Natural Horsemanship & Trails

Bordeaux France: (IT-FRABR05)

Bordeaux France
Join us in the heart of the Lot-en-Garonne to experience the multitude of horseback riding trails through the countryside as well as learn about or advance in your natural horsemanship skills.

When in this history region, you will discover the bastides (fortified villages) of the Middle Ages, explore the diverse landscapes that are rich in culture and heritage, ride through the far, lands which produce hazelnuts, plums for Agen prunes, purple Perigord vineyards with wines from Monbazillac, Bergerac, Pecharmant, and villages gilled with traditional architecture (pigeon houses, farms, character houses).

Non-riders, hikers, and mountain bikers will enjoy the many marked trails and surrounding activities such as golf, visits to historical sites and castles, and wine tastings.



This is a stationary ride, so all nights will be at the same location.

We welcome you in the heart of the Bastides and gastronomy of the southwest in the Lot-et-Garonne in the town of Lougratte. Situated near the castles of Perigord, between the valleys of the Lot and Dordogne, our location offers wondrous sights and many activities. Walks in the forest, vineyards, and visits to castles and prehistoric sites are amongst some of the possibilities.
Our pool onsite will be a great way to cool off after a ride!

We have 3 cottages available all year:

Fakir (holds up to 6 people)
    - 3 rooms and 2 baths
    - living room with TV, WIFI, DVD player
    - a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a terrace overlooking the park and the pool 
    - Internet
    - cleaning and linen included 10 minutes from shops

MacLéo (holds up to 8 people)
    - 4 rooms and 4 baths
    - living room with TV, WiFi, DVD player
    - a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a terrace overlooking the park and the pool 6 x 12 m
    - Internet
    - cleaning and linen included

Loukia (holds up to 11 people)
    - 5 rooms and 3 baths
    - living room with TV, WIFI, DVD player
    - a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a terrace overlooking the park and the pool 
    - Internet
    - cleaning and linen included

Room Occupancy
Possibility of single room but with supplement. We try our best to match you with a roommate, but if this is not possible you may be placed in single room with a supplement to be paid.


All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Continental breakfasts are served at the accommodation.
The lunches are buffets with a wide choice (adapted to particular diets) & wine.
Dinner in the restaurant (wine not included for dinner).

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.


Riding Ability
This ride is for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on a varied terrain, in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. You should be able to control the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances and be able to ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.
There are certain sections of the trail where we might need to lead the horses. It is recommended that you be in good physical condition in order to participate.
Previous experience of trail rides over a number of days would be beneficial but is not required.
Riders who, on their own initiative, ask not to ride during the stay will be charged 300 euros for the transport of the horse.


The pace is varied depending on the terrain, with long periods of walk and plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. We ride around 5-6 hours riding each day

Most of our horses were born on the farm. They live in herds in a 70 acre field and this is what makes them strong. This social lifestyle is very close to their ideal living conditions, which is a natural environment.
Every horse has its own character, but all are gentle, balanced, and multi-talented.
The horses are a mixture of purebred Arabian and Paint horses as well as Arabian/Paint crossbreds and Thoroughbreds.
The relationship with the riders and our horses is crucial. Above all, we place attention on the welfare and education of our horses.

Tack & Equipment
Our saddles are a French trail saddle (JMS brands), which blend the best of English and western styles to make the perfect trail saddle. Horses will work in bridles with Myler bits.
Saddlebags, poncho, and water are provided. Helmets are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

There is a support van for the transport of luggage and riders. It is possible for a rider or a non-riding companion to follow along the horse riders in the van.
We ask the riders to have only one suitcase (size 69x47x27) and one handbag.

Group Size & Staff
Riding groups have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 riders, plus the Guide and the Translator.
David (GTE/ BPJEPS TE) is a certified Equestrian Tour Guide. He creates the routes and leads all the riding tours. He is also a trainer of apprentice instructors in Equestrian Tourism.
Britta is your riding companion and translator (English, Dutch, German, and Spanish). She is always available to facilitate any language concerns.

