Stables Cottage is a beautiful 16th-century stone cottage, which has undergone total renovation to provide comfortable holiday accommodation of the highest standard for up to 6 people. The cottage is available to riders and non-riders for short breaks and holidays throughout the year.
We can offer first class, self-catering accommodation for you and your horse so that you can enjoy a wonderful holiday in the South Pennine Moors together. You stay in Stables Cottage and your horse is accommodated in a large, airy loosebox just yards from your front door in the specially-designated holiday area of our yard.
• Approved BHS establishement
• Stabling from as little as £10 per horse per night
• Turnout available for small groups / individual horses (subject to ground conditions)
• Direct access to the Pennine Bridleway
• Large indoor arena available to hire at a concessionary rate
• Ample parking for wagons or trailers (electric hook-up available if required)
• Hay or haylage available for purchase on site
If you are interested in incorporating tuition and training into your holiday, we can arrange a lesson with one of our friendly, professional instructors or tailor a package to meet your needs.
Should you prefer to stay at a local B&B or campsite, we are happy to provide holiday stabling from £15 per horse per night.
• A large master bedroom, with exposed beams and stone mullions, an en-suite bathroom, beautiful antique pine furniture and a king-sized bed
• A twin bedroom with en-suite shower room
• Two single bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms
• A large dining hall
• A shaker-style kitchen
• A large, comfortable lounge with period features, leather sofas, reproduction antiques and a wood-burning stove
The kitchen is well-equipped with oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer-drier and breakfast bar. A CD/radio, flat-screen television and DVD player are provided in the lounge for your entertainment, along with a small selection of DVDs and books.
The cottage benefits from oil-fired central heating, double glazing and fitted carpets. There is plenty of parking and a private area to the side that has tables and chairs for sitting out on warm summer’s evenings.
To ensure the accommodation is maintained to at a high standard we do not permit smoking or dogs in the cottage, and it is not suitable for small children.
Stables Cottage is available for sole use to non-riders or on a per room basis for clients on riding courses.
Stables Cottage is now a UK venue for Serenity Retreat, a small independent holiday company for solo travellers on a spiritual or self development journey, which now offers midweek Novice Horseriding Breaks.
There are times when all we want is for the madness to stop for a bit and to do something called ‘self care’. We seem to spend a lot of time talking about it (self care), but find it difficult to actually DO it.
These short breaks are your gift to yourself. Stop for a bit. Bring your favourite books. Bring your knitting. Bring your drawing materials. Bring anything that you don’t normally have time for (starting or continuing the writing of that book?). You might get round to doing some of it when you’re with us and you might not. But what you will get is an opportunity to STOP.
Take yourself out of your normal environment, discover the joy of horseriding, do some meditation (if you fancy it), wander round aimlessly (yes, aimlessly – the liberation in aimlessness!), meet a few new people (we never have massive numbers), switch off the phone and allow yourself the time and space to be. Just that.
For more information visit their website: www.serenityretreat.co.uk
The yard has stunning panoramic views of the rugged South Pennine Moors, which change with the seasons and are popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders alike.
The surrounding area has a rich rural and industrial heritage, with a legacy of beautiful architecture, interesting museums, and historic events and festivals, like the annual Agricultural Shows in Todmorden and Halifax, the Dock Pie Competition in Mytholmroyd and the Rush-Bearing Festivals in Littleborough and Sowerby Bridge.
The local market towns offer a wonderful balance of tradition and contemporary living, with a vibrant arts scene, a diverse selection of independent shops, and fantastic food and drink. There really is something for everyone!
Mankinholes is home to a four-star youth hostel, housed in a 16th century manor house. It is a popular resting place for walkers and cyclists exploring the abundance of footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails in the area, which include the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and Calderdale Way.
The Pennine Way National Trail stretches for 268 miles from the Peak District to the Cheviots on the Scottish Borders. It passes by the Stoodley Pike Monument, which dominates the horizon above Mankinholes, before continuing on towards Hebden Bridge.
The Pennine Bridleway is a 200 mile route following old packhorse trails, drovers roads and newly created bridleways. We are fortunate enough to be situated on the section of bridleway that includes the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop.
The Loop is a reasonably demanding ride, covering a variety of tracks and terrains. It is best completed over several days and there are several pubs and B&Bs along the route that can provide accommodation for horse and rider.
Todmorden is a small, friendly town with a strong sense of community. Amongst stunning architecture, a legacy of the Industrial Revolution , its covered market still thrives alongside a variety of shops and eateries. The town has become famous in recent years as Incredible, Edible Todmorden – leading the way in the campaign for sustainable, local produce.
Bohemian Hebden Bridge boasts a large and diverse range of independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The town hosts a busy schedule of collectors’ fairs, family events and festivals throughout the year, so it is always worth checking what’s going on.
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath both have strong links to the area, but the most famous literary connection is with the Brontes. A scenic drive over the dramatic moorlands that inspired Wuthering Heights will take you to Howarth, where the Bronte’s family home, The Parsonage, is now a museum.
If you’re staying at Stables Cottage or somewhere else close by, Manchester and Leeds are an easy day trip and offer a huge variety of attractions. Halifax, just half an hour away, is also worth a visit for its historic Piece Hall and Eureka! The National Children’s Museum.
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