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- Wonderful week traversing stunning landscapes in congenial company Review by Jane from Somerset
Overall Holiday Experience Horses and tack Accommodation and food
Also I'm not sure how many English people would know what "Forestiere" or "Chamade" saddles are - I still don't!
The good thing is that the tack fitted the horses, though horses did not have their "own" tack, which our guide clearly found a bit of a headache on day 1.
The standard of rooms was adequate to very good: it varied. The best rooms were in the two privately run "chambre d'hotes de charme". The worst accommodation was at the base at Mas la Rechaute - my room had loose electric sockets, the dimmest centre light I've ever come across, and one of the bedside lights did not work. I know the French always prioritise food over maintenance, but I think they should shift the balance a little!
The food was excellent - as you said in the notes 4 course dinners were the norm, and generous qualities of very good wine.
The guide, Didier (not the proprietor, another Didier) was excellent: light touch, but firm when needing to give instructions relating to safetly or horse welfare. He was pleasantly friendly with a dry gallic sense of humour and and spoke very good English, but was never intrusive. His assistant, Pierrot, who managed the back up logistics and provided the lunches, was also a star. I enjoyed his rendition of France's version of the blues on our final evening. (Posted on 15/10/2016)