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Cilento Farmhouse, Italy





Reviews



Not for the faint-hearted! Not hard, but adventurous riding. Limited opportunity for faster paces, but did more cantering on last day. Well kept, schooled horses, well suited to the job. I enjoyed it and have very happy memories.

Judith S.
The holiday was good because of the location of the farmhouse and the staff making it a relaxing holiday. (The riding guides were) very good - friendly and worked tirelessly. I was put on a horse the first day (that I did not get on with), but they changed on request for a more suitable horse for my experience.

Louisa M.
It was very enjoyable, the scenery was wonderful, and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. My favourite memory was being able to ride through the narrow streets of the nearby village - it was like taking a step back in history.

Vicki M.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Mostly maremmano and Italian saddlebreds, with some crosses.

Nature of horses:

Sure footed and reliable with quiet and calm natures.

Height of horses:

14.2hh - 17.2hh

Weight limit:

90 kg

Tack type:

English

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This lovely Agriturismo is found in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy. The farm is set within 15 hectares of private land spotted with wild oaks, olive trees and vineyards. The farm buildings comprise a modern renovated stable block, traditional sheep folds and pig sty, as well as a well maintained kitchen garden which provides a large proportion of the food served in the on-site restaurant. During your stay you will explore the beautiful and protected landscape of the National park on horseback, as well as experiencing the stunning panoramic views across the Amalfi coastline. Each day you might climb high into the mountains to make the most of the views, or perhaps you will head down to the shore. On the way you will discover peaceful fruit orchards, quiet farm tracks, olive groves, meadows of wild herbs and ancient villages filled with impressive monuments.

A holiday here is almost certainly synonymous with relaxation; you will be in constant contact with nature and animals, as well as a more simple and rural way of living. Immersed in the countryside and surrounded by a warm family atmosphere, your stay is guaranteed to be unforgettable. There are a number of different programmes offered at this destination, which have been selected to cater for a variety of different aspirations and requirements. From relaxed Italian escapes to wonderful Mediterranean journeys and perhaps a little bit of cooking in-between. Some days you may discover ruins of the ancient Monastic and Philosophical heritages of the area. Others you may approach the beautiful blue depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea and take an exhilarating canter along the shore - there is so much here that is waiting to be discovered and to be seen!

The traditional cuisine and authenticity of the Italian flavours will not pass you by, the family invite you to experience each step of food preparation and witness first hand the old techniques passed down through generations. During your stay why not take part in a cookery class, learning to make pasta the traditional way, or become accustomed with the process of cheese, olive oil and wine making. Our Ride and Cook programme offers the chance to have 3 days of horse riding as well as 3 days of traditional italian cooking in which you will learn to make a variety of authentic sauces and dishes - both savoury and sweet!

**(Please note that horse riding on the beach is only permitted during the winter months of September to May).

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The accommodation at the Agriturismo provides plenty of options so as to suit your needs best, so that your holiday is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Options include one of three apartments on the grounds of the agritourismo with nine rooms available in total; including doubles, triples and quadruples.

Alternative accommodation can also be provided in the nearby historic town of Casal Velino, just one mile away by car.

All the rooms are clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. What makes each of them truly special is - undoubtedly - the stunning natural landscape which surrounds them. Several of the apartments have a private terrace and all guests are able to take advantage of the agritourism’s communal spaces and its gardens. Sun loungers, chairs, tables and wooden benches are all provided for your relaxation and enjoyment.

A beautiful blue swimming pool is the perfect complement to this magical atmosphere and is set off by the vibrant green of the surrounding olive trees.

The agritourism consists of three separate complexes; "Casa Centrale" is at the heart of the agritourism and also houses the restaurant and communal wi-fi area (it is also closest to the stables). "Casa Cristallo" and "Casa Mortella" are located about 200 metres from Casa Centrale and are both surrounded by green lawns and flowers - as well as being ideally situated close to the pool.

