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Polish Country Estate, Poland





Reviews



I was very happy with the accommodation. The food quality was very healthy and delicious. I was (also) very happy with my horse, he was gentle and clever, which is very important for a beginner rider. (Favourite memory?) The stunning view of the place and the friendly staff on the programme.

Satine H.
Amazing! We had such a brilliant time. Best hotel room I've ever had. Food was fantastic. Horses were all in lovely condition and tack was good, obviously well maintained. Eva (our instructor) was fabulous! She helped my sister improve so much and got rid of my bad habits I'd picked up from not having a lesson for 6+ years! (Favourite memory?) All the beautiful scenery around the estate and the riding sessions we had - I jumped bigger than I have for years. Oh! And falling asleep in the sun in a deck chair by the pond! Fishing at sunset and getting a snog from the Friesian and Luschek the dog.

Jessica H. (Flexible Programme)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Westphalian, Holsteiner, Polish Crossbreeds, Welsh Section Bs and Wielkopolski Horses.

Nature of horses:

Recreational horses for both beginners and advanced riders.

Height of horses:

Ponies: 13 - 13.2hh
Horses: 15.2 - 16.3hh

Weight limit:

100kg / 15st 10lbs

Tack type:

English.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This welcoming country estate is situated in north-east Poland and has been beautifully restored to maintain its charm, whilst also offering a wonderful holiday setup for guests. It features a 16th century Palace, the 19th century Grange (with stables and restaurant) and a romantic park with over 200 hectares of forests, meadows, pastures and ponds. The estate is well-maintained and designed to immerse guests in nature and the area's history, whatever season of the year you come to visit.

The estate stud farm is home to almost fifty horses which are housed in the historic stables and across the estate lands. The number of horses means that the estate can run a riding school catering to different levels including beginner riders, those looking to improve their technique or guests who prefer exciting rides through the fields. You can take lessons in the indoor or outdoor menage, dependent on the weather, and lunge lessons are also a possibility. Carriage rides around the estate are a lovely way to explore and you can even take a lesson in driving mini horse carriages!

The horses primarily consist of warmblood types and Polish crosses whilst there are some fantastic Welsh B ponies for children. The estate's homebred horses have competed in championships both on a Polish and European level, as well as other parts of the world. The staff also organise many sporting, cultural and breed events and in 2003 they were awarded a gold medal for contribution to the development of noble horse breeds in Poland.

A unique feature of the estate are the magnificent landscapes which allow you to enjoy long walks without leaving the grounds. The 'Three Ponds Trail' starts on the edge of the magical forest with its ancient oak trees, then on through the waving grasslands until you reach the peaceful ponds and their connecting streams. From there you can come back across the picturesque pastures which the herds of horses roam. In summer you will find the company of cranes and other rare bird species whilst in winter there is certain to be some skittish deer.

The estate offers a fantastic choice of non-riding activities and sports making it an excellent location for families or mixed groups. Options include fishing, cycling, hiking, swimming (pond), a Russian Banya (sauna), massages, tennis, Nordic walking and more. There is also a mini farm with miniature horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits and poultry which both children and adults are sure to enjoy.

Holly and Natalie from Far and Ride visited the estate in October 2015 and loved every moment - please get in touch to know more!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The estate offers accommodation in 36 rooms and suites, each of which is different. The unique atmosphere of the historic buildings are emphasised by interiors which have been individually designed. Large bathrooms are well-matched to the character of the rooms. Pastel rooms in the Grange have a rustic atmosphere, highlighted by exposed beams, heavy wooden doors and stylish bay windows and shutters. Some rooms are available directly from the garden. The Palace interiors were inspired by the court and its traditions. The rooms are decorated with a collection of renovated antique furniture complemented by newer pieces which have been designed to match.

The two-storey inn with clock tower is located in the historic granary offers a lovely place to relax. It features exposed rafters under a high wooden ceiling, a large fireplace and an original bread stove.

Single rooms available at additional cost.

NB. The prices for the accommodation are the same so you can choose which you prefer when you book your holiday. The Palace rooms have a 4* standard with interiors which reflect old manor traditions. The Grange rooms have a 3* standard and a more rustic, homely atmosphere. The reception, stables and restaurant are located in the Grange building whereas the Palace is roughly 200m away.

This destination serves excellent, modern cuisine which has been created to take into account the typical culinary traditions of the region. In fact the food here is one of its greatest strengths! They use many vegetables, fruits and herbs grown on site and serve locally produced cheese, cold meats and homemade preserves, ensuring quality and freshness. Each month the chef offers new seasonal dishes according to the fresh produce available at the time.

Lunches and dinners are chosen from a set menu. Coffee, tea, juices and water are served with and included with the meals, but alcohol is at your own cost. Beer or wine can be ordered and paid for at the time or you can pay for all extras at the end of your holiday.

