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
 

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 2 people or more, at a price of €50 per person each way (€100 per person round trip price).

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 from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1372 per person
Double occupancy £1065 per person
Non rider £724 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1142 per person
Double occupancy £937 per person
Non rider £596 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 £929 per person
Double occupancy £801 per person
Non rider £524 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £660 per person
Double occupancy £660 per person
Non rider £383 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, from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1713 per person
Double occupancy £1406 per person
Non rider £724 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1483 per person
Double occupancy £1278 per person
Non rider £596 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 £1206 per person
Double occupancy £1078 per person
Non rider £524 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £937 per person
Double occupancy £937 per person
Non rider £383 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 from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1180 per person
Double occupancy £873 per person
Non rider £724 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £950 per person
Double occupancy £746 per person
Non rider £596 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 £780 per person
Double occupancy £652 per person
Non rider £524 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £511 per person
Double occupancy £511 per person
Non rider £383 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 from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1521 per person
Double occupancy £1214 per person
Non rider £724 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1291 per person
Double occupancy £1086 per person
Non rider £596 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 £1057 per person
Double occupancy £929 per person
Non rider £524 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £788 per person
Double occupancy £788 per person
Non rider £383 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 from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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

Premium room:
Single occupancy £1329 per person
Double occupancy £1022 per person
Non rider £724 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £1099 per person
Double occupancy £895 per person
Non rider £596 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 £907 per person
Double occupancy £780 per person
Non rider £524 per person

Traditional room:
Single occupancy £639 per person
Double occupancy £639 per person
Non rider £383 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 from the 5th February 2017.
 
Pricing: 2017:

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.