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Equestrian Escapes is proud to bring you the ideal Autumn/Winter Warmer package

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

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!

We’re offering a two night stay in this beautiful country house hotel, four riding opportunities and a free beauty treatment all for £265. The perfect birthday or Christmas present!

During your stay you will enjoy expert tuition and wonderful riding out along picturesque bridleways of Delamere forest. These holidays are suitable for all abilities and ages.

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.

Equestrian Indulgence!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

With such a wide variety of holidays on offer from Equestrian Escapes, why not try out something a little bit different this summer?

Equestrian Escapes has hand-picked a wonderfully luxurious horse riding holiday, that is perfect for an indulgent break away!  Combine equestrian activities with sampling delicious chocolate at Tarporley’s Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop – what more could you ask for?

This horse riding holiday is set in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside which acts as the perfect setting for a romantic whirlwind of a holiday!  Delamere Forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and the peaceful feel to the forest attracts many visitors every year.  You may visit the Cotebrook Shirehorse Centre, where they have been breeding these fine horses for generations, and the result is prize-winning Shires.  These horses are of high quality and are a real pleasure to watch, and to be around. 

 If perhaps you have a passion for sweeping countryside views then perhaps you would like to climb up to the top of Beeston Castle, where you can even see all the way to Wales and the Pennines.

Indulge Yourself in Equestrian Escapes

We offer horse riding breaks for all the family and for every standard of horse rider from weekend riding breaks to one week riding adventures.

If you are interested in riding in the UK please look at the other holidays that we offer in the Horse Riding Holidays UK range.

Cheshire Riding Holidays UK

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

At Equestrian Escapes we offer a choice of eleven different riding holidays in Cheshire, so you are spoiled for choice!  Cheshire is famous for its green rolling hills, wonderful scenery and of course Cheshire’s delicious cheese!  Whatever takes your fancy, we have a horse riding holiday to suit you.  From a wonderful farm house break, or a forest log cabin holiday, to a fabulous country house hotel, or a luxurious spa. If you would rather be in self-catered accommodation, this is also available to you.  If you find that you are not happy with any of the holidays, we will tailor make a holiday just to suit your desires, but there is something for everyone in our wide selection of horse riding holidays in Cheshire.

Horse Riding Holidays, Cheshire

If you have a passion for chocolate as well as horses, then look no further!  The beautiful Georgian town of Tarporley, where you can visit The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop where the owner, Charles, will let you sample some delicious hand-made truffles that you can even take home with you.

If you are looking for a horse riding holiday in which you would like to widen or improve your skills with horses, then check out what we have to offer.  If you plan to take a family riding holiday, again we have something that will suit you.  Perfect for kids, this holiday offers a quality BHS Riding Centre, so you can feel free to explore the other attractions that Cheshire has to offer.

Also available is an adult intensive riding break, from beginners to advanced. Set in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, this break offers riders a unique experience to improve their riding and for the more advanced riders, a chance to jump.

If that’s not your thing, then dressage holidays offer wonderfully trained horses so that you are able to improve your skills on a reliable horse, or even bring your own horse!  We have two holidays which have this as an additional comfort, one holiday situated in Delamere, where scenic forests run on for miles around, and are excellent to explore on horseback, or even the Bishop Bennet Way, where you are able to take your own horses on scenic routes through the forests or farmlands that make Cheshire such a pretty county.  Get in touch with Equestrian Escapes to find out more details, and to book your perfect holiday.

Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Equestrian Escapes’ Horse Riding Holidays

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.

Riding in Berkshire

Accommodation is also varied, from pretty little B&Bs, to log cabin, quiet country hotels, to luxurious full board hotels and spas.

Here at Equestrian Escapes we are happy to discuss your perfect holiday.

Dreading Turning 50!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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….

A perfect spa and golf retreat.

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

Summer Shudders

Monday, April 19th, 2010

What is it about the English as soon as the sun comes out?  They slap on their factor fifty, roll up their sleeves to reveal pale and pasty bingo wings, and get all excited about the countryside!

