Type of horses:
Predominantly Sardinian Anglo-Arabs, with some warmblood and some Thoroughbred horses, as well as ponies.
Nature of horses:
Horses are well schooled, responsive and forward going. All love their job, are cared for as individuals and have great personalities.
Height of horses:
13.2hh - 17 hh
Here in Alghero, in north west Sardinia, the Catalan island of the ancient land of Sardinia, where the blue sea, green hills and year-round mild climate offer different types of totally relaxing holiday, in any season. The Hotel Alghero Resort Country Hotel is happy to welcome you to this splendid area, where tourism means a totally Mediterranean lifestyle.
Distinguished by its history, its location and the care that the property and staff has dedicated to guests, this very old country house has been transformed into a family friendly Country Hotel. Situated in a valley a few miles from Alghero city centre and airport, as well as being close to many beautiful beaches - it is absolutely perfect for those looking for some moments of relaxation during their holidays. An oasis of silence, it is a resort hotel for breaks or holidays where guests can completely relax in comfort, and savour the tastes of wonderful Mediterranean dishes in the on-site restaurant. The hotel offers a lovely swimming pool with a pool bar serving drinks and ice-creams from 9am to 19.30 pm. as well as a sunbathing area with beds and umbrellas. There is free to use WiFi in the hotel.
The hotel offers various types of sporting activities, including tennis and swimming, alongside the horse riding. The riding stables are located adjacent to the hotel entrance and the horses can often be seen grazing in the fields which surround the hotel grounds. The stables are owned and run by qualified instructor Cosimo Guillot and have been affiliated with the FISE (Italian Federation of Equestrian Sport) since 1994. The riding centre offers tuition in many disciplines, as well as the trail riding, including jumping and endurance riding. Cosimo has extensive show jumping experience competing at a national level and he will plan and organise your horse riding programme with you.
The hotel is beautifully situated with easy access to the medieval old town of Alghero as well as the most famous beaches - Maria Pia, Le Bombarde, Lazzareto, Mugoni, La Stalla - but also the famous caves of Neptune Capo Caccia, the Park Porto Conte, the nuraghi and scenic places in the north of Sardinia. It makes this the perfect destination for those who wish to enjoy all activities on this wonderful island.
Please note: Riding on the beach is forbidden during the summer months of June to September.
This traditional old country house has been transformed into a family friendly Country Hotel, situated in a valley a few miles from Alghero city centre and to the beaches. The hotel has 22 rooms, both on the ground floor and on the first floor (balcony) with separate entrance. The rooms are spacious and bright, decorated with care and with attention to detail. They are equipped with Phone, LCD TV, air conditioning, mini bar, safety deposit box, hairdryer and toiletries. There are different options of rooms, including Superior and Deluxe doubles, as well as Junior suites and one large family suite.
Superior rooms are furnished with a double or twin beds, are equipped with comfortable bathroom and large shower, warm terra cotta or tile floors and ceilings with wooden beams, large windows with a view of the valley and the swimming pool or the internal courtyard. They have independent entrances leading out to the courtyard. These can accommodate two people comfortably.
The two Deluxe rooms are located one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, they can accommodate two to three adults or children, with double or twin beds. They are equipped with a large comfortable bathroom and shower, as well as a balcony or private terrace.
The junior suite is ideal for those who like to have more space or for families with two children, it has a double bed and a sofa which converts into two beds for children to use. This room also has a TV corner, comfortable bathroom with large shower and terracotta floors, air conditioning, phone, hairdryer and toiletries provided. The suite is very bright, with large windows overlooking the courtyard, and has a large furnished terrace of 30 sqm.
The hotel has free to use WiFi throughout.
During the summer months of May to September, the restaurant at the hotel offers different menus so guests can savour delicious food in this lovely Mediterranean environment. The kitchen chef will prepare lively and colourful dishes where the flavours of traditional cuisine of Alghero are presented in an imaginative and modern way, using natural local ingredients. The food, service and care of presentation are aspects always appreciated by guests. The quality comes from the choice of ingredients and the experienced finesse of their Chef. The restaurant has a beautiful patio with a panoramic view over the green Mediterranean valley, an ideal location for aperitifs, cocktails, parties and custom themed evenings with tasting of typical local products.
At other times of the year and depending on preference, your host can make recommendations of restaurant to visit in the historic town of Alghero (just 10 minutes away by car). You could enjoy a plate of typical Sardinia seafood, with a view over the harbour, or a tasty italian speciality in a small eatery hidden away from the main streets. There is an entire gastronomic dynasty to discover in this little town.
Breakfast is a wonderful Mediterranean style continental buffet offering plenty of locally produced cold meats, cheeses and jams, as well as freshly baked bread, cakes, biscuits and pastries.
The Hotel offers different relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in the onsite spa, to help you relax and enjoy your holiday fully. A highly qualified and experienced masseuse will help you to choose the ideal wellness package for you and work out any of those aches and pains after a long day in the saddle.
There are also tennis courts on-site offering a chance to improve your playing skills with a qualified tennis coach, or just enjoy a friendly game or two.
This area of Sardinia is also perfect for discovery by bike or on foot and host Bianca will be able to help you plan routes and hire bikes as necessary. Further north you will also discover one of only three recognised and protected nature reserves in Sardinia - Porto Conte. The park boasts beautiful and unspoilt coastline, perfect for divers, varied and interesting wildlife and a beautiful array of plants and flowers to inspire.
A visit to the ancient city centre of Alghero is also highly recommended. Exploring the citadels narrow cobbled streets and lively evening entertainments is a highlight of anyone's visit. Not to mention the fantastic views afforded out over the mediterranean sea.
