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Horse Riding Holidays France – La Camargue Luxury Farmhouse

PRICES & DATES top

La Camargue Luxury Farmhouse: Prices 2020

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  • 3 night Package
    Low Season – $900
    • GBP: 668
    • EUR: 805
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    High Season – $724
    • GBP: 537
    • EUR: 647
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  • 5 night Package
    Low Season – $1,542
    • GBP: 1,144
    • EUR: 1,379
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    High Season – $1,636
    • GBP: 1,214
    • EUR: 1,463
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Single supplement is 45%.

Additional Packages

Other packages are available on request from 3 nights upwards, the above packages are popular examples.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Suitable for riders & non riders. A great choice for a special romantic break, like a honeymoon or anniversary.

La Camargue Luxury Farmhouse: Dates 2020

Open from 3rd April to the 1st November, 2020.

High Season is predominantly 1st May to the 18th September and ALL Saturday dates,

Low Season are all the remaining dates.

Included

3 night package
Half Board Accommodation in a Charm Double Room, breakfast and dinner, a 2 hour ride in the Camargue and a 3-4 hour ride with the Gardians, called the ‘Gardian Experience’ (herding bulls, cutting the cattle and loading them into a lorry to market).

5 night package
Half Board Accommodation in a Charm Double Room, breakfast and dinner, 3 – 2 hour rides in the Camargue and a 2 plus hour ride with the Gardians, called the ‘Gardian Experience’ (herding bulls, cutting the cattle and loading them into a lorry to market).

Beach Ride
There is also the option to add in a Beach Ride, where the horses are boxed up and you spend the morning riding along the sea and in the sand dunes, culminating with a picnic on the beach. It is currently 180Euros per person, minimum 2 people.

Excluded – Flights, tips, transfers, lunches & drinks.

Getting there – There are lots of airports serving this region, Marseille is probably the biggest, with more flights to choose, but you may also consider, Montpellier, Nimes & Avignon which are all relatively close.

Transfer
We recommend hiring a car and driving to the Farmhouse Hotel. It will also enable you to drive to places like Arles for a great day out or to Saint Maries de la Mer. We can also easily organise an airport transfer for you, please request at time of booking.

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 late Jacques Bon was born and bred on this farmhouse property, where in the nineties, him and his wife Lucille decided to open up their farmhouse and invite the world in to experience their unique and fascinating life working and living off the land in this distinct region of France called the Camargue. His legacy resonates throughout the property and with Frederic his son at the helm along with their long serving staff, they continue to keep his dream and work alive. Frederic inspired by his father, brings with him, new plans to develop some further out buildings in 2020 and offer more of their unique and stunning accommodation.

This luxury 17th century property lies in the heart of Camargue, where you can enjoy one of the most unique riding holidays in the world, riding across the flat marshlands of this windswept land, riding the indigenous horses, called the Camargues.

The riding is spectacular and you have the choice of riding out for hours across the delta marshlands taking in the scenery and spotting wildlife or joining in on the work with the ‘gardians’, the Camargue cowboys; this is great fun, (you must ride well, intermediate plus level to join the ‘gardians’ as the work can be dangerous, on account of the fast pace, the skittish bulls and big horns) It’s a fantastic cultural experience and one the ‘gardians’ love showing off, wearing their unique Camargue saddles and colourful shirts.

The house hotel itself is impressive and up-market, set amid beautiful gardens with a lovely swimming pool area and terrace. The interior is very stylish and adorned with personally chosen French antiques. It’s an unassuming place, where rather than having the reception at the entrance, it sits in a room off the hallway, offering clients the upmost of privacy when checking in or arranging activities.

The food also deserves a huge mention – the restaurant is very well regarded and most ingredients, including the rice, are grown on the estate. It’s an intimate affair served in their large country kitchen in front of an open fire in the colder months and in the garden when the sun shines.

Camargue Festivals
Throughout the year, Frederic organises Camargue festival days, which are a fantastic occasion to join. Dates are as follows for 2020 and a great idea to plan a trip around one of these occasions to see the Gardian culture in all it’s glory;

Sunday, 10th May
Sunday, 24th May
Sunday,  8th June
Sunday, 13th September
Sunday, 27th September

You will learn about the daily work of the “gardians” which still takes place today on horseback. You will participate in their leisure activities and games that have become a tradition, and taste a leg of bull slowly roasted over an open fire, accompanied by Camargue rice.

