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Galiny Palace

Overview

This welcoming country estate is situated in north-east Poland and has been beautifully restored to maintain its charm, whilst also offering a wonderful holiday setup for guests. It features a 16th century Palace, the 19th century Grange (with stables and restaurant) and a romantic park with over 2…

Highlights

  • Visit some of the most amazing stables we've ever seen!
  • Huge selection of quality horses
  • Restaurant serving delicious authentic food and drink
  • Hike, bike, fish or relax in the sauna
  • Visit the cuties at the petting zoo

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group (50 in camp)
  • Average of 2 - 3 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 1lb

Description

This welcoming country estate is situated in north-east Poland and has been beautifully restored to maintain its charm, whilst also offering a wonderful holiday setup for guests. It features a 16th century Palace, the 19th century Grange (with stables and restaurant) and a romantic park with over 200 hectares of forests, meadows, pastures and ponds. The estate is well-maintained and designed to immerse guests in nature and the area's history, whatever season of the year you come to visit.

The estate stud farm is home to almost fifty horses which are housed in the historic stables and across the estate lands. The number of horses means that the estate can run a riding school catering to different levels including beginner riders, those looking to improve their technique or guests who prefer exciting rides through the fields. You can take lessons in the indoor or outdoor menage, dependent on the weather, and lunge lessons are also a possibility. Carriage rides around the estate are a lovely way to explore and you can even take a lesson in driving mini horse carriages!

The horses primarily consist of warmblood types and Polish crosses whilst there are some fantastic Welsh B ponies for children. The estate's homebred horses have competed in championships both on a Polish and European level, as well as other parts of the world. The staff also organise many sporting, cultural and breed events and in 2003 they were awarded a gold medal for contribution to the development of noble horse breeds in Poland.

A unique feature of the estate are the magnificent landscapes which allow you to enjoy long walks without leaving the grounds. The 'Three Ponds Trail' starts on the edge of the magical forest with its ancient oak trees, then on through the waving grasslands until you reach the peaceful ponds and their connecting streams. From there you can come back across the picturesque pastures which the herds of horses roam. In summer you will find the company of cranes and other rare bird species whilst in winter there is certain to be some skittish deer.

The estate offers a fantastic choice of non-riding activities and sports making it an excellent location for families or mixed groups. Options include fishing, cycling, hiking, swimming (pond), a Russian Banya (sauna), massages, tennis, Nordic walking and more. There is also a mini farm with miniature horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits and poultry which both children and adults are sure to enjoy.

Holly and Natalie from Far and Ride visited the estate in October 2015 and loved every moment - please get in touch to know more!

Horses & Riding

Tack

English.

Horses

Westphalian, Holsteiner, Polish Crossbreeds, Welsh Section Bs and Wielkopolski Horses.

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • Flexible Programme or Jumping Programme is a based ride
  • Trail Programme is a based ride
  • Winter Riding Package is a based ride

Ages

Children aged 13 and older can be accepted on the trail programme if they are confident and experienced riders. Children under this age are welcome to take part in the flexible and jumping training programmes instead.

Health

Good general health and fitness recommended.

Weight

90kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 1lb

Food & Accommodation

Food

This destination serves excellent, modern cuisine which has been created to take into account the typical culinary traditions of the region. In fact the food here is one of its greatest strengths! They use many vegetables, fruits and herbs grown on site and serve locally produced cheese, cold meats and homemade preserves, ensuring quality and freshness. Each month the chef offers new seasonal dishes according to the fresh produce available at the time.

Lunches and dinners are chosen from a set menu. Coffee, tea, juices and water are served with and included with the meals, but alcohol is at your own cost. Beer or wine can be ordered and paid for at the time or you can pay for all extras at the end of your holiday.

Accommodation

The estate offers accommodation in 36 rooms and suites, each of which is different. The unique atmosphere of the historic buildings are emphasised by interiors which have been individually designed. Large bathrooms are well-matched to the character of the rooms. Pastel rooms in the Grange have a rustic atmosphere, highlighted by exposed beams, heavy wooden doors and stylish bay windows and shutters. Some rooms are available directly from the garden. The Palace interiors were inspired by the court and its traditions. The rooms are decorated with a collection of renovated antique furniture complemented by newer pieces which have been designed to match.

The two-storey inn with clock tower is located in the historic granary offers a lovely place to relax. It features exposed rafters under a high wooden ceiling, a large fireplace and an original bread stove.

