Monte Velho Equo Resort riding holiday in Portugal - Far and Ride
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Monte Velho Equo Resort, Portugal





Reviews



The holiday was very nice, the horses are well behaved and the surroundings are beautiful. The accommodation was also very good, The dinners included in the price are beyond exceptions. (Favourite memory) Hack to a beautiful lake, it was so relaxing. I ride two horses, both very well behaved. I tried the Portuguese saddle one day. I rode with the owner and his son... they were both friendly and helpful. They told me about the place and the nature, it was very interesting. I will probably go back to Monte Velho again!

Charlie T. (April 2016)
One of the best experiences ever. The staff from management to instructors were exceptional. A challenge for the girls which resulted in real improvement in their dressage riding and personal confidence. Underpinned by a team that are really committed to making the experience a pleasure - I could witter on - but best summarised as "thank you" - so good.

Peter H.
This holiday was beyond our expectations. Our dressage lessons with João Torrão were outstanding, he truly helped us improve our riding. The service was also spotless. Everyone at Monte Velho is friendly and accommodating. Both the accommodation and food are superb! Rooms are spacious, beds are comfortable, the food was all home-cooked and was healthy and gourmet-quality. (Far and Ride) you were very detailed, thorough and helpful with every aspect of the trip. Natalie was lovely to work with!

Ana & Daniela S.
The only word to sum up Monte Vehlo is 'paradise'. This place is true luxury; the perfect place to escape the real world. The instruction is first class, the accommodation was stunning (I stayed in a 'standard' room, but there wasn't anything standard about it) and the food was homely and hearty. The horses were also lovely: polite, well-schooled and responsive.

Sally
Amazing facility, so kind and helpful. the horses were wonderful and the quality of the instruction was great. I loved that no matter what level of rider you are everyone gets the same level of attention. I never once felt that I was less interesting than other, better riders. The accommodation was fabulous and the food was great. I particularly loved the outdoor shower!! Especially after a lesson in 38 degrees! The horses were so well trained and kind.It was wonderful to get to ride true schoolmasters. The tack was perfect and very comfortable. All the instructors were fabulous. They were very patient and clear in their instructions and really gave us all individual attention. While I was there, there was a real spread of riding abilities and I think each one of us got very individualised instruction. The ride was very much as described and met all our expectations. My husband was a non-rider but he really enjoyed the location and the facilities. There are lovely walks and lots of wildlife, the pond is nice for canoeing too. I was very impressed with the level of service we received from Far and Ride especially how well you stayed in touch before the holiday.

Elaine S. (June 2017)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Lusitano.

Nature of horses:

Well-schooled, sensible.

Height of horses:

15 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

110kg

Tack type:

English and dressage saddles.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This family run Lusitano stud farm is located in the beautifully preserved region of Alentejo in Portugal. A traditional farmhouse lies at the heart of the estate and has been carefully restored and extended so as to offer luxurious accommodation to riders. The family hope to share their love of horses with guests who are looking for classical dressage tuition or rides out into the surrounding countryside - all levels of rider can be catered for at this sunny getaway. Free time can be spent in the pool overlooking the magnificent grounds, enjoying the spa facilities, cycling through the countryside or perhaps canoeing on the estate's lake.

The natural landscapes of Alentejo offer delightful riding country and the property itself lies inside an ecological reserve, a haven both for riders and the broodmares and foals roaming the meadows. If you choose to take advantage of the dressage tuition available you will be attended to by an experienced instructor who has competed at a national level. The horses are well schooled Lusitanos, primarily homebred, which are the most famous of the Portuguese breeds and well suited to dressage due to their agile and elevated movement.

In addition to the modern, upscale accommodation and the wonderful riding opportunities the farm also provides typical Portuguese cuisine. Riders choose to stay on either a bed and breakfast or a full board basis and those on the latter receive a bottle of wine each day as an added bonus. This is a holiday destination to suit those looking to experience some of the Portuguese equestrian culture and relax in sumptuous surroundings.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

This beautiful estate offers two different accommodation options:

1) Premium rooms (7) - these modern, sophisticated rooms offer incredible views over the valley. They are 25m2 and including a king-size bed, bathroom, open balcony with outdoor shower, air-conditioning, TV, iPod dock, free wireless and a Nespresso machine. There are three in the main building and four in a new block which appears to float on the hillside.

2) Standard rooms (2) - these standard rooms are located in the original building but have been renovated to offer a modern, minimalistic feel. They are 20m2 with two single beds, bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, iPod dock, Nespresso machine and free wireless.

Extra beds can be added to rooms on request.

There is also a newly built spa with sauna and jacuzzi, and a gym, which are situated close to the swimming pool with great views over the valley.

