is !. I had sunshine all week and as I arrived at Cheshire station to depart, it begun to snow... so excellent timing...
Thank you once again!
Happy Holidays and a healthy, successful 2011 to you all!!
.... hope to be in touch again soon.
November '10 - Cheshire
My 13 year old grandaughter's impression of the weekend riding break in Cheshire was: 'the best time ever'. A non rider myself, I enjoyed the beautiful countryside, proximity to Chester (lovely) etc. We have never stayed in B&B before but this one was very good, very accommodating especially in terms of allowing us to check out after lunch on the Sunday to allow my grandaughter to change out of her riding gear for the journey home. The livery stables at the B&B were the smartest I have ever seen.
November '10 - Berkshire
Our family recently booked a short break with you and stayed at Maggie's in Berkshire. We had an unbelievably fabulous time. The accommodations were perfect and it was wonderful to wake up to the sound of hoof-steps in front of our cottage and open the shutters to friendly equine faces across the yard. Maggie was amazing -- she offered to watch our 3 year old daughter, Axelle, while my husband and I had lessons. The two of them got on famously to the point that our daughter was completely devastated to leave the farm. She sobbed and sobbed as we said goodbye to Maggie. (This is after Axelle had announced to us that she wanted to stay with Maggie and be one of her "children" and "Papa and Mama could go back to London" and she would walk home later. "Is London far to walk to?") And best of all, my husband and I think we actually made some progress with our riding!
We definitely will be back!
Thanks so much for offering a most memorable holiday!
All the best,
Jean-Pierre & Elizabeth
November '10 Cheshire
I meant to write to you earlier this week but it has just been a very busy one back at work! Anyway, I just wanted to write you a not to say thank you for an excellent riding break in Cheshire last week. The bed and breakfast was wonderful and they were so welcoming and kind.
The riding was, as you said, excellent. Really helpful, lovely horses and lots of "aha-moments"! Please pass on my thanks to all of them especially Laura (sorry, I'm really bad with names but I think this was her name) who had to put up with me for most of the lessons.
My experience right from the day I booked was amazing. I booked four days before i was due to go, they were very helpful and friendly. When I got to my B&B the lady was very welcoming and friendly and it was so cosy, it was like home from home. The riding experience was brilliant with spectacular views, all the girls at the riding school were brilliant and matched me up to the right horse. I shall definatly be going back next year with my friends.
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time on our riding break in Cheshire last week. The quality of the instruction and the horses was just brilliant and to make it even better the sun shone on us!
Thank you so much for organising it and a huge thank you to everyone at the stables. It was fab!!
Richard and Leonie
The holiday destination in Devon was very beautiful! The handling of the booking was excellent, was easy and convenient for me. The quality of accommodation was very nice, a great hotel, nice staff, good food and super spa. The quality of the riding was amazing! The horses were outstanding, teachers fantastic, very nice atmosphere and a lot of fun! I'll come back! I would definitely recommend this holiday to family & friends.
October '10 - Cheshire
I have experienced many riding schools/livery yards, and found them very disappointing when it comes to quality of horses and how they are looked after all down to money I fear. I would have no hesitation to recommend the riding school to any age/ability - the horses were all quality well groomed/shod/fed and their stables were spotlessly clean (which tends to be an issue with most riding schools). The staff were very knowledgeable and tailored both our lesson horses and hacking horses to our ability perfectly. The amount of rosettes and pictures on the office wall were a good indication of how versatile all the horses are competing in dressage/show jumping and cross country. The people running this yard and working there obviously care about animals more than the costs, the schools facilities were well maintained with no run down buildings and spotlessly clean. I have horses myself so I understand how difficult it is to provide the best without spending a fortune. Both myself and my daughter will definately be returning to use the riding school again so far it is the best I have been to.
The accommodation was excellent, not what you would expect from a normal B & B. House beautiful, the family were all very inviting and welcoming. Lovely place to stay only a short walk from the stables a bit further to the pub, breakfast was more than ample room was spacious and spotlessly clean.
