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3 Day Fantastic Beach Horse Riding Holiday in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Glebe House, Nolton Stables, Nolton, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA62 3NW, United Kingdom

Horse Riding Holiday in Wales

This holiday really suits those who don’t ride on a frequent basis or who are brushing up on slightly rusty skills. Nolton Stables is lucky to have two excellent beaches and their own private woodland nearby and these are the destinations on the one and a half-hour rides! This package comprises two nights and three one and a half-hour rides.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 251 pounds / 114 kilograms
  • Tack type: English Tack
  • Horse breeds: Cobs, Cob Cross

Highlights

  • 3 horse rides
  • Beach trail with scenery
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1.5
  • Daily breakfast will be provided
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Glebe House

Lovingly restored and decorated to a very high standard, this period property with medieval vaulted ceilings and many original details sits within its own walled gardens, overlooking the ancient church of St. Madoc. First mentioned as a Rectory in 1352, painstakingly restored to its former glory using lime-based mortars, plasters, and paints, this house is full of character and interest.

Glebe House is situated in the heart of the village of Nolton. Within the grounds, there is a good size gravel car park. All the bedrooms have lovely views, comfortable beds, digital radios, and a variety of books to fill in those quieter moments. There are four bedrooms in Glebe House which were named after the local Islands.

Glebe House sits within beautiful walled gardens, set back from the lane that runs through the peaceful village of Nolton. The opposite is the ancient church of St. Madoc. A short walk through the village is Nolton Stables with beach riding, horse riding lessons, and even Zorbing available. Nolton Haven is a short distance away down the hill where the Mariners Inn overlooks the sheltered bay.

Close by are the beaches of Druidstone, Broadhaven, and Newgale. Further afield, it is easy to get to the Marloes and Dale area to the south, St. Davids to the north, and the towns of Haverfordwest and Milford Haven.

Sitting rooms and dining room

There is a pretty south-facing sitting room for the guests to relax in with a welcome cup of tea and watch television or mull over the day. In the colder months, the log burner is lit and this room becomes warm and cozy when the shutters are closed and the thick curtains are drawn. Nolton Stables would like to offer all guests a very warm welcome and hope that you have a wonderful and memorable break.

Bedrooms

All the bedrooms have lovely views, comfortable beds, digital radios, and a variety of books to fill in those quieter moments. There are four bedrooms in Glebe House which were named after the local Islands.

Ramsey Room

This room has beautiful old oak A-frames visible in the ceiling, a relic from the original building of the house. With its curvy quaint chimney breast and lovely views over the walled garden, Ramsey has a lot of character. The pretty little en-suite shower room used to be part of the parish cupboard when the house was a working rectory! This room features:

  • 1 double bed
  • Oak floor
  • Original folding shutters on the window
  • Cast iron fireplace
  • Victorian "A" frames in the ceiling
  • Smart en-suite with power shower and a french washstand

Caldey Room

A lovely, dramatic, and spacious room with a pretty view towards the picturesque medieval church of St. Madoc. Caldy has its own large bathroom with a shower and stand-alone roll-top bath, just the right size for relaxing and reading the paper. This room features:

  • 1 double and 1 single bed
  • Oak floorboards
  • Original folding shutters on the window
  • Large en-suite
  • Stand-alone ball and claw cast iron bath
  • Separate power shower

Skomer Room

A really calm and peaceful room with a lovely gentle atmosphere. Skomer’s window looks out over the walled garden, through the holly and cherry trees. The en suite shower room has an excellent power shower, just the thing after a ride or a walk along one of Pembrokeshire’s stunning sandy beaches! The features include:

  • 1 double bed
  • 18th-century french bed
  • Decorative cornice around the ceiling
  • En-suite with large power shower

Grassholm Room

A cozy and pretty twin room facing south which catches the sun and looks out over the fields (often with mares and foals in them) which stretch out towards the coast. This room has a neat little en-suite with an excellent power shower. This room features:

  • Twin beds
  • Original cast iron fireplace
  • Chinese silk paintings
  • Decorative cornice work
  • Circular wall
  • En-suite with large power shower

Program

Day 1

After arriving and settling in at Glebe House, why not take a quiet drive along the coastal road en route to eating at one of the excellent local restaurants that Nolton Stables can recommend?

