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French Chateau Holiday

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French Chateau Holiday

Enjoy Horse Riding in The Lot Region of France at a Genuine French Chateau

This sixteenth century French Chateau which retains the original central stone staircase and several superb 16th century fireplaces offers luxury accommodation and a truly wonderful environment in which to relax, chill out and ride the lovely horses. You are warmly invited to experience a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern France – and do as much or as little as you like. Situated in seventy acres of land on the Causse de Limogne, with superb views over the surrounding countryside from all rooms. It offers spacious gardens with swimming pool, a large outdoor manège, a cross country course, and the attractive stable block is just a stone’s throw from the house - making it the ultimate way to enjoy riding in France.

This region has been the subject of various wars over the centuries and was originally part of Aquitaine. The Bastide at Carcassonne is testament to these wars and when visiting this enchanting area you can almost feel yourself being transported back in time. The unspoilt countryside and relative lack of any modern developments make this a premier destination for horse riding France, there is simply no other place that can compare with the majestic beauty that comes as standard in this part of the world.

Generally you ride in the mornings, so you can enjoy a delicious, substantial lunch. Afterwards, you can either snooze in the gardens, or by the new swimming pool and help yourself to unlimited refreshments. There is plenty of good fishing in close proximity with a small fee for a license you can fish at a variety of lots and rivers. Or you can explore this fabulous area with its many sights, attractions and activities. or if you wish, you can arrange extra riding / lessons. The rides are tailored to suit you. All riding is with English tack. Groups can consist of between 2 and 8 riders and all riders need to feel confident on a horse outdoors. The horses are all well schooled and a pleasure to ride on the many beautiful trail rides which include the meandering chemin rurale through forests, idyllic hamlets and beside the lakes. If you come as a non rider – whether you have never ridden before or just don’t feel confident enough to ride out in a group – and decide that you would perhaps like to have a go or build a bit of confidence whilst you are here, this can be arranged in the afternoons, and organised at any time during your stay with us (paid for separately at the time).

Lunch at the Chateau is either alfresco in the delightful gardens, or in the majestic vaulted dining room. One of the rides is to Chateau Couanac, which is home to the Comte and Comtesse D’Armagnac, who will serve you a sumptuous lunch in their grand dining hall! Of course, you can’t be expected to get back on a horse after an experience like that, so we’ll take care of the horses and you will then be driven back to Laumière. Your holiday will include a combination of home prepared meals with a regional flavour accompanied by the area's delicious wines – and plenty of opportunity for you to explore the many local bistros and restaurants at your leisure.

Restaurants  And  Bistros
There are several good restaurants close to Laumiere and more within 30 minutes drive, with prices to suit all pockets. Generally, you will eat very well for considerably less than you would pay in England.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Although the main activity here is horse riding, there are also numerous other activites and many places of interest to visit in the area for the non-riders  to enjoy – fishing ( excellent Lake & River fishing very close by ), walking, cycling, canoeing, golf, potholing, climbing, hang-gliding, paragliding, pleasure flights, hot air ballooning, boat trips – and of course, sampling the delicious French cuisine!

South West France is famous for its delicious cuisine, which uses the best and freshest local produce - ensuring a thriving market culture. At the heart of every town and village is the local market, where you can mingle with the local people and chat to the stall holders, who are delighted to offer advice on the best way to cook their produce. Having explored the many stalls, you can relax and refresh yourself at one of the pavement cafes, watching the world go by with a coffee or aperitif - before deciding where to eat.

ACCOMODATION

The four Chateau bedrooms are a very good size and extremely comfortable. They all have en suite shower rooms with w.c. (one also has a bath) with towels, soap, shampoo, shower gel and hairdryer supplied, tea and coffee making facilities. One room has an oak four poster bed, one a super kingsize bed, or the option of twin beds if required (please state at time of booking) and the third room opens directly onto the garden and has twin beds.

Itinerary – There is no set itinerary – riding is organised around a relaxed schedule

Horses and Riding

Once you have arrived at the chateau, we know you’ll be keen to see the horses. So as soon as you’re settled, you can make your way to the stables to meet the team of equines who’ll be your companions for the duration of your holiday.

After this, please join us for an aperitif before a delicious home-cooked dinner, where we can properly welcome you to the Chateau and you’ll know your French riding holiday has truly begun!

Horse Riding

Our French horse riding holidays are organised around a relaxed schedule. You can ride in the mornings for around 3 hours and explore the vast expanse of beautiful and accessible French countryside. Most of the horse riding is on the charming Chemin Rurale (by-ways) which means virtually no cars, although the odd encounter with a French farmer and his herd of cows/sheep is not unheard of.

The farms here are very much homesteads – rather than huge acricultural concerns - with gorgeous rambling barns and quaint French features straight out of the pages of a magazine - and this makes the countryside we ride through immensely characterful and interesting. The nature of the terrain lends itself to riding at a relaxed pace so you can experience the beautiful scenery and wild life. However, there are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering and the horses are familiar with the routes, so they’re happy and interested to ride out.

On arriving back at Laumiere, there will be a cool refreshing drink waiting for you, followed by a thoroughly decent lunch which is usually taken alfresco in a shady area of the garden. After this, the rest of the day is yours to relax in the grounds, set off to explore this outstanding area of France or more riding.

The ability to ride along for hours in a world of your own with no traffic, noise or people is something many riders in England can only dream about (as we did before coming to this magic place). You can follow a curve in the chemin and find yourself riding by a farmyard, or through a small hamlet, where anyone who happens to be around will take the time to smile and call out a greeting. You’ll find the local people friendly, gregarious and welcoming.

Here, time seems to almost stand still and you’ll feel the stresses and strains of everyday life just ebb away as you and your horse absorb the environment around you. You’ll discover picturesque farmland with small fields separated by pretty dry stone walls and mature woodland sloping gently upwards to open out onto scenic countryside that stretches forever to meet with clear blue skies. The only sounds being perhaps the call of a buzzard as it glides effortlessly, high above you.

Prices:

2012 - 7 nights, 5 days riding, full board  rider £1020 pp, non-rider £875

Meals - All meals from dinner on arrival evening to breakfast on day of departure with the    exception of lunch and dinner on Wednesday - the non riding day. Wine, beer & soft drinks at all times

2012 - 7 nights, 5 days riding, part-board - rider £885 pp, non-rider £740

Meals - Breakfast every day, lunch every day except Wednesday, Dinner Sat, Mon, Fri. Wine, beer & soft drinks at all times                                          

 

2012 - 4 nights, 3 days riding, full board - rider £625 pp, non rider £540

Meals - All meals from dinner on arrival evening to breakfast on day of departure. Wine, beer & soft drinks at all times 

2012 - 4 nights, 3 days riding, part board - rider £546 pp, non-rider £466

Meals - Breakfast every day, lunch every day, dinner on arrival + one other by arrangement, Wine, beer & soft drinks at all times                                                                              

2012 departure dates: 14th April - 28th July and 25th August - 20th October

All holidays commence on a Saturday

Accommodation: double or twin with en suite

Single supplement: None if there is availability

Transfers: Not included but can be arranged at an additional cost

Meeting point:    fly to Toulouse (1.5 hours), Rodez (1 hour), Carcassonne (2.5 hours), Bordeaux (3.5 hours), Cahor Train Station (40 mins)

 

Indicative flight price: London to Toulouse £50 - £150pp return depending on time of year

 

Suitable for non-riders: Yes

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance

Weight limit: 14.5 stone

Minimum age: 14 years

Hours in saddle: 3

Group size: 2-8

 

 

 

 

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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