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Western Ranch (El Bronco), Hungary




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We both very much enjoyed our visit - it’s somewhere that everyone will be made welcome, whether they are single travellers, couples, families or groups of friends. A hen party would have a spectacular time, even if some didn’t wish to ride! You can have so much fun, we laughed a lot and really enjoyed ourselves. The professional staff will ensure that the riding programme is tailored to suit you. They can hone your riding skills and make sure you have a good time out of the saddle. I can highly recommend this trip to everyone who wants a truly relaxing holiday in or out of the saddle.

Sue Woodbine, Far and Ride, Read review
I found the holiday to be a great experience, extremely well planned and suited for all levels. (Favourite memory?) Cantering in the rain back to the ranch - the weather somehow made it more special. Very happy with the accommodation, I think I had one of the best rooms and can honestly say it was probably the best room I have ever stayed in. I was very happy with my horse and felt all the tack and equipment was more than adequate. Riding guides were all fantastic, even with the lack of English from one guide we were still able to communicate well.

Hannah B.
I had a great time in Hungary and everyone was really friendly. Many a good conversation was had! The horses are very well trained and looked after and the accommodation was good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for fun and a warm welcome. The weather was gorgeous too. Just wanted to say thanks for all your help and I'm hoping to go back again next year with a friend.

Lisa W.
We loved our holiday at the ranch. They are fantastic. Roland really knows how to manage things and Dominika is simply loveliness and care personified. With this level of service plus the amazing scenery and great horses I would be happy to recommend them to anyone. Also thank you for your excellent service. It will be a holiday to always remember.

Masoud G.
Excellent - very relaxing, excellent riding, brilliant horses, all the staff were very helpful. We also enjoyed visits to the bird reserve and the cheese factory - especially going in the carriage. Favourite memory? So many but one in particular was a very long canter - must have been about 3 miles - certainly felt like it!

Graham A.
Beautifully peaceful - very helpful and willing staff, high standards in all aspects of the holiday. Interesting diversions from riding were offered - e.g. bird watching, carriage driving, cheese factory, on site masseuse etc.

Stephen E.
A wonderful time of year (May) with lush greenery and blossom and flowers, with beautiful, healthy horses, kind and humorous hosts, well prepared food and lots of unique experiences in between horse riding.

Helen S.
Amazing fun, great weather, wonderful horses, super comfortable accommodation, delicious food, friendly staff, brilliant scenery - what more can I say - would love to return one day!

Chris W.
Excellent. Right balance of introduction to western riding and trail riding. Really enjoyed the extras - palinka tasting and cheese factory.

Donna B.
My holiday was excellent, the hosts were very nice and friendly and the ranch was beautiful and well-equipped. Robert was an excellent instructor!

Sari H.
The ranch is lovely with excellent accommodation and facilities and trails in beautiful country. Horses wonderful, people so helpful and happy!

Sonya D.
Amazing quality horses, very knowledgeable and friendly staff, high standard of care. Our accommodation was excellent with very comfortable beds and high quality linens. Our own lounge for evening partying was a huge plus. The standard of horses, their condition and temperament was exceptional. The western tack was of a very high standard.

Jessica & Julian
Amazing experience, amazing horses, fabulous hosts, beautiful ranch. Favourite memories... cantering up a steep hill, lots of laughs, experiencing western style riding. Accommodation was perfect. Beautiful horse, well behaved and highly trained.

Julie H.
The perfect week away! Beautiful horses and accommodation, everybody on the ranch was very welcoming and friendly. The newly built spa was the icing on the cake! The western riding was a fantastic new experience. My horse was a credit to the training and skills of the trainers. Robert (instructor) was very knowledgeable and patient and I was very pleased with my progression of the week. I had a truly amazing week.

Shona R.
Sun, sand, spa… horses? At least three things you can expect to be wowed by at El Bronco Ranch, situated in the beautiful Kiskunsági National Park. The crickets are chirping, the horses are neighing and the jacuzzi is bubbling...