Day 2 (Morning ride: 1.5 hours | Afternoon ride: 1.5 hours)

After breakfast in Glebe House, your 1.5-hour ride will go to the fabulous and dramatic Druidston beach. The afternoon ride wends its way through the village, past the picturesque Nolton Haven Beach, and into Nolton Stables' own wooded valley. In the evening, you have the choice of several local restaurants in which you can enjoy supper.

Day 3 (Morning ride: 1.5 hours)

After another home-cooked breakfast in Glebe House, your morning ride will meander along a coastal route to the beach where you can enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and ride through the surf and along the sand. Depart from Glebe House after a welcome shower!

Nolton Stables

The stables are located in Pembrokeshire, on the West Coast of Wales in the middle of the stunning expanse of St. Brides Bay. To the south is Broadhaven, Marloes and Skomer Island, to the north is Newgale Beach and the St. Davids peninsular. The county town of Haverfordwest is a 15-minute drive away.

There are over 60 horses and ponies with something to suit every rider. There is a short hack across the fields to the beautiful beach of Druidstone Haven, which is the main location for beach riding. When the tide is in, then there are plenty of countryside tracks and paths to explore. The stables are also home for fun activities of Zorbing and a Segway Course, and lessons can be taken in the indoor school. There is extensive accommodation available close to the stables with their own self-catering cottages and the historic Glebe House Bed and Breakfast. Please note these times are just a guide and are subject to change according to the tide.

Location

Located in the small village of Nolton, Glebe House is easily accessible from Haverfordwest and central to the west coast of Pembrokeshire. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is nearby, along with the coastal villages of Broadhaven, Little Haven, Newgale, and Solva; Skomer Island is easy to reach from Nolton.

Local area

Nolton Stables is located in the small, coastal village of Nolton, a short distance from Nolton Haven, Druidstone Haven, Newgale, and Broad Haven. The stables and accommodation are close to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and ideal for exploring the stunning countryside, beaches, and cliffs of St. Brides Bay.

To the south is the Marloes peninsular and Skomer Island, famous for the breeding colonies of Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. To the north is St. Davids peninsular, with the city of St. Davids and its cathedral. A little further, a bit easy to get to, are the market town of Haverfordwest, the port of Milford Haven, and the very popular seaside town of Tenby.

Beaches and Coast

  • Druidston Haven

Druidstone is the main beach used for beach riding and is a short trek across Nolton Stables' fields. It is a quiet beach as it is only accessible by footpath and bridleway. The Druidstone Hotel sits on the cliffs above, overlooking the beach and sea, and has a bar and restaurant.

  • Nolton Haven

This beach, surrounded by cliffs and easily accessible by car, is also used for beach riding when quiet. Unlike Druidstone, it has a car park and is easy to get to so it becomes busy in summer. There is a pub called the Mariners Inn overlooking the beach and next to the car park and the Puffin Shuttle runs through connecting it to St. Davids and the St. Brides Bay villages by the coastal bus service.

  • Newgale Beach

Almost two miles long, Newgale is a popular beach for surfing, body boarding, wind, and kite surfing; there's plenty of space and easy access from Haverfordwest. It is also an easy walk from Nolton along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Newgale where there are a few shops, a surf shop, cafes, and a pub.

  • Broad Haven

The beach is overlooked by the village of Broadhaven with shops, cafes, pub, and a surf shop. It is a popular and often busy seaside resort with safe bathing and often good surf when it's too rough at Newgale.

Towns and villages

  • Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest is the county town of Pembrokeshire and is located centrally with transport connections to the whole of Pembrokeshire. There is a full range of shops in the town and retail parks.

