Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Christine (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The joys of riding in SW Andalusia | I had been quite anxious before arriving at Los Alamos as I haven’t a great deal of trekking experience. I needn’t have worried. Rachel, who owns these wonderful Spanish horses, is a very experienced judge of the right matches between horse & rider which means that everyone gets to ride the horse most suited to them. The countryside is beautiful & the beach riding very enjoyable. The most magical ride was riding through the woods in the dark & emerging on to the beach at sunrise. The light was amazing.
The guides were fantastic, very careful but without any fussing. Plenty of fast paces to suit everyone but also allowing us time to wander quietly through the woods to soak up their silence. It also taught me a lot about trusting your horse to do the best thing as they know the terrain so well. It was a marvellous experience all round & greatly exceeded my expectations.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The accommodation was very comfortable & well looked after. Rhiannon & Andrew were fantastic hosts, producing lovely 3 course suppers every evening & then joining us to eat it with us which was lovely as they are both so sociable. A real family atmosphere - in the best sense!
Swimming pool was much appreciated on the hot days Lovely experience all round.

Before Your Holiday

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I think the booklet is very well produced & I didn’t need to seek additional advice from the company

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Whilst I wouldn’t want In The Saddle to become complacent about the standards of their holidays... I think that there is very little extra that would make this particular holiday any more special. You are blessed with very good hosts & and an exceptional horse owner who all display exactly the right attitudes & is why people keep returning!
The only thing I would say is that perhaps the hosts deserve a night off in the week (such as happens in skiing chalets for example) & let the clients arrange to go to local restaurants for one meal. They do work exceptionally hard after all! Maybe they choose not to which is also fine!