The emphasis here is on great tasting traditional Italian food, made using wonderful local organic products to give a great variety of flavour. This area of Italy is known for it's very deep rooted obsession with great Mediterranean food and cuisine - something which your time here is sure to reflect. Food from breakfast to dinner will be plentiful and delicious. Meals are prepared based on what is available seasonally so that fruits and vegetables are always at their best. The Agriturismo also produces and uses many of its own products, including a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, pasta, bread and meat, as well as wonderful olive oil, a variety of tasty wines and their own version of a ricotta cheese (made partially with goats milk). With advanced notice we can also arrange a cookery lesson in order to learn more about this beautiful cuisine - It really is a food lovers paradise!

 

Activities

During your time at the Agriturismo you will be most welcome to use the onsite pool (which is usually open between mid May and mid September) as well as sun loungers, should you wish to relax in the peace and tranquility of the grounds. Alternatively, you may like to take a stroll into the nearby village, or take part in Italian language lessons, cookery classes or some art and creative classes.

For those who are feeling more adventurous, then it is possible to organise guided visits to see the local Greek temples or some of the wonderful ancient towns and villages. For the more active, there are plenty of places to take a walk or trek along the Amalfi coastline or in the Cilento national park itself. It is also possible to combine your riding holiday with a few days of sailing along the beautiful coastline between Capri in the North and Marina di Camerato in the South.

 

Further Details

Languages: Italian, English and German.

Health requirements: Riding fit and able to ride over difficult terrain.

Age limit: 14+ for all riding activities.

Tuition: Yes, dependent on programme.

Included: Accommodation (board dependent on programme) and all horse riding as per itinerary.

Not included: Meals on days away from the Agriturismo, airport transfers, excursions and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

We can organise transfers from and to Naples airport at an extra cost, to be paid directly on arrival.

2 pax in a car: 70EUR each way
3-8 pax: 250EUR round trip

Free transfers are available from the local train stations of Vallo-Castelnuovo and Ascea. Alternatively, the drive from Naples is beautiful and we would highly recommend hiring a car in order to enjoy the freedom of exploring the area.

Airport: Naples

 

Programmes


Campania Relaxed Ride



This week long programme is perfect for those who wish to ride during their holiday, as well as having the opportunity to discover some of the wonderful sights and natural wonders of Cilento's surrounding area. The Agriturismo provides the perfect base from which to discover the National Park, explore the region's ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences, as well as travelling further afield to the coast and beautiful cities. 

The itinerary is particularly suited to those hot summer months when riding times are limited and all you really want to do is sit by the pool or on the beach enjoying your holiday.

In the summer riding is taken during the cooler parts of the day, with the midday heat free to explore at will. During other times of the year, when it is cooler, it may also be possible to extend the riding times to feature full day rides with a tasty picnic.

The itinerary usually includes 7 hours of trail riding and 5 hours of lessons (12 hours in total) but there is some flexibility. Your stay is half board (without lunch) so that you can explore the area when you are not riding.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Intermediate and above - riders should be happy to walk, trot over difficult terrain and canter where possible.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: 5 hours of lessons and 7 hours of trail riding (12 hours total)
Departure dates: 2017: Available from 27th May to 16th September, with Saturday arrival and departure.

2018: Available from 26th May to 15th September, with Saturday arrival and departure.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Double room: £669 per person
Double room (with terrace): £731 per person

Single room: £739 per person
Single room (with terrace): £863 per person

Prices include 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners with water and table wine, as well as approximately 12 hours of horse riding per person (split between lessons and trails).

Price does not include lunches during your stay, airport transfers, travel insurance and flights.



2018:

Double room: £801 per person
Double room (with terrace): £863 per person

Single room: £872 per person
Single room (with terrace): £996 per person

Prices include 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners with water and table wine, as well as approximately 12 hours of horse riding per person (split between lessons and trails).

Price does not include lunches during your stay, airport transfers, travel insurance and flights.



Cilento Journey



This programme offers a chance to explore much further within the Cilento National Park. After a few days of becoming accustomed to your equine companions, you will leave the farm and trek inland to discover some of the regions beautiful mountain villages and quiet farm tracks. On two nights you will be accommodated in local B&B and guesthouses before returning to the Agriturismo. This trail is designed for more adventurous riders who wish to explore Italy on horseback, stopping off at different locations within the National Park, learning more about the areas natural environment and ancient culture.

