Rider's comments

Here is a small selection of comments we've received from guests who've stayed with us at HorseridingSpain. Just click on a button read more and it will show the full riders comment.

"... I feel compelled to write and thank you for the truly wonderful riding holiday I had. As I am sure you can understand, taking a 'busman's' holiday whilst working for an equine charity ( manager of ILPH Norfolk centre / World Horse Welfare ) put extra pressure on me to find a good riding holiday where the welfare of the horses was of paramount importance. Your centre excelled on both counts !

You both have a love and passion for horses in general, and Andalucians in particular, which is infectious. To see so many extremely fit, sound, strong and well shod horses was a breath of fresh air. I know how hard it is to get horses looking and feeling like this so you must take a huge amount of credit for presenting your guests with horses of this calibre.

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The riding frequently took my breath away. I would just think I had seen the best view in Spain and we would turn a corner and see another equally as stunning. The Andalucian Horse Show had me in tears in 30 seconds ! Beautiful. Your hospitality and attention to detail was exemplary and you made us all feel very welcome and special. It was a privilege to ride such happy, contented and responsive horses. You really do deliver all your web site says, and more. Your riding holiday exceeded all my wildest dreams and I will be one of your many returners. Please keep up the good work !"

and her most recent comment after returning to us for the 7th time :

"Even though I have just completed my 7th riding holiday with yourselves (which is testimony to your horses and hospitality in itself!), I just want to thank you both so much for making my various friends so very welcome.

Over the past 6 years I have brought along five different friends and recommended at least another four to visit you. Each and every one has been wowed by your horses, the riding and your hospitality. As you know, several have already returned without me! I always feel totally confident that any one I recommend to visit you will have an amazing time and this has always been the case.

I don't know how you manage to keep your horses so happy, responsive, sound and well in what is a tough line of work for horses at the best of times. Testimony to your great depth of knowledge, love and understanding of horses I feel...........

As always, I am fitter and riding better as a result of my holiday with you last week. It is so nice to be reminded how light and surefooted a horse can be......

Take care and keep up the good work !

Michele and friends."

Rider's comments - 2017

via Facebook "This place is a little slice of heaven. Cannot recommend it highly enough"

via Facebook "Thank you thank you thank you. Fab three days, Giles and Miranda not phased by anything ! Beds very comfy and food was fab. Horses are amazing, forward going but safe.Pilates were amazing. All in all, a fab stay."

via Facebook "Thank you both so much for our lovely short break this week super, forward going horses, great food and accommodation, along with excellent company and good weather....what more could we ask?"

Via Facebook in Norwegian: "Har hatt en super rideferie på tur alene hos Miranda og Giles! Du føler deg virkelig velkommen i hyggelige omgivelser med gode senger og deilig mat. De har fine og velridde hester, og når alt ikke går helt som planlagt, står de på for at opplevelsen skal bli enda bedre enn forventet. Turene går i variert og vakkert jordbrukslandskap i området rundt Coín. Jeg kommer tilbake!"

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in English: "Have had a super riding holiday as a single rider with Miranda and Giles! You are really made to feel welcome in cozy surroundings with good beds and delicious food. They have fine and well trained horses, and when things don't go quite go as planned, they end up giving you an experience that surpasses anything you expected. The trips are in varied and beautiful agricultural countryside in the area around coín. I'm coming back!"

Via Tripadvisor and Facebook: "Horse lovers paradise" "I have recently returned from my first visit and what an incredible trip it was. From the moment I was met at Malaga airport every element of the trip was so well planned & I did not have to worry about a thing. Travelling on my own I was slightly apprehensive before arrival but my wonderful fellow riding group and Giles & Miranda's fantastic hospitality straight away put me at ease. The accommodation is spotless & comfortable, the food is delicious & where do I begin about the riding?! The horses are all extremely well looked after - they are all forward...

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continued: ...going but sensibly so & with hearts of gold. They really do give you their best & it's clear they thrive on their work. I absolutely fell in love with Sirocco but know that I would've enjoyed them all. Giles & Miranda have a special knack of matching horse & rider superbly. The scenery is picture perfect & with every route we discovered some more of Andalucia's magic. I have returned home feeling incredibly relaxed (it really is a slice of paradise where you can just enjoy being you) and planning my return! Two of my fellow riders had visited 13 times between them which I believe says it all. I would also thoroughly recommend a massage with Reme to help erase any niggles - mine was bliss. I cannot recommend the trip any more highly & cannot wait to return!"

