Type of horses:
Primarily Anglo-Arabs and Sardinian horses, some crosses.
Nature of horses:
Well schooled, fit and forward going. All are capable of low-level competition at the very least.
Height of horses:
This peaceful country hotel is set by the Monte Ferru mountain formation, surrounded by quiet countryside and woodlands, and not far from the impressive coastline. Guests are accommodated in either standard rooms within the main building or in individual suites, each of which lies within the beautiful gardens where the horses graze freely throughout the day. The well-maintained stables and menage are also on site and there is always something to see. Old oak and cork trees dot the lawns, providing shady spots where you can relax and listen to the numerous birds in the area. The swimming pool is the perfect addition and features a covered area as well as a spacious indoor jacuzzi - the perfect place to unwind after a great day in the saddle.
The accommodation is decorated in typical Sardinian style and is designed to provide you with a high level of comfort. The suites offer accommodation for couples. There are patio areas outside the suites. From here you can admire the horses as they roam around you! Meals are served in the dining room of the main building or out on the terrace and combine local ingredients with authentic Sardinian flavours.
The hotel and stables are run by Daniele, a man whose passion for horses comes from a long family history of horse breeding and training. Daniele believes that the best horses are happy horses and so his horses are treated with great care and devotion, roaming the gardens in the daytime and spending the nights in a huge paddock as a herd. Only the high-level competition horses are stabled and those too are well looked after. Most of the horses are Anglo-Arabs and Sardinian horses (some crosses) and all are fit for purpose and well behaved, each capable of low-level competition at the very least. Their stamina is particularly impressive - they never run out of steam!
Guests here can choose to have lessons,or trail rides out from the stables. In order to offer beach riding to guests who would prefer not to do the longer rides, there is now a secondary set of stables right next to the coast. These are kept by Daniele's partner, Paula, who is an experienced rider and a qualified equine vet. In order to ride there guests hire a car and drive from the accommodation to the coast each day and can then enjoy the glorious beaches, the bright turquoise sea and riding through the waves.
Both Sue and Holly have visited this destination and would be delighted to talk to you about it. It comes highly recommended!
This destination features delightful standard rooms, suites or family suites, set within a beautiful garden where the horses graze freely during the day. The area is extremely peaceful, surrounded by open countryside, and the accommodation is decorated in authentic Sardinian style.
There are eight suites and four bedrooms in the main house with shower rooms, telephone, ISDN line, air conditioning, hair dryer, safe and mini fridge (stocked with water, canned drinks and beers). Each room is decorated to a high standard, utilising local stone and materials to provide a comfortable stay. There are lots of thoughtful touches such as painted decoration on the walls.
Standard rooms are within the main building and comprise of a bedroom and shower room. The suites comprise of a bungalow set in the garden with one bedroom and shower room and a small furnished patio area. The family suites feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms and have private furnished patios outside the door for you to relax in. These are designed to accommodate four guests.
The complex features a spacious and beautifully designed swimming pool, part of which is indoors. There is also a large jacuzzi indoors and a variety of sun loungers, both inside and out. During the day the horses roam through the gardens and around the pool - it's a real pleasure to be surrounded by happy horses whilst you relax.
The destination here offers authentic Sardinian cuisine, cooked using local ingredients and prepared in front of you
Included in the price are dinners but two courses only and does not include wine and drinks. Extra courses and drinks can be paid for locally. Guests can expect to be served a variety of meats and fish but special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.
Breakfasts are buffet-style and include coffee, a selection of different teas and a variety of juices. Ham, cheese, eggs and bread rolls are all available, as well as cereals, biscuits, pastries, honey, jam and fruit. There is something to suit everyone.
Most guests stay on a B&B or half board basis, but if you would like a lunch then you can tell them in the morning and a light brunch will be provided for you. There is now a voucher system in place and it is possible to pay for your meals with vouchers. A 20Â€ voucher can be used in the restaurant for both lunch and dinner. It allows you to choose two courses between appetizers, main or second courses regardless of the price of the same dish indicated on the menu. In our packages we have already paid for seven vouchers so your two course dinner is included.
Drinks are not included at mealtimes but you can choose from house red or white (both delicious!) or for something more adventurous such as Prosecco. After dinner you might like to sample the local speciality - a liqueur called Mirto (made with Myrtle). Holly from Far and Ride also recommends the Limoncello!
There is a bar next to the reception from where you can get extra drinks at anytime - you just wait and a staff member will appear to serve you (they will make a note of your room number).
