oin one of Château de Laumière's French horse riding holidays in southern France, you'll be warmly invited to experience this beautiful, peaceful corner of the world - and do as much or as little as you like.
Family owned and home to Chris, Lynda and Tanya, Château de Laumière offers luxury accommodation in either the château itself or the holiday gîtes - and a truly wonderful environment in which to relax, chill out and ride our lovely horses.
On the horse riding holidays here, we generally ride in the mornings, so you can enjoy a delicious, substantial lunch. Afterwards, you can either snooze in the gardens - or by the swimming pool - and help yourself to unlimited refreshments. Or you can arrange extra riding, explore this fabulous area of southern France with its many sights, attractions and activities, or - take a relaxing massage which as it proved so popular last year will continue to be available.
Lunch at the Château is either al fresco in the delightful gardens, or in the majestic vaulted dining room. On one day - usually Thursday - you will ride out as usual in the morning returning to the Château in time for a quick change before going to a favourite lunchtime restaurant of ours where you will be offered a selection of excellent regional food as approved by Jamie Oliver during his visit to this area when he cooked alongside Monique (the owner) who told us that she didn't know who he was at the time but thought he was "a very nice boy!
Our feeling is that relaxing is as important as riding, so although you'll need to be fit enough for a few good hours in the saddle, you'll also have plenty of time to enjoy all the other aspects of your holiday too!
On that note, you can be as formal or informal as you like on French riding holidays in this part of southern France. This is your holiday and the choice is yours!
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How we came to be running equestrian holidays in the south of France!
Chris, Lynda & Tanya - who has both English (BHS) & French (FFE) qualifications - at Château de Laumière.
After several wonderful horse riding holidays in the south of France, Chris and Lynda bought their first holiday home which enabled them to spend increasing amounts of time experiencing the hospitality of the people, the relaxing life style and enjoying good French food and wine.
In 2002, they decided that a complete lifestyle change was needed and the decision was made to move to France permanently. At first, Lynda’s daughter Tanya was not immediately convinced that she needed a lifestyle change, but she decided to accompany Chris & Lynda on their exploratory visit and - as we hope you will - she fell in love with Laumière on first sight (or to be honest, the stable set-up, complete with mucking out machine!). The fact that the Château came with them was a bonus!!
Falling in love with the Château was the easy part – then followed the rather painful experience of completing the purchase, but this was decidedly easier than transporting horses, family, belongings and five dogs to the South of France in November 2002! Once settled, the fun was able to begin – setting up equestrian riding holidays in the south of France at Laumière! Your hosts, Lynda and Chris, with their passion for the Château, the regional cuisine and lovely local wines, ensure you’ll enjoy a warm welcome and a wonderful holiday. And Tanya takes care of your horse riding.
Accommodation & Food at Château de Laumière
Guests at Laumière will find a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, with comfortable, characterful rooms and spacious grounds.
Your holiday will include a fine dining experience with a regional flavour accompanied by the area's delicious wines and for those taking the part board option plenty of opportunity for you to explore the many local bistros and restaurants at your leisure.
We only cater for a maximum of eight guests at any one time, thus everyone can be sure of our undivided attention should they want it, or alternatively peace and quiet and to be left alone.
Whilst relaxing in and around the Château you are welcome to help yourselves to refreshments at any time - tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and fresh fruit are always available.
Horse Riding & Other Activities
You will ride our own horses who live with us all year round, some of which have been with us for several years. They are all well schooled and a pleasure to ride on the many beautiful trail rides which include the meandering chemin rurale through forests, idyllic hamlets and beside the lakes.
We tailor our rides to suit you, and they are organised by Tanya who is a BHSAI, experienced in Monty Roberts natural horsemanship and a BPJEPS Monitrice d'Equitation.
Although the main activity here is horse riding, there are also numerous other activities and many places of interest to visit in the area for the non-riders - all of which we are happy to tell you about, or help you to organise - not least being the excellent fishing nearby.
Please take time to browse around our site, and should you have any queries don't hesitate to contact us. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Château de Laumière!
More About Our French Horse Riding Holidays In Southern France
Imagine a place where the air is fresh, the food is world class and the countryside seems to be endless, that place is southern France. There can surely be few better places in the world in which to ride a horse and that is why we hope to bring you the horse riding South France experience of a lifetime.
If you take the time to browse our website you
will see that we offer a completely different holiday experience
to many others in the respect that you can virtually design
it yourself. Here at Château de Laumière with your hosts
Chris, Lynda and Tanya you can experience the opulent luxury
of staying in the actual Château or alternately sample the
delights of our holiday gîtes.
