Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Bottlenose Trail

4 star rating   4 September 2022

Bridie who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Bottlenose Trail Portugal - Trial Ride | Yes that's right...trial not trail!
Long hours in the saddle with long trots and even longer canters. I had worried about my fitness level as I hadn't been riding as much as usual due to my aged horse. However my prep, a few weekly lessons a local stable, turned out to be an adequate top up. Sadly some of the other riders didn't do so well and suffered with pain and saddle sores. Make sure to take advice from ITS and be as ride fit as you can be. Then you can enjoy the whole experience and beautiful scenery... along with the challenge of approx 170 km on horseback.
The horses knew their jobs and were totally professional. Quiet, easy but on the whole very willing.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
5 star rating
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

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
3 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The food was wholesome but for me as a vegetarian only just adequate for the energy expended.
The midday picnic everyday was a simple salad with crisps and bread and a slice of cheese - if the omnivores didn't get that first. Followed by a piece of fruit. One evening the main meal was, literally, a plate of peas! Ok I exaggerate - there were a few slices of carrot in there too.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

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

Do you have any other feedback for us?

A big THANK YOU to ITS for stepping in when my flight was cancelled last minute. I was able to rebook a flight myself but your sorting out of the onward transfer was very much appreciated. It alleviated what could have been a stressful situation arriving so late at night.
Your service is a big part of why I return again and again.

[In The Saddle replies: Many thanks for your feedback. We are pleased that you were able to enjoy your holiday in Portugal, despite the flight cancellation at the start].