janssaud | Welcome

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The Janssaud Trail Riding Centre is the fruit of two young, dynamic professionals. We are located on 55 hectares in the middle of Provence and only 4 km from the charming village of Forcalquier. Come and experience this beautiful landscape by horseback, enjoy local knowledge and cuisine, in a relaxed yet spirited environment.
Our rides vary from two hours to seven days, from beginners to experienced riders and we operate all year round.

Horses and Weather

Our horses are specifically used for trail riding; they are calm and reliable to please everyone.

We’re able to work all year round thanks to the very pleasant weather of the region. We have busy hot summers with nice long days; spring and autumn are beautiful and the sky is a perfect blue. The weather is not too hot, the vegetation very green at spring time and there are marvellous colours to be seen in autumn. Winter is cool and can surprise us with nice snowy landscapes, but nothing that a good jacket can’t see you through. New Year’s Eve trail is a must do !

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Short rides

Together we’ll discover endearing countryside tracks which will lead us to historical and typical Provencal villages of the area, Forcalquier, Lurs, Pierrerue, Banon, Ganagobie..., as well as the unusual geological formation of “les Mourres”. We’ll pause for a break to take in the surroundings and enjoy the distinctive Provencal vegetation, lavender fields, olive trees and wild herbs such as rosemary and thyme...
Short ride (2 hours or 3 hours) are organised daily; morning, afternoon and evening when there is a full moon. Full days can also be easily organised.
The time specified is the time spent riding, we prepare the horses together before leaving (allow half an hour). Booking essential


2 hours: 27€
3 hours: 37€
Day trip: 70€, picnic 8€

Times depend on the season and are confirmed at your booking.

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Every weekend is a good reason to ride, enjoy the peacefulness of nature and to share the warmth of a trail ride. Horseback Riding is the best way to discover or rediscover the beauty of Provence.
The weekends include, 2 days riding from Janssaud Trail Riding Centre, 2 nights in gite accommodation, (single room can be arranged) and all meals are included. Great tasting, regional and local produce are used for dinner and the fresh picnic style lunches.
People arrive for dinner on the Friday night (~7PM) and the weekend finishes by the end of Sunday afternoon (~6PM). Anything can be arranged, from an extra night on the Sunday to extra riding day(s). Teenage and non riding followers are welcome. We’re here to please you, so don’t be afraid to ask any questions.

Les Grandes Mollieres :
This two day loop trip from Janssaud will bring us to the charming gite (B&B) of Michel and Katherine, Les Grandes Mollieres. We’ll go through typical, high nested villages and beautiful scenery with the Alps in the background. You’ll enjoy a privileged view of The Penitents, a stunning rock formation lighten up at night time. This two day trip can be transformed into a three day trip, by adding an extra day in the middle. Ideal for those who enjoy a good canter through charming mountain tracks.

2 days / 2 nights. 220€/pers, double rooms available.

Camp trip in the Lure Mountain :
Come and enjoy nature up close and personal with an evening under the stars and dinner next to the camp fire. Our support vehicle will bring all the necessary comfort.

2 days / 2 nights. 220€/pers.

Autonomy camp trip with pack horses:
A slightly more extreme version of the camp trip, but it will make you relive the horse travelling time. It’s not that long ago and today, still exists in some parts of the world. However, more than just the basics will be brought to guaranty a magical experience.

2 days / 2 nights. 195€/pers

The fromagerie of the Lautin :
2 days riding from Janssaud visiting the Forcalquier shire, with a family style dinner at the property/accommodation in La Parise gite. This weekend will give you the possibility to visit a proper artisanal goat cheese farm. The two AFONSO brothers, after introducing us to their goats and before the degustation, will explain to us the production process of their beautiful cheeses. (visit~1h).

2 days / 2 nights. 220€/pers

La Fontaine:
this 2 day loop, will take us to the village of Simiane la Rotonde. This luxury gite (B&B) with swimming pool and beautiful panorama will certainly please you.

2 days / 2 nights. 230€/pers, double rooms available.

- Couple’s special:
A lover’s week-end! You’ll stay in a private, terraced studio/room with a spectacular view and swimming pool access. As much riding as you want (from half a day to two days). You’re invited to join us for a delicious home cooked meal prepared by your hosts on arrival. For your second night we can recommend several restaurants for a romantic tète a tète (own expense).

2 days / 2 nights. From 370€ per couple. Any time of the year depending on availability.

All trips are organised on demand, for any group of four or more.

Groups: create your group (6 people or more), book together and enjoy a discount as shown:
Group of 6 = 6% discount for every rider.

Eg. group of 6, 850 € - 6% = 799 € > 306 € saved for the group
Eg. group of 8, 850 € - 8% = 782 € > 544 € saved for the group

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5 Day Treks

This privileged location gives us the opportunity to introduce you to:

Le Luberon, with the colourful ochres from the Provencale Colorado and the villages which gave the area its reputation.
7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days. € 850 6 days / 5 nights / 4 riding days. € 680

La Montagne de Lure, set at 1826 metres above sea level offers us a 360° panorama, and also delivers marvellous landscapes during autumn.
8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days. € 960 7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days. € 800

Les Lavandes of the Albion’s plateau, a journey into post card landscapes. This trip is only organised at the most picturesque time of the year, just before harvesting in mid July. An “express” version is also scheduled for very experienced riders only.
7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days. € 850

Forcalquier and Lure Mountain country. Base-camp trip, accommodated in Forcalquier’s 3* camp-ground with swimming pool, under a deluxe safari style tent.
7 days / 6 nights / 4 riding days. € 590

Bivouac Nature: This trip has been created to enjoy nature at its closest. 2 nights out of the 3 will be spent in an old stone Shepherd hut, in a tent or under the stars depending on the season or your wishes. The other night will be spent in à comfortable gite to rediscover the joy of modernity.
4 days / 3 nights / 4 riding days. € 411

For a five day riding trip, we will welcome you on the Sunday night to be ready to go on the Monday morning. We will ride together until Friday afternoon, and enjoy our last diner together. You’ll be free to leave any time on Saturday. Anything can be arranged, from an extra night to extra riding day(s).

We’ll stay in B&B’s selected for they friendly hospitality, single rooms available (at extra cost).

Please bring with you:
Sleeping bag and pillow case (not necessary for single room) Torch and water bottle Light rain gear to bring with us on the horse. (We can lend you some) Your personal clothes for riding and night time, in a reasonable quantity.

All trips are organised on demand, for any group of four or more.

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Contact us for any advice; we’re here to help you facilitate your travel.

By car:
Janssaud is 4 km from Forcalquier in the direction of Fontienne on the D12 road. Go threw the locality of La Parise and you’ll find the ‘horse centre’ a little bit further on the left.
www.en.mappy.com or www.viamichelin.co.uk

By train:
Aix en Provence or Avignon are the closest stations (~1h). Pick-up can be organised.
Trains run daily from London to Avignon via a connection at Lille. Example: Departing London St Pancras at 8.45am, arrive at Avignon at 5.10pm, (30min connection in Lille). Sleeper cabins are also available between Lille and Avignon. More times and trains are available with the possibility of a connection in Paris.
For more info and tips visit: http://www.seat61.com/France.htm#Nice, or http://www.raileurope.co.uk/

By Plane:
Marseille International Airport (~1h), welcomes all major companies such as Air France and British Airways, as well as Ryan Air and Easy Jet for discount flights. Pick-up can be organised as well.

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à cheval entre Lure et Luberon