Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   9 February 2019

New-spurs who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Great lessons and horses | Monte Velho provides both dressage lessons and trail rides. So, second answer above relates to trail rides.I had specifically enquired about these before booking but found the first one very disappointing. Any canters were very slow and in a very collected pace. This turned out to be because horses had been little ridden and so were very fresh. It would have been preferable to be told this beforehand not after one has questioned it! This is likely to be an annual issue and I-t-S might like to warn clients considering riding out in the first week or 2 of February. The other trail ride I did was much better.

The dressage lessons were good with an interesting range of horses. It is worth noting that you will need to explain your goals to each instructor. None will ask and info does not seem to be shared between them.

The Riding

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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
4 star rating

The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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The standard room I had was very nice with everything I needed apart from the TV that seemed to have a very hair-fine tuning to the satellite! A very minor quibble. The kitchen team are terrific and took a lot of trouble. Meals are varied and generous; I loved the fruit on offer at breakfast and the salads provided at both lunch and dinner. It would be nice though to have a bowl of fresh fruit available throughout the day.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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