In Chinese: 十分幸会这次九月份与公司请了个小假来到了Miranda和Giles的农马场。个人至今骑马已有两年半,平时在北京接受英式障碍马术训练,计划来西班牙南部骑马也已经有了一段时间,从北京飞到巴塞罗那,之后坐飞机差不多一个半小时再飞到马拉加,落地后农场已经安排好了免费贴心的接机服务,十分方便并且特别省心。:) 两位主人把农场维持的漂亮舒适,整洁利落。农场的历史比较悠久,最初是建在1834的磨坊,传统特别的风格至今也被保留得完好如初,所以住在里面真能体会并享受到南部生活的那种美和惬意。与北京每天匆忙的工作生活相比,这里的生活真的是舒适啊! 接下来就是要聊一下这里的马匹。含有知名富贵的安达鲁西亚血统的马儿,体型优美,性格温顺,并且被主人训练照顾得体贴到位,这一点从马儿的眼神里可以看出来,在这里它们过着很幸福,平衡的生活。其实这也是我最后选择了Miranda和Giles的农马场的原因之一。我有幸与美丽的Savannah安排到了一起, 她是一匹特别温顺的马儿,金色的鬃毛,柔和的眼神,淑女的步伐,让我一见钟情~。 每天的行程都是二位主人提前安排好的,多种路线,覆盖不同的风景和地势,上山下水,路过的景色基本上都是在旅游杂志里才能看到的,真是很难得的体验。每天回到农场后大家围在桌子旁一边聊天,一边享受主人亲自准备的新鲜午餐,之后下午的时间可以懒洋洋地躺在泳池旁晒太阳,读小说,就这样度过了美好愉快的一周。日子过得好,时间也就感觉过得也特别快。一眨眼七天就这样过去了,计划明年春天一定要再回到这里骑马度假!

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in English: "In September I was fortunate enough to enjoy a small holiday at Miranda and Giles’ farm. I have been riding for two and a half years, mostly in Beijing ( British Show jumping & Equestrian training) and I had been making plans for some time to come to southern Spain and ride a Spanish horse. I flew from Beijing to Barcelona and then onto Malaga. The farm had arranged a free car pick-up service, very convenient and I didn’t have to worry about anything :)The owners (Giles & Miranda) keep the farm very well and it is a nice and comfortable place. The history of the farm is relatively long, originally built in 1834 as a mill, the traditional special style has also been kept so well. So live the real experience and enjoy the beauty and comfort of the south. In Beijing life is every day in a hurry compared to the life here, which is really comfortable ah! The next step is to talk about the horses here. The well-known legend of the Andalusian horse, beautiful with a gentle personality, trained to take care of the owner, which can be seen from the eyes of the horse - they live a very happy and balanced life here. In fact, this is one of the reasons why I finally chose Miranda and Giles’ farm. I was fortunate to be partnered with the beautiful Savannah, she was a particularly kind horse, with golden mane, soft eyes, lady-like paces, love at first sight for me 😊. Every day a new trip was arranged by the owners, a variety of routes, covering different scenery and terrain, from the mountains into the water, passing through scenery straight out of the travel magazines – what an experience. Every day after returning to the farm, we chatted around the table, enjoying a fresh lunch prepared by the owner, and then during the afternoons we would be lounging in the sun, reading a novel, spending a good week. Great days and time went too fast. In a blink of an eye seven days passed, I must go back here next spring for another riding holiday!"

Via Tripadvisor: INSPIRING TRIP "Giles and Miranda work tirelessly to ensure their visitors comfort and enjoyment. They treat guests as friends, and display huge generosity in all ways. The greeting from Giles as we arrived was warm and friendly, a bottle of wine in our apartment was waiting for us, and much appreciated!. The accommodation was super clean, comfortable and with [essential] efficient air.con. The riding experience was efficiently organised. GIles and Miranda have hit upon the perfect combination of ensuring each rider is safe, but by no means mollycoddled. The horses are sensitive individuals, definitely not 'bog standard' riding school nags!........"

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continued: "....Although I have ridden regularly since a small child, the riding was still quite challenging, as we rode for 4 hours over varied terrain, starting at 6am under the stars, this is not for beginners! The scenery was stunning and to see the sunrise from horseback was very special. When we slithered off our mounts back at the ranch, the pretty pool area was a fabulous way to cool off and relax until lunch. This brings us to the food…absolutely gorgeous. Fresh and tasty, prepared for us by either Miranda or the bubbly, very friendly Kathy. We were treated to a night out at the Spanish riding show. [This has really inspired me to take dressage lessons as the eldest member of the Sanchez family [Grandad] at 80 yrs old, was a beautiful rider.] I am in awe of what this couple have achieved, and grateful to be allowed to be part of it. Definitely be back!"

via Facebook "This is the first time that I have been on a riding holiday and I could not have come to a more professional, welcoming and beautiful place! From the moment we arrived, we were so warmly welcomed by everyone. The horses were amazing and my friends an I were very carefully 'matched' with our steeds! The rides were incredible, early starts were important to avoid the intense heat but how special to be riding as the sun comes up! We were so well looked after and I would not hesitate to come back. Thank you so much Miranda and Giles and also a huge thank you to my wonderful friends Sarah Jones & Debbie Cunningham for organising this trip and what better way to begin celebrating my 60th birthday!! Thank you everyone! Kim xxxx"

