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 hundreds 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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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?
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.
Bus Services from Tarporley
Arriva operate the 84 bus service between Chester and Crewe, with stops in Tarporley.
Tel: 01829-732-557 / Email: email@example.com
Other taxi services are listed below:
- Pegasus Private Hire of Tarporley Tel: 07576 661008
- J & M Cars Tel: 01270-528-006 / Mob: 07951-590-756
- Apollo Tel: 07922 442256
- 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