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5 Day Self-Catering Horse Riding Holiday in the Isle of Wight
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UK Horse Riding Holiday

Boasting some of the best beaches and countryside trails in the UK, the Isle of Wight, which is situated off the South coast of England, is the perfect destination for holidays and horse riding. With a range of excellent facilities including luxury holiday accommodation with a children’s play area and superb indoor and outdoor riding arenas and on-site hacks for riders of all ages and abilities, as well as non-riders, Island Riding Centre looks forward to welcoming you!

Key Information

  • Horse Height Range: 10 to 17.6 hands
  • Maximum weight 90kg
  • Snaffle bit, cavesson bridles, super comfy Wintec GP saddles
  • Horse Breed: Dartmoor X/Black, Clydesdale Bay, Welsh Section A/Bay, Welsh X Warmblood/Bay, Mini Cob X/Tri-coloured, Cob/Blue Roan, Dartmoor/Dapple Grey, Scewball Cob


  • Daily horse riding program for all levels
  • Approximate daily riding time: 30 to 90 minutes
  • Enjoy a jumping lesson with a cocktail reception
  • There will be a beach ride and a trail ride and riding lessons
  • Experience a self-catering holiday
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction
Group size: 8-4 participants
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  • Single travelers will have a private room with an ensuite bathroom in a shared house with a kitchen and lounge with one other person.
  • Two guests traveling will share a two-bedroom house together in private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Three guests will share a three-bedroom house together in private bedrooms.
  • Four guests will share a four-bedroom house together in private bedrooms.

Island Riding Centre can accommodate larger groups i.e. five to eight in a shared house too with a price on application.

The luxury self-catering accommodation can cater for between two and 12 guests at a time so groups, families, and individual riders are all welcome. Some of their cottages have been purpose-built to cater to disabled guests, with downstairs bedrooms and wet-rooms suitable for wheelchair users.

Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast in their accommodation or the occasional cooked breakfast when out on an early morning beach ride. In the evenings, they have a selection of local eateries close by or why not enjoy a beachfront cocktail or cozy country pub around the Island. For larger groups, they can organize onsite catering and marquees are available to hire if booked well in advance.

Self-catering accommodation

With a choice of 10 houses ranging from two to four bedrooms, they can accommodate couples, families, groups, and even school parties. With an onsite riding center, they do attract riding groups but their central location means they are equally popular with non-riders, holidaymakers, and business travelers looking to visit and explore the Island.

Seven of the units were newly constructed in 2017 around a lovely courtyard setting to accessibility standards and all with downstairs WC and bathrooms of which three units have downstairs wet rooms and bedrooms suitable for wheelchair users and guests with limited mobility. Making up the quadrangle are the dog-friendly units converted from a Victorian dairy barn, complete with original oak beams and fully enclosed gardens.

For larger groups and multi-generational families, The Orchard, a bungalow renovated in 2017, offers five-star luxury with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a huge open plan family area, and ample space for entertaining both inside and out.

Equestrian complex

This riding center is set in acres of beautiful countryside just outside of Newport and is central to all of the island’s many tourist attractions and beaches. The horse riding available is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities, and they have a choice of experienced and qualified instructors on hand to develop your riding skills whether you are a beginner or advanced rider.

The facilities include a 60 meters x 40 meters outdoor arena with high-quality wax fiber surface and superb drainage, a 60 meters x 25 meters indoor arena with wax fiber surface unrivaled on the island, and an onsite hacking track extending to around 1.25 miles. The purpose-built livery yard houses 18 horses and includes a sheltered wash down area and solarium with a six-horse electric walker.

The Gallops

Arranged around a courtyard garden, the Gallops is a collection of 10 newly built and period cottages in a Victorian dairy barn conversion. Built in 2017, the new seven new houses have been awarded "Visit England’s 4-star gold award" (they have bunk beds in some units) and the "Green Energy Gold Star" award for their eco-friendly features.

The cottages are fully accessible with low-level thresholds and downstairs bathrooms and WCs in every unit. Three of the houses have downstairs wet rooms and bedrooms so they are ideal for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. The Pegasus unit is M3i rated which means it is suitable for an independent traveler and in addition to the wet room and double bedroom on the ground floor, the kitchen has both adjustable height worktops with sink and hob and low-level appliances and adapted cupboards. All units have a TV with Freeview and wireless internet.