Gemma F. , Read review
Whether you are new to riding or extremely experienced in the saddle there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy here, whether it be riding a well-trained horse through the western moves or simply exploring the beauty of the Kiskunsagi National Park, cantering along sandy tracks or listening to the birdsong. With a love of horses at its heart and a team of wonderful people at the helm, this is a ranch not to be missed.

Holly Anthony, Far and Ride , Read review
Hard work and challenging but excellent fun.

Alysa M.
Fun, great first riding holiday! Lovely horses, funny and kind staff. The food was fantastic and the room was lovely and big, fab facilities. Robert (the trainer) is flipping' fab! As is Tibor. So funny, very good horseman and very good with clients, loved them to bits.

Gaynor M.
Fantastic fun, brilliant staff and wonderful surroundings.

Andrea R.
A great chance to learn western riding on well schooled horses, with good instructors who can explain the technique so well. Gabor was brilliant - really enjoyed his instruction and thoughtfulness towards the horses. Fun rides out on the doorstep. (Favourite memory) The longest canter I have ever done after a peaceful long walk along the quiet reeded trails. As a vegetarian, I appreciated that a separate meal was made, often a meat-free version of what the other guests had.

Sue H.
An incredible experience. For someone who didn't have any experience or strong interest in horses, the whole trip was enough to convert me. That says a lot really. (The guides?) Are great teachers. I learnt a lot, especially as a beginner. Friendly and easy to talk to. I'm very happy with the accommodation and food. Amazing furnishings with a homely feel, a fantastic wellness centre and a different desert for dinner everyday (maybe I'm easily satisfied!)

Mathew G.
I don't know what else to say other than that everything was first class. I had such a great time and truly enjoyed every moment.

Alex O.
Very good experience, lots of riding, lovely countryside, very friendly people. Accommodation very good and clean, food very tasty and filling. Plenty of it!

Kim G.
Awesome!! All aspects of this trip were amazing - right from pick up to drop off I felt well looked after. The ranch was intimate and beautiful. the rides, food, accommodation - everything was better than expected! the room was beautiful! Very clean, the design was lovely. the shower was amazing. The food was fabulous, great taste and variety. Pufi, my horse, was perfect for me. We were well matched and I loved riding him. the tack was well maintained and comfortable. The guides were excellent. They were patient and helpful. The instruction they gave was great and they addressed my needs very well.

Jennifer T.
The holiday was just what I was looking for as I learnt to ride at canter in a forest rather than just in a school. Accommodation was excellent and the guides were really good at instructing and giving tips.

Daniel C.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Paints (many homebred).

Nature of horses:

Strong, willing and kind.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16.3hh

Weight limit:

110kg/17st 4lbs for experienced riders, 100kg / 15st 10lbs for beginners.

Tack type:

Western.

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

This welcoming western ranch is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest and within the beautiful Kiskunsagi National Park. Two thirds of the 76,000 hectare park are considered a biosphere reserve under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme, offering a succession of sandy forests, sand and alkaline grasslands, lines of dunes, marshes, meadows and open fields. The sandy ground is ideal for long canters and relaxing trail rides, whilst carriage driving tours and lessons are also a superb option for the non-rider or simply as an additional activity. If you want to master western riding then this is the place to come and ride a real western horse!

The ranch is unique and offers western riding tuition and trail rides. The ranch breed and train their own Quarter Horses and Appaloosas which are successful in the local western shows, and the instructors are experienced horsemen who look forward to sharing their unique knowledge with the guests.

The ranch covers 60 acres with plenty of land to ensure the well-being of the horses. The unique beauty of the surrounding scenery is a delight for guests and the landscapes offer almost never-ending trail riding possibilities. Guests here can simply enjoy the trail rides or can take part in lessons, learning the fundamentals of western style horse riding. There are two reining-courses of good size, two corrals and a covered riding hall so that work can continue in the case of bad weather.

The ranch welcomes all types of guests from single travellers to families, groups of friends and even pets. They offer Wine tasting and bird watching, There is a swimming pool and wellness centre which allows guests to relax and make the most of their holiday. Rooms are modern, clean and comfortable, ideal for a peaceful rest after a day well spent in the saddle.

