We are just a short drive away from Cheshire's Sandstone Trail. It is one of the finest and most popular long distance walks in North West England. It stretches for 34 miles/55 kilometres and offers superb, unbroken, and often elevated walking across the green and pleasant county of Cheshire. From Bickerton hill you can savour the views over to the Welsh mountains and there's some very nice pubs to stop off at too!
Just ten minutes drive to the Roman walled city of Chester.
Chester boasts the famous elevated rows of shops and to walk the walls is a really nice day out. You can also take in the River Dee where you can hire a pleasure boat. Don't forget Chester racecourse too.
McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is only 20 minutes drives from the farm.
In Delamere Forest not only can you walk along the forest trails but it's a great place for cyclists too. You can also find GoApe for some forest canopy fun and segway action. Only twenty minutes drive from the farm.
Apart from The Ice Cream Farm which is right on our doorstep there are an abundance of attractions to keep kids of all ages occupied. Some of our highlights are Manley Mere Adventure Trail and Water Sports, The Crocky Trail, Blue Planet Aquarium and of course not forgetting Chester Zoo.
On our doorstep we have Beeston Castle. On a clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy. Peckforton Castle on the neighbouring hill is a hotel that holds lots of events and our cottage is a good stop for anyone who might be attending a wedding there. You can even try a spot of off road driving with the Land Rover experience.
Cholmondeley Castle is also not too far away and has some beautiful gardens. There are different events taking place through the year at these castles including Bolesworth Castle which is now the new home of BBC Children In Need Carfest North.
Bolesworth Castle is also home to The Equerry International Horse show and is attracting more visitors every year.
Best to have a look at their websites to see whats on before visting.
We have such an abundance of great places to eat in our local area. From the humble fish & chip shop to gastro pubs to great independent restaurants their really is something for everyone. We do like to recommend too as we love great food. Please see links to pubs and restaurants that we frequent often.
If you'd like a breakfast package of good locally sourced bacon and sausages then let us know. We'll even provide the rare breed eggs for your breakfast in bed!
We're also more than happy to take in your grocery delivery for your arrival at the cottage.
Ok, so we like good food! Here's some of our recommendations for the area. Click on the bold type for link to websites.
Where to eat:
The Pheasant, Burwardsley Just a five minute drive from us in Burwardsley. Great place and amazing panoramic views. (Dog friendly)
The Inn at Huxley. Again a five minute drive from the farm and now includes a fabulous deli and butchery with all meat from within a 5 mile radius.
The Egerton Arms, Broxton five mins drive away and the food is great quality pub food at reasonable prices.
The Dysart, Bunbury Classic English pub in the beautiful village of Bunbury famous for the ITV series 'Home Fires'. In fact the pub was used as part of the set.
The Yew Tree, Bunbury Again another classic pub in the village of Bunbury. (Dog friendly)
The Cholmondeley Arms Super pub in converted chapel close to Cholmondeley Castle. (Dog friendly)
Alisons Country Kitchen Breakfast and lunch by day- Tapas by night. Only a few minutes drive to the village and a really super breakfast to be had.
Tattenhall Marina- The Boathouse Cafe & Bar Calm and picturesque surroundings. Why not take a walk across the field and along the canal to this lovely marina? It's a good 20 minute walk but you can meander back along the lane to the farm.
The Inn at Huxley Deli & Butchery With meat sourced from within 5 miles of the deli- your breakfast pack should you have ordered one will include bacon and sausages bought here. Just a five minute drive from the farm. Can highly recommend the 'Huxley Pasty' and sausage rolls.
The Hollies This is destination farm shop and is well worth a visit.
Rose Farm Shop Specialising in quality beef and pork. A farm shop that sells it's very own produce- again another great visit.
Fancy a takeaway? We have Chinese, Indian and good old Fish & Chips in our village only 1.5 miles away plus a handful of pubs and a well stocked Spar. The Letters Inn is dog friendly.
Take a look at our 'Wanderguide' for some more of our recommendations: