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Cowboy Eco Retreat


Cowboy Eco Retreat
Velebit Nature Park Croatia

As Europe’s only DK Eyewitness Travel Luxury Ranch, our property truly stands apart from other luxury resorts. The idea of a guest ranch is that you are a guest, rather than a lodger, visiting a home away from home and taking part in the same adventures and traditions as if you owned it. It is our pleasure to offer all gourmet meals, a robust outdoor activities program, an experienced staff and expert guides and top-of-the-the-line gear based on the idea that our mountain will become your playground for the length of your stay. Our Ranch is proudly operated with environmental sustainability in mind.

Choose from a variety of accommodation types to fit your style! Different types of accommodation facilities offered at the Ranch include rooms, suites, chalet, lodges, river tents and Native American tipis. They all feature beds dressed with soft linens, private baths (river tents have detached bathrooms), porches and mountain views. With Studio hall, Saloon, the Square, hot tub, swimming pool, archery range, horse riding arena, tack room, two creeks and a river, there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space for guests to spread out comfortably. We design our facilities for fun and relaxation in order to create peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and allow you to have an unforgettable vacation.

Our commitment to balanced and restorative cuisine has been recognized by Michelin guide editors who honored us in two consecutive editions, both in 2016 and 2018, by listing the Ranch in their little big book! Our food has been called “soul food” and designated as “cooked with love.” It is best described as a Croatian mosaic of world flavors – a sensational fusion of Mediterranean dishes plated with an international flare. Everything we serve is prepared fresh from scratch the same day in our open country kitchen, using the very best ingredients. Eating food grown on-site or foraged from the nearby meadows and forest is at the heart of every Linden Tree menu. Respect for the sustainable production, harvest and preparation of these ingredients is always at the forefront of our mind.

We have an extensive list of activities to keep every person happy. Riding, zip lines, adrenaline parks, archey, and more will suit those with an appetite for adventure! If you are here to relax, take advantage of our yoga, massages, hot tub, meditation, and more. Children enjoy a host of adventures designed to inspire and foster an appreciation for the outdoors and provide education on Croatia’s history and tradition. From learning to care for animals at the Barn, to exploring the banks of Ranch Creek for local flora and fauna, Little Bears will reconnect with the natural world and broaden their horizons.

Guest Ranch
Short Getaway
Family Vacation
Center-based ride
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Velika Plana
Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
Transfer: Gospić
Riders: Min 1 riders
Max 8 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 28

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    Cowboy Eco Retreat
    Tour Code: IT-CROA02
    7 days / 6 nights ~$1,370.00
    Dates : Available all Year

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Exceptional
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
    C 2019 01/03 - 04/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Winter) 1 /8 Reserve
    B 2019 05/01 - 06/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Spring & Fal... 1 /8 Reserve
    A 2019 06/21 - 08/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Summer) 1 /8 Reserve
    B 2019 08/21 - 09/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Spring & Fal... 1 /8 Reserve
    C 2019 10/01 - 12/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Winter) 1 /8 Reserve
    D 2019 12/13 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Holidays) 1 /8 Reserve
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    Accommodation
    Tack: Western only
    Horses: Quarter horses, Arabians, Lipizzaners,...
    Pace: Anywhere between 2-4 hours on most day...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
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