Archive for February, 2010

Deep in Delamere Forest lies a Log Cabin

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Upon my recent discovery of a delightful Log Cabin nestled away in the forest (not so far from my very own home) in the stunning Cheshire Countryside, I jumped with joy! Utterly elated I began designing a brand new itinerary with with which I planned to further broaden Equestrian Escapes’ overall list of destinations. Now, although this hot new discovery is not to far to fly from the nest, I really believe that it does not detract from either its beauty, nor its quiet nature. This is a true UK Riding Holiday.

Did I mention the Jaccuzi?

Soak up after a hard days riding

As with the vast majority of Equestrian Escapes’ holidays, this one is nice and flexible. You could go for our reccomended week in the woods, or if it suits you better… just specify a long weekend, short mid-week break or whatever else takes your fancy!

It’s self catering, so the food is down to you. But this is a positive thing, especially when you plan on taking your children, as many families do decide with their riding holidays today. As we all know, even the best kids can be fussy towards a “posh” meal in a nice restaurant, as their palates are still developing. So dodge the bullet if you know it’s coming and cook all their favourites! And most importantly mum and dad, remember to take it in turns cooking. A holiday is for everyone, and so you must be considerate, this is the nature of good Family Riding Holidays.

Time to dine

Once you have enjoyed one of our holidays we would very much so like to hear about your experiences. Grateful customers often contact us just to let us know how their holiday was. See how Happy Horse Riders Compliment Their Favourite Tour Operator, Equestrian Escapes.

Happy horse riders compliment Equestrian Escapes

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The following three testimonials were all recieved within shorst distance of each other and prompted me to write a quick article featuring their words of praise.

Horse Riding Weekend, Cheshire

The accommodation was excellent. The whole place was spotless, the riding was also excellent. We both enjoyed all of the riding experience. We didn’t want to come home and we have reccomended it to our friends.

Thankyou, Joan

 

Epona Trail and Train Riding Holiday Spain

 The service was excellent as all questions were answered promptly and in detail. The rooms were also excellent and were comfortable, homely, very clean. Excellent lessons gave me lots of help with riding skills and the horses provided for lessons and trail rides were fantastic. Overall Experience – I loved my week riding in Spain it was a great combination of lessons and trail rides and also got to experience a little of the culture through flamenco show and a visit to the Jerez royal riding school. Local cuisine was provided for meals and the hosts were lovely. Horses were gorgeous and lovely to ride. Would love to go back again. I will definitely reccomend this to my friends. Epona was an amazing experience my 2 horses were beautiful and taught me a lot, Fernando made sure everyone was happy and kept us all amused with his jokes. The chance to learn through lessons and trail ride was a great combination. I would definitely go back. Thanks for a great week.

P.Meyers

 

A sunny day for learning

A happy customer taking instruction from a trainer

Tarporley Cheshire

The room and service were excellent and the beds, very comfortable. We were impressed with the quality of the private lessons, the hacks were good fun and useful for putting the techniques that we learned into practise. We really enjoyed our experience, can think of nothing that would have improved it. Brilliant weekend. By far the best horse-riding experience I’ve had, the teachers were patient and knowledgeable and I felt I learned a lot. The hacks were great fun and were a good opportunity to put the techniques we learned into practise, as well as a brilliant way to see the countryside.

Thankyou

More reasons to enjoy a riding holiday in Cheshire.

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More reasons to enjoy a riding holiday in Cheshire

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

When you are looking at possible dates for your horse riding holiday in Cheshire we thought you may like to consider coinciding your trip with one of the following equestrian events:

  • Kelsall One Day Event 17 – 18 April or 25 – 26 Sept 2010 for a day of dressage, show jumping and cross country competition.
  • Cheshire Agricultural Show June 22-23 2010
  • Chester British Masters Show Jumping  02 – 04 July 2010
  • Bolesworth Castle Show Jumping Classic 15 – 18 July 2010
  • Nantwich Show Wed 29 July

Or if you fancy an internationally renowned equestrian event, and travelling abroad, check out the Jerez Feria, a massive horse fair in spain.

Alternatively, if you fancy a relaxing weekend or week long break in a relaxation overload, accompanied with riding daily and the freedom of a self catering cottage in a lovely little cheshire town, have a look at the Self Catering Cottage – Destination Relaxation.

Self Catering Cottage – Destination Relaxation

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
The cosy dining room

Inside the cottage

Some people might look at the words self catering and think, Cook for myself? I however, take pride in my culinary skills and jump at the chance to prove my ability in the kitchen. That and the fact that I can eat whatever I desire. No holds barred, self indulgence. This was one of the key factors in which holiday I was to choose because I knew what I wanted. Often I holiday in southern spain and sometimes I venture futher, Florida, Peru. But this time I decided the key to pure unfiltered relaxation is stick to what you know best. That and of course the oh so necessary change of scene which I had been internally craving for quite some time.

So, the decision was made. One week in the cheshire countryside, for Relaxation, Reading, a couple of good movies and lets not forget what’s best! During my seven nights stay, five hacks out in the nearby countryside. And five riding lessons to improve my already admirable (if I must say so, and I must) cunning competance in the equine department.

