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Dordogne Riding

Immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the Dordogne, on a quintessential riding holiday. Dordogne Riding have been providing guests with fantastic horse riding holidays in this idyllic part of France for over a decade.


Discover sleepy villages, quiet forest tracks, verdant rolling meadows and sunny vineyards, with a selection of routes and riding itineraries. Competent, fit riders can expect to spend between 4 and 6 hours a day in the saddle, exploring diverse terrain, on responsive, well-schooled horses. The pace is varied, with plenty of opportunities for lengthy trots and pacey canters before pausing for mouth-watering picnic lunches.


 


Riding Holidays in France


Itinerary:
The standard 7 night itinerary generally includes riding on 6 days, following a different route each day with half a day free to visit local sites or simply to relax by the swimming pool. Please note, itineraries are subject to change.

Day 1 (Saturday)

You will be met at the airport or train station in Bergerac and driven the 10 minutes or so to 'Le Bourdil Blanc' with time to settle in before evening drinks.
Dinner and overnight at Le Bourdil.


Day 2 (Sunday) - Dordogne Market
After breakfast head the short way down to the stables to meet the horses and try them in the paddock under the expert eye of your riding guide Antoine. Then, as Sunday is market day, a quick change and set off by car at about 10.30 to visit the street market in Issigeac which is great fun and full of local colour. Morning shopping in the market before returning to the house for lunch followed by a ride of between 2 and 3 hours.
Return to the manor house in the late afternoon for drinks and dinner, then overnight at Le Bourdil.


Day 3 (Monday)
Breakfast, then mount up and set off riding. Today's route takes you through the village of Lamonzie Montastruc and across la Forêt de Liorac to the private Chateau Garraube with its formal gardens, then on to the pretty village of Saint Marcel du Perigord where you stop for a picnic lunch near a stream. After lunch ride on to Pressignac-Vicq where the horses will stay overnight. Return to 'Le Bourdil Blanc' by car and Bernadette will cook a delicious, typical local dish to be washed down with some great local wines!
Dinner and overnight Le Bourdil.


Day 4 (Tuesday)
Breakfast and a short drive back to Pressignac-Vicq to meet the horses. Today's ride takes you down to the Dordogne river - a spectacular ride with wonderful views. Stop on the bank of the river for a drink and a picnic lunch and in the afternoon ride back to Pressignac-Vicq by a sharply contrasting route with the opportunity for a few good canters.
Driven back to Le Bourdil for a well-earned drink before dinner.


Day 5 (Wednesday) - Riding to Le Bourdil Blanc
Breakfast before returning to the horses and riding them back home through the forests to the manor. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way arriving at Le Bourdil in time to change and relax before enjoying another delicious dinner.
Overnight at Le Bourdil.


Day 6 (Thursday)
Set off on a morning ride through the forests and vineyards either to Chateau Tiregand (owned by the Saint-Exupéry family, one of whom wrote the well known children's book, 'Le Petit Prince') or to Les Terres Vieilles. Both produce excellent local wines and there will be time for an informal and informative wine tasting before riding back to Le Bourdil for lunch. The afternoon free for sightseeing or to relax. Jane will discuss the options and will happily arrange group visits to local sites of interest, book restaurants and organise hire cars - or you can just relax at the house, using the heated swimming pool and tennis court or perhaps trying the boat on the lake - the choice is yours.

Dinner is not included today and is generally eaten out, either on the way back from the places you visit or you will be driven to a local restaurant, unless someone wants to cook or barbecue at Le Bourdil Blanc.



Day 7 (Friday) - Chateau de la Gaubertie
After breakfast, a stroll to the stable yard to mount up for your last day's riding. The route takes you through the Caudeau Valley visiting the villages of Montclard, Saint Georges, St Martin des Combes and Clermont Beauregard and passing the Chateau de la Gaubertie stopping at another idyllic picnic site. After lunch ride back to the manor house in time for drinks and a farewell dinner.



Day 8 (Saturday)
You will be driven to Bergerac airport or train station after breakfast or, depending on your departure time, you may be able to visit Bergerac street market for some local shopping before departing.


 


 

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Information

Name Dordogne Riding
Type of Holiday Riding and Accommodation
Price From €1650 per person (7nts). Please enquire for short-break and non-rider rates.
Accommodation A friendly relaxing atmosphere awaits you at Le Bourdil Blanc, a recently restored 18th century manor. This elegant house is set in its own private grounds extending to over 7 acres. Mature gardens, a fishing/boating lake, tennis courts and swimming pool, provide the ideal setting to relax after a day in the saddle. The wide selection of non-riding activities, make this an ideal holiday for families and mixed groups.
Hours Riding Per Day 4 to 6hrs per day
Instruction No
Nearest Airport Bergerac Airport
Open April to Dec. No riding Jul/Aug.
Other Facilities Tennis court, swimming pool with sunloungers, mature gardens, fishing/boating lake.
Address Le Bourdil Blanc, 24520 Saint Sauveur de Bergerac, France.
Riding Facilities No
Riding Style English
Suitable For Children No
Riding Safari No
Western Ranch No
Beach Riding No
Tuition No
Centre Based Yes
Trail Ride No
Website http://www.dordogneriding.com

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Fantastic week in the beautiful Dordogne Review by HappyHacker
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We had a really great week! Quality horses and lovely scenic riding. The accommodation was perfect, as was the food. Would definitely recommend! (Posted on 13/06/2017)
Fantastic Holiday!! Review by CMD
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Beautiful accommodation and fantastic riding. A most enjoyable holiday in a picturesque area of France. (Posted on 23/03/2017)

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