Itinerary (please note that this may change due to circumstances beyond our control):

Saturday

After arrival at the Agriturismo, you will be treated to a welcome dinner and get to know your guide and fellow guests. You will be able to discuss the programme and ask any questions you might have. Overnight at the Agriturismo.

Sunday

After a delicious breakfast, you will be introduced to your horses ready to start a full day ride. You will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch in a beautiful location. After a relaxing break, you will take a slow ride back to the Agriturismo in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the Agriturismo.

Monday

After breakfast you will depart the Agriturismo and begin your trek by heading down from the hills, toward the coast. Following the flow of the river Alento you will cross into the valley of the River Mingardo and eventually to the foot hills of the Bulgheria mountains. The trail continues as you climb up to the ruins of the Greek-Roman fort - Civitella del Monte. After lunch, you will return to the Agritourismo by mini bus; the horses will remain in Moio de Civitella overnight. Dinner and overnight stay at the Agriturismo.

Tuesday

After another tasty breakfast you will be able to board the mini-bus and return to Moio de Civitella in order to meet your horses. Today's ride will lead you on through areas rich in wildlife and vegetation. Passing through characterful mountain villages you will continue your journey inland, to the beautiful settlement of Rofrano. The town was built around the year 1000 AD, growing up around the "Basilica" and its adjoining monastery of Basilian monks. Overnight accommodation is provided in the old renovated convent which is now a guesthouse - a little piece of history.

Wednesday

Breakfast will be served at the convent guesthouse before you remount and set off across the foothills of the Gelbison mountains. The views offered by this vantage point are spectacular and the landscape is studded with Bizantine-Greek relics. Overlooking the bay of Palinuro and the Tyrrhenian sea, as well as across to the impressive mount Bulgheria at 1225m above sea level (affectionately known as "the sleeping lioness") you will be immersed in the wonder of this place. Your destination will be the quiet village of Cuccaro Vetere where you will stop for dinner and overnight in a local B&B.

Thursday

After breakfast you will come down from the hills, heading westward toward the sea. Following tracks through dense woodland of chestnut trees and ferns you will ride through the lovely village of Mandia before picking up the old salt road to the coast. Finally you will find yourself in Velia Elea which is the home of the ancient "Eleatic" school of Philosophy. Many ancient Greek-Phocian influences still remain on this coastal landscape.

You will end the day, as well as your trail, by returning to the Agriturismo for dinner and overnight.

Friday

Today is a free day to enjoy some of the other aspects of this beautiful region. There may be the chance to take a short ride to a local farm in order to sample some of the tasty products, or perhaps you would prefer to indulge in some cookery classes, take a walk to the local village or simply relax by the pool side. Dinner and overnight at the Agriturismo.

Saturday

After breakfast you will be able to wish a fond farewell to your hosts and fellow travellers before heading home or to your next destination.



Accommodation: Most nights you will return to the Agriturismo in time for dinner.
On the 4th night you will stay in a renovated convent within the mountain village of Rofrano and on the 5th night you will be accommodated in a B&B in the beautiful village of Cuccaro Vetere.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate and above - should be happy to ride over challenging terrain, often standing in the stirrups.
Type of ride: Based with trail
Total riding time: 5-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 20 - 27 May & 23 - 30 September.

2018: 19th - 26th May.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1373 per person

Price is based on 7 nights accommodation in double or triple rooms (5 nights at the Agriturismo and 2 nights in B&B and guesthouses), all meals and drinks with meals and 5 days of horse riding in the Cilento National Park, including a 3-day trail.

Not included: transfers, travel insurance and flights.

Extras: Single rooms are only available during nights spent at the Agriturismo and return airport transfers can be arranged for you.


