We have been coming to ride and stay at Gooseham Barton since 2003 - not every year but as often as we can. We choose to return because it's such a lovely, lovely place. Debbie is a great host and the team who run the stables are excellent. Rides can be tailored to ability and the horses are all incredibly well cared for and loved. The staff know all the horses well and are full of useful advice and knowledge. Visitors are more than welcome to help groom, tack up and generally bond with all the animals, which is really nice for people like my mum - who loves to be around horses but doesn't want to ride every day. All the horses and ponies are safe and a joy to ride. Best of all, the stables keep their horses and ponies after they retire. All the horses are treated like family and it's so nice to visit and see ponies I rode in 2004, 2005 etc, playing in the field with the younger, newer recruits.
The cottages are very nice and cosy - we stay in William Cottage - and there is Wifi, a DVD player, TV with freeview and fully equipped kitchen. It's a great location for travelling around Cornwall and Devon, with lovely nearby beaches. I can recommend the coastal walk - start at Duckpool and finish in Bude if you want to avoid the most punishing hills!
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