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Review of Arion Stables

Arion Stables
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Family park petting zoo pony and horse riding individual, Hotel & Apartments, beach and mountain rides sunset beach rides small zoo- animal park V.I.P. Horse carriage service, weddings with our Victoria carriagecarriage tours to the town or traditional villages, riding and driving lessons, traditional taverna & cafe bar, playgrounds a peacefull paradise for our animals & horse friendliest stable in whole crete.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking
Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Recommended by a couple who got engaged during sunset whilst out on a hack. Absolutely fantastic fantastic way to end our honeymoon

7  Thank andreafoster
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Well..... Having the chance to work here 2013 was amazing! i went 26th april.....I aranged everything over the internet and i had never met zara and giorgos. I have horses in England but was still alittle bit scared going over not knowing them! zara picked me up from a hotel i stayed at the first night! I was only in the car ten minutes and i could tell this woman was crazy! yes i was in for a fun summer! i felt comfortable straight away:) I was really happy with my accomadation..it was a little house all to my self and nice big double bed!! Zara showed me round the stables and how everything goes etc.....I started the day after. I really enjoyed working there and loved the food! It was so nice to meet people from all different countries and even people who lived 10 minutes from me in England. I loved all the horses, they are all no bother and really sweet, perfect for people who have never ridden before! i shoudnt have a favourite but it has to be apollo and follow...I loved all the other animals and really enjoyed zara learning me how to drive in the carriage! I could go on and on with all my memories but would be here all day....I loved the crazy nights out too, even the boss would come :) It wasnt boring working there and would reccomend anyone wanting a holiday to go and visit!!!! I even came back to England with a stray dog i rescued there and a man!! The two things my parents told me not to do! :) The best summer ive ever had and will never forget it! Thank you for my lovely exprience! xxxx

3  Thank Jodie E
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We travelled to Crete in October 2013 and booked a 2hr trek at Arion stables.

We booked the trek via e-mail when we arrived in Crete. The stables are owned by Zara and George who were very friendly and welcoming couple. George collected us free of charge from our hotel door and took us to the stables where we were greeted by Zara. Zara found suitable horses for me and my partner and kitted us out with appropriately fitting riding hats. As a competent rider with two horses of my own Zara suggested a new horse that she had not long rescued called Merlin. Many of Zara' s horses are rescued but rest assured these horses are very well trained and rehabilitated before they are used. For my partner who has never ridden before Zara recommended a haflinger called Dala. Once the horses were tacked up we were introduced to our guide Marina. My partner was very nervous when setting off and at one point I thought we were going to have to turn around but Marina was firm but very reassuring and by the end he admitted he was enjoying himself. The trek was beautiful and we rode through the hills, Analipsi village, along the beach and through the Olive groves. Before we set off Marina took our camera and took photos for us along our journey. On returning from our trip we stayed for a beer at the bar with George, Marina, Zara and her family; all who were great company before Zara drove us back to our hotel. In addition to horses Zara rescues other animals including goats and donkeys. I really enjoyed my time at Arion stables and if we ever return to Crete we would definitely pay George and Zara another visit! Thank you both for making our holiday extra special !

2  Thank Boomtrip
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Our teenage daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time horse riding, whilst her Dad and I enjoyed coffee and cake. Five star experience, would highly recommend to anyone. Only wish they did B&B, would love to stay for a holiday!

1  Thank jules-northcote
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I went to these stables with my then girlfriend (she left my fiance). Prior to going to Crete I had emailed the stables asking them if they could do anything special as I wanted to propose on our trip, they were extremely helpful and more than willing to assist and make our day special. We were collected from our hotel by a member of staff from the stables and taken on the short drive there. Upon arrival we were introduced to the lady who would be taking on our ride, she put both me and my partner at ease as I had never rode before and my partner hadn't for a long time. After getting on and having a short tutorial we were taken on a ride through the countryside and down to the beach front, we went a short way along the beach to a small traditional chapel on a small man made rock pier, when we got there other members of staff from the stables were waiting for us, they had brought with them champagne on ice and flowers, they helped us down from the horses and I proposed to my partner there just as the sun was setting, she fortunately said yes and we had a glass of champagne. We then got back on the horses and rode along the beach at sunset. When we got back to the stables it was dark, waiting for us was the rest of the champagne and all of the friendly staff. The stables is an amazing place, all of the animals are very well looked after, there are a variety of other animals there as well in a small petting zoo although as it was dark we didn't get to see them for long. The owners and staff at the stables are very passionate about what they do, they truly are amazing kind people. When I go back to Crete I will go back here it a heart beat. Five stars really does not do this place justice, they made our day very special and one we will not forget. We recommended the stables to some friends who also went and thought that the place was amazing.

6  Thank IanandGeorgie
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