2018:

£1506 per person (double room)
£1638 per person (single room) - limited availability*

Price is based on 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms (5 nights at the Agriturismo and 2 nights in B&B and guesthouses), all meals and drinks with meals and 5 days of horse riding in the Cilento National Park, including a 3-day trail.

Not included: transfers, travel insurance and flights.

*Single rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.



Cilento Ride



This is a great based programme designed for riders who would like to learn a little more about this beautiful region of Italy. You will spend 5 days in the saddle discovering new and exciting parts of the Cilento National Park and the wonders of Campania. The package includes a tasty picnic lunch each day and dinner once you return to the Agriturismo. Picnic lunches are prepared in-house, so they are always fresh and tasty. However, what makes them truly special are the fantastic places you will stop to enjoy them.

Itinerary (order of the rides may be altered):

Saturday (Arrival)

After arrival at the Agriturismo, you will be treated to a welcome dinner and get to know your guide and fellow guests. You will be able to discuss the programme and ask any questions you might have. Overnight at the Agriturismo.

Over the next few days, there are 5 different treks you will follow and each has been given a unique name to identify it;

The Ridge of the Gods:

This trail leads you first toward the beautiful sparkling blue Tyrrhenian Sea, where you will be able to enjoy a canter along the sandy coastal route as far as the foothills of the ancient town of Velia Elea. Passing through glorious green olive groves, you will discover a landscape rich in history and mythology. The trail follows the "Crest of the Gods"; a range of terraces believed to hold significant purpose to the great god Jupiter. Skirting the ancient walls of the city your horses feet will crush the wild herbs, releasing a delicious and truly Mediterranean aroma. A stop for lunch will round off the day beautifully and give you time to relax before re-mounting and heading back down to the plains.

The Mediterranean Food Road:

Set off across the hills towards the historic town of Celso, passing the Chapel of St. John which is believed to have been built by Basilian monks in around 1300 AD. You will be immersed in the beautiful nature of the Mediterranean, surrounded by thick brush, heather, holly, oak and rowan trees. You will enter Celso via the towns ancient stone arch by the Palazzo Mazziotti and continue along your route to the town of Pollica. As you go, breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea will open up in front of you. Pollica is a town filled with history and character; of particular note are its traditional stone doorways and 17th century tower. Here you will stop to enjoy your picnic lunch before winding your way back along narrow paths, valleys and streams to the village of Pioppi and on to the sea.

The Ancient Paths of the Monks:

Riding through a truly colourful landscape spotted with olive trees, you will follow the river Alento for around 2km before crossing over and heading up into the hills. Today your destination is the town of Castel Nuovo Cilento, where you will be able to rest, eat and take a look around the medieval castle. This town played an important defensive role during the time of the Saracen invasions in southern Italy. On the way back, you will pass by the Franciscan Monastery of Saint clare in Pantana which offers fantastic views over the Alento river valley. Onwards to Isca Longa, where you will ford the river and ride through forests of eucalyptus in order to reach San Giorgio which is believed to have been an early settlement for Greek monks. The settlement and village were destroyed in the war of Vespro around 1282-1302 AD.

The Ridge of Mount Stella:

Following river paths you will ride through dense mediterranean undergrowth, filled with vivid colour and heady aroma. The paths climb, often steeply, up to the ridge above the National Park. Once you reach the top, the view will leave you breathless; a panorama of vast blue ocean, ancient podolica cows grazing amongst deeply green olive groves, vineyards and natural forests. You will stop for lunch in the tiny mountain village of Guarrazzano which is filled with Character and enjoy your tasty picnic whilst admiring that spectacular view. The afternoon will see you saddle up and visit the Stella Cilento known affectionately as "Porcili" (pig sty) because of its ancient inhabitants famed pig breeding.

The Old Salt Road:

Head inland amongst green olive trees, fruit orchards filled with peaches and crumbling old ruins. The route offers plenty of beautiful views as you follow the incline of the hill toward the northern plains and through fields and meadows of grazing cattle. Eventually you will join the old salt road - an ancient trading route between the coastal town of Velia and the inland inhabitants. At lunchtime you will be able to relax beneath the shade of olive tress and enjoy your tasty picnic and a well earned rest. Through the afternoon you will follow river beds down toward the coast with the heavenly smell of herbs crushed beneath the horse's feet.

