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“Relaxed farm holidays and the great experience of riding”

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The New Forest Lodge
Ranked #12 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Aljezur
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We booked one week all inclusive. Airport Faro. Train to Lagos, almost hourly.
Pick up service at the Lagos train station was well organized. The farm with its vegetable gardens, pigs and dogs is a good place to relax from the daily office routine. The horses we could ride (beginners) were calm and friendly. We had about 2-4 hours riding a day (unfortunately it was a quite rainy week). Our trip to the beech was great. We also tried carriage driving which was also fun and a nice experience. The two guides were friendly, had patience and now a lot about the nature in the surrounding. Food was really great, fresh and diverse (Thanks to Francis and her cooking school!).
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We booked the 7 day all inclusive offer and experienced 2-4 hours of riding every day. Despite beeing beginners we startet to go into the country side right away (just a short introduction at the very beginning). The two experienced guides explained a lot about the environment and took great care during the whole time. Next to 9 horses the farm is inhabitated by 6 friendly dogs. Relaxed atmosphere and fantasic food. If you dont expect an hotel but a farm, you will have an authentic accomondation. A full recommendation from our side!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband and me took a one-day ride and it was really nice experience. I haven’t had experience with house riding but in the end of the journey I could galloping!! It was really nice to feel one with house. We rode through eucalyptus forests and cork trees to reach to the beach. During the ride the owner explained us about these trees and Portugal economy. The conversation was very interesting and we could know better the country I think.

Our accommodation was at Carrapateira and we didn’t have car. Then the owners came to looking for us and brought us back. Really kind people.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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horsesinthesun, Owner at The New Forest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review. Its allways great to hear we are getting it rightº

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

A fantastic holiday! A very remote location in the mountains surrounding Aljezur great for trekking with any of their lovely horses. I received a warm welcome from the moment i arrived and felt at home straight away in a very comfortable room to myself. The food was fantastic with most if not all vegetables being homegrown. On one occasion while staying there we took 4 horses to a local fresh water lake and swam with the horses. Sliding of them in the water and swimming beside them is an experience i will never forget. While there we had a fantastic picnic made for us and preceded to spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the lake and enjoying the sunshine in mid-September. As a not very experienced rider i received expert tuition throughout the time i was there, from both Manny and Milton. Night times were relaxing and great for watching the stars. All together a perfect place for a 3 week holiday or a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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horsesinthesun, Owner at The New Forest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

Good to know you enjoyed your time with us- Hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Me and my wife and daughter were looking for a retreat in the middle of our trip to Portimão. The New Forest Lodge was what we've found in the internet and it was the right choice. We spend a splendid weekend in the mountain, went to the beach near by, ride horses and slep in an amazing bedroom. It was really relaxing. Fry family are very welcome and Francis cooked marvelously our last dinner there. In the end, my wife was happy, my daughter was happy and of course, if they were happy, i'm happy too.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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horsesinthesun, Owner at The New Forest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2013

Thanks for your review. Its good to know when our guests are happy.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

French/German family 2 adults (riding beginners) 2 children (experienced)
#Getting there and around
- we booked 18-28 april, and took a rental car to drive from Lissabon to the NFL
-We strongly recommend a car ; since NFL is very remote and besides the horse rinding you might want to take the liberty of driving to Lagos or Aljezur, sightseeing, beach, shops, cafes
#Hospitality and food
- The Frys looked after us very well, we had delicious food from the homegrown garden and prepared with a lot of passion, variety and profession by Frances
- very children friendly atmosphere
-nice opportunity to meet the NFL family and other guests in a familial setting
#Riding/horses/other animals
-thoroughly enjoyed the horse riding (despite that we, the parents, were the beginners and our girls, 8 and 9 yrs, the pros) and carriage riding with the professional and patient teachers Manny and Milton, different tracks every day, no cars, just nature, picknick at the beach with horses
-children could help at the stables and had great liberty in riding the horses, always surveyed by Manny
-the horses are well behaved and in good condition
-the NFL is guarded by the most adorable bunch of dogs - absolutely children friendly
-Frances also offers cooking classes which we did not book, but a couple at the lodge the same time as us was very much into it, so we benefitted of really excellent dinners they prepared for everyone - and they seemed to enjoy it.
#Accomodation
- The accomodation is basic but clean - we had the Groom cottage which was sufficient for the 2 children and us, and had a very efficient wood oven as heating - sometimes needed in April. For the double bed you should not be taller than 1, 80m.
-no wifi - but Aljezur or Lagos have free internet hotspots or cafes - or you use roaming.

We can really recommend NFL and the great hospitality of the Fry family if you are looking for family friendly lovely riding trips in the nature and a relaxing quiet eco-holiday in the beautiful Algarve region

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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horsesinthesun, Owner at The New Forest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Its good to hear you all enjoyed your riding holiday with us. I have shown your comments on room cleaning to Milton and trust he will take note. The bed length is a problem as there is no space for a longer bed in that room. We will have to book you into the Smithy on your next visit.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

travelling south from a northern France stuck in a stormy autumn, we discovered south-western Portugal with late summer climate. each day we set out anew on a adventure on horseback.lovely horses-fantastic dinner and a nice wellcoming family and astounding landscape shaped by weather and marked by contrasts between green and redsandy hills and blue foaming ocean. a place tocometo again!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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horsesinthesun, Owner at The New Forest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2013

Thank you for your kind and thoughtfull coments. It is good to hear our efforts are appriciated. We hope to wellcom you back to our farm soon.

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Address: Serra de Espinhaco de Cao | Corte Pero Jaques, Aljezur 8670-120, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Aljezur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Aljezur
Price Range: $24 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer inexpensive but comfortable farm stays holidays with unlimited riding and carriage driving and country cooking workshops. We are only 10 minutes from some of Europe's best surf beaches. Fully inclusive farm activity holidays,accomodation all meals with wine, juices etc and with unlimited riding or driving,country cooking workshops from €75.per day. Children under 5 free. For those who do not wish to ride or carriage drive, we offer bed and breakfast accommodation from €30 per room per day. We have some great videos on our New Forest Lodge YouTube chanel and our own website Horsesinthesun dot thingy. We also organize cooking, birdwatching and covered wagon trekking holidays within the national park. Guests are welcome to bring their four legged friends. We also offer farm activity days and riding and carriage driving at hourly rates. ... more   less 
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