Location:8 mile from Leek, Staffordshire Peak DistrictSee map here
More info:price depends on cottage size, see website for more details and special offers
Responsible tourism: Peak District holiday cottages, England
We manage our ground under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which means we farm our smallholding in a sensitive way providing habitat and food for all the wildlife too, not just the farm stock. Some of our ground is classified as SSSI and we are very proud to have some interesting and unusual wild plants, including quaking grass and butterfly orchids. In 2010 we won the Whitegrove Trophy for farm conservation.
We have an active waste management plan to recycle as much as possible. We encourage guest to recycle too and provide bags and containers for this purpose, we will even sort the recycling for you.
We try to conserve energy where ever possible, our buildings are well insulated, heating is under floor, so more efficient. We have solar hot water panels and are investigating solar pv systems (and working our way through the planning system for this). We have logs stoves or open fires in all our cottages and encourage guests to use them, we provide all the firewood from our own woods.
We try to buy everything from local providers. Our wooden furniture is made in the next village, bedding manufactured in the next county. All the trade people that have worked here live within a few miles.
Our cottages are fitted with low energy light bulbs throughout, and will slowly be replaced with LED's as they become more available. from when we started this has resulted in a 75% reduction in wattage use for lights. Outdoor lights are also low energy and are either on timers or movements sensors to eliminate wastage. Outdoor lights are also down lighters to help preserve a dark sky.
We are proud to have achieved the Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark in 2011 in recognition of all these credentials.
Living in the countryside it is natural for us to work with friends and neighbours. We actively take part in the local community and business community. We want our guests to share in the delights that the Staffordshire Peak District has to offer, it's not a case of just promoting local businesses. We try to recommend places we have personally been to and try to visit all attractions. We work with the local tourism departments and belong to a number of local groups who club together for advertising, business workshops, networking and more. We direct guests to shops, pubs and restaurants that sell local produce. We email guests who are coming with any local events on during their stay.
We are members of the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust and do volunteer work to maintain and enhance the canal. In 2006 the canal lock and basin right outside our buildings were excavated and completely refurbished, during which we maintained a weekly photo update online for anyone who couldn't get here to see the progress. The now open basin provide an excellent afternoon stroll for locals and visitors alike.
We are also members of the Churnet Valley Riders who are campaigning for more Bridleway to be reopened, many were deleted from maps during the 1950-60's in this area as they were deemed to not be of use. We have had some positive meetings and are working on some specific route to create more of a network rather than odd patches.
We are a hub for the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and forward messages to all the locals in our "patch". We help one of the village groups who put on Live and Local shows in the village hall by sending promotion out for them.