Discover the green and rolling landscapes of the Drawski Lake District on horseback based at a 19th century manor house. Here you can enjoy harmony with nature and celebrate peace and serenity, far away from the stresses of civilization. The entire estate is engaged in the “slow food” movement: you can see plants and local breeds of livestock here, all producing healthy and organic food which is transformed into traditional regional cuisine in the kitchens.

There are two riding options: a full riding programme with 4-6 hours riding daily and a 2 day mini trail or a less strenuous programme of 2 -3 hours riding daily with time to relax and enjoy the lakes, water activities, massages and sauna. The riding is on Anglo-Arabs and Silesians (a Polish heavier warm-blood breed) and at a varied paces over rolling hills. Riders should be confident at a canter in open space. The Drawski Landscape Park is where most rides take place; it is known for rolling terrain, rich flora and fauna, numerous lakes and rivers and clean, unchanged environment. You may encounter wildlife such as boar, deer, eagles and European bison.

Accommodation is in the Manor House in family apartments, twin or double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, scenic views and opportunities for invigorating sessions in the sauna on the lakeshore, a relaxing massage or a refreshing swim in the farm's lake.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from LW of York on 27/09/2017

Ride Summary
lovely staff and horses a fantastic trip in beautiful countryside
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Extremely well organised, friendly staff, a lovely trip
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it was lovely, I wouldn't change it at all
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there was a mixture of challenging rides and more gentle rides throughout the visit
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lovely staff and horses a fantastic trip in beautiful countryside
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Below is the programme for the intensive riding programme: 4 - 6 hours per day with 2 day mini trail where the horses stay out and the riders return to the manor house. 
The relaxed programme includes 2 -3 hours riding daily with time to relax and enjoy the lakes, water activities, massages and sauna.

Day 1
Arrival. Dinner is at 6pm tonight for those who arrive early enough.

Day 2
After an initial trial ride in the paddock in the morning we take a first ride in the surrounding area in the afternoon. The vast hilly landscape offers great opportunities for fast and long canters. We ride through the peat bog of Karsibor and admire the magnificent 400 years old oak trees in the forest. In the evening we enjoy cosy crackling fire or relax on the terrace under the chestnut trees overlooking a 200-year old, beautiful park.

Day 3
The ride today takes us through a beautiful, gently rolling countryside towards another nearby stately manor house dating from the 19th century, where we are expected for lunch. After lunch we visit the farm with the old oak tree park by the lake. The spacious surroundings of the estate again offer us a lot of space for expansive canters. We take old forest avenues to bring us back to the estate, where dinner awaits us. After dinner there are opportunities for invigorating sessions in the sauna on the lakeshore, a relaxing massage or a refreshing swim in the farm's lake.

Day 4
Riding through meadows and woods we enjoy the lush green, hilly and wide-open landscapes of the region. We visit a neighbouring farm on a secluded lake where we enjoy a picnic and subsequent siesta. After our return and a sumptuous dinner we ride in the carriages to the nearby old manor by the lake, where we can wander about the infinitely vast, lush green meadows to view and admire the leisurely trotting horse herds in the setting evening sun.

Day 5
Today we start our 2-day trail: Our ride leads through sleepy villages, wide meadows and light forests to horse training facility at another old manor. We then leave the horses in the barn and enjoy a charming picnic in the backyard garden. The horses spend the night here, as we return (transfer about 20-30 min.). In the evening the idyllic sauna by lakeside can be booked for an extensive session, as well as a soulful massage or simply a swim in the refreshing lake.

Day 6
We drive back to the horses and on the way visit an historic equestrian centre in the vicinity, which is among the most beautiful of its kind in Europe. After visiting the old brick stables and the historic domination of the stallion depot in 19th century building. We ride back through quiet, sleepy Pomeranian villages. In the evening again a sauna, massage or a dip in the farm lake among options to choose from.

Day 7
We ride through the unique natural paradise of Drawski Lakeland, through beautiful, secluded forests and along clear, enchanted lakes. Weather permitting extensive bathing breaks for horse and rider are planned. Tonight we go for one last dinner at a great seafood restaurant, where we enjoy the delicious local fish specialties of the Pomeranian cuisine.

Day 8
Breakfast, departure

Transfer options
The nearest airport is Szczecin (SZZ), Poland – 90 km, around 1 hour drive.
You can also fly to Berlin airports, Germany – 280 km, around 3 hours drive.
Poznan (POZ) - 190 km, around 3 hours drive.
Gdansk (GDA) - 250 km, around 4 hours drive.

