Escape to Andalucia

October 9th, 2012

When booking a holiday to Malaga I struggled to shake images of booze addled Brits staggering half naked from bar to beach leaving behind a trail of cigarette butts and towels with union Jacks on them.  All it took to convince me that Malaga had shaken off this awful stigma was the taxi ride from the airport. I was delighted by the combination of a friendly taxi driver and endless mountains and valleys which punctuated my journey, reassuring me that this place was a far cry from the Costa Del Sol of the 90’s.
Our accommodation was absolutely beautiful. We were greeted by welcoming staff and ushered into spacious, contemporary bedrooms which were decadently furnished. Thoroughly exhausted from my travels I took a quick supper whilst lounging on our outside terrace and bid the other guests good night.


The quality of the riding the following morning (and afternoon, and every other day, come to think about it) was absolutely uncompromised. I was able to greatly improve my riding technique during our lessons and then spend the afternoon whiling away the hours enjoying relaxing treks through mountains, valleys and alongside awe inspiring lakes. By the end of the week I was even ready to engage in one of the adrenaline inspired canters through the countryside that I had previously only managed to spectate, with a mixture of jealousy and apprehension.


By the end of the week I felt that I was just about settled in to Malaga life and I was in no way ready to leave, so I decided to extend my stay by an extra night. This proved not to be enough, so to my accountants dismay I booked myself in for another week near enough the moment I stepped through the threshold of my home back in the UK.

For more information regarding our holidays to Andalucia call Sarah on 01829 781123.

Equestrian Summer Vacations

September 19th, 2012

Sadly summer is drawing to an end but what a success it has been so far. We launched our brand new 5* riding package in Antequera close to Malaga and that has been a huge hit. Riders are required to fly into Malaga from their chosen airport; we then collect them and take them to their luxury Cortijo accommodation boasting spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Daily rides include dressage or jumping lessons and trail rides plus half board accommodation. The owners of the Corjito are English, there is a Spanish cook who lives on site, the horses are privately owned and very well schooled and are often competed by the girls who also live at the centre. You can stay from 3 nights to 1 week arriving any day of the week all year round! Jessica wrote the following about her recent trip out to Antequera: I had a fantastic time in Antequera it was a perfect mix of relaxation and action packed! The riding was the most scenic I have ever done and I have fallen in love with Andalucían horses! The staff were very welcoming and made sure that I had a brilliant time organising an exciting and diverse itinerary. I have never eaten so well – the food was fantastic and I got to try lots of Spanish tapas. It was an amazing few days and a great way to explore an area of Spain which is so beautiful and unspoilt. I did not want to leave, it was like a big family and I will definitely come again! Thank you! Wiltshire, also one of this year’s most popular destinations saw the launch of their new ‘adult summer camp’. This exclusive and very unique camp offers 4 adults the opportunity to spend 1 week on the famous Rushmore Estate with our host Angie and her horses. Rides include lessons, pub rides and beach rides as well as all meals. We successfully ran 3 camps this year and hope to have next year’s dates very soon. This is what Anja wrote about here recent trip to Wiltshire before booking for New Years Eve: I am now back from the adult camp last week with Angie and I thought I would drop you an email to let you know how it went. I can honestly say that Alexander and I had an absolutely fantastic time and have never felt so spoilt and relaxed on holiday before. Angie is a spectacular host and her horses are just magnificent. The rides we went on were just fabulous and was the best way of de-stressing from a city job! We ate loads, rode loads and made some great friends. We both felt like we’d known Angie all our lives. As such, we were hoping for a return visit over the New Year weekend. Would it be possible – It’s clear to see how eager we are! Regards If you like the sound of the two packages above and are interested in escaping the British winter this year then all you need to do is find a flight to Malaga, give us a call and we’ll do the rest. Alternatively if you would prefer to stay in the UK then call us for next years adult camp dates and keep your eye out for our Christmas and New Year offers including a very special one in Wiltshire…! info@equestrian-escapes.com / tel. 01829 781123

New addition to the EE family!

July 27th, 2012

Well we are proud to announce that Fantail, our brood mare at Equestrian Escapes, has produced yet another summer time foal for us to enjoy. But this time (4th time lucky) it’s a filly! We are over the moon!

