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SOLOGNE (Loire Valley) - "One day/One Castle" horse trail

Discover the charming Val de Loire through the seasons: the forest, swamps, wildlife….and the famous and most beautiful castles in France of course! Located in the heart of Sologne, the equestrian centre which will welcome you is the best place to ride among nature and culture!

Everyday, you will have the opportunity to discover a castle, and to visit it if you want. Finally, in late September/ in the beginning of October, we suggest you a special program to hear the deer bellow (2 days / 1 night).:

 

The meeting point is at the equestrian centre at 8:30am to be ready to ride at about 9am30. At the end of the riding day, you will have to look after your horse: to groom, saddle, unsaddle, feed and wash it. Then, you will have an aperitif drink and a convivial dinner. On the last day, every rider leaves individually after 6pm.

Every riding day may be modified depending on the weather, the level of the riders... However, we can provide you with provisional indicative itineraries upon request.

If you want you can visit the castles. In this case, plan to have the amount of 10 to 15 € for each visit, in money only as the castles don’t accept the credit card.
Our different riding excurtions: 

  • The Cheverny Castle (25 km)

You will spend the morning riding in the heart of the Sologne huge forests and wild parks. Then, you will have a picnic lunch next to the Cheverny wash house alongside the surrounding wall of the castle. In the afternoon, you can visit the castle (about 1H) or relax, before riding again through the Cheverny wonderful forest.

  • The Chambord Castle (40 km)

In the morning, we ride through the "Grande Sologne" and the numerous ponds. We cross the biggest National Park in Europe and see the shape of the biggest Loire Castle. We have a picnic lunch alongside the canal, under the castle. You can visit the castle (about 1H) or relax, before riding again through the Park and the village of Bracieux, and finally, to ride in the "Chemin du Soldat". 

  • The Chambord Castle (30 km)

We ride throught the Boulogne state-owned forest, and in the late morning we arrive at the village of Bracieux. There is a very nice covered one-step market from the XVIIth century. We have a picnic lunch under the small church in the village followed by a coffe break in the Choco'Bar of the famous Max Vauché chocolate factory. In the afternoon, we ride through the biggest National Park in Europe and see the shape of the biggest Loire Castle. Then, we ride back to the inn and the guides leave the horses in the field.

  • The Villesavin Castle (30 km)

 In the morning, we ride through the "Grande Sologne" and the numerous ponds to arrive at one of the rare Baudet du Poitou donkey breeding in France. Villesavin, also called "the Chambord work basement", is one of the most popular castles. You can visit the castle (about 1H) or relax for a while, before riding back to the equestrian centre for about 2h30.

  • The Moulin Castle (30 km)

Today, we ride through the agricultural Sologne and its huge forest massifs typical in this region. For lunch, we have a picnic under the not so popular but very nice Moulin Castle. Then, we can visit it (about 45min) or relax. In the afternoon, we ride through the private forest belonging to the Fondjouan Domain, and the paths of the village of Mur de Sologne.

  • The Chaumont sur Loire Castle (30 km)

In the morning, we discover the typically Tourangelle region, riding between the Tuffaut stone houses, the forest paths and the breeding grasslands. We arrive at the castle before lunch. If we want, we can visit the famous gardens and Festival or the castle and its outbuildings (about 1h). After lunch, while admiring the castle, we ride through the village of Chaumont and along the Loire. In late afternoon, we ride through the Val de Loire forest and arrive at the inn.

  • The Fougères sur Bièvre Castle (25 km)

In the morning, we ride through the hilly lowlands and arrive at Fougères for a picnic lunch under the Castle. In the afternoon, we can visit the castle or relax (about 45min). After a break in the bar of the castle, we ride again through the Val de Loire vines and fields and we arrive at the inn.

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Deer Bell (2 days / 1 night)

Day 1
Departure from the equestrian center for a morning ride through the Sologne forest to reach the Bauzy lake where our picnic lunch awaits us. In the afternoon, we cross the forest of Vuittonière and return to stables for 16:00.
After a short snack break, we leave on horseback for 2 hours of listening to the deer bell in a nearby park, around 20:00 we get back to share dinner at our "table d'hôte".

Day 2
Departure from the stables around 9am towards the forest of Cheverny, meals at the foot of the castle. After lunch, optional visit of the castle (one hour break). In the afternoon, we cross three game parks: Cheverny, The Tesnières and La Gobellière before returning to the stables. Individual departure from 18h.

