An unlikely but popular tourist attraction in the Dordogne...
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
As you approach La Grange you may gasp at what a beautiful location this is - you have just arrived at Brantome Police Horses.
Brantome Police Horses is owned and run by Roland and Alison Phillips and their family. Retired police horses (from the Metropolitan and Avon and Somerset forces in the U.K.) come here to be cared for for the rest of their lives. Surprisingly there's no provision for the horses when they retire in the U.K., whether it's through age, injury in service, or ill health.
The huge cost of caring for these beautiful working horses comes from fundraising - donations and all the events they run throughout the year.
From April to September (normally) you can visit Brantome Police Horses for an afternoon, learn about the horses and their stories, meet them and the other animals (rescued shetland ponies, goats, dogs, cats and a funny-looking chicken), then enjoy a lovely afternoon tea. There's a gift shop too! A fantastic outing for all of the family.
This is what our guests say about a visit to Brantome Police Horses:
"A visit to the Police Horses at Brantome is essential - very thought provoking and a scrummie afternoon tea."
"We would definitely recommend the trip to Brantome to meet the police horses, it was fantastic!"
"The area is lovely, the highlight being our visit to Brantome Police Horses to see the great job they are doing to give the amazing animals a happy retirement. The cream tea was good too!"
I should mention that some of our friends here are part of the team of volunteers that help with all aspects of running this wonderful place, be it grooming the horses, or pouring cups of tea.
Finally - April 2020 - Of course at the point of writing this they have no idea when they will reopen, so please have a look at their website, and make a donation if you can.