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Castle Leslie, Ireland





Horses



Type of horses:

Mixture of breeds and types to suit all ages and abilities, including Connemara's, Cobs, Thoroughbresds and Irish Draughts.

Nature of horses:

Well schooled with individual personalities

Height of horses:

11 - 17hh

Weight limit:

16 stone / 102kg

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

Castle Leslie and its word class Equestrian Centre is located only 80 mins from Dublin and 60mins from Belfast. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, the estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activities and adventures. You can explore the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback or experience expert tuition in flatwork, show jumping and cross country.

The estate includes 21 miles of meandering bridleways as well as a mile-long all-weather gallop. There's a 50x30m indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences, a 20x50m dressage arena and a 30x20m outdoor menage. Cross country jumps weave their way through the estate for more competent riders, and there's even a mechanical horse for beginners! So whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider, Castle Leslie has something to offer you.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are also sometimes possible - subject to availability and with advance booking.

Children over 7 years of age are also welcome to ride and are offered expert tuition, gentle hacks, pony parlour, games and competitions.

Castle Leslie is BHS, SJI and AIRE approved so you can be certain of quality throughout your riding break.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Most guests stay in the Lodge which was beautifully extended in 2019. Many of the 50 rooms in the lodge overlook the stables, so are ideally situated for riders. The lodge is located at the entrance to the estate and is the social hub of the estate

The guestrooms are decorated with a chic country house style and offer either king or twin bed accommodation with a roll-top Victorian bath, separate walk-in shower and smart TV.

Upgrades are possible to stay in the Castle itself, with each room individually designed - please enquire.

The estate offers the best of classical Irish cooking, sourcing regional and artisan foods locally and baking their own breads and scones daily.

Conor's bar offers traditional Irish country cooking in a casual setting. Locals and guests come together to unwind after an activity-filled day and the menu includes a variety of dishes to suit all tastes.

whilst the 2 AA Rosette aware winning Snaffles restaurant provides high-quality candlelit meals for those seeking a more formal dining experience.

Afternoon Tea is offered in the Blue Room with a selection of elegant savouries and homemade sweet treats.

 

Activities

The estate is the perfect spot to explore on foot or simply relax with a book.
Fishing is available on the lake.
Spa treatments can also be booked and paid for locally.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 7 or older

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, dinner (either one course in Snaffles restaurant or two courses in Conor's Bar), and riding as per programme

Not included: Flights, transfers, lunch, drinks, spa treatments and additional activities, tips

 

Travel Information

Castle Leslie is approximately halfway between Dublin and Belfast, so either airport is possible and many low cost airlines fly to both. Belfast is c. 1.5 hours drive whilst Dublin is c. 1hr 45mins.

Transfers can be arranged at extra cost, or you may wish to hire a car to give yourself the flexibility to explore the area when not riding. Transfers cost €40 euro per person each way (min 2), payable locally, from either airport.

You should aim to check-in from 15:00 on arrival day, and if you wish to ride this afternoon, then you'll need to be prompt as the first lesson is usually c. 16:00. Check out on departure day is usually 12:00 midday and you can usually ride that morning, but may have to vacate your room before your lesson.

Airport: Dublin

 

Programmes


Horse Sport Programme



Aimed at the more experienced rider who is looking to improve their riding skills. This package incorporates a mixture of showjumping, cross country and dressage lessons along with estate rides.

You get three hours of riding each day and the exact mix of lessons is discussed with your instructor when you arrive. Lessons are not private but will be in small groups.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Experienced riders wanting to work on flatwork and jumping
Type of ride: Instruction
Total riding time: 3 hours riding each day
Departure dates: 2020/21: Flexible from 1st January - 18th December.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

3 day programme:
1136 single
882 per adult sharing
728 per child (7-11 years)

5 day programme:
1796 single
1421 per adult sharing
1140 per child (7-11 years)

Prices include 3 or 5 nights accommodation, 3 hours of riding each day, full breakfast each morning, choice of 2 course meal in Conor's Bar or a main course in Snaffles restaurant each evening.

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.



Happy Hackers Programme



The Happy Hackers Programme is for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures of exploring the countryside on horseback. Each day you have a three hour guided horse ride around the estate.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Novice to experienced riders. Rides can be tailored to suit abilities.
Type of ride: Centre based trails
Total riding time: 3 hours per day
Departure dates: 2020/21: Flexible dates from 1st January - 18th December.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

3 day programme:
1136 single
882 per adult sharing
728 per child (7-11 years)

5 day programme:
1796 single
1421 per adult sharing
1140 per child (7-11 years)

Prices include 3 or 5 nights accommodation, 3 hours of riding each day, full breakfast each morning, choice of 2 course meal in Conor's Bar or a main course in Snaffles restaurant each evening.

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.



Learn to Ride Programme



This programme is perfect for beginners or novice riders who wish to improve their riding skills whilst enjoying some gentle hacks around the estate.

You'll receive three hours of riding each day, comprising of a series of lessons which ultimately culminate with a two hour ride around the estate.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Beginners and novice riders
Type of ride: Instructional
Total riding time: Three hours per day
Departure dates: 2020/21: Flexible dates from 1st January - 18th December.
 
Pricing: 2020/21:

1796 single
1421 per adult sharing
1140 per child (7-11 years)

Price includes 5 nights accommodation, 5 days of riding, breakfast each morning, choice of two course meal at Conor's Bar or main meal at Snaffles restaurant each evening

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.