Mas de Peyrelongue riding holiday in France - Far and Ride
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Mas de Peyrelongue, France





Horses



Type of horses:

A mix of breeds and sizes.

Nature of horses:

The horses here are all with their own stories and personalities.

Height of horses:

Approx 14.2 - 16hh (although they do have some Shetland Ponies!).

Weight limit:

90kg / 14st 2lbs

Tack type:

English tack (GP saddles and horses mostly ridden in snaffles).

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

A world of horses in a beautiful region of southern France - a place to ride, relax, photograph and enjoy magical trails, medieval villages and the best of French cuisine. Gwladys and Jeremy invite you to stay with them on their welcoming farm, the Mas de Peyrelongue, where they hope to share their lives with you. Riders and non-riders are welcome to come and enjoy the traditional French lifestyle and the farm's relaxing surroundings. Their horses, ponies and donkeys live out in spacious paddocks across their fifty hectare property - a stay here is also a chance to share in the lives of the horses. Gwladys is a professional teacher and long distance rider who has clocked up more than 8000km riding alone through Central America, North Africa and Europe. Jeremy is a professional equine photographer, author and filmmaker - he loves to observe horses and nature and hopes to promote the diversity of horse breeds worldwide. He is also a keen cook, a real advantage to guests!

The farm comprises several buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century, representing the typical architecture of the region. The guesthouse was renovated in 2019 and includes a cosy lounge, traditional dining room and fireplace. There are three double rooms for guests which share a brand new shower room (with two showers and a separate toilet). Guests are also able to enjoy the scenic gardens, large swimming pool and wooden terrace. Your hosts serve homemade French cuisine using fresh and locally sourced produce - the region is famed for its food such as truffles, saffron and a range of delicious meats and cheeses.

Gwladys and Jeremy offer a riding retreat, a chill-out retreat for non-riders and also photography workshops. The area is lovely for hikers who can access many routes directly from the property whilst the swimming pool is a fantastic place to unwind in the warmer months. The farm is well located amongst some of France's most beautiful villages and great sightseeing visits and gourmet meals are included, from Figeac to Rocamadour and beyond. Ride, relax and experience some of the best that France has to offer!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The Mas de Peyrelongue is a traditional French farm, renovated to a high standard, on which you can enjoy the typical lifestyle of the region. The farm comprises several buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century with renovations completed in 2019. There are three double bedrooms with a brand new shower room, lounge and dining room. From May to September you can enjoy the peaceful gardens and the large swimming pool and terrace. In the colder months the traditional fireplace is a great place to share an evening with fellow guests.

It's important to note that the one shower room is shared by the three guest bedrooms. There are two shower cubicles inside (with separate doors) and the toilet is also accessed separately. Your hosts built a friendly house in which they hope to share experiences and life with new friends from around the world - they hope that a shared bathroom will not be an obstacle to likeminded people.

Jeremy and Gwladys serve homemade French cuisine using fresh and local produce. The region is well known for its gastronomy and during the week you will also have the chance to dine in some different restaurants to experience the best local fare. Vegetarians can be catered for with prior notice.

When you dine at the farmhouse, a drink is included with your meals. Drinks are at your own cost when you dine in restaurants.

 

Activities

Swimming, hiking and photography courses are available on site.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and French.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: Riders should be 12+.

Tuition: Only photography tuition.

Included: Toulouse airport transfers, accommodation (shared bathroom), all meals, drinks with meals at the farmhouse, guided riding, use of the pool, photography instruction (if on the photography workshop) and your own printed horse photograph.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks when dining in restaurants, tips or souvenirs.

 

Travel Information

Transfers from and to Toulouse airport are included in the package prices. Transfer time is approximately 1h45m.

Airport: Toulouse

 

Programmes


Riding Retreat



A week riding retreat combining horse riding with some of the best sightseeing and gastronomy of the region. You are invited to come and relax and to join in with your hosts' daily life and to enjoy their environment. This is a friendly, welcoming destination for likeminded people.