When not in the saddle you can enjoy the pool and jacuzzi or relaxing in the beautiful gardens. For an added cost, the following can be arranged (some require a hire car):
TREKKING - guided excursion through a cork-tree forest, visiting historical and archaeological areas. The walk is around 3 hours and costs in the region of €15 per person.
EXCURSIONS - guided walks of up to 15km can be arranged for a minimum of 2 people, either to the sea or to the mountain 'Montiferru'. Prices range between €25 - €30 per person, dependent on group size, and do not include lunch or transfer to the starting point.
JEEP TRIP - this trip is only available on a Sunday and costs c. €65 per person (including a packed lunch). You start out at 10am, returning to the hotel at about 6pm. You will head to the mountain 'Montiferru' where you will enjoy a walk of around 1 hour, viewing the surrounding nature and points of interest, including waterfalls.
COOKING COURSE - these cooking courses specialise in traditional Sardinian/Italian cooking. They run for a minimum of 2 people and involve making a 3 course dinner for lunch and then eating it together. The cost is c. €35 per person (including the lunch).
WINE TASTING - taste 4 different Sardinian wines of the region, accompanied by an explanation from a wine expert. The wine will be served with Sardinian bread and cheese. c. €30 per person for a minimum of 2 people.
MASSAGES - massages can be offered on request using an experienced masseuse from the next village. The cost is around €80 for 1.5 hours.
MASSAGE AND WELLNESS - guests of the hotel receive a 20% discount at the local spa hotel Fordongianus (about 15 minutes by car).
GOLF - there is a fantastic golf course about a 35 minute drive from the hotel. The golf club is 'Is Arenas': www.isarenas.it
TENNIS - about a 10 minute drive from the hotel, in Ghilarza, there are tennis courts. On request you can book private lessons for individuals or groups of up the 3 people. The lessons are given by a national level instructor and cost c. €35 per person for 1 hour.
Languages: English, Italian and German.
Health requirements: None specific.
Age limit: None.
Tuition: Dependent on programme.
Included: Accommodation, food and riding as per your chosen itinerary.
Wifi at reception only.
Not included: Flights, insurance, transfers, extra drinks and other services such as massages.
There are now low cost airlines flying into three airports in Sardinia. Alghero, Cagliari, and Olbia. Ryanair have a reliable service from Stansted to Alghero. British Airways and easyJet both fly into the island. Jet2.com also launched a weekly direct service from Edinburgh to Olbia.
Transfer Rates are extra:
(per car max 3 passengers with luggage):
Â• transfer from airport Elmas (Cagliari) c. €120 one way
Â• transfer from airport Fertilia (Alghero) c. €120 one way
Â• transfer from airport Olbia c. €130 one way
For bigger groups a minibus can be hired (price on request).
Taxis and transfers are expensive so we recommend that you hire a car. This gives you more flexibility to explore the area.
If you wish to make your own way then it is possible to take a bus from Alghero airport to Abbasanta
From Olbia airport it is possible to get a bus to the train station and then take a train to Abbasanta (return is 20-23 euros). The journey time varies between 1.6 and 2.3 hours.
From Cagliari airport you can take a bus to the train station. The train will take 1.5-2.25 hours to Abbasanta
We can arrange your transfer from Abbasanta.
Some programmes may require you to hire a car in order to reach the beach stables.
Airport: Alghero (AHO)
Alternative Airport: Cagliari (CAG)
This is a based ride for all levels of rider who want quality accommodation with horse riding options to suit on well schooled horses, combined with physiotherapy and fitness sessions. This programme is available for beginners to experienced riders, non riders who would like the other treatments, or as a riding without the treatments programme.
The main programme includes one week B&B, 10 riding units, 5 individual physiotherapy treatments (45mins each), 5 group gymnastics and fitness lessons (60mins each).
Riding lesson for group (45 mins) or for beginners (30min): 1 unit
Private riding lesson (45 mins): 2 units
Ride out (90 mins) in small guided groups: 2 units
Ride at the sea (approx 2 hours, min. of 2 riders): 4 units
|Minimum group size:||4|
|Maximum group size:||8|
|Ability description:||Beginners to advanced|
|Type of ride:||Based|
|Total riding time:||6 days riding, flexible riding to suit|
1-8 June, 4-11 June, 3-10 July, 10-17 July, 10-17 September, 24 Sept-1 October, 22-29 October, 24-30 October.
£918 per person in a standard shared room
£135 single supplement.