Via Facebook in Norwegian: "Da har jeg akkurat avsluttet en fantastisk uke hos Miranda og Giles i Coin .Alt blir gjort for at gjester og hester har det bra. Hyggelige rom, avslappende bassengområdet og deilig mat. Jeg har vært på mange rideturer og her er det bare å konkludere med at alle hestene er av høy kvalitet og blir satt i første rekke:-)De plukker også ut den hesten som passer til deg. Rideturene er varierende og man føler seg veldig trygg selv om hestene går godt frem. Det at vi bare er seks på gruppa er også et pluss. Giles og Miranda saler og steller hestene for deg, dette for å sikre at alt blir gjort slik det skal. Jeg red Tio Pepe og savner han allerede :-("

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in English: "I just finished a wonderful week with Miranda and Giles in Coin. Everything is done so that both guests and horses are comfortable. Nice rooms, relaxing pool area and delicious food. I have been on many horseriding holidays and I can only conclude that all the horses are of a high quality and are put in first place :-). A suitable horse is picked for you. The rides are varied and you feel very safe even though the horses are forward going. The fact that we are only six in the group is also a plus. Giles and Miranda saddle and prepare the horses for you, to make sure everything is done as it should. I rode Tio Pepe and I already miss him :-("

via Facebook "Thanks Giles and Miranda for the lovely rides & and time that we spent with you in June. We have just returned from our big trip which was absolutely fabulous. We both had a great time doing lots of different things along the way. Looking back now though,for me the time that I spent with you in the beginning of our holiday has turned out to be the most enjoyable and special part of our trip and will be the part that leaves me with the the best memories.It was lots of fun but very relaxing at the same time. We loved it. Thank you for your hospitality."

via Facebook "I have just got back from my second riding holiday with Miranda and Giles, and I have to say they surpassed themselves again. Once again I had the most beautiful, fit, sure footed horse called Lucy who was a real star. The rides were all different in the most wonderful country side from pine forest to mountain areas to riding along and in the rivers. They were all exciting with long canter and gallops to keep us all on our toes and entertained. Giles and Miranda are the most hospitable hosts, both on the rides and back at their stunning ranch. The accommodation is first rate and the food wonderful - all freshly made and served on the patio area above the pool. The other guests were a delight. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday to horse lovers and riders - I've already booked for next year. Thanks to both Miranda and Giles for a magical week."

via Facebook "What another wonderful holiday here, our third. As a non-rider, I enjoy the holiday as much as my niece who rides. She tells me the horses are a delight, the rides excellent and just the right length, and the company superb, particularly Giles! And I can say that the accommodation is great as is Miranda's food, and all the groups we've encountered have mixed well. Every time we debate going somewhere else we end up saying "But why?"!"

in French (Rachel is French): "Si vous cherchez un havre de paix, au soleil, et au cœur de l’Andalousie, allez passer une semaine à Coin en compagnie de Giles et Miranda et de leurs chevaux andalous. Vous ne serez pas déçus ! Giles vous guide dans de longues chevauchées inoubliables à travers des paysages dignes des plus grands peintres, sur ses magnifiques chevaux au pied sûr tandis que Miranda vous prépare de délicieux plats aux saveurs locales, le tout bien arrosé de sangria et de vins locaux ! Giles et Miranda font vraiment tout pour que votre séjour soit mémorable et il le sera ! Pour les partenaires non cavaliers, il y a maintes occasions de relaxation, la piscine, une visite des bars de Coin et pour les plus actifs les balades dans les collines. Puis, il ne faut pas oublier l’impressionnant spectacle équestre de Cartujano du jeudi après-midi. Merci, Giles et Miranda, Tormenta et tous les chevaux ! Nous reviendrons !"

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in English: "If you are looking for a haven of peace, in the sun and in the heart of Andalusia, then spend a week in Coin with Giles and Miranda and their Andalusian horses. You will not be disappointed ! Giles guides you through long, unforgettable rides through landscapes worthy of the greatest painters, on his magnificent and surefooted horses whilst Miranda prepares you delicious dishes with local flavors, all sprinkled with sangria and local wines! Giles and Miranda really do everything to make your stay memorable and it will be! For the non-riding partners, there are many opportunities for relaxation, the swimming pool, a visit to the bars of Coin and for the most active ones - a hike in the hills. Also do not forget the impressive equestrian show of El Cartujano on Thursday afternoon. Thank you, Giles and Miranda, Tormenta and all the horses! We will be back !"

via Facebook "Had an amazing week here with a friend, truly a trip of a lifetime. Miranda and Giles are lovely and welcoming. The horses are extremely well looked after, sure footed and Miranda and Giles ensure you are paired with the right horse for you! The views were spectacular and Giles was an excellent guide. The accommodation was beautiful and clean and the food was amazing, you will never go hungry and they were happy to cater for different requirements. I will be back!"

