Stately Rides

 

Think of quintessential England, with quiet lanes, green fields, sun-dappled woods and villages of mellow golden stone, and you will think of the Cotswolds. And what better way to explore than on horseback, staying at private houses along the way?

 

  • Well-mannered, forward-going horses

  • Breathtaking views of classic English countryside

  • Visit some of England's prettiest villages and estates, from Stow-on-the-Wold to Snowshill, Broadway to Buckland Manor

  • Stay in beautiful private country houses, including Wormington Grange, once home to Sir Winston Churchill's chief of staff

  • Enjoy a classic English picnic en route in a sunny corner

  • If it's not sunny, tuck into a proper pub lunch, tying your horses up outside

  • End the day's ride with afternoon tea, with cake and hot-buttered crumpets

  • Talk long into the night of horses, travel and the finer things in life with your welcoming hosts

  • Spend four to six hours in the saddle, taking the day at your own pace

  • Ride unencumbered, your luggage transported from one house to the next

  • Two- to five-day holidays available from April to October

  • Bespoke rides for small groups can be tailored to your every desire

  • All inclusive

 

Welsh adventure

  • Ride across the wild, windswept Welsh hills on the border of England and Wales, with views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains

  • Gaze across landscapes that have hardly changed in 400 years

  • Explore the passes of the Radnor Hills, cantering through hidden valleys

  • Trot along the old drovers' ways and gallop over high heather moors

  • Climb Llanbedr Hill, where the Welsh fairies were last seen dancing, according
    to ancient folklore

  • Visit the 14th-century church of Llandewi Fach, only accessible on foot

  • Stay in old Welsh farmhouses, eating hearty food beside roaring fires

 

Example holiday: three days' circular ride through the Cotswolds, along the Cotswold escarpment with spectacular views of the Severn Plain, meandering through leafy lanes and cantering across grassy hillsides, staying at historic homes where your hosts will serve you delicious meals. £450 ($650) per person per night, all inclusive