Thursday, October 7th, 2010
A holiday recently added to Equestrian Escapes’ range of inspiring riding holidays is in Swaledale, North Yorkshire. The beautiful Yorkshire Dales provide an excellent location for pony trekking, for the novice and experienced rider alike.
A range of accommodation awaits; B&B, a Georgian Country House Hotel or pretty self catering cottage – the choice is yours! After a short session in the riding centre’s arena getting to know your mount, you will then venture into the spectacular Yorkshire heather moorland for a pony trekking experience you will not forget. What better way to enjoy the stunning Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors than on horseback!
Choose between one hour, half day or full day pony trekking aboard one of the Fell, Dale or Cob horses, all with exceptional temperaments. All pony trekking excursions are supervised by an experienced and qualified guide and are suitable for all levels of rider.
Those that are not yet confident in the saddle need not miss out on their pony trekking experience as lead rein treks are available for younger, less experienced riders.
What are you waiting for? Blow the cobwebs away and stave off any winter blues with a visit to Yorkshire!
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.
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.
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
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!
Explore Dartmoor with Equestrian Escapes
Sophie and Paul
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
Friday, May 14th, 2010
My husband hates the idea of riding around on a horse, “the poor animal!” he would say as I saddled up my furry friend. So, I decided to research horse riding holidays that would introduce him to it, and make him realise these are not “poor animals” at all. I found Equestrian Escapes that tailor-made me a holiday that could cater for my husband’s lack of interest, and certainly his lack of talent on a horse, and we found ourselves in Bournemouth.
He was given lessons starting right from the beginning, and he loved it! My next fear was that he was beginning to look like he had the potential to be a better rider than myself! Problem easily solved – I booked myself a riding holiday with Equestrian Escapes, totally alone, so that I could ride horses somewhere breathtaking, and work on my technique all at once. This time, my destination was Wales.
Equestrian Escapes cater for everyone, and the quality of the holidays are outstanding. Through them, my husband and I found the Brooke horse, donkey and mule charity and now regularly donate to help improve the animals that live in such harsh conditions. If you are an animal lover, and want to get more involved with animals and particularly horses, Equestrian Escapes will be perfect for you!
Sunday, May 9th, 2010
All I wanted was a bit of time, just my husband and myself, to re-connect and enjoy some fresh air, as well as beautiful scenery! I have always liked horses, and have been on many horse riding holidays since I was a young girl. I lead a busy life, and don’t have time to spend hours dipping into books and travel guides, having to sort out every detail of my holiday; I just like to get there! So, my husband found this site, Equestrian Escapes who tailor-make holidays for people just like me. The choice of places was remarkable, and we settled for Wales, the Brecon Beacons!
A symbol of honesty and quality
As soon as we arrived at the wonderful Georgian house, we were amazed at all the luxury! Our room was enormous and so comfortable, and the stables were out of this world! I was delighted, this was just what we needed. I breathed a sigh of relief as I mounted my beautiful horse and followed our very friendly guide out for a ride in the countryside.
Once we retired back to the hotel, my husband wanted to swim, and I thought I might join him, and perhaps even check out the spa…. Woweee! The facilities were endless, it seemed, and not over crowded so if there was ever a oproblem there were always friendly and willing staff on hand, really magical!
When it came to supper time, I was so hungry! I opted for the ‘home grown meal’ that was simply divine; like nothing I could ever cook myself, and we enjoyed wonderful wine from an expansive selection. And what a night we had! All of the staff were friendly, the whole place immaculately clean and tidy, and the pool and spa were to die for as well! In the morning, after riding out, we went to the farm where all of their homegrown produce is sourced, and again nothing could be faulted in such beautiful scenery. Everything was immaculate and well maintained, and you could tell that a lot of love went into these, much like the horses they provided.
Equestrian Escapes, THANK YOU!!
Friday, April 16th, 2010
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.