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Reviews



My Dad and I had a fantastic time! The horses and riding were brilliant and the food amazing (far too much). The riding was tailored perfectly for the different abilities! We met some great people and had a really enjoyable time! The owners made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble, the countryside was stunning!!

Luisa M.
An outstanding honeymoon to one of the most beautiful places we have been, with exceptional horses, the most welcoming, cheerful and friendly team. Excellent tuition, fabulous food and luxury accommodation. A place to be truly proud of!

Carla and Simon A.
We had the most wonderful experience on our holiday in Italy. I dont think I can fault anything about it. Everything about the resort was brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone. The horses were really well cared for and exciting to ride, the countryside was exhilarating and the hosts were exceptional and went above and beyond what we expected. We were overwhelmed by the reception we received and we had opportunities to do almost anything we wanted. They organized a race for us, we got to ride bareback, we were taken for a personal trip on the Counts motor boat and had a picnic on a private island. Both myself and my sister were speechless with the hospitality we received. The evening we left was very emotional as it felt as though we were saying goodbye to family! I would certainly recommend this destination to anyone and it shall be an experience we shall hold on to for some time.

Morag N.
I am happy to share some thoughts on the castle trip. In short, I absolutely loved it! Cristina and Antonello are gracious and charming hosts. I felt at home immediately. I stayed in the castle just like a member or special guest of the family. The staff were all lovely. They too were like members of the family and were both professional and familiar all at once. The food was exquisite and always plentiful. The riding instructors were skilled riders and patient teachers and organized lovely hacks through the countryside. It was a wonderful week- many thanks to the family and to you for all your wonderful support in getting me and this trip organized!

Helen P.
The castle was great, I really had an amazing time. I only wish I could have stayed longer. Antonio was great and Anne Marie gave me lessons and brought me back to where my riding was a few years ago. All of the plans really did work out smoothly. All of the horses are beautiful as well.

James S.
Excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the castle. I was made to feel very welcome by the beautiful family and the riding was superb. I cannot wait for the day when I can go back again! I have so many favourite memories! Galloping through the countryside, making new friends, enjoying an Italian picnic, the glorious food, dining with my lovely hosts. I felt as if I was 'at home' and I slept very well. The food was of course AMAZING!! I ate far too much but I enjoyed every morsel! The horses Et Voila and Harry were so lovely and Kylie (the guide) was wonderful! Very easy-going. It was better than I could ever imagine.

Tilka M.
Delightful, one of the best I've been on. Beautiful setting and countryside, incredibly friendly staff and fellow guests. Right length of riding time, varied routes and terrain. Loved the food. Pasta, salad and rice - my favourite diet anyway, beautifully cooked, presented and served by the lovely Patricia and no problems being vegetarian. I rode both a large pony and Luna who was very comfortable. Both well schooled and responsive. Kylie the guide was lovely, relaxed but professional.

Jan G.
Great, we would like to return one day. (Favourite memories?): Beauty of Tuscany, friendliness of the hosts, relaxed pace of life. Felt like a big family.

Gus D.
We enjoyed it very much. The castle is beautiful and so are the surroundings. tHe rooms are large and nice and so are the facilities in the hotel. There are two large ménage and there are around 20 well educated horses. The horses were excellent and so was the equipment. Kylie was very professional as well as nice. We had a great time with her.

Dudi S. & Lea P.
FANTASTIC! Wonderful horses, such helpful friendly people, so peaceful, nice menage, loved the dogs too, didn't want to leave, wouldn't change anything! (Favourite memory?) All the riding and wine tasting trip with Tryfon and Francesca. Beautiful scenery, wonderful horses, food and wine.

Helen & Becs
We loved the riding. Fiona was a complete beginner but was put at ease quickly, loved the opportunity to help with the horses. Mix of school and rides out just right. (Favourite memory?) For me - sitting on the veranda with nothing to do, looking at this giant oak tree. For Fiona - she loved Raffa, her usual ride.

