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“A memorable day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Horses in the Sun Day Rides

Horses in the Sun Day Rides
New Forest Lodge, Lagos 8670-122, Portugal
+351 914 225 892
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Ranked #20 of 44 Tours & Activities in Lagos
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Owner description: We offer inexpensive, comfortable farm stays holidays with unlimited riding and carriage driving. We also arrange horseback day or half day adventure trails suitable for all ages and fitness with covered wagons, gypsy carts and modern, well-sprung coaches. We are only 10 minutes from some of Europe’s best surf beaches and close to the historic harbour of Lagos, a cosmopolitan tourist centre.
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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“A memorable day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We took our 4 children aged 24 down to 12 here and had a lovely afternoon horse riding and then the evening BBQ. The staff were really helpful and accommodating with my disabilities/difficulties getting onto the horse and made sure my horse was of a quiet disposition! Having only had bad experiences horse riding, my confidence is now restored.
The BBQ/evening meal was absolutely fantastic. Even our fussiest eaters tucked in! The chocolate desert was so delicious and we felt really welcome sharing the meal with everybody.
Very well recommended and would certainly go again ( could you remind us of the chocolate cake recipe Frances please?!)

Visited October 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Before going to Lagos, I had found out about horses in the sun, and read the reviews of others, although with our schedule, we didn't end up booking before arriving in Lagos. We had no trouble booking a session, and the staff were so helpful and lovely!! I would say - If you are driving by car, the turn off/horse sign is rather tiny, so keep your eyes peeled!!! From the main road you turn onto quite a small country road! When we arrived, we were paired up with our horses, and were able to do a few laps in the 'training ring' before going off into the forest and being completely enraptured with nature at its best!! The scenery you will encounter is absolutely amazing, with nothing but views, no cars, or roads to spoil your view!! Simply amazing! We went for the half day ride, and it was just perfect!! Really didn't want it to end! Would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for an incredible experience, even if you've never ridden before, its still a must!! Thank you so much to everyone at Horses in the Sun!! Mat & Soph ^_^

Visited September 2013
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horsesinthesun, Owner at Horses in the Sun Day Rides, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Thanks for reviewing us so promptly and possitivly. It always makes our work a pleasure when our guests really enjoy their riding experience.
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Heidelberg, Germany
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“A perfect place for riding and learning to ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

For my wife and me it was the second time with `horses in the sun`,and hopefully not the last. When we first came here, taking our first ride, we couldn`t believe, how powerful, persevering, disciplined and `cool` horses could be. Even in the following time we never got into a difficult or dangerous situation, neither riding nor driving carriage. We are convinced, that the relaxed way, especially Manny and Milton, are working with the horses, is decisive for this. We are sure, they are working a lot, when nobody sees it, but probably you would notice it, if it wasn`t so. And it`s Frances and David, who put in a lot of energy and engagement, to make this whole`project` to what it is for us, a unique place to relax and getting the best food !

Visited June 2013

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Buckinghamshire
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“Amazing experience !!- a must while you are in Lagos!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I arranged this a few days before we arrived in Lagos- David came straight back to me and we arranged to go riding a few days after we had arrived and with the bbq afterwards- he suggested an evening ride as it would be slightly cooler and more enjoyable! We got picked up from our hotel at 5:30pm, and was taken to their ranch, - the scenery is absolutely stunning- a ranch in the middle of no-,where, surrounded by beautiful countryside - we met manny who is David and fran's son, who took us out on the ride- such a nice guy - who talked about the farm and the surrounding area as we rode out -the horses are very well looked after and cared for. There are a few dogs there also! But also extremely friendly ! One even followed us out on the ride!
my partner was a complete novice and had never even sat on a horse before! But was made to feel extremely comfortable with the horse and went round the enclosure until he felt confident enough to be able to go out - we went out for nearly 2x hours, and the scenery and views are so beautiful! And we both felt very safe and comfortable on the horses - and didn't want it to finish!
We arrived back and headed back to the ranch and had an amazing BBQ with David and his wife fran, manny and his family- fran is an wonderful chef and we had a delious dinner outside over looking there ranch - listening to their stories and how they came to live in Portugal and all about the horses and the ranch - it was a wonderful experience and we throughly enjoyed it - and would love to return!! They bought us back to the hotel at about 10pm
David and fran and manny make you feel extremely welcome and I cannot recommend this enough- it is a must whilst your visiting Lagos! Thank you so much - ! Mark and Rachel :)

Visited July 2013
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horsesinthesun, Owner at Horses in the Sun Day Rides, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to review our evening rides. It's very satisfing to hear such praise. We are very glad you enjoyed the ride and our company. I hope our stories didn't bore you and that you will be back again. Maybee next time you will stay at the farm ,we can't compete with the luxury of the Yellow hotel, but there are lots more stories to tell and many more horses to ride.
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“One of a Kind Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This was such a unique and wonderful experience! We (my adult son and I) opted for the all inclusive Riding and Cooking Program. Let's start with the location...Portugal Countryside on a Ranch that takes you back in time. The place is rustic and charming and the owners, David and Frances are so nice, friendly and down to earth. We were greeted our afternoon of arrival with a glass of wine and a friendly chat.

We drove ourselves out to the coast and when we came back got our Riding Lesson with their son Manny. The horses their are well cared for and very manageable even for a novice. Had a great short ride in the countryside and them came back for dinner (of Local Sausages and Veggies) for our first of three amazing meals. Next day after an excellent breakfast we started cooking class with Frances and made a main Lunch Meal as well as Dinner. She is an incredibly talented, creative and versitile chef. Much is cooked in their Wood Oven and fresh grown on their farm.
Fresh Pasta, Bread, Fresh Grown Veggies and three different Rabbit dishes. What an amazing culinary experience. That afternoon, took a country Two Horse Carraige ride, came back and ate like kings! Wine was great too!
Last day, took a long trail ride through the Country Side amoung the Cork Trees and Umbrella Pines.
Overall the place is clean, quite and friendly. They do have farm dogs, but they are very friendly and well behaved. Our favorite was the spotty girl dog names "Tintish!"
Much thanks to David, Frances, Manny, Milton and Heli !

Visited June 2013
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horsesinthesun, Manager at Horses in the Sun Day Rides, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thanks for your excellent review. These reviews make our work a pleasure, when we know that are guests have enjoyed their visit. Hope you'll find another excuse to cross the pond and visit us again.
David
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