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Franshoek Farm and Polo School
York, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb trip”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

A fantastic trip to a beautiful place to play some excellent polo. Everything from the accommodation to the standard of horses and instruction, the food and the company was first rate, and I had an excellent time. Along with the polo I enjoyed some excellent hikes up into the mountains, fishing for Bass in the lakes, and just relaxing by the Braai with a few beers and some new friends. On the polo side thanks to Rod's superb instruction I improved a great deal, and am looking forward to being able to play to a better standard this season. An unforgettable experience, I hope to see you again soon!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Absolutely amazing rural setting up in the mountains.

Spacious rooms with lovely features and huge king size beds, windows overlooking the mountains and polo pitch. Traditional buildings.

Fantastic home cooked food and friendly atmosphere.

As soon as you arrive you feel part of the family and completely relaxed.

Polo was great fun and suited all levels from beginner to 0 goal players. Fun relaxed farm chukkas mixed with more competitive matches. Horses for all levels. Really sweet natured ponies who look after you but can step up to matches.

Out-rides up into the mountains for spectacular views over the whole valley.

Great polo coaching from beginners to more advanced players.

Everyone in the groups polo really improved.

If you are looking for relaxed polo and enjoy hiking and walking in a beautiful mountain settling- i could not recommend this holiday more ! I loved it!

I can not wait to book my next trip.

As up at high altitude - would recommend having some baseline fitness before you go out- to ensure you can maximise your polo and hikes !

Room Tip: All the rooms are individual and lovely. The stables over look the mountains. The Rondongel "ro...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Franshoek Polo School is the most wonderful holiday destination for anyone who likes polo, horses, friendly people, beautiful surroundings, hiking, total relaxation, yoga, good food and good weather. It is a unique setting- you wake up every day and are captivated by the stunning view. The accommodation is set on a hill overlooking a polo field which usually has horses grazing/ running across it with a back drop of stunning mountains. The accommodation itself is beautifully designed to suit the surroundings and is spacious and comfortable. The polo school benefits from a fantastic coach and numerous high quality ponies. The school provide tailored polo sessions to suit your needs and there is a local club for friendly tournaments. There are options to go on outrides if polo is not your thing but if you are keen to get on a horse and if horses are not for you then you can hike in some of the most fantastic mountain ranges I have ever seen. With the benefit of a national park next door you can see non predator wild animals by foot or car.

The family are very friendly and welcoming and provide a fantastic environment for you to relax and feel at home. They provide food which is delicious, healthy and a large amount of it locally sourced.

I cannot recommend this place more- words dont really do it justice and you really need to see it to believe it!

Thank you Franshoek Polo School for another great holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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TraceyGrace, Manager at Franshoek Farm and Polo School, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thanks for your support! All our amazing "polo family" relations make our job easy and fun. Don't leave it too long before your return. Remember, you know where the sun is shining!!!
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

The guys at Franshoek are fantastic. We were a group of 5 staying for a fortnight in late March and we had a great time all round. The accommodation is spacious and comfy and quite a surprise when you consider it is in the middle of nowhere: equally the food is excellent and very homely. The polo experience is terrific, with a good ground on your doorstep and a wide variety of trusty and safe ponies for all abilities. We had excellent mounted lessons and stick & ball in the mornings with organised chukkers in the afternoons as well as some proper matches - competitive but safe. the coach is outstanding and spots what each individual needs to do to improve, giving them tailored personal tuition. Analysis of videos of our play along with the HPA rules DVD and some high goal matches really helped bring it home. All in all a great polo holiday in amazing scenery that has to be seen to be believed, with great hospitality. Definitely going back!

Room Tip: The two rooms at the stables are fantastic and really well located in the centre of everything that...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Franshoek is about a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, superbly located in the middle of the mountains around Ficksburg. Although I did stay at Franshoek to play polo, there are plenty of other things hiking, biking, swimming etc. to do. Tracey and Christian are extremely welcoming and will tailor to your needs. Accommodation is a beautiful cottage overlooking the mountain range and the polo field.

There are a large number of polo ponies to choose from to play stick & ball and chukkas, allowing you to change ponies as your riding ability improves. Rod is an excellent polo coach, who will focus (sometimes mercilessly) on the areas you’ll need to improve upon, whether it’s your riding or your swing. Instruction is much more tailor made than I experienced in Argentina and my polo greatly improved.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Franshoek Farm is a truly beautiful place, set away from the rest of the world.

The rooms in the cottage are spacious and beautiful, yet cosy at the same time.

Tracey and Rod went out of their way to organise a pick up and drop from Jo'burg.

In terms of the actual polo, Rod is a fantastic coach. I really recommend him, especially if like me, you're pretty useless with a mallet.

Thanks for a memorable stay

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

Tracey and Christian are wonderful hosts and helped to make my stay really enjoyable! The food was amazing and the tuition and ponies were quality whether your a beginner or a more experienced player. The environment was really relaxed and the extra activities available, were plentiful. The views are stunning, and all the people involved with franshoek are extremely friendly and helped to make my stay extremely fun! Would recommend it to anyone and will defiantly be returning.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Franshoek Farm and Polo School
Address: Franshoek Farm | Eastern Free State, Ficksburg 9370, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Ficksburg
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Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Ficksburg
Number of rooms: 5

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