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There is a choice of 25 fit, classically trained Anglo-Arabs, Silesians (a Polish heavier warm-blood) horses and ponies. They are carefully selected by an instructor and the first ride takes place in outdoor arena. There are horses are of various temperaments and heights from ponies up to 174 cm/17 hands, so a suitable ride companion can be found for all riders. Saddles used in this ride are English and trail type. Other facilities available are outdoor arena 40 x 70 m and indoor arena 12 x 44 m and a round pen used for natural horsemanship.

Rider requirements

The riding is at all paces and this ride is for confident intermediate riders who can control a fit horse cantering in varied terrain. The intensive programme in addition needs a level of fitness to be able to ride for 4-6 hours daily including long canters.

The relaxed programme includes varied terrain riding on fit horses but is much shorter (2 - 3 hours daily), therefore it is less tiring and more adjustable to your level of riding.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 16 st/220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is in 19th century nicely restored Manor House where you can enjoy a common room with fireplace, conference room, terrace under the chestnut trees and a wooden shelter with fireplace and grill for the evening feasts. Rooms are equipped with bed linen, chest of drawers, wardrobe, television, private bathroom with shower and towels. Available rooms to share are twin, triple and a family apartment for up to 4 people. The family apartment is made up of two rooms (one double and one single) with a shared bathroom. Food is made from fresh locally produced and organic meat and fish from the estate's eco farm. Sample menus below. Breakfast starts at 9:00, Lunch at 13:00, Dinner at 18:00 • Breakfast - one hot dish (pancakes / sausage / donuts / scrambled eggs etc.) plus fresh bread, coffee, tea, juice, organic eggs from the farm, organic meat, homemade jams, salads, vegetables and fruits. • Lunch – a hot meal with vegetables, salad with chicken or fish and cold drinks. • Dinner - soup of the day, roast turkey (from the farm), potatoes with cranberry sauce, 2 kinds of salad made with local vegetables.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

British citizens visiting Poland do not require visas. Other categories of British passport holder such BN(O)s and BOCs do require visas and should check the regulations with the Consulate General of the Polish Embassy.

The Polish Embassy in the UK can be found at:
47 Portland Place
London W1B 1JH
Cultural Section
34 Portland Place
London W1B 1HQ
Tel: 0870 774 2700 web site: polishembassy@polishembassy.org.uk

The Foreign and commonwealth office gives travel advice on www.fco.gov.uk or on 0207 008 0232/0233.

The British embassy in Poland can be found at:
British Embassy
Commercial/Visa/Consular Section:
Warsaw Corporate Centre
2nd Floor
Emilii Plater 28
00-688 Warsaw
Telephone: (48) (22) 311 00 00 Web site: British Embassy
Political/Defence/Press and Public Affairs/Management Sections
Aleje Roz No 1
00-556 Warsaw

Commercial/Visa/Consular Section:
Warsaw Corporate Centre
2nd Floor
Emilii Plater 28
00-688 Warsaw
Telephone: (48) (22) 311 00 00 Web site: http://www.britishembassy.pl/

Climate Summary

April/May- blooming trees and flowers, fresh grass, wonderful smells of nature, comfortable temperature for riding, no flies, lots of animals to watch from horseback (wild pigs, deer, rare birds), a favourite month for many guests.
June - a nice comfortable temperature for riding, few rainy days, the opportunity to swim in the lake with horses, very colourful with nature in full bloom.
July and August - the perfect conditions for those who like warm weather, swimming in the lake every day after horse riding, evenings and dinners by the bonfire, spending most of the evenings in the open air. Cold beer, good wine & cold local refreshments taste the best.
September - still a good temperature for horse riding but there may be a need for a raincoat and warmer clothes. Fantastic colours of trees, very romantic and melancholic period, very nice evenings by the fireplace, the smell of apples, pears and plums in the orchard.

(Min and Max in degrees), depending on the season, ( the information is based on the last 2 years)
April, May :10-20
May, June: 15-25
June, July : 18-28
July, August : 20-35
August, September : 15-25

Climate Chart
Health

If you are planning to visit forested areas, you are advised to seek medical advice before you travel about inoculations for tick borne encephalitis.

As a British national, you can gain access to emergency medical treatment in Poland. The Form E111 is no longer valid. You should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is available free of charge through most UK post offices or through the UK Department of Health via their website at: www.dh.gov.uk or by telephoning 0845 6062030 (from outside the UK call: +44 191203555). The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Polish nationals. You will not be covered for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature.

