In the beautiful French region of Armagnac, southwest France, lie a stables of well-trained horses who offer the ideal way to explore this lovely part of the world. Your host, Evelien, is a trained horse riding guide who speaks fluent Dutch, French and excellent English. Unguided riding means your group can ride alone with only the horses and maps of the route.
The Armagnac region is primarily known for its production of the oldest French brandy but it is also an area rich in historical significance and charming countryside. The 'counts of Armagnac' were politically very strong during the 14th and 15th centuries, the height of the region's power, and it was during this time that the Armagnac brandy became a commercialised product and sold throughout the country. As part of Gascony the region enjoys a wonderful climate and is mainly agricultural with fields of crops, rolling hills and a variety of rivers. The historical bastide towns and villages which dot the area take you back to times gone by and riders will see some fascinating architecture during their holiday, ranging from impressive châteaux and fortresses to traditional stone farmhouses.
Evelien's horses are of mixed breeds and live outdoors as a herd. During the ride, you will need to look after the horses yourself and therefore must have experience of horse care. Riders must go out in pairs or more and carry a map, compass and mobile phone. Preferably a few words of French wouldn't go amiss!
Try a holiday here for a true taste of Armagnac and a great horse riding experience!