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Horse Riding in the Lakes by Mich, 18 Apr 2018
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Fantastic Horse Riding holiday Cumbria

pent 3 Days at this lovely Equestrian centre. John and Deana the owners truly now what hospitality is all about giving a 5 Star friendly service from pick up from the train station and throughout my stay. The horses I was matched with were lovely and having been away from horse riding for 10 years my instructor (Mary) was great and I leave my 3 day more confident Novice Rider. Thank you also to Anna and Louise. Deana and John you have an excellent ...

pent 3 Days at this lovely Equestrian centre. John and Deana the owners truly now what hospitality is all about giving a 5 Star friendly service from pick up from the train station and throughout my stay. The horses I was matched with were lovely and having been away from horse riding for 10 years my instructor (Mary) was great and I leave my 3 day more confident Novice Rider. Thank you also to Anna and Louise. Deana and John you have an excellent team and I can not wait to visit again. I will definitely recommend this holiday to anyone looking for a horseriding holiday in a friendly atmosphere and some spectacular views of the Cumbria country side. 5 stars !!

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Equestrian Escapes recommended the perfect horse riding holiday and made it easy and quick to book and were able to answer all my questions. Would recommend if you are looking for a horse riding holiday to definitely book threw them. I will be re booking Witherslack Hall Farm again and wish I could have stayed longer.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 18 Apr 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely comments - The Lakes is certainly a wonderful location for a horse riding holiday!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 18 Apr 2018:

Thank you again, we really do our best to match customers with their perfect equine break. We are passionate about horses and we really want to spread the love ...

Luxury Riding Holiday Spain by Josie, 31 Mar 2018
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Brilliant and Amazing

Dear Lindsey and the Team, We both had to share our truly amazing experience with your team We recently returned from our Spanish Equestrian Escape a 4 day holiday break (we managed to escape from the cold weather here in Wales only to have torrential rain over in Spain) but it didn't hamper our riding at all as they had a big indoor school so we were still able to continue having lessons, we did manage a hack out on one day and rode through ...

Dear Lindsey and the Team, We both had to share our truly amazing experience with your team We recently returned from our Spanish Equestrian Escape a 4 day holiday break (we managed to escape from the cold weather here in Wales only to have torrential rain over in Spain) but it didn't hamper our riding at all as they had a big indoor school so we were still able to continue having lessons, we did manage a hack out on one day and rode through the Olive Groves which was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with their fantastic set up. The horses were well looked after, all 30 of them. A joy to ride so highly schooled horses with good quality tack. The cuisine was excellent and even had wine with our evening meals, nothing was too much trouble. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, organised and made you feel at home at all times. The accommodation was first class, clean and comfortable especially the beds. We have plenty of photos from our short and fantastic trip and will most definitely be returning. We would certainly recommend anyone who is thinking of organising a trip to go here Ola! Thank you once again and keep up with the good work. Regards Linda & Rob

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Equestrian Escape organised yet another first class trip for us. Very helpful, well organised and professional, and will definitely try another riding holiday with them this year.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 01 Apr 2018:

Thanks so much for letting us know we love this holiday too!!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 01 Apr 2018:

Thank you again we do try really hard to match guests with their perfect equestrian escape.

Equestrian Escapes by Lanterna, 25 Jan 2018
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Beautiful Sherwood Forest hack with a touch of twist

We've been using Equestrian Escapes for over 3 years and all our holidays have been always above our expectation. Things are very well organised in advance and the riding school they use is very well run by genuinely nice people so the horses are very happy. Hotel is also good. Also their packages are very good value for money as well. We tried booking independently only to find it's actually cheaper to go through with them. We are going ...

We've been using Equestrian Escapes for over 3 years and all our holidays have been always above our expectation. Things are very well organised in advance and the riding school they use is very well run by genuinely nice people so the horses are very happy. Hotel is also good. Also their packages are very good value for money as well. We tried booking independently only to find it's actually cheaper to go through with them. We are going back to Sherwood Forest in few months' time and I'd definitely recommend anyone to use Equestrian Escapes!

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All our holidays were well organised.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 25 Jan 2018:

Thank you so much, we love this ride too!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 25 Jan 2018:

Thank you, we do try our best!!

Ride in the sun close to Lisbon by Janine, 18 Jan 2018
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A seamless holiday experience

I and a friend had five days of riding (lessons and hacks) in Portugal in the region north of Lisbon, on Lucitano horses. The instructor tailored the lessons to us since we are novice riders and we gained hugely from the close attention, honesty, humour and kindness of our instructor. We were taken out for lunches and dinners to places we might never have found for ourselves - a real taste of local Portuguese cuisine. The whole experience ...

I and a friend had five days of riding (lessons and hacks) in Portugal in the region north of Lisbon, on Lucitano horses. The instructor tailored the lessons to us since we are novice riders and we gained hugely from the close attention, honesty, humour and kindness of our instructor. We were taken out for lunches and dinners to places we might never have found for ourselves - a real taste of local Portuguese cuisine. The whole experience was magical.

