With more and more people in their 'third age' looking to move across the channel in pursuit of a healthy and happy lifestyle, owning an active living property in France set within a charming equestrian village could be the way to go.
For many years, British travellers have been fascinated by the South-West areas of France that conjures up an image of a return to rural life at a relaxed pace, perfect for those in their golden age. However, very few people who arrive in the area actually get to discover the real France, one that comprises lovely wooded hillsides, gentle winding rivers and a green land of farms. Indeed, in order to fully explore these lands, it is important to ditch the car and get some real 'horse power' behind you.
While horse riding offers a great way to discover new places, trotting down country lanes can also provide emotional and physical benefits it has been revealed. Equine therapy or hippotherapy, uses a horse's rhythmic movement to provide a base of physical support with the American Hippotherapy Association suggesting that sitting astride a walking horse helps simulate the human's normal walking gait, and allows elderly individuals to build flexibility and postural strength. Suitable for both old and young, this therapy has also been said to aid recovery in stroke victims as well as children with Autism and individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Danny Silver, MD of The Villages Group, owners of the first equestrian 'Village' in France, comments,
"It is clear that the relationship between humans and animals is strong. While horses can provide help to those with physical and mental ailments, for those in their 'third age' who are in their prime of life and still fighting fit, pleasure can still be had in horse riding. Indeed, a riding holiday is a great idea for anyone who likes nothing better than getting away from it all and exploring the great outdoors and it is for this reason that we at The
Villages Group are developing an active living resort at an equestrian site in this unique area of France.
"The Equestrian Centre Village, which has just been given the go ahead by the Community Mayor, will be perfect for over 50's.Although the main activity here will be horse riding, residents can also enjoy numerous other activities including cycling, canoeing, golf, potholing, hot air ballooning and even hand-gliding as well as excellent fishing in the free to use private lake, all within easy reach."
The concept for The Villages Group in France has taken four years of research and development to create the first active living resorts in France dedicated to the over 50's. Designed for living, the Villages will initially be set within four stunning French communities with one of the first being the equestrian village. The one-level eco-friendly homes set within outstanding natural environments will afford full on-site amenities including tennis courts, indoor pool, gymnasium, a quality entertainment programme and of course, horse riding opportunities.
The Villages concept in France is set to be a success, offering a fresh alternative and unique lifestyle choice for the active over 50's seeking the perfect lifestyle abroad.
Please contact The Villages Group on + 33 1 4007 8625, email email@example.com
or visit www.thevillagesgroup.com.