Saturday:

- transfer from Toulouse airport

- arrival at the farm with a welcome drink

- dinner at the farm

Sunday:

- breakfast

- horse riding

- lunch at the farm

- visit of the medieval village St Cirq Lapopie

- dinner at the farm

Monday:

- breakfast

- horse riding

- lunch at the farm

- free time

- nature walking / horse photography

- barbecue party at the pool

Tuesday:

- breakfast

- visit of the Gouffre de Padirac

- gourmet lunch in Rocamadour

- visit of Rocamadour

- dinner at the farm

Wednesday:

- breakfast

- horse riding

- lunch at the farm

- free time

- visit of Figeac

- gourmet dinner in Figeac

Thursday:

- breakfast

- horse riding

- lunch at the farm

- visit of Pech Merle prehistoric cave

- dinner at the farm

Friday:

- breakfast

- full day horse ride with picnic

- last dinner at the farm

Saturday:

- breakfast

- visit of Figeac Market (provided you have time)

- transfer to the airport with a lunchbox



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: All riders should be able to ride at walk, trot and canter in open countryside.
Type of ride: Stationary programme with hacks (star rides).
Total riding time: Riding on 5 days - 4 morning rides and 1 full day ride with picnic. The rides range from 2 - 6 hours in duration.
Departure dates: 2020: 28 March - 4 April, 4 - 11 April, 18 - 25 April, 25 April - 2 May, 2 - 9 May, 16 - 23 May, 6 - 13 June, 27 June - 4 July, 4 - 11 July, 5 - 12 September, 12 - 19 September, 26 September - 3 October, 10 - 17 October, 17 - 24 October.
Please contact the office for other dates between 28 March-18 July and 5 September-24 October
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1313 per person
£1138 per person in April, May, June
Single supplement: £350 per person

Price includes Toulouse airport transfers, 7 nights of accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals when at the farm (drinks in restaurants are an extra cost), 5 rides as detailed in the programme, sightseeing visits as described, use of the pool and a printed horse photograph to take home.

Single supplement is not required if there is someone for you to share with (and you don't mind sharing). If you are the only single traveller in that week then the single supplement does not have to be paid.

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.



Chill Out Retreat



A relaxing programme for non-riders, surrounded by nature, horses and the French lifestyle. You join the sightseeing visits with the other guests and can take advantage of the large swimming pool or the hiking trails in the region. Photography advice is also available from Jeremy. 

Saturday:

- transfer from Toulouse airport

- arrival to the farm with a welcome drink

- dinner at the farm

Sunday:

- breakfast

- free time

- lunch at the farm

- visit of the medieval village St Cirq Lapopie

- dinner at the farm

Monday:

- breakfast

- free time

- lunch at the farm

- nature walking / horse photography

- barbecue party at the pool

Tuesday:

- breakfast

- visit of the Gouffre de Padirac

- gourmet lunch in Rocamadour

- visit of Rocamadour

- dinner at the farm

Wednesday:

- breakfast

- free time

- lunch at farm

- visit of Figeac

- gourmet dinner in Figeac

Thursday:

- breakfast

- free time

- lunch at the farm

- visit of Pech Merle prehistoric cave

- dinner at the farm

Friday: 

- breakfast

- free time

- picnic and time to discover the Célé Valley

- last dinner at the farm

Saturday: 

- breakfast

- visit of Figeac Market (provided you have time)

- transfer to the airport with a lunchbox



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: N/A - non-riding programme.
Type of ride: N/A - non-riding programme.
Total riding time: N/A - non-riding programme.
Departure dates: 2020: 28 March - 4 April, 4 - 11 April, 18 - 25 April, 25 April - 2 May, 2 - 9 May, 16 - 23 May, 6 - 13 June, 27 June - 4 July, 4 - 11 July, 5 - 12 September, 12 - 19 September, 26 September - 3 October, 10 - 17 October, 17 - 24 October.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1024 per person.
Single supplement: £263.

Price includes Toulouse airport transfers, 7 nights of accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, drinks with meals when at the farm (drinks in restaurants are an extra cost), sightseeing visits as described, use of the pool, hiking, cycling, photography and a printed horse photograph to take home.

