French Riding Holidays, Quality Riding Holidays France

Name: Glenna Greene

Date:  October 2010

Email: glennagreene@aol.com

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Another great trip! We're so glad we came back this year. We loved it once again. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation - marvelous horses, beautiful scenery, tasty food and fun guests.
Thanks to Derek, Anne and Louise for an exciting holiday - we'll be back!

Hugs, Glenna and Becca
Atlanta, GA US

 

Name:  Jill Harwood

Date: September 2010

Email: jillybomber@btinternet.com

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Hannah, Louise, Anne, Derek, Epi, Niege, River, Kym Commodore... sorry there my brain runs dry.  
Thank you all so much for a wonderful weeks stay last week. The riding was top class, the food superb and the company A1!!!
We hope to see you again in the future. We feel we will be returning to meet old friends.  Best wishes to all
Jill, Dan Charlie, Abi, Raewyn (pardon!) and David

 

Name:  Rachel and Bridget

Date: September 2010

Email: rachelmcgimpsey@gmail.com

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Wow, what a fantastic find! My friend and I have just returned from a 4 day bank holiday break at French Riding Holidays. The horses are so well looked after and content that it made the rides incredible - the best horse riding I have ever done in breathtaking scenary.The accommodation is lovely and the food delicious. Nothing beats returning to the chilled out house after a day of riding and drinking one...two...several glasses of rose by the pool! Thank you to the very friendly team for making our trip so much fun....hope to be back very soon! We miss it already....

Rachel & Bridget, London

 

Name:  Charlie Harwood East Devon

Date: August 2010

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Thank you for everything.  All the horses are wonderful especially Epice.  The food and company were lovley.  Thanks , Charlie

 

Name:  Jill & Dan Harwood  Hoppins Farm, East Devon

Date: August 2010

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We have had a brilliant week – fantastic riding for the girls and a great time touring for us.  We will leave feeling we can return to meet with old friends! Cheers!!

 

Name:  David Hutton –Timaru New Zealand

Date: August 2010

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The most relaxing and interesting week I have spent.  Wonderful hosts

 

Name:  Raewyn Hutton – Timaru New Zealand

Date: August 2010

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Many thanks for a wonderful week – our first taste of France was amazing! Lovely food, lovely company – lovely horses

 

Name:  Abi Harwood 10 yrs old Hoppins Farm

Date: August 2010

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Thank you to everyone I had a great time and love Mithral, the pool, riding, food and just the ponies in general were amazing.(+ love doogie & Bertie)  Socks & Abi & Sorbay

 

Name:  Tony and Gina Cooke

Date: August 2010

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Thanks for everything.  We had a wonderful time.  Excellent riding, brilliant horses, great company, will be back soon if you can put up with Tony again!!

Gina & Tony xx

 

Name:  Bren Marsh & Sarah Marsh, Ballyconnell. Co Cavan

Date: August 2010

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The best riding I’ve ever done, the best curry I’ve eaten in France and the best honeymoon I’ve ever had!  As a novice and complete beginner we expected to be trotting around a ring but on the very first day we were trekking the tracks and even did a short canter across a field.  This holiday was a wedding present from our family and friends and they will be delighted that their money has been spent so well.

Thanks to all of you

Bren & Sarah 

 

Name:  Louise Abbott (aka Louise Le Vin)

Date: August 2010

Email: louise.abbott@orange.fr

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Can I just say I had a fantastic time with you guys.  Felt at home immediately, all the horses I met were lovely, and I was especially privileged to be trusted to ride the young princess Tiffany (cheers Mad Kenny!!).

Riding was superb, food was great  and at times emotional :), gite like a second home, country side magnifique, everyone at FRH are proper troopers dont know where you all find the energy.  Ill definitely be back!!

But.

Note to self:  Next time put massive knickers in hand luggage

Note to FRH:  Can I have different company next time, all that laughing did my crows feet absolutely no good - Im still giggling to myself and it makes me look like a loon on the metro!

 

Name:  LaVaughn  Cottell

Date: August 2010

Email: von8@mac.com

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On our European trip we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower,visited Venice via a gondola and sailed the Greek Islands on a luxurious ship, but the only thing we want to do again and again is ride with Derek and French Riding Holidays!
 
LaVaughn & Sophia

 

Name:  David & Suzy

Date: August 2010

Email: drlbradley@mac.com

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Just returned home from our second visit , and it was just as fantastic as our first.
Shame we couldn't stay for longer.
 
I'm torn between, wanting to tell everyone how relaxing this place is, and wanting to keep it secret.
Well, if you've made it this far and found this guestbook on their website, don't hesitate, just book your trip.

 

Name:  Alun, Katie, Rhys and Anna

Date: July 2010

Email: alunrwilliams@mac.com

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Thank you all so much for the best riding experience ever!
 
Derek, Anne, Louise, Emma, Celine and of course the horses, make a great team and run a superb show!
 
The hacking's the best we've ever done. So few other places can accommodate a 6 year old, but your expertise ensured she had a brilliant experience.
 
Nothing like coming 'home' to great home-cooked food and wine!
 
We'll definitely be back.
 
Thanks a million!

 

Name:  Katie Foreman

Date: July 2010

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Dear Derek, Anne, Louise and Emma
 
Thank you for a wonderful holiday.  The hospitality and food were lovely and the riding and horses fun and lively.  The weather - soo hot:).  We really had a fabulous time and fully intend to save the pennies for a return visit. Big hugs for Nelson, Eppy and Oracle who looked after us so well.
 
Katie and Fiona

 

Name:  Carline Pidduck

Date: June 2010

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Dear Anne and Derek
 
This is just to reiterate my sincere gratitude for one of the most fantastic holidays I've ever had in my life!!
 
Julia and I had been talking about it, in the run up, since last Christmas and I think we'll be talking and reminiscing about it until next Christmas too!
 
We had a fantastic time and EVERYTHING was perfect.  The horses are so lovely, healthy & well looked after, there was the most wonderful countryside and exciting trails to explore, the accomodation was great - comfortable & clean with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the food exceeded my expectations and was absolutely delicious!  All courses, every single meal time!
 
You're wonderful people and are great at what you do.    Tres, tres bien!!  
 
Julia and I are now hooked so we hope to be included in your future 'return business' stats some day soon!!!  ;-)
 
 
Best wishes and lots of happiness to you both and special hugs to Louise and Emma too.
 
Carline
x

 

Name:  Gemma Poddington 

Date: July 2010

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Hi guys,
 
Thanks for a great weekend, I loved it all - especially the lovely Kym. Thanks to Louise for all the great food and to Derek for his patience, encouragement and 1-1 cantering instruction!
 
I will definitely be back, probably for a half day ride in August with my Weimaraner and husband and maybe for another weekend in September if the dates work out.
 
Thanks again, wish I was still there with you all.
 
Gemma

 

Name:  Tina Donahue   Owatonna, Minnesota, USA

Date: July 2010

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Louise,Emma,Derek,Celine and Nelson (Anne too) Thank you so much for such a great time these past days.  My only regret is that it was too short.  You have taught me alot as well as providing good company and relaxing time.  You really make one feel part of the family and that is greatly appreciated.  You have a wonderful place here and I really look forward to seeing you all again.

