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Treat yourself to a riding holiday at a beautiful country club hotel - just north of Rome!
The elegant equestrian center and hotel has extensive show-jumping and cross-country facilities with a wide range of experienced and well trained horses. From October to May you can also extend your riding package and participate in the exciting local Drag Hunt!
The estate is perfectly situated only an hour from Rome, between the lakes of Bracciano and Martignano and offers a surrounding countryside excellent for horseback riding and with a wealth of history - Etruscan tombs, ancient Roman paved roads, fortified medieval villages and renaissance manor houses! The riding center, located conveniently within the hotel grounds, was the first in Italy to be given British Horse Society approval. Their extensive stable houses a top selection of horses ranging in size from agile 14hh ponies to mighty 18hh Irish Hunters and Jumpers. There are impressive facilities, including two large all-weather arenas, a comprehensive show-jumping arena and a thrilling cross-country course. The hotel estate extends over some 360 acres. Throughout the year, they offer a week long "Riding on the Estate" program offering a total of 18 hours of riding which can be any combination of instruction in show jumping or cross-country and relaxed hacking over the estate's beautiful landscapes. The hotel has 25 en-suite rooms available and seven suites that can be upgraded to, each suite with their own entrance to the garden. The food and wines offered by the restaurant are of excellent quality and another real highlight. Please note that the half-board option has a set menu, but if you prefer you can choose an a la carte menu option (additional cost). There is a swimming pool open in summer and the Wellness Center offers a welcome relaxation after a day in the saddle!
This country estate is an ideal base for non-riders, although you would probably find a rental car necessary to really enjoy yourself to the fullest. Activities available locally include fishing and sailing on Lake Bracciano, golf (at a selection of local courses), guided hikes, bike tours and cooking classes. Rome is only an hour away by train and we encourage you to visit this amazing city on your non-riding day!
The Country Relais **** is a Charming Hotel with 24 rooms and 7 Suites, located on a 375 acree estate, just North-West of Rome (39 km). The Country Relais is part of the Italian Hotel Chain Charme & Relax.
The rooms have a bathroom & shower, Air-conditioning, TV, Telephone with direct dial, Mini-bar, Internet connection
Available: Room-service, Laundry-service
The biologically cultivated Estate is surrounded by the Natural Park of Lakes Bracciano and Martignano.
The management controls about four hundred animals : 200 goats, 100 sheep, 30 cows (Maremma and Charolais), 60 horses. The organic meat and home-made goat cheese in the Dairy supply the Restaurant La Posta de’ Cavalieri, located inside the Hotel. The restaurant serves only local food.
- Goat Cheese tartare served with Goat Cheese mousse, raw Tomatoes and Olive oil
- Marinated Beef “Carpaccio” with black Truffle served with Parmesan Cheese mousse
- Ricotta Cheese pie served with Chestnut pâté and Crispy Leeks
- Raw Sea bass served with Orange Citronette sauce flavoured with wild Fennel
- Cornmeal Porridge with wild Mushrooms and mature Goat Cheese
- Borlotti Beans, Savoy Cabbage and Spelt soup
- “Fettuccine” Pasta with black Norcia Truffle
- Cornish Pastry with Lake ragout served with leeks and Cherry Tomatoes
- Risotto with Clams and Cerveteri Artichokes (at least two people)
- “Pappardelle” Pasta with Lamb ragout flavoured with Bay Leaf and Juniper
- Potato and Ricotta Cheese Dumplings with Chives served with Pumpkin cream soup
- Pork loin with Apple vinegar and Honey sauce served with sautéed Apples served with Potatoes pudding
- Polenta pudding with Truffle, Salt Code and Olive Oil, served with Chicory in Roman Style
- Fried Pike filet served with Seaweed and Artichokes julienne
- Beef filet with Marsala Wine and wild Mushrooms served with Endive pudding
- Crispy Croquettes of Potatoes and Cabbage served with stringy smoked Scamorza
Selection of Charcoal grilled meats
- T-Bone steak
- Sirloin steak
- Filet mignon
- Beef Entrecote
- Goat or Lamb chops
- Mixed meat grill
All the meats are served with grilled vegetables.
Home made Cheeses:
- Fresh Ricotta cheese with Pears and spicy Biscuits
- Selection of Goat cheeses with Honey, Pear and Red Onion Mustard
- Fresh Goat Cheese with toasted wholemeal Bread and green Tomatoes Mustard
- Warm pure Chocolate pudding served with Ice-cream
- Warm Ricotta Soufflé with wild Hazelnut sauce
- Short Pastry Tartlet with Chantilly Cream and Apples served with Calvados sauce and Hazelnut Ice-cream
- Radish and black Cherry Bavarian cream
- Pineapple “Carpaccio” with Star Anice, white Chocolate mousse and Coconut
The massages : Traditional, Relaxing, Stressful, Ayurveda, Shiatsu-Namikoshi.
