I must admit, not being a horsey person, I was a bit unsure about this trip with my husband and daughter, but I really enjoyed everything about it, even the rain didn’t matter. Polly is a lovely, welcoming person who made the holiday flow so well. If you want something different, this is the one to do.
Just came back from this fantastic weekend away. I was a bit apprehensive about how we would get on, having absolutely no experience with horses, but this soon disappeared as soon as we met Ned, our beautiful white horse and Bob, our trainee horse, who came along with us with his trainer Harry Jo.
We arrived at this lovely cottage and was immediately made to feel so welcome by Polly, our fab host. Our first night was spent in the caravan in Polly’s lovely garden. We sat outside, had some wine and a picnic with only the cows in the field for company, and the odd visit from buttons and bobbin.
Next morning, we met our groom, Popsey, who is very knowledgeable about horses and the area. Popsy taught us how to look after Ned, and how to put his harness etc on, and then how to hook him to the wagon.
Our first stop was the Golden Swan, where we had a lovely meal at a very reasonable price before grooming Ned, and setting off to our next stop. You are left to drive the horse, but definitely need the groom to stop traffic. We had a lovely meal at Seven Stars. The Sticky Toffee Pudding is to die for.
We then spent the night alone at Dingle Dell, with campfire by the stream, a supply of marshmallows and the two horses watching the bats. Polly our host knows all about bats ha ha.
We had to get Ned ready before Popsy arrived for our last day on the road, stopping for lunch before returning to Polly’s, where we all sat around the table having a chat and cuppa. If you are worried about toilets, don’t be. Polly’s bathroom is always available, along with toilets, use of showers at pubs and Portaloo when staying in woods.
Thanks Polly, Popsy, Harry Jo and not forgetting the two beautiful boys Ned and Bob for a wonderful weekend.
My sister and I, had a magical 3 days in the horse drawn caravan, both on Polly’s land (which is idyllic) and out on the road. The surroundings of Alton Priors are wonderful, there are the downs with the White Horse carved out of the chalk-land, the sacred springs (source of The Avon), the thatched cottages, the Saxon church with The Goddess Stone under the floorboards, the canal, the village pubs, generous and hospitable, Polly in her lovely cottage, her characterful dogs, Ned the Grey Cob steadily pulling the caravan, and the campfire in Dingly Dell, just bliss.
We were so lucky to have found this place, just loved it.
I surprised my wife with this, for our honeymoon. She absolutely loved it, as did I. It is the perfect mini break that lets you unwind, relax and live life at a slower pace.
It is perfect for people who are passionate about horses and families. If you don’t have any experience with horses, then don’t worry, as full training and instruction is given.
Fantastic pub grub is available at lunch and dinner time. In the morning, there is an opportunity to cook your breakfast on an open camp fire. The people are friendly and welcoming, and our horse Ned, was gentle and sweet.