Stays here can be tailor made to incorporate your wishes so please do get in touch if the packages listed below aren't quite what you are looking for.

This destination was visited by Sue, Managing Director of Far and Ride, in 2012 to ensure its suitability for our clients and she was delighted to return again for another visit. Holly from Far and Ride also went with a group of ladies in May 2013 and would be delighted to talk to you about it. Don't hesitate to contact them through the website for more information.

The ranch wellness centre is now able to offer Shiatsu massage with a fully qualified Masseuse!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation on the ranch. The main accommodation is in excellent boarding houses which feature twelve double and family rooms, each with their own en suite shower room and toilet. The rooms have TVs and a good sound system to make your stay more comfortable. These rooms are suitable for 1 - 4 people. Bed linen and towels are provided. Guest rooms are cleaned every third day after the guest's arrival but the housekeeper will answer guest's requests daily.

There is a 3.5m x 7.5m swimming pool which is open to guests in the summertime. There is also a Wellness centre on site, offering jacuzzi, Finnish, Infra and Steam saunas and salt wall. Massages and other treatments are also available! Gowns and towels are available at reception. Bath robes are available with a deposit of 38 euros which will be returned at the end of your stay.

If you are travelling with a baby or young child then the following can be provided: travel bed for babies, potty, toilet seat for children, nightlight to be plugged into the wall and a selection of Mattel toys. Dogs and other pets are welcome so that the whole family can enjoy a holiday together!

Food at the ranch consists of a continental style breakfast with bread, croissants, cheeses, ham, vegetables, jam, yoghurt etc. Lunch is a warm cooked meal such as Hungarian goulash, potatoes, meat. Dinner is the same style, always with bread and Hungarian salad.

Special diets can be catered for including vegetarians, vegans, and those lactose or gluten intolerant. Fresh fruit is available at the bar when it is open and bottled water is always available free of charge.

NB. All drinks are ordered from the bar at an additional cost - (bottled mineral water is free of charge), juice, sodas, tea/coffee, wine, beer, palinka (Hungarian schnapps) etc. are available and prices are very reasonable (around 200-600 Hungarian Forints). Drinks start from one euro. You can either pay for each drink separately or you can keep a tab to be paid at the end of your holiday. Please note the ranch does not accept credit cards.

In 2015, the ranch is proud to be able to offer great quality Sicilian coffee by MOAK for their guests to enjoy.

 

Activities

The following optional activities are on offer and payable locally.

Visit to local cheese factory: late afternoon option and depends on the factory's production schedule. Recommended to reserve at least 2-3 days before if you are keen to do this. Price is 30 euro per person and includes cheese tasting. In good weather you may approach the factory by carriage and return by car.

Carriage Driving: Maximum of 2 hours through the national park surrounding the ranch. Under the supervision of the driver you may be able to try your hand at driving the carriage. Subject to local conditions. Price is 50 euro per carriage per hour carrying 1-4 persons. Price is 100 euro per carriage for 5-15 persons per hour.

Bird station visit: either early morning for bird ringing, or afternoon for bird-watching on a boat trip on Lake Kolon. Programmes subject to weather and park rangers schedule. Must request a couple of days in advance. Price is 30 euros per person (min 2 pax).

Wine Tasting: The local vineyard is only 40km away. As the vineyard accepts large groups you must book 4-5 days in advance. Price is 30 euro per person plus 45 euro per car transfer fee (min 6 pax).

Massage: 40 euro per 45 minutes

Archery 10 euros per person

Offroad Safari Jeep Kajla 100 euros hour (1-3 persons). Driver included.

Free activities are cowboy lasso, darts, table tennis, board and card games.

 

Further Details

Languages: Hungarian and English.

Health requirements: No specific requirements but good general health is recommended for riding.

Age limit: None.

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, all meals, use of ranch facilities and horse riding.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks and extras (such as carriage rides, wine tasting etc.).

