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St Hilary Equine Centre offers residential riding holidays in a tranquil, stress-free atmosphere all year round in beautiful Cornwall.
from United Kingdom, April 2022
"Lovely host, patient, thoughtful and kind."
Rosie quickly grasped what we wanted and accommodated us very well, providing a range of experiences that helped us feel increasingly comfortable around horses, including horsemanship, English, Western and bare-back riding, watching their relationships with each other in various settings, and developing a one-one relationship with a horse. It being my birthday-weekend, Rosie included a couple of extra treats during our stay. Thanks for the butterflies and the tractor!
Breakfast and lunch were welcome and delicious. Rosie accommodated my elder daughter’s special diet very well.
My younger daughter also felt comfortable in being able to follow her own agenda without expectation to ‘join in’, her enthusiasm for horses being somewhat less, although she was happy to support me on my madcap birthday idea.
We felt well-facilitated and welcome throughout.
from United Kingdom, November 2021
"Excellent staff & horses"
The host and the instructors, Rosie & Autumn were knowledgeable , welcoming and looked after us so well!
from United Kingdom, September 2021
"Thank you Rosie and John"
Rosie and John the owners welcomed me warmly into their world. What a privilege to be a part of their lifes passion for 3 days . I loved every moment and felt looked after and cared for by Rosie (owner) My instructors were Rosie junior and Autumn - interesting friendly, attentive, informed communicative young teachers who impressed me enormously. Everything was catered for my needs so I was able to be taught a substantial amount about horse body language temperament and character, to overcome my 'big animal' fear as well as learn skills to instruct and direct the horse on the ground and when riding as well as LOADS of riding. I learned to groom and tack the horse and tried Western and English saddles and riding styles. The yard was immaculately kept and the horse beautifully cared for . I ll be back !
I enjoyed all my meals and the schedule was excellent. I loved the little caravan - very basic but well equipped for self catering with all the things you need. I was very happy to find fresh milk in the fridge and biscuits with plenty tea and coffee . The location is well placed to get to Perranuthnoe beach which I really like too
from United Kingdom, August 2021
from United Kingdom, August 2021
"A great active holiday."
We went as a family of complete novices but made welcome from the very start, we had a great active holiday.
A good set up. Great trainers, lovely horses. everything was very straight forward, it felt as though we were a team, rider, horse and coach. Initially, learning about and bonding with our horse, then time in the arena but soon we were out on the beautiful country lanes. A good range of experienced horses, I’m sure that mine saved a few of my slips.
Not as daunting but even more thrilling than I had anticipated. I never had seen myself as a cowboy but we all started on Western saddles, much more forgiving, before graduating to the full English.
A lovely part of the world too to explore at the end of the riding day, 15:30.
Very good food too, Best English Breakfast in ages.
from United Kingdom, October 2020
"5 days away"
Everyone was very friendly and accommodating to our needs and always there if we wanted something. Our introduction and training was done at our speed and what we felt comfortable with. Cant wait to go back.
from United Kingdom, September 2020
"Not suitable for experienced riders / hacking holiday"
Well cared for horses
from United Kingdom, July 2020
"Julia taught us natural horsemanship an amazing experience"
The horses were so loved and beautifully looked after.You could not fault the level of care taken over the horses welfare. John and Rosie were the perfect hosts.
from United Kingdom, October 2019
"Amazing adventure "
Great staff, friendly, welcoming, very experienced, good variety of activities regardless of weather (fantastic indoor arena if it's raining) - couldn't recommend this enough
from Ireland, October 2019
"Fabulous experience "
Very encouraging for someone who has little or no horse riding experience and learning horsemanship was wonderful.
from United States, September 2019
The above questions listed the wrong instructor. We had Julia, Rosie and Verity. All were excellent but particularly Julia. Lots of 1 on 1 instruction and guidance. Very focused on building trust with the horse before actually riding it. Exceeded my expectations!!
