THE AC­TIVE BREAK

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THE DRAW One of the finest set-ups for a horsey hol­i­day,

Cas­tle Les­lie in Mon­aghan of­fers a fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion with lux­u­ri­ous lodg­ings, im­pres­sive sta­bling and acres of coun­try­side to ex­plore by horse­back. THE SET­TING With a back­drop of the iconic cas­tle and 1,000 acres of pri­vate park­land, you’ll find this coun­try re­treat, on the edge of beau­ti­ful Glaslough vil­lage, an ex­hil­a­rat­ing place to ex­plore in the lap of lux­ury. IN THE SAD­DLE The leafy county Mon­aghan es­tate welcomes rid­ers of all abil­i­ties with tai­lored leisure breaks suitable for novices and more ad­vanced rid­ers, with 21 miles of me­an­der­ing bri­dle­ways, plus 300 cross coun­try jumps and ex­pert tu­ition pro­vided at the es­tate’s state-of-the-art eques­trian cen­tre. More skilled rid­ers will en­joy the spe­cialised eques­trian breaks which fo­cus on sports skills, like show jump­ing, cross coun­try, dres­sage and es­tate rides. With 40 horses on site, you can ar­range to bring your own horse too. CREA­TURE COMFORTS Stay at the cosy Lodge, Cas­tle or in charm­ing self-ca­ter­ing cot­tages (per­fect for a fam­ily or group of friends) and en­joy all the ben­e­fits of this im­pres­sive es­tate. The Vic­to­rian treat­ment rooms of­fer soothing spa ses­sions af­ter a day in the sad­dle and there’s ex­cel­lent din­ing choices, from the re­laxed Conor’s Bar to the up­mar­ket Snaf­fles Restau­rant. THE DE­TAILS ‘Get­away on Horse­back’ in­cludes two nights’ B&B in The Lodge or The Cas­tle, and a one-hour guided walk through rolling park­lands, from €190 pps. Spe­cialised eques­trian breaks for ex­pe­ri­enced to ad­vanced rid­ers can be booked from three to five nights and in­clude three hours of riding daily. Three night breaks from €975 pps, castle­leslie.com.

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