Have you returned to work after the Christmas break yet?
The festive holidays are wonderful – filled with loving family and friends, good food and general merry-making. But, whether your answer to our top-of-the-blog question is ‘yes’ or ‘no’, the impending return of Real Lifeâ„¢ is always there, lurking in the background.
Thereâ€™s no wonder holiday companies are touting their wares on the TV and internet right now – the promise of another break from Real Lifeâ„¢ is what keeps many people going in those cold and wet and dark and personal battery-draining winter months.
So, how about this?
At the luxurious and tranquil ChÃ¢teau de LaumiÃ¨re we welcome guests for horse riding holidays from the end of April.
It is a magical time of year in our little corner of southwest France. The sun shines often. It is pleasantly short-sleeved-shirt warm. The sky is usually that clear and utterly enviable shade of touched-up picture-postcard blue.
In May, daffodils fill the fields in cheery gold and white, and beautiful orchids turn quiet roadside verges into a riot of colour. Meanwhile, exotic and wonderful birds fill the sun-warmed cornflower-blue skies as deer, boar and red squirrels patrol our dappled green forest trails.
Imagine getting away from it all somewhere like this. Imagine forgetting the hustle and bustle and rush of the real world. Imagine waking up to another perfect day. Imagine feeling deliciously warm sun on your face. Imagine riding a carefully chosen horse on a carefully planned hack through enchanting sleepy French villages and unspoiled, tree-filled countryside.
Here’s the thing. You don’t have to imagine it. You’re more than welcome to join us here at ChÃ¢teau de LaumiÃ¨re and enjoy it all for real. And donâ€™t forget â€“ if you hurry and book your luxury horse-riding holiday at the chÃ¢teau before the clock strikes midnight and the strains of Auld Lang Syne ring out on December 31, you can enjoy your 2016 holiday in our peaceful and beautiful corner of southwest France at 2015 prices.
Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the horse-riding loved one in your life who has everything? How about a chÃ¢teau?
Weâ€™re not joking.
Obviously, itâ€™s impossible to fit an entire French castle under the tree (not to mention the climate-changing amount of paper you would need to wrap one) but we think we have come up with the next best – and much more eco-friendly – thing. A gift voucher for a luxury riding holiday at ChÃ¢teau de LaumiÃ¨re.
Wouldnâ€™t you love to see the look on your loved-oneâ€™s face as they open a modest and unassuming envelope on Christmas morning to see something very special like this inside? It contains the promise of a relaxing holiday next year at our friendly and luxurious chÃ¢teau in the picture-perfect Lot, riding along beautiful and peaceful trails, through enchanting villages and unspoiled tree-filled countryside.
A holiday here wonâ€™t break the bank, either. If you book your 2016 holiday at the elegant and tranquil 400-year-old chÃ¢teau before the end of December, you and your loved ones can enjoy a relaxing luxury equestrian break at 2015 prices.
Alternatively, if you have already catered for everyone else this Christmas, how about treating yourself? Surely you deserve a little luxury you-time about as far away from the daily stresses and strains of real world as it is possible to get?
Remember: if you book your 2016 horse-riding holiday before December 31, 2015, you can look forward to a wonderful break in France next year at this year’s prices.