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Horses & Chocolate Indulgence Break from £255pp

A horse riding holiday in England is a great way to relax and enjoy a short break whilst recharging your batteries. The benefits to your health and well being are well documented with regard to equestrian persuits. Here at Equestrian Escapes we specialise in horse riding holidays with a twist. In Cheshire we offer our horses and chocolate riding break, what could be more indulgent?

What's Included:

  • 2 nts accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 riding opportunities to suit your level
  • Afternoon chocolate tea

Price: from £285pp

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Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

Day One

Arrive and settle into the hotel, a picturesque 16th century coaching inn located in the centre of Tarporley; Cheshire's most charming Georgian village. See the bottom of this itinerary for your best suited riding package. The hotel has 16 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, six of which are located in the converted coaching house. Today you have the opportunity to go next door to The Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop for afternoon tea. You will be offered a variety of sandwiches to choose from, a piece of cake, tea, coffee or hot chocolate and a selection of handmade truffles to take home with you. Charles, who runs the Chocolate Shop, is the third generation of his family to be involved in the confectionery industry. For dinner tonight, the hotel has a number of dining rooms with original beams, coal fires, oak panelling, cosy corners and twinkling candlelight vying for your attention. However, if you would like to dine somewhere else Tarporley offers many high quality restaurants and pubs including Cristiano’s which is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cheshire and The Rising Sun which is renowned for great pub food.


Day Two


After breakfast, you will travel the short distance to The Riding Stables where you will start your riding. Most people choose to start with a lesson but for experienced riders this is flexible. Later this morning you may like to visit the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre; home to some of the top show horses in the country. Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre is set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. It is home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud and they have been breeding prize winning Shires there for over 35 years. You will meet the Stallions, Mares and Foals and learn about this fabulous Old English Breed. As well as the Shire horses they have a fantastic selection of British animals & birdlife as well as many rare breeds including Birds of prey, Red Deer, Red Squirrels and Otters. The Alvanley Arms pub is adjacent to the Shire Horse Centre if you fancy something to eat.


Day Three


After breakfast you will be going to the stables and riding along the picturesque bridleways and quiet country lanes that skirt Delamere Forest whilst looking out across the beautiful surrounding countryside. Delamere Forest is Cheshire's largest woodland and is extremely peaceful making it a haven for all forms of wildlife. This afternoon the choice is yours. You may like to go to Delamere Forest and try out Go Ape. This involves sliding across high wires, crawling through tunnels and crossing rope bridges all set high up in the tree tops. If you are not feeling quite as adventurous you may like to climb to the top of Beeston Castle taking in the spectacular views of the area which stretches from the Pennines to the mountains of Wales. Alternatively, the historic city of Chester is only 11 miles away if you fancy a little sight-seeing or retail therapy.


Packages and prices:

Complete beginner package (for those who have never sat on a horse): 2 nights B&B double/twin room, 3 private lessons and 3 stable management sessions £310pp

Learn to canter / refresher package (for those who have ridden in the past and can walk and rise in trot): 2 ngihts B&B double/twin room, 2 private lessons and 1 hack £285pp

Experienced riding package (for those who can walk, trot and canter confidently): 2 nights B&B double/twin room, 1 private lesson and 2 experienced hacks £295pp

As you will see from our testimonials page Cheshire is one of our most popular and Professional centres. As a result please note you will not be able to hack out in Cheshire unless you have proved to our instructors that you are in control and in balance on your horse at walk trot and canter. Thank you.

The stable in Cheshire take children from the age of 6.


Equestrian Escapes has worked in conjunction with Visit Chester and Cheshire to provide you with a selection of riding holidays. If you are planning to travel overseas please read our riding holiday travel tips, remember a riding weekend in the UK could be your perfect introduction. We offer horse riding breaks for all the family and for every standard of horse rider from weekend riding breaks to one week riding adventures.


If you are interested in riding in the UK please look at the other holidays that we offer in the Horse Riding Holidays UK range.


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As well as offering fantastic horse riding holidays in the UK, Equestrian Escapes also offer riding holidays Spain, horse riding weekends and horse riding holidays Italy. Take a look at our range of equestrian holidays and give us a call if you would like more information.


The stable in Cheshire take children from the age of 6.


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How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 2 - 14 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 6 weeks out
  • Fill in booking form below
  • Pay deposit via WorldPay

Optional Extras

  • Single supplement £45 per night
  • Additional riding
  • Additional nights