“My friend and I did the driving experience today and absolutely loved it. Learned lots, the horses were wonderful as were the people. Can't wait to do it again.”
Alli K Willmore-Horne - Have a go at carriage driving – May 2018
“Absolutely fantastic start to my day! Loved every minute of learning how to drive the horse and carriage. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the horses were perfectly behaved and know their job. Very informative and great fun. Will be back for another go!.”
Shelley Maskell - Have a go at carriage driving – May 2018
“To all at the Horse Drawn Carriage Company.
Please may I take this opportunity to thank every one for providing the most magical day on Saturday. We were impressed with the organisation and the friendly way that we were greeted especially as we arrived with 2 hounds.
To be allowed to help with the 2 marvellous horses- in getting them ready and put into the carriage – was fabulous.
To say the trip was interesting with both dogs on board is an understatement. The horses behaved very well and the coachman and his beautiful outrider were very informative and took great care to ensure that the trip was smooth.
The weather was beautiful and the countryside was taking on its new frock. The colours and smells were invigorating.
On arrival at the step down for the short walk to the picnic site we were greeted by 3 goats who despite the tasty treats that were provided did not want to engage with the dogs so the treats were left and after the short walk to the picnic site we arrived at a spot where all our desires were catered for.
The lunch provided was immensely tasty and made more so by the quiet surroundings, there was even a lunch bag for the hounds-great attention to detail-many thanks.
The whole experience was magical.
Many thanks for a great day one that will be remembered for a long time.”
Mr Brown – Champagne Picnic drive for 2 (+dogs!) – May 2018
“I bought the two horse driving experience for my husbands 65th birthday and what a truly wonderful time he had no amount of questions were too much (and he had a lot) Jules and her husband were such a lovely knowledgeable couple and made this such a wonderful experience. Would certainly recommend this business for any carriage hire as boy were they truly wonderful so were Tommy and Charlie gentle lovely natured horses xx.”
Pauline carter – Have a go at carriage driving – Oct 2017
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for a lovely lovely drive. I have been wanting to do this for absolutely ages. Trouble is I've got the bug now!.”
Jenny Fright – Have a go at carriage driving - May 2017
“Just to say thank you for our lovely carriage ride on Friday. It was wonderful and Millie and I enjoyed it immensely. As I said to you at the time, it exceeded our expectations!.”
Ruthanne Smith – Champagne carriage drive - June 2017
“I wanted to say thank you for yesterday. I had such a wonderful couple of hours with you all and learned so much. Your horses are a delight and it was an exhilarating experience to take the reins and drive for the first time.”
Fiona Sutton - Have a go at carriage driving -July 2017
“We all just wanted to thank you so very much for a perfect afternoon yesterday. You all made us feel so welcome and Harry particularly enjoyed the interaction with Tommy and Charlie, helping to groom and then taking the reins himself. We have some wonderful photos and video, which we will treasure along with such happy memories of a wonderful afternoon spent with you all.
I will certainly recommend the experience to any friends or family who are looking for an extra special treat, made all the more so by the warm welcome and kindness and patience that you showed when helping Harry. With very best wishes.”
Jan and Keith – Have a go at carriage driving - July 2017
“Through life, if you are lucky, you may have some wonderful and memorable experiences. We had one of those today. From being collected from E Grinstead Station, meeting the two lovely sisters - Julia and Susie, then meeting the two gorgeous horses. After the first glass of champagne (the rest of the bottle followed with lunch) we enjoyed a good 45min ride in a 150 year old barouche. We were then pointed in the direction of our picnic area - via the goats (for which we were given a basket of 'goat' goodies for Norah Batty and her two friends). After following a rough track, we came upon a 'paradise in the wood'. Tables, chairs, gourmet picnic, a bottle of wine, lovely cushions, a covered spacious relaxation area with what can only be described as an enormous sofa area with magazines, games, maps etc.. Oh, we could go on and on, but it was perfect. So much thought and preparation had gone into the picnic area. Magazines, games, maps and - a wonderful, quality and filling picnic, plus chilled wine. We will certainly return - perhaps for the next visit - a winter fire pit experience. We have recommended many places and experiences throughout the world but, if you want a personal, relaxing day with a unique experience of a horse-drawn carriage ride, then we cannot recommend anything more highly. Just go!!.”
Mr and Mrs Ansell – Champagne Picnic carriage drive – July 2017
“This is just to thank you for the wonderful afternoon I spent with you on Saturday, having a carriage driving experience.
It was good to take the reins again after many years absence of riding, and to start learning a new and exciting discipline.
It was particularly good to 'drive' your two lovely white horses, Tommie and Charlie, who were attentive and responsive, and to be able to go along the country lanes and tracks.
The tuition you gave me was fun and professional and has wet my appetite for more! It was also good to have been able to have family members sitting in the back of the Carriage and enjoying the experience with me. We were all also fascinated by your excellent tuition on the harnessing aspects, and learnt a lot. All in all it was an excellent experience which we would highly recommend. Thankyou again.”
Paul and Sue – “Have a go at carriage driving” 7th January 2017
“I had an amazing time on Sunday morning and would highly recommend your carriage drive experience to anyone. The whole experience from the moment we arrived till when we sadly had to leave was thoroughly enjoyable. You and your team were so welcoming and knowledgeable and Charlie and Tommy are absolutely gorgeous.”
“It was fascinating to hear all about the tack and seeing the horses put to the carriage but I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed my lesson, you were so patient and enthusiastic, an amazing teacher who has left me eager to learn more, it's such a shame I live 200 miles away or I would be back next weekend for more! I am seriously considering buying Gareth (my boyfriend) an experience so I can come and see the beautiful Tommy and Charlie again. Thanks for a fantastic morning.”