 

Name:  Maria Padley

Date: July 2010

Email: maria.padley@getronics.com

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Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant holiday. I felt totally looked-after both in and out of the saddle and my riding confidence has increased no end as a result. The winding trails of the Aveyron have to be experienced to be believed, and the picnic ride was the best day's riding I've ever had - bar none!

 

Name:  The Mackenzies, Barbados

Date: June 2010

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Thanks for everything, great holiday, great horses, great riding, we will be back (Keri in 3 weeks)

 

Name:  Sara

Date: June 2010

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Hi all,
 
Just to say, once again, thank you for making my holiday such a fab one. I had a wonderful time and loved the area, the food and of course, the horses! The riding went way beyond my expectations - and sometimes my capabilities ;-) !!
 
Oh and give Ninio a big hug. See you all hopefully in the not too distant furture,
 
Love Sara

 

Name:  Pam Wilde

Date: July 2010

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Dear All,

 

Thank you all for another great holiday.  Even having been twice before it exceeded expectations – the rally was a particular highlight (real rural French life).  Riding such a variety of horses was really good fun, they are all so responsive and a pleasure to ride.   Indiana has the makings of a real star (ok so I’m biased, he suited me down to the ground – I felt that we were learning together!) and Epi is just a darling.

 

Good to see Anne, Derek and Louise again and to meet Emma – everyone was so welcoming and helpful

 

Name:  Naomi Tsuchiya, Japan

Date: June 2010

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Thank you Derek and Anne for everything.  Biggest joy to see happy horses grazing in the valley and fields!

 

Name:  Elaine(Sylvia) & Teena

Date: May 2010

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Thanks very much Anne & Derek aka Nick for a FANTASTIC holiday.  Everything was perfect.  We’ll be back!!

 

Name:  Ted & Maggie Gudgion

Date: May 2010

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Fabulous time, peaceful & relaxing with loads of riding on excellent horses.  Thanks Derek & Anne xx

 

Name:  Meike Stahl (the first german guest)

Date: May 2010

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Der beste Urlaub, den ick je Hahle!
 
Best holiday I ever had
 
Vielen Dank fur alles!
Thanks sooo much for everything!
 
Ick somme wieder!Ursoroclhan
I’ll be back promised! Meike

 

Name:  Peter Chapman and Chris Hardie Oakhanger

Date: May 2010

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2nd visit, and every bit as enjoyable as No 1- fantastic hosts, brilliant horses, epic riding!  The only downside – it has to end! Thank you Derek Anne and Clare!

 

Name:  Georgina Goldsworthy

Date: April 2010

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Perfect – its all been said thank you so-ooo much!

 

Name:  Sheryl

Date: May 2010

Email: shezmills@aol.com

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I don't think i could ever thank Derek, Anne and Clare enough for such an amazing experience. They have given me back the pleasure of riding when i was just beginning to to think i should hang up my riding boots for good. They have given me so much more confidence than i ever imagined i would have again after a rather nasty, unfortunate accident some 11 years ago. The combination of truly amazing and trustworthy horses and the knowledge and experience of Derek, Anne and Clare culminated in something quite unique! I turned up on a Wednesday evening an very nervous rider unable to ride in open spaces and went home on the Sunday afternoon after experiencing some fabulous and extreme rides wanting more. My time there was certainly not long enough and i hope to go back again soon. Again a very big thank you and i wish them all the best for the future.

Sheryl x

 

Name:  Jayne and Vanessa (les divas!)

Date: April 2010

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What can we say after our 8th visit apart from “Best one ever!!”
 
Thanks for everything, see you in October with Diva No 3!
 
Thank you

 

Name:  Sarah & Florence

Date: April 2010

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Thank you for a fabulous week.  We were in the saddle within 45 minutes of arriving and captivated by the FRH experience just as quickly.  Your passion, warm hospitality, incredible scenery and marvellous horses have made this a wonderful experience.  To think we had hoped for a gallop!!  Sarah  P.S. Meant to say – the best company too!
 
Thank you for everything; I have galloped, jumped (the log in the woods) and ridden bareback! All I need to do now is find a way of coming back again!

Florence x

 

Name:  Polly

Date: April 2010

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Far too short a trip. Bloody marvelous! – what more can I say. See you again for certain.

Pol xx

 

Name:  Lynn & Paul Craig

Date: March 2010

Email: nnylcr@aol.com

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We recently spent 3 perfect days with Derek, Anne & Clare on our first riding holiday as beginners.

Everything was better than we imagined it would be - the food and drink was very good and plentiful, the company was fantastic, the Gite was clean,  comfortable and really cosy with a log fire in the evenings, but best of all was the horses (especially Epice and Kaj)and the great rides that Derek introduced us to, our confidence got a boost and we can't wait till its time when we can visit again.

Many thanks to all three of you, and hope to see you again one day.

Lynn & Paul

 

Name:  angela grimes

Date: March 2010

Email:  ange.grimes@yahoo.co.uk

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I have just come back from my second great stay with Derek and Anne. As ever, the food and accomodation were brilliant, and the company marvellous.

Derek really tested me this time, and I have to admit I was quite dubious about one particular testing canter, but I had faith in the lovely Kaj, and Derek's judgement, and had a great ride. It was a great sense of achievement, given that last year I didn't want to canter at all!!

The horses all look very well, and the gorgeous Oracle, Epi and Kajoline looked after me perfectly

I can whole-heartedly recommend French Riding Holidays for all abilities of rider, and will certainly be returning again and again - if they'll have me!

 

Name:  Susan

Date: November 2009

Email:  susan.wylie@gmail.com

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I only came for a weekend and the only thing I regret about my time was that it was so short! I had a fantastic time - I am not the most confident of riders and yet I felt 100% safe and looked after by the guides and my horse. As someone who has come to riding as an adult and found it initially daunting it is refreshing to have it demystified and made so very enjoyable. I will be back and am in the process of convincing my husband that he must come as well :)

 

Name:  Feargal,Sue & Ella

Date: November 2009

Email:  feargal@bartons.ie

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Hi Derek & Anne,

Sorry for the delay in posting a message in the guestbook. Just to say thank you for a great few days. We had a super time and I can  recommend this wonderful holiday/location to anybody. As said in previous posts , food was great , ride outs were great and the company was great 10 out of 10 !!

Take Care

Feargal,Sue & Ella

 

Name:  Jayne Brawn

Date: November 2009

Email:  jaynebrawn@blueyonder.co.uk

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Just spent another week at FRh and yet again had a perfect riding holiday. Derek, Anne and of course the horses have still got the magic and we will return! Great new rides, perfect horses,fabulous weather, lovely food, what more could we want?  Don't answer that Derek!!!!! Thanks again.

Jayne Brawn

 

Name:  Alex

Date: November 2009

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Cara and I had a fabulous time, the food was brilliant, home made and tasty, lots of wine if you wanted it. The horses were individual and each had a way of being ridden which Derek explained so you could enjoy the nature of the horse together with the beautiful countryside and amazing views. We had lovely t shirt weather and no rain so picked a great week. The accomodation was comfy but the hot showers and log fire helped any stiffness dissapear.
We want to go back next year and thanks Derek and Ann for making us welcome. Carrots and kisses to Nelson and Kajoline.......
Alex

 

Name:  Raj & Nicola Moody

Date: October 2009

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This is what holidays are all about for us: we have really appreciated the chilled out lifestyle, the fantastic scenery, excellent riding which has catered for the expert in my wife and the novice in me, and of course the delicious and hearty home cooked meals – which have been spot on (in particular the “pastry dam’ was an innovation to remember). Thank you Derek, Anne and Louise for your good company, great humour and apparently effortless hospitality (although we know how much constant hard work goes on ‘behind the scenes)

 

Name:  Richard Clader & Rebecca Goss

Date: October 2009

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Not so much a holiday, as more a truly magical experience.  The scenery is magnificent, the hospitality unsurpassed.  The horses are incredible and a testament to the time, effort, care and love they receive.  Derek Anne and Louise , your passion and enthusiasm is without bounds and make FRH what it is.  Do not change!!  Will see you again soon!!!

