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About Alexandra Tolstoy

An explorer, author, TV presenter and relative of Leo Tolstoy, Alexandra Tolstoy’s love of Central Asia began in the 1990s.

Having graduated with an MA (Hons) in Russian language and literature, she set out with three girlfriends to become the first people since the time of Marco Polo to ride 5,000 miles of the Silk Road on horse and camel, from Merv in Turkmenistan to Xian in China.

The nine-month adventure, living in tents in some of the harshest and most remote spots on earth, triggered a deep passion for travel. Alexandra spent the next decade exploring Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and Central Asia by horse, presenting a BBC2 documentary series on communities that revolve around horses, publishing a book on her travels, and writing numerous articles for newspapers and magazines.

Alexandra Tolstoy Travel riding from Ashgabad, Turkmenistan to Moscow
Alexandra Tolstoy buying textiles in Bishkek market

From this, she began leading horse riding holidays to Kyrgyzstan for intrepid travellers, and now organises three unique horse riding journeys each year to Kyrgyzstan, which she sells through The Ultimate Travel Company, as well as bespoke private trips.

Alexandra also runs The Tolstoy Edit, a curated shop of her favourite interiors discoveries, including antique painted furniture and textiles, as well as more modern decorative pieces. Her style is strongly influenced by her travels and heritage, celebrating a love of folk traditions and craftsmanship, and features regularly in magazines including House & Garden and FT’s ‘How to Spend It’. As a designer, Alexandra has also created unique collaborations with leading brands such as Brora and Love Your Home.

Alexandra is a mother of three and divides her time between London, her tiny Oxfordshire cottage and the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

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