Single rooms available at additional cost.

NB. The prices for the accommodation are the same so you can choose which you prefer when you book your holiday. The Palace rooms have a 4* standard with interiors which reflect old manor traditions. The Grange rooms have a 3* standard and a more rustic, homely atmosphere. The reception, stables and restaurant are located in the Grange building whereas the Palace is roughly 200m away.

Itineraries

Flexible Programme or Jumping Programme Standard accommodation.

Trail Programme Standard accommodation.

Winter Riding Package Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The nature of this estate means that guests can spend every day differently if their wish, according to their needs. The cycle of the seasons, so naturally associated with the estate, is really the only restriction which exists. There are a variety of activities available including:

- autumn trips to the nearby forests, a delight for walkers and experienced mushroom pickers!

- visits to an original Russian Banya (sauna) can help you to regenerate after physical or mental exertion.

- relaxing massages for both men and women

Other options include tennis (equipment provided), fishing (rods provided), cycling (children seats available), table tennis, football field, volleyball and basketball courts, nordic walking, board games, field games, playground and playroom for kids, X-Box, internet access and a swimming pond!

Nearby places of interest:

Wolf's Lair (approx 30km) - the military headquarters for Adolf Hitler's eastern front during WWII.

Krutynia River Trail (approx 70km) - beautiful kayaking trails with over 100km of routes.

Malbork Castle - this 13th century castle belonged to the Teutonic Knights and is actually the largest castle in the world!

Swieta Lipka (approx 30km) - a village known for its pilgrimage church, a great example of Baroque architecture.

Lidzbark Warminski (approx 20km) - this town has been called 'the Pearl of Warmia' and is home to the Warmian Bishop's Castle, recognised by the government as an important historic monument.

Olsztyn (approx 70km) - this is the nearest large city to the estate, home to many interesting sites and plenty of shops.

Mikolajki - this old church town dates back to 1444 and is very popular with tourists.

Ketrzyn Zamek - a Teutonic castle from 14th century, now a museum.

Travel

We can organise transfers from Olsztyn-Mazury (Szymany) airport (closest, 85km), Gdansk Lech Walesa (approx 2.5 hours by car) or Warsaw (3.5-4 hours by car). These transfers are at an additional cost - please ask us.

Testimonials

Maria L., March 22, 2018

My mini-holiday at Galiny was wonderful. Great riding instructors, skilled horses, plenty of classes, beautiful surroundings and delicious meals. It’s great value for money, and I can definitely recommend this jumping stable, for riders at all levels. I haven’t been riding for more than 10 years, and never did much jumping, yet I was still allowed to try jumping and managed to jump a full course around 80 cm in height, and the guidance and the feedback on how to jump was great. It was a huge experience and gave me a great motivation for coming back to riding and improving my level. I could borrow a helmet without problems, I tried 4 different horses and found a favourite. The stable is very cosy, and the balance between being allowed tacking up the horse yourself and getting help with finding the equipment, guidance on how they prefer it to be done etc is good. Monica and Eva were very good, they had a good balance between giving good advice and feedback, and also positive and encouraging comments, a good understanding of were my level was.


Chris G. (Flexible Programme), Oct. 17, 2017

Very well organised. Friendly, professional staff. Loved being able to see the foals, walk around the grounds, cycle, etc. (Accommodation?) Excellent standard. Loved the bedroom. Food was both tasty and beautifully presented. (Horses?) Probably the fittest best-schooled horses I have ever ridden on a riding holiday. I rode 5 in all over 3 days and loved the variety. Tack & equipment put mine to shame! (Guides?) Monika & Ewa. Competent, friendly, professional with a sense of humour. I learnt loads.


Colleen H. (Advanced Rider Trail), Oct. 7, 2017

I loved this ride! It was exactly as described. Lots of time in the saddle. good pace - trotting and cantering. This was my 6th ride of this kind and ranks at the top of my list. I especially found the terrain conducive to long canters. The horses were excellent. I rode the same horse each day but was offered a choice - in hindsight, I should have tried others but very happy with the one I had. Melanie and Patricia (guides) very friendly and very professional. Excellent.