Well, that was me, except I got REALLY excited.  On a whim I took my wife’s laptop into the garden and started surfing the internet for horse riding holidays.  The web pages were endless and I didn’t know where to begin!  Being almost computer illiterate I looked for something respectable, easy and accommodating – and there it was; Equestrian Escapes.  As I navigated my way through their clearly thought out website looking at the endless opportunities I could embark on, imagining myself in these beautiful pictures, I breathed a sigh of relief as my face began to spread into a grin.

There was Andalucía.  And Seville it would be!  The idea of a horse-drawn carriage showing off the city of Seville to me was the real clincher.  But, the Spanish country home, the inviting olive groves, the Spanish food as well as beautiful beaches needed little persuasion.

I am booked to go in a couple of weeks, and cannot wait!  Equestrian Escapes made a holiday made just for me, and I was able to choose from their many luxurious choices in order to make a holiday perfect for me.  I’ll let you know how the tapas tasted!

Ron Howarth

A long baking road

Yet another stunning day in Seville, Andalucia

Ron kindly gave us this article after becoming aware of our blog here at Equestrian Vacations for Equestrian Escapes. Soon after he wrote this and emailed it to our staff (know how you can find on our Contact Us page) he phoned up and arranged a holiday, within two weeks he was sat in Andalucia eating tapas for lunch after a great mornings riding. Now that is a good example of what we at Equestrian Escapes aim to achieve when delivering fantastic landscapes and scenery to our beloved customers. We’re here for you.

Searching, far and wide…

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A gentle walk through Cheshire

As a girl, I was always one for fairytales.  At a young age it was the dream of living in a castle, locks of blonde hair down to my waist, the perfect complexion with no freckles, pretty pink flowing dresses, and a Cinderella-style horse and carriage as my favoured mode of transport

I soon grew up.  But with this, the dream never really went away.

My mother was born and brought up in Africa, and upon moving to England at an early age, soon became obsessed with the horse.  She used to spend hours showing me how to check their feet; ways of running ones hand down their legs to feel for any lingering trouble, and always to avoid ragwort!  These have stuck with me, somehow, and by puberty my interest was huge, among other aspects.

When it was time to leave home and ‘find myself’, and I decided to combine my Mother’s favourite things; Africa and horses.  I knew that I had to go to the Masai Mara, to experience that life, and to try to see what my mother loved.

It was booked, my mosquito repellent was packed, and I was away! 

What first struck me was the heat, and I marvelled how these beautiful, healthy horses could bear it as they whisked at the flies with their tails.  They moved so elegantly, and the sound of their hooves on the famously red African soil was enchanting.  As we rode over the Masai plains, dust flew up behind us, in a dream world that was such bliss and could not be further away from the world I lived. 

In the evenings, the Masai would dance to us as we sat around a large log fire, watching the embers crackle as their feet hit the ground to the rhythm of the beat.  The horses took no notice, and went about their grazing business nonchalantly.  

At sunrise we prepared our horses and set out at a gallop to watch the sun come up and slowly touch the landscape with her white light.  The beauty was utterly enthralling, and the sheen on my horse was breathtaking.

My Mother was right.  Her fairytale had come alive before me.

I became obsessed with my experience, and addicted to finding such beauty again.  I rode out in Peru, New Zealand, Ireland, Tuscany and even The Road of Bones in Far East Russia, but nothing met my expectations.

 It was not until I found Equestrian Escapes and their Cheshire Horse Riding Holidays that I was satisfied.  The horses gleamed, and their friendly faces shone out from the pristine stables that were their home.  Who would have thought I would find what I was looking for almost on my front door step? A UK riding holiday!  I was amazed, and entirely impressed.  Never had I seen such care given to these beautiful animals and from this a kind of mutual respect between the horse and the rider united us together.  The rolling green hills and wonderful sounds of the birds made me feel like I was in a bubble, like Africa, and so far away from everyday life.

