Our Favourite Winter Activities in Loose Reins Country…

28th November, 2017

Toast marshmallows on the fire bowl, snug in a woollen blanket…

We can’t think of a better way to spend a clear winter’s evening than wrapped up by the fire, sipping hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows under the stars… 

Rediscover an old favourite board game… 

We’ve got Monopoly, Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders and all the classics. Snapchat might be great but you can’t beat the feeling of Dad landing on Mayfair when you’ve just put up that hotel… 

Head out on the trail, where life makes sense… 

Taking in the views for miles from the top of the Wessex Ridgeway or slowly trekking along leafy forest paths, you can find your trail best in the saddle, out in Loose Reins country… 

Tuck into a tasty one pot meal in the comfort of your own cabin… 

If you’d rather leave the cooking to someone else, we’ve got some yummy home-made meals ready for the pot. Pop them on the stove, pour a glass of wine and sit back… 

Learn something new in a Western riding lesson… 

Choose one of our beautifully trained American Quarter Horses to suit your riding ability, from beginner to regular rider. We give private and group lessons that can be tailored to you. 

Walk on top of the world through Loose Reins country…

This is amazing walking country with views to match. See as far as Salisbury Plain from the top of Hambledon or Hod Hill, iron age hill forts full of history. 

Chill out with your four-legged friend, it’s not all about the horses you know…

Dogs are more than welcome at Loose Reins. After all, what’s a holiday without your furry friend? They’ll love the trail as much as you do, whether it’s pottering through the woods or bounding across open ground. What’s more – we provide everything from bowls to beds, towels to treats! We want their stay to be just as comfortable as yours… 

Hire bikes and do some free wheeling… 

You can hire bikes at Loose Reins. Whether you want to shoot down the hill at Okeford Bike Park next door, or fancy something a little gentler… 

Head down to the Pet’s Paddock and meet our Shetland pony, the pygmy goats and chickens… 

If horses aren’t your thing, we’ve got plenty of other choices! Lottie, our Shetland pony loves to be cuddled and fussed over and is always around for a quick grooming session. Butch and Sundance, our mischievous pygmy goats are great fun and usually up to no good… Not to forget our trusty hens and the producers of the Loose Reins eggs… 

Sit back and relax… 

There’s no agenda at Loose Reins. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like. Put your feet up by the woodburner and watch the world go by, grab a good book, listen to the radio. Do nothing, do something, it’s up to you…