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Dordogne Manor House

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Dordogne Manor House

Horse riding holiday in FranceThis riding holiday is centred in and around the spectacular countryside of the Dordogne in south-western France, near the town of Bergerac, offering some of the best rides in France!

From the moment you turn into the tree-lined drive that leads up to the house, you'll feel your body and mind relax as you realise your holiday has really started. As you drive up to the house you will glimpse through the trees on the right the tennis court and swimming pool, and to the left you will probably see one or two of our horses looking out from their stables in the barn. The beautiful 18th century manor house was recently restored to its former glory and is now a warm, friendly and elegant home comfortably set in its own private grounds extending to over 7 acres. Aside from the pool, tennis court and stable barn, the grounds also feature an ancient pigeonnier, and behind the house is a huge meadow garden, a small fishing/boating lake, a croquet lawn, some lovely mature trees, all bounded by a delightful trout stream. From the house one can enjoy beautiful views over woodlands and fields.Horse riding holiday in france

From the moment you leave the stables you will be riding through thousands of hectares of the region's most beautiful private estates. Following trails which take you through a countryside of thick forests, hidden valleys, vineyards and meadows, you will soon be convinced that you are the 'duc' or 'duchesse' of all you survey; and to prove it, you'll come across no other horses or riders, and hardly a gate to open all day long. We have taken great care to plan the rides - different each day - to ensure that experienced riders have the opportunity to enjoy long energetic trots and exciting canters, as well as lazy relaxing walks, when you'll have time to share your experiences with your guide and companions.  Each ride allows for approximately 3 hours riding in the morning and 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon, and as one would expect in France, one of the highlights of each day's ride is lunch which will typically consist of various country salads, regional delicacies (including foie gras), locally baked bread, fresh fruit, and of course the best local Bergerac wines. We encourage any non-riders in the party to join us for the lunchtime feast, so that they too can experience the chateau lifestyle and catch up with news of the morning's adventures! After lunch and a well-earned rest, both horses and riders are relaxed and ready to continue on the day's ride.  Horse riding holiday in france

With between 4 and 6 hours spent in the saddle each day, riding across varied terrain, riders need to be reasonably fit and competent, and confident at walk, trot and canter in open country. We regret that we cannot accept absolute beginners or any riders under 12 years old, and we normally impose a weight limit of around 96kg (210lbs or 15 stone). This is because we are keen to make this the best riding holiday of their life for everyone who comes.


Day 1 You will be met at the railway station or the airport in Bergerac and transferred to the manor house for dinner and to settle in for the week or people arrive directly by car around 17.00.

Day 2 You will be introduced to the horses that have been selected to match your riding experience and ability at 9:30 a.m. in the paddock behind the house. Then you leave for the market which is great fun and full of local colour, returning to the manor house for lunch and then a short afternoon trail ride across this wild region of forests (la Forêt du Landais) followed by drinks and dinner at the manor house.

Day 3 In the morning ride through the forests and vineyards to the fabulous Chateau Tiregand, owned by the Saint-Exupéry family, who wrote the well known children's book, le Petit Prince. They produce Pecharmant red wines. Wine tasting and a visit of the cellars and formal gardens looking out over the Dordogne, followed by lunch in the wine cellars. Afternoon ride through vineyards and the forest to the little village of Liorac sur Louyre. Dinner at the manor house.

Day 4 In the morning mount up and ride through the village of Lamonzie Montastruc and across la Forêt de Liorac to the private Chateau Garraube where you will picnic on the terrace looking out over the formal gardens. Return to the manor house by another route through the forest where you will leave the horses. Visit the truffle farm at Ste Foye de Longas where Mr. Martin will explain how he grows and cultivates truffles. You will have the opportunity to purchase some of the delicious foods. Return to the manor house where you will be shown how to incorporate truffles into a typical local dish, which you will then promptly eat, washed down with some great local wines.

Day 5 The day is free. Group visits of the local sites can be arranged, you can do a tour of your own, or just relax at the house, the choice is yours. Lunch and dinner out, either enroute back from tourist sites, or at a local hostelry. Transportation is arranged. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided.

Day 6 Ride through the Caudeau valley, visiting the private chateau of La Leotardie and the villages of Montclard, Saint Georges, St Martin des Combes and Clermont de Beauregard. Picnic lunch in the kitchen of the magnificent Chateau la Gaubertie. After lunch, return to the manor house for another wonderful dinner and overnight.

Day 7 After breakfast ride through the Louyre valley, visiting the private chateaux of Saint Maurice, La Tissanderie and La Vernelle. Either picnic or lunch in a local restaurant. Return to the manor house across wooded hills and valleys for your final night and farewell dinner either at the Bourdil or in a local restaurant

Day 8 After breakfast transfer to the Bergerac railway station or airport, or have a visit first to Bergerac street market in the morning for some local shopping before your departure.

2012 Dates:

April   28th - 5th (May)
May 12th - 19th 26th - 2nd (June)
June 16th -23rd 30th - 7th (July)
July see June  
September 8th - 15th 22nd - 29th
October 13th - 20th 27th - 3rd (November)
November see October  10th-17th (November)


2012 Prices:

  Rider Non Rider
7 nights £1260.00 £730.00
6 nights £1130.00 £610.00
5 nights £1000.00 £520.00
4 nights £775.00 £390.00
3 nights £565.00 £305.00
2 nights £390.00 £175.00



Prices based on full board and accommodation in a double room with private bathroom
Use of guides (4-6 hours per day)
Continental breakfast, picnic or light lunches and dinners
Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
Use of facilities at the house including tennis, swimming, a lake for boating and fishing, a classified trout stream, mountain bikes, table tennis and croquet.
Local transfers to Bergerac airport and train station

Indicative flight price: London to Bergerac £60 - £150pp return depending on time of year


Transport by air, rail or car to and from the Bergerac area
Lunch and dinner on one day for those staying seven days
Rental car
Additional private riding lessons.
Tips for the staff

Optional use of tourist guide for non riding day (price dependent on numbers in group and paid locally) 

Suitable for non-riders: Yes

Weight limit: 15 stone

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

Accepted Payment Types