The Cottage

The outside of the cottage is a subtle hint of the inner beauty

The day I arrived in Cheshire I alighted from the train in Crewe Station and took a taxi to the delightful village of Tarvin. Upon arriving I dropped my bags off at the cottage I was so dying to inspect and went for a quick pub dinner accompanied my a smooth pint of the local larger, Cheshire Cat. After what wasn’t a hard day of travelling and eating I returned to my new housing and settled right in. The cotage is, to say the very least, a beautiful little corner of the world. I popped my shoes off and made myself extremely comfy whilst browsing the video library. Embarrasing as it is I must admit that I haven’t yet got the hang of those new DVD players.

After a good sleep I nipped out to the shops and collected a haul of foods to last me the duration of my stay. The shopping list included, one cake (a slice of self indulgence), bananas, apples, some bran flakes and a few baskets of everything that appeared in my minds eye as I browsed. I stocked up on energy in the form of a hearty full English breakfast and proceeded the short distance to the stables for my first lesson. They were very kind at the stables and really made me feel at ease. I was introduced to my steed, a fine creature of a particularly muscular disposition. And after a speedy briefing, off I went! I can tell you this, I have never ridden in Cheshire before. But I most certainly will ride there again. What more could a man want than a beautiful place to ride a steed, with the wind on his face and a canter of pace! I will confess to indulging my poetic side in the form of many a scribble whilst, as my grandchildren say these days “kicking back”. I’m not quite sure what the kicking is a reference to exactly, probably some rap pop song of sorts. But I can assure you that this holiday kicks lots of back! (Fear not, the horses don’t kick)

A cosy garden

David Payne was asked by the staff at Equestrian Escapes to relive his glory days as a wordsmith and write a short article on his recent Riding Holidays. He kindly delivered this insightful article the day he was due to depart Cheshire (as we are based a five minute drive from Tarvin).

The holiday Mr Payne enjoyed so much was the extended Horse Riding Weekend in the lovely village of Tarvin, Cheshire.

If however you would like to set your sights much further away from home, expand your horizons and ride the unspoilt beaches of Portugal, or try a Medieval Castle Tour. These holidays are prime examples of the fine Horseback Riding Vacations that Equestrian Escapes offers.

Beginners Beach Ride in Andalucia

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

This Weekend Beach Riding Holiday on the stunning beaches of southern Spain is one not to be missed. A chance to see first hand the beauty of La coasta de la Luz and soak up the culture of the near by towns. This area is close to Tarifa and you will arrive after a car journey or transfer from either Gibraltar or Malaga airport.

On your first of five days in this (totally flexible) £495 holiday your will arrive at your four star hotel from the airport and be introduced to your new steed. This holiday caters for all ages and abilities which makes it perfect for families and groups of friends. Fear not if your loved one is more advanced than you, or the other way round! There are horses suitable for all.

La Costa de la Luz means The Coast of Light, a reference to the amazing way the suns rays play with the sand to produce a golden colour which lines the shores. When I was sat on my horse on this very same stretch of coast I couldn’t help but let it remind me of the quality of Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays. They never cease to impress me, time and time again.

Throughout day two, three and four I reccomend you try to have at least 6 hours of riding. This will give you the optimum amount of riding both on the fabulous beaches and in the national park. It will also allow you time to check out the local towns, go shopping in the Zoco (market) and purchase some souvenirs. The range of optional activities during this holiday include:

  • Golf
  • Water Sports
  • A Trip to Tangiers to visit Morocco and a traditional Zoco
  • Visit the Bull Farm (depending on season)
  • Baelo Claudia Roman ruins guided tour
Costa de la Luz

The Coast of Light

Sad as it may be, day five is the day you depart. Check into the airport and hop on your plane home. Or if you’d rather skip the planes and have no check in then check out the open planes of Cheshire in another ideal short break for you and your family.

An Ideal Short Break For You & Your Family

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Take your children with you to the open planes of Cheshire and enjoy a chance to improve your riding and learn a bit more about stable management. It’s often the case that we hear all about families which have been long considering purchasing a horse of their own but they aren’t quite sure and don’t know where to begin. Here is a chance to try you hand at what it’s like to care for a horse.

This is probably one of our best Childrens Riding Holidays but this is not to say that it is just for the children. More so that it is child friendly.

You arrive into Cheshire and settle into fantastic hand picked accommodation, we do after all know Cheshire very well as it is the home of Equestrian Escapes and we have now been offering Horse Riding Holidays to all who seek them for well over three years.  After settling in you have a number of options, dine out in any of the nearby pubs or restaurants, go for a ride if time permits or simply relax for a few hours.

Throughout this four night package there will be a 10am – 1pm riding/tuition session at the stables. This is split up into three parts. Starting with a lesson, followed by learning about stable management. This is essential knowledge that you should find both interesting and invaluable. These sessions carry on every day during your stay and by the end you will have a clear idea in your head about whether having a horse is for you.

A gentle walk in the paddock

Green pastures and white horses

Another great idea for your whole family would be to take them on a real adventure, the Medieval Castle Tour in Tuscany is dressed to impress. It’s one of the best horse riding experiences I have ever had.

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