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From the initial conversation to booking the whole holiday took a matter of a few hours. The planning was so simple - Equestrian Escapes had done all the hard work. All we had to do was pack our jodhpurs, turn up and enjoy ourselves. I felt that Lindsey at Equestrian Escapes understood our interests and needs, and she suggested a plan that worked perfectly for us.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 18 Jan 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your holiday, it means more than you could imagine to everyone involved!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 18 Jan 2018:

Thank you again we do try really hard with everyone who calls us to offer heartfelt and honest guidance to ensure that they enjoy a really exceptional horse riding holiday.

Riding Holiday Wiltshire by Theob, 17 Jan 2018
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Memorable riding holiday in Wiltshire

We had a really wonderful time during our stay. It was a pleasure to stay with a lovely host and team, all of whom helped to make our experience so enjoyable. The horses were extremely well cared for and a pleasure and privilege to ride in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Not only were the horses so well mannered and comfortable but the saddles were very comfortable too. The scenery was beautiful and twice we saw herds of deer with a stag, ...

We had a really wonderful time during our stay. It was a pleasure to stay with a lovely host and team, all of whom helped to make our experience so enjoyable. The horses were extremely well cared for and a pleasure and privilege to ride in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Not only were the horses so well mannered and comfortable but the saddles were very comfortable too. The scenery was beautiful and twice we saw herds of deer with a stag, as we rode by and in the forest.

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Equestrian Escapes made booking our short riding holiday very straight forward and having their expertise in pre-assessing the holiday, gave us peace of mind before we travelled. The holiday entirely lived up to expectations. Thank you to equestrian escapes for organizing such a memorable holiday.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 17 Jan 2018:

Thanks Karen, Wiltshire is a very special place to ride!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 17 Jan 2018:

Thank you again we do try very hard to assure that all of the holidays live up to expectations (and preferably supersede them!)

Equestrian Escapes by Oscuro, 2 Jan 2018
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A dream come true

"Dream holiday" is an over-used phrase, and everyone will have their own idea of what that holiday might be. For me, it has to involve horses and riding. Then (as I live in Scotland and am used to putting up with vile weather!) a good climate and an appealing place. It's good to meet other people, too, and have tasty meals and a comfortable place to chill out. My recent holiday ticked all these boxes. A genuinely luxurious hotel, good food, ...

"Dream holiday" is an over-used phrase, and everyone will have their own idea of what that holiday might be. For me, it has to involve horses and riding. Then (as I live in Scotland and am used to putting up with vile weather!) a good climate and an appealing place. It's good to meet other people, too, and have tasty meals and a comfortable place to chill out. My recent holiday ticked all these boxes. A genuinely luxurious hotel, good food, and a charming and welcoming Spanish rural retreat only a short ride from the fabulous city of Seville. I chose this holiday because I wanted to improve my riding and get top-class tuition; I reckoned that if the rest of it was hit-or-miss, that would be ok. But I got everything and the quality of the tuition was very, very fine by any standards. I feel so privileged to have been taught on a one-to-one basis not only by the Olympian medallist Raefael Soto, but also by the staff at this centre, who were highly qualified and excellent. I dream of going back...and I will, one day.

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Equestrian Escapes were good throughout. They respond quickly to requests and questions, are friendly, and I found them to be very efficient.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 02 Jan 2018:

Thank you for the review this holiday is a real treat for dressage lovers!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 02 Jan 2018:

Thank you again, we look forward to welcoming you on the dressage break in Cheshire!

Horse Riding in the Lakes by Gillian Callaghan, 31 Oct 2017
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A fantastic riding holiday in the Lake District

My husband, daughter and I -plus our dog Cally - had a lovely short break at Witherslack Equestrian Centre in the lake district for my 50th birthday in September. The riding was fantastic - lovely horses and such picturesque scenery. Accomodation was brilliant in a lovely cosy farmhouse. Plenty for non riders to do too - exploring the area on foot or by car. It the second time my daughter and I have ridden at Witherslack and I can't recommend ...

My husband, daughter and I -plus our dog Cally - had a lovely short break at Witherslack Equestrian Centre in the lake district for my 50th birthday in September. The riding was fantastic - lovely horses and such picturesque scenery. Accomodation was brilliant in a lovely cosy farmhouse. Plenty for non riders to do too - exploring the area on foot or by car. It the second time my daughter and I have ridden at Witherslack and I can't recommend it highly enough - very professionally run and a great selection of horses to suit every size and level of experience. Thank you Equestrian Escapes for organising this holiday for us.

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I'd highly recommend Equestrian Escapes - its the third time we have booked through them. Twice at Witherslack and once before in north Yorkshire. Very professional and good value.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 01 Nov 2017:

Many thanks for your kind comments, we love The Lake District too and Deana does such a fantastic job!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 01 Nov 2017:

Many thanks again, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed you riding holiday!

Luxury Riding Holiday by Andrea, 23 Oct 2017
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Absolutely Fab!

