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Magpie Cottage and Spa offers horses welcome. Bring your 4 legged friends on holiday and enjoy the luxury of our human accommodation whilst you and your horse may use our 5 star highly commended BHS approved livery establishment (Lower Dale Farm Equestrian Centre). Our working team is headed by ourselves (live on site). We employ a BHSAI for lessons (flat work and Jumping)

For your Horses

We have 3 stables available for horses welcome, these are stone built with automatic water feeders and rubber matting; and a lockable tackroom. We have separate dedicated paddocks for visiting horses and the centre sits in over 100 acres of excellent grazing and woodland.

We have a full sized, all weather floodlit manege, (sand/combie-ride/ rubber chip surface), a five station horse walker, hot horse shower, dedicated farrier/clipping area, solarium and rug washing/re-proofing service. The centre also boasts a combie-grass all weather express eventing arena which includes a full set competition show jumps and a set of WH/XC obstacles.

Plenty of off-road hacking and bridleways are within easy reach (maps provided), or we can organise a hack lead, or lessons (flat work or jumping). There is free parking for trailers and horse boxes.

Included in you stay price is stable and bedding, grazing, and hay/lage on a DIY basis, one half hour session per day per horse (flatwork arena) and one hour session per day per horse (express event arena). The price is £20 per horse per night. Full livery can be pre-booked price £10 per day per horse (hard feed is not included)


Please note we adopt a strict isolation policy for new horses to protect all parties therefore your stables and grazing are separate from our resident horses. We also insist that all horses have passports, vaccination and worming records.


For You

Magpie Cottages are situated on Lower Dale Farm on the banks of the River Goyt. Conveniently situated just 2 minutes drive from Rose Hill and Marple Stations for a 25 minute journey to Manchester city centre for a night out.

A short walk along the riverside leads to a country pub which serves food all day, or link over to Chadkirk Country Estate and Chapel which dates back to the Doomsday book! Here you can also visit our local farm shop and purchase organic, locally produced food and drink.

Originally built as stables these are 5 stone cottages Bluebell, Wild Orchid, Holly, Harvest or Goyt are within a complex. Each cottage contains a double bedroom, large bathroom (with bath and shower), kitchen with hob, oven, fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave. We have a purpose-built laundry room, with washing machine + dryer plus additional freezer and fridge space, The open plan living and dining area has 2 sofas, one of which opens to a double bed (each cottage sleeps 2-4 people); flat screen TV with free sat, DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, wi-fi internet, picnic hamper,  bedding and towels included, cots available on request and a free welcome pack on arrival (home made organic bread, local honey/home made jam, organic butter, free range eggs-subject to chickens!! Selection of drinks and basic cleaning products).

After a days riding you can relax in our purpose built tropical Spa with 8 person hot tub, infa-red colour therapy sauna, aromatherapy steam room, cold mist shower, thermo-static shower, WC and changing facilities. For an extra treat book yourself into our beauty therapy suite where treatments may be pre-booked or booked on arrival with our resident therapists. Choose from luxury aromatherapy massage, hot stones, Dr Hauschka and Kaeso organic and natural facials, eye treatments, waxing, shellac nails and more.  

Magpie Cottages Fitness Class

Come and join us every Thursday morning 9.30-10.30 with our personal trainer Paula. The class includes stretching and jog warm up, combination of cardio, core and strength exercises to music, followed by relaxing cool down; all welcome no previous experience necessary (price £5 per person).


Instruction Levels

Not applicable


  • Client Facilities
  • Outdoor Arena
  • Horses Welcome Centre
  • Livery Yard

Grading Scheme


Highly Commended
Horse Welfare HC
Customer Care HC
Riding Out HC
Stabling HC
Arenas (indoor and outdoor) C
Grassland Management & Turnout HC
Tack Rooms HC
Feed Rooms HC
Show Jumps HC
Working Procedures HC
Additional Facilities HC

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