Spring Horse Riding Holiday

Monday, April 12th, 2010

A horse riding holiday in the spring in the UK is a great way to start the year and to try to keep up new year resolutions to enjoy more fresh air and to take regular exercise. We are please to report record numbers of riders joining us for our Eater riding vacations and having received back most of the comment forms we are delighted to report that everyone had a great time. In fact one lady has already booked a repeat trip on her riding holiday in Berkshire! We thought we would like to share some of our customers comments with you:

As a lone traveller I was apprehensive.  I was made to feel welcome and put at ease both at the guest house and at the riding centre.  The riding was amazing.  They know their horses well and match them perfectly to your requirements.  I had an amazing time and I am sure I will be back!

This was our second visit to Berkshire and it was just as good as the first time.  My daughter found the riding excellent and the opportunity to help round the stables was much appreciated.  I don’t ride but enjoyed a relaxing time and the lovely country walks.  We will definitely be back!

Many thanks. We had a lovely time, now we appreciate how beautiful Cheshire is, there really are miles of riding oportunities!

If you are interest in joining us in May or June now is the time to book please contact us on 01829 781123

The story so far…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Two thousand and ten brings nothing but positive thoughts for the hard workers here at Equestrian Escapes. Behind the scenes we have been chipping away at a long list of tasks all working towards bringing new holidays to the table. Whilst at the same time, balancing our efforts to keep the customer service high and managing the business as it rapidly expands. The last of these points being the most crucial.

Riding Holidays throughout Europe

 

Equestrian Escapes started providing quality, tailor made horse riding holidays only three and a half short years ago and is now the proud partner of a significant portion of the wide market share of horse riding holidays in Europe. This proves Equestrian Escapes is here to stay as a healthy competitor doing its vital part to help drive down holiday prices and keep the bigger horse holiday businesses on their tippy toes.

With the UK finally completing that long climb out of the recession we are all so eager to forget about, it definitely is time to enjoy our compliments and rewards made possible by you, the customer. Not in the sense of a massive profit margin (because our holidays are designed to compete with the best) but rather, our horsey experts are in this business because of one thing – they love riding. If our Managing Director Sarah Caplan had not followed her unfaltering passion for riding and continued to sustain her excellent skills and knowledge up to this point then there really is no doubt that Equestrian Escapes would not be standing this tall.

Our success in this business comes down to one of our main key points of practise. That is taking the sweet time and effort to scout these holidays and scrutinise their every detail for you. Now that sounds like a luxurious job doesn’t it? Not as much as you would think. These horse riding holidays all have various options and can be tweaked and tailored to suit your party at any point. So if there are many variables then that means one thing… we have been there and tested them. So when Sarah goes for instance to Barcelona or Madrid, she visits the hotels, goes on all of the rides and meets the people who will be dealing directly with you. Whilst all the time assessing the quality of what she is seeing and how it is going to help you make the best of your holiday.

But despite the hard work it pays off. Every day we get more testimonials from happy customers just wanting to drop a line, or little note to say thank you or a full account of their holiday and how truly great it was. Usually ending with how they don’t want to wait until next year to travel with us again.

It certainly is a positive time at the moment, everything is coming together and the hard work is paying off. So not for the last time, thank you.

2010 – A Snowy English Countryside Ride

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

A happy new year to all! I decided given the quaint and silent beauty of the snow, that is to say in my neighborhood of England (the lovely Cheshire), that I would once again brave the elements with my most capable and favourite companion Alfozo. Alfonzo is a shire horse, the extra weight gives him that extra edge in the sometimes icey and devious snow. His mane is a beautiful chesnut brown and all over his muscular body he is riddled with patches of beige.

It wasn’t untill we were a full half hour away from our delightfull country base that I felt the -8°C chill down the back of my neck that the crystal clear image of a steaming hot chocolate warmed my very soul. With a click and gentle tug on the reins Alfonzo began to take his indecisive passanger home, however he did so happily, not attemting to guilt trip his oldest friend. Willington Hall, a beautiful country house hotel deep in the heart of cheshire is far from the hustle and bustle of many a Brits everyday life. Memories of a warm Tuscany, prompted by the big chill… are however quite the contrast to this snowy excursion

A snowy country road (on horseback)

Needless to say I’ll be advising my closest, nearest and dearest to enjoy Riding Holidays Cheshire specificly! This is available as a package from Equestrian Escapes.

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