 

Activities

The nature of this estate means that guests can spend every day differently if their wish, according to their needs. The cycle of the seasons, so naturally associated with the estate, is really the only restriction which exists. There are a variety of activities available including:

- autumn trips to the nearby forests, a delight for walkers and experienced mushroom pickers!

- visits to an original Russian Banya (sauna) can help you to regenerate after physical or mental exertion.

- the massage zone offers relaxing massages for both men and women.

Other options include tennis (equipment provided), fishing (rods provided), cycling (children seats available), table tennis, football field, volleyball and basketball courts, nordic walking, board games, field games, playground and playroom for kids, X-Box, internet access and a swimming pond!

Nearby places of interest:

Wolf's Lair (approx 30km) - the military headquarters for Adolf Hitler's eastern front during WWII.

Krutynia River Trail (approx 70km) - beautiful kayaking trails with over 100km of routes.

Malbork Castle - this 13th century castle belonged to the Teutonic Knights and is actually the largest castle in the world!

Swieta Lipka (approx 30km) - a village known for its pilgrimage church, a great example of Baroque architecture.

Lidzbark Warminski (approx 20km) - this town has been called 'the Pearl of Warmia' and is home to the Warmian Bishop's Castle, recognised by the government as an important historic monument.

Olsztyn (approx 70km) - this is the nearest large city to the estate, home to many interesting sites and plenty of shops.

Mikolajki - this old church town dates back to 1444 and is very popular with tourists.

Ketrzyn Zamek - a Teutonic castle from 14th century, now a museum.

 

Further Details

Languages: Polish and English.

Health requirements: Good general health and fitness recommended.

Age limit: None.

Tuition: Yes, if desired. General riding lessons are available (inc. beginners, children, flatwork and low level jumping) and you can also take lessons in driving a horse and carriage/trap.

Included: Accommodation (palace or grange), three meals a day, water, wifi, use of tennis courts, bicycles and horse riding according to your chosen programme.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks, massages and extra services at the palace.

 

Travel Information

Olsztyn-Mazury airport (Szymany) now offers links to/from London Luton with RyanAir. Szymany is approximately 85km away from the estate. Transfer price from/to Szymany airport is approximately €85 EUR per car, each way (1 - 3 people). Please contact us to check exact costings.

The bigger airport with more links is Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport. The journey is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes by car. Both Ryanair and Wizzair offer flights from Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and Belfast (amongst others) in the UK to Gdansk.

Transfer price from/to Gdansk airport is €125 per car, each way (1 - 3 people).

For groups of 4 - 8 we can provide transport by mini-bus - please contact us for pricing.

Airport: Olsztyn-Mazury Regional Airport

Alternative Airport: Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

 

Programmes


Trail Programme for Advanced Riders



This riding programme includes daily hacking in the local region and is suitable for strong intermediate riders and above. You will explore nearby points of interest on horseback whilst spending the rest of your time relaxing or enjoying other activities on the estate grounds. The rides include all paces and are a great way to experience this part of Poland! 

The programme requires a minimum of four participants to run. In the event that there are not enough riders to run the programme, you can still go on two hour rides twice a day, but riding will only be possible on estate grounds rather than further afield. 

This is a beautiful programme by which to explore some of Poland from in the saddle! 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the hotel where a Warmian style lunch or dinner will be waiting for you. You will have a chance to get to know the staff who will be taking care of you during your stay and you can take a look around the estate. If you arrive in time for lunch then you will spend the afternoon visiting the stables and having two hours of introductory riding in the menage to prepare you for the rides to come - this will help the riding instructors to find you the perfect horse. If you arrive later, only in time for dinner, then your introductory ride will be moved to the next morning. In this case you will receive some riding and a lunch on your departure day to ensure that you still have plenty of hours. 

Days 2 - 6: Each day begins with a delicious buffet breakfast before you head to the stables for your trail rides. Every day you will ride to different points of interest on a journey of approximately 30km, the whole trip taking around six hours including breaks. Lunch will be served in each different location and then you will return to the estate for dinner and overnight each day. The places you will ride to are as follows:

Sulowo Village: This is quite an intense ride, following old hunters' paths through the forests and meadows surrounding the estate. After approximately three hours of riding and sightseeing you will reach the old village of Sulowo where you will stop for lunch in a restaurant. There will be time to rest up a bit before mounting your horse and heading back to the estate. 

Sanctuary of Stoczek Klasztorny: You will prepare the horses for today's ride, a trail including all paces and plenty of active riding through Warmia's countryside. You will head to Stoczek Klasztorny, a 17th century sanctuary in the Baroque style. During the ride you will see many small churches located on the roadside which is very characteristic of the Warmia region. Today's lunch will be prepared by monks at the monastery and you will be able to relax in the monastery gardens before making your way back to the stables. 

Krawczyki: Today's beautiful ride leads you to the village of Krawczyki which belonged to the Denhoff family from the 16th - 20th century. Lunch will be served in one of the local guest farms. 

Wegoryty: After a hearty breakfast you will saddle your horses for a ride to the small village of Wegoryty.  Lunch will be served on a local farm which is famed for it's delicious vegetable pates.