Claire B.
Was both fun and relaxing. The horses were great, the accommodation was superb, as was the food. (Favourite memory?) The ride to the lake and meeting wonderful people. (Your guide?) Superb! Kylie was confident and relaxed and inspired confidence in all rides.

Jean van Z.
I loved it all - the castle was a wonderful place to stay, the cooking was excellent and the staff looked after us all really well. The tour of the castle was also very interesting!

Louise P.
Excellent holiday, good mix of riding, spa, wine tasting, sightseeing and relaxation. Accommodation was good and the food was excellent. I rode Fred (horse) and got on well with him, he looked after me! The saddle was comfortable and all the tack clean and well looked after. Kylie and Tabby (guides) were excellent, very friendly, helpful; lots of stops to take photos.

Judith W. (Riding, Wine & Spa Week)
Horses were lovely - very pleased with myself to be partnered with "et Voila"!! Accommodation beautiful. Friendly staff, plenty of food, lovely room. (Favourite memory?) Amazing long trot and canter through some woods. Also trying to rescue a sheep stranded on a path!

Angela G.
Very, very nice - much, much more than we expected. The place and food are (both) really very, very good. Elisabeth (guide) is much more than a riding guide, she is a superb teacher. (Favourite memory?) The incredible place and the superb welcoming and attention during all our stay. The staff are all really very kind.

Laura & Daniela S.
I cannot recommend the castle highly enough. I chose it for the riding but there is plenty to do for those who are not into horses; be it relaxing by the pool, exploring the area by bike or just using it as a base to explore the many sights in the region. Set within the castle grounds, the facilities were great and the food was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners or staff who all made me feel extremely welcome and at home. The horse riding was the best I've ever experienced; the horses are very well cared for, fit yet sensible. The guides were professional and extremely knowledgeable and ensured everyone was in the appropriate group which suited their riding ability. The scenery was stunning and you can ride for hours on deserted trails without seeing a car. For those that like a fast ride, there are numerous opportunities for long, long canters! I've ridden extensively in America, Canada, Kenya and the UK, but my experience in Italy surpassed anything I'd previously experienced. I will definitely be returning.

Tom W. (Brigand's Path, Aug 2018)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

There are several other breeds used in the stables. You will meet Italian Maremma and Murgese horses, German, Dutch and French warmbloods, Anglo Arabian and a few ponies for children too.

Nature of horses:

The horses are individually selected for their excellent temperaments, patience and suitability.

Height of horses:

13.2 - 17hh

Weight limit:

100 kg

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

This strikingly beautiful 17th-century castle, located between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, allows its guests to come in to contact with the surrounding nature, splendid setting and the best views of central Italy. With its fairytale style turret, the castle is a romantic but comfortable setting for those wishing to explore the culture and history of the land in a relaxing way. Located just one and a half hours from Rome, the castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family have lovingly restored the cottages and farmhouse, once used by local farmers, to comfortably house their guests and they offer a warm, friendly welcome to all. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with this certified equestrian centre and the quality of the horses, trails and equipment.

The castle is situated on the Tuscany border and guests can experience one of the largest lakes of volcanic origins in Europe, Lake Bolsena. This is a unique and strikingly beautiful area, rich in olive trees and vineyards, charming villages, ancient churches and artistic monuments. Just 3km away lies a fascinating village of Etruscan origin, set deep into the hillside, so there is plenty to be explored! The castle was once the residence of a Cardinal who housed the Vatican's treasure here to keep it safe during the revolution in 1848... needless to say it is crammed full of fascinating artefacts. He chose the castle to be his personal residence and now his descendants, Count Antonio and his family, use this enchanting place as their country home.

The castle's equestrian centre is home to a herd of quality horses who are cared for to a high standard. There are two spacious outdoor arenas and lessons are available in both flatwork and jumping with all levels welcome. There is also a small cross country course on the estate which experienced riders can enjoy when the going is good. There are three instructors/ride leaders who between them offer a wealth of knowledge and experience from many different sectors of the equestrian industry.

