Five Saints Riding Centre
The Five Saints farm, riding centre, B&B and campsite celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014, and what a fabulous ride it has been! First opened in 1989, we love this place because its success is so bound up with the passion and commitment of its owners. First of all there's the riding, which was what brought Nikki and Oz to the area in the first place: this part of Camarthenshire is a wonderful place to explore on horseback, perfect terrain whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro. The farm is close to the forest and there are lots of good bridal paths so you can come here for a week and leave your car keys in the drawer. The B&B accommodation consists of two double rooms in the converted cowshed and hayloft respectively: the hayloft room has twin beds, an en-suite shower and views over the valley and the farm's small lake; the cowshed room is slightly larger, with comfy chairs and a larger bathroom with bath; breakfasts include eggs from the farm's own hens. As for the campsite, you can get the full picture from our mates at Cool Camping, but it's basically a simple tree-lined field that slopes down to a stream with a view of hilly farmland beyond; only four tents are allowed, so it's very peaceful, and of course you can if always book the whole site if you want and enjoy total isolation. As regards things to do, you could can hire a raft or a dinghy for the day and potter about on the lake with its pair of miniature islands, or explore the countryside around by bicycle (mountain bikers will love the local forestry tracks); you could even borrow Fly, the farm’s border collie, for a promenade avec chien. However, equine activities are really the thing here, and you can arrange everything from beginners' lessons, day jaunts taking in a pub to a full-fledged trail ride through the forest (overnighting somewhere else), and everything in between, including week-long riding holidays. Plus you can bring your own horse and enjoy full stabling and livery facilities at just £80 a night for the two of you B&B, including packed lunches and evening meals. If that isn't the greatest equestrian bargain of all time for a horse-mad holidaymaker, we don't know what is!
One-week riding holidays from £700pp, riding mini breaks from £325pp. B&B rooms from £70 a night, camping pitches £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12yrs per night.
B&B open all year, camping April–Oct.
4 – more if your group hires out the site (0 hardstanding).
Five Saints Riding Centre, Five Saints Riding Centre, Gilfach Farm, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8YN
The centre is situated off the A482 between Llanwrda and Lampeter in the heart of West Wales, and is well signposted with large tourism brown signs prior to the turn off near the goldmines and the village of Pumsaint. Once on the local roads follow the horseshoe signs there'll be one at each junction until the last one which is at the top of a steep hill and hidden by a hedge, just keep going until you see the blue horse sign. Buses run to Lampeter and trains to Llanwrda train station, and they offer a free pick-up service from both places, so there's no need to bring your car at all.Llanwrda (10.5 miles) – Shrewsbury to Swansea line (aka the Heart of Wales line). No onward bus service.
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