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Horse Riding Experiences

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
The perfect combination

Horse riding experience

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.

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 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.

Explore Dartmoor!

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

Many thanks,

Sophie and Paul

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.

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.

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.

An Exceptional Shropshire Weekend

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Friday Evening

I arrived towards the end of the day at my Riding Holiday in Shropshire, similar in beauty to the Cheshire Riding Break. The setting sun casting everything into a fading orange and purple landscape. Not to return until the early hours of the morning. Despite my excitement in anticipation of the coming days, I still wished that I could go for one last canter around the woods. I had after all planned this weekend break carefully, left work promptly at four pm that Friday and managed a quick gallop before the sun set. Alas it was rapidly becoming far too dark and would only be deemed irresponsible if I was to risk the safety of both myself and my horse Julio just for the sake of a trot and canter which could be saved for tommorrow.

Saturday

After a good nights sleep in the farm house (not a minutes walk from the stables) I woke, feasted and began my day. Starting with the canter through the forest, I briefly stolen a taste of the previous evening. It didn’t disappoint! Ever since I was little I’ve particularly enjoyed riding in the forest. It gets me thinking, and I feel it’s nice to share something as time worn and traditional as riding. Just as our forefathers would have done countless times throughout England’s history. We stopped for a pub lunch and let the horses relax and doze in the orchard before the afternoon ride. Needless to say this is one of my favourite Horse Riding Weekends in the UK.

Sunday

The following day we rode the famous bridleway named after Mad Jack Mytton, an eccentric horseman. This was most enjoyable, especially whilst hearing tales of Mad Jack himself, who led quite an extraordinary life. We didn’t pay a visit to the nearby town of Ironbridge in the end, opting instead for a few cups of tea back at the farm house to wind ourselves down.

Upon leaving I was relaxed, no longer stress ridden from work, and nearly sad to say goodbye. It was definitely a weekend I shall be repeating in the near future.

A long windy country road

The vibrant countryside

Spend Your 52 Weekends Wisely

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The first Sunday Times of 2010 proudly recommended how it’s readers should make the very most of their few and far between Weekends this year! With exciting breaks lined through all the seasons, Equestrian Escapes Riding Holidays acheived a warm spot in the beggining of August. 

The 6th – 8th was set aside for our Shropshire Riding Break, a hack along the long-distance bridleway named after a local horse fanatic, the infamous Mad Jack Mytton. The Eloquent Shropshire Weekend is Equestrian Escapes very own custom tailored weekend break in which you can ride the very same bridleway. 

This serves as a good example of the  standard that Equestrian Escapes offers. With over 60 breaks available and more on their way, check out our Sitemap for Horse Riding Holidays that will suit you.

An Interesting Tale

Mad Jack famously won a bet by riding into a respected hotel in Leamington Spa, the Bedford Hotel. He rode up the grand staircase, onto the balcony and jumped, clinging to his steed for dear life, over the diners enjoying their meals in the restaurant below and through a window back onto the street. 

Mad Jack Mytton

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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