Rachel - “Have a go at carriage driving”- February 2017
“We had a lovely drive and picnic with the whole family, enjoying the ride and the picnic area afterwards. The kids enjoyed toasting marshmallows and exploring the nearby woods while the parents could relax over a lovely meal by the fire. Brilliant concept coupled with attentive hosts in a picturesque environment. What more could you wish for.”
Irena - Family picnic drive- November 2016
“Hi, Absolutely fantastic experience special birthday gift for my partner thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the girls were so good at making it a day to remember will definitely go again. Thank you.”
Gerhard - Champagne carriage drive- November 2016
“We got bought the carriage and picnic experience as an Engagement present from my mum. Julie and her husband were great hosts on the carriage ride and as for Tommie and Charlie, well, it goes without saying they were the stars of the show. The picnic and the area that was set out for us for the afternoon was just perfect. We relaxed and did nothing for the whole afternoon on the comfort of a bed in a field! - the most relaxing scene. We had a great time and I would definitely recommend it.”
Carolynn - Champagne picnic drive for two - August 2016
“Nothing less than a first class service! Julie was a pleasure to deal with and the ride was perfect to relax on after our ceremony. A fairytale dream come true, highly recommended!.”
Claire and Alex – Wedding- May 2016
“Had an absolutely fantastic time today doing the Have a go at carriage driving. I did the 2 hour experience. It was great to be shown (and have a go at) harnessing the lovely horses Tommie and Charlie, also to be able to learn more about carriage driving. I loved going out and having the chance to drive the carriage. Julie and her mum are very knowledgeable and very friendly. I would definitely recommend the Horse Drawn Carriage Company to everyone.”
Lucy Kelly- “Have a go at carriage driving”- May 2016
“The entire experience of dealing with the Horse Drawn Carriage Company was excellent from start to finish. I made several phone calls to them arranging a Carriage for my Daughters wedding and each time they were extremely helpful. It wasn't a straightforward booking as the couple were not leaving the venue , but they were determined that the Bride and Groom would have a Carriage ride and they did ! A very pretty carriage decorated with flowers and Champagne as well, not forgetting of course Tommy and Charlie the beautiful horses.”
Jacqueline Janes - Wedding - March 2016
“I just wanted to thank you & everybody for such a fantastic & perfect day that you arranged for us yesterday at such short notice. Everything was perfect in every respect from the time of arrival to our departure. Champagne was chilled to perfection. The horse's & carriage were immaculately turned out & the boy's were a delight on such a warm day.... A lovely drive in beautiful idyllic countryside, the goats were so cute & friendly, the girls loved petting & feeding them. As for the picnic & picnic area that was out of this world. Excellent local food & drink in such an enchanting setting. In all a perfect day in every respect.”
Ian Legg – Family Picnic Drive – 23rd July 2016
“Just a brief note of thanks for the horses & carriage which came to the village hall last Sunday evening to take the retiring Vicar and his wife home. It rounded off the evening (and day) and was an enormous success – very much appreciated by Father Paul and Jennie. It came as a surprise to the gathered crowd (as intended) and everyone was impressed with the smart carriage. Thank you very much! (You should have heard the excitement of a 4 year old who had wandered into the lane and saw the carriage and horses approaching! Unforgettable!).”
Bob Burgess – 15th May 2016
“We have just returned from a lovely honeymoon and didn't get a chance before we went to send a huge thank you for the magic you added to our day; the Horses and Carriage were beautiful, the ladies that drove it so friendly, and it was a dream come true to travel with my dad and arrive at my wedding in such a fairytale way.”
Ashley - January 2016
“I can’t thank you enough for being so patient and amazing throughout the day. The horse and carriage being there really made it for us and you made her look so beautiful and with the cart too. There are lots of pictures and I think I can just attach a few at a time so will send over quite a few emails! Anyway you were brilliant and I can’t thank you enough.”
Kate and Duncan - May 2015
“Sorry that this is a little slow coming but I did want to thank you for all your endeavours to fit in what was needed for Holly's wedding. It all went very well and she was delighted with the surprise. For some reason the picture of you bringing the carriage up the drive as we waited in front of the Alexander hotel was quite splendid and a treasured memory along with the rest of the journey.
If I had any more daughters, I would definitely come to you again but will remain entirely happy with the one event I have been able to help make special.”
Tony Hollom – August 2015
“The addition of having the beautiful carriage and horses, turned my daughters wedding day into an absolutely amazing one. The horses looked perfect, were impeccably behaved and the carriage looked stunning. Julie and her partner looked wonderful in their uniforms and with all these elements together, it really was magical. From the first time I contacted Julie I felt very confident that it would be perfect and it certainly was. A lot of care was taken over the details before the event and were discussed well in advance of the wedding which was very reassuring. I can't say thank you enough.”
Sue Tilbury – August 2015
“From the moment that I contacted Julie from The Horse Drawn Carriage Company I knew that I had made the right choice for my sons wedding. She was very quick with replying every time I asked a question and nothing was too much trouble for her. She is a very helpful and knowledgeable person who will go out of her way to help make everybody’s day that extra special. The form filling was a very simple process and I could not believe how straight forward and easy it was, which is a wonderful thing when trying to plan months ahead. Due to us changing the route for various reasons Julie ensured that Ben and Lysney had as much time as possible in their dream carriage being pulled by Tommy and Charlie, her two beautifully turned out white horse's. I certainly have no hesitation in recommending Julie and The Horse Drawn carriage as being very stress free and very good value for money for a perfect day!”
Judy Carver – September 2015
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