Hungary ~ Homoki Lodge
Homoki Lodge is a comfortable, welcoming and flexible base from which to explore Hungary’s renowned great-plains. Situated between the Danube and Tisza Rivers, an easy 2 hour journey from Budapest, amongst fields of wild tobacco, acacia, birch and pinewoods, Homoki’s sand tracks provide perfect going for horses and you can ride in all directions with hardly a fence or man-made obstacle in view. Nights at the lodge or in luxury yurts, riding to suit, a swimming pool, mountain bikes and massage - a marvellous choice for riders and non-riders like.
Riding: 1 ½ to 4 ½ hours a day, tailored to suit
Horses: Hungarian Warmbloods
Pace: tailored to suit
Riding ability: all levels; confident novice to experienced
Weight limit: 85kg (13st 5lbs)
Accommodation: lodge & luxury yurt
Group size: maximum 6-8 for riders (lodge sleeps up to 20)
Season: April to November
Horses: There are around 20 horses at Homoki, all are Hungarian warmbloods, a breed developed at the Mezohegyes State Stud in Hungary through selective crossing of Gidrans, Kisberi, Akhal Teke, Nonius and Arabs. They are between 15hh and 16hh, and are fit, strong and healthy - responsive and enjoyable ride. Tack is Hungarian style, which is very comfortable, quite deep, similar to the Maclellan saddles used on many other rides but with padded covers built in (no need for a seat saver!) Most horses are ridden in snaffle bits. There is a weight limit of 85 kgs / 13st 5lbs stone though some heavier riders may be taken on request.
Hours: The riding is quite flexible and you can book different levels. Advanced rides average 4 ½ hours per day and include full day outings on some days, when you may have lunch out either at a local bar or restaurant, or a picnic in the forest. You can also choose a medium level which includes 3 hours riding each morning, with the afternoon to relax or for other activities. Beginner or novice riders can book the ‘light’ level - which includes only 1 ½ hours riding each afternoon.
Pace and experience required: The pace of the ride is moderate to fast with good opportunities for some long canters. With sandy tracks and open meadows there are plenty of chances to move on. There will of course be some walking and trotting and if the ground is wet and boggy or very dry, the pace will be slower. These rides are aimed at intermediate to experienced riders and, for the advanced rides, you should be well balanced, comfortable and secure in the saddle and able to control a well-schooled horse outside at all paces. Novice riders are also accepted for the ‘light’ programs.
Homoki has several different accommodation options. The main lodge building is a traditional Hungarian farmhouse, with thick adobe walls. There are several rooms within the lodge itself, all decorated in a simple, typical farmhouse style. There are also 7 yurts which won the “Pure Life Award 2016 for mindful design”. Designed by your host and with all the facilities of a boutique hotel, each yurt is constructed on its own small hill - inside they are open and light, with a glass dome through which to see the stars at night. Each room or yurt is a little different and prices vary accordingly. All rooms have their own private bathroom with bath tub or shower (or both) and also floor heating and air conditioning. There are flat screen televisions and minibars in the yurts, and the luxury yurts have king sized beds made up with damask linen. The common areas include an outdoor swimming pool (open May to September), sauna and massage room and plenty of outside hide-aways to sit and relax. The main restaurant and reception area has free Wifi, a bar, dining tables and a comfortable seating area.
Rates depend on the type of room and also the number of hours riding.
Flexible; arranged to suit betwen 5th April and 30th November
Itinerary in brief - please note that this is only an example and day to day arrangements are extremely flexible. Suggestions will be made each day and these can be discussed with your guides at the lodge.
|Day 1||Arrive Budapest and drive across the Southern Great Plain to Homoki Lodge. Meet the horses and enjoy your first typical Hungarian meal that evening.|
|Day 2||A long morning ride to get used to the Hungarian Warmblood horses. Perhaps visit the "Miracle Meadow" with wonderful seasonal flowers and a second afternoon ride to enjoy long canters across the plains.|
|Day 3||A full day ride to the local village of Ruzsa, past rural farms and through shady poplar forests. Opportunities for some more fast canters on the plains.|
|Day 4||A full day ride to the buffalo reservation in Mórahalom. Stop to view the protected wetlands before riding on to a traditional tavern for lunch, then back to the lodge, sandy paths providing excellent going for the horses.|
|Day 5||A long morning ride discovering the "Witch House" region once frequented by bandits and highwaymen. Visit the Sándor Rózsa museum before lunch at a tavern. Back to Homoki for the afternoon where you might enjoy one of their luxurious spa treatments.|
|Day 6||A lovely day ride through deep woodlands where you may spot wild game such as roe and fallow deer and hare. Arrive at a picturesque fishing lake where your guide will prepare a traditional fish stew for you over a cauldron. Enjoy good canters after lunch on your way home to Homoki.|
|Day 7||Your last ride might take you towards the Serbian border, passing tobacco plantations and eventually arriving at a farm museum. Enjoy a typical lunch of lard bread and sweet paprika before riding back to Homiki for a delicious afternoon tea. An afternoon to relax of enjoy one of the other activities on offer before a last supper at the lodge.|
|Day 8||Breakfast and transfer to Budapest for your onward journey.|
|Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 for further information.|
The meeting point for the rides is usually Budapest airport and there is no set arrival time. British Airways has several direct flights every day from London Heathrow to Budapest. Easy Jet flies from Gatwick, Wizz Air from Luton and other regional airports and Ryan Air flies from London Stansted and also other regional airports. Airfares vary depending on the airline and season but expect to pay between £140 to £220 for an economy return.
Budapest is a beautiful city, split by the mighty Danube with the old castle and fort 'Buda' on one side, and the newer Austro-Hungarian city, 'Pest' on the other. It is well worth a visit and we recommend an extra night or two here either before or after the ride.
Transfers from / to Budapest can be arranged on request and are billed locally. A one way VIP transfer (an English speaking driver will wait in the arrival hall with a sign, cars have air conditioning and wifi) currently costs 155 euros each way. Standard transfers (the driver will wait next to the parking lot with a sign) currently costs 118 euros. Prices are per car and transfers are billed at the lodge - there is often the possibility of sharing with another guest if you wish which reduces the cost.
If you prefer to hire a car and drive to Homoki then we can send directions – and for private jets there is a local airport at Szeged, about 30km from Homoki.