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Horse Riding Holidays Hungary – Homoki Lodge

PRICES & DATES top

Homoki Lodge : 2017 Prices

Suitable for all levels of riders and non riders.

Rates are quoted per person sharing for a 7 night stay, but you can also book for less or more night on request.

Lodge Room Accommodation
Rider – £1,240/€1,477/$1,540
Rider with single supplement – £1,415/€1,687/$1,760
Non- rider – £710/€847/$885

Yurt Superior Accommodation
Rider – £1,680/€2,002/$2,085
Rider with single supplement – £2,525/€2,422/$1,760
Non- rider – £1,150/€1,372/$1,430

Yurt Deluxe Accommodation
Rider – £1,885/€2,247/$2,345
Rider with single supplement – £2,210/€2,632/$2,745
Non- rider – £1,350/€1,617/$1,685

Yurt Luxury Accommodation
Rider – £2,120/€2,527/$2,635
Rider with single supplement – £2,470/€2,947/$3,070
Non- rider – £1,590/€1,897/$1,975

Included – 4-5 hours of riding per day, full board accommodation, afternoon tea, WIFI Internet, 1 bottle of water per room per night, water during riding, Hungarian musical dance evening (min. 3 guests), all lodge activities and local taxes.

Excluded – Flights, airport transfers, all drinks except some water and tips.

Getting There
International flight to Budapest.

Transfer
The drive is about 1 and a half to two hours to the lodge. The transfer cost ranges from €188 for up to 3 passengers each way per car. There is also the option to hire your own car and drive or you can take a train to the nearest train station of Szeged and we can arrange to pick you up, at an additional charge.

Homoki Lodge : 2017 Dates

Opens from the 31st March 2017 to the 7th January 2018

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

The Great Plain of Hungary covers some 45,000 square kilometres and makes up half of the country’s territory, but is home to only about a third of the population. Much of the area was marshy swamp until the 1920’s when there was a big drainage programme. The large drainage channels are a major feature of the landscape.

It’s here at Homoki Lodge you are guests of Oliver Christen at his restored, traditional farmhouse and ride his lively Hungarian Sport Horses across the Southern Puszta which lies between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. The sandy soils of the Puszta are divided into small farms and broken up by pine, poplar and acacia forests, steppe, lakes and meadows. People still farm in the old way, producing meats, vegetables, fruit and wine for their own and their neighbours’ consumption. This is still a landscape of subsistence farming, a way of life which has been wiped out in many places in Europe.

Homoki Lodge is a beautifully restored traditional farmhouse with recently added luxury yurts. Tracks radiate in all directions across neighbouring farmland and although the land is quite flat, there is a tremendous variety of scenery.

Hungary is an equestrian nation. The original Magyar tribes arrived on horseback in the 10th Century, and since then horses have played an important role in Hungarian life. Riding out of Homoki Lodge on the Southern Great Plain is a very different experience to riding in most other countries. The flat landscape is criss-crossed with long sandy tracks which allow you to explore this rural idyll without gates to open or fences to hinder your progress! You can trot and canter for several kilometres at a time; you will be surprised at how quickly your horse covers the distances.

From Homoki Lodge the pace is mixed. Generally the riding is at walk, trot or canter along sandy tracks which take you across arable farms, past lakes and through forests. When riding at speed, your guide will take you to wide areas of open land where you can spread out, take your own line and allow your horse to show you what he is made of!

THE RIDING top

Homoki Lodge : Horses – The horses are Hungarian Warmbloods of around 16hh and are ridden unshod. They are most suited to confident riders who have had experience of riding at speed over a variety of terrain.

The horses at Homoki Lodge are fit, strong and healthy Hungarian Warmbloods or Hungarian Sport horse as it is also known. The Breed was developed at the Mezohegyes State Stud in Hungary. Through selective crossing out of Gidran, Kisberi, Achal Tiki, Nonius, North Star Furioso and Arabs, a ‘warmblood sport horse’ was established. It is now used mostly as a competition horse including disciplines like dressage, show jumping, cross-country and combined driving.

Homoki Lodge : Level of Riding & Pace – Riders must be Intermediate plus, there is lots of fast paced riding and you will need to be in control at a gallop in open space. This is not nose to tail trekking of any description, you will be expected to ride your horse in it’s own line, especially at speed.

Tack – Most of the tack is English but there are some Western, South African Trail and Australian Stock saddles available.

Weight Restriction – 95kg / 15 stone / 210lbs.

If you are over the limit, it is still possible to ride as there are two heavier weight carrying horses, so please let us know as early as possible as to your requirements.

Homoki Lodge : Group Size – Maximum 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

Homoki Lodge is set adjacent to the stables in 50 acres of land which includes grazing, gallops, fruit orchards, a vegetable garden and relaxing space for guests including a swimming pool in season.

Major restoration works have been carried out to restore the main property to a traditional ‘tanya’, a white washed farmhouse with thick walls and a thatched roof. This unique architecture is complemented with a tremendous attention to detail. The rooms and common areas are furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques from Hungary and across Europe.

