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Join this vacation and enjoy outstanding luxury self catering accommodation, breathtaking scenery, exceptional Spanish horses, traditional white village location, and the ultimate riding guide. If you are looking for a different riding holiday, then this is the holiday for you. Based in a luxury rural retreat in Casarabonela in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Cortijo el Chenil Caballos is run by ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs. The outstanding Spanish horses will carry you through this stunning mountainous landscape with the most breathtaking views. This magical landscape has a beauty you can only really appreciate by being there and is best appreciated on horseback. It is a truly unforgettable experience and really is a must on your travel bucket list.
The luxury self-catering apartments are luxurious, well-appointed, spacious, very comfortable, and fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy an incredible holiday. They are stylishly decorated and feature both air conditioning and heating so you are comfortable no matter the time of year.
Single rider packages are available in the one-bedroom apartment, however, these packages work out cheaper for groups. Standard accommodation for groups of two will be a twin room in a one-bedroom apartment, whilst the two-bedroom apartment can accommodate group of up to four people. All bed linen and towels are provided, including pool towels.
The fabulous south facing swimming pool means you can soak up the sun whatever the time of day. Surrounded by sunbeds, you can relax around the pool with a good book or even sample one of the cocktails from the bar. When you get bored of sunbathing, you can enjoy a game of pool or darts or even a game of petanque on the specially built court.
A free pool table and electronic dartboard are available for your entertainment, as well as a DVD library, and game selection. DVD’s can be taken from the library and watched on the smart TV’s provided in the apartments. A state of the art music system plays a selection of chilled and relaxing music in the pool and bar areas.
There is also a fabulous Petanque court on the front of the property and of course, the free Wi-Fi means you can choose to stay in touch with the rest of the world, or if you prefer you can choose to disconnect and completely relax and unwind off the grid.
Should you need them, they are available, priced per load. There are irons and ironing boards available for your use free of charge, please just ask.
Baby monitors are provided in each apartment for your convenience, so if you choose, you can put the children to bed and feel completely secure and at ease about enjoying a drink at the bar.
Several acres of orchards and plantations, growing many different types of fruit including the typical oranges, lemons, and olives, as well as more exotic avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, and dragon fruits, enhance the beauty of the property.
There are two lakes on the property with stunning panoramic views. A small river runs through the center of the property, surrounded by bamboo providing a perfect haven for a variety of wildlife. The lake and river attract a plethora of birds and dragonflies meaning the property is heaven for those of you who love to relax surrounded by nature.
The holidays not only feature the most amazing riding throughout a spectacular location, but the luxury accommodation and exceptional facilities mean you will also enjoy a fantastic luxury holiday. Lounging around the sun-soaked pool, enjoying a cheeky cocktail at the poolside bar and soaking up authentic Spanish culture are just some of the highlights of this incredible holiday. It really is a truly unforgettable experience.
These packages are available for solo riders but work out cheaper for groups as the accommodation costs are shared between the group. There are three riding packages available, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each package features a different amount of riding. These are the details for the Bronze package.
Cortijo El Chenil Caballos is located on the edge of a natural park with mountains and valleys so their track types vary widely: they have dirt tracks, mountain tracks, river beds, fields, forests, woodland, and olive groves.
On your arrival at the retreat, you will be shown to your apartment and then invited to join Cortijo El Chenil Caballos for your induction. This will be an opportunity to meet the other riders and your instructors. At Cortijo el Chenil Caballos you will find a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere where guests are welcomed as strangers but leave as friends!
You will discuss your riding ability and then go through all of the safety requirements, assess your ability, and Cortijo el Chenil Caballos will assign you a horse.
You will enjoy two days of riding on your four-day holiday. Cortijo El Chenil Caballos prefers to keep groups small as they feel this promotes a friendly atmosphere and ensures everyone gets the attention they deserve.
Rides - On the Bronze package you will enjoy two hours riding each day. This package is suitable for all abilities but is the only package suitable for beginners. Beginners will start off in the arena learning basic controls and getting used to your horse. You will then go out for a hack through the countryside.
Absolute beginners can be rope led on the hacks so they can enjoy the experience without feeling nervous. Absolute beginners must book as a group (minimum of two riders).
Intermediate and experienced riders will go out on 2 x 2-hour treks through the countryside and will enjoy more challenging routes than the beginners. The location means whichever direction you ride, you will be guaranteed breathtaking views and beautiful tranquil countryside with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. You will ride through mountains, olive groves, dry riverbeds, and fields with breathtaking views over the Guadalhorce Valley.
Cortijo El Chenil Caballos encourages all riders to take part in grooming and tacking up as they feel this helps you develop a relationship with your horse and helps you get more out of your experience.
This is the only package Cortijo el Chenil Caballos offers throughout July and August due to the high temperatures. Cortijo El Chenil Caballos' main priority is the welfare of the horses and they do not like to overwork them in the summer months. It also gets very uncomfortable for the rider so at this time of year you only ride very early in the morning, that way you can be back at the retreat before it gets too hot.