£977 per person in suite accommodation
£169 single supplement
Price includes 7 nights of shared room accommodation, B&B, 5 days of physiotherapy and gymnastic/fitness training, ten riding units.
Physiotherapy/fitness only package (no riding): £832 - £899 (depending on season)
Riding only package: £640
Non rider and no physio/fitness package: £478 - £537 (depending on season)
Price does not include flights or travel insurance, meals other than breakfast.
This is a trail ride over the Monte Ferru mountain formation and down to the sea - each night you leave the horses at a stop off point and return to the hotel to spend the night. This means that you can see further afield during your riding days than if you were just riding out each day, yet you don't have to worry about transporting your belongings and can head back to your room everyday.
The trail is designed to show you the beauty of Sardinia on horseback. Across the five riding days you will discover the variety of the island. You start at the stables, climb your way over the mountain of Monte Ferru and will finally reach the coast. The whole trail is about 150km and you will go into areas where tourists are not normally permitted. The horses are well trained and friendly with excellent stamina for this ride. Each night they stay in a paddock somewhere along the trail and you head back and meet them the next day. Riders are taken back to the hotel after each day of riding and spend the afternoon by the pool or enjoying the hotel gardens.
Day 1: Arrival in the afternoon and check-in. Relax in your comfortable room and have a drink before dinner which is served around 8pm. Your guide will give you some information about the week ahead.
Day 2: After breakfast you will meet the horses and have a ride to see how you get on with your new partner. Your first ride will be about 90 minutes long. During this trail you will return to the hotel around lunchtime so that you have the afternoon to yourself.
Day 3: After breakfast you start the first stage of the long trail (approx. 3 hours riding). Your ride will take you over tracks made by shepherds many years ago and you will ride through huge cork oak forests and fields of sheep, pigs and donkeys. Finally you will climb the first part of the Monte Ferru mountain. Here you will leave the horses to doze in the sunshine. You started at about 400m above sea level and have now reached around 700m. Riders will return by jeep to the hotel just in time for lunch. The afternoon is yours to swim or just soak up the sun.
Day 4: After breakfast you will be driven back to the horses stabled in the mountains, ready for today's ride of around 4 hours. Today you ride by the village San Leonardo, which is famous for its fountains, and enter the protected park of Monte Ferru. This is a new landscape which is full of rocks and big stones and sometimes looks like a valley on the moon. If you are lucky then you might see some wild sheep or pigs. You will pass the peak of 1100m and can view the sea from afar - a wonderful, breathtaking view to the west coast of Sardinia. Then it is a climb down to 800m to prepare your horses for their overnight stay at Mount Seneghe.
Day 5: Today is another ride of about 3 hours, during which you will explore a huge forest with a very mystical atmosphere. The landscape and vegetation are very different to what you experienced the previous day - everything is green and humid and a variety of different trees are growing. After about 2 hours you will take a sandwich break before continuing downwards, passing Mediterranean Macchia (typical Sardinian vegetation) and smelling the beautiful wild herbs. Finally you reach an area which reminds riders of Mexico because of the cactus plants! Tonight's paddock for the horses is at Ranch Catzeddu. You are now only 50m above the sea.
Day 6: Today you arrive at the beach! After breakfast you will head out in the jeep to meet and prepare your horses. The ride today is approximately 3.5 hours. You will already be able to smell the salt from the sea water and will be able to spot the blue water from afar whilst you are riding along the stony paths or through big meadows full of flowers. You will ride through a pine wood before finally arriving at the beach of Is Arenas (8km long!). Here the horses can play in the water and you can enjoy a lovely canter over the sand. Finally you reach a small stables at Sa Rocca Tunda where the horses will spend the night. If you'd like to then there is time for a splash in the sea yourself (30m from the stables).
Day 7: After breakfast you return to the stables by the sea in the jeep. You will get your horses ready for the last ride of 4.5 hours. Even though you have been close to the sea the whole trip, the landscape will still be different from the day before. You will discover the protected area of the half island of Sinis from horseback - you will pass pinewoods, have a canter over the field paths and ride along steep cliffs with a fantastic view of the emerald waters below. Finally you will reach the famous 'rice corn beach' of Maimoni which is covered with glittering white quartz sand. Combined with the intense blue of the seawater it is really a blaze of colour!
This is the end of the riding tour. The horses are collected by lorry and transported back to the hotel and riders can meet for a drink to discuss the experiences. You will be able to say goodbye to your horse who will hopefully have become a good friend!
Day 8: Breakfast and then you will depart for the airport or the next part of your holiday.