Miles and miles of trails surround this magnificent estate and are a sheer joy to explore on horseback with the company of the guides. The pace of the rides are matched to the ability and preferences of the riders but don't worry, experienced riders can enjoy fast canters and interesting terrain on a forward-going horse! In the summer you can reach out from horseback and pick fresh figs, peaches, apples, pears and blackberries or even ride to the waters of beautiful Lake Bolsena for a typical Italian lunch. In spring and autumn, you can make the most of the perfect riding temperatures, verdant scenery and good ground for riding.

Your holiday can be as active or sedate as you like as you can choose one of their flexible packages or we can even tailor make something to meet your needs. Non-riders can enjoy mountain biking which is another of Count Antonio's passions - there is a selection of bikes (including electric mountain bikes!) with well-marked trails and even the chance to meet up with riders at lunchtimes. The castle also has a heavenly pool and tennis courts, a spa nearby and opportunities for wine-tasting, golf and fishing as well. Lake Bolsena is fifteen minutes by car and is host to the carp fishing world championships. Needless to say, this is a superb base for all sorts of holidays!

The castle was visited by Holly from Far and Ride in September 2014 and she could not fault a thing. Please do not hesitate to give her a call if you'd like to know more about this super destination.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Just below the castle stands a handsome XVIII farmhouse, the original centre of the estate's farming activities. The farmhouse has been skillfully converted with careful attention being paid to conserving the authenticity of the building, together with providing comfort and privacy. The very large farmhouse now contains eight charming apartments and fourteen bedrooms, mostly furnished with original pieces. All of the bedrooms have en suite facilities and the apartments are fully equipped for self-catering.

On the ground floor there is a large 'taverna' with brick vaulted ceilings. The space is divided into three main areas including a dining room, a billiard room with table tennis facilities and a large kitchen for guests to use which is also equipped for cooking courses. On site there is a spa where several treatments will be on offer. Stella is a fully qualified beauty therapist, aromatherapist, masseuse and pedicurist who has been practising in Italy for twelve years.

The food here is traditional Italian cuisine and includes local specialties accompanied by a few new and delicious recipes - in keeping with Tuscan style the food tends to be simple and hearty but tasty. The restaurant is located in the taverna on the ground floor of farmhouse and the chef prepares your delicious meals when you eating on site. During the summer you can often eat on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool.

If you wish to eat outside of the castle then your hosts can offer you a list (available at reception) of the restaurants in the area that they recommend. Here you can discover the warmth of the local people, their authentic and genuine hospital and of course, the fantastic local recipes.

 

Activities

The facilities here are fantastic for all the family. There are two private swimming pools, a tennis court, indoor games room and plenty of green grass and a mini soccer pitch for active children. Massages are available on site.

A vast network of country tracks, bridleways and public footpaths cover the area and are still used by farmers and shepherds. The mountain biker is allowed to cross this land freely in any direction.You can rent a bicycle from the castle and head off alone or ask for a guide and benefit from his expertise and knowledge of the area.

You can hop on one of the 4x4 guided tours following old tracks through lakes, over hills and through forests to uncover interesting and mysterious sites that even some of the locals don't know about.

You can visit the best Etruscan archeological sites as well as ruins of the ancient town of Castro and caves with carvings in the rock. In the summer it is possible to experience a unique snorkelling adventure. Beneath the water, on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Bolsena a fantastical archeological site is concealed. Plunge into the warm and crystal clear waters and with a mask and flippers you will see the remains of a human settlement from the pre-Etruscan period.

This relatively undiscovered region of Alta Tuscia has much to offer - mystical cities, volcanic crater lakes and medieval architecture.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Italian & French.

Health requirements: Must be physically fit and in good health for the riding activities as described. All guests MUST wear riding helmets and must have insurance cover.

Age limit: 9+

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, meals and horse riding as described in the itineraries.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance and transfers.

 

Travel Information

There are many airlines flying into both Rome airports including Ryanair and EasyJet.

Orvieto is 45 km away and is the nearest train station. It is a 40-minute drive by car. Orvieto is 1 -2 hour by train from Rome depending on the train. However, we recommend you hire a car at the airport so you can explore this wonderful countryside.