Sarnowo: The ride today always brings a smile as you make your way to Sarnowo village. You pass many small churches beside the trail which are characteristic of Warmia's landscape. Lunch is in a beautifully restored court from the early 20th century, before returning to Galiny. On reaching the estate you can look forward to a traditional dinner together, a great way to end a hopefully unforgettable week. 

Day 7: Today is sadly your day of departure. If you enjoyed lunch and riding on your arrival day, then you are free to depart after a final breakfast. If you only arrived in time for dinner on arrival day, then you are invited to use up your few hours of riding tuition and a lunch before you leave. After saying farewell to new friends, both four-legged and two-legged, it will be time to head back to the airport, hopefully with great memories from your riding holiday in Poland. 



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: This programme is suitable for intermediate riders and above. You should be confident and in control riding at all paces in open countryside.
Type of ride: Based stay with daily trails.
Total riding time: Approximately 30km per day for 5 days.
Departure dates: 2017: 6-12 May; 19-25 June; 25 June - 1 July; 1-7, 8-14 July; 7-13 August; 2-8, 11-17 September, 1-7, 8-14 October.

Other dates are available on request from 15th April - 15th October, with programmes usually running from weekend to weekend.

Additional nights can also be booked (depending on availability).
 
Pricing: 2017:

Low season (April, May, June, September, October): £1014 per person sharing
High season (July, August): £1065 per person sharing
Single supplement: £14 per person, per night.

Price includes 6 nights of accommodation, 5 days riding and full board.



Flexible Programme



This flexible programme provides each guest with twelve riding sessions to use in whatever way they prefer. There is no need to stick to a specific schedule and you can organise the time/format of your rides with the instructor, depending on your own skills and needs.

The twelve sessions can be used for riding lessons, lunge lessons, hacking on the estate (maximum two hours at a time) or even a lesson in how to drive the mini horse carriages!

Please note that one carriage driving lesson (1 hour duration) is equal to two standard riding sessions.

In the event that there are less than four of you in your group, please be aware that you will be matched with other riding guests during lessons and hacks.

Jumping lessons are also possible - if staying for a weekend then up to 2 jumping lessons are possible and if staying for a week then up to 4 jumping lessons are possible. If you wish to jump then please let us know in advance so that the right horses can be reserved for you.

For those who are very interested in jumping, special jumping weeks/weekends are possible but the price for these programmes are different. A weeks jumping programme would include 12 jumping lessons, and a weekends programme would include 6 jumping lessons.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: All levels are welcome.
Type of ride: Bases stay with short trail rides/lessons/carriage rides.
Total riding time: 6 or 12 riding sessions (depending on length of stay).
Departure dates: 2017: From 15th April - 15th October.

Other dates are available on request from 1st October to the 30th April but will include just riding lessons either in the indoor or outdoor arenas (weather dependent).
 
Pricing: 2017:

Normal programme:
Low season (April, May, June, September, October): £792 per person sharing (6 night stay) or £396 per person sharing (3 night stay)
High season (July/August): £830 per person sharing (6 night stay) or £415 per person sharing (3 night stay)
Single supplement: £14 per night

Jumping programme:
Low season (April, May, June, September, October): £832 per person sharing (6 night stay) or £417 per person sharing (3 night stay)
High season (July/August): £871 per person sharing (6 night stay) or £435 per person sharing (3 night stay)
Single supplement: £14 per night




Winter Riding Package



The winter riding programme provides each guest with the opportunity to take quality riding tuition either in the indoor or outdoor schools (weather dependent), whilst also enjoying the wonders of Poland in winter. During a week you will have 12 riding sessions and a weekend will include 6 riding sessions instead.

The large indoor riding school is warm and comfortable, perfect for practicing your skill on the flat and over some fences too, even when the weather is really cold. You can choose if you would prefer to have a stay with pure flatwork or a combination of the two (up to 4 jumping sessions will be offered in this case).

Because of the often unpredictable weather conditions in Poland between October and April, it's not always possible to offer trail riding on the estate. However this may be offered still in October and late March depending on weather conditions at the time.

Poland enjoys a lot of snow in the winter time and it's a lovely idea to ask the staff at reception for a map of the estate and enjoy some winter walks on the private grounds. You can then return to enjoy a warm mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate snuggled up by the fire - winter bliss!



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: All levels are welcome.
Type of ride: Based stay with lessons.
Total riding time: 6 or 12 riding sessions (depending on length of stay).
Departure dates: Dates available between the 1st October 2017 and the 31st April 2018, except Christmas and New Year (24th December - 2nd January) and Easter Weekend (30th March - 2nd April 2018).
 
Pricing: 2017/18:
6 nights (12 riding lessons): £677 per person
3 nights (6 riding lessons): £341 per person

Single supplement: £14 per night

Non-rider prices available on request.

Price includes shared room accommodtaion, full board meals, riding as described.