 

Many thanks

 

 

Name:   Jonathan & Alice Wilton

Date: October 2009

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Alice and I enjoyed our week at Mas de Clamouze unreservedly. To comment honestly, we have to repeat many previous posts, but that can't be helped. We found the people great- warm and welcoming and good company. The horses were as advertised-very fit, enthusiastic, forgiving where necessary and a joy to ride. They really do want to be chosen every morning. If they could stick their hands up and say "Take me! Take me!" you get the feeling they would. Whatever your standard when you arrive, I bet you learn something new about horses and about yourself before you leave. Even if it is only just how steep a slope a horse can get down if you keep out of it...I have to say something about the food- it was fantastic, every day of our week. And it is again, as advertised, all inclusive. You could leave your wallet at home. And what a beautiful, unspoiled part of France this is. I think it is the most enjoyable week's holiday either of us can remember. We would recommend it to anyone.
Jonathan & Alice Wilton
Bahrain

 

Name:   Lynn Baxter

Date: September 2009

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Dear Anne and Derek 

Hope you are all well and still enjoying the wonderful weather.  

Just a line or two to thank you so much for such a lovely time at Maz de Clamouze. You work so hard to make everyone’s visit so enjoyable. Everything exceeded expectations...the people,  horses, the riding, accommodation, scenery and  weather. The food was wonderful and I can’t believe I ate so well and so much and returned home a few pounds lighter.. brilliant! 

Thank you Derek for restoring my confidence with the riding. I really appreciated that situations(e.g. sliding down a bank) were presented and handled in such a calm way that it just did not occur to me that I couldn’t  do it. I can see why people make return visits and I would love to book again and hope you will  continue to accept solo bookings. There are at least 10 horses I haven’t ridden yet!

Please give my best wishes and thanks to Hannah and Louise too. 

Thanks again and kindest regards 

Lynn Baxter

 

Name:   Fiona and Anya

Date: August 2009

Email:  michaelhearn300@btinternet.com

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My daughter and I have just returned from 5 days in August 2009 and are struggling to find the right words to describe our time there.It was undoubtedly our BEST holiday ever., however not so much a holiday as a magical and unique experience. If you can ride you will be richly rewarded with fun, fit horses on challenging rides in breathtaking countryside. Once out of the saddle we shared wonderful meals, (superbly crafted by Anne, Louise and Hannah)and stories with people we now call "friends". If your riding ability is limited you have to believe everything it says on the web site about Derek - he is extremely inspirational and his passion for horses knows no bounds. Put your trust in him and you will have an amazing time.I am certain of only one thing........ We will DEFINITELY return.... again and again and again.

Ps Derek - I haven't forgotten I owe you a soaking!!!

 

Name:   David, Jacqui, & Emily

Date: August 2009

Email:  david.haydock2@btopenworld.com

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This last week has been a whole new experience for us.  It started as slightly anxious beginners with only a few hours in the saddle and ended as competent and confident riders on horses we would have struggled with at the start (Nelson, what a dude!).  The whole set up and all of you are just brilliant.  And now we have raced horses as well as motorbikes, but Emily isn't letting us forget she beat us both!  We will be back!!

 

Name:   Isolde Pullum, Murray, Sholto & Kesha Bateson,

Date: August 2009

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Thank you so much for another special holiday.  Derek-you are a horse magician, never known a better all round horseman.  Thanks to Anne, Louise & Hannah for makins us feel so welcome, cared for & full of gorgeous food.  We’d love to come back again soon for more magical rides in the sunlight - & moonlight!! X

 

Name:   Alex Truelove and Emily Wallis

Date: August 2009

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A very special experience and holiday.  The food, company and riding were all exceptional.  The night ride was magical!  The hard work put in by you all Derek, Anne, Louise and Hannah is massively appreciated.  I’ll recommend you to everyone! Sure I’ll be back too!

 

Name:   David Jacquin & Emily Haydock Stroud

Date: August 2009

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Thanks to the care and attention we have received we have moved from novices to confident riders!  Fabulous!  Many thanks for looking after Emily!

 

 

Name:   Liz

Date: August 2009

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Fantastic week incomparable to any other holiday!  Challenging fun and exciting with wonderful rides, horses and food, great camaraderie and hospitality and the best hosts ever, thank you so much to you all. Liz x

 

Name:  Ellie , Liz

Date: August 2009

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It was a great week for us all. We had a great time and to be honest we think that we learnt  more in this week than we have in our lives.  Thank you

 

Name:  Dave & Sara Gallagher & Alice Baker

Date: August 2009

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Thank you for a wonderful holiday and the best riding ever!! Wonderful horses, the most amazing experience possible on  a horse I think.  Lovely food and good company – fully relaxed and not at all ready to go.  See you soon!!!

 

Name:  Kevin Batson & Adele Graham

Date: August 2009

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Thanks for a fantastic week.  Wonderful horses to ride and handle and the best rides we can ever remember.  Lovely food and company – didn’t actually manage to get bored at all!  Thanks for giving us one of our best holidays ever!

 

Name:  Roberts family, Cardiff

Date: August 2009

Email:  gillianfroberts@aol.com

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Wed all like to thank Derek and Anne (plus Hannah and Georgie!) for an amazing week at Mas de Clamouze. I had no real experience of riding, and Gill wasnt convinced that she would even get on a horse, but by the end of the week we both felt thoroughly comfortable on our horses.
Lewys started as an absolute beginner, but after a couple of days was off with the more experienced riders. Angharad had ridden before, but now knows how to do it properly!
The company was excellent and the food wonderful (helped down by local wines!).
We wholeheartedly recommend French Riding Holidays to both beginners and experienced riders.
A return visit is definitely on the cards!

 

Name Fiona and Caris Duroe

Date: August 2009

Email:  fiduroe@hotmail.com

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Our expectations were exceeded on every level. The horses we rode were all superb and very well cared for. Caris and I miss being with you and would definitely recommend FRH to anyone wanting a riding holiday in a breathtakingly beautiful, quiet location, with great and plentiful food, wine, company and laughs.
The accommodation is bright, clean and comfortable and the view from our bedroom of the village with the horses in the field opposite is a sight to behold. So is the scenery on the rides; it was all I could do to stop singing! (I cant sing, apparently).
Derek and Anne will do their best to give you the holiday you want, matching the horse to your ability and taking you out on rides which will thrill you if thats your bag or reassure you if thats what you need. Derek, the race in the big meadow was the BEST moment...
At the end of each full day, we were presented with platefuls of lovely fresh food, and lots of wine. Dereks onion bhajis (Le Bhaji) and Annes Bread n Butter pudding were the high culinary points for me; OK not typically French but what you want after a long day. French style cuisine is there though; I reckon it should be described as fusion food!
I feel privileged to have ridden such quality horses; Maluga was so fast and exciting, while Kajoline was reassuring and gentle. In between I had the pleasure of Mithral and Oracle, both beautiful and easy to ride. Caris wanted to take Kim home...
We hope to see you again very soon.

