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Lot Valley

Overview

This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Aveyronese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore.…

Highlights

  • Canter through the woods and across meadows
  • Help yourself to local wine and beer - it's included!
  • Have your own room if travelling alone at no extra cost
  • Relax by the pool between rides
  • Test your skills on the homemade obstacle course

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100kg / 220 lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Description

This destination is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some exciting riding in the beautiful Aveyronese countryside, whilst also relaxing when out of the saddle. The charming surroundings offer both excellent riding terrain and an all round beautiful setting which different levels of rider can explore. The countryside here allows for trekking through enchanting French villages and unspoilt woodlands with an abundance of fascinating wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites. There are rivers and gorges leading down to open valleys where riders can canter over the rolling landscapes.

Your hosts are English but have lived in France for many years. Their knowledge of the area allows them to provide a wonderful experience for both riders and non-riders alike and they can provide excellent communication in English and French. The horses here live an enjoyable and natural life. They live out all year round on good, sheltered grazing and all have hard feed and as much hay as they need. If you go for a full day ride then they are often let loose in temporarily taped off areas during lunchtime stops so that they may enjoy a well-earned rest. Your host is recognised by guests as a talented horseman and there is nothing so invigorating as riding a happy horse through these wonderful landscapes.

This holiday is comfortable and enjoyable with the hosts adding a real personal touch to everything. Food and local drinks are included with Amanda's home cooking being a delight. Ride lengths and routes can be tailored to suit the individual members of parties. This is a destination not to be missed and has been visited by Far and Ride staff to ensure that it really is this wonderful!

Horses & Riding

Tack

English.

Horses

Mixture of breeds and types - Thoroughbreds, Lusitano x, Anglo, Spanish, Paint, Trotter, Merens and other French regional types. They live out all year round on good, sheltered grazing and all have hard feed and as much hay as they need. If you go for a full day ride then they are often let loose in temporarily taped off areas during lunchtime stops so that they may enjoy a well-earned rest.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Based Programme is a based ride

Ages

Not suitable for very young riders - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Health

General good health and fitness.

Weight

100kg / 220 lbs / 15 stone 10 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

All food and drink is provided and as food is a big part of the French way of life, nothing is different here. All tastes and requirements are catered for, including vegetarian and vegan diets, to a good standard. Breakfast is enjoyed in the gîte or perhaps in your own time, either around the big family table in the kitchen or out on the terrace.

Lunch is taken at a leisurely pace to allow time for a rest and some relaxation for both you and your horse before the afternoon ride. It may be served on the terrace or, should you be out on a full day ride, it is provided 'en route' in the style of a delicious picnic featuring local foods and wines. If you are riding for the the day then the horses also enjoy their own picnic as the sites are chosen so that they may be temporarily fenced off - this allows the horses to have a roll and be fed and watered at their own leisure. Occasionally a restaurant ride is offered which may include a surcharge.

When you return from your day of riding, you are provided with cold drinks and snacks to keep you going until a tasty dinner is served.

Accommodation

Here you will find traditional gîte accommodation which features a shared kitchen and dining area, three twin bedrooms each with an en-suite shower room and a family room (double room with adjoining twin bedroom) with a shared ensuite bathroom. There are also two further twin bedrooms available in the main house, with one shared bathroom between the two rooms.

The accommodation is simple and of traditional country style - light and airy to match the renowned calming ambience of the area. All towels, bed linen and a hairdryer are supplied. There is a beautiful pool surrounded by a tiled terrace with sun loungers and patio furniture. There is also an outdoor shower, toilet, utility area and barbecue.

Solo travellers will be allocated their own room in the gite at no additional cost.

You will also find wireless internet connection here and laundry facilities.

This destination offers a relaxed and friendly environment where guests can socialise with one another. Your hosts also own some very cute dogs!

Itineraries

Based Programme Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

For the non-riders or those who want a break from the saddle, there are several available activities. These include mountain biking, fishing, golf, walking and visits to the beautiful surrounding villages. The pool allows for a gentle swim and those interested may also enjoy watching the variety of local wildlife such as deer, wild boar, red squirrel, hares, buzzards and kites.

Travel

Airport transfers are available and costs should be paid directly in Euro. The nearest airport is Rodez, but most guests fly here or to Toulouse which is a little further out. Another option is Brive airport, which is a little further again but within transfer distance. Train station transfers are also possible - Capdenac is the nearest station (just 10 minutes away) and transfers from/to Capdenac are free.

Testimonials

Catherine, Feb. 18, 2020

Exhilarating, Fun, Challenging! Galloping with my daughter through the beautiful french countryside, whooping with joy and excitement, what more could you want!


Janet S., July 31, 2018

Great riding, super food, friendly hosts. All horses we rode were good, time was taken to ensure we were all well matched with our horses. The guides were both excellent - very knowledgeable and great fun. Favourite memories - jumping and galloping up the hill on the last day! Going from a beginner having only had 8 lessons to jumping in 5 days.