Jessica H. (Flexible Programme), Oct. 13, 2016

Amazing! We had such a brilliant time. Best hotel room I've ever had. Food was fantastic. Horses were all in lovely condition and tack was good, obviously well maintained. Eva (our instructor) was fabulous! She helped my sister improve so much and got rid of my bad habits I'd picked up from not having a lesson for 6+ years! (Favourite memory?) All the beautiful scenery around the estate and the riding sessions we had - I jumped bigger than I have for years. Oh! And falling asleep in the sun in a deck chair by the pond! Fishing at sunset and getting a snog from the Friesian and Luschek the dog.


Satine H., Oct. 8, 2015

I was very happy with the accommodation. The food quality was very healthy and delicious. I was (also) very happy with my horse, he was gentle and clever, which is very important for a beginner rider. (Favourite memory?) The stunning view of the place and the friendly staff on the programme.


Itinerary & Pricing

Days 1 to 7

Riding: 1 - 3 hours

This flexible programme provides each guest with twelve riding sessions to use in whatever way they prefer. There is no need to stick to a specific schedule and you can organise the time/format of your rides with the instructor, depending on your own skills and needs.

The twelve sessions can be used for flatwork lessons, lunge lessons, jumping lessons (up to 60cm), hacking on the estate (maximum two hours at a time) or even a lesson in how to drive horse carriages!

Lessons are typically 1 hour in duration and will be shared with other riders of a similar level (can be up to 7 riders in flatwork lessons and up to 5 in jumping lessons). However, please note that one carriage driving lesson (1 hour duration) is equal to two standard riding sessions.

Jumping lessons are also possible in the normal flexible programme - if staying for a weekend then up to 2 jumping lessons are possible and if staying for a week then up to 4 jumping lessons are possible. If you wish to jump then please let us know in advance so that the right horses can be reserved for you.

For those who are interested specifically in jumping, then you can book onto the jumping programme instead. A weeks jumping programme would include 10 jumping lessons, and a weekends programme would include 5 jumping lessons. Only 4/5 people can be accepted onto the jumping programme due to the number of suitable horses.

Accommodation

All nights spent in rooms at the palace or in the grange.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All levels are welcome for the flexible programme. Riders must be experienced for the jumping programme.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 10
Accommodation for up to 50.
Departure windows

At any time during: May 1, 2021 - Sept. 30, 2021

At any time during: May 1, 2022 - Oct. 30, 2022

Pricing

2021
6 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); (July & August)
£920 $1275 €1095
2021
6 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); (July & August)
£1050 $1455 €1250
2021
3 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); (July & August)
£525 $725 €625
2021
3 nights; Non-rider (July & August)
£285 $395 €340
2021
6 nights; Non-rider (July & August)
£570 $790 €680
2021
3 nights; Non-rider (May, June & September)
£270 $375 €325
2021
6 nights; Non-rider (May, June & September)
£545 $755 €650
2021
3 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); (May, June & September)
£450 $620 €535
2021
6 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); (May, June & September)
£900 $1245 €1070
2021
3 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); (May, June & September)
£415 $575 €495
2021
6 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); (May, June & September)
£830 $1150 €990
2021
3 nights; Flexible Programme (July & August)
£430 $590 €510
2021
6 nights; Flexible Programme (July & August)
£855 $1180 €1010
2021
3 nights; Flexible Programme (May, June & September)
£400 $555 €480
2021
6 nights; Flexible Programme (May, June & September)
£800 $1105 €945
2021
3 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); (July & August)
£460 $640 €550
2022
6 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); May, June, Sept, Oct
£950 $1315 €1130
2022
3 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); May, June, Sept, Oct
£475 $655 €565
2022
6 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); July, Aug
£1050 $1455 €1250
2022
3 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm); July, Aug
£525 $725 €625
2022
6 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); May, June, Sept, Oct
£830 $1150 €990
2022
3 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); May, June, Sept, Oct
£415 $575 €495
2022
6 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); July, August
£920 $1275 €1095
2022
3 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm); July, August
£460 $640 €550
2022
6 nights; Non-Rider; May, June, Sept, Oct
£505 $695 €600
2022
3 nights; Non-Rider; May, June, Sept, Oct
£250 $345 €300
2022
6 nights; Non-Rider; July, Aug
£535 $745 €640
2022
3 nights; Non-Rider; July, Aug
£265 $370 €320
2022
6 nights; Flexible Programme; May, June, Sept, Oct
£790 $1095 €940
2022
3 nights; Flexible Programme; May, June, Sept, Oct
£395 $545 €470
2022
6 nights; Flexible Programme; July, Aug
£855 $1180 €1010
2022
3 nights; Flexible Programme; July, Aug
£430 $590 €510
Included Accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, drinking water, daily riding (c. 2 sessions per day), wifi and use of the tennis courts, bicycles and facilities at the palace.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks, massages, extra services at the palace, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €90
Paid locally
Szymany (Olsztyn-Mazury) airport transfer, approximate price per car (1 - 3 pax) each way.
2021 - Airport Transfer €150
Paid locally
Gdansk airport transfer, approximate price per car (1 - 3 pax) each way.
2021 - Single Supplement £13 $19 €16 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone in a single room.
2022 - Single Supplement £21 $29 €25 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone in a single room.
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.