via Facebook - in Dutch: "Net een weekje terug van een heerlijke week vakantie in Spanje - 5 dagen heerlijk gereden op een fantastisch paard en daarbij flink in de watten gelegd. Aan het begin van de week inventariseren Giles en Miranda hoeveel ervaring je hebt en wat voor soort paard je zoekt. Op basis van deze informatie kiezen zij 1 van de 12 paarden die daarbij zou moeten passen. Bij mij was dit in een keer een perfecte match. Alle paarden zijn lang in training voordat ze meegaan met de ritten en zijn dan ook zeer betrouwbaar en gewend aan alle soorten verkeer en (Spaanse) omstandigheden. Ook het eten (ontbijt, warme lunch en uitgebreid diner) was iedere keer heerlijk en met alle soorten (eet)wensen wordt rekening gehouden. Miranda en Giles zijn zeer gastvrij en niets is teveel. Na de overstromingen van deze winter is het terras (waar wordt gegeten en waar heerlijk kan worden gezeten) helemaal opgeknapt. Ook het iets lager gelegen zwembad ziet er weer zo goed als nieuw uit en kan heerlijk worden gerelaxt! Qua accommodatie hebben wij geslapen in El Molino. Dit appartement ligt aan de paardenstallen. Het is een mooi nieuw appartement met 2 aparte slaapkamers, (zeer) grote woonkamer en keuken. Tot slot (en in het geheel niet onbelangrijk) worden de paarden heel erg goed verzorgd. Ze kunnen elke dag heerlijk buiten lopen en hebben grote en goed gevulde stallen. Al met al dus zeker een aanrader!"

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via Facebook - in English: "Just a week back from a wonderful week's vacation in Spain - spent 5 days riding a fantastic horse and being pampered generally. At the beginning of the week, Giles and Miranda assess how much experience you have and what kind of horse you are looking for.Based on this information, they choose 1 of the 12 horses that should fit. With me this was a perfect match in one go. All horses are long in training before they go with the rides and are therefore very reliable and used to all types of traffic and (Spanish) circumstances. Also the food (breakfast, hot lunch and extensive dinner) was delicious every time and with all kinds of dietary requirements taken into account. Miranda and Giles are very hospitable and nothing is too much to ask. After the floods of this winter, the terrace (where you will enjoy your meals and where it is delightful to sit) was completely refurbished. It is also great to relax by the pool We slept in El Molino for accommodation. This apartment is located above the horse stable. It's a beautiful new apartment with 2 separate bedrooms, (very) large living room and kitchen. Finally (and not at all unimportant) the horses are very well looked after. They can walk outside every day and have great, spacious and generously bedded stables. So a definite recommendation overall! "

via Facebook "I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my recent stay at your beautiful ranch. The location is stunning, the horses are well looked after, well trained and very responsive. Accommodation and food was great. Miranda and Giles are very attentive and generous hosts. Have started saving already to visit again soon ! Thank you xx"
Dear Giles and Miranda, Thank you again for a really wonderful week. Our fifth holiday with you and more special memories to treasure until the next time. Thank you also to Sirocco, Bandolero and Tio who were a joy to ride - all your horses are so well-schooled and responsive and they are the reason that we come back year after year. The lovely food and fantastic company is a bonus! Tony, Sue and Rachel"

via Facebook "This is my second holiday at Miranda and Giles' beautiful ranch.. for a rider a more fun, more relaxing and enjoyable holiday is hard to imagine; great horses, great rides, amazing landscape, great food, lovely traditional accomodation, a short walk to a lovely town and it's tapas bars, plus the warmest welcome. Perfect!"

via Facebook - in German "Es war einer meiner schönsten Urlaube, entspannt, super freundlich und liebenswürdig, Miranda und Giles sind sehr wertvolle Persönlichkeiten, sie arbeiten mit den Gästen und den Pferden im Einklang, das Essen ist wunderbar, die Landschaft atemberaubend, wir wollen sofort wieder zurück🏇🌺"

via Facebook - in English "It was one of my most beautiful vacations, relaxed, super friendly and amiable, Miranda and Giles are very valuable personalities, they are working with both the guests and the horses with consideration, the food is wonderful, the scenery breathtaking, we want to get back right away 🏇🌺"

Rider's comments - 2016

via Facebook - in German "Es war einer meiner schönsten Urlaube, entspannt, super freundlich und liebenswürdig, Miranda und Giles sind sehr wertvolle Persönlichkeiten, sie arbeiten mit den Gästen und den Pferden im Einklang, das Essen ist wunderbar, die Landschaft atemberaubend, wir wollen sofort wieder zurück🏇🌺"

via Facebook - in English "It was one of my most beautiful vacations, relaxed, super friendly and amiable, Miranda and Giles are very valuable personalities, they are working with both the guests and the horses with consideration, the food is wonderful, the scenery breathtaking, we want to get back right away 🏇🌺"