In general, medical facilities are of an equivalent standard to those in the UK. Private medical facilities are comparatively inexpensive and of a good standard. Polish doctors and nurses are well qualified, but, English is not always widely spoken and UK patients may face communication difficulties.

Electricity

The voltage in Poland is the same as in the UK. Most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate 2 pin European adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

Film and Camera Equipment

Wifi is available
Mobile coverage is limited due to the Manor’s location

Packing List

Riding pants - jodpurs or other comfortable riding trousers
Riding boots suitable for walking in too
Half chaps
Riding gloves
Riding hat Sunglasses
Sun cream
Mosquito repellent
Rain, wind proof jacket
Swimming suit
T-shirts and shorts
Mobile phone
All terrain sandals
Camera and film
Binoculars (recommended)
Copy of your passport
Warm clothing in case of evening fireplace

Programmes

This is an 8 day/7 night programme available to start every Saturday from the beginning of April to the end of September, shorter or longer stays upon request.

Departure Dates

2018: departs every Saturday from April to mid September.

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Intense itinerary949
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement89
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider499
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Relaxed itinerary855
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement89
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider499
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Intense itinerary1,069
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement99
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider565
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Relaxed itinerary969
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement99
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider565
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Relaxed itinerary1,215
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement125
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider705
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Intense itinerary11,335
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement1,059
2018, 4-6 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider5,945
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6double pp Relaxed itinerary10,235
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6single supplement1,059
2018 2-3 hours riding8d/7n6non-rider5,945
Wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife in the Drawski Natural park where the ride takes place. Species include red deer, roe-deer, wild boar, European bison, foxes and many rare species of birds such as White-tailed eagles, cranes, swans and herons.

Other Activities

There is a on-site sauna and massage sessions are available. The surrounding lakes provide excellent opportunities for water activities like swimming, kayaking, sunbathing, bird watching or fishing. There are bicycles available for the guests' use and carriage rides are also available.

Other Information

In northern Poland, over 250 lakes are showcased in the Drawskie Lake District's diverse landscape. Clear waters of the Drawa River meander through the region known as West Pomerania. Lakes in this area, carved by ancient glaciers, range from large, deep expanses of water to shallow, small ponds.
One of the biggest water attractions within the Drawskie Lake District is the canoeing routes along the Drawa River.
For the outdoor lovers, both the Drawsko Landscape Park and Drawienski National Park offer a nature conservation for protection plant and animal habitats. The Drawsko Landscape Park covers 102,375 acres, where horseback riding, hiking and biking trails skirt around the many nature preserves in the park. Nature tours are also available for visitors looking for additional education on these natural communities.
The Lake District is perfect for river - bird watching kayaking or lake kayaking alongside white sandy beaches. See and explore the Drawsko Lake District for yourself and see what it's all about.

Other Country Information

Poland became the first of the central European countries to overthrow communist rule in 1989. It is the most populous state in central Europe. In 1989 it was on the verge of economic collapse, weighed down by massive foreign debt. Today, it is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and a significant trading partner for the UK. Poland joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.

Covering an area of 312,685 sq km, Poland is the largest country in central Europe. It is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, and to the north the Baltic Sea. Poland is a mainly flat country: most lies at an altitude of less than 200 metres above sea level. However, the high Tatra and Carpathian mountain ranges in the south rise to a peak of 2,499 metres at Rysy on the Slovakian border. The fertile country – 47% of which is arable land – is traversed by large and slow moving rivers such as the Vistula and the Bug.

Poland has a temperate climate with seasonal variations between -15C in winter and 35C in the summer. Extremes of temperature are more pronounced in the mountains of the south and in the lake area in the north.

The population of Poland is approximately 38.6m. The capital Warsaw (population 1,932,500) is the financial and commercial centre. Other major cities in Poland are Lodz (786,530), Krakow (740,740), Wroclaw (634,050), Poznan (571,990) Gdansk, Bialystok, Poznan and Katowice (population data from 2001).

Natural resources include coal, sulphur, copper, natural gas, silver, amber, lead, salt and arable land.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Airport of Szczecin (SZZ), Poznan (POZ), Gdansk (GDN) or Berlin (SFX and TXL)
Transfer:
Payable on site. From Szczecin airport, SZZ €80 each way / per car, about 1hr. Transfer from other airports available on request, all around €200 each way per car.
Flight Guide:
Oslo - Szczecin (SZZ) £60
London - Szczecin (SZZ) £60
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