Riding package and Short Breaks – Information and Prices 2020
February to November –
(We do not offer holidays during December and January.)
Our small and exclusive equestrian centre is situated 50 minutes from Bordeaux airport, and 1 hour from Bergerac airport.
Jackie and Johnny Harris have been training horses and riders for over 35 years. The focus is always on sensitive and correct riding technique, with the aim of developing trust between horse and rider, with good communication and clear instructions.
Our experienced horses are light in the mouth and fabulously schooled, and they will introduce their riders to the importance of solid basics – the key to a successful partnership.
As well as learning about horses and to enjoy riding, jumping is our speciality! Many of our horses have competed at a high level in Show Jumping and love to teach you. Established riders can work on their own technique and course riding skills, and less experienced riders will gain huge confidence learning to jump with our schoolmasters.
The intensive 7 day/6 night package consists of 10 sessions of riding with half-board accommodation – bed, breakfast and evening meal. Guests stay in the studio accommodation at Guillot, next to the stables. Arriving on Sunday, access to the studio is after 2.30 pm. Riding starts on Monday, with lessons taking place in the morning and the afternoon. Lessons are individual or shared with one other rider of similar ability. Extra lessons can be booked if required. The last lesson is on Friday afternoon, and leaving is on Saturday before lunch. If preferred, the riding can be condensed to 5 sessions of 1hr 30 minutes. This is an ideal option for a guest with a non-riding partner as this allows plenty of time each day for exploring this wonderful region – especially those long, lazy French lunches!
The Luxury package consists of 6 nights full board accommodation in the gorgeous La Vieille Ferme. A huge renovated Farmhouse, with an heated salt swimming pool, it is situated on the riverbank just outside Coutras town, about 5 minutes drive from the stables. Riding is a choice of 8 or 10 lessons taken in pairs of same level riders. Access is from 14.00pm on Sunday, and riding begins on Monday morning. The last lesson is on Friday afternoon, and leaving is on Saturday morning by 11.00am.
All levels of rider are welcome – from beginner to advanced. We are unable to cater for children under 12 years.
For our group visitors, Johnny gives demonstrations – showing various training techniques and ridden exercises. This is especially useful for equestrian students and young trainers who are intent on a career in the equine industry.
Riders who are aiming at BHS Stages from 2 upwards will need to demonstrate their ability to ride unknown horses both on the flat and over a course of jumps. We can help you to get the best result on the day with sound preparation and practise.
We can take a limited number of trainees working towards higher level qualifications. We also offer short term intensive preparation for UK exams – in horse care, riding and instructing.
Services and local activities;
Hotel and Health spa in St Emilion, offering treatments https://grand-barrail.com/
In house masseuse – Aude is skillful and gentle, guaranteed to loosen those tight riding muscles. By arrangement.
Le Lac des Dagueys – Libourne. Great Summer entertainment – beach style area, restaurant, inflatable water park.
Canoe and Kayak – St Seurin. Wind your way gently down the river or just paddle around the lake beside the clubhouse.. https://www.ckc-st-seurin.fr/
Explore the Region.
This region is World renowned for it’s exceptional wine, and of course St Emilion is the number one producer, with it’s 15 Premier Grand Cru Classe ‘A’ wines. Even more fun can be trying less well known Premier Grand Cru wines from smaller producers – for example, this super – modern Chateau offers tours and really quality wine, our visitors gave it rave reviews! Chateau La Croizille
Under 20 minutes drive from us, the charming town of St Emilion can offer hours of entertainment – restaurants ranging from bustling terrace Cafes, to a Michelin starred restaurant, numerous wine shops for tasting and learning from their (many English speaking) staff. A wine school, a road train trip around the vineyards, Chateaux visits, and more…. St Emilion wine
The fabulous City of Bordeaux is a must see. Beautiful historic buildings, busy roadside Cafes, easy and very cheap tram system to get around, the riverside walkway is a great place to stroll and then stop for a coffee or lunch at one of the many snack bars along the way. Bordeaux City break guide Bordeaux was also featured in the Sunday Times ‘Big Weekend Break’ and is becoming one of Europe’s top City destinations. Also an excellent feature in ‘The Wayfarer” travel magazine – What to do in Bordeaux
The beach resorts and beaches of the Atlantic coast are well worth the 1hour 45 minute drive from us. Lacanau and Biscarrosse are big surfing hubs, and the spectacular sand beaches stretch 200km from Biarritz to Royan and beyond. Arcachon has undergone a major facelift and the Centre now has an underground car park which leads directly into the main square with shops, Cafes and restaurants, next to the beach. The smaller and less well known beaches of Hourtin and Carcans are just delightful – relaxed and generally quieter . Beaches of Bordeaux Atlantic coast
There are 4 golf courses less than 1 hour drive from us. Relaxed and friendly, there is always a good lunch available and green fees between 28.00€ and 58.00€ approx. Local golf courses
Here is a link to a travel site with some useful info; https://www.bookmundi.com/france/travel-guide/best-time-to-visit-france-268
New for 2020 – the accommodation will be in the brand new studio apartment attached to the main house at the Equestrian Centre, Guillot.
For the groups, ladies weeks and student training weeks: The accommodation is a modern, spacious and beautifully renovated Farmhouse, situated on the edge of the river Isle, 6 minutes from the stables. With 6 double bedrooms – 4 en-suite – and heated salt water swimming pool, it offers comfort and tranquillity.
Jackie cooks all meals using fresh, local ingredients and any special dietary requirements can be catered for.
Guests are responsible for their own lunch, unless by special arrangement.