Making up the quadrangle, they have dog-friendly units with period oak beams and their own privately-enclosed gardens. In addition to 77 solar panels that support the electricity supply, they have a 10,000-liter rainwater harvesting tank for toilet flushing and a waste treatment system that recycles wastewater back into the local stream. An electric car charging point is available free to all guests staying with Island Riding Center. Property choices:

  • Frankel
  • Marengo
  • Pegasus
  • Red Rum
  • Seabiscuit
  • Sefton
  • Shergar
  • Valegro
  • Warrior

The Orchard

The Orchard is a bungalow that was fully renovated in 2017 and provides self-catering accommodation in four large double bedrooms and four bathrooms. The expansive open plan living room/kitchen/diner comfortably seats 12 guests, in addition to a large breakfast bar overlooking the kitchen which has all of the modern-day luxuries you would hope for, including an American fridge-freezer, eight-kilogram washing machine, touch-sensitive hob, and double oven.

Bedrooms include two king-size and two with a bunk bed/single bed combination, sleeping three guests in each. The 49-inch wall-mounted smart TV has Freeview, Netflix, and Amazon built-in and there is free Wi-Fi. Outside, a purpose-built seating area surrounds a large fire pit around which guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets and a hot tub is available for separate hire during the spring and summer months. There is also an electric car charging point.


At the Island Riding Centre, they offer state-of-the-art facilities, from their wax fiber indoor and outdoor riding arenas to the self-catering accommodation, livery yard, and multiple on-site riding tracks. The center is accessible for wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

  • Indoor riding arena

A 60 meters x 25 meters sand school with Fibrewax surface from Day Equestrian. With excellent lighting, the arena provides all year round riding into the evenings without the worry of weather conditions. A separate vending café overlooks the arena for spectator comfort and by the end of 2019, a fully licensed bar and restaurant with a terrace will be open with full spectator viewing. The arena is also home to the main reception office, a classroom, and Froghill tack shop.

  • Livery yard

A fully equipped 18-stable yard with automated drinkers, wash down area, solarium, large tack room, feed store, WC, and large restroom with a kitchen to relax! A gated entrance to the yard with CCTV courtyard and emergency lighting, each stable is 12-foot x 12-foot with a steel-framed door, has individual lighting, a lined onduline roof providing a cooler environment in the summer, and warmth in the winter.

Each stable has a window 955 millimeters x 745 millimeters wide with a louver opener and steel bars. An additional arbor vent fitted below the overhang provides further ventilation for your horse. 17-millimeter rubber matting is provided with additional bedding on request.

  • All-weather outdoor school

The 60-meter x 40-meter sand school with Fibrewax surface from Day Equestrian who provides similar surfaces to Wellington Riding School and The Household Cavalry. The surface is a combination of Redhill silica sand, stabilizing fiber, and equestrian wax all of which create a root structure in the surface so horses travel over the surface rather than through it.

Together with an excellent drainage system the surface is perfect for year-round horse riding and hosts events with a purpose-built spectator bank and seating area along one side of the arena. Floodlighting is available for evening riding too!

  • On-site hacking track

Providing over two miles of safe riding around the perimeter of the site, the hacking tracks are ideal for riders of all levels.

  • "Bit on the side" cafe

Serving fresh "barista" coffee and a selection of hot drinks, snacks, and Shmoo milkshakes with a lovely outdoor seating area.

  • Horse walker

An automated horse walker capable of taking six horses at a time and ideal for exercising horses during winter months.

  • Children’s playground

A securely-fenced children’s play area incorporating multi-activity climbing frame, swings, see-saw, and football pitch.


At Island Riding Centre, they offer horse riding escapes and short riding breaks with or without your horse. Guests are able to stay in the luxury self-catering accommodation and enjoy the equestrian centre facilities on-site and amazing beach and trail ride off-site. A milder climate and more sunshine hours than most other parts of the UK have made the Isle of Wight a popular destination for holidays and short breaks.

Add in hundreds of miles of off-road bridleways, spectacular landscapes, and dozens of sandy beaches, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for a UK horse riding holiday, and the 60-meter x 25-meter indoor arena with a wax fiber surface guarantees riding whatever the weather.

The equestrian holiday packages are flexible to suit riders of any ability from complete beginners to novices and advanced riders with a choice of on-site riding lessons, including tuition in dressage and show jumping. A safe on-site trail ride is available for riders of any age or beach and trail rides which can be guided or self-guided for guests bringing their own horse or choosing to hire one of the horses.

On the five-day riding holiday, there is a 30-minute assessment lesson on Day 1, a 90-minute beach ride plus a 60-minute lesson on Day 2, a 60-minute lesson on Day 3, a 90-minute trail ride plus a 60-minute lesson on Day 4, and a 60-minute lesson on Day 5.

Day 1: Arrive in the afternoon for a one-to-one assessment lesson then meet and greet the rest of the group for reception drinks

You'll arrive at Island Riding Centre (IRC) in the afternoon or will be met at the ferry terminal (if on foot) and transferred to IRC to check in to your accommodation. There will be an induction and 30-minute assessment lesson with one of the qualified instructors and meet the horses to find the most suitable for your ability and discuss your goals for the week ahead. Meet and greet the rest of the group for reception drinks in the restaurant.