You are then free to spend the rest of the day either relaxing by the pool or exploring the local area so this package is ideal for those who want to combine a summer break with a little riding.
First and foremost, at Cortijo el Chenil they are horse lovers. Currently, they have ten horses - one Shetland, two registered Hispano Arabes, one Spanish PRE gelding, one Lusitano gelding, and five Andalusians, ranging from the 13'2 hand pony to the fabulous 17 hand ride and drive gelding.
All horses are safe and surefooted and very well taken care of, in fact, Cortijo El Chenil Caballos has worked in conjunction with their vet to ensure that they are kept in the healthiest and most natural environment possible.
They love a grey at Cortijo el Chenil, so much so that five of their nine horses are greys! They also have two bays, a fabulous dun, and the fabulous pony is a palomino.
They also have a variety of tack to suit your riding style. Most customers prefer to ride Spanish horses in Spanish tack, but they also hold Dressage, Portuguese, and English saddles.
Horses are deeply entrenched in Spanish culture. Throughout the year there are many local events involving horses including various rutas, Romerias and Ferias and quite often a representative of Cortijo el Chenil Caballos will be in attendance. Wherever possible Cortijo El Chenil Caballos team likes to accompany their guests to these events to provide a real insight into the Andalusian culture. They are a truly magical experience.
Non-riders are welcome and they will find plenty to do to keep them occupied whether they just want to relax at the retreat or explore further afield. Cortijo el Chenil is surrounded by fabulous Andalusian towns and villages steeped in tradition and culture and this area is perfect for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, motorcyclists, birdwatching, and photography.
There is also a wide range of other activities available, including paddle boarding, kayaking, buggy rides, quad biking, and much much more. Or as Cortijo el Chenil is only 30 minutes from Malaga, you can head down to the coast to enjoy the shopping, the beaches, and the culture. All other activities are subject to additional charges.
Children over the age of 12 are also welcome as riders or non-riders. Children under 12 are welcome as non-riders with a supervising adult.
Darren left home at the tender age of 15 to pursue a career in Racing. At 18, he was encouraged to apply for his jockey license and rode his first winner as less than 3 months after his first public ride. In a career that spanned more than 20 years, he rode in excess of 600 winners worldwide including 231 at home with his best year seeing him ride an incredible 61 winners. His career saw him race all over Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and America and he worked with many of the worlds best trainers and stables including working at Godolphin during a golden period.
Andalusia is widely considered to be one of the most romantic regions in Spain. Its rich history and culture, mountainous backdrop littered with whitewashed villages, and the scent of orange blossom provides the perfect setting for a memorable holiday. And of course, the all-year-round mild climate means it is one of the most popular destinations for those who enjoy both summer and winter sun vacations.
The retreat is located on the edge of the picturesque white village of Casarabonela. Casarabonela is located in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, at the foot of Sierra Prieta, and from its many viewpoints, visitors can admire the outstanding vistas looking down over the incredible Guadalhorce Valley as far as the sea.
Casarabonela has a very rich culture and history and is one of the few Costa del Sol towns that has managed to retain and combine its Roman, Moorish, and Christian heritage in both its traditions and its landscape. The narrow, whitewashed streets have so much to offer, not only in the variety of monuments and places of interest but also in its many tapas bars offering local gastronomic specialties.
You will find everything you need to enjoy your self-catering stay in the local area, there are two local supermarkets and several individual shops including butchers, bakeries, and greengrocers.
Whether you just want to relax at the retreat or get out and about and explore the area this retreat is ideal. Just 30 minutes from the beautiful city of Malaga, 20 minutes from the famous Caminito del Rey and the beautiful lakes at Ardales, 40 minutes from the glitz and glam of Marbella and only an hour from the stunning historic center of Ronda there really is something for everyone in this area.
This package is self-catering. There are supermarkets in the local area, along with several bars and restaurants serving a wide selection of traditional tapas and typical Andalucian cuisine.
The Cortijo el Chenil Caballos team is happy to recommend local restaurants and often accompany guests to some of their favorite tapas bars and "ventas" where they can sample outstanding traditional Andalucian cuisine.
Drinks are available at the retreat bar.
The program grants you plenty of downtimes to enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the retreat, or you can take the opportunity to explore this incredible region. You can soak up the atmosphere in the cosmopolitan city of Malaga or take in a little culture in any one of the many fabulous historic towns, such as Ronda.
You can head towards the coast to soak up the sun on one of the many fabulous Costa del Sol beaches or sip a cocktail alongside the fabulous yachts in Puerto Banus after enjoying an afternoon shopping. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. All extra activities will be subject to an additional charge.
If you want to get out and about and explore the region in your downtime, Cortijo El Chenil Caballos would highly recommend hiring a car, however, there are excellent public transport links and they can also do drop-offs to various locations. Charges depend on the destination.
Cortijo El Chenil Caballos can also organize a whole host of activities that are available within 20 to 45 minutes away from the retreat including:
Transfer available for additional US$109 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available from 45 EUR each way.
Car hire is available at Malaga Airport.
The closest train station is Pizarra. Transfers are available to and from Pizarra station for 15 EUR each way.
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