Equestrian Escapes prides itself on the unique collection of horse riding experiences available for you to choose from on our website. We cater for all ages and abilities from total beginners right up to highly experienced riders. We have designed our riding holidays and short break experiences carefully, mindful to combine the best possible riding experience with a good choice of accommodation in some of the best locations in the UK and Europe. We try to include in each riding experience a mixed and well balanced itinerary leaving customers time to relax and unwind as well as enjoying some quality ‘horse time’. In Cheshire we have combined horses with chocolate, in The Brecon Beacons horses with a super spa hotel and in Andalucía we take three excellent ingredients, horses, sun and wine! All of our itineraries are flexible, we do not have fixed start and finish dates, you can stay as many nights as you want, you can ride as much or as little as you like, you can choose your accommodation to fit your budget and aspirations. Our riding experiences may be based in a four star farm house B&B, a charming rural hotel or in a wonderful castle in Tuscany. You can ride through The Yorkshire Dales, in the footsteps of James Herriott, or through the beautiful Brecon Beacons, you can gallop along the beach in Pembrokeshire or western Spain. We have holiday experiences that will teach you to ride and holidays for children please have a look at our website to appreciate our full range of riding experiences.
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Autumn and winter are readily approaching and what better place to appreciate the wonderful rusting colours of fall and the morning frost on the ground than from one of the ten uniquely decorated bedrooms in our luxury country house hotel.
The hotel stands in 17 acres of formal gardens and parkland with wonderful views across the Cheshire countryside towards the Welsh mountains – an ideal touring base for Chester and North Wales and a perfect pre-Christmas romantic setting!
The on-site beauty therapy suite offers a wide range of treatments including non-surgical and surgical treatments. Our favourites include the spiritual healing hand ritual – a combination of a deluxe manicure with an energy boosting massage, ideal therapy for your hands after a long days riding. And the back neck and shoulder massage to sooth those aching muscles.
The famous Roman walled City of Chester is only fifteen minutes away. Packed with culture and its magical magpie buildings it’s an abundance of character and is a place not to be missed when visiting Cheshire. From the 12th November the streets are lit up making Chester the ideal place to do your Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere.
This holiday offer lasts until the 23rd December, so get in contact with Equestrian Escapes now on 01829 781 123 autumn/winter horse riding holiday in Cheshire! The free beauty treatment only applies to booking made Monday to Friday, offer excludes weekends.
The itinerary is set so that beginners can learn as much as possible with their horses whilst also enjoying the breath-taking scenery, so that when they return home the experience is far from lost on them!
You will be staying in the quaint village of Bubion where you will be most comfortable in the little quiet restaurants and bars; perfect to sit back and just relax.
Each day you will have a horse riding lesson in the morning, followed by a wonderful lunch of the local cuisine. The afternoon will consist of a scenic hack into the entrancing Alpujarra Mountains, where there are beautiful ravines and valleys, lush pastures and streams.
You will then take a wonderful drive down to Granada, supposedly the most beautiful Andalucían city, where you can see the diverse yet historic culture for yourself, including the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Here you could take a guided tour of the palace before your last night, and what better way is there to finish your horse riding holiday than in Granada?
At Equestrian Escapes we are happy to tailor-make a holiday that will suit you, ensuring that every holiday is a happy holiday.
Dear Equestrian Escapes,
I recently travelled to Slovenia and came across some horses that reminded me of a horse-riding holiday that I booked through you. I went alone, to Barcelona and had the most wonderful time. I remember especially that the horses were so healthy and well looked after, and Barcelona itself was so pretty. I am currently travelling around Europe on business, but when I return I think I may just ring you to book a well-deserved horse-riding break! Italy, perhaps this time! Or perhaps I should try something entirely different? Maybe the side-saddle?…….