This is the first time that I've booked with Equestrian Escapes and will definitely be doing it again - my experience from start to finish was absolutely fab! From the initial call with Lindsey where she helped to tailor my requirements, to the excellent teaching and the well schooled and cared for horses. Everyone on the yard made me feel really welcome and the hotel accommodation was lovely and old fashioned in a good way. My riding has really ...

This is the first time that I've booked with Equestrian Escapes and will definitely be doing it again - my experience from start to finish was absolutely fab! From the initial call with Lindsey where she helped to tailor my requirements, to the excellent teaching and the well schooled and cared for horses. Everyone on the yard made me feel really welcome and the hotel accommodation was lovely and old fashioned in a good way. My riding has really progressed and the Cheshire countryside is soooo beautiful! Thanks so much and see you again for sure!

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Really felt that they understood what I was looking for and designed the perfect package. All of the admin was really slick and the holiday ran like clockwork.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 23 Oct 2017:

Thank you very much for your lovely feedback Andrea, we are so plesaed that your enjoyed our holiday in Cheshire.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 23 Oct 2017:

We work very hard with our stables and accommodation to ensure that you experience the very best level of riding and hotel stay during your holiday.

Luxury Riding Holiday by Daryna, 13 Oct 2017
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Two brilliant breaks (one a honeymoon)

We had two most wonderful breaks through Equestrian Escapes so far. The first one was our honeymoon in Spain in October 2016, two weeks of utter riding happiness, first at a beautiful riding centre (really a small ranch) with hacks in olive groves in the morning and riding lessons in the afternoon (and swimming pool in between!), and then going through the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains, staying in beautiful mountain villages. The people ...

We had two most wonderful breaks through Equestrian Escapes so far. The first one was our honeymoon in Spain in October 2016, two weeks of utter riding happiness, first at a beautiful riding centre (really a small ranch) with hacks in olive groves in the morning and riding lessons in the afternoon (and swimming pool in between!), and then going through the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains, staying in beautiful mountain villages. The people who looked after us (all hosts, riding instructors and guides) were excellent and friendly throughout the journey - and the horses, well, they were Spanish - among the kindest and most willing animals on the planet! The second one was more recent (August 2017): a Cheshire riding weekend, with lessons and hacks, and time to explore the beautiful countryside (and discover the Shire horses sanctuary - great fun!). Both lessons and hacks were excellent - in the standard of instructors, small group size on the hacks and the horses we got.

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Equestrian Escapes were excellent throughout - even though organising a honeymoon must have been somewhat pressured, particularly for people who only had about two years riding experience at that point yet wanted to ride as much as possible! Sarah and Lindsey were great in suggesting the itinerary and organising the trip itself extremely efficiently despite it involving transfers between the trip's two legs. The itinerary and standard of riding were exactly right for us - we were challenged enough but had great fun and overall relaxed in the best possible way. The Cheshire break too was lovely- once again everything ran like clockwork, we were made to feel very welcome at both the hotel and stables, and the horses we were given suited us to a tee from the first lesson to the last hack. Equestrian Escapes made everything so easy for us here once again. We are looking forward to the next Equestrian Escapes break suggestion :)

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 17 Oct 2017:

Thnak you so much for letting us know that you enjoyed your holidays we really appreciate it!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 17 Oct 2017:

Thank you again for your kind words we look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays - have a look at Ride in the Sun in Portugal, that one is a must! So is the trail ride in Mallorca!!

Luxury Riding Holiday by KKJ, 8 Oct 2017
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Brilliant Last Minute UK Riding Break

I just wrapped a 3 day Equestrian Escapes holiday in Cheshire and had the most amazing time. When I contacted EE on Monday morning, I had some fairly specific requests - novice lessons, traveling solo, no car so need be able to get there by train and/or taxi and availability for the upcoming weekend. EE responded right away and by that afternoon the whole trip was arranged with a very detailed confirmation. The whole experience was was pitch ...

I just wrapped a 3 day Equestrian Escapes holiday in Cheshire and had the most amazing time. When I contacted EE on Monday morning, I had some fairly specific requests - novice lessons, traveling solo, no car so need be able to get there by train and/or taxi and availability for the upcoming weekend. EE responded right away and by that afternoon the whole trip was arranged with a very detailed confirmation. The whole experience was was pitch perfect - from the lovely hotel to the stables right next door to the fantastic instructor and gorgeous horses. I’m fairly new to riding and to the UK so I really appreciate feeling so looked after. Can’t wait to do this holiday again and also see where else I can go with EE.

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Equestrian Escapes was very quick to respond to my initial inquiry and just as fast to offer a spot on suggestion for my last minute request. I had no idea where I wanted to go - I just provided my wish list and they delivered. I really appreciated the destailed confirmation and all check ins went smoothly.

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 08 Oct 2017:

Thnaks Kellee, we are always delighted to receive such positive feedback. This stable is brilliant and we reckon the instruction is some of the best in the UK!

Equestrian Escapes responded to this review on 08 Oct 2017:

Thnaks again, we do take a personal interest in all of our customers and it is a matter of pride that we get everything right. I guess we are trying to populate the world with even more horse enthusiasts like ourselves!!