Thanks to you and your staff for a very enjoyable time.

 

Name Sally & Leah Morgan

Date: May 2009

Email: sallymorgy@yahoo.co.uk

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We have just returned from a holiday with Anne and Derek and its hard to find anything to say that hasnt already been written here in the guest book.
It really is as amazing as everybody says. We were instantly made to feel like part of the family, Anne cooked us the best food we have ever tasted, with Doogie and Bertie providing exceptional entertainment on a daily basis!! Dereks horsemanship skills were truly unbelievable. He improved our riding technique more in a week, than we would have achieved in months back home. The horses are absolutely amazing (mythral and Komadoor especially),all with individual characters, to suit all abilities and desires. We cant wait to go back again and again and again!!
P.S Hope the finger is better Derek.xx

 

 

Name Vanessa Courbet

Date: May 2009

Email: dormy.house@wanadoo.fr

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For anyone looking for the perect riding holiday, look no longer you have found it.

You want exiting rides? FRH have them.

You want breathtaking scenery ? FRH has it.

You want happy, surefooted horses with individual character ? FRH has them.

You are looking for comfortable accommadation good food & wine ? FRH provides !!

You are looking for fantastic hospitality and great company ? This is the place! So you may say that hundreds of other riding holidays offer the same things.

But FRH have a secret ingredient. Derek Parker.His love of and understanding of his horses is magic. His knowlege of the horses, the terrain, the weather etc is awesome. The way that he can instantly match a rider to a horse who will then have the confidence to do things never done on horseback

before !!

Derek is definately what makes FRH so special and after having been 6 times already I can't recommend it enough.

Thanks

Derek + Anne it ws FAB !!!!!

 

Name Jayne Brawn

Date: April 2009

Email: jaynebrawn@blueyonder.co.uk

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What more can I say that hasn't been said?
Just returned from my sixth visit and looking at flights for my next one!
Many thanks yet again to Anne for your wonderful hospitality and to Derek
for your help and expertise.
See you in June
Jayne
xxx

 

Name Sarah

Date: April 2009

Email: sarahtreacy@gmail.com

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I needed a break from city life and decided to travel to Mas De Clamouze
alone for a 3 night stay in March. I was initially a little worried about
travelling alone but should not have been as I was immediately made to feel
welcome and part of the family by Derek and Anne as soon as I arrived. I for
the full 3 days through the beautiful french countryside stopping off one
day at a restaurant for a delicious 3 course meal (and a glass or two of
yummy wine!), then off again for the ride home! The horses are all lovely
and good natured, I especially wanted to take Kajoline home with me! she is
absolutely gorgeous! The views out to the valley are amazing. Unfortunately,
I was too early in the year to use the pool but am looking forward to coming
back in the warmer months to enjoy a bbq too! Although the weather I
experienced in March was beautiful not too hot but with glorious sunshine
all day.
I was nervous about hacking out at first but Derek made me feel really
confident in my riding after my first day of hacking and my nerves had
disappeared! - you cannot help but feel relaxed riding accross acres and
acres of unspoilt countryside, up and down mountain trails and through
rivers, this really is a magical place and I am really looking forward to
coming back.

 

Name Steve Ship

Date: March 2009

Email: stevejship1@aol.com

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Dear Ann and Derek

Just a quick thank you for another great trip and a quick insight for others
Contemplating a visit to FRH

If you love to ride great horses in fantastic country side and enjoy
exceptional company then this is the place for you, its as simple as that.

Derek and Anne are your hosts and they will do everything they can to ensure
that you have a wonderful experience. It doesn't matter what level of rider
you are they will devote plenty of time to you and will ensure that you have
the right horse.

Unlike some riding holidays you can have much as or as little to do with
preparing the horses as you like but it wont be long before you've bonded
with your favourite and are rushing down in the morning to tack up.

This holiday experience has consistently received rave reviews, check out
tripadvisor, for a number of reasons, obviously the horses and the riding,
the pool in the summer and the hot picnics in the winter but for me it is
because of Derek and Anne who not only make you feel welcome but part of the
family......... they are the icing on the cake and they will soon become
your friends.

Jane and I are lucky enough to have participated in a number of riding
holidays around the world but this is the only one that we keep returning
to, four times so far and have plans to return soon. Whether you go for a
week or a weekend I dare you not to return.

Steve and Jane

 

 

Name Anna & Christine

Date: March 2009

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Dear Derek & Anne 

We just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for a fantastic holiday, we both feel like our riding has improved enormously, it is such a beautiful area and your horses are lovely! We felt very well looked after and appreciate all the trouble that you both went to (Catherine says thanks in particular for extra lessons and vegetarian meals!). 

Anna & Catherine

 

 

Name Peter Chapman & Chris Hardie

Date: January 2009

Email: chappers@globalnet.co.uk

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We have just returned from a superb Christmas with Derek and Ann.  It is
difficult to know what to praise first, the hospitality, the riding, the
horses, the scenery?  All were excellent.  Being novice riders did not stop
us being encouraged right to the limits of our abilities, which was utterly
rewarding and exhilerating.  Once we had learnt to trust the horses, who are
very comfortable in this challenging terrain, and once Derek had confirmed
we knew how to stop them, we went as far and as fast as time and weather
permitted.  There is nothing more exhilerating than a canter through
beautiful woods.  There were many "Thelwell" moments, and you had to
remember to stop and take in the stunning views.  Oh, and there was the
hip-flask.  On our returns to the gite, Anne's cooking was plentiful and
excellent, and wine and beer flowed freely.  It did not feel like being on
holiday so much as staying with friends.  Want a relaxed Christmas away from
your day to day responsibilities?  French Riding Holidays are difficult to beat!  Thank you Derek and Ann.

 

Name John Tyler

Date: November 2008

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I have visited French Riding Holidays three times and am happy to admit that the place is now thoroughly under my skin!
All that is written by other guests about great horses; fantastic hospitality; the excellent food and the wine is absolutely true.
The Aveyron is stunningly beautiful with a perfect climate. Daytime usually has a benign sun shining out of a deep blue sky; night-time has thousands of dazzling stars shining out of an ink-black sky.
It is one of the few places in Europe where you can ride for three hours without seeing a car. You ride through lush countryside, untouched woodland and deep river gorges. You then arrive at an ancient but immaculately preserved little town and turn the horses out to graze in a hotel playing field.
No one shows the slightest surprise that people should arrive on horseback for lunch. The lunch is typically, leisurely French and lasts for about two hours. After which, you saddle up and ride out of town, the only sound being the clatter of hooves on the traffic free road and an occasional “bonjour” from friendly locals.
The afternoon’s ride is equally enchanting, following a different route back to Mas de Clamouse.
The next day’s ride would be in another direction but equally thrilling, perhaps this time with a picnic lunch arranged.
I can’t wait to get back!
 
