Cilento Farmhouse riding holiday in Italy - Far and Ride
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Cilento Farmhouse, Italy




Programmes


• Campania Relaxed Ride

• Ride and Cook Week

 

Reviews



Not for the faint-hearted! Not hard, but adventurous riding. Limited opportunity for faster paces, but did more cantering on last day. Well kept, schooled horses, well suited to the job. I enjoyed it and have very happy memories.

Judith S.
The holiday was good because of the location of the farmhouse and the staff making it a relaxing holiday. (The riding guides were) very good - friendly and worked tirelessly. I was put on a horse the first day (that I did not get on with), but they changed on request for a more suitable horse for my experience.

Louisa M.
It was very enjoyable, the scenery was wonderful, and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. My favourite memory was being able to ride through the narrow streets of the nearby village - it was like taking a step back in history.

Vicki M.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Mostly maremmano and Italian saddlebreds, with some crosses.

Nature of horses:

Sure footed and reliable with quiet and calm natures.

Height of horses:

14.2hh - 17.2hh

Weight limit:

90 kg

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

This lovely Agriturismo is found in the heart of the Cilento National Park in South-western Italy. The farm is set within 15 hectares of private land spotted with wild oaks, olive trees and vineyards. The farm buildings comprise a modern renovated stable block, traditional sheep folds and pig sty, as well as a well maintained kitchen garden which provides a large proportion of the food served in the on-site restaurant. During your stay you will explore the beautiful and protected landscape of the National park on horseback, as well as experiencing the stunning panoramic views across the Amalfi coastline. Each day you might climb high into the mountains to make the most of the views, or perhaps you will head down to the shore. On the way you will discover peaceful fruit orchards, quiet farm tracks, olive groves, meadows of wild herbs and ancient villages filled with impressive monuments.

A holiday here is almost certainly synonymous with relaxation; you will be in constant contact with nature and animals, as well as a more simple and rural way of living. Immersed in the countryside and surrounded by a warm family atmosphere, your stay is guaranteed to be unforgettable. There are a number of different programmes offered at this destination, which have been selected to cater for a variety of different aspirations and requirements. From relaxed Italian escapes to wonderful Mediterranean journeys and perhaps a little bit of cooking in-between. Some days you may discover ruins of the ancient Monastic and Philosophical heritages of the area. Others you may approach the beautiful blue depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea and take an exhilarating canter along the shore - there is so much here that is waiting to be discovered and to be seen!

The traditional cuisine and authenticity of the Italian flavours will not pass you by, the family invite you to experience each step of food preparation and witness first hand the old techniques passed down through generations. During your stay why not take part in a cookery class, learning to make pasta the traditional way, or become accustomed with the process of cheese, olive oil and wine making. Our Ride and Cook programme offers the chance to have 3 days of horse riding as well as 3 days of traditional italian cooking in which you will learn to make a variety of authentic sauces and dishes - both savoury and sweet!

**(Please note that horse riding on the beach is only permitted during the winter months of September to May).

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The accommodation at the Agriturismo provides plenty of options so as to suit your needs best, so that your holiday is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Options include one of three apartments on the grounds of the agritourismo with nine rooms available in total; including doubles, triples and quadruples.

Alternative accommodation can also be provided in the nearby historic town of Casal Velino, just one mile away by car.

All the rooms are clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. What makes each of them truly special is - undoubtedly - the stunning natural landscape which surrounds them. Several of the apartments have a private terrace and all guests are able to take advantage of the agritourism’s communal spaces and its gardens. Sun loungers, chairs, tables and wooden benches are all provided for your relaxation and enjoyment.

A beautiful blue swimming pool is the perfect complement to this magical atmosphere and is set off by the vibrant green of the surrounding olive trees.

The agritourism consists of three separate complexes; "Casa Centrale" is at the heart of the agritourism and also houses the restaurant and communal wi-fi area (it is also closest to the stables). "Casa Cristallo" and "Casa Mortella" are located about 200 metres from Casa Centrale and are both surrounded by green lawns and flowers - as well as being ideally situated close to the pool.

The emphasis here is on great tasting traditional Italian food, made using wonderful local organic products to give a great variety of flavour. This area of Italy is known for it's very deep rooted obsession with great Mediterranean food and cuisine - something which your time here is sure to reflect. Food from breakfast to dinner will be plentiful and delicious. Meals are prepared based on what is available seasonally so that fruits and vegetables are always at their best. The Agriturismo also produces and uses many of its own products, including a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, pasta, bread and meat, as well as wonderful olive oil, a variety of tasty wines and their own version of a ricotta cheese (made partially with goats milk). With advanced notice we can also arrange a cookery lesson in order to learn more about this beautiful cuisine - It really is a food lovers paradise!

