The farms here are very much homesteads – rather than huge agricultural concerns - with gorgeous rambling barns and quaint French features straight out of the pages of a magazine - and this makes the countryside we ride through immensely characterful and interesting. The nature of the terrain lends itself to riding at a relaxed pace so you can experience the beautiful scenery and wild life. However, there are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering on your riding holiday, and the horses are familiar with the routes, so they’re happy and interested to ride out.
The ability to ride along for hours in a world of your own with no traffic, noise or people is something many riders in England can only dream about (as we did before coming to this magical place). You can follow a curve in the chemin and find yourself riding by a farmyard, or through a small hamlet, where anyone who happens to be around will take the time to smile and call out a greeting. You’ll find the local people friendly, gregarious and welcoming.
On a french riding holiday such as this in the south of France, time seems to almost stand still and you’ll feel the stresses and strains of everyday life just ebb away as you and your horse absorb the environment around you. You’ll discover splendid Châteaux, grand Manor Houses, a 12th century Priory and picturesque farmland with small fields separated by pretty dry stone walls and mature woodland sloping gently upwards to open out onto scenic countryside that stretches forever to meet with clear blue skies. The only sounds being perhaps the call of a buzzard or a kite as they glide effortlessly, high above you.
The many sights, sounds and scenes are all here for you to discover and we hope we’ve given you a flavour of what you’ll experience on your horse riding holiday at Château de Laumière.
On arriving back at Laumière, there will be a cool refreshing drink waiting for you, followed by a thoroughly decent lunch which is usually taken alfresco in a shady area of the garden. After this, the rest of the day is yours to relax in the grounds, set off to explore this outstanding area of France or more riding.