About The Area

Hill House Farm is set in the middle of rolling Cheshire countryside, near the hamlets of Eaton and Rushton. Just under 3 miles away is Tarporley – an old coaching town, which used to be on the main Chester route. The High Street has an excellent choice of shopping, ranging from traditional butchers to high class boutiques to the old coaching inns – which still offer the weary traveller first-class refreshment! You’ll find some details of some of the shops below.

Chester is world-famous for its black and white ‘rows’ – the arcades of shops still set out in the mediaeval street plan. As well as excellent shopping, Chester boasts a fine selection of restaurants, pubs and brasseries. Out-of-town shopping centres at Cheshire Oaks and the Greyhound Retail Park are easily reached, as Chester enjoys a good road network.

Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoos in the world. Not only does it have a huge and varied collection of animals, but it is also a world leader in conservation programmes – so children and adults alike will enjoy a day at Chester Zoo. The zoo is just half an hour away, on the same side of Chester as Hill House Farm, so it’s easily reached.

Beeston Castle and the Peckforton Hills are just a few miles away, and can be clearly seen from Hill House Farm. The castle was built in 1225 by the Earl of Chester, but was soon seized by Henry III. It was used by him and his son Edward I in their campaigns against the native Welsh. The well is hundeds of feet deep. The castle was eventually to be a victim of the Civil War, being largely destroyed in 1646 by the Parliamentary forces. Now owned and cared for by English Heritage, it makes a great visit, but be warned! – the climb to the top is quite steep.

Delamere Forest Park Visitor centre offers the complete day out. The specially marked footpaths and cycle trails are carefully planned to guide visitors around this diverse forest. The Visitor Centre has a shop and information point. These are open every day, from 10 am to 5 pm in the summer and 10 am to 4 pm in the winter, except Christmas Day. Delamere Cafe has been recently refurbished and is now offering a greater range of quality food and drink for all visitors. There is a bike wash nearby and bike hire, coaching, advice, leadership training & basic maintenance is available from the TRACS shack.

Go Ape! Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the Delamere Forest planks and zip down to the ground!  Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides …… all set high up in the tree tops.  Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you’ll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking tree to tree high above the forest floor.  Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5 – 3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.

Fishing
Hill House Farm has several excellent fisheries close by, if you like angling and fishing. These include Holmston Hall which is only a couple of miles away.

Whether it’s pike, rudd, roach or carp fishing you prefer, you’ll find it close by Hill House Farm.

Golf
Golf courses close to Hill House Farm include:

Portal Golf & Country Club (Premier and Championship courses) approx 2 miles away

Pryors Hayes club, at nearby Oscroft

Vicars Cross Golf Club,

Delamere Forest Golf Club

Carden Park.

 

Parks & Gardens

Arley Hall and Gardens are about half an hour away, near Northwich. You can also visit Stockley Working Organic Farm which is part of the estate.

Norton Priory (about 40 minutes away) is a museum and gardens all in one! The wonderfully-restored priory gardens (with their walled garden, herb garden and laburnum walk), plus the museum and Sculpture Trail, make for a fascinating visit. (Allow a couple of hours for the trail.)

Peckforton Castle looks mediaeval, but in fact it was built as a grand folly in the mid-1800’s! Nowadays it is a large luxury hotel, and is very popular for weddings – if you are due to attend a wedding at Peckforton, but would like to stay somewhere a little quieter, Hill House Farm is ideal. We’re only 10-15 minutes’ drive away, on quiet backroads – no danger of a traffic delay! Click here to check our availability and book online. If you need to book a taxi, there are details of a local taxi service on the ‘Local Services’ page.

Walking in Cheshire

Walking and walking holidays are more popular than ever. Cheshire is ideal walking country with pretty lowland countryside and sandstone hills. The famous Cheshire Plain means you can enjoy a relaxing walk on level land – or a more energetic upland walk with tremendous views across Cheshire to the Welsh hills.

The Sandstone Trail is only a couple of miles away, and many people enjoy walking a section of the trail. The Peckforton Hills section is particularly pretty, at any time of year.

Circular walks are easy to plan, and we have a good selection of guides and walking maps at Hill House Farm to lend you.

After an enjoyable day tramping the fields, you can ease off your walking boots, leave the walking poles in your room and enjoy a restorative cup of tea in the guests lounge – where you can gaze across at the hills you’ve just been walking across!

