Château en Auvergne

  • Trip Duration
  • 6
  • 5
  • Riding Time
  • 4
    days riding
  • 2
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 6
    Guests per group

Château en Auvergne

Ride Overview

This beautiful 4 star château near the center of France has been exquisitely restored, complete with antique furniture, in excellent good taste, without ostentation. The comfortable bedrooms have delightful charm and the cuisine is superb. Lovely rural countryside surrounds the 100 acre property with its attractive, well-kept gardens, orchards, fields, stables, riding rings and swimming pool, making it an ideal base for horse riding in France. The Forest of Tronçais with its magnificent oak trees (home to wild boar and deer) is nearby. The oak from this forest is considered some of the finest in the world for making casks for aging wines and is exported to top wineries the world over. Many of these centuries old trees were saplings when Napoleon was finally defeated at Waterloo.

This stay does not offer an intensive, moving riding tour, but does provide 2 hours or so of riding each day in the ring or on trails at your own skill level. You can also receive instruction in basic equestrian skills, jumping or dressage. This is not simply a riding holiday; it must be considered as a chance to appreciate an elegant, tranquil environment while enjoying delicious meals in the best French style accompanied by wines of your choice. The estate’s fertile gardens and orchards provide excellent fresh vegetables and fruit in season. It also offers a chance to move back a century or two to a more gracious period when people took more time to appreciate fine cuisine, good wines, lovely landscape and rich culture. Many activities are possible when not riding like canoeing and fishing in the pond, hiking in forests, fields and through ancient villages, golf, swimming in the heated pool, taking a massage, cooking classes, browsing in the extensive library or playing billiards. Nearby you can see churches from Roman times, castles from the middle ages and famous vineyards. It is an ideal destination for non-riding companions.


The chateau dates back to 1836 and is a member of the esteemed Chateaux & Hotels collection and is recognized as a premier lodging choice in the region with 19 well-appointed rooms. The welcoming rooms are tastefully furnished with modern en-suite bathrooms. You may choose between standard, comfort, superior and luxury rooms. Its hilltop position provides wonderful views of the lake, forests and fields, and the southern facing terrace is the perfect place for a refreshing drink or meal.

There is a heated swimming pool near the orchard and kitchen garden, open from June to September.  There is a library and billiard room for your use, and options for massages, culinary lessons, as well as hiking and cycling.

Meals & Drink

Your meals will be a sampling of wonderful French regional cuisine featuring home grown and local produce including Charolais meats and fresh fish.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    There are a total of 40 horses, 12 are French Saddlebred and English thoroughbred, used for trail and general instruction. For more advanced instruction there are 4 thoroughbred sport horses for jumping and 2 Spanish and German horses for dressage. There are also 6 ponies for children. The instruction staff is assisted by a native English speaker for translation. The equestrian center is also involved in breeding and training race horses, and guests are welcome to watch trainers during their sessions. Tack is all English, with some French trekking saddles.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Variety, from French Saddlebred, Thoroughbred, ponies.
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    200 lb

Instruction & Training included

  • Hours of Instruction:
    2 hrs of lessons or trail riding daily.
  • Types of Instruction:
    Dressage Training, Horsemanship Skillbuilding, Jumping Instruction,

Activities for Non - Riders

On the estate offers hiking, cycling, fishing, cooking classes and massages.

There is a range of cultural sightseeing sites in the historic Bourbonnais region, such as Abbaye de Noirlac, Chateau de la Palice, Arboretum de Balaine and Abbaye de Souvigny.

There are also amusement parks, golf, canoeing and the national forest of Tronçais nearby.

Meeting Point

If planning to visit nearby areas, it is best to arrive by car. Otherwise take train to Moulins sur Allier and a taxi from there (about half an hour).

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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