Frequently Asked Questions
How many people can sleep in the stable?
The stable accommodation can sleep up to 3 people on a bunk bed that has a double bed on the bottom and single bed on the top.
Do you provide bedding and towels?
Your beds are made up with luxury Egyptian cotton bedding, cosy blankets to keep you warm & hand towels. We also provide luxury toiletries and even hot water bottles should you need them!
Self-Catering – what do I need to bring with me?
We provide basics such as saucepans, frying pans, cooking implements, hand soap, washing up liquid, tea towels, salt & pepper, toilet rolls, so all you need to bring is any food you would like to cook and eat. There is a fridge, two hobs for cooking and a microwave. Of course if you’d rather go out to eat, you will find a list of local pubs and restaurants in the Stable Stays information guide.
Is there any heating in the accommodation?
The stable is surprisingly cosy and for your comfort there are infrared heaters in the accommodation side and the wet room. We are open all year round so in the winter months you may like to wear additional layers; horses don’t like to be as warm as humans so their side isn’t heated.
What can I do with the horse I’m sharing the stable with?
Your Friesian horse or Shetland pony will love spending time with you and they particularly enjoy being groomed and pampered – we supply a luxury grooming kit, head collar and ‘pyjamas’ for the horse suitable for the conditions. Your stable mate will be more than happy to roam around the small enclosed yard just outside the stable before bedtime.
What can I feed my stable companion?
Your horse will appreciate carrots, eating apples, bananas, pears and of course polo mints! We provide two buckets of feed and two haynets for you to give them, one at dinner time and one for breakfast. If you are going out for dinner we ask that you feed your companion beforehand and should they finish their haynet and appear hungry during the night, we provide an extra haynet for you to give them.
Do I need to muck out?
If we are providing a stable mate for your Stable Stay you don’t have to muck out their side of the stable unless you want to! If you are coming with your own horse then we ask that you muck out before leaving Stable Stays putting any dry bedding up against the back wall. All mucking out tools will be provided.
Can I see any other horses during my stay?
Black Horses Ltd – The Friesian Experience specialises in the education and training of Friesian horses, owners and those wanting to learn about them. They are based at Greenbank Farm. We offer a Meet the Horses tour which takes you around the farm to meet our beautiful black Friesian horses, to see them in their paddocks and stables and you may even get to see some working or being trained in the arena. Bookable by appointment only, the 1hr tour price is £35. For experienced and regular riders, Black Horses Ltd offer a selection of experiences from a 1hr hack to full day bespoke experiences giving you plenty of time hands on with the horses , the details of which can be found via this link: www.thefriesianexperience.org
Can I bring my own horse?
Yes you can! We are fortunate to be in a beautiful part of the country with some fabulous hacking opportunities on our doorstep that you may both enjoy exploring during your visit. We provide adlib haylage, deep fresh bed of dust free shavings on a rubber matted floor*, access to an enclosed yard with rubber matting outside the stable and we also provide all the mucking out equipment you will need to save you bringing it with you. Off-peak charges: £200 for the first night and £150 for each subsequent night. Peak charges (Fridays, Saturdays, Bank Holidays, July & August) £250 for the first night and £200 for each subsequent night.
*Additional shavings available at £8.50 per bale.
In line with our biosecurity procedures your horse will need to have a negative strangles blood test within 10 days of arrival and must be up to date with Flu & Tetanus vaccinations.
How do I get to Stable Stays?
- Our full address is: Greenbank Farm, Aynsome Lane, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 7ST United Kingdom. We are a 15 minute drive off Junction 36 going North on the M6 motorway.
- The nearest airports are: Manchester and Liverpool (approximately 1.5 hours journey by car)
- The nearest major train station is: Grange-over-Sands (approximately 12 minutes by car) and we can provide details of local taxi cab firms who can collect and deliver you to the farm.