Bienvenue to a marvellous horse riding stay in France. Come to Alsace and ride through the vineyards with us and experience the tiny picturesque Middle Age towns from a horseback perspective. Smell and feel the ancient cultural heritage in a pace that removes you from all stress. An exclusive vacation with the maximum of five riders at a time. We live at Domaine Saint Loup, which is a 600 years old family farm that exude history. A beautiful place with an old apple plantation and a view of the Vosges and Grand Ballon. We arrange horse riding trips in the spring and in the fall – times with a pleasant temperature. The Vosges shelters the area, which creates a comfortable environment for being out in nature.
Á bientôt in Alsace
Arrival at the farm in Micelbach Sunday from 7 pm. Unpack in the cozy rooms and go to Thann and eat dinner at Le Caseus – or at another nice restaurant.
Monday, we’ll begin slowly with breakfast. If the weather allows, we’ll eat outside at the old gate to the stable. A selection of cheeses, croissants, juice, eggs, coffee etc. will be served.
When breakfast is over, we’ll get the horses and make ourselves ready for a two-hour long trip starting from the farm, heading up towards Ammestat, where the road brings us to a beautiful view over the Rhine Valley and the Swiss Alps. Down to the beautiful Le Lac Micelbach. The rest of the day is free for any adventures or relaxing you wish to do – we have plenty of suggestions. In the evening, it is possible to cook your own food in the kitchen or go to a nice restaurant, there are grocery shopping options close to the farm. .
Tuesday, we’ll eat breakfast and enjoy the amazing quietness at the farm. When the last croissant has been eaten, we’ll get the horses at the apple plantation. We’ll take a couple of apples for the horses, saddle them and drive to Steinbach and ride through the first vineyards taking us into Rangen, which is one of the steepest vineyards in the world. We’ll ride through forest and open ground and take a break at Café de l’Engelbourg. We’ll take a cup of coffee or perhaps a tarte flambee. After the break, we’ll make our way back along the river Thur and back to Steinbach. We’ll drive home to Domaine Saint Loup and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun before deciding whether to go to a restaurant for dinner or staying in.
Wednesday is the horses’ day off. Our suggestion for a magic day is to drive to Grand Ballon after breakfast. 1424 meters and the ascent starts only 15 minutes from the farm. 30 minutes along the road, you will find yourself up in alpine nature with lots of beautiful hiking routes. Drive down to Guebwiller and on to Vallée Noble and go around Soultzmatt, Roufach and visit the wine farmers. We know exactly who you should visit! End the day in Eguisheim and experience the amazing change of scene when darkness comes and the city is lit-up by romantic lights everywhere. A day for all your senses.
Thursday, it is back on the horses again after breakfast, where we’ll go to Westhalten in Valée Noble. We’ll drive through the twisting streets in the city leading us up towards the vineyards where we’ll park the trailer and make ourselves ready for a horse riding trip through the vineyards at the mountain and grand cru fields Zinnkoepfle. Quickly, we’ll see the impressing view of the valley and the town Soultzmatt with all of its wine houses. If the weather is clear, we’ll be able to see the Swiss alps. We’ll ride through wine paradise with its many smells and beautiful colours satisfying the soul. Life doesn’t get any better than that. When we are done riding, we’ll eat at one of the cosy sidewalk resturants in the town. After eating, we’ll visit the interesting biodynamic wine grower
Domaine Leon Boesch. They make a fabulous Riesling and an even better Pinot Noir and are happy to show their wine basement. We’ll drive home and relax before planning where and what to have for dinner. Maybe Restuante de la Gare, an amazing restaurant with an impressing wine list.
Friday is the last day, we’ll have our daily croissants and go to Valée Noble. We’ll begin our trip the same place as Thursday, but ride through the other valley towards Pfaffenheim. After riding for an hour, we’ll ride down to the cozy village Pfaffenheim, where we’ll have a rendezvous’s with Marc Humbrecht, who make heavenly wine. We’ll tie the horses and have a wine tasting before continuing our trip. We’ll ride through the vineyards to the idyllic Middle Age village Gueberschwihr, where it is almost as if you are in a time machine taking you back to the Middle Ages. The horses will be given water at the locale fountain at the town square. We’ll continue through the village’s twisting streets and head up towards the old convent Notre-Dame du Schauenburg, where there is a fantastic view over the entire Rhine Valley. Here we’ll eat lunch. After lunch, the trip takes us behind the convent and down along route spiritualité that is said to host magic forces. We’ll ride down through the forest to the vineyards and tiny groves with fruit plantations, up to the top of the mountain and down to Westphalen. We drive home to Domaine Saint Loup filled with energy. We’ll say á bientôt until next time.
The farm that we stay on is situated 35 minutes from Basel Airport. We recommend that you take a day or more to explore the many places that we haven’t yet experienced, there are several opportunities for staying overnight in the area - from BnBs to five-star spa hotels with Michelin restaurants.
Trips for couples.
The trip is ideal for bringing one’s non-horse riding husband. It is possible to follow the riding trips in car or on electric mountain bike – or both.
Electric mountain bike.
Forget all about retired people on electric bicycles. Electric mountain biking is one of the funniest things that we have tried in many years! You fly around the vineyards without feeling exhausted. Life should be pleasant. This is perfect for non-riding guests.
Domaine Saint Loup. 1 Rue Principale, 68700 Michelbach, France
Guests are accommodated in double bed rooms (unless you have arranged something else with us). The rooms are cosy and all have their own shower and toilet. There is a big common kitchen and living room. Sheets and towels are a part of the price.
Time of arrival and departure.
Sunday from 7pm., and Friday from 4pm.
The stay costs 950.- euro wich includes all horse riding trips, accommodation and breakfast.
There is room for a maximum of five riders at a time.
It is possible to bring one’s (non-riding) spouse for the price of 200.- euro wich includes accommodation and breakfast.
Single bedrooms cost 150.- euro
Electric mountain bike costs 40.- euro a day
You pay 400.- euro when booking, and the rest two months before arrival. We consider booking a binding agrement.
Non riders pay 100.- euro in depositum