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“Above and beyond expectations”
Review of Bells Farm Western Rides - CLOSED

Bells Farm Western Rides
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Birmingham
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Above and beyond expectations”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We decided to give Western Riding a try & started to look for nearby places that offered this... one of which was Bells Farm!
The correspondence, via email, from the outset was fantastic, and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Aswell as booking in for the 2 hour ride we also stayed in the B&B, and the service that we received was excellent. We were a little apprehensive about staying in someone's home, but we were made to feel 100% at ease and even like we were just an extension of the family! The rooms were nice (and appeared to be recently decorated).
As for the ride, all I can say is WOW!! We went in the morning to meet our horses and help to get them ready (Rachel was on hand at all times to tell us everything that we needed to know) and then off we went over the downs. I wanted to take my camera out with me, so my horse was fitted with saddle bags and Rachel wss happy for us to stop and take pictures and she even took some of us.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Harlow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“GREAT to be back”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

My Wife and I have enjoyed another stay at Bells Farm which has enabled us to learn more from Rachel and Andrew about their horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, and local wild life and plants, in addition to me having more splendid rides on the scenic nearby Downs.

This time we stayed in the cosy, twin bedded room which has ample storage, and a large en suite shower etc. The beds are so comfortable that we slept better than when at home, and we were again impressed with the full English breakfast and variations, following the delicious fresh fruit salad.

We will continue to return to Bells Farm for more enjoyable stays in the relaxing, pleasant, and friendly, rural environment.

Visited March 2014
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3 Thank UKTerry
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London
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Just amazing!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We are keen riders and have tried Western riding a couple of times and found this place on-line. Liked the look of the website (and the reviews!), so thought we would give it a try - what a lucky find!
It really was perfect. The horses are great, very well trained, fit and forward going, but also very dependable and trustworthy. Rachel is a great guide and the scenery was spectacular - we had two hour rides on both the Saturday and the Sunday and just didn't want to go home.
The B&B was great and they really have thought of everything, comfy beds, great shower, big fluffy towels (and even Cadburys chocolate fingers with the tea and coffee making stuff!)
Also one of the best home cooked full English breakfasts around.
Friendly hosts who make you feel instantly at home, but also know when to leave you alone - we absolutely loved it and will definitely be back.

Visited November 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great ride and well looked after”
Reviewed 8 May 2013 via mobile

My fiancée and I (casual, occasional riders) booked a 2-hour ride for mid-May. Everything met or exceeded expectations - from the booking communications, to the Western instruction to the ride itself and the post-ride offer of a mug of tea. Rachel is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Making sure we understood the basics she led us off and coached us through each part of the ride, increasing our speed/strides and making sure we were comfortable and safe. Rachel has an amazing ability to for ride out in front and, even at a canter, still look back and talk to us, making sure we are okay. As Rachel and her husband work cattle in the surrounding area she knew exactly where to go and we had a really enjoyable time. We will be back :)

Visited May 2013
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Harlow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“BED and BREAKFAST”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

The B & B facilities at Bells Farm are ideal for western riders. Rachel and her farmer husband Andrew are friendly and helpful hosts.

Internally, the farm house is newly decorated and provides a clean and pleasant environment at a reasonable price. The bedroom that my Wife and I occupied has a comfortable, firm, Kingsize bed, with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, TV and ‘welcome’ tray including hot chocolate. The en suite has a large shower with much hot water (but patience is necessary initially before the hot water ‘comes through’).

The breakfasts were tasty and plentiful. We particularly enjoyed the fresh fruit salad before the ‘full English’ which included sausages from the farm pigs (Aberdeen Angus beef cattle, and sheep are also reared on the farm).

From the bedroom window we could see the farrier at work, and Rachel grooming and ‘tacking up’ the horses in the small yard that is between the old barns.

The B & B complements the western riding superbly, and we will have no hesitation in staying at the Farm when next in the area. The visit also enabled me to ride another of Rachel’s fine Criollos, Cencerro, a very willing and forward going gelding.

Visited March 2013
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3 Thank UKTerry
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