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Croatia - Old Mulberry
The Old Mulberry Estate (Stari Dud) is a friendly ranch made up of traditional Croatian farm buildings set upon a family owned estate. Here they make their very own wine, schnapps, cheese and jams from the spoils of their farm.
It was named after an old mulberry tree that first formed its treetop there and they still enjoy hot summer days in the shade of that mulberry.
The food is plentiful and when not riding there is a pool and jacuzzi to relax beside.
The riding is suited to a confident and capable rider as there are lots of regular opportunities to enjoy some faster paces out in the open countryside.
For the Farmhouse Trail Itinerary you should be confident and experienced at all paces riding a forward going and responsive horse. The pace is varied and there are quite a lot of opportunities for exhilarating canters and gallops each ride.
There is a stable with 15 horses to choose between and there are a number of different breeds too; ranging from heavier set cross-breed types to thoroughbreds; heights ranging from 14hh to 16hh.
There are two riding programmes to choose from; the Farmhouse Trail Itinerary and the Flexible Programme.
The Farmhouse Trail Itinerary is a seven night ride which offers varied routes in the region through the unspolit countryside of woodland, farmland and meadows, including a two day trail when the horses stay out overnight (you will return to the ranch), and also a non-riding day with a visit to the world-famous Plitvice Lakes in the National Park.
The Flexible Programme uses the same routes as the Farmhouse Trail Itinerary but offers you the chance to tailor-make how much riding you would like to do each day and at what pace (suiting less confident riders or those wanting a slower paced ride). This programme can also take children from the age of 12 years and upwards.
Accommodation is at the Old Mulberry Ranch.
The bedrooms in their main 'hotel' have twin or double beds and a small en-suite shower. Each room also has air-conditioning and a television, plus free Wi-Fi.
There is also the option to stay in a wooden cottage with two bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) overlooking the gardens. The apartments share a small kitchenette and common area with a dining table. This option has a small surcharge.
Single rooms are subject to availability at an extra cost.
At the main 'hotel' there is a small swimming pool and a jacuzzi on a well laid out decking area with sun loungers. There is also a separate guest house/room for you to use, which has a kitchen area, dining area and lounge area for all guests to use, plus a television and p.c. for you to use. The guest house contains a stocked fridge to help yourself to drinks, which works on an honesty bar system.
There is a small, traditional shop on site so guests can take home some of the homemade foods, drinks and traditional handicrafts made on the estate.
You will not go hungry at Old Mulberry. Your stay includes 3 meals a day freshly prepared and homemade by Auntie Ljubica. Lunch is usually their biggest meal of the day and can sometimes be three courses! Wine, beer and juices are all included with the meals.
Open from May through to October for seven night stays.
Please contact us for the price of the Flexible Ride Programme.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||24 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,018.90||Full|
||7 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,018.90||Full|
||21 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,018.90||Full|
||5 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,018.90||Full|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; riding as per itinerary; drinks with meals at the ranch.
NON RIDER DISCOUNT 40%
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms are available for a supplement of £27.92 per night (subject to availability). There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Bar bill (for drinks not with meals); tips; massage treatments; entrance fee to the Plitvice National Park.
NEAREST AIRPORT Zagreb.
TRANSFERS From Zagreb are available at a set time and payable locally at €30 per person return.
Old Mulberry is 50 km south of Zagreb near to the village of Golinja.
Croatia has two climates, one along the coastline and another one for the interior of the country.
This ranch isn't open when they expect the winter snowfall, and during the summer months you can expect long warm sunny days. The hottest months to visit will be in July and August.
Much bolder than we'd do in England: cantering over really boggy land with mud in your face and clothes; galloping up steep hills - well, I guess a bit like hunting (which I've never done). Quite thrilling in places.
The hosts were attentive and Misho's guided tour of the anti-Fascist monument, to which he has the key, is a really interesting bonus.
Saffi, who leads the rides, is a bundle of good humour and teasing. Dominic, who'll do some of it, is lovely.
I also think it's a good value holiday (especially with the early booking discount we obtained).
England, UKOverall rating: 4/5
This is great centre based holiday for those riders who like to kick on and have some fun. There's hardly any roadwork involved so plenty of places to enjoy faster pace riding.
The Croatian coastline offers plenty of beautiful islands to extend your stay with a beach extension.