John Tyler
Cheshire
24/11/08
 

 

Name Sarah

Date: August 2008

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We arrived in a deluge and similarly we left in a deluge. Despite the inclement weather at either end of the holiday my daughter Harriet’s first words when she got in the car to return home were ‘Can we come back next year?’ As non riding parents - knowing next to nothing about horses - booking a riding holiday is always act of faith rather than an informed choice. We’ve taken Harriet (aged 12yrs) on a number of riding holidays in the past some more successful than others but this has to be the best to date. Ann, Jill and Louise were always so friendly and upbeat – nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to help with any request however small even when busy preparing delicious meals etc. It is hard to do justice to the enormous contribution Derek made to Harriet’s enjoyment of the holiday. He gave careful consideration when matching her riding skills with her mounts and as the week progressed we could see her confidence/enjoyment growing. Even at the end of a long day ride he still had the patience and enthusiasm to help her coax her horse over a few jumps. What more could you ask for?
 
Hope to see you all next year (Harriet’s got her heart set on taking her horse for a swim in the river)
 
Sarah, Trevor & Harriet
 
PS. Forgot to mention that we’re from Cambridge and stayed with Derek & Ann from 12th – 19th Aug 2008. Please include my e-mail address.
 
Thanks
 
Sarah

 

Name Kylie

Date: July 2008

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To Derek, Ann, Jill & Louise


I'm back in Ireland and feeling like a new woman, thanks to your heady mix of sun, riding, kayaking, swimming, food and just the occasional drop of wine!  It was exactly the kind of break I needed, such a treat to be looked after so well, and with such warmth, hospitality and gentle good humour.  In these days of timetables, money-making & technology it's food for the soul to arrive somewhere where the weather, the horses & the guests dictate the pace. Best of luck for the summer season, I look forward to coming back and catching up next year sometime.


Kylie

Thanks again

 

Name June

Date: July 2008

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Dear Anne, Derek & Jill
 
Hi, I hope you and the horses are all well and that the weather with you is considerably better than the rain we have here!!
 
"I arrived at French Riding Holidays excitedly looking forward to my riding holiday but, I have to admit, with an awful lot of nerves.  As a more mature rider I think it could possibly be an age issue but, no doubt about it, the nerves had kicked in big time.  My first morning I was introduced to the very lovely Epice who, sensing the wooden passenger she had and realising I was shaking with nerves, looked after me beautifully.  She, along with the wonderful Pom Pom and Kajoline, were absolutely wonderful to me and took the best care of me.  Derek, Anne and Jill were so supportive and encouraging and I can honestly say that I achieved so much more than I thought I would, including cantering, popping a jump and most importantly, for a nervous rider like myself, feeling wonderfully relaxed and happy and yes, even confident, riding such lovely horses.  The food, the wine, the people, the scenery and the weather were all fantastic and I had a ball.  So if you are a nervous rider, and you've seen the website and are wondering whether this is the holiday for you - the answer is yes!!
 
It was quite simply the best riding holiday I've ever had and I cannot wait to come back and do it all again".  

June Marsh 

 

Name Aly

Date: July 2008

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Derek, Anne & Jill

 

Thank you so much for the most amazing holiday.

 

I can’t say enough nice things about you all and your fabulous horses.  

 

Everything was absolutely perfect and I will never forget it.  

 

I look forward to seeing you all again next year - must dash before I start crying again!

 

Lots of Love,

 

Aly xxxx

 

 

Name Howard & Myrna

Date: July 2008

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Derek, Ann, Jill and Louise 

Howard and I have been taking riding holidays for the last 7 years (in Portugal, Spain, France, Scotland, and America) and when 2 of our favourite places closed last year (CDA in Portugal and Les Cypres de l’Etang in Provence) we wondered whether we could ever replace them. We looked on the net and settled on Derek’s organisation. We’re happy to endorse all the enthusiastic comments in the guest book. We’ve just returned from 8 days at Mas de Clamouze and found our holiday excellent value, with truly interesting riding on good, fit, well cared-for horses in wonderful countryside.
This was satisfyingly supported by good food and company plus efficient transfers to and from Mas de Clamouze, tailored to our particular needs.  The accommodation is clean, comfortable, and very conveniently placed close to the centre of action.
I would recommend French Riding Holidays, especially to others missing CDA or Les Cypres!
Howard & Myrna Weetman, Scotland.
Holiday 15 -22 July 2008.

 

 

Name Suzanne & Mick Greaves  

Date: June 2008

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Well, where do we begin! This was the 2nd visit and again being novices to riding as never been on a horse since last time, but yet again our holiday was tailored to our experience and our requests, we went out for a hack five times and even managed to trot and canter (and we are not  natural horse riders believe me they had a lot of patience!).

The food at all times was fresh, home cooked and pretty amazing and each week the menu is planned out based on their guests likes and dislikes so vegetarian or meat eater you will be amazed with the quality (and quantity) of food.

Jill, Anne and Derek were as accommodating and as sociable as ever and again we left behind three very good friends, and of course there was all the horses and the doggies, all well loved animals with fabulous natures. 

The pool and the surrounding area is a great place to relax in-between horse rides and walking in the beautiful French countryside.

We would not hesitate recommending this holiday to any riders ranging from novices to intermediates for the location, the people, the horses and not least the food which is all absolutely fantastic.

Thanks again, Jill, Anne and Derek (and of course Epice, Paloma, Kajoline, Bertie and Dougie).

Love Suzanne & Mick Greaves xx

 

 

Name Jeanette, Heidi and Ellen

Date: 16th June 2008

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Derek, Anne & Jill – you have all been fantastic hosts, thank you for a wonderful weekend! The horses, the dogs, the food, the company, the wine, the picnic, the setting and the scenery…it’s all been superb.  You have an incredible range of beautiful horses to be proud of; it’s been an absolute pleasure to ride them. 

I notice that most writers to this guestbook say they will return - I’ve absolutely no doubt we will too! 

We’d have no hesitation recommending French Riding Holidays – if you like horses, beginner or experienced rider…you will LOVE it!

Jeanette, Heidi and Ellen x

 

 

Name Donna Fairbass

Date: June 2008

Email: donna.faibrass@googlemail.com

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The short version - this is quite, quite perfect and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.  The longer version – Derek, Anne and Jill are excellent hosts; Derek is awe-inspiring with horses (if I could be a fraction as good I'd be happy!), it was just great to simply watch and learn; Anne is a sight for sore eyes with the fantastic picnic already set out at lunchtime (I can't believe I ate so much!), great to ride out with on other days, and her Boys are beautiful; Jill has some great riding advice and I have enormous respect for her work with some of the horses she and Derek are bringing on. 

All this, and riding out in the wonderful countryside and woodlands for hours everyday.  I just cannot fault it.  And, if you ever find yourself on the Spice Girls Limbo ride, Jill will tell you the story (well done Aisling!!).  I will be back, I cannot think of a single reason why I would not.

 

 

Name Jayne Brawn

Date: 26th May 2008

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Derek Ann and Jill

 

Thanks yet again for another memorable holiday. Not even the rain could spoil it!!

Every day was different with lovely horses, fabulous new rides, good company and wonderful food - although how you cope with my sister I'll never know!
 

We loved every moment as usual and are already booking flights for the next time.

 

See you then,

Jayne xxxxx

 

 

Name Vanessa Courbet

Date: 21st May 2008

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Thank you!

We came back in april for the 4th time  and had yet again a fantastic time.  If anything it just gets better, new horses, new rides, the food was lovely, great company, everybody made us feel so at home that we didn't want leave !!