I look forward to speaking to you on my return,
Eduardo (Horse Expert)
If you are looking for a holiday that is a bit different, and carries with it a sense of adventure, why not book a horse riding holiday? Equestrian Escapes offers a wide variety of horse riding holidays, from Peru and Spain, Portugal and Italy, to the Uk and Ireland. You can even take your horses with you on holiday, and learn new tricks together. You can design your own riding plan to suit you from lessons, short hacks, half day rides to full day rides.
Here at Equestrian Escapes we are happy to discuss your perfect holiday.
We went with Equestrian Escapes to Dartmoor with our two girls, and had the most wonderful time! Dartmoor National Park is so beautiful, and the horses are to die for! We stayed in a lovely self catered cottage, and enjoyed a good pub meal in the evening. Each day when we rode out the scenery was even more pretty every time, and saw a nice variety of wildlife, too – how lucky we were! Dartmoor is really beautiful, and I suggest this holiday weekend to any family who needs a break away!
Sophie and Paul
The beautiful surroundings of Tarporley, in the heart of rural Cheshire, is very picturesque and in the local pub we were told that it won the Best Kept Village Award in 2007. For my birthday, my sister gave me tickets to Portal Golf & Spa. I’ve never been one for massages and stringy vegetable juices, and was rather dreading it, to be honest. Whilst pulling up to this amazing place, I was surprised by how much I wasn’t aching to be in the pub, and maybe she wasn’t such a bad sister after all….
Everything was clean and fresh, and everyone so welcoming. When we collapsed on the comfortable beds our bodies sank into feather pillows and a squashy supporting mattress. The attention to detail was fabulous, and hugely enjoyable. Every comfort needed is available to you, and such friendly members of staff who are willing to ensure the spa is catering to your needs.
Now, the best part! The golf course meant that I got rid of my sister for two hours so she could get some lessons, and I retired to the steam room for some down time with Jilly Cooper. Honestly, if I have to turn fifty every year, I’d want to do it at Portal Golf and Spa. We had a wonderful time, and learned that turning fifty isn’t as bad as it may seem….!
Jen & Vickie Southport
Friesian horses must be among the most beautiful breed of horses. The arch of their necks and the elegance in the way they pick up their feet are among the most enchanting features of horses. None are like it; dramatic black, a noble attitude, and the size alone is impressive. The thick, swishing tails, and the sheen in the sunlight give a magical quality to their dignified presence, and they are commonly used at funerals due to their colour and gracious stance.
In the summer, the sun changes the jet black to a more chestnut brown that ripples as they move. The long lashes frame their gleaming eyes, and whiskers sit around the mouth. Although they are strong and powerful, they have a very quiet way about them. The most magnificent breed, and the perfect companion!
These four words are absolutely vital to our philosophy here at Equestrian Escapes. When we consider a new package, or putting a new destination onto our list of “To be scouted…” we ask ourselves a few questions to help determine whether it is suitable for our style. Our style of course being linked closely into our desired impact on the customer and the overall quality and delivery of the Equestrian Escapes product range.
Question number one.
Is is fit to be an Equestrian Escapes Horse Riding Holiday? Now by fit I mean does it tick those oh so necessary boxes that we know our customers need. Have we got those vital three C’s? Comfort, Culture and Climate. I heard you laugh! I’ll admit, we let our various England, Wales and Ireland venues slip under the bar with the weather reviews but this is for two very good reasons. One; we know our own land. Two; we have seen living testament over the past few decades to the amount of dedicated riders and horse lovers who are completely willing to brave gale force 27 winds and an icey bout of rain in England. And do you know why they do it? Simple. These people love their animals and these conditions only make you enjoy the good weather more. So needless to say, we launched our domestic range and it still is a smash hit. People love a good UK riding holiday. That’s the kind of holiday they want more often than not, given the current economical climate.
When are we getting out to this new possible destination to have a thorough look at the available accommodation, riding centers and restaurants? We refuse to reccommed something to our customers unless we know it’s good. First hand sampling of all you will encounter, bar the unpredictable… for instance, no we did not test the air for possible traces of volcanic ash. Within reason, but with dedicated dilligance. That is how we always aim to operate when considering new destinations for your next horse riding holiday.