"Yet again I am compelled to put pen to paper to thank you both for the most perfect riding holiday. I have lost count as to how many times I have personally ridden with yourselves or the number of friends I have brought along! This time it was with two friends from my new home in New Zealand (& a couple more wonderful friends from the UK!) so a lot of effort, time & money had been invested. Never once did I worry that my personal recommendation would fall short. Indeed my Kiwi friends, Judy & Claudia, voted their stay with yourselves as the overwhelming highlight of their trip to Spain & believe you me, we had a GREAT trip! Yet again your selfless hospitality, wonderful accommodation, great food & most of all, your extraordinarily wonderful horses made our stay with yourselves very very special. Both Judy & Claudia plan to come back (yes, from NZ!) & I am already booked in for next November with at least 3 new Kiwi's so your reputation is absolutely global now :) Please keep up the great work. You provide an extraordinary & magical holiday experience & every time I visit you I leave more inspired & riding better than when I arrived. Hasta el proximo año !"

via Facebook - in German: "Liebe Miranda, lieber Giles! Gerade einmal 2 Wochen wieder zu Hause und der Alltag hat einen leider viel zu schnell wieder ;-) Aber die Erinnerungen bleiben, sind sehr lebendig und zaubern mir immer wieder ein seliges Lächeln auf die Lippen! Ich habe die Tage bei euch wirklich sehr genossen - es ist so ein friedlicher Ort, eine kleine Oase, die ihr dort aufgebaut habt. Eure Herzlichkeit und die familiäre Atmosphäre machen es einem leicht, sich wohl zu fühlen und den Urlaub richtig zu genießen. Die Ausritte haben mir viel Spaß gemacht und die Landschaft rundherum ist wirklich schön und beeindruckend. Am beeindruckendsten waren aber immer noch eure Pferde!! Sie sind nicht nur sehr lieb und zugänglich, fein geritten und in bester Verfassung, sondern es hat mich irrsinnig überrascht, wie trittsicher und unerschrocken sie sind - in jeder Situation habe ich mich gut aufgehoben gefühlt auf Gitana :-) Vielen, lieben Dank - thanks a lot - und hoffentlich sehen wir uns wieder!! Alles Liebe, Ursi aus Wien"

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via Facebook - in English: "Dear Miranda, dear Giles! Just 2 weeks back at home and everyday life has taken control way too fast again ;-) But the memories remain very much alive and they magically bring a smile to my lips every time! I really thoroughly enjoyed the days I spent with you - it's such a peaceful place, a little oasis, which you have built there. Your warmth and the family atmosphere make it very easy to feel at home and to enjoy the holiday to the fullest. The rides were lots of fun and the surrounding countryside is really beautiful and impressive. Yet most impressive of all, were still your horses!! They are not only very sweet and accessible, well schooled and in the best condition, but I was tremendously surprised at how surefooted and brave they are - I felt in good hands on top of Gitana in every situation :-) Thank you very much - thanks a lot - and I hope we shall meet again!! Happy birthday, ursi from Vienna"

"I've just returned from a holiday with Giles and Miranda and it really was exceptionally good. The accommodation and food are brilliant, and the setting is delightful (with a very welcome swimming pool!). Their horses are extremely well cared for and lovely animals, very capable with good temperaments and a pleasure to ride. Long hacks show spectacular, panoramic views of the beautiful Andalucian countryside, and breathtaking scenery. However, what clinches it for me and makes HorseRiding Spain stand out is the warmth and good humour of Giles and Miranda. They are immensely thoughtful, kind and considerate and do their utmost, very successfully, to give everyone a wonderful holiday. I'm at a complete loss to find any negative aspects about HorseRiding Spain, only very positive ones. Sue, Surrey - October 2016"

Dear Giles and Miranda, I would just like to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed my stay in Coin and appreciated your warmth and hospitality. As I said, when I was leaving, I loved everything:, my beautiful room, the very delicious food, the wine, the sun, Coin (especially when I stopped getting lost in it) your kindness and attention to detail, in a word: everything! It was like a magical interlude! Of course, the stars (apart from yourselves) were the horses. I loved Nieves! It was a pleasure and privilege for me to ride such a lovely willing horse. Sadly, I only felt that I was beginning to to get to ride well on the last day! I knew next to nothing about Spanish horses before my holiday. I have gained a great admiration for them, I love their speed and power combined with their amiability and level headness. However, I do think that a lot of their good nature and great condition is due to their training and handling (by you). I really liked the fact that all the horses seemed to be happy and to enjoy their work (again this is due to you). I also loved seeing the beautiful countryside and a way of life very different to my own country. I think that seeing a country on horse back is the ideal way and I only wished our hacks were longer! (I am sure the poor horses were glad that they were not.) So thank you again, it was lovely to meet you both and I wish you and all the animals every health and happiness. Go raibh maith agat, slan agus beannacht leat. Michele

via Facebook - in German: Liebe Miranda, lieber Giles! Ich wollte euch nochmals danken für die wunderbaren Tage bei euch. Ich habe in Spanien noch selten so gepflegte Pferde gesehen, die so gut betreut sind und mit feiner Hand geführt werden. Bravo! Die Ausritte sind abwechslungsreich und wirklich mindestes 4 Stunden lang - einfach richtig zum Entspannen, sofern der Rücken locker bleibt. :-) Eure Herzlichkeit und die Gastfreundschaft habe ich sehr genossen. Ich danke euch und wünsche euch viel, viel Energie noch viele andere Gäste glücklich zu machen. Herzdank und liebe Grüsse aus Zürich, Mirjam