The confidence that Derek gives you by matching the perfect horse to the rider is just incredible.  We all came away feeling that we really could ride !!!!! 

Thanks all three of you, we will be back in October !!

Vanessa Courbet
 

 

Name Paul Scott London

Date: 4th May 2008

Email: dified@gmail.com

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As complete beginners my wife and I decided that learning to ride would be a perfect adventure for our honeymoon! We could not have chosen a better place to visit. Derek, Ann & Jill were superb company, thoughtful, skilled, fun and just the best hosts we could have ever hoped for! The horses were all amazing, well cared for and seemed utterly happy! Oh and the scenery was stunningly beautiful!

The truth of the matter is that before I went on this holiday I was scared of horses! I had only ever been on one previously and it absolutely terrified me. The reason I mention this is because a miracle happened while on holiday. Not only have I overcome my fear of horses I am now completely and utterly sold on riding. We class everyone involved in our holiday as miracle workers.

Within 3 and a half days, with no previous experience whatsoever, we were taught how to walk, sitting trot, rising trot, canter and (for a very short time) gallop! My knowledge of the equine world is limited but I feel that to learn so much in such a short space of time really is a huge achievement not only for myself and wife but for Derek, Maureen and Jill. They made learning to ride was so much fun it didn't seem like hard work at all.

I would recommend French Riding Holidays to anyone .. I have already! Both myself and my partner had the most fantastic time and it was an experience neither of us will ever forget. The best recommendation I can give you is that we didn't want to leave and we want to go back as soon as possible!

Paul and Becky xxx

 

 

Name Caroline Trask & Kelvin Betts

Date: 15th September 2007 

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This is my 6th visit and Kelvin’s 7th visit which I think confirms that it’s a great holiday with great people and exceptional horses.
 

 

Name Miriam, Bob & Elizabeth Stanton

Date: August 14th 2007  

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Thanks for a wonderful holiday. Miriam arrived on Saturday terrified to canter – by Friday cantered a mile along the valley with a smile!  Derek is a fantastic confidence giver.  Thanks to the ‘girls’ too for the food and good company.  We have seriously enjoyed our holiday and can’t wait to return.  We will tell our friends back home.  Super for Elizabeth to have such good company too with the other guests and visitors and Jill, Anne,Kath, Celine, Derek…
 

 

Name Andrew, Rosie & Georgina Ingleton

Date: August 13th 2007   

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2nd year with Derek and Anne, joined by the ‘quiet’ Jill this year: another year of staying on and having a great time.  Record-9 horses in 10days-Georgina.  Aching backs, sore buns and scratched arms – what a great holiday!  Thanks Derek-the horses were brilliant as always and thanks to Jill and Anne for the fantastic food and memorable picnics. 

Hope to see you all soon x x

 

 

Name Alan & Dianne

Date: July 26th 2007     

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We have had a lovely time, good company food and sunshine, not looking forward to going home to rain in England

Thanks again love Dianne & Alan

 

 

Name Phil, Lynne and Sophie Durman

Date: 21st July 2007      

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Many many thanks for a fantastic holiday, the company, riding, scenery, horses, wine and food were all brilliant! Thank you Derek Anne Jill (for taking such good care of Sophie whilst riding, she learnt so much this week and really enjoyed) also thank you to Louise for all her hard work and lovely picnics.  See you next year.

Thanks again Phil,Lynne * Soph x x

 

 

Name Adam Linsdell Cambridge

Date: July 13th 2007      

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Brilliant holiday, fantastic time on riding with great horses.  I learnt lots from riding skills.  The food is great.  I really enjoyed being here and I’ll be back in a few months time. 

Thanks Derek Jill and Louise P>S> Wine was great!

 

 

Name Kate Tapper

Date: 16 June 2007       

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I think I hold the record so far – three visits in four months which says I must like it here…… the highlight this visit Louise checking something off her list, involving the summer rain, dancing and more….see you again soon.
 

 

Name Steve Cunnane  & Sue Thomas

Date: 9th June 2007        

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The best ride is ‘Kelvins’ with Opal’s corner added in!  This is our third time and enjoyed brilliantly as ever.  5 different horses in 7 days for me (Steve) Thank Margaret for Ben.  Keep up the good work and see you soon! 

Thanks Derek, Anne, Jill, Louise, Christiane…x

 

 

Name Ros Britton Manda Corcoran

Date: 11th May 2007        

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Surpassed all expectations. Fantastic riding, with fabulous horses. The food was incredibly good and Derek, Jill, Anne and Tim were such good fun. Manda is delighted she won the ugly foot contest, she thinks it should be a regular event.  We are really going to struggle with leaving!  If they’ll have us we’ll be back!

Thank you for a great break.  P.S. Foals are beautiful!
 

 

Name Alison Baggaley

Date: 28th April 2007        

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Scenery magnificent, the horses wonderful, the food and wine lovely.  The company and the entertainment superb!  I hope everyone has as good as time as I have!
 

 

Name John, Bev and Georgie

Date: 2007

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This holiday gets better every time!! After returning from our fourth visit, we want to still be in Asprieres! Thank you to Derek, Gill, Anne and Tim, who made our holiday worth wile. We were matched perfectly to our horses. Mom fell in love with Cahiba,Dad actually looked like a good rider on Hazel and Kajoline, and Palangi, Paloma, Stella and Kajoline were great for me. The food was great, company lovely, and riding spectacular. Thanks again,

John, Bev and Georgie.

(Persuasion to come back is going well!!!!!) 
 

 

Name Suzanne and Mick Greaves Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Date: 2007

Email: Suzanne.greaves1@btinternet.com

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Wow! Wow! Wow!  We had a fantastic time, the whole package is wonderful.  The food is first class home cooked food, four and five courses, all freshly made with quality ingredients, very tasty indeed and the wine is also excellent and flows throughout the meal.  The riding is excellent, this was the first riding holiday my husband and I had been on, neither of us had ever ridden a horse before but felt very safe in the experienced hands of Jill, Derek and Anne, there are some fabulous sites to see on horseback and they can show you them all.  The horses are absolutely beautiful and they are obviously all well looked after and loved dearly as this reflects in the good nature and patience of the horses. The surrounding area is so beautiful and peaceful you immediately relax straight in to the country life and the French people in the area are so friendly, everyone wishes you 'bonjour' with a nod and a smile. 

We cannot recommend French Riding Holidays enough, your comfort and enjoyment is their prime concern and whether you are a novice rider or an experienced rider you will thoroughly enjoy a holiday with French Riding Holidays.   We are definitely booking again for next year and sincerely thank Derek, Ann and Jill for being such wonderfully kind people running a first class business.

 Best Regards, Suzanne and Mick Greaves xxx
 

 

Name Paula Annette and Charlotte

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Email: pinklips66@hotmail.co.uk

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We would just like to say thank you to Jill and Derek for a breathtaking holiday, the horses where excellent, the rides where amazing, the food was fabulous and the hospitality from Derek and Jill was fantastic !!! it was the best holiday we have ever had and there for we will be returning in august and again next Easter. We recommend this holiday 100% !!! many many thanks.
 

xx us xx
 

 

Name Vicky Evans

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Email: vickyrich@btinternet.com

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If you're thinking about a French Riding Holiday, look no further, this is the one. Nothing was too much trouble for a great team of people working hard to make your time in Aveyronese special. Superb in all aspects. I feel more confident about riding my own pony now.

