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Special horse riding holidays in Romania
Escape from it all and enjoy the freedom of an incredible horseback riding adventure through rolling hills where shepherds and their flocks are the only thing you will see for miles. The unfenced grasslands and woodlands of Transylvania in Romania offer some of the best trail riding terrain in Europe. In addition, the scenery is stunning with the Carpathian mountains as a backdrop behind the Olt River Valley in which the Merlelor farmhouse is located in the charming old village of Halmeag. Merlelor offers horse riding holidays: trail rides with camping/pension stays along amazing routes, as well day rides with farm stay at Merlelor for those who prefer their creature comforts. We cater for groups of up to eight people as we like to keep things friendly and personal.
Merlelor offers a unique and authentic experience that you will not find elsewhere. The guesthouse is within the main farm which dates back to 1878. It is an enchanting place that takes you back in time, much of the farming in this area is still done in the peasant tradition with horse wagons as the main form of farm transport. In the hills shepherds still watch over sheep, goats, cattle and buffalo as fencing is only just beginning to be introduced. If you want to see Transylvania how it really is, and enter into the spirit of the place, Merlelor is the right place to go for horse riding. You wil find an unforgettable adventure and sense of freedom that will stay with you long after the event.
Come and see the wild, Wild-East before modernity catches up with it!!
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Experiences of our guests
In July we went to Halmeag! What a lovely month to be in Romania! All those flowers and the smell of flowering herbs. Nature is beautiful and abundant; ideal for a quiet ride on horse back. We left in the evening to prevent the heat of the day and enjoyed the great views. The horses were relaxed, we were relaxed and when we came home we had a nice meal. Bertina, the food was delicious, again, and the apple pie for breakfast was a real birthday surprise! We will come back!!
I have been riding at Huib and Bertina's for several times now. Every time is a surprise and a new track. Either we camp or we stay in a nice guesthouse or at peoples homes. The horse are lovely and like to walk and cary you for many miles. Through streams, across the fields, along the foot of the Carpathian mountains. It is always different. They will see me back again at Merlelor's in Halmeag.
What a fantastic week I had! The riding, the camping, the Food! In one word superb!! I really hope to come back. Thanks for everything.
What a special week, spectacular but also very relaxed. I really felt at home and received with open arms. Actually I didn't want to leave anymore. I come back next year and Lency is a lovely horse. This week I have been riding a stallion for the first time in my life! It was very nice to feel so connected to you. See you next year!
Leonore, from Naarden near Amsterdam.
For ten years now, I come horse riding at Merlelor. I also went horse riding in Norway, Kyrgistan, France and Spain, but I always return to Bertina and Huib. They are hospitable, the surrounding is beautiful and you get a lot of freedom from Huib while horse riding. Good food! And never a dull moment. Either it is catching piglets on the annual market or dancing on a wedding party, unexpactedly.
I find Romania an extraordinary country in Europe and Merlelor is for me the place to discover that country.
Anja, from Amsterdam.
I want to thank you for this special week, in all respects. To let go the daily rythm, I didn't wear my watch anymore, the hospitality, the freedom while riding through the fields, the lovely food which was prepared with care by you Bertina. A nice moment with all of us in the jacuzzi with the Milky Way above us.