Please note that this itinerary may vary.
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||8|
|Ability description:||Intermediate to experienced riders. All paces are covered during the trail (walk, trot and canter with a bit of gallop on the beach if riders are experienced). Riders should therefore be able to control a horse at trot and canter at least and be comfortable riding for up to 4.5 hours a day. There is a lot of walking during the first 3 days (climbing over mountains). In the event that there are very different riders then they can make two groups.|
|Type of ride:||Trail but returning to hotel each night (leaving the horses at stop off points along the way).|
|Total riding time:||Approx 3 - 4.5 hours each of the 5 trail days and a shorter ride on the first day.|
2017: 10 June, 1, 8, 29 July, 5 August, 2, 23, 30 September, 21 October (trail confirmed)
Confirmed dates (which single travellers can join): 24 September-1 October, 22-29 October.
£1150 per person in a standard double room.
£1268 per person in suite accommodation
Single supplement on standard room: £135 per person.
Single supplement on suite: £253 per person.
This includes 7 nights of accommodation, 6 days riding as described (1 test ride and then 5 days on the trail), breakfasts, picnic lunches during trail days and dinners (drinks not included during the dinners), a welcome drink, a goodbye drink, service and taxes.
A seven night package combining three days of riding from the country hotel with three days of riding at the beach. Riders will spend approximately 3 - 4 hours a day in the saddle, exploring the beautiful and varied Sardinian landscapes. This is the perfect combination of country and beach!
The beach stables are around a 35 minute drive from the hotel accommodation. Every night you will sleep in your room or suite at the hotel.
Day 1: Arrival and check-in in time for dinner.
Day 2: Meet your horse. A horse will be selected for you according to your riding ability, build and preferences. After 10 - 15 minutes in the riding arena you will start your first ride out from the hotel grounds. You will pass over ancient shepherd paths which didn't change for the last 200 years. You will head along stone walls, which are typical for Sardinia, and behind them you will see animals such as sheep, donkeys and cows grazing peacefully. The landscapes are calm and peaceful.
Day 3: Today you ride again from the main stables but in another direction. You will see an ancient graveyard called 'tomb dei giganti' which people like to think is 4000 years old with giants buried there! It still has a magical atmosphere. After this you will head into an oak tree forest where you can enjoy a long canter before turning back. It is a pleasure to see the little farmhouses with the farmers doing their daily work in the fruit and vegetable gardens.
Day 4: The horses are fresh and in good spirits when you fetch them from the big paddock. The riding today is on long, curved paths which allow for plenty of trots and canters. Sardinia is a volcanic island and so you will pass by regions of cold lava and stones. The horses are sure-footed, like mountain goats, and you will enjoy another 3 hours of riding in this peaceful area.
Day 5: Today is the first day of riding from the seaside stables which are about a 35 minute drive from the country hotel - you will head there by hire car). Your guide at the beach will give you a short briefing before introducing you to your horse. The landscape will be totally different here as you are on the half island of Sinis.
You will discover the stony cliffs of Capo Mannu. The views from your horse are breathtaking today - you can see cliffs over 200m high and the frothy waves of the sea water. The ride also passes a big salt lake and if you are lucky you might see the pink flamingos.
Day 6: This ride takes you into the large pinewood of Is Arenas where you can enjoy riding up and down over the sandy ground, the pine trees reflecting the sun light and creating a wonderful scent. Eventually you will reach the 10km beach which is covered with soft sand. The horses enjoy playing in the water and find it refreshing to walk in the shallows. This is also an opportunity for a great canter/gallop!
Day 7: Today is your last riding day and you will head into the protected area of Sinis. Here you will pass pinewoods, canter over the field paths surrounded by meadows of flowers and will climb the high cliffs to see the fantastic views of the emerald water. Finally you will reach the famous 'rice corn beach' of Maimoni which is covered with glittering white quartz sand. Together with the intense blue sea water it provides a blaze of colour and a beautiful setting for your last ride of the holiday.
Day 8: Breakfast and departure.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change if necessary and may in some cases be offered the other way around (riding from the beach stables for the first three days).
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||10|
|Ability description:||Intermediate to experienced riders, comfortable at walk, trot and canter and with difficult terrain. In some cases groups will be split to accommodate for riders who are less experienced.|
|Type of ride:||Based stay.|
|Total riding time:||6 days riding, approximately 3 - 4 hours per day.|
|Departure dates:||2017: 10, 17, 24 June, 1, 8,15, 22 ,29 July, 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 September, 7, 14, 21, 28 October|
£906 per person
£164 single supplement.
