Ride Overview - Cotswold Country Estates Ride
A relaxing horseback riding vacation in the iconic Cotswolds. Britain offers some of the most unspoiled countrysides in the world, with magnificent houses steeped in history and romance, magical gardens and ancient woods. The England you will see from horseback is the land of Anne Boleyn and Samuel Palmer, of poets and painters. Inspired by their passion for rural England, its magnificent country houses and, of course, their love of horses, the guides have created an impressive ride through private estate lands and arranged for your stay in a gracious manor home normally not opened to the public. Along the way, you will enjoy delicious home cooked lunches provided by your hosts and candlelit dinners. This is a unique offering to experience an exceptional riding holiday. RIDING IN ENGLAND
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Ride Itinerary - Cotswold Country Estates Ride
*Please note: The guide utilizes several private homes and manors. The final itinerary is based on the availability of these facilities and the trails will be chosen closest to these manors thus the final itinerary can differ from the following. The guide is committed to the same quality of lodging and diversity of the trails:
You will begin your ride at Banks Fee Farm. Banks Fee is a lovely Cotswold farmhouse outside Stow in the Wold. You arrive at Banks Fee around 5.30 in time for tea. You will spend the night and have dinner at Banks Fee with your host and hostess Annie and Christopher Cox.
After a full English breakfast, you will head off across Happy Valley towards Temple Guiting. This is a magnificent and untouched area of Gloucestershire with narrow winding lanes, undulating hills and beautiful Georgian houses. You will stop for lunch on the grounds of the magnificent Guiiting Manor where you will have a picnic overlooking the house. Guiting is a romantic Georgian house hidden away in its own secret valley. After lunch, you will ride along bridleways and through woods until you reach the lovely villages of Hawling and Salperton. Your ride will take you though the Salperton Estate, passing the imposing Salperton house and then onwards through the village of Notgrove, passing by Notgrove Manor. Around 5.30 PM, you will arrive at Aylworth Manor in time for tea. Aylworth is a lovely private house which is now run as a Wolsely Lodge. Set in spectacular countryside with far reaching views you will spend the night at Aylworth and have dinner with your host and hostess.
After breakfast, you will depart from Aylworth and ride along old bridleways to picturesque villages. This is the Heythrop Hunt country with its famous Cotswold stone walls and large open fields with far reaching views. Your lunch stop will either be at the famous racing pub, The Hollow Bottom, or a private house along the way. The afternoon will take you across undulating hills, through beech woods until you finally reach the pretty Cotswold village of Nauton where you will spend the night and have dinner with your hostess Celia Mills.
Today’s route takes you north through the Stanton Estate and the picturesque villages of Stanway and Stanton. This is picture postcard Cotswold country. Your lunch stop will be Buckland Manor, a lovely boutique hotel. After lunch, you will ride on through the estate until you eventually arrive at Wormington Grange the magnificent home of John Evetts and Annie Dowty. During World War 2, Wormington was owned by John’s grandfather, Lord Ismay, Churchill’s chief of staff. Churchill visited the house and stayed on many occasions.
After breakfast you will head off through Stanton and onto the Stanway Estate. Your route will take you over ancient pasture and along old tracks. From the top of the hills, you will be able to look out and enjoy spectacular views heading all the way to the Malverns and even Wales. Lunch will be either a private house or the pub in the lovely village of Snowshill. After lunch, you will head back towards Banks Fee passing through Happy Valley until you reach Condicote and Banks Fee. After tea and cake, you will depart. If you are taking the train we can drop you at the station.
Ride Details - Cotswold Country Estates Ride
Dates: Sunday – Thursday: April – September. Confirmed dates: July 2nd – 4th, September 10th – 12th (Alternative arrival day can be arranged on request)
Best Months to Ride: late March to early June and September to November
Airport: Heathrow or Gatwick
Train Station: Moreton-in-Marsh station
Riding Days: 4
Daily Riding Hours: 4 – 6
Riding Ability: Intermediate. Mostly walk and trots.
Group Size: 8-10
Weight Restrictions: 190 lbs
Horses: Mannerly hunters
Accommodations: 5* private manor home
Price: $4,865.00 per person, double or single occupancy
*Price is based on dollar/sterling exchange and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 4 nights accommodation, 4 riding days, horse, tack, guide, all meals, transfer to and from the train station
Not Included: Airfare, train fare, transport to and from airport
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Cotswold Country Estates Ride
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