Archive for December, 2010

All Thawed Out For Equestrian Escapes 2011

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas – if it was anything like mine you ate and drank far too much and are now struggling to do up the top button of those much loved denims!

Unfortunately riding across most of the UK has been put on hold for the past few weeks but it seems as though the ‘big freeze’ is finally over and business is up and running as normal.

Understanding that Christmas can be a very stressful time, especially for mums, Equestrian Escapes have come up with a New Years treat just for you:

Relax and Ride in Cheshire

This one is especially for mums who have been under stress and strain this Christmas – for £235 enjoy a 2 night break in our beautiful B&B just a few minutes walk to the stables where you will enjoy 3 days riding in the stunning Cheshire countryside. For those experienced riders why not replace a standard hack with the 3 hour XC farm ride? To Make your stay that extra bit special let us book you a relaxing spa treatment at the near by Fabulous You Company..because your worth it! For mums travelling alone dont worry –  because we know that every little helps we will waiver the single supplement charge.

For further information or details on any of our other packages please call us in the office on 01829 781123.

Happy New Year from all of us at Equestrian Escapes!

Horse Riding Experiences Of 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

2010 is drawing to an end but what a year it’s been! As everyone is rushing around adding those finishing touches to the Christmas preparations, buying and wrapping those last few presents and fighting their way through the crowds at the supermarket for the big food shop I thought what perfect time to reflect on what has been a fantastic year! Find the time to take a few moments out of your busy day to read what lovely things our customers had to say about us and their 2010 holidays.

In February Sandra enjoyed a holiday in Cheshire at our Country House Hotel – “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. We really enjoyed our experience, can think of nothing that would have improved it.”

In March Sam and Seb travelled to Tarifa – “We had a five night break in Tarifa at the end of March, the whole experience was fantastic, the instructors were so friendly and really wanted us to learn so I would recommend it to anyone who would like to try something different. The whole thing had a great laid back vibe and you could tell that the horses were well looked after and loved it.”

In May David and Kathryn stayed in Jerez for the annual Feria – “This was our first time with Equestrian Escapes, but it will not be our last! All arrangements were efficiently made and everything worked like clockwork. The structure of the week was expertly put together – we would never have been able to do this ourselves. The accommodation chosen for us was first class and well positioned in the city centre, within walking distance of most of the attractions, and the hotel staff  were so helpful, kind and courteous. The riding with Alphonso was an unbelievable experience, exciting, safe and pleasurable – not to be missed! It goes down as the best holiday ever!”

In June Georgina spent 2 nights with us on the Adult Intensive riding course in Cheshire – “I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a lovely riding break last week.  I thoroughly enjoyed the riding in Cheshire, Sandra and the staff were very welcoming.  Your expertise was much appreciated when planning my schedule, I was really happy with the lunge and flat lessons and the number of rides out that I did – it all worked out perfectly.  Except of course for the fact that after 12 years of no riding my body was physically battered afterwards!  Thank goodness Chris found a seat-saver for me before my 3 hour ride! Thank you again, I would thoroughly recommend Equestrian Escapes and hope to be back sometime with my sister in tow.”

In July Mrs Smillie travelled to Portugal - “Great! The setting was beautiful and placed on the Obidos lagoon. The service was easy and hassle free which made the whole trip run so smoothly. The eco-camp that I stayed at was really different but I enjoyed it so much. The tipi was lovely, the bed was very comfy and I slept like a baby every night! The quality of the riding was excellent and the beach ride was exceptional. I could not believe my eyes when i got there. Our horses were absolutely gorgeous and so incredibly soft natured. In all of my riding experience, I never have come across such fantasticly well natured animals. They were a total delight. My overall experience was great, I thoroughly enjoyed my four day stay and would have liked to stay for much longer! I plan on recommending this holiday to both my family and friends!”

In September Jessica and James went to 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.”

In November Jean-Pierre and Elizabeth travelled to Berkshire – “Hello!
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!”

