We organize horse riding trail rides for intermediate and advanced riders in the Mts of Transylania. Our Centre is located in the Eastern Carpathians, outside the village of Lunca Bradului.
We promote active holidays and those that have a positive impact on the local community. Our food is mainly organic, from our garden or from the village, directly from the shepherds or farmers.
Our guests can choose from 2 types of programs, with the same itinerary: one with accommodation in tents and the other with guest house accommodation.
Both our trips start from our Centre (mountain cabin) on a 5-6 hours ride/day. In the morning, after breakfast group starts the ride through beautiful landscape, having the opportunity to experience all paces of ride and to be in the middle of Nature. Lucky guests can see wild animals too.
In the afternoon arrive to the campsite or guest house. When arriving to the campsite, our terrain vehicle will already be there with the luggage and camping facilities (tents, sleeping bags, food etc...) Dinner is prepared (guests can help if they want), which is usually an outside dinner with campfire (gulash, stew...)
Age range, type of group
We accept guests of min. 14 years of age, only accompanied by an adult.
Other than that, our trips are for organized groups of min. 4 - max. 8 riders with a good riding experience!
Singles and couples may join a group.
Sleeping and meals
We have full-board accommodation at our Centre, with home-made food, cooked meals and rich breakfast. On the camping trail ride dinners are with campfire and at the guest houses dinners are hot meals provided by the local families or restaurants of the guets houses. During the ride a lunch-box is offered, which consists of sandwiches, fruit and water.
No pets allowed.
Smoking only outside.
Minimal age for the riding trip: 14, accompanied by an adult!
Intermediate upwards. These rides are suitable for confident novices as well as more experienced riders. Riders generally should be able to control a quiet horse in open spaces at walk, trot and canter. We try to match groups to a similar overall level of riding ability. The rides take place over a variety of terrain, including mountains, and do involve some fairly steep climbs and descents. Whilst the horses are sure-footed and sensible, these rides generally are not suitable for very nervous riders. It is, of course, possible to dismount and lead one’s horse down the steeper descents. If you are in any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the suitability of these rides to you.
Hours in the Saddle
4 to 6 hours per day.
A general weight limit of 100kg (15st7lbs) applies to this ride.).
This ride is suitable for children aged approximately 12 years and upwards, provided that they are experienced riders and have sufficient personal maturity. Romania is a very child-friendly country, and makes an interesting visit for young people as well as adults. All children below 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is an experienced rider, and who takes personal responsibility for the conduct of children in his or her charge at all times. In general, the centre tries to organize separate rides for one or more family groups riding together.
Non-riders are welcome and can travel in the support vehicle.
Horses and Tack
There are 17 horses, most of them Romanian Sport Horses, a local breed descending from the Anglo Arabians and a few local crossbreeds which have been adopted along the way, each of them with their fascinating story.
Western, English GPs and endurance saddles are used on all horses.
The lodge is located right outside the mountain village of Lunca Bradului, in the Ilva valley. It was originally built as a holiday home, but over time, it has been adapted to suit the guests' needs with en-suite bathrooms and central heating.
Food & Drink
Food in this rural area is mostly organic and locally grown with numerous regional specialties. Breakfast can include eggs, cheese, cold meat, bread, butter, jam, milk, tea, and coffee. Lunch is generally a picnic during the ride, with sandwiches, biscuits, and fruit.
The best airline to fly with is Wizzair who has flights between London/ Barcelona / Madrid / Valencia and Cluj-Napoca. Transfers from/to Cluj-Napoca are included.
Alternatively you can fly in to Bucharest and we can arrange train travel or auto transport including sight-seeing from there. Please note you will need to allow for an overnight train journey.
You may wish to leave a gratuity of up to £25 / 40 euro / $50 per client to be divided amongst the staff. If you wish to leave gifts, we recommend small, light items such as printed tea towels illustrating the area where you live or other such inexpensive gifts of local interest. You will not need to tip the staff making the transfers in Bucuresti if you buy them something to eat or drink when you visit a restaurant or bar. Otherwise, you may at your discretion leave a gift or a small sum of around 10 RON (around 3 Euro). It is normal practice to offer a tip not exceeding 10% for good service in restaurants, also in bars where you are served at your seat. There is no need to tip railway staff, except for the sleeping car conductor if he helps carry your baggage, in which case 2 RON would be appropriate.
Min/Max pax on trip to be loaded 2/8