Overall our holiday was excellent, Cheshire is very tranquil and was a well needed break. The ocation was first class, once there everything was within a coule of miles. Didn't really need the car once we arrived and if you are into walking the B & B was right opposite the footpath into the forest.
October '10 - Berkshire
I just wanted to you let you know we had a FANTASTIC time in Berkshire, Maggie was adorable, I liked her very much and her hospitality was amazing. Our room was very cozy, comfy and clean, we had dinner both nights with Maggie and the food was fabulous. The quality of instruction and riding was great too, lovely horses and Col and I both learnt a lot, we were very fortunate that we had superb weather which made our experience all the more enjoyable. I would totally recommend this to anyone wanting an all round package of great food, accommodation and riding, no matter what their ability. The surrounding countryside is also lovely so even if you're not a rider there is plenty to do if you're tagging along with someone who wants to ride.
Anyway thanks for a great service from you and and a truly fantastic weekend. We'll be back soon!
Fiona & Colin
October '10 - Cheshire
Sarah and staff,
Thank you for arranging my holiday, it was everything i hoped and asked for.
Sheila ensured my stay at Tree Farm was comfortable friendly and that i was stuffed every morning with a marvellous breakfast, though I'm not too sure the horses i rode appreciated that. As you state on your website the horses at the stables were all forward going and bomb proof, the staff knowledgeable and friendly, teaching me more in one week than i have learnt in the last 6 months of riding.
I am looking forward to my next experience already, Thank you. Anthony :)
The holiday was set in a beautiful region around the Loire Valley Castles. Sarah is very nice on the phone and helped with my booking, I liked that. The quality of accommodation was superb, the room was very nice. The hotel was well located and the couple who ran the place lovely. The quality of riding was very good, different horses, adventurous hacks, good practice, some dressage exercises that I will do with my own mare, Penelope! This was an exciting place close to Loire River, ride to Chateau de Saumur, great experience visiting Le Cadre Noir.
September '10 - East Devon
Having recently enjoyed an Equestrian Escapes holiday to Devon I thought I would write and tell you about it. The tuition at the riding stables is second to none and the hacks over Woodbury Common are a slice of heaven.
Jessica and James
August '10 - Anglesea
We had a wonderful time in Angelsea. Everything was well thought out, the accommodation was lovely with very friendly hosts and great food. Everyone at the riding centre was very friendly, the horses all had lovely termpermants and cantering along the beach was just perfect!
Auguat '10 - Portugal
A friendly and professionally run set up. Beautiful, naturally reared horses, fun to ride. In all, an excellent riding holiday. Thank you.
August '10 - Cheshire Log Cabins
If you're looking for a great family horsey holiday with stunning rides, gorgeous horses and really friendly staff with lots of different things to do nearby then this is the place!
August '10 - Cheshire
Fantastic instructional break in Cheshire, I took my teenage daughter to improve our riding, 3 days there produced more improvement than months of lessons, We now feel confident in canter and the week after our return our riding school said we were ready to go out hacking, so great breakthrough. Definitely would plan to go back or even try a trip to Spain!
August '10 - Cornwall
I have just returned from my riding holiday in Cornwall and I cannot tell you how fabulous it was. I had the happiest of times and cannot wait to go again. The staff at the Riding School were fabulous, as were the horses, and I enjoyed every minute of every lesson, hack and beach ride. It gave me a lot of confidence and pleasure. I was also perfectly happy with the accommodation and eating facilities and cannot thank you enough for arranging my riding schedule to my satisfaction. All being well (in this gloomy economic climate), I will be in touch to arrange my next happy holiday.
With my sincere thanks again.
July '10 - Spain, Alpurrajas Mountain Riding
We had a superb riding holiday with great teaching, wonderful horses and immensely helpful staff - highly recommended.