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Frequently Asked Questions

Most people have questions about their visit to Clyne Farm Centre if it is for a residential stay or even a short ride on a horse. This section is constantly evolving so if the question that you want answering is not here then you can ask us and we'll come back to you as soon as possible. 

ACCOMMODATION

Do you provide bed linen?

Do you provide towels?

Do you provide cots and highchairs?

Can we wash clothes on site?

What cooking facilities are provided?

Are your properties inspected by an outside body?

What is this free taster activity session?

 

CHALLENGE VALLEY

Is Challenge Valley really muddy?

What equipment do you need?

Why do you have to bring a swimming costume?
Will I be able to complete the course?
How long will the course last?

What is the age limit for Challenge Valley?

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Do you provide food?

Do you provide cakes or party bags?

Can parents watch or have a cup of tea?

 

HORSERIDING

Do you have to be experienced to ride at Clyne Farm?

Do you provide hard hats?

What duration are the rides?

Are lessons indoors?

Are the horses OK in traffic?

I've hear you have a pony and trap - can I have carriage driving lessons?

What is the difference between a hack and a trek?

What clothes should I wear?

Do I have to wear riding boots?

I'd love to go on a beach ride - do I have to be experienced?

 

ACCOMMODATION

Do you provide bed linen? Yes we have duvets with all beds already made up. Each bed has two pillows but please ask if you need additional pillows or duvets. back

 

Do you provide towels? We provide a hand towel and a bath towel for each person. We ask that you don't take these to the beach or use them to bath the dog - we've got to wash them afterwards! back

 

Do you provide cots and highchairs? We can provide cots and highchairs on request. We have mainly travel cots because they are easy to assemble and move where you want them in the cottage. We do not provide cot linen or duvets as we find that people prefer to bring their own. We do have some wood framed cots on request. 

 

Can we wash clothes on site? Our bigger cottages (Keeper's Cottage, Barn Owl Lodge, Old Schoolroom, Stables Cottage, Horseshoe Cottage and Chapel Barn) have washer/driers in the kitchens. On site we have a laundry room which has a commercial washing machine and tumble drier which are coin operated. These have a capacity about twice that of a domestic machine. All cottages have access to a rotary washing line. If you have used a washer/drier before you'll know that its drying cycle is slow so many people use the laundry room drier. back

 

What cooking facilities are provided? Each cottage has a gas cooker with a four ring hob and oven (Barn Owl Lodge has an electric cooker). They each also have a microwave and toaster. Large groups who have taken three or more cottages have been able to use the main Centre kitchen and dining room for a special meal. back

 

Are your properties inspected by an outside body? We are inspected primarily by Wales Tourist Board. Our cottages have achieved Grades 4 (see individual properties for details) Byron's Barn in 3 star - it has similar facilities to all the others but is smaller. back

 

What is this free taster activity session? If you book a weeks accommodation with us you receive, subject to availability, a free multi activity taster session.  This usually takes place on the Monday after arrival, and can involve archery, indoor climbing and horse riding.  You can try all the activities or just one or two.  It's a great way to meet other people who are staying here. back

 

 

CHALLENGE VALLEY

Is Challenge Valley really muddy? Yes, no one has disputed that it is the muddiest assault course in the world! That is what makes it such good fun - remember, it's not life threatening but challenging and great fun for all ages from 8 to 80. It is muddy all year round, so although the sun may be shining in August you
re still going to get dirty! back

 

What equipment do you need? Your oldest clothes! Plus shower kit, a bathing costume, clothes to change into (everything from socks through pants to tops) and a black bag to take the old clothes away when you've finished.  back

 

Why do you have to bring a swimming costume? Two reasons - we like you to take as many of your muddy clothes off outside the shower block as possible. There are separate male and female changing rooms but the showers are communal so some people prefer to keep their costume on when showering. back

 

Will I be able to complete the course?
Yes! Challenge Valley can be completed by anyone over the age of eight years.  It is suitable for all ages and abilities and it's not a race!  If you're in a group everyone helps everyone else.  We've had all kind of groups in amongst the mud, from wheelchair users, deaf children, blind adults, people with learning difficulties...we've even had a 80 year old granny who loved it!!  So even if the most exercise you do is picking up the remote control to watch Eastenders this is for you!!
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How long will the course last?
An average group will take around one and a half to two hours.  Challenge Valley birthday parties take two and a half hours, which allows time for icebreaker games and food.
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What is the age limit on Challenge Valley? At the moment the lower age limit is eight and there is no upper limit. We've had people over eighty do it. Because it's a team event and not a race they are helped by other members of their team.  back

 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Do you provide food? Our birthday party package includes food which can be chips with chicken nuggets, sausage or pizza. We have vegetarian options but other than that we like everyone to have the same - it saves arguments!  back

 

Do you provide cakes or party bags? We can but usually parents prefer to supply their own  back

 

Can parents watch or have a cup of tea? We encourage parents to watch (but not interfere as the instructors we use are very experienced in handling groups of all ages). If you want to stay in the warmth of the dining room or coffee shop, tea and coffee can be served (often the parents of the party person arrange this for parents who stay)  back

 

 

HORSERIDING

Do you have to be experienced to ride at Clyne Farm? No, we cater for riders of all standards - after all, everyone has to start somewhere. Your instructor will assess you and the hack or lesson will be at the pace to suit your ability. Lots have riders have had their first experience of riding a horse at a birthday party at Clyne Farm and gone on to take riding qualifications at college and university.  back

 

Do you provide hard hats? It is a requirement of our insurance that all riders wear hard hats to the latest British and European Standard (BS EN 1384 at the time of writing). If you have an older hat (and we've seen some old ones!) we will ask you to hire one of ours. The hire cost is £1 per hat per ride.  back

 

What duration are the rides? We start with a fifteen minute introductory led walk for little ones (usually 2-4 year olds). Normally we do hacks or lessons which can be from half an hour to four hours in duration. The most popular are one hour hacks or lesson especially for people who do not ride regularly. back

 

Are lessons indoors? No, all our lessons are outdoors in our all weather arena which means you have to wrap up warm in the winter.  back

 

Are the horses OK in traffic? Most of our rides are traffic free. Our horses are generally well behaved but remember they are animals and can be unpredictable (I was going to say that most of them are female but thought better of it!). back

 

I've heard that you have a pony and trap - can I have carriage driving lessons? We have Tiggi who is a very well behaved young lady who is very good for carriage lessons. We use either our Victorian trap or a two seater exercise cart. Lessons start in an enclosed area and then graduate to the road. back

 

What is the difference between a hack and a trek? The dictionary definition talks about it being the hire of ordinary horses. A trek is a slow ride where horses walk at a steady pace - sometimes for a day or half day. Riders do not need to be experienced but usually go along to enjoy the scenery. We don't do treks (but can let you know who can) but hacks which we define it as a ride in which there is some cantering or trotting depending on the skill of the riders. Whatever the ride it will always go at the pace of the slowest or least experienced rider. back

 

What clothes should I wear? Warm, comfortable clothes. Not jeans which can rub and are not comfortable when wet. Waterproof tops and gloves will help keep wind and cold at bay. back

 

Should I wear riding boots? All our horses have tack which includes safety stirrups - this means that you can ride in trainers. If you are going to ride a lot then riding boots, wellies or shoes with a heel are preferred.  back

 

I'd love to go on a beach ride - do I have to be experienced? You have to be confident of handling the horse or pony on the beach. Once they see the wide open spaces they are off! Beach rides are definitely for the more experienced rider!  Access to the beach is limited during the summer months. back

 

 

 


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