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via Facebook - in English: Dear Miranda, dear Giles ! I would like to thank you once more for the beautiful days we spent with you. I have never encountered such well cared for horses in Spain, so well guided and led with a soft hand. Bravo ! The rides were varied and really at least 4 hours long - very relaxing, as long as my back stayed supple :-) I really enjoyed your warmth and hospitality. Thank you both and I wish you lots of energy to make many other guests happy also. Thank you so much and warm greetings from Zürich, Mirjam

Dear Giles and Miranda. Thank you so very much for the wonderful experience of riding with you last week. It was perfect, lovely well cared for horses, excellent rides over beautiful countryside and good company all week long. Nieves was beautiful, a pleasure to ride and a credit to you that she has remained so light in spite of the many riders she must have had over the years, I hope she has a wonderful retirement. Take care and enjoy your next break - you certainly deserve it. Love Elayne x

Via Facebook: I feel like it's time for a little commercial break ;-) Together with my friend Sabine I spent 5 days in Andalucia with the wonderful Miranda and Giles at their beautiful finca. Such sweet and reliable horses, enchanting views, amongst a herd of rescue dogs and cats and great human company :-) I don't really remember another holiday that was zo peaceful and relaxing. Which would't have been possible without Miranda and Giles, who went out of their way to take the best possible care of us. Same goes for the way they care for and take care of all of their animals. I HIGHLY recommend this place to other (intermediate/advanced) riders, who want to enjoy a wonderful holiday in Spain! That are a lot of superlatives to tell you I had a great time smile :-) Thank you and I'll definitely come back!

Dear Giles & Miranda. Just a quick note (time flies) to still thank you for the great time we spent with you in Coin. Lucille really enjoyed it all & I've luckily got the great photo('s) to actually prove it! She is set up to come back next year, as she already has put some of her birthday money aside to save! She really didn't want to leave and she really is missing you & the horses...and even though I loved Malaga and swimming in the sea, I missed the feel of your lovely spot, hospitality & Coin, so guess for now you are stuck with us for another visit next year.

Giles and Miranda, thank you so much for making my week with you one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life ! You both made me feel so welcomed as soon as I arrived and there was never a dull moment around you ! The accommodation was really clean and comfortable with very good air conditioning and the swimming pool was perfect for relaxing and cooling down in the sun. You took great care to match everyone in my group with the right horse and I was thrilled to ride the gorgeous mare Savannah! She was incredibly fit and healthy and one of the most genuine and hard working horses I have ever ridden.

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All of your horses have such wonderful personalities and they all really enjoyed their work which was lovely to see. The rides varied each day, with each one showing stunning scenery and having lots of opportunities for faster paces. The food was absolutely delicious and you catered very well for intolerances and dislikes ! The Andalusian horse show on Thursday was a breathtaking example of Spanish riding and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended, non-riders included ! You both really went the extra mile to make my holiday the best it could be and even when the unfortunate weather conditions meant that we could not go on our usual morning ride, you organised a private show of a Spanish stallion trainer which was incredibly inspirational. Overall, I want to say a huge thank you because I had the best week of my life and made memories that I will treasure forever. You will definitely be seeing me again next year !

On his 2nd riding holiday with us for the whole month of June: The return of a rider. - Whenever one has a spectacular dream one does not want to wake up. Well, sometimes reality may get beyond that. Days when you pinch yourself, once, twice even more. Trying to assure yourself that it's the realty that seems like a wonderful dream. I have that feeling. However, I cannot wait to wake up. Odd?! Only to get back once again and relive all and every single joyful and adventurous moment. Knowing that not only the experience will be the same but Giles and Miranda will raise the bar and make it as if it's a whole new one. Our beautiful horsey friends are as loving, healthy and happy as ever. The horses look into your eyes then flap their lips to tell you welcome back we remember you human. Thanks again Giles and Miranda. Till next time.

