Welcome to Riding Holidays in France
At Riding Holidays in France we provide relaxing holidays with excellent scenery and quality riding. Husband and wife team, Richard and Gill (find out more about us here), offer high quality, full board accommodation in their newly renovated farmhouse located in the beautiful Périgord Vert region of the Dordogne. We specialise in small groups of inexperienced riders who are looking to build on their existing skills and those who want to start riding again after a break and would like to build up their confidence again. We arealso very happy to take experienced riders for more lively day rides, please see our 1 week itinerary on Our Holidays page
The perfect riding holiday
We aim to provide the perfect riding holiday. This could be riding to local places of local interest or trekking across Regional Natural Park of the Périgord Limousin in the Périgord Vert area of the Dordogne. The rides include trotting and cantering where the terrain is suitable and take place against a backdrop of constantly changing countryside as we wend our way through woods, up and down hill and over numerous small rivers or streams endowed with pretty waterfalls. In addition on we organise visits to local farms and producers as well as some notable tourist attractions such as the Caves at Villars where you can see a cave painting of a horse or the Chateau at Jumilhac which had strong links with Richard the Lionheart.
Not just riding holidays
Do not worry if your partner or family does not ride we are happy to help organise Alternative Activities or you can simply to bring them along to chill out. The farm and the surrounding countryside is very peaceful and they are welcome to simply relax and enjoy the ambiance or alternatively to take a walk and possibly a look at the bison on our neighbour’s farm. For the more energetic we can provide bicycles and maps of local routes such as the Voie Verte (disused railway) at Thiviers, suggest restaurants for lunch or provide a picnic to name but a few options.
More than just riding holidays
The Dordogne has a reputation for good food and there are a wealth of lovely products such as chestnuts, walnuts, beef, mushrooms (ceps), truffles, poultry, fois gras, cheeses, fruit and honey to name just a few, which are available locally. We create your meals using as many of these products as possible as well as our home produced fruit and vegetables which are grown with almost no chemicals and using natural fertiliser provided by the horses!