Transfers are not included in the price but in order to facilitate transportation to the castle, the owners have arranged their own transfers at a lower price than normal taxis.

The service is available at the below prices from 09:00 - 18:00 from Orvieto train station or Rome airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino) and the prices below are per vehicle and include travel both directions. A small surcharge of €15 per person will be applied to transfers required before 09:00 or after 18:00.

Orvieto station (90km round trip)
1 person: €90 (€100 in 2019)
2-3 people: €120
4 people: €140

Fiumicino airport (300km round trip)
1 person: €200 (€230 in 2019)
2-3 people: €230 (€240 in 2019)
4 people: €250

Ciampino airport (340km round trip)
1 person: €200 (€240 in 2019)
2-3 people: €230 (€250 in 2019)
4 people: €250 (€260 in 2019)

Airport: Rome

Alternative Airport: Florence

 

Programmes


Brigands Path



Explore one of the less inhabited Italian regions: Alta Tuscia. Your riding days will be spent in the territory surrounding the castle, a centuries old estate still owned by the ancient and noble family, whose new generation, with a passion for horses, has turned this into an enchanting resort.

A region rich in history proved by the many monuments, palaces and castles scattered everywhere that you will see while horse riding along the “brigands path” an old track used by local outlaws trying to avoid the law some two hundred years ago. With your horse you will cross vineyards and olive trees with breathtaking views of lake Bolsena and through chestnut woods into open plains.

Hospitality is warm and simple but authentic of a country still relying on agriculture as its main income. When possible, every long excursion will stop halfway at one of the local restaurants or “trattoria” where delicious local recipes are served.

Sample Itinerary 

Saturday: Upon arrival in the afternoon you will check in and enjoy a welcome drink at the castle & briefing with your guide/instructor about riding and accommodation details and choice of the horses for the next few days. Dinner will be delicious!

Sunday: This morning on your first ride you will easily reach the hills framing at west the plateau on which the castle is situated. A fantastic spot for a breathtaking view of the area, going from the beautiful crater of Lake Bolsena on one side to the hills surrounding the little lake Mezzano on the other side.

Provided a sufficiently clear day the sea can be seen at 40 km in the distance like a glowing mirror. Starting from the castle, after 1 km. you will reach a large track winding through the beautiful hills and small woods on a steady and soft ground perfect to let the horses canter if wanted. At the end of the track you will enter a big wood named Selva di Onano. The ride is about 18 km.

Monday: From the Castle you will ride on an old track before reaching the the hills that frame the plateau to the west. You will continue through the chestnut woods to arrive at the top to experience fabulous views from the beautiful crater of lake Bolsena to the hills of the Mezzano lake. Then, if wanted, horses can be pushed into a canter following the old track crossing the plain before the lake along the fields and vineyards.

Bordering Selva del Lamone Naturale Reserve you will stop for lunch above the lake in a magical atmosphere. A small rural restaurant overlooking lake Mezzano will provide you with a beautiful view and a delicious lunch under the shade of the trees overlooking the lake.

From June to September those who want can have a refreshing swim in the lake when the season allows it. In the afternoon you will take the horses back through the wooded hills. The trail today is about 30 km.

Tuesday

Once on the Brigands track you will go north through the hills, after crossing the provincial road. The beautiful scenery of mountains and hills in front of you will open onto a nice track which will take you around Onano. Onano is a fortified village with a medieval castle in its centre, providing an interesting site for the riders.

Centuries ago, it was an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area during the middle ages. Narrow crossings will alternate beautiful open fields with a view. Once at the little medieval church Madonna delle grazie you will follow the track north through enchanting countryside back to the castle.

The afternoon ride is approximately 12 km - from the castle you will cross the hill overlooking the castle with a fantastic landscape framing the background. Mount Amiata, the Radicofani fortress, the castle of Torre Alfina are part of this wonderful picture. You will soon join a track crossing hills and valleys.