Stays here including full board. Dinner is a three course meal (starter, main and desert) comprising of typical Alentejo ingredients. Some wine is included with lunch and dinner and tea and coffee is included with all meals. Additional drinks cost extra.

 

Activities

There are free bikes and canoes available at the property for guests to use. You can use the canoes on the property's own lake. Arraiolos is just 7km away and features an impressive medieval castle as well as many examples of traditional architecture and a variety of restaurants serving local cuisine. Evora is just 20km away and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the excellent preservation of its old town.

 

Further Details

Languages: Portuguese, English.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: No age limit for riders.

Tuition: Yes, depending on the programme.

Included: Accommodation, full board meals, wine with meals (approximately 2 glasses per person), horse riding according to your chosen programme and use of the pool, bikes and canoes on the property.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, tips, other drinks or services not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

We recommend that guests fly into and out of Lisbon airport. Airport transfers are available for 1-4 people, at a price of €110 per car, each way (€220 round trip price) and are payable locally.

If you are happy to hire a car then we recommend this option as it gives you the flexibility to explore the region.

Airport: Lisbon

 

Programmes


Regular Dressage Programme



This is a six night programme featuring a one hour dressage lesson each morning for five days (you do not ride on arrival or departure day). The lessons take place between 9am and 1pm each day and may include two pupils. They are given by experienced instructors using the farm's Lusitano horses. 

All levels of rider can be catered for but we would recommend some prior riding experience to make the most of this programme. 

 When not riding you can explore the region, relax by the pool or make use one of the estate's bikes or canoes. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All levels are catered for.
Type of ride: Based stay with dressage lessons.
Total riding time: 1 hour lesson per day for 5 riding days.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017:

High Season (April - October 2017 inclusive, 15 December 2017 through to New Year):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1426 per person
Double occupancy £1107 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1187 per person
Double occupancy £974 per person
Non rider £620 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

Low Season (February - March 2017, 1 November - 14 December 2017):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £965 per person
Double occupancy £832 per person
Non rider £545 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £686 per person
Double occupancy £686 per person
Non rider £399 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

2018:

High Season (1 April - 8 July, 2 September - November, 23-31 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1448 per person
Double occupancy £1129 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1209 per person
Double occupancy £996 per person
Non rider £620 per person


Mid Season (4-30 March, 9 July-1 September, 4-24 November):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1204 per person
Double occupancy £992 per person
Non rider £704 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £859 per person
Double occupancy £859 per person
Non rider £571 per person


Low Season (1 January-3 Mach, 25 November - 22 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £992 per person
Double occupancy £859 per person
Non rider £571 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £700 per person
Double occupancy £700 per person
Non rider £412 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.



Intensive Dressage Programme



This is a six night programme featuring two dressage lessons each day for five days (you do not ride on arrival or departure day). Each lesson is one hour long and may include two pupils. They are given by experienced instructors using the farm's Lusitano horses. 

All levels of rider can be catered for but we would recommend some prior riding experience to make the most of this programme. 

 When not riding you can explore the region, relax by the pool or make use one of the estate's bikes or canoes. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All levels are catered for.
Type of ride: Based stay with dressage lessons.
Total riding time: Two lessons (1 hour per lesson) each day for 5 riding days.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017:

High Season (April - October 2017 inclusive, 15 December 2017 through to New Year):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1780 per person
Double occupancy £1461 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1541 per person
Double occupancy £1328 per person
Non rider £620 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

Low Season (February - March 2017, 1 November - 14 December 2017):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1254 per person
Double occupancy £1120 per person
Non rider £545 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £974 per person
Double occupancy £974 per person
Non rider £399 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

2018:

High Season (1 April - 8 July, 2 September - November, 23-31 December):

Premium room: £1824 per person
Double occupancy £1506 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1585 per person
Double occupancy £1373 per person
Non rider £620 per person


Mid Season (4-30 March, 9 July-1 September, 4-24 November):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1492 per person
Double occupancy £1280 per person
Non rider £704 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1147 per person
Double occupancy £1147 per person
Non rider £571 per person


Low Season (1 January-3 Mach, 25 November - 22 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1280 per person
Double occupancy £1147 per person
Non rider £571 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £987 per person
Double occupancy £987 per person
Non rider £412 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.



Country Riding Programme



This is a six night stay with a one and a half hour ride into the countryside each day (for five riding days). Riding out across the estate is a lovely way to experience the Alentejo countryside and enjoy the willing and sure-footed nature of the horses. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, swimming, cycling, canoeing, walking or exploring!



