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Georgia Ranch, USA




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Reviews



Just back from Georgia Ranch and I wanted to pass on my thanks to you. It was a brilliant place, lovely staff, great facilities, great (and I mean great!) food, and the rides were good as well. We had a brilliant time and are sad to be back.

Mandy C.
The ranch itself was comfortable, staff were very friendly and the horses were well looked after. There was a large choice of horses available, which were matched to riding ability by knowledgeable staff. The guides were very good, all were chatty and made the riding interesting. There was a lot of food - not a place to lose weight!

David R.
Thoroughly enjoyable! Beautiful place, lovely, well-tended horses, excellent food and facilities, friendly and helpful staff. Top notch!

Michelle P.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Paint and Quarter Horses

Nature of horses:

A huge variety of lovely homebred horses!

Height of horses:

14 - 16.2hh

Weight limit:

113kg/250lbs

Tack type:

Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This destination is a beautiful year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland. With more than 200 quality Paint and Quarter Horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional horse riding programme, unguided riding opportunities and peaceful setting. The ranch offers an all-inclusive riding package during which you can experience the delightful accommodation, exceptional cuisine and southern hospitality.

Horse riding is the featured activity and horses outnumber guests by more than 7 to 1 so there's sure to be a suitable horse for you. The climate in Georgia is great for riding all year round. The riding programme even allows competent riders the opportunity to ride on their own if they desire, but small guided groups are always available. Guests are encouraged to groom and help tack up their own horse for a true, hands-on, bonding experience. Whether you want to ride lazily across beautiful open pastures or trot and canter through lush wooded trails, the ranch can accommodate your needs. There are non-riding plans available with reduced rates should anyone in your group not want to give it a try.

This is a family-owned and operated ranch where more than two dozen foals are born each year. Guests have virtually unlimited opportunities to touch, photograph and interact with many of the foals and other horses and the herd can be seen grazing from the porch, deck, dining room and even the pool area. When not in the saddle, guests can enjoy relaxing by the swimming pool or hot tub, taking part in ranch activities such as pool, darts and mountain biking or exploring the surrounding area. The simple all-inclusive package means that you can enjoy riding twice a day, three tasty meals, comfortable accommodation and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and snacks without the need to worry about extra costs.

The ranch's philosophy is "it can't be a horse lover's paradise if it's not a horse's paradise first."

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Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is in guest rooms on the ranch. These feature a king-sized bed, A/C, TV, DVD, free wireless internet, phone and private bathroom. Rooms are available with a rustic, western theme or more traditional Southern décor and some rooms may have a king and queen bed or king and twin bed arrangement.

Premium rooms are available at an added cost and these offer whirlpool baths, fireplaces and extra nice views.

Meals are served buffet style three times a day and feature a delicious mix of international cuisine as well as local favourites. All guests can enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and snacks which are available 24/7.

Guests and staff eat together in the spacious dining room. Serving times are 8am, 1pm and 6pm.

 

Activities

Just one hour east of Atlanta, the ranch is well situated to allow guests to explore many of Georgia's countless attractions. Locally you can enjoy golf, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, skeet shooting and shopping. There is also a variety of museums and historical treasures in the area.

 

Further Details

Languages: English.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: Minimum riding age is 9 years old (riders under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult). Minimum age for guests staying at the ranch is 4.

Tuition: Lessons are available at an extra cost.

Included: Accommodation, three meals daily, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, two horse rides a day (approximately 4 hours per day with generally only one riding session available on arrival and departure day), ranch activities (depending on weather and season), use of the ranch facilities (pool, hot tub, games room), use of mountain bikes, wireless internet, DVD selection and complementary transportation into the local town of Madison.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, riding lessons (approx $30 per hour for 1 - 3 people), alcoholic drinks (must be purchased off ranch) and "trailer fee" for the all-day ride in Hard Labor Creek State if arranged.

 

Travel Information

The ranch is located in north central Georgia, 50 miles east of Atlanta. Guests are recommended to fly into Atlanta International (Hartsfield-Jackson) and rent a car (driving directions can be provided).

Shuttle service: Groome Transportation (www.groometransportation.com) operates a shuttle bus that runs 14 times a day between the Atlanta airport and Augusta, GA.. if requested, they will stop in Madison when going in either direction, the price is $45 per person each way. The ranch when they know which shuttle you are on, can be there at the Madison drop-off point to pick you up and bring you to the Ranch (about 5 miles)

Car service: Express Ride Limo (www.expressridelimo.com) provides door-to-door service from the Atlanta airport to the Ranch… the price is $135, plus gratuity, each way for up to four people.

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 

Programme


Ranch Stay



This all-inclusive riding package includes two horse riding sessions each day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Guests are encouraged to groom and tack-up their own horse and all levels of rider can be accommodated. The terrain is best classified as "gentle rolling" (not flat but not mountainous) and the trails around the ranch comprise of open pastures and wooded trails. Once experienced riders have ridden out with a wrangler they have the opportunity to ride the trails unguided (at the wrangler's discretion), provided they are not riding alone, which is a unique experience. Small, guided groups are always available and riding lessons are available at an extra cost if desired. There is a large selection of Paint and Quarter Horses available at the ranch so there is bound to be a horse to suit your ability and preferences. Guests are encouraged to ride the same horse throughout their trip but this cannot be guaranteed and of course you can change horses if you would prefer to do so. 

For guests planning to stay a week or more, there is the opportunity to take part in a full day trail ride in a nearby state park for an added cost. There needs to be a minimum of two riders for this trip (horses and riders must be transported) and the cost is $50 per person. The trail involves a trek through the forest and is not suited to beginners as the terrain is steep at points. Generally this trip is only available between Monday and Thursday, conditions permitting. In the event that rain limits riding opportunities there is a system in place where guests can make up missed riding opportunities at the end of their stay if required. This is a super riding holiday package for those who want the simplicity of the all-inclusive riding plan, numerous opportunities to interact with lovely, homebred horses and a warm welcome with a taste of that Southern hospitality. 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 7
Ability description: Beginner to Experienced. The riding programme can be suited to all except the most rugged, die hard riders, though the terrain dictates the pace and opportunities to trot and canter may be limited at times.
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: Two rides a day (approximately 4 hours of riding per day).
Departure dates: All year round to suit. Three night minimum stay.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Prices are per person and the week rates include 7 nights.

High Season:
26 May-8 July, 22-25 November, 23 December 2017 - 2 January 2018, 16 March-30 April 2018

Single: £229/day £1268/week
Double: £192/day £1071/week
Child: £128/day £762/week

Mid Season:
1-25 May, 9 July-21 November, 16-22 December 2017; 16 February-15 March 2018

Single: £208/day £1167/week
Double: £170/day £969/week
Child: £112/day £666/week

Low Season:
26 November-15 December 2017; 3 January-15 February 2018

Single: £139/day £804/week
Double: £112/day £623/week
Child: £74/day £442/week
** Low season rates DO NOT include evening meals - you can self drive to a local restaurant, or buy provisions to cook yourself**

Rates include taxes. We have also included 10% gratuities (customarily left on departure but this saves you having the extra cost at the end of the stay).

Child rate applies to children from the ages of 9 - 15. For single adults sharing a room with a child, the adult pays the single rate. Please contact the office for rates for children from the ages of 4 - 8 (children below the age of 4 are not permitted on the ranch).