The Beauty Treatments : Total Face, Breast, Manicure, Pedicure, all kinds of depilation for men and women.
The swimming pool of the Country Relais is open from June to Septemebr; it is surrounded by the vegetation of the property and is a great place to totally relax.
Together with the bar on the poolside, where it’s possible to have a nice aperitif or a refreshing ice-cream, you will also find comfortable sun beds, deck-chairs and towels; safety is guaranteed by professional bathing attendants.
Pool size 75' x 37'
Hands-On Cooking Classes, featuring Mediterranean dishes, are organized on request about 30 minutes from the hotel. The class includes 5 hours of preparation and cooking under professional supervision.
This trip includes
and can accommodate special dietary requests.
There are a wide selection of horses and ponies to suit a broad range of riding abilities and ages. Lessons and hacks can be tailored to the individual.
The club has been a school recognized by Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri (the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports) since many years - the center offers a regulation course of obstacles, a dressage arena, a breaking-in enclosure, a cross-country course, boxes and paddocks for private horses – and it is twinned with the Riding Club of Villa Borghese. It is the first Italian club to receive the recognition of the British Horse Society, the prestigious international circuit of equestrian centers , which organizes six-month // six-monthly periods of training for BHS instructors and grooms (professional qualifications recognized by over 80 countries) at our club.
Maria Guttridge, English, is the B.H.S.II Instructor and Guide and Pierpaolo Quagliarello, Winner of Puissance at International 76° CSIO in Piazza di Siena, Rome, May 2008.
The Drag Hunt Association is a prestigious Equestrian Center, British Horse Society approved since 1999, and recently awarded Stage 3, where it is possible to ride in the two sand arenas, grass arena, cross country field (flat work, dressage, jumping) or hacking in the Estate. It is important to have your own boots, jodhpurs, helmet.
The Drag Hunt Season will run on Saturdays, from early October to the end of May. You can participate as a Visitor, with the formal dress code.
For the Drag Hunt you should be competent at all paces and in control of your horse outdoors.
Sample itinerary - can be flexible to your wishes!
DAY 1 - Sunday
Transfer to the estate. Drinks, orientation and dinner.
DAY 2 – Monday
Riders will have an assessment lesson in the morning and in the afternoon they will have instruction in lessons.
DAY 3 – Tuesday
A relaxing and soft hack on the estate grounds. Visit the goat farm, where the dairy converts the milk into many types of cheese. You can sample the cheese, have a glass of wine, and admire the view of Lake Bracciano.
DAY 4 – Wednesday (no riding available on Wednesdays)
Visit Rome all day, explore locally with your rental car or enjoy a free day to relax by the pool. Also great cooking classes on request at extra $.
DAY 5 – Thursday
Lesson first and then trail riding on the estate across the 400 acres property between the lakes of Bracciano and Martignano. Riding through the oak woods, organic grass fields, where graze the Maremma cows, sheep, and Maremma horses. In the ancient Roman times many villas were built on the shore of the lakes. In the early Middle Ages this area was supplying Rome with many varieties of food.
DAY 6 – Friday
Summing up what has been done in the week with another lesson and followed by a final estate hack to admire the grounds for the last time on horseback!
DAY 7 – Saturday
Breakfast and departure.
On Saturday (in season from October to May) you can extend your stay for 1 night and participate in the weekly Saturday Drag Hunt, with a departure on Sunday instead.
Rates and Dates for Anguillara Equestrian
Six nights hotel accommodations, breakfast each day, 5 dinners, 1 lunch, 4 days of guided trail riding and/or lessons in dressage or cross country jumping (total of 18 hours of riding), riding horse & tack, guide/instructor, and tax.
Transfer and Other Options:
Transfer from Rome Fumicino airport per car each way (1 or 2 pass)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Transfer from Rome Ciampino airport per car each way (1 or 2 pass)
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Transfer from Anguillara train station per car each way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
Weekly from Sunday to Saturday - from mid Feb to mid June and mid Sept to mid Nov.
Rates do not include:
Lunches (except 1), beverages, airport transfers, optional drag hunt (cap & hunt lunch) when in season, additional riding on request, non-riding excursions, spa treatments, gratuities, optional room upgrade to a suite.
Airport: Rome (Fiumicino or Ciampino)
What To Bring:
Winter temperatures in Anguillara Sabazia normally say above freezing, have a minimum average of 3 to 5 C (37 to 41 F) and a maximum average of 12 or 13 C (53 to 55 F).
In the height of summer, max average temperatures are 28 C (82 F) while the minimum in these months can see an average minimum temperature of 18 or 19 C (64 to 66 F).
Please bring your own riding boots/chaps, jodhpurs, cap or helmet!