Reviews
6 reviews   
Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   17 May 2019

Excellent


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   10 May 2019

I didn't know what to expect!
I knew nothing about Velani or its horses before leaving England but any doubts were dispelled very quickly.
I was given the same kind and foreward going gelding to ride for the whole week that I was at Velani. He was foreward going, sure - footed, well up to the long rides in mountainous terrain and phased by nothing. The saddle was very comfortable.
Having only ridden my own horses for the last 30 odd years I did have a few moments of apprehension before getting on for the first time. My apprehension disappeared within minutes, I felt completely at home on this genuine little horse. Individual attention given to all riders was equal to none. Sabine gave as much consideration to the riders as she gave the well cared for and happy horses. The scenery in the mountains had to be experienced to be believed.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   24 April 2019

I think I slightly underestimated what I would be able to do and so felt I could have been stretched more. I also wasn't 100% sure about what the cost of my holiday permitted in terms of riding. I thought I would be given an assessment at the beginning and then would be told what I could do. But that didn't really happen, and I had to ask for more challenging faster paced rides. I did get this but it would have been better to know from the beginning… My daughter's experience did satisfy her and because we were often riding together I was happier that she was happy & safe. But I really needed the ride I had on the last day or I would have been feeling slightly underwhelmed!


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   15 April 2019

The horses were a joy, well looked after with good tack and very forward going on quite challenging terrain. The rides were varied and interesting, with the only issue being that the location dictated either steep up or down hills on very rocky tracks at the beginning and end of every ride which did slow things down a bit on a 2 hour ride.

They matched us up well with our horses and we all rode a few different horses which was good. Our abilities and likes were quickly assessed and accomadated.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   14 April 2019

It was great to be offered such a variety of horses , some of them lively and forward going and others more steady and slow. The rides are , to an extent , tailor-made, so you can have fast rides or slow (depending also on the terrain).


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   31 December 2018

The horses were all extremely well cared for, in good condition and obviously loved. They all had sweet natures and were all very well trained with very soft mouths. The horses were all fit, forward going but extremely responsive; they were all happy to ride in the position they had been given in the line and got along well with each other so there wasn't any attempt at biting or kicking the other horses. It meant you could truely sit back and enjoy your surroundings and company. The tack was well cared for and the saddles extremely comfortable Wintecs - something I was very grateful for, having been out of the saddle for a while!

The rides were all varied and interesting and the pace appropriate for the terrain.

The guides were both very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable.


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