Cycling in Cheshire

Cycling has always been popular in Cheshire. An extensive network of quiet country lanes and the Cheshire Plain make for enjoyable, traffic-free cycling. Hill House Farm is ideally situated for cycling holidays and cycling tours.

We have excellent facilities to make your cycling holiday safe and secure, including a lockable storage room, an indoor wash room with hose, and a drying room for your cycling gear, in case you get caught in a shower. We also have a repair kit for punctures, and a wide range of tools for other running repairs!

A local company, Tracs (UK) Ltd, based in Delamere Forest offer Mountain Bike  and Cycle Coaching. They also have mountain bikes, children and adult, trailer, child seat, Tandem, and buggies  for hire. All cycle helmets are free.  Bikes can be delivered to Hill House Farm or collected from Delamere Forest.

Residential Mountain Bike Courses – these can be arranged at Hill House Farm, and are great fun! Please contact us for details.

British cycling holiday company, Byways Breaks, arranges a wide selection of different routes. Based in Cheshire, Byways Breaks have included Hill House Farm in their itineraries for many years.

If you enjoy cycling and cycling holidays, you’ll love cycling in Cheshire!

Cheshire was an important county in the story of the canal, from the days of the Bridgewater Canal. Nowadays, the ‘Cheshire Ring’ attracts many narrowboat enthusiasts.

Canal Holidays

Canal holidays are increasingly popular, and Hill House Farm is very close to the popular and pretty Shropshire Union canal. There are a couple of nearby places where you can hire narrowboats and canal boats – Beeston and Bunbury.

Chas Hardern operate from Beeston Castle Wharf, and Anglo Welsh from Bunbury Lock. Both bases are only a few miles away. You can stay at Hill House Farm at either end of your canal holiday – or why not hire a narrowboat for a day or two, just to try it out?

Bring Your Horse

Hill House Farm makes a great base for all things equestrian, and it’s a great place to stay if you’re coming to Cheshire for horse riding or riding holidays.

We have excellent stable facilities, with rubber mats in all the stables and plenty of space for guest horses. There are turnout paddocks and all-weather arena, and a set of jumps for use in the drier months of the year. The off-road car parking area is large enough for a horse box or trailer to easily manoeuvre and park. Click on Picture Gallery to see the Stable Yard.

Guests can ride in the fields depending on the time of year, and there is an excellent network of bridleways and quiet country lanes close to Hill House Farm. Little Budworth Country Park is only a couple of miles away, and has many bridleways, across heathland and light forest.Delamere Forest Park also has extensive trails for horses.

The new Delamere Loop passes the end of the lane leading to Hill House Farm, this is a new 22 mile loop ride running partway along the Whitegate Way round in a circle, taking in Delamere Forest, Primrosehill Wood and Little Budworth Country Park.  Whilst most of the route follows quiet country lanes and off-road trails it is occasionally necessary to cross busy roads. The route comprises some 12 miles of surfaced roads the rest of the route is ‘off-road’.  The Delamere Loop can be joined at any point and is marked by blue and white fingerposts and waymark discs.

Click to view the Delamere Loop Booklet

We also have some other local suggestions of routes near to Hill House Farm – Places To Ride Your Horse

Horse Riding Holidays can be tailor made for riders from beginners to the experienced riders, it can be a mixture of lessons and hacks or courses on Natural Horsemanship can also be organised.  For more information go to www.equestrian-escapes.com

Equestrian Holidays
Horse Riding Holidays can be tailor made for riders from beginners to the experienced riders, it can be a mixture of lessons and hacks all organised at Willington Riding Centre or courses on Natural Horsemanship can also be organised.

For more information on Riding Holidays at Hill House Farm go to Equestrian Escapes.

Equine Events
There are many equine events in Cheshire – here’s a selection:

  • Chester Races provide excellent racing on Chester’s famous city centre course on The Roodee, and are a much-loved social event. It makes a marvellous spectacle, even viewed from the city walls. It’s hard to believe The Roodee used to be the harbour in Roman times!
  • there are annual point-to-point events at Alpraham, Tabley and Eaton Hall, nr Chester.
  • horse trials – the Kelsall Hill Horse Trials and the Bradwell Horse Trials are both firm fixtures in the Cheshire equine calendar.
  • Polo – the Cheshire Polo Club lays claim to be the oldest polo club in Britain, through its direct succession from the Manchester, Wirral and Bowdon clubs, which were all formed in the 19th century. It now plays at Little Budworth and Henbury.

