My husband and I went to the Hill Country Equestrian Lodge for a week of riding. What we got was a quiet, relaxing week away from it all and great riding experience.
We enjoyed our cabin with its view out to the hills. It was quiet and remote, which is just what we like. There was plenty of space in the cabin for us to relax, and when we needed something, all we had to do was ask. Breakfast foods were provided, and Dianne and Peter supplied what we requested. (we don't eat sweet breakfasts). We brought a lot of food with us from Whole Foods in San Antonio, and prepared our lunches and some dinners in our cabin. A couple more hooks to hang things on might have been useful, but honestly, we didn't want for anything. There were plenty of clean towels and dishes.
Most days we took riding lessons with Dianne, and we both learned a lot. We enjoyed our time grooming and tacking our horses, and talking to Dianne about the horses, the ranch, the Hill Country, etc. We found her to be extremely knowledgeable. The facilities - the barn, the tack room, arena etc. were very well-organized and well-kept.
Dianne's lessons were well-paced and progressed in difficulty and in a logical skill sequence. We also thoroughly enjoyed our trail rides through the park lands surrounding the ranch. The rides were relaxed, but offered plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering.
My horse was excellent - she was very responsive and easy to work with in every respect. My husband's horse could be a bit reluctant at times, but he was patient with a new rider - exactly what was needed. Dianne did a good job matching horses to each of our experience levels. And she was great to work with, as she was patient and flexible with us.
Fly-fishing - though there was not fishing available on the ranch, Dianne was extremely helpful in arranging for my husband to fish nearby. Next time we go, we plan to do some hiking, and more exploring off the ranch. And spend a bit more time just sitting on our cabin porch, enjoying the view.
We did not eat dinner at HCEC, but Dianne did provide us with an excellent recommendation for a restaurant, which turned out to be my favorite meal out. Peter recommended a great spot for drinks and live music, which we both enjoyed as well.
We spent a couple of hours walking around in Bandera, and found everyone there to be as friendly and helpful as our hosts.
In summary, we highly recommend Dianne and Peter's ranch for an equestrian vacation. If you are looking for knowledgeable instruction, good horses, and a quiet, beautiful spot, this is the place to go!
- Also Known As:
- Hill Country Equestrian Hotel Bandera
- Hill Country Equestrian Lodge Bandera, Texas