We've been told that many people are wary of going on a riding holiday because they feel that their non-riding partners will feel left out and not enjoy themselves.
Well, let us assure you that all non-riders on our riding holidays have a fabulous time and have never suffered such deprivations!
Our holidays are based at the Le Bourdil Blanc, a beautiful 18c manor that has just about every facility one can imagine to keep riders and non-riders contented.
We take great pains to foster a relaxed 'house party' atmosphere - with no fussing staff - and encourage everyone to treat the house as their own and enjoy it at their own pace and in their own way.
So, as soon as the riders have left for the day, those left back at the house can settle back to enjoy the peace and quiet and get on with their holiday.
They could, for example, just stay in bed all day. But should they choose to venture out into the grounds, they will find a superb swimming pool, a tennis court, a charming lake stocked with carp, a designated trout stream (you will need to purchase a licence locally to fish the stream), a croquet lawn and a beautiful meadow garden. (Rackets, balls and all manner of sporting equipment are all supplied).
Or should they fancy curling up in front of a real log fire with one of the hundreds of books in the huge living room they can do that too, in fact (since it is a house party) they can make themselves completely at home and do as they wish.
For the golfing partners there is a spectacular course nearby at the elegant Chateau des Vigiers . Designed by Donald Steel this 27-hole course meanders through vineyards and orchards, with stunning views, before returning to a cosy clubhouse with its excellent restaurant.
Being in France means food is never too far from one's mind and we strongly recommend that non-riders take the opportunity, at least once, to join the riders on their picnic lunch not forgetting the winetasting tour. This gives them the opportunity to experience the same wonderful countryside and chateau lifestyle that you as a rider will be enjoying every day. And the picnics prepared by our own chef, Bernadette, are totally unmissable.
We also recommend hiring a car for the duration of the holiday to enable non-riders to join the others for the picnic lunches, and give them the chance to explore many historic and fascinating places nearby, details of which are available at the house.
So, please do not worry about bringing along your non-riding partner. With so much choice of things to do, or not do, we're confident they'll love the holiday just as much as you will.
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