Top 10 Equestrian Vacation Destinations

From forested trails around Ireland’s Ashford Castle to state-of-the-art indoor facilities at Gleneagles, the top 10 horseback riding holidays in England, Ireland and Scotland for riders of every level and technique.

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The Four Seasons Hampshire, England

This Four Seasons property, with its 133 rooms including 22 suites, is set within 500 acres of bucolic Hampshire countryside perfect for exploring by horseback. With 14 horses for varying rider level, two outdoor arenas and brand new equestrian facilities that were extensively refurbished in June 2014, the focus is on personalized service with one-to-one tailored lessons  or hacks and top-of-the line equipment, including Charles Owen, Caldene and Toggi. The hotel’s overall decor exudes country elegance with muted color palates, fresh-cut flowers, free-standing claw-foot tubs (in rooms located in the Manor House) and beautiful vistas from every vantage point. Post-ride amenities include a 27,000-square-foot spa—once an 18th-century stable block—with an indoor and outdoor pool, the French-inspired restaurant Seasons, the Bistro, Bar 1086 and a Farmers’ Market Sunday buffet lunch, bursting with the richest local produce.​

Riding lessons from $135 per hour; Rooms from $415; Chalky Lane; 44-1252/853-000;