The Farm covers 30 hectares (75 acres) of woods and meadows and facilities include a covered riding arena, rolling pastures, a round pen, cross country terrain, as well as a multitude of riding and hiking trails.


Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Changes due to weather, security, technical criteria, and other imponderables may occur.

Important note: The specific level required is the "confirmed rider level".
As a qualified professional of equestrian tourism in France, it is important for the safety of the groups of riders we receive that everyone has the required riding level (see description below).
A person, who doesn't have the required level, causes difficulties for the staff and other participants, with consequences on the good progress of the stay for everyone.
Therefore, if from the first day we judge that a rider doesn't have the required level for horseback riding, he/she will not continue on horseback. He/she will be able to continue with the logistic team. This decision will be made without any refund on the stay.

Our rides are for the experienced rider who has mastered all 4 paces (walk, rising trot, canter/gallop in a forward seat) on varied terrains and in open spaces. The experienced rider rides regularly, has good physical fitness, has good soft hands, a good attitude, and self-confidence. He controls the speed and direction of the horse in all circumstances. He can ride long distances including gallops of several minutes in open terrain.

Day 1: Arrival
Pick- up from the Villeneuve-sur-Lot train station in the afternoon and transfer to the guesthouse. Dinner at 8:00pm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 2: Local specialities & architecture
After breakfast, ee will ride to the Castle of Born, a former royal plum tree estate dating back to the 12th century. A couple of years ago, the Piat Family bought this property, carrying on the production of the Agen prune. After having a nice picnic in the courtyard of the castle, you will enjoy a tasting of home-made products, elaborated with the pulp of semi-cooked prunes.
On our way back to the guesthouse, we will see the priory of « Le Mesnil Saint Martin ». Built in the 13th century and transformed during the 18th century, it was then restored by a religious community in the 1980s. Today, this beautiful example of local architecture is a private house.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 3: Purple Perigord
In the morning, we will ride on wooded ridges to the bastide of Castillonnès, dating back to the 13th century. In the lovely village of Eyrenville, we will enjoy our picnic and a wine tasting of Bergerac wines at the Clos Pech de Bessou estate.
After the break, relaxing canters will lead us through hilly paths and limestone plateaus to the medieval village of Issigeac, located on the border of Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne départements, in the « Périgord Pourpre ». The touristic Périgord region has been divided in four parts. Each part has been linked with a color, according to the main feature of the area. Purple refers to the color of the leaves of vines in fall.
Following our road to the village of Bardou, we will leave our horses at the Grand Eyral Property, an ancient celtic settlement.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 4: Saint-Dizier
Today, we ride to the village of Saint-Dizier, located on the banks of the river Dropt. Horses are everywhere and so is History. This village is reknowned for its atypical wood stacked houses from the 14th – 17th centuries. We will also discover the church of the village, with its semicircular apse and its bell tower wall, dating back to the 12th century.
In the afternoon, we will ride back to our farm through a hilly landscape, enjoying nice canters.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 5: Cancon
We will continue to disocver the region by heading to Cancon, a fortified village dating back to the 13th century. Cancon is the french hazelnut capital. After our picnic on the shores of the lake, located next to the village, we will appreciate shaded paths,
riding to the village of Montflanquin, where we will leave our horses overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 6: Monflanquin
The Monflanquin bastide was built in 1256, at the top of a « pech » (word issued from the old Gascon dialect designated a hill), on a really strategic location between 3 regions: Agenais, Périgord and Quercy. The famous author, Stendhal, used to compare this village with a « small Tuscany » . We will enjoy its market, located on the central square, surrounded by a covered passage with arcades. At lunch, we will meet our horses again and have a picnic at the foot of the village, considered as one of the most beautiful French villages.
Nice canters will lead us through hills, plum and hazel trees back to the the guesthouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 7: La Tucque Castle & Bournel Village
For our last riding day, we will ride from ridge to ridge to the castle of La Tucque, built during the 15th century, at the same time as the small Valette church. The owner of La Tucque Castle, an expert on cultivating the black Perigord truffle, will explain us its whole history. Then, crossing the lovely village of Bournel, we will have a look at its fortified church and its stacked house, dating back to the 16th century.
Enjoying nice canters, we will finally return to the farm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farm's guesthouse