Our gorgeous baby girl is yet to be named but she is proving to be an absolute character with her super long legs, big ears and adorable little white socks. She loves nothing more than sunbathing in the arena, nibbling the show jumps and drinking plenty of milk from her doting mum. Nessa, Bella, Julio and Alfonso peer inquisitively over the fences and hedge rows at the new addition who they are yet to formally meet, baby can’t wait though, she loves prancing around in front of them all – such a show off!

Maybe you’ll be able to meet her if you come and see us in Cheshire. We will take you riding around Delamere Forest and if your good enough Kelsall Hill Farm Ride.

Get in touch on 01829 781123

Equestrian update

January 12th, 2012

Well 2012 has been very eventful and extremely busy for us in the Equestrian Escapes office so far! Andalucía Escapes is almost ready to go live; Lou, Sarah and our top website design team have been working round the clock during the Christmas and New Year period in order to get it up and running for January ’12. Since my return form a very lovely 3 week holiday in Thailand we have had two articles published (one in the travel supplement of the Telegraph and the other in the British Horse Society Magazine) and our new brochure has been printed (yey), resulting in a huge number of enquiries for UK and non UK destinations alike – We love being kept busy though so keep them coming!
As our introductory offer in Cheshire has proved so popular we are extending the finish date to the 30th April ’12. We also have two very romantic Valentines offers in Wiltshire and Essex running throughout February.
Finally I think I should tell you all that during the Boxing day hunt with the Cheshire’s Sarah took a tumble from baby Ferdie (the day before she was due to go on a family skiing holiday to Canada) both are fine but Sarah dislocated her hip causing her, in her own words, “as much pain as child birth”..ouch! After being airlifted to Wythenshawe hospital her hip was ‘popped’ back into its socket, thankfully with no complications. See action shot below..


Needless to say Sarah did fly to Canada the following day and although not much skiing took place she did meet some gorgeous Huskies..

How cute!

Speak soon, Lindsey (01829 781123 / info@equestrian-escapes.com)

Andalucia Escapes

November 24th, 2011

Equestrian Escapes are branching out..we are currently in the process of designing a brand new website, Andalucia Escapes. The thought came to Sarah in the summer but as it was peak season for us in the UK office we were too busy to peruse the idea, now we have reached our quietest time its all hands on deck researching, writing and designing. As we are specialists in Southern Spain and have an office in Seville makes prefect sense to expand our expertise in this area and not only offer horse riding holidays but Andalucian Spa weekends, Beach holidays, Festivals and Feria breaks and much more.

Watch this space for more details on Andalucia Escapes!

Wiltshire Proving To Be A Huge Hit!

November 15th, 2011

When we launched our Wiltshire riding package at the beginning of September we knew that it was going to be popular due to its superb location and exclusivity, but just how popular we could not have predicted. We receive enquiries on a daily basis, have already carried 10 customers, processed 13 bookings plus 2 repeats and we still have 10 people waiting to travel between now and May ’12. The feedback has been 110% positive. Barbara and Wendy who returned on the 13th November sent this lovely note on their return – “Hi Lindsey. I am sending you a few photos from our riding holiday in Wiltshire with Angie. We had a fabulous time, enjoyed every minute. The horses are fantastic, accommodation superb in Angies Cottage (she is a great cook), weather was also good – from fog to beautiful sunshine. We had a deliciuos cream tea at the local farm shop- yammi… and after our day ride both Wendy and I were were relaxed and chilled out :-) Thanks for organizing this great holiday. Have a good day, Barbara.” Here is a picture of them looking very relaxed enjoying a glass of wine in bed..

And riding..

To read what all our other customers had to say about their stay in Wiltshire visit our testimonials page http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/testimonials.html

For information on this break or any of our other riding holidays contact us 01829 781123 or visit the Equestrian Escapes website on http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/

Winter plans…

October 13th, 2011

Well it’s leading up to the quiet time in the EE calendar and that can only mean one thing..the winter to do list!!

So far we have website optimising to do, tedious but well woth it as we continue to remain at the top of the Google search for horse riding holidays. Second on the list is to re visit some our our providers, starting next week with Skipton and North Wales – two of last years new additions which have received rave reviews over the summer. Very much looking forward to a ride with both, fingers crossed for good weather! We are also planning to do Olympia and The Horse Of The Year Show 2012 as we haven’t been for a couple of years so a new brochure is currently in production, something we are planning on posting to all of this years travellers as a Christmas gift.