Hi Giles and Miranda - I had such a wonderful holiday with you and am missing everyone both those with two legs and those with four. I loved riding Nieves , a good choice for me as it meant the riding was relaxing, (my riding at home less so ! ) but apart from the lovely rides each day I appreciated everything else so much too, the fresh and tasty food, the Pilates and the massage, the gorgeous pool and surroundings , Sheba, making my news friends Jacob and Monique and having the great privilege of getting to know you too. I came home relaxed and happy.... so thank you ,thank you! Kate xx

As published on TripAdvisor/ Horseriding Spain: "I have just come back from a wonderful week riding with Giles and Miranda. The horses are beautiful, fit and so well looked after and conditioned. I rode Tormento a gorgeous mare who was so sure footed on unbelievable terrain. The actual rides were stunning, with every ride being different from the day before. Every new view was breathtaking. There are a lot of opportunities to trot, canter and gallop - so you certainly will not be bored!! Giles and Miranda are the most accommodating hosts you could ever wish for. They could not do enough for you. Their horses are so very well looked after and they match their guest superbly to their horse.The accommodation is situated in a tranquil valley nestled in the village of Coin - but you would think you were a million miles from civilization - so peaceful and restful. Miranda's cooking is wonderful using local ingredients much of it grown in the surrounding country side. The other guest were a joy. I'm ready to book for next year. If you are thinking of a riding holiday for an intermediate/advanced rider this is the one for you. Go for it !"

As published on TripAdvisor/ Horseriding Spain: "I spent a couple of days sightseeing in this wonderful, very Spanish, part of Spain and 3 days riding. The horses are amazing, very well trained and very well looked after by Giles and Miranda. The horses welfare comes first, as it should be. The circular rides are different each day and last from 4 - 5 hours in the most stunning countryside. It is my intention to return to this little bit of paradise. I was well looked after with good accommodation and great food by the lovely Giles and Miranda - nothing was too much trouble. "

Via Tripadvisor:"What is there not to love about the complete experience of staying here. The location is fantastic, great scenery, tranquil and away from the stresses of every day life. The horses are beautiful, responsive and a pleasure to ride. The accommodation, food and everything about this place just make you want to come back again and again. I have just returned from my second visit and met some great like minded people. Giles and Miranda ensure you are well looked after and make you feel like part of one big family. Looking forward to a return trip."

"Dear Giles and Miranda, You and the horses (especially Guitana) were absolutely amazing...the best time ever. I'll be back. 🙏🍀"

Sue Weatherall on her third riding holiday with us:
"Thank you Giles and Miranda for another wonderful week riding with you through Andalucia. As always your hospitality was second to none, the food (and wine!) delicious, and of course, your beautiful horses... "
And on Tripadvisor - Horseriding Spain: "If you are looking for a holiday riding fabulous Spanish horses through the Andalucian countryside, look no further! Hosts Giles and Miranda provide the warmest of welcomes to their beautiful valley, hidden below the town of Coin; the accommodation is lovely; the home cooked food delicious and, best of all, the horses are truly wonderful. Each ride, takes a different route through this stunning countryside and you will ride though forests, long rivers, up and down hills and always with amazing views. The horses are superbly well trained, sure-footed and trustworthy, yet still retain their individuality. These are not riding school plods! There are never more than 6 riding guests at one time so the whole atmosphere, riding and socialising, is friendly and personal and you don't ever feel lost in the crowd. I would also recommend Horseriding Spain if you are a single rider, you will be made very welcome. This was my third holiday with Giles and Miranda and it most certainly will not be my last!"

Jen Jenner on her second riding holiday with us:
"Miranda and Giles - fabulous week again. Thank you so much. Really loved it and had the greatest time with the beautiful Nieves and Lucera. Can't wait till I can come back again!!"

Picture: Jen Jenner with Lucera

"Hi Giles and Miranda.I’ve been meaning to write since getting home last Saturday to say how much I enjoyed EVERYTHING about my stay with you. The location, horses, accommodation, swimming pool and of course the food - it far exceeded my expectations! Your rides have brought a whole new meaning to happy hacking. To me, there is no greater pleasure than having a long ride on a responsive horse enjoying the beautiful countryside – with great weather too! Sam and I definitely chose the perfect time of year with the gorgeous smell of the orange blossom. with best wishes Ginny"

via Tripadvisor - HorseRiding Spain: "We have just returned from a fabulous week's riding with Giles and Miranda. The horses are beautiful, especially Tormenta and Gitana who were surefooted and fit and looked after us whilst riding in stunning Andalusian scenery. Giles and Miranda are excellent hosts. Our apartment was clean and comfortable and the food prepared by Miranda was amazing...lovely tapas for lunch and really tasty home cooked meals at night. The ranch is lovely, well kept and just 10mins walk from the centre of Coin which is a lovely, traditional Spanish town with shops and restaurants. There is a regular bus service to Malaga, the old town is a lovely day trip for the rest day. We also visited Mijas which was pretty too. I would recommend this holiday, I haven't stopped talking about it since I got back! Thank you Giles and Miranda for a fabulous holiday. "