The option that
most people favour (and the one that we recommend) is to
ride in the morning and relax in the afternoon after a sumptuous
lunch with a little of the local wine. This said, it's your
holiday and ultimately your choice and by arriving at this
site you have found the perfect setting for horse riding
If you have any questions about either
the riding or the accommodation please don't hesitate to
Horse Riding Holidays in France
Believe it or not France is the most visited destination
in the world by tourists from all four corners of the globe.
From the rolling British style countryside of the North
to the sun baked beaches of the South this country is often
and quite rightly described as God's country. There aren't
many people fortunate enough to live in a Château and offer
horse riding holidays France as an option, we consider ourselves
very lucky and would like to offer you the opportunity to
experience the same sort of lifestyle, albeit for a shorter
period of time. If you have the time and energy after your
horse riding France there are a wealth of other activities
within easy reach in which you can indulge to your hearts
content, these include but are not limited to: Walking,
cycling, canoeing, fishing, golf and for the more adventurous
potholing, hot air ballooning and even hang-gliding! In
a nutshell there are enough options available to keep you
occupied for a lifetime never mind a week or two. To find
out about the availability of the additional activities
please drop us a line and we will inform you as to the availability
for your chosen dates.
Château de Laumière - Out and about
The region where our Château is located is steeped in
history and some of the major sites are easily accessible
when you book a horse riding in France experience with us.
This region has been the subject of various wars (usually
with the British!) over the centuries and was originally
part of Aquitaine. The Bastide at Carcassonne is testament
to these wars and when visiting this enchanting area you
can almost feel yourself being transported back in time.
The unspoilt countryside and relative lack of any modern
developments make this a premier destination for horse riding
France, there is simply no other place that can compare
with the majestic beauty that comes as standard in this
part of the world. No piece of writing about France would
be complete without reference to the famous regional cuisine
that this area is quite rightfully renowned for. Within
easy driving distance there are a number of restaurants
that are suitable for almost any taste or budget, some of
our personal favourites are detailed on our site, please
see the relevant page for further details.
Horse Riding Southern France
Horse riding holidays in France are our speciality and
your hosts' expertise in regard to all things equine will
become clear to you as soon as you arrive. Our horses are
well cared for and not simple Château facilities, they are
essentially an extended part of our family and each one
has its own very individual personality. Taking into account
your existing horse riding in France experience you will
be assigned a horse that fits both your own ability and
level of experience. If you have limited experience in regard
to horse riding we are also able to provide you with the
necessary instruction to get you up in the saddle and acquainted
with your steed. First time riders or people who ride periodically
do find the horse a little uncomfortable at first as you
find and use muscles that you never knew you had! Free yourself
from the daily 9 to 5 grind and enjoy the great outdoors
on horseback, environmentally friendly and hugely enjoyable,
what more could you possibly ask of a horse riding South
Getting to the horse riding holidays in France Château
is simplicity itself and our website is a useful resource
regardless of how you want to join us. The area is served
by a number of regional airports including Rodez, Toulouse
and Bergerac all of which are serviced by budget flights
originating in the UK. For the more adventurous it is also
easy to drive straight from the ports of Calais, Cherbourg
and Dieppe and should take between 8 and 10 hours, an overnight
stop en route may be advisable. (You want to save enough
energy for your horse riding France!) If traveling by train
the nearest mainline station to us is Cahors, a mere 40
minutes away, for details regarding the availability of
airport/train station pick ups please contact us. You've
got your dates sorted, you know where we are, what are you
waiting for? Get on the phone today and take the first steps
in attaining that dream horse riding holidays France experience.
If you should notice anything amiss with our website please
contact us, your observations and feedback are much appreciated.
Not just a horse riding holiday, more of an experience
If you want to get more out of your annual holiday rather
than the usual fare on offer you could do a lot worse than
bookmark this page. The Château and the French horse riding holidays in southern France that are available here mean that we offer not just our business but our
passion. We are committed to providing you with the best
possible horse riding holidays in France in combination
with other activities and attractions that this wonderful
region can offer. Horse riding France is our speciality
so you can be assured of receiving the best possible instruction
and guidance, we do not run this part of our enterprise
in conjunction with anything else and as a result can focus
all our efforts on ensuring that you have a holiday to remember
for all the right reasons. Our main aim is to relax and
rejuvenate you in order for you to feel like you've really
had a break. It's your holiday so please feel free to suggest
anything else you think of at the time of booking and we
will endeavour to provide you with something to suit your
requirements. Château de Laumière, giving you so much more
than French horse riding holidays in southern France.