My husband and I had a holiday at Mandra Edera last year which we both found delightful. Although I am a horse owner and have been a rider for many years, he was virtually a complete novice and a veteran one at that. His review of that holiday ( more of an ecstatic essay really) appears elsewhere and I dare say he will want to share his experiences from this year too. I wanted to add my impressions this year as we returned to see whether we could enjoy it as much second time around. Well the answer was a resounding yes from the moment we drove through the gates to an effusive welcome from both the Mandra Edera team and all of the delightful animals.
The setting of Mandra Edera with its attractive buildings, trees full of singing birds, horses wandering around grazing and dogs playing with each other, is a uniquely peaceful and beautiful environment. Betty and her very professional team simply can't do enough to welcome you and enhance your stay. The set dinner is exceptionally good and with some changes in the kitchen has definitely gone up a class this year in terms of variety and refinement. However if you have come to ride - and there is a lot for the non rider to enjoy too - the equestrian side is critical to the overall experience. This is first class.
The horses are of very high quality and are loved and cared for to a standard which is exceptional. This is a pleasure to witness and certainly can't be said of every equestrian establishment in my experience. Daniele, Paola and Stefano are all excellent judges of how to match a horse to a rider and there really is a horse for everyone. Whilst putting safety first, they are always concerned to ensure that riders are happy with their mounts and very accommodating of individual preferences. It was particularly nice for my husband, still very much a novice, to be able to ride quality horses in safety, rather than be allocated the steady old horse who is just going through the motions, as would happen in many places.
I could go on at great length but my husband already did. Suffice it to say there is no doubt we will be returning to Mandra Edera and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discovering the rural heart of Sardinia and experience the thrill of crossing extraordinary landscapes, their history and ancient culture. Breathe the timeless rhythm of a journey through the beauty. All rooms and suites of the Country Hotel Mandra Edera have air conditioning and private bathroom. The Mandra is set in the heart of Sardinia and is surrounded by woods and lush countryside. The hotel owners breed championship-winning horses. Hotel Mandra has a semi-covered pool with a hot tub and sun terrace. The restaurant serves typical cuisine and local wines. Many of the ingredients are produced on the estate. Mandra Edera is recommended by tourist guidebooks. There are horses roaming free in the grounds, a working stable, and horse riding lessons are available for all levels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandra Edera Country Hotel Abbasanta, Sardinia