Veronica Frances West
from United Kingdom, September 2019
"Overall rather disappointed"
from Finland, August 2019
"Horse Riding Experience"
The accommodation was excellent as was the food. The horsemanship and interaction with the horses was something we did not expect and my daughters (9 and 7) derived great value from this as did I. The ladies instructing particularly Verity and Julia were excellent.
from United Kingdom, August 2019
"Fantastic as well as disappointing "
The ladies who was in charge of the riding school was absolutely amazing, they really made our holiday they communicated with us to our needs, they was more then fantastic with my children helping them to get confident around the horses. We learned so much from them in just 3 days and could not fault one thing about the girls. They made sure we had the best holiday and really made us feel welcome, they also threw a little party for my son with the Shepland pony’s as it was his birthday and they brought doughnutss and a badge in for him too. Overall our experience with the girls was amazing if it wasn’t for them being so amazing I would have really been upset about this holiday.
from Poland, August 2019
"Best place for horse riding holidays "
I love the beauty of Cornwall and the owners and people at Old Vicarage were so fantastic that I only thought about when to come back
from United Kingdom, August 2019
Julie the horse riding instructor was excellent. She was very patient with myself and the horses. She taught me a lot about horses and their psychology that I did not have a clue about. I was able to connect and understand the horses in a way I never had before. Julie was so down to earth and a great teacher. John was the owner not the instructor and was very professional. Rosie and John own the B&B as well as the stables and Rosie was really great, very friendly and welcoming and she cooks a great breakfast.
from United Kingdom, June 2019
"Not as expected"
The instructor, Julia (not John) was absolutely fantastic and she made the experience worthwhile despite all the other disappointments. Also what’s unique here is how much emphasis there is in bonding with the horses and horsemanship work which not many places do. The horses are well cared for and live in a herd. We learnt a lot about horses behaviours and psychology
from United Kingdom, May 2019
"Great natural-horsemanship centred holiday"
I really enjoyed my riding holiday at the Old Vicarage / Churchtown Morgans. The accommodation was clean and comfortable, Rosie’s full English breakfasts were excellent (and the lunches were pretty good too – particularly the homemade burgers!), but the time spent with the horses was the real highlight. The obviously well-cared-for, well-mannered and well-trained horses were a joy to spend time with (both on the ground and in the saddle). It was great to learn their calm and practical natural horsemanship approach. As someone who rides regularly but doesn’t have their own horse, I enjoyed the chance to be involved in catching, grooming and tacking up, not just riding. The horsemanship work we did on the ground in the arena was mostly new to me, and I got a real sense of achievement on getting Ruby to successfully complete the course Julia (my instructor) had set up. A huge thanks to Julia, too, for not only being a great Western-riding teacher (which is more different to the English style I am familiar with than I had realised), sharing her considerable knowledge and improving my horsemanship, but also providing friendly company on my ‘Billy No Mates’ holiday (thanks to Jenna and Toni for their company too). I definitely hope to return at some point in the future!
from United Kingdom, April 2019
A really lovely short break. Helpful, friendly and genuinely welcoming people at the yard and B and B made it a great experience as I was travelling alone for the first time!
It was a total bonus that the horses are mostly Morgan’s and I really enjoyed the experience of riding them. Really beautiful and well behaved and most importantly super well cared for.
The food was great and the local pub a good pit stop for dinner. I would really recommend this place for the hospitality and riding experience.
from United Kingdom, April 2019
"Amazing few days and well put together"
The whole package was fantastic. The B&B was perfect, granted maybe a little dated but to be honest it really didn't matter; it's exactly what I expected and more. The food was excellent. The horse riding was extremely well organised and very relaxed, I honestly can't recommend this enough. I went with my daughter who frankly is a very competent rider, I haven't ridden for many years - it didn't matter, the girls made sure we were happy and safe and we will definitely visit again.
from United Kingdom, March 2019
"3 day riding holiday"
It is hard to know where to start with what I liked because the whole holiday exceeded my expectations. The instructor (Julia) was extremely knowledgeable and taught me all sorts of 'extras' about horse psychology, the history of Morgans and training a horse in the Western style on top of the actual groundwork and riding.
The facilities were excellent - a brand new, light and airy indoor school and a very well kept yard. Rosie (owner and manager) clearly cares deeply for her horses and this is reflected in the entire ethos of the stables. All the horses have retained a zest for life and have a clear desire to engage and interact.
In addition, as a lone female traveller I was made to feel very welcome and everyone on the yard helped me feel included. It's a nice touch that Rosie provides lunch each day. We all ate together and I was able to have a good chat and hear about the different horses, the history of the stables etc.