Ten Luxury Hotels for Horse Riding Holidays
by Jessica Baldwin (May 2013)
With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore beautiful Britain... on horseback. Yes, Britain is home to some of the best hacking around and with stables that cater to all abilities you could be discovering Britain’s best bridleways in no time. From walking through flower-filled meadows to galloping along deserted beaches, my round up of the best horsey holidays is guaranteed to have a hotel and horse to suit you!
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Feel like Lord or Lady of the manor as you canter around 500 acres of glorious grounds at Lucknham Park.The listed Palladian mansion dates back to 1720, is one of Britain’s finest country house spa hotels. Serious riders should book into one of their ‘specialist clinics’, run by pros in the world of show jumping and dressage. Alternatively, hack at a more leisurely pace on their ‘historic village horse ride’, the three and a half hour experience winds its way through the most picturesque villages, ending up at a horse friendly pub for refreshments!
Set within 200 acres of parkland this luxury castle hotel has sweeping views a tranquil lake, deer park and the extensive surrounding estate. With a rich history it offers a unique stately home experience and is a great destination for nature lovers. The hotel offers a range of activities including fishing, falconry, shooting and horse-riding, which takes place at the local Trekking Centre. As well as relaxed hacks, experienced riders can try out the estate’s fantastic cross-country course. After a tiring day’s riding, why not recuperate in the hotel’s spa before indulging in their acclaimed restaurant.
Christchurch Road, New Milton
On the edge of the New Forest National Park, this esteemed Relais & Chateaux property offers a traditional British coastal break amidst luxurious surrounds. For a room with a difference try their relaxing treehouse suites, and relax on your treetop private balcony above it all. This family-friendly hotel offers a range of activities, from beach picnics and kids croquet to mountain biking and kite flying. Alternatively, take in the stunning surroundings on four legs and book in for one of their great pony treks.
Just an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Crieff Hydro offers both stylish hotel rooms and self-catering properties for those looking for an active break. It also offers an unbelievable range of activities, from boat hire and bowling to archery to quad biking! Once you have packed the kids off on one of the 60 activities, book yourself a hack and explore the beautiful 900 acre grounds on horseback! They also offer hand-led treks and private and group lessons.
Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Forest Row
Located within the heart of Ashdown Forest, this historic hotel boasts ancient stone arches, elegant balconies and roaring log fires. The 19th century mansion is also is a prime location for keen riders, with the nearby forest riding centre offering guests the chance to explore the 6,500 acres of un-spoilt heathland on horseback. After an exciting day’s hacking check out the hotel’s award-winning champagne list!
Peddars Way, Sedgeford, Hunstanton
bridging the gap between a luxury boutique hotel and a friendly country house B&B, Magazine Wood offers a stylish base from which to explore North Norfolk’s quaint villages, buzzy market towns and sweeping coastline. With Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path just a stone’s throw away it is a great choice for keen hikers. For those who prefer to explore on horseback, Mount Pleasant Riding School is just a short drive away and offers riders of all abilities fantastic hacking experiences.
West Compton, Shepton Mallet
This historic 15th century manor house is full of old-world country charm and stands proudly in its own glorious grounds. Warm your cockles with their hearty locally-sourced organic breakfast before heading out to explore the surrounding countryside. In true medieval style this manor boasts its own stables which guests can use for their horses if they wish to explore the local bridleways. For riders that crave a bit more adrenaline there is a great nearby cross-country course at Rosamund Green Farm.
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