INICIO, EPONA - Equestrian Center

Facilities

Equestrian

equestrian01 Olympic size dressage arena 60 x 20 m
A 42 x 22 mts covered floodlit school with sprinklers
One additional floodlit dressage arena 30 x 15 mts. 
One multipurpose large arena: 50 x 50 mts.
A lungeing ring (20 mts. diameter).
There is unlimited "hacking" in beautiful countryside. You can ride
days and weeks, without stepping on a single inch of pavement and
without finding a single fence or gate.


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Food

All breakfast are included in the price of your Epona programme, for the Rafael Soto clinic, Monday to Sunday and for all other programmes, Monday to Saturday.

Also included is the welcome tapas supper on Sunday evening.

Lunches will be served at Epona, and will consist of freshly prepared home cooked, combining mainly traditional Spanish dishes, which give you a taste of the renowned Mediterranean diet, with some International dishes and a selection of delicious home-made desserts.  In additiona a variety of fresh salad ingredients and fruit is always available.

We can cater to most diets including vegetarian  and gluten and lactose-free, etc..

The evening meals from Monday to Friday are not included in the price.

On Monday to Thursday you will find innumerable dining option in the immediate vecinity of the hotel, from elegant restaurant to tapas bars with tables in the street.

In the hotel alone there are five possibilities, including room service, if you just feel like a quiet night resting. About two blocks walk away from the hotel, you can find the city's hub of socialising, where, families meet in the evening for coffee, tapas or an ice cream. This is the Plaza San Fernando, popularly known as the Plaza de Arriba (the Upper Square) or la Plaza Redonda (the Round Square).

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Accomodation

accomodation For all the Epona programmes, accomodation and full buffet breakfast will be included at the Alcazar de la Reina,  a beautiful four-star Superior  category hotel in the heart of the historic and monumental centre of the old part of the city of Carmona, just a few minutes drive away from the Hacienda.

The hotel is full of history, charm, and elegance while at the same time comfortable and modern, and is located at only twenty minutes distance from Seville International airport , with breathtaking views over the fertile valley, the Vega de Carmona, all the way to the great river Guadalquivir, thirty kilometres distant, and the Sierra Morena mountain Range behind.

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The name of the hotel comes from the Moorish term Alcazar, meaning a fortified Palace, and the Spanish, Reina, or queen. Therefore it is the Queen's Palace.

leyenda1 The building was originally erected by the Moors in the 13th century as a fortress adjunct to the Puerta de Cordoba, in an era when the town was one of the most important caliphates of Andalucia.

After the Moors were pushed back to their last strongholds in Granada and Málaga, in Medieval times, the Christian Kings of Castille also favoured Carmona to fix their royal residence in the region. Specifically, King Alfonso XI showed a fondness for the town, and while the royal residence in Andalusia was the Royal Alcazar in Sevilla, he housed his favourite concubine, Leonor de Guzman,  in the comfortable and impregnable  Alcazar de de la Puerta de Cordoba.

p17t9f1o92111ri8u101d1iicc31a When he died of the  Black Plague in Gibraltar, his only legimate child, Pedro I inherited the throne,  but due to the constant disputes for the crown that he had to suffer from his nine illegitimate half-brothers, he maintained Leonor prisoner in the palace until her death. He also favoured Carmona and built the Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro (now the Parador) as his royal residence.

However, as legend has it, during the fifteenth century,  another King of Castile, Juan II, embarking on another war with the Sultans of Malaga and Granada, sought the safest town in the province to house his beloved Queen and his heir, and keep them nearby. He chose Carmona as the most impregnable town and the Alcazar de la Puerta  de Cordoba as the safest and most comfortable residence for his family. From that time on it became known as the Alcazar de la Reina.

terraza-exterior-alcazar-reina The Palace, totally restored in the 1990s in the original Mudejar style, and refurbished in 2007, boasts spacious and elegant lounge areas and patios, a outdoor solarium with salt-water swimming pool, and a total of four different options for wining and dining: The Tabanco Restaurant, the Terrace Bar, the Tabanco Tapas Bar and the official Guiness Irish Pub.

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Other services available in the hotel, which may be of your interest but  not included in the Epona programme:

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  • Room Service
  • Private Parking. There is a small basement car park which has to be reserved and a fee charged. However it is awkward to manoeuver and there is normally ample parking space  in the street in front of the hotel, in full view of the lobby and an outdoor parking enclosure a few metres away from the front entrance.
  • Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • Sauna, massage and beauty treatments (upon request and subject to availability)
  • Business centre: fax and photocopy service.
  • Wifi internet in all the public areas
  • International magazines and newspapers
  • Swimming pool towels
  • Florist  (upon request and subject to availability)
  • Outwith the normal Epona transfer times, shuttle service to/from airport and train station

The Epona programmes include accomodation in standard twin rooms, for two people, sharing. For single occupancy, there is a supplement of €250.

The rooms are ample, airy, comfortable and very tastefully furnished and feature:

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  • Full en-suite bathroom (tub and shower)
  • Air-conditioning and central heating
  • Satellite T.V.
  • Safe
  • Minibar (consumption not included in the price)
  • Hair-dryer

It is possible to upgrade the room status to a  Superior or DeLuxe double room, Junior Suite or Suite. Please contact Epona for details if this is of interest to you.

**Please note that a credit card number will be requested by the hotel at check-in, to cover additional expenses.

We are sure that our guests will feel at home in the the comfortable and elegant, relaxed atmosphere of this warm and welcoming hotel, with its friendly and multi-lingual staff, who are available at all times, ready to make your stay within these ancient walls, a truly unforgettable experience.

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