Friday

Today is a rest day in which you are welcome to follow any activity you should wish. The Agriturismo offers a number of courses you might like to try, or perhaps you would prefer to have a slower day, resting by the pool or taking a walk into the local village. For the more adventurous, it is also possible to take an excursion to many of the wonderful Roman, Greek and Bizantine sites, or discover some of the regions renowned food and drink producers.

Saturday (departure)

After breakfast you will say a fond farewell to your hosts and fellow guests before heading home or continuing on your journey.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Intermediate and above; should be happy to ride over difficult terrain, often standing in stirrups.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: Approximately 5 hours per day.
Departure dates: 2017: Saturday to Saturday during the period 18th March - 27th May and 16th September - 28th October.

2018: Saturday to Saturday during the period 17th March - 19th May and 15th September - 27th October.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Double room: £868 per person
Double room (with terrace): £930 per person

Single room: £939 per person
Single room (with terrace): £1063 per person

Prices include 7 nights full board accommodation including breakfast, picnic lunches and dinner with water and table wine, as well as tea and coffee after dinner. 5 days of trail riding is included in this price.

Prices do not include airport transfers, lunch on your non-riding day (should you choose to eat off-site), travel insurance and flights.


2018:

Double room: £1001 per person
Double room (with terrace): £1063 per person

Single room: £1072 per person
Single room (with terrace): £1196 per person

Prices include 7 nights full board accommodation including breakfast, picnic lunches and dinner with water and table wine, as well as tea and coffee after dinner. 5 days of trail riding is included in this price.

Prices do not include airport transfers, lunch on your non-riding day (should you choose to eat off-site), travel insurance and flights.



Ride and Cook Week



This package encompasses all that is Italy, with a 3-day cookery course and 3 days of Mediterranean exploration from the back of a majestic horse. Perfect for the lovers of Italian cuisine, southern Italian culture and horses! During the week riders will also learn the secrets to traditional Italian cookery whilst enjoy the beauty of the Cilento National Park.

The riding days will involve a mixture of trail riding or lessons, depending on your personal preferences. Trails may follow any of the fabulous routes set out in the Cilento Ride programme and lessons are available in flatwork or jumping with a qualified and compassionate instructor.

Each cooking day will start with the theory behind the dishes you will be cooking that day, followed by the practical experience in the kitchen. In the afternoon there are optional visits to local producers including wine and oil growers and chances to sample the wonderful produce.

There are three parts to the cookery course which include:

Introduction to Cilento Mediterranean Cooking - which includes typical pasta recipes, pasta sauces, meat and side dishes.

Introduction to Vegetarian dishes - Vegetable and legume soups, seasonal vegetables, stuffed vegetables.

Traditional Pastries and Biscuits - Cilento cake, cannoli with cream, traditional biscuits.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above: happy to ride in walk and trot over difficult terrain, often standing in your stirrups.
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: 3 days riding - up to 5 hours.
Departure dates: 2017: Saturday arrival and departure during the periods 18th March - 27th May and 16th September - 28th October.

2018: Saturday arrival and departure during the periods 17th March - 19th May and 15th September - 27th October.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Double room: £868 per person
Double room (with terrace): £930 per person

Single room: £939 per person
Single room (with terrace): £1063 per person

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation at the Agriturismo, with breakfast and dinner (served with water and table wine), as well as 3 days of horse riding in Cilento and 3 days foundation cookery course.

Prices do not include lunches, airport transfers, travel insurance, flights and extras not mentioned.


2018:

Double room: £1001 per person
Double room (with terrace): £1063 per person

Single room: £1072 per person
Single room (with terrace): £1196 per person

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation at the Agriturismo, with breakfast and dinner (served with water and table wine), as well as 3 days of horse riding in Cilento and 3 days foundation cookery course.

Prices do not include lunches, airport transfers, travel insurance, flights and extras not mentioned.