Question three. If we have aquired good answers to our first two questions then…
How soon can it be up on the website and available to you? How soon can it be ready? We want it sooner. The way we see this near final stage of the riding holiday process is that you could be going on your single holiday of the year in three weeks time. That’s right you, the customer. So what if you’d like to go to Madrid with your family of four this year on a riding holiday, you have already seen the standard we work at and would rather find yourself a new location than a different tour operator. That is customer loyalty, and that is what we strive to achieve. We want our relationships to strengthen over time with our customers. You should feel both confident and excited about your trip just knowing that Equestrian Escapes are the people who have been with you each step of the way. It is an Equestrian Escapes horse riding holiday and you should expect no less.
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write to thank you for organising the most fabulous holiday for my husband, Ben and son, Oli. It was a total and complete all-round success! They both just loved it – I really can’t be sufficiently effusive or grateful.
Of course, as you predicted, the highlight was Alfonso. He was clearly charming – attentive, kind, enthusiastic and an expert with his horses. Both boys raved about the riding and Alfonso’s skills. He clearly looked after them well beyond what was expected.
The hotel worked well and they both enjoyed being in Jerez and seeing the horses.
Thank you Sarah – it was a wonderful experience that I know Oli will remember all his life.
I’m just hoping to find an excuse to go myself as I’m hugely jealous!!
All the best,
That testimonial was recieved just today (21/4/10). It is an unprompted thankyou from yet another happy customer about the horse riding holiday she bought for her husband and son.
Or just ring us at your leisure on: 01829 781 123
Friday. After a hearty breakfast it will be stable time! Head to the stables and they will quickly assess your ability and allocate you an appropriate steed. They have a large selection of good horses ranging in suitability for all levels. Ponies or horses. These fine animals can cater from those who have ridden for decades to children who are trying riding for the first time. This morning you will enjoy a hack out after having a horse allocated to you. This is a great chance to improve your riding. After lunch, you have the oppourtunity to go riding in the woodlands. This ride will take you through some of the private thirtyfive acres of private valley owned by the stables. In the woodland you may spot any number of foxes, badgers, pheasants, rabbits and other freely roaming wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled! The woodland is peaceful and you will walk and trot down paths following the natural flow of the valley. There are many different routes to take. From advanced small cross-country jump routes, all the way to relaxed walking routes. It is very much so your choice. You will be accommpanied by an experienced, friendly guide available to give you tips on your riding and show you the area.
Saturday holds longer rides in this particular area of the British countryside, to Druidstone Haven. You’ll be hacking through more woodland valleys and also along stunning coastal tracks and lush pasture land. The coastal tracks and pastureland overlook the inlets of Nolton and Druidston. They give an excelent bird’s eye view over St.Bride’s Bay. You will be able to ride on the beaches of Newgale and Broad Haven out of high season, so it’s important that if you would like to ride the beaches you give us a ring on 01829 781123 and consult our staff on suitable dates and oppourtunities. These awe inspiring beaches offer up to 2 miles of sand when the tide is at is lowest. This afternoon you will be riding on the beach to Druidstone Haven this peaceful, stunning and dramatic beach is situated just over a mile from the stables. Druidstone is nationally renowned for the ‘Telly Tubby House’ and the area’s natural geography.
Sunday. After breakfast, head to the fully certified stables, a Visit Wales Certified Activity Center and member of the Wales Trekking and Riding Association. This morning is another chance to head to the beach and split up into smaller groups based on ability for maximum enjoyment of the breathtaking views and scenery at your own pace may that be walk, trot or canter. After your ride you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to your new found friends and horses before you depart.
This three night holiday includes accommodation as stated on B&B basis with five riding opportunities for £395 see Horse Riding Holidays Wales
Or for a complete change of scene for British folk weary of English weather, check out Horse Riding Adventure Holidays Spain