Ranches, Estancias & Country Retreats

Saddle up and see the world from a different perspective, on horseback. Stays at ranches, estancias and country retreats are an ideal way to enjoy an active adventure holiday and get you deeper into the wilderness on a truly immersive experience. What’s more, because you’ll ride with expert guides a riding holiday works regardless of your ability. They are also perfect for adults and families alike, allowing everyone to get in touch with their inner cowboy.

For a typical western experience the empty spaces of the USA allow you to indulge in horse riding and cattle herding, dude ranching and round-ups, all the while staying in luxury ranches that offer the ultimate in adventure. With lodges like Dunton Hot Springs, the Ranch at Rock Creek and Triple Creek Ranch setting the standard for service and hospitality you’ll be able to relax after a hard day at the rodeo.

Alternatively get in touch with your inner gaucho by enjoying a ranch holiday in Chile or Argentina. Watch out for wildlife while exploring empty tracts of British Columbia in Canada or take to the saddle on a riding safari to see swathes of the savannah in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana on horseback.

You needn't ride though to enjoy a stay at one of these authentic retreats. Head to a country retreat, estancia, hacienda, outstation or ranch for the chance to experience a way of life and try your hand at a wide range of other activities too in the heart of some stunning scenery and wilderness - there really is something for everyone. 

For more inspiration talk to our team of experts about where to ride out, gallop with the herds and experience a different, rural way of life.

TOP RANCHES, ESTANCIAS & COUNTRY RETREATS

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White Stallion Ranch

Location: The American Southwest | USA

The family-run White Stallion Ranch is nestled among 3,000 acres of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Bordering Saguaro National Park, this charming, Western-style dude (guest) ranch is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, their very own rodeo, and a vast array of riding opportunities, as well as other activities.

Best for: Riding, Wildlife & Nature, Landscapes & Scenery, Adventure

Goosewing Ranch

Location: Rocky Mountains | USA

The friendly Goosewing Ranch is surrounded by protected, pristine wilderness just waiting to be explored. This small and intimate dude ranch is famed for its welcoming atmosphere, which makes guests feel part of the family from the moment they arrive, and offers a personalised ranch experience, with plenty of riding opportunities for guests of all ages and abilities - and plenty more besides. 

Best for: Riding, Wildlife & Nature, Landscapes & Scenery, Adventure

Elk Mountain Ranch

Location: Rocky Mountains | USA

At 9,600ft in elevation Elk Mountain is Colorado’s highest guest/dude ranch. Overlooking the Arkansas Valley and adjacent to Browns Canyon National Monument, you will be surrounded by dramatic mountains so tall their peaks often sit above the clouds. With plenty of activities on offer, this family-owned ranch works perfectly for young families in search of an adventure.

Best for: Riding, Landscapes & Scenery, Water activities, Walking & Trekking

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Location: Rocky Mountains | USA

Overlooking some of Montana's most breathtaking landscapes, The Ranch at Rock Creek combines raw western adventure with the height of comfort and luxury. Your days at the ranch will prove to be as diverse in experience as they are unforgettable.

Best for: Family-friendly, Riding, Multi-activity, Cultural Immersion

Dunton Hot Springs

Location: Rocky Mountains | USA

An abandoned mining town restored as a luxury mountain resort, complete with hot springs and a pampering spa, Dunton Hot Springs is not like any other place you’ve stayed. Individual cabins are nestled amidst beautiful alpine scenery, alongside a 40-foot waterfall, leaving you to explore or restore to your heart’s desire.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine, Hideaway, History & Heritage

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