Louisa L., Aug. 14, 2017

A relaxing, fun, indulgent Christmas Adventure. (Favourite memory?) Tricky! Delicious food, ridiculous game playing on Christmas day, getting to know a great horse, finally arriving after a horrendous journey to have a beautiful sunny ride might be the winner! (Food & Accommodation) All the best Christmas fare and the gite to ourselves. (Horses?) I've added Dizzy to my top three! (Guides?) Stacey is great - fun, entertaining, knowledgeable, calm and perceptive.


Emma S., Aug. 12, 2017

Great food and riding with stunning scenery. Comfortable accommodation and fun hosts who had lots of time for guests. Favourite memory was the restaurant ride to a local restaurant - beautiful. And learning to jump again after a long time.
Very friendly and fun, very sociable - sometimes almost too much (as a quiet person) but so lovely and welcoming.


Michael M., June 29, 2016

The holiday was lovely! The meals were brilliant and the non-riding days out were fantastic (Derek gave us some brilliant suggestions!). The guide and the trails were perfect for us, and we enjoyed the private rides, it's just what we wanted.


Catherine R., May 17, 2016

The horses were wonderful. They were so well mannered and friendly and I love how they live out all year round in a pack. They are such happy animals, and there were such a large mix of personalities, all of which were very capable and sure-footed on the hacks.


Jane S., Dec. 3, 2014

This was a fantastic holiday. Lovely people, fab horses, good company, beautiful rides and surroundings.


Denise W, Aug. 31, 2011

The holiday was absolutely amazing. A fabulous experience, beautiful countryside, great hosts, scrumptious food and plenty of it, a wonderful place to meet new people and socialise. The food was wonderful and great care is given to ensure all needs are catered for at a high level.


Barbara K., Sept. 11, 2009

It was the perfect 'get away from it all' four day break. I arrived feeling slightly apprehensive, but left feeling a huge sense of achievement, just wonderful! As a novice rider the holiday was invaluable for the experience of riding over different terrain. As a lone traveller I felt like part of a little 'family' and was sad to leave. My favourite memory was an exhilarating gallop on my last day, my dream had finally come true.


Liz D., July 3, 2009

Fabulous, I fell in love with my horse and our hosr was the nicest riding holiday host I have ever met. Overall it was first class, my horse was amazing, the scenery and diversity of the riding unusually good. Excellent food and wine. My favourite memory was galloping up to the picnic spot on the all day ride.


Sheila W., July 3, 2009

Excellent riding in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Overall it was very good. My favourite memory was the excellent horsemanship and relaxed manner in which our host organised very safe but exciting rides. The food, hosts and transfers were excellent.


Alex A. & Cara F., July 3, 2009

Cara and I had a fabulous time, the food was brilliant, home made and tasty, lots of wine if you wanted it. The horses were individual and each had a way of being ridden which was explained so you could enjoy the nature of the horse together with the beautiful countryside and amazing views. We had lovely T-shirt weather and no rain so picked a great week. The accomodation was comfy but the hot showers and log fire helped any stiffness disappear. We want to go back next year so thank you for making us welcome. Carrots and kisses to Nelson and Kajoline.......


Kim B, June 29, 2009

I just wanted to send a note to thank you for an amazing break! It was absolutely perfect in every way. Great hosts, horses, the rides were amazing, food, drink, location... we couldn’t have had a better break! They went out of their way to ensure we had a great riding holiday and holiday in general. And I looooved the food far too much. Thanks!


Tabatha R., Feb. 26, 2009

Each day brought a new trail and each trail was a new adventure that makes you want more.


Itinerary & Pricing

Days 1 to 8

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

The group may ride for between two or three hours in the morning, exploring the stunning Aveyronese countryside and wandering through the forests and perhaps down into the river valley. There are opportunities for the more adventurous to have a canter along the paths or open fields before it is time for the gourmet picnic lunch, consisting of home cooked food using fresh local produce and regional wines. When the horses and riders are feeling rested and refreshed, the ride continues with enthusiasm on into the afternoon.

Rides can include a visit to their homemade cross country course, adventure rides, moonlight rides or even learning some horseball!

Accommodation

Comfortable gite accommodation with en-suite facilities

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Novice to experienced

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2022  (Flexible arrival and departure days to suit, including over Christmas and New Year..)

Pricing

2021/2022
Children/Non Riders
£150 $205 €176 per night
2021/2022
Children/Non Riders Weekly (7 nights)
£995 $1380 €1165
2021/2022
Adult Rider
£195 $270 €225 per night
2021/2022
Adult Rider, Weekly (7 nights)
£1280 $1775 €1495
Included Accommodation, all food and drink (incl. soft drinks, wines and beers), riding, transfers from the local station of Capdenac.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, tips, non-riding activities and entrance fees

Extras

2021/2022 - Brive Airport Transfer €110
Paid locally
Return fare per car (1 - 4 people). * Not available on the festive days (24, 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January)
2021/2022 - Festive Night Upgrade £13 $18 €15 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Applicable to the nights of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.
2021/2022 - Rodez Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return fare per car (1 - 4 people). * Not available on the festive days (24, 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January)
2021/2022 - Toulouse Airport Transfer €180
Paid locally
Return fare per car (1 - 4 people). Earliest pick-up at 09:30, latest pick-up at 20:30. * Not available on the festive days (24, 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January)
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.