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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 around 9:30 am. On the last day, every rider leaves individually after 6.30 pm.

Every riding day is dedicated to a big loop with the opbjective of joining one of the wonderfulcastles of the Loire valley where we will stop for a lunch break

At every stagte of the trip, you will be able to enjoy some free time to relax, or to visit the castle (entry to be paid on the spot). The time of visit of the castle is about one hour. Every riding day varies depending on the weather, the level of the riders... However, they are all magnificent. Back to the equestrian centre at the end of the day.

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

  • The Cheverny Castle (25km)

Morning at the heart of the big forest of Sologne and its game parks. You may have the chance of seeing deers, hinds and boars. Friendly picnic near the washing place of Cheverny at the edge of the castle's surrounding walls. It is the estate that inspired the belgian author Hergé for the Moulinsart castle of "the adventures of Tintin". Castle visiting time (about an hour) or relaxing time before starting our horse ride again through the 2000 hectares of the beautiful forest of Cheverny.

  • The Villesavin Castle (30km)

Morning through the "Grande Sologne" and its numerous ponds to arrive at one of the rare Baudet du Poitou donkey breeding in France. Villesavin, also known as the "Chambord work basement" was the old house of the manager of Chambord. Lunch on the castle's lawn followed by an independent visit of its gardens, and/or a guided visit of the inside of the castle (voluntary). Back to the equestrian centre by the village of Fontaines-en-Sologne and its great church from the XII century.

  • The Chambord Castle (40km)

Today, we reach the biggest and probably the most prestigious of the Loire's castles : Chambord. Its building was supervisedby François the First, it contains a double spiral staircase, unique in France. The morning will bring you to thye heart of the "Grande Sologne" and its numerous ponds. The crossing of the National Park, the biggest in Europe with a surface of 50 km², to see, in between the trees, the shape of the biggest Loire castle and reach our picnic area near the Nizeron. Back in the saddle to see the castle emerge from the trees in the middle of the afternoon. Voluntary visit of the castle(about 1h) or free timpe for the nap, the rider's choice, before riding again to go back to the equestrian centre through the traditionnal "Chemin du Soldat".

  • The Chambord Castle (30km)

In this version, in the morning, we follow the paths of the Domaniale forest of Boulogne, to reach, at the end of the morning, the village of Bracieux and its really nice covered market with floors dating back from the XVII century. Picnic at the bottom of the village's small church followed by a coffee break at the Choco'Bar of the famous chocolate factory Max Vauché. In the beginning of the afternoon, entry in the National Park, the biggest park in Europe of a surface bigger than 50 km², to see emerge, in between the trees, in the middle of the afternoon, the shape of the biggest of the Loire's castles, masterpiece of the XVI century. Chambord, whose construction was supervised by François the First, contains a beautiful double spiral staircase, unique in France. Back to the equestrian centre by car after some free time for a voluntary visit of the castle.

  • "Cheese and Wine" day (30km) - only certain dates

For this day, there is a change of theme. You will discover the regional specialties of the Val de Loire. You will leave the equestrian cenhtre around 9:30 am to spend a day in Sologne des Etangs. You will enjoy its sand aisles, suitable for the gaits to reach the Banguin's Goat Farm in the end of the morning. You will taste the farm's products served with wines from the Val de Loire Cherverny and Cour-Cheverny before lunch. A small visit near the goats and you are back in the saddle between forests and ponds to go back to the equestrian centre.

 

Other itineraries, allowing to acces other castles, as, for example, Beauregard or Troussay's castles, small by size but full of charm, can also be organized. Or, in another style: the chocolate factory Max Vauché or a day in Sologne without a living soul. The richness of the region allows you to vary the itineraries, to come and to come back to explore them on horseback!

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"One day/One castle" Horse trail - 2021
May 08 to 09 (2 days)
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May 13 to 16 (4 days)

- 3 days option from May 13 to 16

- 2 days option from May 13 to 16

660 €

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June 04 to 06 (4 days)

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June 12 to 13 (2 days)
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June 26 to 27 (2 days)
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July 10 to 11 (2 days)
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July 15 to 18 (4 days)

- 3 days option from July 15 to 18

- 2 days option from July 15 to 18

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July 24 to 25 (2 days)
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July 29 to August 01 (4 days)

- 3 days option from July 29 to August 01

- 2 days option from July 29 to August 01

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August 12 to 15 (4 days)

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August 19 to 22 (4 days)

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- 2 days option from August 19 to 22

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September 17 to 19 (3 days)

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September 24 to 26 (3 days)

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October 01 to 03 (3 days)

- 2 days option from October 01 to 03

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October 09 to 10 (2 days)
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October 23 to 24 (2 days)

Special Cheese and Wine (no castles)

380 €
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November 11 to 14 (4 days)

- 3 days option from November 11 to 14

- 2 days option from November 11 to 14

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Supplement / Discount / Option (/pers.) - 2021
Discount - Non-rider participant (per day)
- 30 €

Single room supplement - compulsory if you travel alone, refunded if you accept to share and we find someone to do so

30 € / night

Extra night before or after the trail

To be paid on the spot, diner and breakfast included, price per person

90 € / night in a double room or 130 € in a single room

 

Included:

- Trail ride as described in a guesthouse on full board basis (coffee, tea, mineral water and wine)
- 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 during the dinner and out of meal time
- castles visits (~10-15 € / pers / castle, only by cash)
- Booking fees 15€/person
- Single supplement
- 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 !
The non riders are welcome on these riding tours. They follow the itinerary on bike ( location to be paid on spot). We give them IGN map.

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 at the 3 stars hotel "Le Vieux Fusil" in a double room (or individual with a supplement). The hotel is situated 5 minutes away from the equestrian centre. Every room has a private bathroom.

The single room is compulsory for every person that books alone. The supplement will be added or not depending if we find someone to share it.
In case of unavailibility of this hotel, an alternative accomodationof the same quality will be booked.


Meals

 Breakfast and dinner is at the hotel. The cooking honors the local products. For lunch, we have a picnic in the countryside. In general, you will have salads, meats etc.
Drinks are included except for diners.

Languages spoken by the guide: English, French.

Group size: 2 to 8 riders.

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 people. Arrival between 6pm and 7:30pm.

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

 

Our riding consultant's report

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!.

Riding guest reviews

"ALexandre and myself came back delighted. We really appreciated the concept of mixing castles and horses. Ken is very professional and attentive to his riders. His horses are perfectly looked after and we can feel his love for them. None of them has any problems. The lunch formula is really conveninent and the restaurant in the evening allows us to taste very good products. The small hotel is really clean. It makesus want to go back to discover new castles." - Christine C. (2020)

"Thank you for proposing a tour with this level of quality! The team is incredible, the logistic, the horses and the accomodation are of very high quality. Ken's kindness and professionalism really impressed me. The program is really interesting and Ken gladly shares his knowledge about the region, its fauna and flora, its architecture and its specific features. I will gladly recommend this tour and this brochure to friends. I sincerely thank you for setting up this trip at short notice." - Gaëlle M. (2020)

"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)

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