You may need to escape the city or just need a well-deserved break but don’t want to leave your beloved horse for that long, then why not take it with you and enjoy a riding holiday for your next break?
The internet is saturated with horse riding holidays close to riding centres but you want to take your own horse. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend or a week long holiday, we are here to help. Here are 5 great hotels that offer luxurious comfort and are horse friendly.
Located just six miles outside the beautiful historic city of Bath, Lucknam Park is a 5 star hotel & spa that offers 42 luxurious rooms, 500 acres of grounds, restaurants, a cookery school and the Equestrian centre with Livery. Lucknam Park is the perfect location for you and your horse. The livery hosts an American style barn for 31 horses, a wash down area, tack rooms, an all weather arena, show jumps and horse clinic to hone your skills in all disciplines. The livery offers a variety of packages to best suit your needs and you should contact the livery prior to booking your room.
The Paddocks B&B is a country style house with stables attached, situated just 25 yards from the South Down‚Äôs Way, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.¬†Expect a friendly welcome from¬†Sheila and Malcolm,¬†experienced riders who run the B & B. You can enjoy breakfast in the conservatory and get advice onthe best local hacking routes. The en-suite rooms include a twin or double bed, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, free wifi, towels and a hair-dryer. Your horse can enjoy a¬†12‚Äô x 12‚Äô loose box with feed bins. There is a tack room, a small turnout paddock and trailer parking.
Winner of many hospitality and accommodation awards, the Old Rectory is a 5 star B & B near Ludlow in Shropshire. Guests can enjoy the spacious drawing room, dining room, the terrace or store their boots in the boot room. The rooms are en-suite with all the facilities you need for a luxurious stay. Dogs are welcome to stay in the downstairs of the house and your horse can stay in one of 4 loose boxes. There is also a lockable tack room with storage and straddle racks. The Old Rectory is located right next to a bridleway that leads to¬†Jack Mytton Way and acres and acres of beautiful countryside to explore.
Choose Old Lanwarnick for a seaside holiday, situated only 3 miles from the beach near the towns of¬†Fowey and Polperro. Old Lanwarnick is a 5 star holiday hamlet offering 5 different properties to suit your needs. You can sleep just 2 or a group of 6 and all offer the highest quality facilities, boutique style rooms and views across the valley. ¬†Horses and dogs are both welcome and your horse can stay in block built stabling with rubber matting and large, grassy, individual turnout paddocks with electric fencing and water troughs. At Old Lanwarnick you can enjoy hacking, accompanied hacking, picnic rides and beach rides.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation near Dulverton, Middle Upcott Farm provides top quality accommodation for both you and your horse. You can choose from the four poster room with ensuite shower room, the double ensuite room or the family room with a double and single bed. Middle Upcott Farm is a quintessential English B & B with comfortable furnishings and quality facilities, all in this 14th century house. There are facilities for up to 4 horses and even offer horse transport to collect and return your horse to avoid any hassle of trailers. Exmoor is a prime location for horse holidays with 267 square miles of wild moorland and woodland to enjoy. You can absorb the sights of Devon and Somerset on the many bridle paths and¬†well-waymarked routes.
These are the 5 horse friendly hotels that we recommend, we hope this helps and provide a starting point for your holiday planning. If you can recommend any other horse friendly accommodation, please leave a comment below.