Pony Treking, to JCB Operating and Much More!

What better way is there to take in the fabulous views of the Lake Disrrict than to go Horse Riding?


Whether it be Pony Treking, Accompanied Private Rides, Riding Breaks or you just need to get a start by having a few lessons, this is the perfect place to start.


We have a couple of nearby equine centres, who have horses and ponies to suit all ages and abilities.




Sockbridge Pony Treking Centre

With over 50 years experience, this family Treking Centre is open seven days a week, and all through the seasons.  They have a range of ponies such as the smaller Welsh Mountain Ponies, right through to the ranks to the Thoroughbreds, but all of them are extremely reliable.


They have 1 hour and 2 hour treks, also half hour treks for younger children.


Telephone: 01768 863468

Mobile: 07868 996287


Rookin House Activity Centre

Established for over 20 years, Rookin House has over 35 well mannered and willing horses to suit all types of riders, fom complete beginers to the more experienced.


Their horses and ponies range from the steady 13.2hh Native Breeds to the more forward going 16.0hh warm bloods.


The rides cover farmland, forrestry, bridle ways and country lanes.  Routes are subject to ground conditions, but all offer glorious views of the surrounding fells.


Accompanied "Private Rides" are available for individuals as well as groups - subject to an aditional charge, ideal for riders who want a faster pace, or the more nervous rider who preders individualo attention.


Group or private riding lessons are available in Show Jumping and Flat Work - all ages and abilities (from 6 yrs) welcome.



Rookin House Activity Centre also offer:

Quad Bike Treks and Challenges

Mudtrax Vehicles

Go Kart Rally Cross

Cub Karts

JCB Operating

Stalwart Army Truck Driving

Argo Cat & Offroad Experience

Dakar 4x4 Driving with a Difference

Group Activities - Reverse Steer, Blindfold Driving, Power Turn and Video Navigation

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Air Rifle Shooting


Rainbow Trout Fishing

Human Bowling

Group Activities include - Wet n' Wild, Assault Course, Zip Wire and Paint Balling


Telephone: 01768 483561





After the Government Announcement today Wednesday 30th December 2020, we have unfortunately had to close again for a 3rd time after being placed into Tier 4 for the forseeable future.


Thank You For

Your Patince and

for your Custom, 

we will look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon.




With the "Utmost Safety" of our Customers in mind,

we take every precaution possible including the 

"Updated Guidelines" from the Government

as to how to keep

Stafford House

open for

Business - Safely!


(Once We Have Been Allowed To Re-Open?)


We invested in a "Fogging Machine"

which along with the solution used is certified to kill ALL Viral

and Bacterial Infections, should there be any present.  


We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas which could have been touched either by ourselves or our Guests, and finishing with a "Steam Cleaner"

so that we can be sure that everything is safe.


There are Hand Sanitisers in the Rooms of the Main House,

as well as the Lodges, and we also wear

Face Masks and Gloves too.


We will look forward to welcoming you back to Stafford House in the very near future.




Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of

"Stafford House",


However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges



Over the winter of 2019 and into 2020, we have been making changes to the Lodges.


Blencathra Lodge now sleeps up to 2 People, and 

Pennine Lodge can sleep up to 6 People.


There are still more changes to come, and hopefully you'll like them!


Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!

For the last 6 years we have achieved the "Certificate of Excellence" award from Tripadvisor, so in recognition of that we now appear in their

"Hall of Fame!"

Click here to arrange  booking with us.

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