Thank you Derek, Jill and Anne.

 

 

Name Kate

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Email: KMTapper@aol.com

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I just returned from a six day riding holiday, but my head is still in Asprieres. My friend and I were the first guests of the new season, and I will certainly be back again this year. There is nothing more I could have asked for, great company, horses, riding country, lovely (vegetarian) food - total bliss for horsey people.

Thanks to all the team, and see you again.

 

 

Name Sue & Steve

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Email: suect@tiscali.co.uk

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This holiday is such fun we went back twice in the space of a few weeks. A great experience in good hands. Saving up for next time. Can't say more because this Computer time-outs and won't send as we have tried many times before! A brilliant time in beautiful countryside. Thanks Derek and the team.
 

 

Name Vanessa Courbet

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Email: dormy.house@wanadoo.fr

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I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely few days, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the company was great, the horses fantastic, the riding out of this world, the scenery unbelievable, everything!
 

I've been riding on and off for practically all my life, but have never experienced anything like this before, the trust and confidence in Derek’s horses made me feel like a young girl again ! I will be looking forward to my next visit (because there will definitely be a next time!) with impatience. Thanks to Anne too for catering for all my likes and dislikes (a very fussy eater) everything was perfect. Thanks again Derek it was lovely meeting you and I hope to see you again very soon.
 

Vanessa
 

 

Name Sylvie Pearson

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Email: pearson@bramley67.fsnet.co.uk

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Well the guest book was what sold me the holiday, so it's only fair that I should leave a message as well! Believe me, all the excellent guest comments are true! Fantastic horses and riding in a beautiful area. Three days just wasn't long enough. Great food and company as well. Thank you so much Derek and Anne. We'll be back!
 

 

Name John Tyler

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For somebody who has spent years plodding on the only few miles of bridleway available near home [walk & trot only!], the Aveyron was a revelation. With seemingly endless off road riding on deserted bridle paths, this was another world. The roads, when you have to use them, are very quiet. Every village you pass through is so quiet and unspoilt it is like travelling back in time. Everyone who rides should go to French Riding Holidays. Would I go back? Yes please!
 

 

Name  Jayne Brawn

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Email: jb004p1070@blueyonder.co.uk

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The best just got better! We had such a great time in March that we had to return and were bowled over yet again. All previous comments still stand! Fantastic situation, beautiful horses, lovely friends (special thanks to Ann and Anya for the specialist meals and picnics - I don't know how you did it!) And of course, Derek. Thank you Derek for keeping me safe again, sorry about the tree! Made everyone else laugh though!! Now going to be at least an annual event, looking at flights already see you next year.


Love from Jayne xxxxx

 

 

Name Louise

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Email: lubes@hotmail.co.uk

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It is very rare that I am lost for words!! BUT I know that I will find it very hard to express just how much I have enjoyed both of my holidays in Asprieres. Having read all of the messages from other guests there is no need to stress just how great the scenery, accommodation, food, wine and weather are - all amazing!! And as for Derek and those horses they now all feel like part of the family! As a very inexperienced rider I expected to feel the need for another holiday to recover from full days in the saddle, but it turns out that with the help of long lunches and the chance to chill around the pool the mixture of relaxation and exhilarating canters is just perfect! Until now i hadnt returned to a holiday destination - the world is a big place to try and see it all, but there will be more French Riding Holidays to come - see you soon 'Uncle' Derek!
 

 

Name Jill Smith

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I have just returned from 3 months working with Derek for French Riding Holidays and would like to thank Derek for giving me the opportunity of working in such a fantastic place with wonderful horses - Derek, it has been a pleasure. The Aveyron is a very special place with the most amazing scenery and Derek really does have the perfect setting for his holidays. The horses are fit, well schooled and know their job - I know I have ridden all bar one! Dereks love for his horses and his job, are obvious and he has a natural skill of matching people with horses and choosing the best rides to suit different people. I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday to everyone, it is fantastic value for money! If you are a novice what better way to improve your riding and if you are an experienced rider you will get exciting rides on fantastic horses. I am definitely planning on returning! If anyone would like to talk to me before booking my email address is above.

 

 

Name Maureen

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Having owned and run a riding establishment many years ago in Cornwall and enjoyed competing with my own horses, it was a new experience for me to go away for a riding holiday. I must admit to having felt a bit apprehensive about riding new (to me) fit horses over unknown terrain but was put at ease immediately by Derek who has a wonderful intuition for matching horses to riders. At the end of a week's holiday I felt I had known Derek and Jill for ever and couldn't wait to return. So - in June of this year, I again enjoyed a superb week with some excellent gallops in the company of Derek who could not have been kinder or more considerate in paying attention to the needs of the rider. The horses were responsive and happy. What more could one want - delicious food (and wine!), exceptional horses and the company and hospitality. I thank you both and hope to return next year.
 

 

Name Nicola and Family

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An excellent holiday, thank you too all. We had a fab time! Food and accommodation was out of this world, our thanks to Rebecca for putting up with us. And what can we say about the riding, it was Brilliant!! Beautiful views, long canters, potential for fab weather and wonderful horses. What more could we have asked for! Then along came the wonderful picnics! Derek improved all our riding and boosted our confidence levels. And we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play horse ball! All in all a wonderful holiday and we would definitely recommend it!
 

 

Name Jane

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Email: suthipajeab@yahoo.com

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Just wanted to say thank you for the great riding holiday last week. I had such a great fun with the horses and all the hosts, surely will go back again.
 

 

Name Anne, Nicky and Harry

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Surreal Experiences
 

We have just got back from the most amazing and brilliant holiday ever. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Derek, Jill and Catherine for making it such a fun filled week. In Derek's capable hands we novices did things we have never experienced before and will always treasure. From being very nervous on day one both Harry and me soon relaxed and were more than willing to put our trust in Derek and the wonderful horses he chose for us. To see the bond between Derek and his horses, the love and care he shows them and also the genuine concern he has for his guests and their needs was awesome. Our thanks for the sumptuous picnics, I must try and get some of those wine carafes here in England, they just never seem to run out no matter how much you drink! We can't remember the last time we laughed so much, Jilly you really should be on the stage you are a born entertainer. We have got such wonderful memories that we really will treasure forever. We have already decided on the plane home that we cannot possibly wait until next year before coming back and are looking to get back in the next couple of months. Thank you all so very very much, there is not one single thing we would change about the holiday, not one.

 

Lots of love Anne, Nicky and Harry
 

 

Name Corrina Towers

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Email: corrina.towers@staples.co.uk

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Well. I've been back from my holiday for a few weeks now and have come down to earth sufficiently to put finger to laptop so that I may say a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to Derek, Catherine, Chris and Rebecca (always on hand with a glass of wine at the end of day), and last, but by no means least the most beautifully responsive and endearing horses I have encountered in my relatively short time as a novice horse rider. Within 5 minutes of meeting Derek I just knew that we were in for a great holiday. After spending time riding out with him through the most stunning Springtime scenery it took no time at all to realise that he understands more about horses, and people on horses, than most of us understand about ourselves. He very quickly sensed our limits, and challenged us sufficiently without ever making us feel as if we were out of our depth. He also has an amazing knack of sussing our character and then matching you literally with your horse equivalent, for me it felt like Kenny was the left shoe and I was the right. Every day was eventful – we often laughed till we cried, we ate like Kings with the most amazing picnics, and whilst soaking up the beautiful views our skills and confidence developed by the hour, and every night was just what was needed in Chris & Rebecca’s beautiful house by the river. Great hosts, fantastic food, and plenty of chat and laughs again about the experiences that day had provided. Thanks guys, we had such a lovely time with you we almost forget we’d come for the horses! Derek – I’m coming back in October for my birthday, I can’t wait and will literally be counting the days down. I promise to switch my mobile off whilst in the river this time, and thanks again for the most amazing holiday ever.
 