10:30 a.m.: You will be greeted by the ‘gardians ‘ on horseback with a welcoming speech.
Traditional branding – a young bull will be branded with an iron bearing our ‘Manade’ stamp
‘Gardian’ games – Demonstration of Camargue riding skills and the game of the ‘bouquet’.
12:30 am: Drinks and lunch at the Cabano Dis Ego – Leg of bull roasted over an open fire.
3:00 pm: ‘Cocarde’ bull games.
5:00 pm: Finish

There is also plenty of other sight seeing activities to keep you amused – visit nearby Arles, famed for its art galleries and Van Gogh, watch flocks of flamingos stalking the salt lakes, canoe down the Petit Rhone, cycle along sandy tracks through the marshes, or simply enjoy the empty beaches on the coast and swim.

There is a vast variety of birdlife in the area and we can organise a morning Bird Watching tour. Please request on booking for prices and availability.

Victoria Marston from Horse & Hound magazine blogged about her stay in La Camargue in 2011 – here’s what she had to say.

And what did I do today? I was a freakin’ cowgirl baby!

This was no escorted hack with a man in a cowboy hat, either — I arrived at the stables, fetched my own horse in, (admittedly didn’t tack up because by the time I had figured out the saddle it probably would have been dark), was thrown on and expected to get on with it.

Oh, and I am pleased to report that I was riding a Camargue pony today, so they don’t think that I’m fat after all. His name was Elegant (or something along those lines when said with a French accent) and he is usually worked by the gardians (cowboys), so he was rather spritely and fun — at least he was once I had mastered the art of having little to no contact and he had stopped doing rein-back, that is.

So off we set on our mission to round up the herd of bulls which roam the estate. I was, understandably I thought, quite nervous about the horns and such like, but actually it turns out the bulls are more scared of the horses than I am of them. Who knew. I’d like to think that I kept up and joined in without getting in the way, amid much “Come on VictorIA!” when they thought I was hanging back too much, and we soon had the bulls safely in the pen we were headed for. Too soon for my liking.

At this point we began separating them. First we needed to choose three bulls and a couple of calves for the bull games this evening, then separate the rest of the bulls and calves. The bulls were turned back out, while the calves were kept in to be branded later today.

In fact, I really must stop blogging right about now, as much as I would love to go into more detail, as I am expected back at the stables in about half an hour for the branding and games. I have been assured that the games aren’t cruel, which is a relief — they just tie ribbons to the horns and then compete to collect them in an arena.

And hopefully I will be back in time for one last dinner in the restaurant here at Mas de Peint, which really is fabulous. The food, the wine, the service, the gypsy guitarists playing into the small hours… I’m really, truly not hoping that the ash cloud stops me from going home tomorrow. Honest.

The full article was published in Horse & Hound on the 30th June, 2011.

Camargue Blog

You can also visit our latest Blog on a visit made by our own MD, Jill Dolan. Click here https://www.zarasplanet.com/camargue-blog/

THE RIDING top

La Camargue : Horses – Home Bred Camargue Horses, plus some Andalusian Crosses.

La Camargue : Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

Tack – Western sty.

Weight Restriction – 16 stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

La Camargue : Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

An absolutely beautiful 17th century, country farmhouse, fully restored with a mix of traditional & modern French decor, very tastefully designed. Includes a gorgeous terrace & swimming pool. But the big ‘wow’ factor at this hotel is the food, with a top class restaurant which uses fresh, local produce, some of which is their own home grown, organic delights. Be sure to bring some of the delicious Camargue Olive Oil home with you, plus the home grown Wild Ride. along with the local Camargue sea salt.

Here’s an example of one of their menus:

  • Amuse – bouche
  • Euf de poule mollet, parmesan, asperges, chips de pancetta, mouillette dorée
  • Poisson de la pêche locale cuit au plat, légumes grillés, un aïoli en accompagnement
  • Planchette de fromages régionaux
  • Pannacotta vanille – verveine, fraises de pays, une glace caramel sale

YUM!

Horse Riding Holidays in La Camargue are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays in France.

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  • Bird Watching – over 400 species, including ‘Pink Flamingo’
  • Cycling
  • Sightseeing
    • Arles
    • Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
    • Aigues Mortes

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

We can easily look at different options on request, add in more hours riding or other activities, like bird watching or a beach ride. Here is a suggested 3 Night Package example;

Day 1
Arrival & settle into your room, have a walk round the gardens, have a late afternoon swim, before getting ready for dinner.

Day 2
Breakfast, morning 2 hour ride. Afternoon go out for lunch and sight see. Return to farmhouse for swim before dinner.

Day 3
Breakfast, morning ‘Gardian Experience’ riding with the gardians, rounding up bulls, 2 plus hours depending on the work. Afternoon go out for lunch and sight see. Return to farmhouse for swim before dinner.

Day 4
Breakfast & departure

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This was a memorable holiday and as I took my last gallop up the hill back to Bourdil Blanc, my stomach full of cheese and my bottom now as comfortable in my saddle as in an old armchair, I wondered if I could just stay another week.

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