The road turns to the left and after a while the horses can be pushed at a canter on the soft but steady ground between the chestnut woods. After a few kilometres the woods give ground to the pastures full of sheep, there you reach S.Luigi a dairy farm where fabulous "ricotta" cheese is produced. From there the old estate track will take you back to the castle along the hills. Today's ride is about 20 km.

Wednesday

From the castle you will follow an old trail down through the crater of lake Bolsena, the biggest volcanic lake in Europe. Breathtaking views of the lake will accompany your excursion all the way. Here and there, scattered around the countryside, archaeological sites with Etruscan tombs will remind you how old the beautiful land is. Once at the bottom lunch will be served on the beach of the Lake in a nice typical restaurant.

A swim in the lake Bolsena (summer) can be part of the day before hopping back on your horse. On the way back the magnificent Farnese renaissance palace in Gradoli will catch your attention while crossing the village. Once at the top of the crater of the lake an old track through the woods will take you back to the castle. The trail today is about 30 km.

Thursday

Today is a day off for local excursions. The surroundings of the castle are full of interesting archeological and historical sites. Just a few suggestions - the village fortresses of Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovano. It is definitely worth visiting the marvellous Italian gothic church of Orvieto - Civita di Bagnoregio, called the ‘Dying Town’

Friday

Following an old Etruscan trail, you will ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding lake Bolsena. Here, you will enjoy remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent volcanic lake and the panorama dominated by the famous Farnese palace in Gradoli. A gift made by the Pope in 1500 for his nephew for his wedding - what a present!

You will return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. In particular, you will enjoy a canter across a tunnel made my oak trees above an old shepherds path.

Saturday

You will check out in the morning and depart. 

The excursions can be changed according to weather, horses and riders conditions by the riding management of the castle. 



Accommodation: Accommodation is based on shared occupancy (double or twin), all with en-suite facilities in the restored farmhouse. Single supplement available.
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Intermediate to experienced. Moderate pace with trots and canters. A beginners programme is also available.
Type of ride: Based trails
Total riding time: 5 riding days: 1 full day (4/5 hrs) and 4 half days (2/3hrs)
Departure dates: 2019: Saturday to Saturday from 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March to 6th November, with peak season pricing operating 18th June to 16th September.

Full board: £1219 standard or peak season: £1338
Half board: £1023 standard or peak season: £1141
Single supplement: £94 standard or peak season: £126
Non-rider half board: £629 standard or peak season: £747
Non-rider full board: £826 standard or peak season: £944

Package includes 7 nights full or half board accommodation (double room), continental breakfast, welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, meals (picnic lunch where necessary), dinners at the nearby restaurant and taxes, 1 full day riding (4/5hrs) and 4 half days riding (2/3hrs).

Flights, transfers, room cleaning and travel insurance are not included in the price.



Italian Long Weekend



If you are looking for a short break in the Italian countryside and you are intrigued by the idea of staying in an ancient castle then this is the trip for you!

Abandoned Etruscan settlements, lakes formed in volcanic craters and medieval buildings all adorn this stunning Italian landscape. Located one and a half hours from Rome, the splendid 17th century castle (complete with fairytale tower) will be ‘home’ throughout your stay. The castle has two swimming pools, a tennis court and ample gardens.

Please note that this is a flexible package of trail riding or lessons or both (when possible). 

Sample Itinerary 

Thursday

Arrival day, transfers from Rome airport are available at an additional cost. After checking in you will be served with a welcome drink and then you will meet with your guide/instructor who will be looking after you throughout your stay. Today you will take part in a two hour ride through the wonderful countryside that surrounds the castle.

Friday

Today, you will head north through the hills, spectacular scenery of the castle estate and surrounding farmland will keep you company. After crossing the provincial road, the trail will lead you towards magical scenery made by the tuscan mountains towering in front of you.

The trail carries on around the vicinity of Onano - a fortified town of the Middle Ages. Your guide will show you medieval castle dominating the ancient town - an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family which ruled the area in the Middle Ages.

You will keep on going through old farmers tracks, up into open fields, past the delightful church of St Maria delle Grazie and then back home to the castle.