Corrina
 

 

Name Ed Ford

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This is to record my great appreciation for the kindness, care and hospitality shown to me by Derek Parker during my stay in the Aveyron. The area in Spring is very beautiful with steep valleys, sharp hills and miles of riding trails. We met almost nobody and no other horses on the four days that we were out. I rode four different horses, all were very fit and well able to handle 25 miles daily if asked. They were no slouches! There was no hesitation at water, steep slopes or rocky paths. All were totally unfazed by dogs or any other animals. There is as much or as little riding as anyone could wish to do. All together a brilliant break!
 

 

Name Jayne Brawn

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Well, was I lucky? I booked my holiday via the internet having looked at dozens of riding holidays in different countries. Chose French Riding Holidays simply because I like France and they weren't pushy! I have just returned from one of the best holidays I have ever had. I had been having lessons for 12 months but had had 2 bad falls, one very recently, so I was a nervous rider to say the least. Keen, but very, very nervous. Within minutes of meeting Derek I trusted him totally. To see his love of his superb horses and to witness his ability to understand the riders fears , needs and abilities was very reassuring for me. Thanks for your patience Derek. It was a pleasure to be with Derek and his gorgeous horses, their friends and their animals. 10/10 for the horses, the riding, the scenery, the excitement, the fun, the picnics and the accommodation. A big thank you to Chris and Rebecca for the beautiful room with a view, and for the delicious food. Loved every moment, especially the riding and will be back for more this year!! Thanks guys.
 

Jayne
 

 

Name  Abby

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Laugh: I’m really excited about coming to France for my riding holiday. I am 12 and a pony addict. This holiday has made my dad want to get back in the saddle after a horrific accident. This holiday is going to be very special to me and my family.

Thank you.
 

 

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Date: 4 August 2005

Email: micarbodies@aol.com

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A fantastic horsey holiday. Many thanks to Derek for a fantastic week. The countryside is just gorgeous and we rode for miles each day without seeing hardly any people let alone cars. My horse, a beautiful ex-racehorse named Rembuchet was exactly what I hoped, fit and happy, responsive, keen oh and very very fast when asked! I can’t wait to ride him again when we come back, because we definitely will. My partner Phil, not having ridden for long, was looking for a horse that would be fun but safe and Derek again chose him the perfect mount in Kajoline,

Phil didn’t want to give her up and by the end of the week was extremely proud to have jumped 2 ditches and 1 log – not bad for a near beginner! Beautifully cared for, keen and happy horses; gorgeous food; plenty of alcohol and good humour and countryside that ranged from woodlands, tracks and open fields perfect for galloping. A great holiday.
 

 

Name  Jackie

Date: 31 July 2005

Email: jackie_sills@hotmail.com

Your comments Jackie

....and I returned!!!

Well, I have just returned from my second holiday with Derek and co. and when I thought it couldn't possibly get any better, it did! Since March, a couple of fantastic new horses have joined the herd, providing an even bigger choice of characters to suit every ability. This time round I enjoyed the company of some other great like-minded guests ('hi' Martha, Carol and Mick!), with rides to fully cater for riders and non-riders, plus varying arrival dates, with rides tailored to the weather, rider abilities/preferences and the horses.....what organisation! I must say this holiday certainly provided me with the 'personal-touch' only a family run establishment can, you'll love it!! Thanks again to Derek and Catherine for making my holiday so fantastic; having already counted up my remaining annual leave, I'll definitely be back!
 

J  

 

Name  Bev, John and Georgie

Date: 26 June 2005

Email: hartiganjbg@tinyworld.co.uk

Your comments

Unforgettable Experience! If you want routine, stereotype, and bland - this holiday is not for you. If you want to laugh a lot, enjoy stunning scenery, be gently challenged, treated like guests not paying tourists, and meet some fantastic horses, eat and drink like royalty - then this is for you. Derek is uncanny in being able to assess your ability and match you with the right steed (be as honest as you dare about your ability - it helps fantastically).

We rode as a family - each of us is of different ability (with Dad bringing up the rear) - yet Derek in the same rides provided something for all of us whilst we had a family experience. We all felt challenged although never once out of our depth. If you want bland, routine food then again problems are in store - we ate sumptuous meals, drank fine wines (well you do have to replenish after all that riding) - generally treated fantastically. The horses were golden - Georgie fell in love with Igloo who was safe but fun, Joser made Dad look like a star, and Stella whilst rock-solid showed her personality. These horses were perfect for us - but what ever ability, Derek can provide you with the best horse for your ability and personality. Also, we witnessed the care and attention that Derek et al lavish on their horses - they are far more than tools of the trade. The only diagreement we have is when to go back. 10 out of 10.

Bev, John and Georgie (see you soon)
 

 

Name  Rebecca

Date: 29 January 2005

Email: rebecca.nagan@virgin.net

Your comments

Horse riding in the Aveyron What a truly fantastic experience this was for me. My partner and I are not very experienced horse riders, but decided to experience the Aveyron on horseback as we have just bought a house in the region. From the moment we met Derek, he made us feel totally welcome. The horses Derek chose for us to ride were perfect, patient steeds and the helpful tips on riding had me instantly feeling confident and fully able to enjoy this great experience. The Aveyron is a beautiful region of France - and just has to seen in this way. After riding for a couple of hours we arrived at the banks of the river Aveyron, only to be greeted by Dereks wife Di, offering us a welcome glass of the local wine and inviting us to eat a lunch which can only be described as a "bloody amazing buffet" (pardon my French). What timing! I was hot, hungry and a tad saddle sore! After we'd all had our fill - horses and all...We were raring to be off again. That afternoon I galloped....in the Aveyron....with the sun on my back....and a really big smile on my face. It was a day never to forget. In fact we have been back several times for more...

Thanks guys...You'll see me again really, really soon!
 

 

Name  Midgley

Date: 17 January 2005

Email: midgleychemdry@zen.co.uk

Your comments

We would like to let everyone know who may be interested in a riding holiday, that it was a wonderful and fantastic experience, even though we have horses ourselves, we never realised how much you could see and do on horse-back. The scenery was beautiful and the hospitality of Derek and friends was second to none. It has also built my confidence in trusting the ability of what horses can do, after having a serious accident on my own horse and loosing a lot of my confidence. I am now 100% more confident now and I am out riding as much as possible. My horse is not impressed even though I am!

We WILL be back!! P.S You will love it!
 

 

Name  Kelvin and Caroline

Date: 31 December 2004

Email: kelvinbetts@vesuvius.com

Your comments

This holiday met with all our expectations and more besides. The Aveyron is a truly exhilarating riding experience and was complimented by good, sound horses and hospitality second to none. Though regular riders ourselves, this was a whole new riding adventure, one that we will never forget. Many Thanks to Derek and friends, we look forward to riding with you again in the not too distant future.

Kelvin and Caroline

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