I hope you enjoyed reading this little handful of testimonials from our customers. If you require any information about the holidays you have read about or any of the packages on our website please contact us in the office on 01829 781 123, or email info@equestrian-escapes.com

Finally have a absolutley fantastic Christmas and New Year from all of us at Equestrain Escapes.

Riding in Southern Spain

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

As you are all aware the weather in the UK over the past month has gone from bad to worse to impossible. It seems that many parts of the UK have ground to a stand-still. Hundreds of schools have had to close, driving conditions have been hazardous to say the least, and rail and air passengers were delayed on many flights leaving badly affected areas. For the first time our riding centre in Cheshire had to cancel all rides on the 5th December as the melting snow and freezing rain had transformed the yard and paths into an ice rink. The bad news is The Met Office has issued further heavy snow warnings for Yorkshire and Humber, east Midlands, east and north-east England, London and south-east England.

As Lou and I were left in the -6 conditions here in the office in Cheshire, Sarah, our managing director headed off to what we all thought was a rainy Southern Spain. Little did we know (including her) that there was a whopping 33 degree difference in temperature and it was a blazing 27 degrees celcius! Hard to comprehend when only 2 1/2 hours earlier she had left an artic Liverpool John Lennon airport on a Ryan Air flight heading for Malaga.

Hardly laughing when we heard this the next day we were soon cheered up when Sarah told us she was in a bit of a ‘sticky’ situation as she had packed for rain – 2 pairs of wooly boots and several pairs of jeans and thick jumpers!

Thanks to the un-announced spectacular weather Sarah enjoyed 5 days of glorious sunshine on the coast of Marbella, riding along the sandy beaches of Southern Spain and sampling the wonderful gastronomy and wine that the Spanish are so famous for.

If you are interested in any of our Spanish riding breaks please contact Sarah, Lou or myself Lindsey in the Equestrian Escapes office on 01829 781 123.



Equestrian Escapes Special Offers

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Fed up with the cold weather?

For those who have had enough of the cold we have a two special offers for you! The first in Southern Spain - designed to warm the cockles of your heart. Enjoy 3 nights in a top class golf resort hotel in Jerez on bed and breakfast basis plus a 3 day riding programme with our top trainer riding his wonderful homebred Andalucian horses. The cost per person in a shared twin/double for a rider is £350 and a non-rider (with unlimited green fees) £150. Transfers are available from Gibraltar airport and the offer is available for bookings to the end of March 2011.

Our second is a little closer to home. You can enjoy 2 days of riding at our beautiful centre in Berkshire, and make the most of 2 FREE lunches or evening meals during your stay. This short break is usually £315pp on a bed and breakfast basis but until the end of February ’11 we are offering it to you for just £275 INCLUDING 2 free lunches or evening meals. This is just the holiday that our equestrian enthusiasts need after a stressful and expensive Christmas! For more information on this offer please call us on 01829 781123. This offer lasts for all booking made by 28 February 2011.

 

December update!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

As you may already know Equestrian Escapes have moved offices and we are just about up and running again as normal – after the palava of installing a new internet and phone system, and just about everything you can think of going wrong DID go worng we are pretty much there (2 weeks later)!

The office is looking great though, huge compared to the last one, the tree is up and the first Christmas card was opened this morning. Although the icy temperatures have managed to freeze our water supply we have not let it darken our festive spirits, instead of endless cups of tea we are now drinking endless cups of hot chocolate which isn’t a bad thing in my eyes!

During the move we managed to stumble upon a very nice picture of Sarah and Sasha – see below

Then we found another one..it took us a while but can you tell the difference??

The funniest thing was when Sarah showed these pictures to her mum, she laughed and said “well of course I know thats you Sarah, they’re your eyes!”

For any more information about Equestrian Escapes please contact Sarah, Lou and Lindsey at http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/contactus.htmlor call the NEW office on 01829 781123.

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