Saturday

Today, once you have left the castle, you will make your way to a plateau from which breathtaking views can be seen. You will see lake Bolsena on the southern side and the hills surrounding little lake Mezzano on the northern side. On a clear breezy day, the sea can be seen 40 km away to the west like a glowing mirror reflecting the sun.

You will then ride up through the valleys and hills onto a plateau to take in more spectacular scenery, including the towering Mount Amiata, the Radicofani fortress and the distant castle of Torre Alfina. From the hill, you will follow a large track winding through the fields to take you back to the castle.

Sunday

Sadly today is time to bid farewell to your castle home. If time allows you may ride out this morning, or if you would prefer you may take a lesson in the arena.

NB. For 2019, Sunday is another day with two hours of riding in the morning followed by a restful afternoon before departing on Monday.

The excursions can be changed according to weather, horses and riders conditions by the riding management of the castle. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginners to experienced
Type of ride: Based tuition and trails
Total riding time: 2019: 4 riding days: 1 full day ride (4/5hrs) and 3 half day rides (2/3hrs).
Departure dates: 2019: Departure dates from Thursday to Monday from 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March to 6th November, with peak season pricing operating 18th June to 16th September (arrive Thursday, depart Monday).

Full board: £798 Standard or peak season: £866
Half board: £686 Standard or peak season: £754
Single supplement: £54 Standard or peak season: £72
Non rider half board: £360 Standard or peak season: £427
Non rider full board: £472 Standard or peak season: £540

Price includes 4 nights accommodation in twin/double rooms with en-suite facilities, full or half board (picnic lunch on some rides), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle and 3 half days of riding (2 hrs per day) as well as 1 full day ride (4/5 hrs per day) with multi-lingual guide. Less experienced riders will be offered 10 hours of riding split between lessons and easy trails instead.

Flights, transfers, room cleaning and travel insurance are NOT included in the price.



Mid Week Italian Break



The perfect midweek break riding on horses chosen for their excellent temperaments, their patience and their delight for traveling through this enchanting countryside!

Sample Itinerary

Sunday

Afternoon arrival (transfers from Rome airport available at an extra cost, but car hire is advisable in order to explore the area).

After checking in you will be served with a welcome drink and then receive a briefing from your guide\instructor who will be looking after you throughout your stay. During low season they often introduce you to your horse for a short assessment ride (20 - 30 minutes) today, but during peak season riders are assessed before the first main ride on Monday. 

Monday

Once you have left the castle following an old track, you will reach the hills framing a plateau to the west. Through the chestnut woods, you will arrive at the top where you will have a breathtaking view of the area from the beautiful crater of lake Bolsena on the southern side to the hills surrounding little lake Mezzano on the northern side. On a clear breezy day, the sea can be seen 40 km away to the west, like a glowing mirror reflecting the sun.

You will then ride up through valleys and hills onto a plateau to take in the spectacular scenery, including the towering Mount Amiata, the Radicofani fortress and the distant castle of Torre Alfina. From the hill again, you will follow a large track winding through the fields, taking you back to the castle.

Tuesday

This morning you will be heading off along The Brigands Trail as you ride north towards the fortified village of Onano. Centuries ago this fortified village was an important stronghold of the Monaldeschi family who ruled this area throughout the middle ages. You will return to the castle in time for a delicious Italian lunch.

This afternoon you can either relax at the castle or explore this historical area by yourself, where you will find sites dressed with beautiful views.

Wednesday

Today you will follow an old trail down towards the crater of Lake Bolsena, the biggest volcanic lake in Europe. Breathtaking views of the lake will accompany your excursion all the way. Scattered throughout the countryside, you will find archaeological sites where Etruscan tombs will serve to remind you of how ancient this beautiful land really is.

Today lunch will be served on the beach in a typical local restaurant and again there will be the opportunity to swim in the lake.

Thursday

Sadly today it is time to bid farewell to your castle home. If time allows you may ride out this morning, or if you would prefer you may take a lesson in the arena. 