Day 2: Morning beach ride with cooked breakfast at the beach cafe and afternoon group lesson

After breakfast in your accommodation, you will have one group riding session in the morning and one trail/beach ride (beach ride subject to the local tides) in the afternoon.

Day 3

Day off to explore the island and evening jumping lesson with a cocktail reception

Day 4: Group lesson in the morning and afternoon trail ride

After breakfast in your accommodation, you will have one group riding session in the morning and one beach ride in the afternoon followed by supper and cocktails at a local beach café.

Day 5: Group lesson in the morning before departing for the ferry

After breakfast, you will have one group lesson in the morning, group pictures of you and your horse, and then depart for the ferry in the afternoon.

  • Lessons: 1-hour group lessons in dressage or show jumping with a maximum of four in a group.
  • Trail ride: A 90-minute hack will give you the opportunity to enjoy safe off-road riding and enjoy the spectacular scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer. You will be free to make your own lunch arrangements either back in your accommodation or visit one of the local eateries.
  • Beach ride: An exhilarating 90-minute beach ride.

Itineraries are for guidance and may be altered to suit the weather and tide times.

Riding lessons

Following an initial assessment, instructors will tailor lessons to suit your goals which can include dressage and show jumping tuition or developing your confidence in the saddle. The ABRS approved riding school on the Isle of Wight is staffed by a team of experienced and qualified instructors.

They are a fully insured riding school and the staff is first aid trained and DBS checked. They offer riding for visitors with physical limitations too and cater to all ages and skill levels. As an RDA-accessible kite mark center, they have accessible riding facilities, a Changing Places WC, and qualified instructors on-site too.

Trail rides on the Isle of Wight

Large parts of the island are designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and what better way to see it than from horseback. The trail rides are a great way to explore the Isle of Wight and make friends within a group ride. Riders of any ability can participate with experienced guides on hand and safe horses are happy to follow the rest of the group. For the more experienced riders, they are happy to provide bridleway maps allowing you to choose your own rides.

Beach riding on the Isle of Wight

Beach rides are a "bucket list" must if you ride and provide spectacular photo opportunities. Being centrally located on the Island, there is a good choice of different beach rides within easy reach of the riding center. Trips to the beach are organized around tide times and include Ryde, Yaverland, Yarmouth, and Bembridge beaches.


Opened in 2017, the riding facilities include an unrivaled 60-meter x 25-meter indoor riding arena with a fiber wax surface ideal for year-round all-weather horse riding, a 60-meter x 40-meter outdoor fiber wax sand school; and an on-site off-road hacking track. There is a luxury livery yard with a wash-down area and solarium, an automated horse-walker, vending café, and a classroom (for private hire and parties). A restaurant and bar will be opening by summer 2021.


The Isle of Wight has long been a popular holiday destination for visitors of all ages and with spectacular beaches and trail rides, it is ideal for riding holidays too. The Island Riding Centre has a range of two, three, and four-bedroom self-catering cottages and whether you are on holiday, visiting friends and family, or here for work, the central location on the Isle of Wight is an ideal base for exploring the many tourist attractions and beaches the island has to offer.


This holiday offering is self-catering except for breakfast on Day 2 where Island Riding Centre will organize a cooked breakfast at the destination for the beach ride. The restaurant will be open for meals and drinks and they have an onsite café serving hot beverages and snacks.

Things to do (optional)

The Isle of Wight has lots of activities for non-riders too including golf, cycling, walking, sailing, clay pigeon shooting, go-karting, paragliding, and various water sports. Visitor attractions start right next door at Monkey Haven or a short walk to Butterfly World. A short drive takes you to Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Godshill Model Village, The Needles Landmark Attraction, Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World.

The list goes on, why not try the Isle of Wight Steam Railway or even go on a dinosaur hunt, or just relax on one of the award-winning beaches. For wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, you can send an inquiry and ask for more information on exploring the accessible Isle of Wight.

What's included

  • A 30-minute assessment lesson on Day 1
  • A 90-minute beach ride on Day 2
  • 60-minute lessons on Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5
  • A 90-minute trail ride on Day 4
  • Hats and boots can be provided at no charge
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activties

How to get there

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Arrival by ferry

Island Riding Centre is on the Isle of Wight so ferry travel is required. Fly to Southampton public transport to the ferry terminal, get on the passenger ferry to Cowes where you will be collected.

Arrival by train

Take the train either to Southampton Central then a bus or taxi to the ferry terminal or Portsmouth and Southsea Station where there is a foot passenger ferry. Island Riding Centre can collect you from the terminal once you've arrived on the island.

Arrival by car

Take a ferry from either Portsmouth or Southampton followed by a 10-minute drive from the ferry terminal. Island Riding Centre has a bus stop outside their location with access to the main towns on the island.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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