 

Travel Information

Guests are recommended to fly into Budapest (approx 80km from the ranch) and then to either hire a car or we can arrange an airport transfer. Please note that airport transfers are paid locally at the ranch.

We can also organise transfers from/to Budapest hotels with advance notice - please ask us.

Budapest airport transfers:

1 - 3 people: €55 EUR each way per person
4 or more people: €45 EUR each way per person

Guests may also take a train from Budapest (Keleti) station to Soltszentimre.

Soltszentimre station transfers:

€20 EUR each way per person (2019)
€10 EUR each way per person (2020)

Airport: Budapest

 

Programmes


Ranch Stay



An inclusive ranch stay which offers guests the chance to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Kiskunsagi national park on horseback. Enjoy the relaxed and easy going environment of an authentic ranch stay. Choose to stay for a weekend, a week or longer if you wish!

Typically you will ride for around 4 hours on each full day you are staying at the ranch. For those who arrive to the ranch before 2 pm, or have a late flight home and depart the ranch after 12 pm, you may have the opportunity to enjoy a short 2 hour ride on either arrival or departure day as well. 

The itinerary for your stay is flexible and so a typical day may be as follows;

A breakfast buffet will welcome you to the day in the ranch bar each morning. 

During your first riding session you will be able to go over the basics of Western horsemanship with your guides and meet your horse for the next few days. Depending on your level of experience, you will be matched to the right horse and riding group and you can get to know each other a little in the arena. Once everyone is happy with the tack and their horse, you will set off on a short introductory ride of around 2 hours in the surrounding countryside. 

Back at the ranch, lunch will be served in the bar area or out by the pool if the weather is good. In the afternoon you will head out for another 2 hour ride through the national park and along quiet rural tracks. 

The national park and surrounding countryside benefits from miles of beautiful and long sandy trails, which are ideal for enjoying pacey lopes or relaxed ambles. Each day you will be able to discover a new part of the region, perhaps through open countryside, woody groves or through the lakes and reeded wetlands. The park is home to a wide variety of bird and wildlife, including deer, reptiles, heron, geese, hawks and eagles, to name a few. Each year it is also a temporary home for thousands of migratory birds and an ornithologists paradise at these times!

Meal times are informal and relaxed, with long tables designed to encourage guests to eat together, interact and tell stories about the adventures of each day.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 15
Ability description: Beginner - Advanced. No experience of western riding is necessary prior to your visit to the ranch.
Type of ride: Ranch based
Total riding time: approx. 4 hours of riding per day.
Departure dates: All year round to suit. Closed over Christmas/New Year.
 
Pricing: 2019:

7 nights (approx. 26 hours riding):
High Season : £1030 per person
Low Season : £843 per person

4 nights (approx. 14 hours riding):
High Season : £589 per person
Low Season : £482 per person

3 nights (approx. 10 hours riding):
High Season : £442 per person
Low Season : £361 per person

High Season pricing operates between 1st May - 30th September. Low season includes the rest of the year.

Returning guests will receive low season prices during the high season.

Single supplement: €13 EUR per day, paid directly at the ranch. Riders who are willing to share do not have to pay the single supplement.

Non-riders: 25% discount
Child Discount: 0-3 years free of charge
4-11 years non rider child 40% discount
12 years on non rider child pays adult prices

2020:

7 nights (approx. 26 hours riding):
High Season : £968 per person
Low Season : £812 per person

4 nights (approx. 14 hours riding):
High Season : £553 per person
Low Season : £464 per person

3 nights (approx. 10 hours riding):
High Season : £415 per person
Low Season : £348 per person

High Season pricing operates between 1st May - 30th September. Low season includes the rest of the year.

Returning guests will receive low season prices during the high season.

Single supplement: €13 EUR per day, paid directly at the ranch. Riders who are willing to share do not have to pay the single supplement.

Non-riders: 25% discount
Child Discount: 0-3 years free of charge
4-11 years non rider child 40% discount
12 years on non rider child pays adult prices

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.