Peak District self catering log cabins, England

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Environment

Renewable Technologies
To minimise our impact on the environment we have a wide range of renewable energy technologies, including ground source, heat source, wind turbine and PV solar tracking panels.

Proud winners of the Visit England Silver Award of Sustainable Tourism 2012. Holders of the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award and The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark achieved for sourcing local produce, renewable energies, nature conservation and promoting environmentally-friendly business practices.

Our environment is very precious, with beautiful unspoilt views, and no noise or light pollution. Ever mindful of preserving our own environment and the need to minimise pollution everywhere, we play our part by being eco-friendly, making it easy for guests to recycle rubbish. We provide recycling containers for paper, tins, plastics, glass, and cardboard and have a compost heap for organic waste.

In the kitchen you will find a range of environmentally friendly, Bio D cleaning materials and detergents. To save energy whenever practical bedlinen and towels are dried on the line outside rather than in the tumble dryer. We also use low energy light bulbs where possible and the outside lights have PIR's. Run off rain water is collected, and used for water troughs for the cows.

Our Wildlife
As a working beef farm the traditional stone buildings and dry stone walls are regularly maintained. Whilst not completely organic we farm in a sensitive way that so that the wildlife can flourish along side the commercial cows.

Therefore the farm is full of interesting wildlife including, great crested newts, moor hens, hares, pheasants, swallows, swifts, song thrushes, owls, buzzards, hummingbird hawk moths and many more. We have wonderful meadow grasses, mosses, bluebells and wild orchids, and have a self-guided farm walk so that you can explore our special countryside for yourselves.

Love Local
Where possible we buy locally and can inform guests where to buy local food and souvenirs. This includes farmers markets, local food store, local fair-trade shops and the fair-trade town of Ashbourne. We can even arrange for delivery of quality local food ready for your arrival to reduce food miles.

Leave the car behind and arrive by public transport and we will pick you up from the nearest bus station in Ashbourne. We also have maps and ideas for car free days out . You can use our mountain bikes or we have secure storage if you bring your own bikes with you.

Community

Our Village
We play an active part in our local community. David is Vice-Chairman of Brassington Parish Council and is a member of the recreational ground development committee. We support St. Jamesí Church and Brassington Primary School, where Felicity was school administrator before setting up Hoe Grange Holidays.

Local Charities
We support several charities, Friends of the Peak District, and The Princeís Countryside Fund, to ensure sustainability of our special Peak District landscape. Guests can donate through the Peak Pound Partner Scheme.

Suppliers
We choose suppliers that match our environmental values and promote local businesses. We even have our own artist on site and display amazingly detailed watercolour paintings by Roger Allan whose work is inspired by the landscape around the farm.

Our Networks
We work closely with various networks of similarly responsible businesses, such as Peak District Environmental Quality Mark members, and Premier Cottages, to offer real Peak District experiences; from guided walks with a chocolate experience to a sidecar safari - what better way to explore the Peak District!

Our Employees
Our employees are all local people who we consider to be part of the Hoe Grange family. They get on so well together and share our vision that they are also friends and car share to work!

Reviews of Peak District self catering log cabins, England

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


How perfect the accommodation was. Clean, warm, cheery, brilliantly laid out for wheelchair users. The whirlpool bath was fab, especially when using the eco friendly toiletries supplied. Scenery wonderful, something for everyone to enjoy.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a bath pillow, its the only thing I wished for when I was there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely, the helpful guides at the accommodation recommended many local pubs and shops, even local online companies. Water from a bore hole, heating from an under ground heat source, the use of electric bicycles if you wished. Eco friendly toiletries and loo rolls.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great, have already recommended the accommodation.

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The welcoming, warmth of the owners and the cottage as we stepped in out of the cold. We loved the views offered from all sides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare for all weathers as it was quite changeable. One moment it was lovely sunshine and the next very hard hail!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes,

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great chance to recharge and relax.

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The peace & tranquility and the great hospitality from the owners.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to just unwind and relax for a few days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fantastic and just what we needed.

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