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All levels are catered for.
Type of ride: Based stay with rides in the surrounding countryside.
Total riding time: 1.5 hour ride in the countryside each day for 5 riding days.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017:

High Season (April - October 2017 inclusive, 15 December 2017 through to New Year):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1227 per person
Double occupancy £908 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £987 per person
Double occupancy £775 per person
Non rider £620 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

Low Season (February - March 2017, 1 November - 14 December 2017):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £810 per person
Double occupancy £677 per person
Non rider £545 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £531 per person
Double occupancy £531 per person
Non rider £399 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

2018:

High Season (1 April - 8 July, 2 September - November, 23-31 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1249 per person
Double occupancy £930 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1010 per person
Double occupancy £797 per person
Non rider £620 per person


Mid Season (4-30 March, 9 July-1 September, 4-24 November):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1049 per person
Double occupancy £837 per person
Non rider £704 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £704 per person
Double occupancy £704 per person
Non rider £571 per person


Low Season (1 January-3 Mach, 25 November - 22 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £837 per person
Double occupancy £704 per person
Non rider £571 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £545 per person
Double occupancy £545 per person
Non rider £412 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.



Dressage and Countryside Riding Combination



A six night stay combining dressage lessons with guided rides into the surrounding countryside. Each day there is a one hour dressage lesson and then a one and a half hour ride out (no riding on arrival or departure day). This is the ideal combination - ride to learn and ride for fun!



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All levels are catered for.
Type of ride: Based stay with dressage tuition and rides in the countryside.
Total riding time: One hour dressage lesson and a one and a half hour ride in the countryside each day for five riding days.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017:

High Season (April - October 2017 inclusive, 15 December 2017 through to New Year):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1581 per person
Double occupancy £1262 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1342 per person
Double occupancy £1129 per person
Non rider £620 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

Low Season (February - March 2017, 1 November - 14 December 2017):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1098 per person
Double occupancy £965 per person
Non rider £545 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £819 per person
Double occupancy £819 per person
Non rider £399 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

2018:

High Season (1 April - 8 July, 2 September - November, 23-31 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1625 per person
Double occupancy £1306 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1386 per person
Double occupancy £1173 per person
Non rider £620 per person


Mid Season (4-30 March, 9 July-1 September, 4-24 November):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1337 per person
Double occupancy £1125 per person
Non rider £704 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £992 per person
Double occupancy £992 per person
Non rider £571 per person


Low Season (1 January-3 Mach, 25 November - 22 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1125 per person
Double occupancy £992 per person
Non rider £571 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £832 per person
Double occupancy £832 per person
Non rider £412 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.



Intensive Country Riding Programme



This is a six night stay with two separate one and a half hour rides into the countryside each day (for five riding days). Riding out across the estate is a lovely way to experience the Alentejo countryside and enjoy the willing and sure-footed nature of the horses. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, swimming, cycling, canoeing, walking or exploring!



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All levels are catered for.
Type of ride: Based stay with rides in the surrounding countryside.
Total riding time: Two 1.5 hour rides in the countryside each day for 5 riding days.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017:

High Season (April - October 2017 inclusive, 15 December 2017 through to New Year):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1382 per person
Double occupancy £1063 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1142 per person
Double occupancy £930 per person
Non rider £620 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

Low Season (February - March 2017, 1 November - 14 December 2017):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £943 per person
Double occupancy £810 per person
Non rider £545 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £664 per person
Double occupancy £664 per person
Non rider £399 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.

2018:

High Season (1 April - 8 July, 2 September - November, 23-31 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1426 per person
Double occupancy £1107 per person
Non rider £753 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £1187 per person
Double occupancy £974 per person
Non rider £620 per person


Mid Season (4-30 March, 9 July-1 September, 4-24 November):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1182 per person
Double occupancy £970 per person
Non rider £704 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £837 per person
Double occupancy £837 per person
Non rider £571 per person


Low Season (1 January-3 Mach, 25 November - 22 December):

Premium room:
Single occupancy £970 per person
Double occupancy £837 per person
Non rider £571 per person

Standard room:
Single occupancy £677 per person
Double occupancy £677 per person
Non rider £412 per person

Included: 6 nights full-board accommodation, riding as described.



Short Break



This destination offers three night short breaks with three riding days. You can choose one of the following riding options during your short stay:

- 3 lessons

- 5 lessons

- 3 lessons and 2 hacks

- 3 hacks

- 5 hacks

Please contact us for detailed pricing for these programmes. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All levels welcome.
Type of ride: Based stay with dressage tuition or hacking.
Total riding time: Depends on chosen programme.
Departure dates: Dates to suit all year.
 
Pricing: 2017/18:

All of our week long programmes can also be tailored to accommodate a short duration of stay. Please contact us for detailed pricing and to discuss your riding preferences.