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Holiday type Adventure holidays
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Country France
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £999
Travel partner GoLearnTo
Duration 6 nights
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Horse riding and wine tasting holiday in Gascony, SW France

This wine tasting and horse riding holiday is perfect for trekking on horseback through the landscapes of Madiran, tasting fine wines from the famous Gascony region, and relaxing in a manor house surrounded by orchards, vineyards and lakes.

Included

  • Wine tasting lessons on days two, three, five and six including a visit to a local vineyard
  • Horse riding lessons on day two, three, five, six and seven
  • All horse riding equipment (please bring suitable clothing for riding)
  • Breakfast daily
  • A picnic lunch on days two, three, five and six
  • Afternoon tea on day one
  • A welcome dinner and aperitif on day one
  • A three course dinner on days two, three, five and six
  • Tea and coffee are available daily at 4pm, with freshly baked biscuits
  • Accommodation at the manor house in a twin/double room for six nights
Day one - Arrival and welcome dinner

Check into your room at the manor house any time after 4pm. After settling in, you will make your way to the paddocks to meet the team and the horses. You will have afternoon tea accompanied by a short presentation from your hosts about the team, horses and farm. The rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure, exploring the surrounding area and hiking trails that lead to the nearest small village. A three course dinner will be served at 7.30pm with an aperitif in the courtyard, and a chance to get to know your fellow guests

Days two, three, five and six – Meet the horses, lessons and wine tasting

After a leisurely breakfast you will learn more about communicating with our horses and how to handle them safely, how to groom, tack up and pick horses hooves. Your hosts will then choose a Friesian or Spanish horse that is most suited to you and you will get to know your horse in a gentle ride around the round pen, and will work on your riding position and balance. After you have mastered the basic riding skills in the round pen, you will ride in the 20x40 riding school. Every day at midday, a picnic style lunch is served under the oak trees, by the pond or in the orchard, followed by a siesta or sightseeing at your leisure. Before dinner you will have a wine tasting lesson around 6pm, when Charles will introduce you to the local wines. You will also have the opportunity during the week to visit the Saint Mont wine cooperative, where you can sample a large variety of the region's best wines. Dinner is served al fresco and is a three course dinner served with the region’s famous wines

Day four – Rest day

Have a break from horse riding today to explore the local area after breakfast. Where you go today is up to you – try exploring the Basilica at Lourdes, visit Eugenie-les-Bains for a massage at the spa, go shopping in Pau or visit one of the golf courses in the area. Your hosts will be more than happy to suggest places to visit and provide you with information on how to get there. A full picnic basket is provided for lunch. The evening is also free for you to visit one of the many local restaurants which your hosts will be able to recommend to you

Day seven – Departure day

After a leisurely breakfast, your host will accompany you on a ride on their own horses into the vineyards and wood surrounding the beautiful accommodation. The trail takes you through a range of hills where you will see the spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountains and it is an easy trek with some walking and trotting around the countryside. You will then check out by 12pm ready to begin your journey back home, bursting with stories and memories to cherish from this unique holiday
Your accommodation is set in a restored traditional manor house which is over 200 years old. The manor house is surrounded by secluded vineyards, orchards, lush meadows and ancient woods and seven acres of land. It is only 2km to the nearest village with a selection of shops. There is an elegant dining room with a marble fireplace, a small but well equipped gym and an extensive library for guests to use. Outside there are several informal seating areas in the garden, orchard and by the pond.

The manor house and it's annex has three large double bedrooms with double and queen size beds, and a single room with two single beds in. Two bedrooms have their own private en-suites and two bedrooms have access to a bathroom across the landing. All bedrooms have comfortable mattresses and hand-embroidered bed linen. Bathrooms have a selection of eco-friendly toiletries and towels. Complementary Wi-Fi is available. Accommodation is included for six nights / seven days. Check in anytime after 4pm on day one and check out by 12 noon on day seven.

This holiday is booked by phone. Click 'book now' to make a reservation request to our travel partner who will call you back to confirm your booking details and take payment. To speak to a representative now please call 0330 333 6737.

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