I will make sure I keep you posed on the progress!

Stunning Surrey is the second of our brand new packages!

September 29th, 2011

After visiting Angie in wonderful Wiltshire Sarah and I continued on our journey to the Surrey/West Sussex border to visit Ian and his stable of ex race horses. The heavens had decided to open but we were not fazed as we rode in some of the most stunning and varied countryside in the UK. The horses were marvellous and Ian was a joy to ride with as he shared captivating tales from the racing scene.

This short break is a superb destination for anyone especially those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the big smoke as it is only an hours drive outside the city!

For more information on this package or any of our other offers feel free to call Sarah, Lindsey or Lou in the EE office on 01829 781123, we will be happy to tell you more.

New package in the wonderful Wiltshire countryside

September 20th, 2011

Two weeks ago Sarah and I travelled from the office in Cheshire 200 miles down to the beautiful county of Wiltshire. Arriving into the Rushmore Estate we knew immediately that this would be a top class package for us. Standing in Angie’s garden with her horses behind us, her gorgeous cottage next to us and breathtaking views stretching all the way to Bournemouth in front of us we were both taken aback! After a brief introduction to the horses we mounted and rode through the spectacular Beech avenues of the  Rushmore Estate boasting stunning view across the Cranborne Chase. After an hour or so we arrived at the local farm shop for afternoon tea where we sampled delicious home made cakes and enjoyed a pot of tea. Even though we rode in the wind and rain Angie’s hospitality and the horses (each with their own story) made it an absolutely joy!

We have combined a 3 day riding package with 2 nights B&B accommodation (choice of 4 beautiful venues). This really is something straight out of a Jilly Cooper novel, you need to see it to believe it, a holiday you’ll never forget begging you to come back again and again!

Follow this link to ready the full itinerary – http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/horse-riding-holidays-UK-Wiltshire/

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Sarah or myself in the office on 01829 781123.

Christmas and NY offer in Cheshire

August 24th, 2011

Scary as it sounds it is only 122  days, 19  hours and 50  minutes until the 25th December – but who’s counting! We have already started to receive emails from people who are looking to do something a little bit different this Christmas and New Year so we have decided to put together two special festive packages in our best selling destination, Cheshire.

The first package is our Christmas break from the 23-26 December – 3 nights B&B, a private flat/jump lesson, 1.5hr hack, 3hr XC farm ride, Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and full use of the leisure facilities. Arive on Friday 23rd and settle into your 4* hotel. Your en suite bedroom will be fully equipped with mini bar and wifi. Riding will begin on the Christmas Eve at our competition yard, just a 5 minute drive from the accommodation. You will start with a private lesson followed by a one and a half hour hack along the bridleways and quiet country lanes. On Christmas Day you will enjoy a traditional lunch served with all the trimmings. On Boxing Day you will head back to the stables for your final ride, the XC farm ride which includes small log piles to BE cross country fences from intro to novice level and a water complex. Price per person £620. Single occupancy price £580.

The second of our special packages is the New Years break from the 30 December-02 January – 3 nights B&B, a private flat/jump lesson, 1.5hr hack, 3hr XC farm ride, New Years eve gala ball and full use of the leisure facilities. Arive on Friday 30th and settle into your 4* hotel. Your en suite bedroom will be fully equipped with mini bar and wifi. Riding will begin on the New Years Eve at our competition yard, just a 5 minute drive from the accommodation. You will start with a private lesson followed by a one and a half hour hack along the bridleways and quiet country lanes. This evening you are invited to the gala ball which will take place in your hotel. This is a black tie event and is for over 18’s only. Champagne and canapes will be served on arrival followed by a five course meal and live music. Later the resident DJ will take over and a fireworks display will see you into the New Year. Dancing will finish at 2am followed by bacon rolls! On New Years Day you will head back to the stables for your final ride, the XC farm ride which includes small log piles to BE cross country fences from intro to novice level and a water complex. Then make your way back to the hotel for your final night. Price per person £730. Single occupancy price £745.

If you would prefer to see in the New Year in a more relexing manor then why not make you way into the local village of Tarporley where an array of bars and restaurants line the high street. Price per person without the gala dinner £575. Single occupancy price without the dinner £590.

To book please call u the office on 01829 781123. Places are selling fast!

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