Hungary, Budapest Ranch Stay
You don’t have to go all the way to the US to be a cowboy. After just a few hours flying time, you can pull on your western boots and swing yourself up on a nice American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa or why not a Paint. This ranch has its origins in its owner's genuine interest in western and horses. It was a private ranch and stud farm, but now it has been opened up for foreign riders. Nothing is spared to make sure that both the guests and horses feel happy.
The ranch sits on 60 hectares (148 acres) about 90 km from Budapest, next to the Kunsagi National Park in Soltszentimre, and offers basic western lessons and great hacking through Kiskunsagi National Park where the sandy ground is ideal for canters. The ranch has a calm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere with experienced instructors who look forward to sharing their love for horses with you.
One of the great advantage of riding western is that you get to ride in comfortable western saddles on cool horses. A reasonably fit and fearless person can get out and canter on the first day, but like all sports, it takes endless training to be really good. You will also be treated to tasty Hungarian food and drink and a refreshing dip in the pool is always nice.
There are 2 arenas, one of 60 x 30 (196 x 98 ft) meters and another at 35 x 70 meters (115 x 230 ft). There is also a 22-meter (72 ft) covered round corral, an 18 meter 59 ft) circular corral and an indoor arena of 22 x 44 meters (72 x 144 ft).
This destination is suitable for all types of travelers from the single traveler to families, groups of friends and even pets. Other activities you can buy when you are not riding can be visit to the local cheese factory, wine tasting, bird station visit, Kecskemét City visit. Some activities needs to be prebooked.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, a relaxation area with Finnish sauna, infra and steam room, salt wall and Jacuzzi for you to relax in after a day in the saddle.
You will be back here once, twice and even more times.
This beautiful and diverse landscape offers almost endless trails over sandy roads and rolling hills. There are also basic western lessons.
The riding schedule is between these times : 9.30 AM - 11.30 AM and 2.00 PM – 16.00 PM and total 4 hours per day + 2 hours on arrival- or departure day.
So depending on when your flight arrive and depart, you might be able to ride either on the arrival day or the departure day.
In order to have time to ride on the first day it's arrival at Budapest airport no later than 11:30 AM. Or to be able to ride the last day, it is departure from Budapest airport at the earliest 3.15 PM.
The programs always start with 1 hour in the paddock. The riders and horses are matched and the instructor is going through the basic in western style and horseman ship.
A week is Sunday - Sunday and includes 26 hours of riding.
A short week is Sunday - Thursday and includes 14 hours of riding.
A weekend is Thursday - Sunday and includes 10 hours of riding.
Accommodation and Food
There are 12 guestrooms at the ranch divided into three houses with double- and triple rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, A/C, TV. Wi / Fi coverage is available in most rooms. Towels and sheets are available. You can book a single room subject to availability. Paid on location (13 EUR / night).
For breakfast there are different kinds of bread with lots of cold cuts, cheese, ham, sausage and vegetables. Yogurt or milk with muesli and fruit are also available. For lunch and dinner, you will get to have warm traditional Hungarian dishes such as stews, casseroles and pasta.
There will even be hot food for you out on the trail ride. There are many good options for vegetarians. Different salads are served with meals and often it is the local pickled lettuce and pickled cucumbers. Seasonal fruit is available as a snack. Drinks can be purchased in the bar at reasonable prices and is payable at the end of the stay.
There are different types of tours and activities on offer, everything from horse and carriage driving, to cheese testing and massage. These are not included in riding tour and can be booked and paid for at the ranch.
The ranch breeds its own Quarter Horse, Appaloosa and Paint horses that have been successful in western shows.
In the spring, it is about 15-20 C (60-68 F) during the summer it can vary between 20-30 C (68-86 F) and in the autumn of about 15-20 C (60-68 F). The evenings are cool and you have the chance to see a stunningly beautiful starlit sky.
Ability description: Trail ride level 1-3 >>
Included in the price: Accomodation, riding according to program, full board incl. water.
Not included: Flights, transfer, insurance, drinks and extras not mentioned.
Accommodation: There are 12 rooms at the ranch divided into three houses. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, A/C, TV, DVD. Wi / Fi coverage is available in most rooms. 4 double rooms, 3 single rooms, 1 room with several beds rooms, 3 twin- or triple rooms.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >> We help you book your flight if you wish.
Fly to Budapest.
It is also possible to drive by taking the ferry to Poland. From northern Poland, it is about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
From the airport to the ranch, just over 1 hour drive (90 km).
Price: 70 EUR/person/round trip for 1-3 persons
or 50 Euro/person for 4 persons or more.
Transfer times are based on the last arriving guest and the first departing guest so there may be some waiting time at the airport.
Season: Low season October - April. High Season May - September.
Currency: Forint (HUF). At the airport there are ATMs.
Credit card: The ranch does not accept credit cards, but they can help you to the nearest village for withdrawl. They accept EUR at the ranch.
Group size: Minimum 1 and max. 15 riders.
Child discount: Child up to 14 years of age get 20% discount.
Groups 2017: For groups with a minimum of 7 riders one rider travels free.
Return Guest Discount 2018: Returning guests are now eligible for low season prices also during high season. Can not be combined with any other offers/discounts.