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4 Days Luxury Saddles, Spa, and Castle Stay Horse Riding Holiday in Dartmoor, UK

Bovey Castle, North Bovey, Newton Abbot, Teignbridge, Devon, South West, England, UK

Amazing Horse Riding Holiday in UK

Treat yourself to a luxury riding holiday in England and enjoy a fabulous horseback adventure unlocking the secrets of Dartmoor, one of the UK’s last wilderness regions. On high quality, forward going horses, you’ll be guided on horseback through stunning scenery, past prehistoric settlements, and through some of Europe’s finest examples of the Bronze Age. This experience offers the ultimate escape to delight all the senses and reinvigorates mind, body, and soul. It combines exhilarating riding with a stay at Bovey Castle and use of their flagship spa for rejuvenating treatments. This exclusive trip is ideal for adventurous couples and groups of friends.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 95 kg
  • Horse height range: 15 hh to 17.2 hh
  • Tack Type: English
  • Horse Breed: Superb, agile, and intelligent English Thoroughbreds, Dutch Warm-blood and Irish Sport Horses

Highlights

  • Two full days in the saddle
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Exciting and adventurous riding in open, unfenced wilderness country
  • 90,000 hectares of highest, oldest and least populated area in South West England
  • Discover Wild herds of Dartmoor Ponies grazing on the moor
  • Choice of a full day’s ride at a fast pace guided by an expert
  • Use of flagship spa for rejuvenating treatments
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Russian
Airport transfer included: Exeter International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Golf course
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Library

Bovey Castle is a world-class hotel in the heart of Dartmoor and the epitome of country house elegance. The hotel is set in a 275-acre estate and offers an 18 hole championship golf course, spa, a bistro, and the Great Western Restaurant in honor of the Great Western Railway company that first transformed the building from a private house to a world-class hotel.

Program

You’ll spend two days in the saddle exploring Dartmoor with a Liberty Trails guide who will create a route to suit your capabilities and stamina levels. Each day you'll explore a variety of terrain riding through 235,0000 acres of open moorland crossing grasslands, forests, verdant valleys and rugged moorland and passing the rocky granite outcrops that sit high on the hills, known as TORS. You'll be riding fit, forward going, well schooled horses who are sure footed, balanced and used to this terrain. This could be an exhilarating ride with plenty of opportunity to go at pace and the opportunity to truly test your skills on horseback or alternatively, you could choose a quieter day or opt for a more relaxing half-day ride followed by a blissful afternoon in the spa. Whether you choose to bring your own horse or hire one of Liberty Trails, from the moment you arrive, you’ll be treated to luxurious hospitality, attention to detail, and outstanding service.

This is a unique break especially for accomplished confident riders looking for an exceptional experience on horseback. Groups are exclusive and intimate with a minimum of two riders making this the ideal getaway for couples or small groups of friends. You’ll need to be comfortable riding forward going well-schooled horses at all paces in wide open spaces. You’ll experience the focused attention of the team who will make you the center of their world for the duration of your stay.

The adventure will begin with a Land Rover transfer from Bovey Castle to the start of the ride in the middle of Dartmoor. Each day will start and finish in a different place with lunch set up for you by the ground crew in a remote beauty spot. After a full day in the saddle and lunch at a remote beauty spot, you’ll return to Bovey Castle to relax with a reviving spa treatment before enjoying dinner in one of the hotel’s stylish restaurants. You can bring your own horse or hire superb, agile, and intelligent Dutch Warm Bloods, English Thoroughbreds or Irish Sport Horse. Packages typically last three nights with a two-day ride and up to five hours in the saddle each day covering up to 25 miles, but since the service is entirely bespoke, any aspect can be tailored to your needs.

Thinking of bringing your own horse?

Each night your horse will be stabled on a Dartmoor Farm in a privately owned stable yard and supervised by the owner who lives on site. Liberty Trails has the use of five farms on different areas of Dartmoor with large roomy stables for horses up to 17 hands. Straw bedding is offered as standard with shavings or chopped reap straw as additional extras. Hay and Horse-hage are available and Liberty Trails has accounts with local feed merchants for you to pre-order hard feed. These are collected and delivered on request and charged to a credit card at cost plus 15%. A specialist farrier who is available but it is advisable to ensure your horse is newly shod before coming to Dartmoor.

If you bring your own horse, you’re responsible for the care of your horse, saddlery, and other belongings. The Liberty Trails crew will take care of the stable work, overnight security, and early morning feed, but it’s your responsibility to make sure your mount is ready to ride out on time. If you hire a horse as part of your Liberty Trails experience, they’ll take care of it and will make sure it’s ready to ride out.

Included excursions

An exclusive guided ride

Two full days in the saddle

Picnic lunch in a remote beauty spot

Three nights bed and breakfast in an English Castle with five Red Rosettes

18 hole championship Golf Course

Flagship Spa Facilities and Rejuvenating treatments

Choice of Bistro, Restaurant, Al Fresco Dining

Focused attention of Liberty Trails host for duration of stay

Private Driver for duration of your stay

Train and Airport Transfers on request

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Dartmoor, UK. Dartmoor National Park is, quite simply, spectacular. The landscape here has changed little for thousands of years; exploring it on horseback is almost like stepping into the past. With its ancient woodlands, high granite tors, winding valleys, sparkling streams and vast tracts of rolling moorland at more than 368 square miles, it’s the largest and wildest area of open country in the south of England.

Wherever you look, you’ll find evidence of how man has farmed and lived on Dartmoor for 12,000 years, leaving his indelible mark on a landscape that is as rich and diverse in its traditions and folklore as it is in its flora and fauna. As you ride across Dartmoor, you’ll discover remnants of our ancient past scattered across the landscape: a solitary standing stone, a circle of granite boulders, or an ancient cross. It’s a land that’s full of myths and legends, a land that holds endless stories.

Dartmoor itself is ever-changing: no two days are the same, and the weather and light can transform dramatically through the course of a day. With sweeping vistas, vast blue skies and unforgettable drama, Dartmoor is unlike anywhere else in the UK. It has a character all of its own - sometimes bleak and windswept, other times sun-kissed and crisp. With spectacular sunrises, birdsong, heather-carpeted hills and flower-strewn hedgerows, it’s a feast for all the senses - a perfect antidote to the stress of modern life.

Stephen Spielberg’s epic film War Horse was filmed on Dartmoor, and it was the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s not hard to see why this magnificent landscape has provided so much inspiration over the years. Dartmoor casts its spell over many who visit, drawing them back again and again.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Spa

General

  • Restaurant

Services

  • Library

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Archery
  • Bicycling tour
  • Canoeing
  • Champagne ballooning
  • Climbing
  • Cooking class
  • Hiking
  • Vintage car tours

What's included

  • Two full days in the saddle and a choice of riding experiences each day
  • A full day trail riding or a half-day ride in the morning followed by an afternoon at Bovey Castle
  • A choice of a full day’s ride at a fast pace often accompanied by an expert on horseback or a full or half day trail ride
  • Use of horses (bring your own is also welcomed)
  • Use of Bovey Castle's flagship spa for rejuvenating treatments
  • A choice of either one horse per person for two days or three nights’ livery for one horse
  • All transfers between Exeter Airport (EXT) and train station to the hotel and stable yard
  • A picnic lunch or lunch at a historic Dartmoor Inn each day
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 48 days before arrival.
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Availability

This horse riding holiday is available from April 2019. with an arrival either every Monday or Friday. Please select an arrival date below. 

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