You can ride all the way to Madrid at this time of year" David said as we pulled up after cantering over the recently harvested fields. Even in a half day' riding (in the evening, because of the August heat) we covered many miles over hill tracks, rode through valley with stream and woods, as well as lanes and fields on high ground. But my favorite was riding through medieval streets designed for horse & rider.
The atmosphere is amazing in the evening with the low sun and wind from the sea, but my daughter and I want to come back when it's Spring or Autumn for the full day rides that David also offers (we needed to escape to the local swimming pool mid day - but you get to meet all the locals there too). The Arab, Spanish and Arab / Spanish horses are a delight. David and Elena clearly love their animals and it really shows. Miel (Spanish mare) insisted on teaching me how to ride Spanish style and my daughter loved Daisy (a really good match) and it was amazing to ride a 50% Arab.
The huge impressive house is a fantastic Renaissance building, beautifully decorated, set in a small village with (I believe) a Moorish tower. David is an expert on local history so please ask him about the layers of history all around you here.
We had half board (we did not have a car, walking down to the pool and kindly getting lifts back) and the food was just great: best local home cooking, served in the garden or in the old rooms. The family also make the greatest (organic, low sulphur) wine. My wife, Orla, was so well looked after while we were out riding that I got no complains (except that she felt guilty for being so spoiled).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cal Perelló is a renaissance Manor house built in 1530, situated in the tranquil village of Ametlla de Segarra, in central Catalonia, only 100 kms from Barcelona. In 2007 Cal Perelló opened as a small country retreat with just three bedrooms, devoted to people with an interest in horses and riding.As well as enjoying your stay in this atmospheric house, you will have time to build a relationship with the horses allocated to you. We pride ourselves on giving guests time to get to know their horses, learning and enjoying how to communicate with them.We organize half and full day guided ridings for two people as well as longer travels (up to 5 days) for visiting the medieval towns, castles and monasteries around us.Thanks to our family connection with Comalats wineries, we also offer guided tours of the vineyards and wine tasting excursions. ... more less