The Holiday at Meldon Farm

‘There’s nothing better for a man’s soul than being outside on a horse!’

 

Availability

Availability is from 1st May to 1st Oct

For 2018 we do a choice of western experiences;


‘The Dartmoor Crossing’
‘Dartmoor Cattle Drives’
‘Dartmoor Trails’

2018 Dates & Rates

All prices are based on two persons sharing, please add £20/night  for single occupancy.

2018 ‘The Dartmoor Crossing’ dates
(7 nights Sat – Sat)

7 nights, 5 days riding across Dartmoor, plus 1 day out of the saddle  £1,250 (based on 2 sharing)

This is a 7 night ride around Dartmoor, riding 15 – 20 miles each day stopping at fabulous moorland Hotels, or B&B’s. You will be guided through some of the most spectacular riding anywhere in the UK, stopping en-route for either a packed lunch or lunch at one of many welcoming moorland pubs.

Each week will include a day out of the saddle to visit a local attraction or a local agricultural and equine show.

Maximum group size of 8 riders

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19th – 26th May                                                                                      ***5 places available***

2nd – 9th June                                                                                       ***8 places available***

30th June – 7th July                                                                                ***6 places available***

11th – 18th August (visit Chagford Show)   http://www.chagfordshow.co.uk/ ***8 places available***

7th – 14th September (visit Widecombe fair)  (nb. Fri – Fri)   https://www.widecombefair.com/
***8 places***

2018 ‘Dartmoor Cattle Drive’ dates

3 nights – 3  days on horseback             £720
6 nights – 5 days on horseback               £1,150

Maximum of 8 riders

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6 nights

29th April – 5th May Spring cattle turn-out’                      ***Fully booked***

17th June – 23rd June ‘Bulling cow muster’                        ***4 places available***

15th July – 21st July  ‘Weaning muster’                                ***8 places available***

19th Aug – 25th Aug ‘Calving cow muster‘                            ***4 places available***

23rd Sept – 29th Sept ‘Cow and calf muster’                        ***8 places available***

3 nights

Arrive pm/evening first day, depart after riding (5.00pm) on final day.

Extra night B&B £60pp

29th April – 2nd May  Spring cattle turn-out’                       ***Fully booked***

17th – 20th June   ‘Bulling cow muster’                                 ***4 places available***               

15th – 18th July    ‘Weaning muster’                                       ***8 places available***   

19th – 22nd Aug  ‘Calving cow muster’                                ***8 places available***

23rd- 26th Sept    ‘Cow and calf muster’                             ***8 places available***

2018 ‘Dartmoor Trails’ dates

Ride our superb Quarter horses cowboy fashion, viewing the spectacular Dartmoor landscape. We will guide you to the best riding areas with long canters, beautiful lunch stops with fantastic views.

Stays can be 2,3 or 6 nights, are centre based, riding western. Start days can be anytime during these weeks.

Maximum of 8 riders.

2 nights – 2  days on horseback      £510pp
3 nights – 3  days on horseback      £660pp
6 nights – 5 days on horseback        £960pp
Camp outs are available at an additional £60pp

13th – 19th May

10th – 16th June

8th – 14th July

26th Aug – 1st Sept

16th – 22nd Sept

Typical itinerary

Typical itinerary: Check-in at accommodation in the evening, we will meet you there to discuss your stay, following morning, and subsequent days, breakfast at the Inn;  guests are collected and brought to Meldon Farm for around 10.00am; we head off for 4-5 hrs across Dartmoor to a beauty spot for a packed lunch or stop at one of many local pubs, tie up horses outside, ride home via a different route; followed by tea and cakes at Meldon Farm; return to Hotel between 5 and 6pm.

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 Day rides

We can do day rides of 4 – 5 hrs including a packed or pub lunch, for groups or special occasions contact us for more details.

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What is included.

En-suite accommodation with colour TV and wifi, breakfast, lunch plus tea and cakes after riding, plus transfer to and from the farm each day.

What is not included

Evening meals (where you stay has a restaurant) Any protective wear, i.e. hard hat, chaps, back protectors, waterproof coats,  (all at riders discretion). Drinks at the pub lunches.

What to bring

For the rider (We are very casual): ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!’

Meldon Farm sits at 800 ft, we rise to 2,000ft where it can be quite a bit cooler than at the farm, we strongly recommend warm riding wear and good riding waterproofs, a long slicker type is usually the most practical

  • Riding hat; n.b. we have a limited supply of hats, but guests are recommended to bring their own.
  • Boots with heels are mandatory
  • Comfortable warm riding wear, jeans, polo shirts, jumpers, fleece shower-proof coat etc.
  • Chaps (full or half)
  • Waterproof coat, ‘Drizabone’ slicker type is recommended
  • Lip balm and sun cream
  • Casual evening wear