Price includes 7 nights of shared room accommodation, half board, horseriding - 3 days in the countryside and 3 days on the beaches.
(Note: Own/rental car is necessary to get to the beach stables for 3 days of riding)
This programme offers six days of intensive training in the discipline of endurance riding. You will be supervised by a qualified vet and will learn about horse management, feeding, medical treatment and of course the physical side of endurance riding. The training takes place on the half island of Sinis where the beach stables are located. The flat ground allows for plenty of trotting and cantering - the landscape is fantastic and includes sandy beaches, pinewoods, dunes, rocky coastline and salty lakes. The horses are well trained Arabs and Anglo-Arabs, many of whom have already competed in endurance competitions.
Riding during this programme is for around 2 - 3 hours per day and will be paired with the important theory work. Your guide has competed in endurance riding herself and has also acted as assisting vet during competitions.
Day 1: Arrival and check-in in time for dinner.
Day 2: Today you will meet your horse and become accustomed to them. Each rider will groom and tack up their own horse before their first ride of approximately 2 hours along the coast. You will get to know the horse and enjoy the fantastic landscapes close to the sea.
After the ride you will clean your horse down, feed and water them. Then you will receive a briefing of the programme for the next few days, during which your trainer will give you a theory lesson about endurance riding and about the rules which are valid for every class (30km, 60km and 90km).
Day 3: Today will serve as an opportunity to feel the power of your horse. You will enjoy a ride of around 2 hours and will concentrate on the feeling in all three paces in order to understand the particularities of your horse. After the ride you will discuss the characteristics of each horse and how this may affect their endurance. Then there is a theory lesson regarding the correct feeding of a horse in accordance with its level of work.
Day 4: This riding day is the start of you learning to train with the use of a watch. There will be a 3 hour ride involving more speed, during which you will start to train the paces (walk, trot and canter), according to the time schedule. For example: 20 minutes walk, 10 minutes trot, 10 minutes canter, 15 minutes trot, 15 minutes canter and so on. As you can imagine, this is also intensive training for the rider! Afterwards you will observe how the horses recover. There will also be a vet-check after the ride: controlling heart rate, respiration, dehydration, capillary fill and so on. You will learn how to control your horse so as to detect stiffness or lameness.
Day 5: Before starting your ride today the vet will check the horses and explain the results. The following training will be based on the diagnostic findings of the vet check. Based on the levels of fatigue, the ride will take between 1.5 and 2 hours. You will learn how to programme the training units in order to reach a maximum result of endurance and physical condition.
Day 6: You will have a 2 hour ride including all paces. Today you will also work in the sea water and doing a lot of up and downs over the hills. Afterwards there is a discussion of horse fitness and what kind of supplementary food is required for each horse. You will learn how to feed each type of horse according to the different competition classes.
Day 7: During this last day of training you will ride under the conditions of a simulated endurance competition for about 30km (about 2.5 hours), eventually using a GPS. You should be able to put into practice what you have learned before! The ride starts with a vet check. During the ride the riders should be able to indicate what pace is suitable and for how long and also which strategy they should take according to the characteristics of their horse. The riders should also come to know when assistance is needed for their horse (such as drinking, washing, mineral supplements and so on). The last vet check will be 30 minutes after arrival back at the stables.
After this training week you will hopefully have a lot of knowledge and practice which will be useful for riding your horse at home. All the training rides are done close to the sea where the flat ground allows for riding at pace. The landscapes are beautiful and include sandy beaches, pinewoods, sand dunes, rocky coastline and salt lakes. Each day you will have lunch at the house by the sea or as a beach picnic if the weather allows (other meals eaten at the hotel as usual).
Day 8: Breakfast and departure.
Please note that the itinerary may vary and riders will require a hire car to reach the beach stables each day (driving from the hotel).
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||5|
|Ability description:||Experienced riders who are accustomed to riding for long hours. Good physical fitness required as there will be a lot of trotting and cantering.|
|Type of ride:||Based stay with endurance training|
|Total riding time:||6 riding days, approximately 2 - 3 hours per day. Lesson often twice day.|
|Departure dates:||2017: Saturday arrivals between 1 June and 1 November|
£1062 per person in a standard shared room
£135 single supplement.
£1180 per person in shared suite accommodation
£253 single supplement
Price includes 7 nights of shared room accommodation, half board and 6 days of riding/endurance training as per itinerary.