Loire Valley Weekend and Short Stay - 2018
A la carte departure according to availabilities:
- 2 days / 1 night / 2 days on horseback
- 3 days / 2 nights / 3 days on horseback
- 4 days / 3 nights / 4 days on horseback

290 €
435 €
580 €
available
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Set departures (you can book for any duration):
- march 19 to 22
- march 31 to april 02- 1 rider booked, only 1 rider to guarantee the departure
- april 14 to 17
- april 28 to may 01- Guaranteed departure
- may 05 to 08- Full
- may 10 to 12 - Full
- may 13 to 17 - Full
- june 09 to 12- 1 seat left
- july 14 to 19 - Full
- september 29 to 30
- october 06 to 07 -> the Deer Bell : 360 €
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ocotober 13 to 14 - Full
- october 20 to 21 -> the Deer Bell : 360 €

Supplement / Discount / Option - 2018
Supplement - Small group to guarantee departure from 2 participants
50 € / day / pers.
(to be paid on spot, by cash only)
Discount - Non-rider participant (per day)
- 30 € / pers.
Optional visite of the castles 10-15 € / castle (by cash only)
Optional single supplement 50 € / night (to be paid on spot, by cash only)

 

Included:

- Trail ride as described in a guesthouse on full board basis,
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why ride with us ?"),
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?").

 

Not included:

- drinks if taken out of meal time,
- small group supplement if only two riders
- castles visits (~10-15 € / pers / castle, only by cash),
- Booking fees 15€/person
- any other services or optional visit entries, personal expenses,
- tips,
- transfers from and to train station,
- optional insurances

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses

We have Franche Montagne horse breed born in our equestrian centre. They are touched from birth and are trained according to the John Lyons behaviorist approach. They all do trek competitions, and are consequently well-adapted to trail! They are tall and strong. They will be your best friend.

Tack

English style saddles and treeless saddles.
Saddlebags provided on demand.
If needed, bring your own seat saver.

Recommended riding ability
We want riders who feel at ease outdoor at the three gaits, and who are able to trail for 5 to 6 hours at a varied speed a day depending on the step (25 to 40 km carried out per day). On an indicative basis, we ask the riders to have a Gallop 3 minimum grade to do these trails.
You will have to groom, saddle, unsaddle and participate to the horse’s care (feed, water, give a shower).

Good to know
Max. Weight : 100 kg - 220 lb
Accompanied minors are welcome from 10 years old considering they have the required riding experience.
You will be asked to groom / saddle and unsaddle your horse as well as help the guides with feeding, bathing and watering the horses.
Groups are multi-cultural : french, german, irish or british riders are often booked on the trails.
Wearing a helmet is mandatory !

Non riders are welcome during the trail but they'll need to have their own car.

The local team

Sophie & Ken, are international competitors and winners in TREC competitions. They have been running the equestrian center as well as the breeding farm for many years. They Speak french and english.
They'll be your guides on the trail and will allow you to discover "their" Loire Valley.

Accommodation

The accommodation is an inn (doubles, triples, or quadruples bedroom).
It is possible to book an individual bedroom depending on the participant number (extra charge).

Bed linen is provided but you need to bring your own bathroom linen.


Meals

 Breakfast and dinner is at the equestrian centre and prepared by the guides. For lunch, we have a picnic in the countryside. In general, you will have salads, meats etc.
Drinks are included.

Languages spoken by the guide: English, French.

Group size: 2 to 7 riders.
If there are only 2 riders in the group during one or several day(s), a supplement of 50 € / day / person will apply (to be paid on spot, by cash only).

Arrival airport / train station:
Transfers from Blois train station (30 min. driving), the extra charge will be around 40 € to divide depending on the number of persons.

Arrival before 21:00, the day before. Departure from 18:30 on last day or from 07:00 the day after.

Extra night before or after the ride possible from 30 € / people.
Details into your travel documents.

 

Our riding consultant's report

Lauren

Franche Montagne horses are used to be calm and strong, and are nowadays more and more nice pleasure horses. They are trained using the ethological approach by the guides who welcome you, and you will be safe and comfortable riding these horses to visit sites which are one of the most beautiful of our heritage!.

Contact Lauren

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : lauren.grasset@rideinfrance.com

Riding guest reviews

"Don’t hesitate to do this riding tour!! The guides are skilled, the trail horses have no vices, and they are kind and well-trained. The castles are wonderful!" - Anaïs B. (2017)


"The weekend was perfect!!! Ken and Sophie are real horse and trail lovers... and they are consequently perfect guides". - Julie A. (2016)

"Sophie and Ken were fantastic hosts. Sophie's cooking was delicious and Ken's guided treks to the Loire Castle was great. The riding was fast and the trails varied and interesting. The horses were of a very well trained and fit and strong. We were very happy with all aspects of our 4 days and would recommend them to anyone looking for a genuine French horse riding holiday experience." - Debra C. from Australia (July 2015)

Why you will love this trail

From 290 € !

French Heritage Rides - With Non Riders - For families

2 to 4 days / 1 to 3 nights / 2 to 4 days of riding

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Your riding consultant

Contact Lauren

Phone :
+33 (0)437 02 2000

Email :
lauren.grasset
@rideinfrance.com

 

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