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, departure or transfer to Villeneuve-sur-Lot or Bergerac train station.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback.

Rates and Dates for Natural Horsemanship & Trails

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, Wine with lunch & 6 riding days
Saddlebags, ponchos and water are provided during this trip.

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20228 day trip, AP€1795$2155
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2022 Transfers from/to Bergerac train station, roundtrip, pp
- to be paid locally
20 $25
2022 Single supplement 475 $570
2022 Non-rider rate 1,390 $1,670

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 06/04 - 06/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve
A 2022 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Sold Out
A 2022 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Beverages in hotels and restaurants, Transfers, Wine tastings, Entrance fees & Gratuities


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Natural Horsemanship & Trails (IT-FRABR05):

If your booking is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to postpone your trip to a later date in 2021 (depending on availability). It is also possible to postpone your trip to 2022, but you will need to pay the price difference.

With regards to accommodations and restaurants, the French government has imposed strict health rules for all establishments receiving guests so we trust our yearlong partners to apply them correctly for our clients.
Regarding horse riding, the equipment is cleaned and disinfected between each stay. In addition, it is only our team that prepares the horses and manipulates the tack and clients team up with the same horse for the whole week .
Our lunches are served as a buffet but instead of it being self-service, it is our team who will provide the service.
Hydro alcoholic gel will be available freely throughout the horse trail .
We don't impose wearing a mask on the trail (the French riding federation and the French government don't require wearing one while horse riding) but of course, riders can bring their own mask for hotels, restaurants & sightseeing visits if they feel the need of wearing one .
We ask that you follow the hygienic measures below during your stay:
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water (access to which must be facilitated by providing disposable towels) or by hydro-alcoholic friction;
  • systematically cover your nose and mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow;
  • blow your nose in a disposable handkerchief and dispose of it immediately in a trash can;
  • avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • masks must be worn systematically by everyone when the rules of physical distance cannot be guaranteed.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Lougratte
Airport: Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD)
Transfer: Bergerac Airport or Agen TGV

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Bordeaux, within Frances’s famed Aquitaine wine region, is located on the bend of the Garonne River in the south west of France. It enjoys a mild climate which is ideal for wine growing, making the region one of the world’s top wine producing areas. The average temperature range in the area sits at around 13 to 25 degrees Celsius, with July being the hottest month. The evenings are cooled by a pleasing Atlantic wind which leaves the area enjoying delightful cool summer nights. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the area is protected from temperature extremes.

The months from March until May bring balmy temperatures. However, it is not unusual for weather conditions to relapse back to winter and as a result there are occasional cold snaps interspersed with drizzles of rain.

Weather in Autumn is similar to Spring (minus the blossoming flowers!) however the majority of the wineries close their doors in October whilst grape harvest takes place, so keep that in mind if you want to take in what Bordeaux’s wine region has to offer.

Summer in Bordeaux is glorious, clear blue skies and sunny days are made all the more enjoyable when taking the atmosphere with a glass of the regions finest red wine.

Winters in Bordeaux are short and not too cold but have a tendency to feel quite ‘damp’. November through to January is when the region receives its greatest rainfall.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you:

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)

Riding Gear
Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
A riding helmet is not provided by us, but it is recommended for adults and mandatory for minors during the horse ride.

Personal Clothing
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Additional Things To Bring
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection - mosquitos may be around in the evenings and early mornings.
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm