Self catering accommodation up to 3 people, Peak District

Location:
Buxton, Derbyshire
Price:
From £399 - £578 per cottage per week (sleeps 2)
From £205 - £347 per cottage for 2 nights (sleeps 2-3). Prices depend on season. For guests arriving by public transport we offer a 5% discount and a complimentary breakfast basket containinghome-made and locally produced goodies.
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Reviews:
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Self catering accommodation up to 3 people, Peak District

Responsible travel: Self catering accommodation up to 3 people, Peak District

Environment

Aims and ambitions
- To establish a home and business where we can put into practice some of our ideas for living and working with a minimal negative impact on our surroundings and maximum use of what our local region has to offer
- We want our guests to enjoy a fantastic vacation here with us in the Peak District National Park
- To look after our environment and support the local economy
- To develop our site and business whilst staying true to our ideals, providing our visitors with a great experience
- Achieve a carbon neutral status – we are not sure yet how long this will take, but we are committed to it!

Achievements
- Silver Award for East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2010.
- Gold Award for the Green Business Tourist Scheme in August 2010. The leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK, with over 1400 members, businesses opting to join are assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.
- Peak District Environmental Quality Mark accreditation. This award recognises businesses who have adopted good environmental practices and contribute to the support and conservation of the Peak District National Park.
- Green Tourism GoldStar award winner 2010/11

What we do
- Recycle glass, paper, tins, cardboard, milk/fruit juice cartons and plastic.
- Wherever possible, we use email and telephone, rather than paper.
- Recycle our used printer cartridges
- We provide our guests with a separate container in which to place all kitchen waste. The contents are ‘fed’ to our on-site green cone food waste digesters.
- Supply our guests with recycled toilet paper, kitchen paper, tissues & aluminium foil for use during their stay
- We've installed a ground source heat pump, which converts stored solar energy in the ground to provide central heating and hot water and only uses a small amount of electricity to power the pump. No need for gas or oil!
- We've insulated the solid stone walls of our cottages with rigid insulation boards behind plasterboard lining and added extra insulation in the loft spaces.
- Installed low energy lighting throughout and, wherever possible, fitted minimum ‘A’ rated appliances to reduce energy consumption.
- We make as much use as possible of the sun and wind to dry our laundry.
- We buy our electricity from Ecotricity – although not the cheapest, we like the fact that they are investing heavily in renewable energy sources.
- All toilets in all our cottages are dual-flush.
- All cottages are stocked with non-bleach cleaning products that do not adversely affect the functioning of our septic tanks. Our cleaning staff do not use bleach and make maximum use of e-clothes!
- We use short-water cycles at 30 degrees using non-phosphate detergent.
- Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste and supply our guests with complimentary toiletries in refillable plastic bottles for use during their stay.
- We provide guests with information on cycle hire, local transport, and a place where they can lock bicycles up safely.
- We have lots of information on “walks from the door” to give guests the choice of a car free break or vacation.
- We offer a discount for those guests who choose to arrive by public transport or by bike, and can arrange collection from nearby train and bus stations.
- We refund our guests the cost of local bus journeys during their stay, and we drive a hybrid Toyota Prius!

Community

- Wherever possible, we use local suppliers. Our recent renovations were undertaken by local builders, architects and craftsmen
- We offer local suppliers the opportunity to match prices we have received elsewhere.
- We also offer guests a ‘breakfast box’ with locally produced goods and have a freezer stocked with locally produced ready-made meals, deserts and ice cream for our guests to enjoy.

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Self catering accommodation up to 3 people, Peak District

Reviewed 13 Jun 2011 by Ciara McGinley5 star rating

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


Leaving the car alone for 2 full days and exploring that area of the Peak District on foot only, tiring but works up an appetite.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book a breakfast basket before you arrive, there is enough there for 2 people over 2 days, way better than going to a large supermarket (over 10 miles away) and it's yummy!

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


Yes, the cottage owners provided baskets of local food and there was ample recycling facilities onsite. We also enjoyed great pubs within walking distance of the cottage. Before leaving I bought locally made honey and crafts.

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


Excellent! It was cold but the cottage was so cosy it didn't matter. I wish I had explored this area more.

Reviewed 29 Oct 2009 by Jo Potter4 star rating

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


It's beem another lovely Autumn and the limitless number of walks to take in the Peaks coloured landscape is breathtaking

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Get outside and enjoy!

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


Yes, keep the pubs alive by supporting them for a lunch break ready for the next leg of your walk! Seriously, everybody is diversifying and turning these lovely buildings into environmentally friendly vacation lets is fabulous.

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


It was relaxing, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable...made up for the washout we had in the summer.

Reviewed 03 Apr 2009 by Liz Rollinson4 star rating

Just to say the farm is a real gem. We were only there for 2 nights so not a lot to report - just that it's a real quality place set amidst beautiful walking country - just the place for a quiet retreat with excellent eating places.

Reviewed 01 Sep 2008 by Yvonne Alton4 star rating

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


The location itself was very quiet and peaceful, but only a short journey to the facilities of the nearest town. It was amusing to be greeted by the free range chickens each time we went out.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The location offers very easy access both to outdoor activities and to the cultural facilities of the nearest town. Our hosts were most hospitable and had provided many additional items for our use during our stay.

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


The whole accommodation complex has been designed to be environmentally sustainable; with energy saving technology built in and our hosts operate good environmental practice in terms of day to day activities, and expected us to do so too. Local produce (including the very local eggs) was available, and local crafts and places to eat were suggested.

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


We could not fault any aspect of the accommodation or location. Our vacation was excellent.
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