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Experience a horse riding holiday in Spain and enjoy horseback riding through the beautiful scenery at a pace that suits your ability. You will be accompanied by the guides on rides that are well thought out and above all relaxing and great fun. Hacienda Horses are passionate about giving you the very best possible horse riding holiday in Spain. They will create a friendly atmosphere with great company so you can relax and enjoy every wonderful moment!
During this riding holiday, you will be accommodated in either an en-suite apartment or en-suite room at Cortijo Uribe - the manor house. Cortijo Uribe is a 16th Century farmhouse that has been lovingly restored with lots of space and tranquil areas to unwind and enjoy peaceful moments on your horse riding trip in Spain. The accommodation has been separated into many bedrooms and apartments with en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, and a kitchenette. There are three apartments available with full kitchen facilities for larger groups or families guests, with many other apartments available with kitchenettes. There are also two apartments for less-abled and disabled guests.
A beautiful infinity pool is open all year round to appreciate the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, with a shady gazebo to relax in. There is an open courtyard, and an indoor garden for long summer evenings, as well as an authentic salon and former Chapel with lovely traditional open fireplaces for warm winter nights. The home is open to all guests. You can enjoy the sun on the patio or sit in the shade with your coffee, or better still a glass of wine.
Note: You are welcome to bring pets. However, please ask prior permission as additional cleaning charges may apply.
Hacienda Horses is passionate about giving you the very best possible horse riding holiday in Spain. On arrival at Cortijo Uribe, you will be shown your spacious rooms with air conditioning. Then you will start the guided tour around Cortijo Uribe. You will be shown the infinity pool, the shop, gym, games room, chapel, dining room, and stables. There are timetables and notice boards for client information.
Next, you will be given a time for your assessment. At the assessment, the trainer will discuss with you about your hopes and aspirations for your holiday at Hacienda Horses. For example, you might want to improve your riding skills or just enjoy the hacking or try some new dressage. The trainer will gauge your riding level and a horse will be allocated for your next outing.
The normal riding itinerary is from 1 to 3 hours’ hack in the morning depending on abilities and a 1-hour lesson in the afternoon. The trainer will provide this flexibility because some beginner riders cannot cope with the longer hacks.
On a one week stay, you will have the possibility to include some of the rides below depending on the weather and rider ability:
Hacienda Horses tends to split riders into ability groups for hacking and lessons as some riders are happy to be in the saddle all day but for others this may be too long. Therefore, the lessons will be tailored to suit your needs. The lessons will be started after the lunch break.
Picnic ride is a scenic 4-hour ride to Santianne. You will be walking through the gentle olive groves and cantering across the endless plains of the Campo to higher vantage points to admire the breathtaking Andalusian countryside. You will stop for a Spanish picnic al fresco before a return journey alongside the vineyards.
During May, June, September, and October, on the nights of the full moon, you will ride at night by the light of the moon. Approximately a two-hour ride, you will stop for refreshments and to admire the scenery illuminated by the full moon. It will be an amazing experience to ride through the campo surrounded by the darkness and stillness of the shimmering night.
Hacienda Horses love to welcome the riders of the future. They find that kids love the structure and the fact that they can interact with all the 4 legged companions. They often help to educate the rescue dogs and many of the children do not want to leave.
When families arrive, the younger members of the family are usually taken into a separate group for the morning’s sessions with other children. In this group, they can be taught at a different pace while they learn how to prepare horses for classes and carriage driving. They will have quizzes on horse welfare, colors, markings, and lots more. Kids will take part in separate gymkhana games and learn to drive a carriage.
For beginner level children, Hacienda Horses will offer lunging and basic classes for as long as their strength will allow. For children who have basic riding skills, they will be taught how to ride a gymkhana game per day with a competition at the end.
The children will be entertained with activities that they will enjoy, while the adults ride in their ability groups. They hope to let the adults have a holiday where there can ride and relax and not worry about their children during hacks. The children can interact and build relationships with each other and all the four-legged residents.
In the afternoon, the children will have lessons at a similar time to the parents. Some families dream to ride out in the countryside as a group, and once the children are confident, Hacienda Horses can arrange this with a personal guide. Hacienda Horses always listen to every guest request and try to provide the guest the holiday they would like, achieve the things they would like to achieve, and try their best to make dreams come true.
Note: Currently, Hacienda Horses have a maximum weight limit of 100 kilograms for the riders. Furthermore, in the hotter months, Hacienda Horses will change the riding schedule to avoid peak heat periods. Summer also gives you many more riding options as the crops are removed from the fields which will give you many more long canters to enjoy.
This riding holiday will take place at Cortijo Uribe, Andalusia, Spain. Cortijo Uribe is situated next to the village of Mollina in the Malaga province of Andalusia. The place is in a truly wonderful setting with acres of olive groves, vineyards, and pine forests to relax and ride the lovely horses right in the heart of the Andalusian countryside.
Next to where Hacienda Horses is situated is a designated natural area for wildlife protection that you can ride through. You stay on the paths to prevent any intrusion into the ecosystem. The name of this area is La Camorra. Here, you can savor the scent of pine, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
Wild birds are in abundance. Hoopoes, cuckoos, buzzards, and kites can be spotted. If you are very lucky, you might even see one of the European eagle owls that nest near the Cortijo each year. Beekeepers make special honey here which has a hint of rosemary as this flower seems to be a favorite of the bees in this area.
During this riding holiday, you will get half board meals. Breakfast is typically served with a selection of fruits, cereals and pastries with juice, as well as coffee and tea to set you up for the day ahead. Your dinner will be relaxing under the starlight on the patio or by the warmth of the fire in the chapel. The evening meal will include two glasses of wine.
For lunch, you can visit Mollina. There are many authentic bars and restaurants to enjoy in the village. You can also experience local specialty wines and cocktail-tasting at an additional cost.
Transfer available for additional US$125 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Hacienda Horses can provide transfers from and to the airport at 110 EUR per car from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outside these times, there is a 40 EUR supplement. If you share your transfer with other guests, you will also share the cost of the transfer with them. The transfers will be a maximum of six people per car.
Hacienda Horses does not offer transfers after 7.30pm and before 9.30am as this causes disruption to the guests and dogs. If you wish to fly at these times, they will drop you in Malaga the night before so you can transfer yourself from the hotel to the airport.
If you arrive after 10 p.m., you should make arrangements to stay in a hotel and Hacienda Horses will collect you in the morning.
Please allow a three-hour transfer window between departure from the house and your flight time. You can also hire a car at the airport and drive up to the Hacienda.
You will need to get two trains. Firstly, go to Malaga Maria Zambrano train station and then Antequera Santa Ana station. From the airport, you go out of the main exit and carry on walking straight ahead. The underground is in front of you over the road. You can buy a ticket at the machine on your right and go through the turnstile.
Go to the platform of Malaga direction on the left side. Trains from the airport to Malaga run approximately every 10 minutes. At Malaga María Zambrano train station, the main ticket office is on the left side of the main concourse, looking in the direction of the trains to Antequera-Santa Ana. Please check train times in advance.
The price is approximately 27 EUR for the fast train. Please do not buy it as the slow train is approximately only 9 EUR and is four minutes slower. Once you bought the ticket, you can go to the relevant platform. Once you are onboard the train, please call Hacienda Horses to allow them some time to get to the station. Once you have arrived at Antequera-Santa Ana, you can get off and walk to the main hall and they will meet you there.
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