You will be staying at a comfortable, homely 15th Century Farmhouse B&B accommodation, with garden to enjoy, wonderful views, and walking for miles straight out of the farm. Bathrooms may be shared. There is a large library of natural history, bird of prey and horse books to browse through in the evenings, or a painting and drawing table for budding artists.
Dogs are welcome to stay, but cannot accompany riders on the rides, as the horses are not used to dogs.
This holiday is on a half-board basis.
A Full English Breakfast is served in the large dining room at the Farm and includes fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fruit juice, cooked breakfast and toast. Sandwiches, light lunches or cream teas are also provided on your riding holiday break.
Dinner is not included. You are welcome to enjoy the self-catering facilities (basic facilities - fridge, microwave, kettle) or go out for dinner. The village of Porlock is just a mile from the farmhouse, within easy quiet walking distance, with cafes, pubs, restaurants and corner shops, where you can indulge in locally sourced foods and fresh home cooked produce.
The British weather can be quite unpredictable and you should be ready for rain and sunshine in the same day!
Summers are cool, usually 20°C on average.
Winters can be very rainy, but are never too cold.
Rainfall is difficult to predict but you must be prepared for some rain during your stay, no matter the season! The average temperature in south-west English is fairly mild all year-round.
Guide and local team
Your host Cathy started riding late when her children became teenagers, and the family moved to Exmoor - to help the young ones through their teenage transition to adulthood. Since the girls left home in (1999) Cathy has established the riding holiday business over 20 years, and through various riding events has discovered a more gentle way to connect with the horses, and to help them through their own journey of working with and looking after their riders. To Cathy the horses are friends and family, and the two-way connection between her and her horses manifests itself on a daily basis with different riders, and riding styles. Connection through thought, touch, energy and verbal communication are essential tools in the training of and working with all of her horses as individuals. Like many of a similar age, Cathy realises that there is still so much to learn from the horses as they teach us, and how to gently help riders through their worry and stress. Riding is therapeutic for both horse and rider on this two way journey of discovery and Cathy endeavours to match the right horse with the rider on a daily basis.
Jess has been riding horses since a very young child, and has a life ambition to continue working with and riding horses - she is a horse lover and a really gentle, competent rider. She supports riders through praise and encouragement, and leads the rides quietly, but confidently.
Claire has been volunteering and now employed at the centre for the past six years, and totally "connects" with horses in every way. She is chatty and bubbly with guests, and in her words 'could not live without constant access to the horses' - they are healing, supporting and excellent for the well-being of the rider, and this completely resonates with Claire and how she works with them.
At your discretion
- Helmets are mandatory. Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - indispensable!
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof riding trousers might be a good idea
- Casual clothes for the evening
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for the evenings
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun or rain whilst riding
Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Ear plugs
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!