Languages: Italian, English
Health requirements: No specific requirements are in place for visiting Sardinia. You will need to be fairly fit and able in order to take advantage of the longer trail rides.
Age limit: Age limit 10+ for riding. Younger children with experience can be accommodated by prior arrangement.
Tuition: Yes, jumping or flatwork tuition is available.
Included: Accommodation; breakfast each day; riding hours as specified; use of the hotel facilities.
Not included: Lunches and dinners; drinks; flights; airport transfers; activities off-site; travel insurance.
There are many great value direct flights throughout the year to Alghero, which is approximately 20 minutes from the hotel. It is also possible to take an indirect flight via mainland Italy.
Alghero is a small and friendly airport from where it is possible to book a taxi in order to reach the hotel - this can be organised for you and paid for direct on arrival. Better still, we would recommend you to hire a car in order to have maximum freedom to explore this beautiful area in your free time.
It is also possible to fly in to Cagliari or Olbia if the flights are more suitable as both are within a 2 hour drive of the hotel.
Airport: Alghero (AHO)
Alternative Airport: Cagliari (CAG)
This flexible ride itinerary will allow you to choose your riding hours and enable you to make your stay at the Alghero Country Hotel completely your own. Use your riding hours to chose between long rides out in the countryside, or some flatwork and jumping tuition in the arena. Trails and lessons will be tailored to suit your level and individual requirements
Example trail rides you can choose from may be as follows;
The Valverde Ride (c. 3 hours riding)
A beautiful medium length trail that will take you to the Shrine of Our Lady of Valverde which stands in a rural town located about seven kilometers from Alghero at the foot of a rocky ridge. For several centuries, the temple is linked to the history of the Sardinian city. At the sanctuary is a Madonna beautifully made from a dark wood and which is venerated by the inhabitants of Alghero. The trail starts from the stables entering Carabuffas in the county of Martinelli where you will see a variety of animals, such as cows, donkeys, goats and pigs. From the sanctuary of Valverde you will reach heights of 150 meters at Monte Piaggiassu Ozzastru from where you can admire the view of the Riviera del Corallo.
The Puttifigari Ride (c. 4 hours riding)
Putifgari is a small traditional village linked to pastoral agriculture. The 40 km trail takes you through beautiful Sardinian countryside featuring myrtle, strawberry trees, mastic shrubs and rock roses. The terrain is hilly in places. You will firstly enter the forest named 'Scala Mala' crossing water streams and beautiful landscapes with old oak and pine trees.
The Beach of Hope (Not available in July and August)
This trail is a day ride with three hours riding in the morning, a picnic lunch and three hours riding in the afternoon. It might be possible to swim with the horses. The trail will take you to the Beach of Hope near the town of Villanova Monteleone. You will pass the church of Valverde where you will see the Tomb of the Giants Laccaneddu (from the Nurargico age). The paths winds through the Sardinian countryside - a fascinating panorama that can be seen when reaching the summit of Mount Fulcadud and you will make your way down an old path leading to the Beach of Hope. Here you will enjoy time with your horse on the beach and a picnic lunch before heading back to the hotel along the same route.
The Mount Ricciu Ride (c. 3 hours riding)
This trails leads you to the summit of Monte Ricciu . The ride runs along the rural paths of the Monte Ricciu Park. It snakes around two lakes which are inhabited by many different water birds. From there you will reach the old sheepfold caraf. You will enjoy the most fantastic view of Alghero before reaching the mountain and you will enjoy the beautiful Cape Caccia and the surrounding countryside. This trail covers 20-25 km over hilly and flat terrain.
The Surigheddu Ride (c. 3 hours riding)
Starting from the stables along the road to Mala, you will reach the farm of Surighedu picking up the horse trails there. There is a large artificial lake called Piutosto which is perfect to gallop alongside enjoying the typical Sardinian countryside of rock rose, mastic shrubs, myrtle and cork. The trail today is mainly on flat terrain and covers about 20 km.
Ride itineraries will vary somewhat depending on the time of year, weather conditions and level of each rider.
|Minimum group size:||1|
|Maximum group size:||8|
|Ability description:||Beginner to experienced riders for lessons. Strong novices and above for trail rides.|
|Type of ride:||Trail rides or lessons as preferred.|
|Total riding time:||5, 10 or 15 hours as preferred (extra hours can be purchased on site)|
|Departure dates:||Dates available to suit between the 14th April and 15th October, with a minimum 3 night stay.|
The following are nightly costs (per person) dependent on room standard and season. All prices include breakfast but DO NOT include riding. Alghero city tax of 1€ (EUR) per person, per night, will need to be paid direct at the end of your stay.
A - Very Low Season (14th April - 26th May)
Superior double: £74
Deluxe double: £81
Junior Suite: £90
Family Suite*: £101
B - Low Season (27th May - 16th June & 16th September - 15th October)
Superior double: £81
Deluxe double: £88
Junior Suite: £97
Family Suite*: £108
C - Mid Season (17th June - 21st July)
Classic Superior: £90
Classic Deluxe: £97
Junior Suite: £106
Family Suite*: £117
D - High Season (22nd July - 15th September)
Superior double: £94
Deluxe double: £101
Junior Suite: £110
Family Suite*: £121
Single supplement: double room for single use is +60% nightly room charge.
*Children aged between 4-10 years will receive a 60% reduced rate in the Family suite. Babies aged 0-3 years are free of charge when sleeping in a cot in the same room as parents.
HORSE RIDING PACKAGES (to be added on after accommodation costs):
5 hour package: £112
10 hour package: £224
15 hour package: £337