Many horse racing fanatics have been to so many race meets that after a while they can begin to all look the same. Likewise, for keen horse riders, going to the same stable to ride the same horse all the time can become a touch boring after a while.
For those folks for whom equestrianism runs in their blood, a bit of variation can put some much-needed spice back into their hobby or lifelong passion.
In this article we take a look at the luxury trips and breaks that are available for those lovers of horses who want a special weekend or week that they will never forget.
Some top equine breaks have guests being put up in lavish country mansions or stunning rural chateaux
All aboard the Belmond British Pullman to Aintree
Companies throwing travel and catering packages together for big horse racing events is nothing new. Almost every major course in the world now has fine dining options that can be combined with a stay at a nearby luxury 5-star hotel.
However, some packages are made a little more special than others by adding some sort of x-factor.
Mulberry Travel have certainly done that with this amazing package that whisks people off from London, on a vintage train all the way to the famous Aintree racecourse, for the biggest steeplechase on the planet, the Grand National.
On the train north, travellers are able to enjoy a full array of complementary food and drink as they peruse form guides and decide how to use online race day offers. Then when the races get going guests will have prime vantage points to watch from, as well as all the food they could wish to get their fingers on.
Once all the wagering and partying is over, there is even a five-course dinner served on the return train journey to the capital. This means you can replay the roars of the Aintree crowd in your dreams, as you slumber in the comfort of your own bed rather than that of a hotel.
What better way is there to arrive at Aintree than via a luxury train ride?
Stately homes offer riding experiences fit for royalty
Some of the most beautiful riding packages available in the UK today involve guests lodging and dining at lavish stately homes and grade listed buildings, many of which have their very own private stables a stone’s throw away.
There are countless opportunities like this in various counties but some of the ones we like the look of include the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Scotland, that combines its own riding stables with other luxuries like an 18-hole golf course.
Then there is Coworth Park in Berkshire, whose riding trails skirt the edges of Windsor Great Park. This is where people can even coincide their trip with a visit to watch some top-class polo matches at the nearby polo centre.
Last but not least there is Lucknam Park in Wiltshire, where riders have the grounds of a countryside mansion all to themselves and their trusty steed. They even have a spa where weary riders can unwind after a hard day’s hacking.
Travel further afield for horsey adventures
While it is always nice to be able just to drive to a nearby horse event or retreat, sometimes being a little more adventurous in your outlook can also be exciting.
Websites like bookhorseridingholidays.com offer truly imaginative travel packages for horse lovers. Some of the places their trips whisk people off to include Oman, Argentina, or even Mongolia, where you and your crew can ride like Gengis Kan on famed Mongol thoroughbreds!