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: 1 - 1 hours

Arrival at the hotel where a Warmian style lunch or dinner will be waiting for you. You will have a chance to get to know the staff who will be taking care of you during your stay and you can take a look around the estate. If you arrive in time for lunch then you will spend the afternoon visiting the stables and having one hour of introductory riding in the menage to prepare you for the rides to come - this will help the riding instructors to find you the perfect horse. If you arrive later, only in time for dinner, then your introductory ride will be moved to the next morning. In this case you will receive some riding and a lunch on your departure day to ensure that you still have plenty of hours.

Days 2 to 6 - Monday - Friday

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Each day begins with a delicious buffet breakfast before you head to the stables for your trail rides. Every day you will ride to different points of interest on a journey of approximately 30km, the whole trip taking around six hours including breaks. Lunch will be served in each different location and then you will return to the estate for dinner and overnight each day. The places you will ride to are as follows:

Sulowo Village: This is quite an intense ride, following old hunters' paths through the forests and meadows surrounding the estate. After approximately three hours of riding and sightseeing you will reach the old village of Sulowo where you will stop for lunch in a restaurant. There will be time to rest up a bit before mounting your horse and heading back to the estate. 

Sanctuary of Stoczek Klasztorny: You will prepare the horses for today's ride, a trail including all paces and plenty of active riding through Warmia's countryside. You will head to Stoczek Klasztorny, a 17th century sanctuary in the Baroque style. During the ride you will see many small churches located on the roadside which is very characteristic of the Warmia region. Today's lunch will be prepared by monks at the monastery and you will be able to relax in the monastery gardens before making your way back to the stables. 

Krawczyki: Today's beautiful ride leads you to the village of Krawczyki which belonged to the Denhoff family from the 16th - 20th century. Lunch will be served in one of the local guest farms. 

Wegoryty: After a hearty breakfast you will saddle your horses for a ride to the small village of Wegoryty.  Lunch will be served on a local farm which is famed for it's delicious vegetable pates.

Sarnowo: The ride today always brings a smile as you make your way to Sarnowo village. You pass many small churches beside the trail which are characteristic of Warmia's landscape. Lunch is in a beautifully restored court from the early 20th century, before returning to Galiny. On reaching the estate you can look forward to a traditional dinner together, a great way to end a hopefully unforgettable week.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Today is sadly your day of departure. If you enjoyed lunch and riding on your arrival day, then you are free to depart after a final breakfast. If you only arrived in time for dinner on arrival day, then you are invited to use up your few hours of riding tuition and a lunch before you leave. After saying farewell to new friends, both four-legged and two-legged, it will be time to head back to the airport, hopefully with great memories from your riding holiday in Poland.

Accommodation

All nights spent in rooms at the palace or in the grange.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

This programme is suitable for intermediate riders and above. You should be confident and in control riding at all paces in open countryside.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

At any time during: May 2, 2021 - Oct. 2, 2021  (Dates available to suit, with Sunday arrivals and Saturday departures.)

At any time during: May 3, 2022 - Sept. 30, 2022  (Dates available to suit, with Sunday arrivals and Saturday departures.)