Please note, the excursions can be changed according to weather, horses and riders conditions by the riding management of the castle. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginners to experienced
Type of ride: Based tuition and trails
Total riding time: 4 riding days: 1 full day (4/5hrs) and 3 half days (2 hrs).
Departure dates: 2019: Departure dates Sunday to Thursday from 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March to 6th November, with peak season pricing operating 18th June to 16th September.

Full board: £798 Standard or peak season: £866
Half board: £686 Standard or peak season: £754
Single supplement: £54 Standard or peak season: £72
Non rider half board: £360 Standard or peak season: £427
Non rider full board: £472 Standard or peak season: £540

Price includes 4 nights accommodation in twin/double rooms with en-suite facilities, full or half board (picnic lunch on some rides), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle and 3 half days of riding (2 hrs per day) as well as 1 full day ride (4/5 hrs per day) with multi-lingual guide. Less experienced riders will be offered 10 hours of riding split between lessons and easy trails instead.

Flights, transfers, room cleaning and travel insurance are NOT included in the price.



Riding, Wine and Spa



This week-long package is the perfect combination of riding and relaxation and is easily adapted to suit beginners or non-riders as well. The programme includes one full day ride and three half day rides, a wine-tasting at the famous Famous Fattoria Aldobandesca Antinori in Tuscany (with transport included) and two massages of around fifty minutes each. Beginner riders will be offered ten hours riding divided into lessons and easy hacks (instead of the longer rides). 

Other activities and excursions or extra riding can be added to the programme on request.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginners to experienced.
Type of ride: Based stay.
Total riding time: 4 riding days: 1 full day (4/5hrs) and 3 half days (2 hrs). In the case of beginner riders they will be offered 10 hours riding instead, divided into easy hacks and lessons.
Departure dates: 2019: 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March - 6th November.

Standard Season (1st March - 17th June and 17th September - 6th November)

Full board: £1387
Half board: £1191
Single supplement: £118
Non-rider full board: £1061
Non-rider half board: £864

Peak Season (18th June - 16th September)

Full board: £1505
Half board: £1308
Single supplement: £157
Non-rider full board: £1179
Non-rider half board: £982

Price includes 7 nights accommodation in twin rooms with en suite facilities, full or half board (picnic lunch on some rides), welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 1 full day (4/5hrs) riding and 3 half days (2/3hrs) riding, 2 massages of 50' each and 1 wine-tasting with transfer to Famous Fattoria Aldobandesca Antinori in Tuscany.

Flights, transfers, room cleaning and travel insurance are NOT included in the price.



New Year Break



Welcome the New Year in style on this short break with half-day rides exploring the enchanting countryside of Tuscany, with a celebratory dinner on New Year's Eve. On horseback explore the Italian countryside with castles and archeological sites framing the view before returning to relax at the castle in the afternoons. The old trails used by the "Brigands" (outlaws) to escape from the law over 200 years ago provide excellent riding opportunities - you will explore this beautiful area on a horse just as they did all those years ago.

What's included:

- 5 nights of accommodation in double or twin rooms in the old granary building of the castle (en-suite bathroom)

- full board with table wine and coffee included (all meals have a fixed menu)

- 4 half day riding excursions

- therapeutic 50 minute massage from on site professional

- welcome drink and guided tour of the castle

Day One: 28 December

Arrival day - airport transfers are possible at extra cost. After checking-in you will be offered a welcome drink and shown to your room. After an aperitif of prosecco and local wine in the castle there is a guided tour of the building and its treasures. Dinner will be served in the taverna. 

Day Two: 29 December

After breakfast at the castle you set off for a half day riding excursion, returning for lunch in the taverna. In the afternoon is a trip to the historical town of Orvieto, Umbria, for a visit. Dinner in the taverna in the evening.

Day Three: 30 December

Another half day ride through the wonderful countryside which surrounds the castle. After lunch in the taverna you will explore the historical town of Pitigliano, Tuscany. Dinner in the taverna.