Places To Ride Your Horse

Guests can ride in the fields at the farm, and there is an excellent network of bridleways close by. Little Budworth Country Park is only a couple of miles away, and has many bridleways, across heathland and light forest.

The new Delamere Loop passes the end of the lane leading to Hill House Farm, this is a new 22 mile loop ride running partway along the Whitegate Way round in a circle, taking in Delamere Forest, Primrosehill Wood and Little Budworth Country Park.  Whilst most of the route follows quiet country lanes and off-road trails it is occasionally necessary to cross busy roads. The route comprises some 12 miles of surfaced roads the rest of the route is ‘off-road’.  The Delamere Loop can be joined at any point and is marked by blue and white fingerposts and waymark discs.

There are several very good commercial off-road rides in Cheshire – here’s a selection below.

  • “The Gallops”, Tilston Lock
  • Kelsall Hill Ride, Organsdale Farm, Winsford Road, Kelsall, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0SR. Tel: 07989-351-177.
  • Somerford Park Farm, Holmes Chapel Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4SW. Tel: 01260-299-888
  • Mitchells Equestrian, Cholmondley, Malpas,  Cheshire. 6 mile cross-country farm ride, with smaller jumps for fun riders. Full set of show jumps, floodlit arena, close to Cholmondeley Castle. Tel: 01829-720428. (Mob: 07808-062-838)
  • Cheshire Riding School (Brookhouse Equestrian Centre), Cogshall Lane (off Senna Lane), Comberbach, Cheshire CW9 6BS. Tel: 01606-892111.
  • Cheshire View Farm Ride Monneley Farm, Barthomley, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2  5NU. Tel: Tel: 01270-583-325 (Mob: 07778-930-627) 8 miles of safe of-road riding, with over 80 optional jumps and water crossings, in over 400 acres of wonderful Cheshire countryside. Includes some shorter routes for novices and lead rein.

Equine Equipment and tack shops

  • WT Gibson – Kingsley Mill, Kingsley, Frodsham, WA6 8JA. Tel: 01928-788210
  • Edgemere Equestrian Supplies, Hampton Heath Industrial Estate, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8LU. Tel 01948 820720
  • Sevenoaks Saddlery & Farm Supplies, Warrington Road, Antrobus, Northwich CW9 6JB. Tel: 01606-892700

Feed and supplies

  • Beeston Animal Health Ltd, Beeston Castle, Whitchurch Road, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9NJ. Tel: 01829-261361
  • WT Gibson – Kingsley Mill, Kingsley, Frodsham, WA6 8JA. Tel: 01928-788210

Equine Vets

 

Taxi & Bus Services

You’ll find some information below about local taxi and bus services – here are a few links which you may find useful for planning your journey.

Cheshire East Council Bus Services

Cheshire West Council Bus Services

Traveline – National Public Transport Journey Planner

Bus Services from Tarporley

Arriva operate the 84 bus service between Chester and Crewe, with stops in Tarporley.

Our Location

HILL HOUSE FARM, THE HALL LANE, RUSHTON, TARPORLEY, CW6 9AU, UK

T: +44 7973 284863 E: info@hillhousefarm-cheshire.co.uk

Taxi Services

If you need to book a taxi, Aries Travel Ltd in Tarporley will be happy to meet your needs. As well as estate cars, they have a small fleet of minibuses, including an 8-seater minibus which is equipped to cope with wheelchairs. A family firm, all their drivers are members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and have been security vetted by the CRB and licensed by Vale Royal Borough Council.

Here are some sample charges to/from Hill House Farm:

  • Peckforton Castle – £11
  • Chester – £21
  • Crewe Railway Station – £26
  • Manchester International Airport – £40
  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport – £40

Aries will do their best to fit in late bookings, but the earlier you are able to make your booking, the easier it will be.

Contact Details – Tel: 01829-732-557 / Email: info@ariestaxi.co.uk

Other taxi services are listed below:

  • J & M Cars (Tel: 01270-528-006 / Mob: 07951-590-756
  • Beanies (Tel: 01829-751-861 / Mob: 07799-113-513)
  • Billinge Travel (Tel: 01829-732-036 / Mob: 07773-119-631)
  • AJ’s of Broxton (Tel: 01829-782-217)

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