Although we rely on your visits to meet our horses, ponies and donkeys, not to mention goats, sheep, etc, La Grange is also still our home, as well as a working stable yard and a place where people come on holiday to our gîte. Therefore, we must request that all visits are by appointment only.
We regularly hold Open Days during the spring and summer months, where we offer a guided tour of our horses, filling you in on everyone's stories, followed by a traditional cream tea served on the lawn, all for the nominal cost of a 14 euro donation per adult and 10 euros per child. All the proceeds raised on these days go directly towards the animals' welfare and are always gratefully appreciated.
In the winter months, dependant on the weather conditions, we do open occasionally, with tea served indoors. We hold events throughout the year though, such as Classic Car Days, Music Evenings and a whole lot more, so please do keep an eye on our website to make sure you don't miss out on anything, or why not become a Member of the Association and in the process receive our updates by email!
We think it's good for our visitors to be able to have close contact with our horses, but whilst they are very friendly and enjoy nothing more than being made a fuss of, we do appreciate that some people can find the sheer size of these particular animals a little daunting and therefore, we completely understand that some people would prefer to keep some distance. We always introduce the horses in a controlled environment and have even found that some of our visitors, who have previously been nervous of big horses, have at the end of their visit, gained the courage to 'HUG A HORSE'. If you're still not entirely convinced though, we also have two little ponies, 'Cracker' - a Miniature Shetland pony and 'Freddie' - a small Dartmoor pony, who are a little less intimidating. They both have very gentle natures and are always more than happy to have attention bestowed upon them.
We do ask that dogs be kept on a lead and small children to be supervised at all times. We have very good wheelchair access and toilet facilities on site and we positively encourage both adults and children with physical or learning difficulties, to spend time with our animals. We believe this interaction to be hugely beneficial and it's something we're keen to develop further in the future.