Pricing

2021
Non-rider; Standard Season (May, June & September)
£545 $755 €650
2021
Non-rider; High Season (July & August)
£570 $790 €680
2021
Rider; Standard Season (May, June & September)
£1075 $1485 €1275
2021
Rider; High Season (July & August)
£1145 $1585 €1360
2022
Rider; 3 nights, Standard Season (May, June & September)
£525 $725 €625
2022
Rider; 3 nights, High Season (July, August)
£560 $775 €665
2022
Non-Rider, 3 nights Standard season (May, June and September)
£250 $345 €300
2022
Rider; 6 nights, Standard Season (May, June & September)
£1155 $1600 €1375
2022
Non-Rider, 3 nights High Season (July, August)
£265 $370 €320
2022
Rider; 6 nights High Season (July & August)
£1235 $1705 €1465
2022
Non-rider; 6 nights Standard Season (May, June & September)
£505 $695 €600
2022
Non-rider; 6 nights High Season (July & August)
£535 $745 €640
Included 6 nights of accommodation in shared rooms, three meals a day (including lunch on either arrival or departure day), drinking water, 5 days riding and use of tennis courts and bicycles at the palace.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks, massages, extra services at the palace, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €90
Paid locally
Szymany (Olsztyn-Mazury airport) transfer, approximate price each way per car (1-3 pax).
2021 - Airport Transfer €150
Paid locally
Gdansk airport transfer, approximate price each way per car (1-3 pax).
2021 - Single Supplement £13 $19 €16 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone staying in a single room.
2022 - Single Supplement £21 $29 €25 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone staying in a single room.
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.

Days 1 to 7

Riding: 1 - 3 hours

The winter riding programme provides each guest with the opportunity to take quality riding tuition either in the indoor or outdoor schools (weather dependent), whilst also enjoying the wonders of Poland in winter. During a week you will have 12 riding sessions and a weekend will include 6 riding sessions instead. You can book a jumping version if you'd like to focus on that. 

The large indoor riding school is warm and comfortable, perfect for practising your skill on the flat and over some fences too, even when the weather is really cold. You can choose if you would prefer to have a stay with pure flatwork or a combination of the two (up to 4 jumping sessions will be offered in this case, or 2 if you are staying for a weekend).

Lessons are typically 1 hour in duration and will be shared with other riders of a similar level (can be up to 7 riders in flatwork lessons and up to 5 in jumping lessons).

Because of the often unpredictable weather conditions in Poland between October and April, it's not always possible to offer trail riding on the estate. However, this may be offered still in October and late March depending on weather conditions at the time.

Poland enjoys a lot of snow in the wintertime and it's a lovely idea to ask the staff at reception for a map of the estate and enjoy some winter walks on the private grounds. You can then return to enjoy a warm mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate snuggled up by the fire - winter bliss!

Accommodation

All nights spent in rooms at the palace or in the grange.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All levels are welcome.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 10
Accommodation for up to 38.
Departure windows

At any time during: Nov. 1, 2021 - Dec. 17, 2021  (Dates available to suit throughout the winter months, with the exception of Christmas & New Year.)

At any time during: Jan. 2, 2022 - April 30, 2022  (Dates available to suit throughout the winter months, with the exception of Christmas & New Year.)

At any time during: Nov. 1, 2022 - Dec. 16, 2022  (Dates available to suit throughout the winter months, with the exception of Christmas & New Year.)

At any time during: Jan. 7, 2023 - April 30, 2023  (Dates available to suit throughout the winter months, with the exception of Christmas & New Year.)

Pricing

2021
6 nights; flatwork lessons only
£600 $830 €715
2021
3 nights; flatwork lessons only
£300 $410 €355
2021
6 nights; jumping lessons (up to 60cm)
£630 $870 €750
2021
3 nights; jumping lessons (up to 60cm)
£315 $435 €375
2021
6 nights; Advanced jumping lessons (up to 100cm)
£705 $975 €840
2021
3 nights; Advanced jumping lessons (up to 100cm)
£350 $485 €420
2022
6 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm)
£650 $900 €775
2022
3 nights; Jumping Programme (up to 60cm)
£325 $450 €390
2022
6 nights; Flexible Programme
£610 $845 €725
2022
3 nights; Flexible Programme
£305 $425 €365
2022
6 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm)
£780 $1080 €930
2022
3 nights; Advanced Jumping Programme (up to 100cm)
£390 $540 €465
Included Accommodation (palace or grange), three meals a day, water, Wi-Fi, riding sessions
Not included Flights, transfers, drinks, massages and extra services, insurance, tips

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer €90
Paid locally
Szymany (Olsztyn-Mazury airport) transfer, approximate price each way per car (1-3 pax).
2021 - Airport Transfer €150
Paid locally
Gdansk airport transfer, approximate price each way per car (1-3 pax).
2020/2021 - Single Supplement £13 $19 €16 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone staying in a single room.
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.