Dreams Come True: Countryside Carriage Ride with Champagne & Picnic for Two

  • Make it a family experience, and add up to two children +
    £30

Dreams Come True: Countryside Carriage Ride with Champagne & Picnic for Two

East Grinstead, Sussex

£240
  • Make it a family experience, and add up to two children +
    £30

“Sussex... it's got good transport links to London, rolling hills and ancient woodland, quaint cottages, lashings of history...” The Independent

Why we love it

What's more romantic than a horse drawn carriage ride? Add in bubbly, and a private picnic, and we've just put together the perfect date. Enjoy a tranquil ride with The Horse Drawn Carriage Company, one of just a handful of companies certified to The British Driving Society's level four qualification. Trot down a country lane in an original Barouche carriage, with a magnificent pair of white horses, before indulging in a private picnic.

What's Included?

  • Horse drawn carriage ride for two people through the Sussex countryside, in an original Barouche carriage
  • Toast the occasion with a chilled bottle of Champagne during the drive
  • Enjoy a private picnic, with hamper containing a selection of local produce, traditional lemonade, wine or beer, tea and coffee
  • Drop-off and collection from East Grinstead train station (if required)

Exclusive to TRULY

  • Take home a hand-painted souvenir horseshoe to commemorate the occasion

Description

In the quaint countryside of Sussex, The Horse Drawn Carriage Company takes great pride in offering traditional carriage rides. As a small business, they pay particular attention to the detail; providing an experience that is unique and personal.

Upon arrival at Thornhill Farm, guests will meet the horses and watch them being ‘put to’ the original Barouche carriage, which dates back to 1880. This style of carriage was a particularly fashionable vehicle in the 19th century; considered a carriage for the man of means, and decorated with glossy black paint, gold trim and brass lanterns.

Climb aboard the traditional carriage, sit back and enjoy the old-world experience as you trot down a picturesque country lane, led by a stunning pair of white horses. Tommie and Charlie are highly experienced carriage horses, with unique personalities and enthusiasm for their work. Enjoy the open-air drive in style, sipping champagne along the way.

Afterwards you will be taken to your own private picnic spot near the farm, kitted out with tables, chairs and cushions where you can relax and indulge in a picnic basket filled with local produce. You can look forward to a selection of cured meats, cheeses and chutneys, fresh French baguettes and salads. Toast the occasion with wine, beer, traditional lemonade or a spot of tea. The picnic area will be yours for the afternoon. While in the area, explore some of the lovely walks and footpaths. TRULY guests will also exclusively take home a hand-painted souvenir horse shoe, to commemorate the special occasion.

Description

In the quaint countryside of Sussex, The Horse Drawn Carriage Company takes great pride in offering traditional carriage rides. As a small business, they pay particular attention to the detail; providing an experience that is unique and personal.

Upon arrival at Thornhill Farm, guests will meet the horses and watch them being ‘put to’ the original Barouche carriage, which dates back to 1880. This style of carriage was a particularly fashionable vehicle in the 19th century; considered a carriage for the man of means, and decorated with glossy black paint, gold trim and brass lanterns.

Climb aboard the traditional carriage, sit back and enjoy the old-world experience as you trot down a picturesque country lane, led by a stunning pair of white horses. Tommie and Charlie are highly experienced carriage horses, with unique personalities and enthusiasm for their work. Enjoy the open-air drive in style, sipping champagne along the way.

Afterwards you will be taken to your own private picnic spot near the farm, kitted out with tables, chairs and cushions where you can relax and indulge in a picnic basket filled with local produce. You can look forward to a selection of cured meats, cheeses and chutneys, fresh French baguettes and salads. Toast the occasion with wine, beer, traditional lemonade or a spot of tea. The picnic area will be yours for the afternoon. While in the area, explore some of the lovely walks and footpaths. TRULY guests will also exclusively take home a hand-painted souvenir horse shoe, to commemorate the special occasion.

We Also Recommend

  • Spend the night at nearby country hotel, Gravetye Manor
  • Visit the restored medieval castle in Arundel
  • Make a dinner reservation at the 17th century coaching inn, The Halfway Bridge

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

The experience is available Monday to Sunday between 9am and 4pm.

The duration of the carriage ride is approximately 45 minutes.

Drop-off and collection from East Grinstead train station before and after the experience can be arranged at no extra cost. Please state at the time of booking if transport is required.

For those arranging their own transport, free parking is available at the farm.

Please note that the carriage can only accommodate a maximum of two adults per ride, but can accommodate families of up to four people (two adults and two children) on request, for a supplement.

At least 48 hours’ notice required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings (except where rescheduling is due to poor weather).

In the case of poor weather, the carriage has a half hood which can be raised; or the experience can be rescheduled to a future date.

Please state dietary requirements when booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

We Also Recommend

  • Spend the night at nearby country hotel, Gravetye Manor
  • Visit the restored medieval castle in Arundel
  • Make a dinner reservation at the 17th century coaching inn, The Halfway Bridge

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

The experience is available Monday to Sunday between 9am and 4pm.

The duration of the carriage ride is approximately 45 minutes.

Drop-off and collection from East Grinstead train station before and after the experience can be arranged at no extra cost. Please state at the time of booking if transport is required.

For those arranging their own transport, free parking is available at the farm.

Please note that the carriage can only accommodate a maximum of two adults per ride, but can accommodate families of up to four people (two adults and two children) on request, for a supplement.

At least 48 hours’ notice required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings (except where rescheduling is due to poor weather).

In the case of poor weather, the carriage has a half hood which can be raised; or the experience can be rescheduled to a future date.

Please state dietary requirements when booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Thornhill Farm, 42 Hammerwood Rd, Ashurst Wood, RH19 3SA

The Horse Drawn Carriage Co. Thornhill Farm, 42 Hammerwood Rd, Ashurst Wood, RH19 3SA

Pick-up and drop-off from East Grinstead station can be arranged at no additional cost, if desired. Please state when booking.

Dreams Come True: Countryside Carriage Ride with Champagne & Picnic for Two

  • Make it a family experience, and add up to two children +
    £30

Reviews

  • Fantastic picnic day experience

    The whole day was amazing!

    A Truly Experience

    Absolutely beautiful experience. The hosts were lovely and friendly and informative. The view and scenery was amazing. The private picnic was even better. Even with a personalized welcome for us! Highly recommended.

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