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.
Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the 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.
Parks and 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.