There are two standard bedrooms, one superior room and one twin in the main farmhouse, each with its own bath or shower room. There are also two other bedrooms which share a bathroom, in a separate guest house about 20 metres away from the house. This can also be used as a separate guest house/suite with private terrace for more privacy.

Recently there has also been the addition of seven luxury glamping yurts. They are super cool with the bed on an upper gallery, underfloor heating, air con, WI FI, TV and mini bar.

When you you’re off the horses, there’s lots of other things to occupy yourself at the lodge. A library with board games, a garden with lots of secret hideaway‘s, an outdoor pool (in season) with it’s own sandy beach, a sauna, a thatched terrace with shade and outdoor games like badminton, boulle and skittles.

Food is incredibly important here too, meals are prepared at the ‘Homoki Dine’ restaurant, a former stable that has been transformed into an ‘Agricultural Guest Table’ with a spacious dining area and lounge bar.

It’s traditionally furnished and provides space for dancing and musical evenings. Outside there is a huge terrace with BBQ and cosy pavilions combined with a fantastic view onto the Puszta.

The dishes are traditionally rural, therefore is heavy on meat. Expect home made sausages, cured hams, marinated meat called bödönöshùs is a speciality as is cooking in the cauldron over an open fire and this is called bogrács. The traditional fish soup halászlé is prepared in this way.

Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available on request.

Fruit juices à la maison and wines from the region complete the culinary pleasures. The majority of ingredients are either grown at Homoki Lodge or produced locally by neighbouring farmers. Great care is taken to provide guests with delicious and authentic Hungarian meals.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Homoki Lodge are part of  the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Hungary.

 

Please Ask About

  • Their own in house spa, includes a Carpathian Salt Bath, Back & Face treatments & massages
  • The southern Carpathian basin is one of the last regions in Europe without fences, with hardly any roads and very little traffic. A unique paradise for those who want to hike
  • Traditional coach rides past fruit plantations, paprika and capsicum fields, and silver-gleaming forests of poplars
  • Game drives to see the wildlife of the plains, roe and fallow deer, fox, gold jackal and wild boar
  • Seasonal trips to local feasts and festivals
  • City trip to Szeged to see the National Memorial Park Òpusztàszèr to give an overview to Hungarian history

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

The following is an outline itinerary for the Homoki Lodge Ride. Although you can arrive and depart any day, below is an example of what days could look like.

Arrival Day

You will be met on arrival at Budapest Airport and then transferred by car to Ruzsa (payable locally). This one and a half to two hour trip will take you through the Hungarian Southern Great Plain. Near the end of your journey you leave tarmac roads and continue on sandy tracks to the secluded farmstead of Homoki Lodge. There you will be introduced to your guest room, the farm and the horses. In the evening, have a typical Hungarian meal.

A Typical Day

There is no set itinerary and the riding is adjusted to the seasons. Groups are kept small with rarely more than six guests. If a rider prefers to go a slower pace to enjoy the nature and wildlife, the group can be divided and met at a later point to continue the ride together. Usually rides go out right after breakfast for a few hours. Lunch is either back at Homoki or at a local place en route where typical Hungarian food is served. Afternoon tea or coffee will be served before or after the afternoon rides depending on the season. Ride in the afternoon for a couple of hours. Evening meals are at different places on the property - Homoki Lodge, Homoki Dine, Homoki Wine Cellar, BBQ or just out in the Garden under a tree.

The Riding

Experience riding through the openness of the country - the seemingly never-ending sandy tracks, meadows and forests. At some point you may be lucky enough to spot the Hungarian Longhorn Cattle or Buffalo which both have been brought by the Magyar‘s on their way from Asia more than 1000 years ago. You will ride along in shady forests rich in wildlife, wide open grasslands or passing crops and secluded farmsteads. Depending on the season experience fast riding on open ground or through flooded marshlands. There is a romantic ride to a hidden tower with a gorgeous view or towards the old bunker, which was used during the Revolution in 1956. A lovely day ride takes you through the differing Puszta landscape to a fishing lake, were a local fisherman is preparing the traditional Hungarian fish soup 'Halaszlé'. Relax at the stunning lakeside before heading back to Homoki Lodge. Another interesting trail leads you to a farm museum where you will find farm tools and utensils of the past. There, experience a typical lunch with lard bread, sweet paprika and seasonable vegetables. Ride back through the forest with the legendary 'Rózsa Sándor Tree' which was used by bandits in the 19th Century to hide themselves from the authorities.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.

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Hungary Holidays Testimonials

Daisy Finer on Homoki Lodge, Hungary

The gallop through the tobacco fields and wild flowers is possibly the most sensational ride ever. The evenings are also a highlight - the galloping grooms turn into dashing, twinkle-toed dancing partners, as chivalrous as any cavalier. Don't write off Hungary as boring - this is a real gem. Those in the know keep it

Daisy Finer Tatler Magazine, Travel Guide 2013