"Dear Miranda and Giles, I wanted to let you know how wonderful my week was with you and all the horses, cats and dogs. My idea of heaven. You both made me feel very welcome and the food was delicious with varied vegetarian options for me. I absolutely loved your apartments and I miss the stallion outside my window. Coin is just my sort of place without all the tourism stuff. I also enjoyed my day in Malaga and the churches and museums , so much to see. I do hope I can improve my riding but I appreciate all you did for me and your utmost patience. Thank you and I do hope to visit you both again. Love Nikki "

In Swedish:
"Kan verkligen rekommendera denna upplevelse i Coin till alla ridentusiaster som vill rida spanska hästar i underbar natur och få träffa detta fantastiska värdpar Giles och Miranda som tog hand om oss på bästa sätt och lagade så god mat. Mysig gård i utkanten av den fina staden Coin i Andalusien, 30 min. från Malaga. Du måste vara ridvan eftersom det är långa ridpass varje dag. Boka snarast denna fantastiska ridresa! Hälsningar Gitt Broberg"

In English:
"I can highly recommend this experience in Coin for any riding enthusiast who would like to ride Spanish horses through beautiful countryside whilst being very well looked after by hosts Giles and Miranda (who also prepared such good food) . Cosy accommodation on the outskirts of the lovely town of Coin in Andalusia , 30 minutes from Malaga. You must be experienced riders. Book this amazing riding holiday as soon as possible ! Greetings - Gitt Broberg"

In German:
"Liebe Miranda, lieber Giles
Vielen herzlichen Dank für die schönen Tage rund um den Jahreswechsel 2015/2016. Es waren zwei wunderbare Reitwochen bei Euch. Alles hat gestimmt:
gesunde, gut ausgebildete und willige Pferde, die sich in allen Situationen extrem sicher bewegt haben: Nieves (klein, aber oho) gab mir immer ein gutes Gefühl, sei es beim Durchqueren eines Flusses, bei einem steilen Auf- oder Abstieg und auch auf der Strasse – immer hat sie ihr Bestes gegeben

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gute Tempi – beschaulich oder auch konzentriert im Schritt, dann locker im Trab über längere oder kürzere Strecken und dann auch mal im flotten Galopp, manchmal sogar mit Endspurt – da war die kleine Nieves ganz gross!
abwechslungsreiche Landschaften mit grandioser Aussicht, die auf dem Pferderücken eindrücklich wahrgenommen werden können: romantische Flusslandschaften mit grossen Eukalyptusbäumen und grünem Grund, Olivenhaine, wunderbar duftende Orangenhaine, auch schon vereinzelt blühende Mandelbäume, ein Pinienwald, Berge und Täler ….
• das tolle Appartement „El Molino“ mit grosszügigen Räumen, geschmackvoll renoviert und eingerichtet, angenehm geheizt und mit viel warmem Wasser
• das feine Essen mit schmackhaften und gesunden Tapas und abwechslungsreichen Nachtessen mit lokalen Zutaten, immer frisch zubereitet von Miranda
Überraschungen wie der Besuch der Hengste im Centro Ecuestre El Rocío oder die Einladung zum Neujahrsessen
• und natürlich Ihr beide: mit grossem Einsatz und viel Geduld habt Ihr die Pferde ausgezeichnet auf ihre Aufgabe vorbereitet, und mit viel Engagement kümmert ihr Euch um die Gäste. Ihr habt alles daran gesetzt, dass diese Ferien zu meinen schönsten Ferien gehören. Das ist Euch gelungen.

Diese Zeit wird mir immer in bester Erinnerung bleiben! Herzlichen Dank! Andrea aus Bern (Schweiz)"
In English:
"Dear Miranda dear Giles, Thank you for the beautiful days we spent during New Years 2015/2016. They were two wonderful riding weeks with you. Everything worked perfectly:
healthy, well trained and willing horses, who moved with great surefootedness through all kinds of situations. Nieves (only small but woho !) always gave me a good feeling, if we were crossing a river or climbing or descending a steep hill side or even on the roads, she always gave her best; • good rythm, looking around but also concentrated in walk, then going in a nice loose trot over shorter and longer distances and then again a nice forward going canter, sometimes even with a speed-up at the end – then Nieves was really big !;
varied countryside with great views best taken in from horse back, romantic river country with huge Eucalyptus trees and lots of green olive orchards, wonderfully fragranced orange groves and even the odd early pink blossomed almond tree, pine forest, valleys and mountains;
• the fantastic apartment “El Molino” with its beautiful windows, so tastefully renovated and decorated, well heated and with lots of warm water;
• the good food , with tasty and healthy Tapas and varied evening meals with local ingredients and all freshly prepared by Miranda;
Surprises like a visit to the stallions of Centro Ecuestre El Rocio or the invitation to a New Year’s day restaurant meal;
• and of course you two with great dedication and lots of patience, you have prepared your horses excellently for their task and with lots of engagement you look after your guests. You have done your utmost to make this holiday one of my best holidays. You have succeeded.
This time will always remain a fondest memory. Thank you very much ! Andrea from Bern (Switzerland)"
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