  • St. Davids

St. Davids is the smallest city in Britain and is named after the patron saint of Wales, Saint David. The history of St. Davids goes back to the 4th century when St. David lived here. St. Davids Peninsula has Whitesands Beach, Carn Ingli, and views across to Ramsey Island. St. Davids Cathedral was built in 1181 and is an impressive site located below the village in a valley.

  • Tenby

Tenby is Pembrokeshire's most popular seaside destination located on the south coast with easy access from the M4, Swansea and Cardiff. Caldey Island is just offshore and there are many boat trips available.

  • Milford Haven

Milford Haven is widely associated with the oil and gas industry nearby and is a busy fishing port. The main attraction is the marina with shops, cafes, and a range of pubs and restaurants.

  • Broad Haven

This is the nearest seaside village with a local shop, post office, pub, and cafes. The sheltered beach is popular for water sports, making a good location when the wind or sea is unsuitable at Newgale.

  • Nolton Haven

The nearest village with the friendly Mariners Inn. The village is very small, a handful of houses overlooking the beach and haven. There are coastal bus stops here and there is easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Free parking
  • Tour assistance

Food

The package includes 2 breakfasts.

Nolton Stables would appreciate any guest who has a known food allergy or intolerance to let them know as soon as possible so that they can endeavor to cater to your needs. Nolton Stables prepares a variety of foods in their kitchen and common allergens may be present but they are more than happy to give you information about ingredients used and sourcing of products so please just ask. Where possible, they will provide alternatives and do whatever they can to make your stay comfortable. Lunch is optional and it would be £10 extra.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Activities at Nolton Stables

Beach riding, along with countryside rides when the tide is in, are the main activities at Nolton Stables. They also offer Zorbing on their dedicated Zorb run and Segway racing on the Indoor Segway Course.

  • Zorbing: Zorbing is a new thrill-seeking experience. Put simply, zorbing is rolling down a hill in a big inflatable ball!
  • Segway Course: Have some fun on the Indoor Segway Course. Race around the indoor track and take part in time trials.
  • Refreshments Barn: Located next to the riding stables and the car park is the recently built John's Barn with a range of refreshments.

Attractions

  • Skomer Island

This national nature reserve is a haven for wildlife, with Grey Seals, Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills. It is located near Marloes village on the Dale peninsula and is easily accessible from Nolton. There are sailings across the short sound from April to October.

The boat across can only be booked on the day and the office is open early for crossings between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., returning in the afternoon. The puffins are the main attraction in the early summer months and the boat gets booked very early so it pays to stay local and get up early!

Manx Shearwaters are only seen at night and there are 120,000 breeding pairs on Skomer, making it the largest colony in the world! Bluebells cover the island in late spring, followed by red campion in June.

  • Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island is located off the Saint Davids peninsular and is an important RSPB Reserve. It is used by a number of bird species for breeding including guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, and kittiwakes, as well as seals. In the summer, there are boat trips leaving from St. Justinians for either a trip around the island or to cross over for the day.

  • St. Davids Cathedral and Bishop's Palace

St. Davids principle palace remains are located alongside St. Davids Cathedral in the valley below the city. The first monastery was established in the sixth century.

  • Pembroke Castle

Dating from an original timber structure in 1093 with the stone castle being started in 1189 Pembroke Castle is Pembrokeshire's largest and best-preserved Norman castle. The town of Pembroke grew up around the castle and still has parts of the town walls visible. Pembroke is in the south part of Pembrokeshire and about a 20 minutes' drive from Nolton. The castle is open all year and more information about its history can be found at Pembroke Castle.

  • Carew Castle

Another great example of Pembrokeshire's Norman castles, Carew Castle is a short drive from Pembroke towards Tenby and is well worth a visit, with special events being held in the summer. More information can be found on the Carew Castle and Tidal Mill pages.

What's included

  • 3 1.5-hour horse rides
  • Use of horses and tack
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • All evening and other meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Lunches

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cardiff Airport (CWL) or Bristol Airport (BRS). Transfers from these airports are not included, for more information on how to get to the venue, please send Nolton Stables an inquiry.

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 28 days before arrival.

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