 

Activities

During your time at the Agriturismo you will be most welcome to use the onsite pool (which is usually open between mid May and mid September) as well as sun loungers, should you wish to relax in the peace and tranquility of the grounds. Alternatively, you may like to take a stroll into the nearby village, or take part in Italian language lessons, cookery classes or some art and creative classes.

For those who are feeling more adventurous, then it is possible to organise guided visits to see the local Greek temples or some of the wonderful ancient towns and villages. For the more active, there are plenty of places to take a walk or trek along the Amalfi coastline or in the Cilento national park itself. It is also possible to combine your riding holiday with a few days of sailing along the beautiful coastline between Capri in the North and Marina di Camerato in the South.

 

Further Details

Languages: Italian, English and German.

Health requirements: Riding fit and able to ride over difficult terrain.

Age limit: 14+ for all riding activities.

Tuition: Yes, dependent on programme.

Included: Accommodation (board dependent on programme) and all horse riding as per itinerary.

Not included: Meals on days away from the Agriturismo, airport transfers, excursions and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

We can organise transfers from and to Naples airport at an extra cost, to be paid directly on arrival.

3-8 pax: 140EUR each way PER VEHICLE
1-2 pax: 70EUR each way PER PERSON


Free transfers are available from the local train stations of Vallo-Castelnuovo and Ascea.

Alternatively, the drive from Naples is beautiful and we would highly recommend hiring a car in order to enjoy the freedom of exploring the area.

Airport: Naples

 

Programmes


Campania Relaxed Ride



This week long programme is perfect for those who wish to ride during their holiday, as well as having the opportunity to discover some of the wonderful sights and natural wonders of Cilento's surrounding area. The Agriturismo provides the perfect base from which to discover the National Park, explore the region's ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences, as well as travelling further afield to the coast and beautiful cities. 

The itinerary is particularly suited to those hot summer months when riding times are limited and all you really want to do is sit by the pool or on the beach enjoying your holiday.

In the summer riding is taken during the cooler parts of the day, with the midday heat free to explore at will. During other times of the year, when it is cooler, it may also be possible to extend the riding times to feature full day rides with a tasty picnic.

The itinerary usually includes 7 hours of trail riding and 5 hours of lessons (12 hours in total) but there is some flexibility. Your stay is half board (without lunch) so that you can explore the area when you are not riding.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Intermediate and above - riders should be happy to walk, trot over difficult terrain and canter where possible.
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: 5 hours of lessons and 7 hours of trail riding (12 hours total)
Departure dates: 2019: Available from 9th March to 2nd November, with Saturday arrival and departure.
 
Pricing: 2019:

Double room: £724 per person
Double room (with terrace): £787 per person

Single room: £796 per person
Single room (with terrace): £922 per person

Prices include 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners with water and table wine, as well as approximately 12 hours of horse riding per person (split between lessons and trails).

Price does not include lunches during your stay, airport transfers, travel insurance and flights.



Ride and Cook Week



This package encompasses all that is Italy, with a 3-day cookery course and 3 days of Mediterranean exploration from the back of a majestic horse. Perfect for the lovers of Italian cuisine, southern Italian culture and horses! During the week riders will also learn the secrets to traditional Italian cookery whilst enjoy the beauty of the Cilento National Park.

The riding days will involve a mixture of trail riding or lessons, depending on your personal preferences. Trails may follow any of the fabulous routes set out in the Cilento Ride programme and lessons are available in flatwork or jumping with a qualified and compassionate instructor.

Each cooking day will start with the theory behind the dishes you will be cooking that day, followed by the practical experience in the kitchen. In the afternoon there are optional visits to local producers including wine and oil growers and chances to sample the wonderful produce.

There are three parts to the cookery course which include:

Introduction to Cilento Mediterranean Cooking - which includes typical pasta recipes, pasta sauces, meat and side dishes.

Introduction to Vegetarian dishes - Vegetable and legume soups, seasonal vegetables, stuffed vegetables.

Traditional Pastries and Biscuits - Cilento cake, cannoli with cream, traditional biscuits.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above: happy to ride in walk and trot over difficult terrain, often standing in your stirrups.
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: 3 days riding - up to 5 hours.
Departure dates: 2019: Saturday arrival and departure during the periods 9th March - 25th May and 14th September - 2nd November.
 
Pricing: 2019:

Double room: £926 per person
Double room (with terrace): £989 per person

Single room: £998 per person
Single room (with terrace): £1124 per person

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation at the Agriturismo, with breakfast and dinner (served with water and table wine), as well as 3 days of horse riding in Cilento and 3 days foundation cookery course.

Prices do not include lunches, airport transfers, travel insurance, flights and extras not mentioned.