Day Four: 31 December

After breakfast, set off on another half day ride through the hills before returning for lunch. In the afternoon you can relax with a 50 minute massage from the estate's professional physiotherapist. Afterwards you can prepare for a special New Year's Eve dinner at the castle with music and fireworks at midnight. 

Traditional Tuscan Menu:

Crostini and bruschetta

Polenta with boar meat sauce

Risotto with local mushrooms

Roasted pork fillet with vegetable sauce

Traditional New Year's Eve dish with local lentils with "cotechino" (pork sausage)

Salad and roasted potatoes from the farm

Dessert

Spumante at midnight to welcome the New Year! 

Day Five: 1st January

Brunch followed by a half day riding excursion - your first ride of 2019! Dinner tonight will be served in the taverna. 

Day Six: 2nd January

After breakfast, check out and head back to the airport for your flight home. 

We can add spa treatments, cookery classes, extra riding, bike rental or tennis to the programme at additional cost. Please just let us know! 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginners to experienced.
Type of ride: Centre based
Total riding time: 5 nights / 4 half days of riding
Departure dates: 28 December 2018 - 2 January 2019
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1029 per person sharing
20% discount for children under 14 years of age.


Includes: 5 nights accommodation, full board, 3 half-day riding trails, therapeutic 50 min massage, welcome drink and guided tour of the castle.
Additional activities can be booked and paid for locally including extra riding, extra spa treatments, cooking classes, bike rental and tennis courts.



Rome and Ride



This package combines a three night stay at a beautiful apart in Rome (self-catering) with a four night stay on the castle estate, giving the ultimate week package for those interested in both Rome and Tuscany. During your stay in Tuscany you will enjoy a full day ride and three half day rides to make the most of the excellent riding terrain.

Beginner riders can also be accommodated and instead of the longer rides will receive ten hours of tuition and easy hacks.

The apartment in Rome is owned by your hosts at the castle - it is centrally located and well-appointed. The combination of city days and sightseeing with peace and riding from the estate makes for a great taste of Italy.



Accommodation: 3 nights self-catering in Rome apartment, 4 nights on the estate (full or half board).
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginner to experienced.
Type of ride: Based stay.
Total riding time: 1 full day ride, 3 half day rides (2 - 3 hours).
Departure dates: 2019: 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March - 6th November.

Standard Season (1st March - 17th June and 17th September - 6th November)

Full board: £1051
Half board: £939
Non-rider full board: £725
Non-rider half board: £612

Peak Season (18th June - 16th September)

Full board: £1119
Half board: £1006
Non-rider full board: £792
Non-rider half board: £680

Price includes 3 nights of self-catering accommodation in Rome apartment, 4 nights of accommodation (twin/double occupancy) at the estate with full or half board, welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 1 full riding day and 3 half riding days.



Riding and Cycling



This new programme has been designed to suit couples or pair with one horse rider and one non-rider - the non-rider can cycle instead! This allows for both guests to have a holiday full of sport and adventure. All riding and cycling is guided and participants will meet up for lunchtime sometimes, such as at the beautiful lakes of Mezzano or Bolsena.

Electric bikes are available for a supplementary fee. Beginner horse riders will be offered ten hours of tuition and easy trails, instead of the longer rides.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: Beginner to experienced.
Type of ride: Based stay.
Total riding time: 1 full day and 4 half days (2 - 3 hours).
Departure dates: 2019: Saturday to Saturday from 1st March - 6th November.
 
Pricing: 2019:
Trips are available from 1st March - 6th November and this programme runs Saturday to Saturday.

The price is per person but includes either horse riding OR cycling - the programme is designed for couples or pairs when one rides horses and one doesn't.

Standard Season (1st March - 17th June and 17th September - 6th November)

Full board: £1219
Half board: £1023

Peak Season (18th June - 16th September)

Full board: £1338
Half board: £1139

Price includes 7 nights of twin/double room accommodation, full or half board, a welcome drink and guided tour of the castle, 5 riding days for the horse rider (1 full day ride and 4 half day rides), 5 bike riding days for the cyclist.