Single supplement is not required if there is someone for you to share with (and you don't mind sharing). If you are the only single traveller in that week then the single supplement does not have to be paid.

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.



Horse Photography Workshop



Hosted by Jeremy Durand, professional equine photographer, this workshop offers you opportunities to practice your passion with advice and supervision. With fifty hectares of land and a herd of horses you have the chance to take a variety of beautiful photos, as well as learning about horses generally and relaxing in their presence. Portrait photography and black and white works are part of it for those who are interested. 

Jeremy has been photographing horses worldwide for the last five years and he will be on hand to answer your questions and to offer advice in order to help you to improve our skills. If you are already an advanced photographer then Jeremy can help you to refine your style or advise on how to edit your portfolio. 

Monday: Arrival to the farm mid-afternoon with time for a visit of the property and a first meeting with the horses. The evening is spent getting to know your companions over a friendly dinner. 

Tuesday: For this first morning session you will focus your time in the horse paddocks. There will be some explanations and a few group photos before you are free to move around by yourself - this is a good time to really see who you are as a photographer. You will get to know each of the horses, their behaviour and their environment and perhaps you will even fall in love with one of them! Back at the house it will be time to check your first images and to select your favourites, to be analysed after lunch. At the end of the afternoon you will head back out for another session during which you can apply the ideas and advice from earlier. The conversation will continue over dinner at the farm. 

Wednesday: This morning you will head to the "combe", a very interesting place on the property (your hosts call it "poetic"!). You will take between one and three horses with you in order to introduce them to a new environment and to capture their attitudes. This session takes the form of a workshop and you will focus on specific points. Lunch is taken back at the farm before you start working on lightroom and photoshop - if you have your own computer and licence then of course you are welcome to use it for a personal result. Late afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings before another dinner all together. 

Thursday: This is the portrait day. You will spend the morning with a human model at the "Bual Springs" in the valley. This is a magic setting and you will be able to work on portrait photography techniques in a natural environment, using only daylight. After lunch at the farm there will be a picture analysis session before you head back into the horse fields for an equine portrait workshop. This is a great time to recognise the differences and/or similarities between human and horse photography. Dinner at the farm. 

Friday: Morning light photo session (depending on weather conditions). As the sun rises, its light slowly covers all of the property. This is a magical time of the day to be photographing the landscape and there will be time for a picture analysis before lunch. During the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit real life prehistoric paintings at the 'Grotte du Pech Merle'. These paintings are 29,000 years old and already represent horses. After this visit you will make a stop at the medieval village of St Cirq Lapopie which the French people voted as the favourite village of the French people in 2012. Dinner tonight is at a restaurant before you head back to the farm.

Saturday: This is your last morning at the farm but if flight time allows then you are welcome to spend more time with the horses you've bonded with and to take a few final photos. You can have a last lightroom/photoshop session to prepare whichever photo you want to print on A3 paper to take home as a memento of this experience.  



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: N/A - non-riding programme.
Type of ride: N/A - non-riding programme.
Total riding time: N/A - non-riding programme.
Departure dates: 2020: 2 - 7 March, 9 - 14 March, 16 - 21 March, 23 - 28 March, 11 - 16 May, 25 - 30 May, 1 - 6 June, 15 - 20 June, 22 - 27 June, 13 - 18 July, 20 - 25 July, 27 July - 1 August, 3 - 8 August, 10 - 15 August, 17 - 22 August, 24 - 29 August, 31 August - 5 September, 21 - 26 September, 5 - 10 October, 26 - 31 October.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£1094 per person
Single supplement: £263 per person

Price includes Toulouse airport transfers, 5 nights of accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, daily advice and supervision from professional photographer (Jeremy Durand), access to A3+ photography printing station, one A3 paper print, access to the property land for photography purposes.

Single supplement is not required if there is someone for you to share with (and you don't mind sharing). If you are the only single traveller in that week then the single supplement does not have to be paid.

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.