Before you arrive, we will always send you an updated list of recommended local pubs and restaurant. We also send the names of a few local butchers, farm shops and delicatessens: we are spoiled for choice in an area that boasts the Chatsworth Farm Shop, various Bakewell Pudding shops/delis in Bakewell, whilst in Ashbourne we have the Cheddar Gorge for cheeses, pies and cakes and Bramhall’s for cheeses, pates, chocolates and olive oil amongst a shop full of other temptations.
The meat from the White Peak Butchery in Tissington is something else again – not for nothing do some of our guests walk over every day to buy their next treat!
For any basic necessities you suddenly find you need, Janet Gosling in the pub/shop, will undoubtedly be able to help you. You could have a quick drink in the pub at the same time if you felt like it or even a bar meal.
And, when you return to cook your effortless casseroles and even steak & Kidney pudding, we have the slow-cookers ready and waiting for action in each barn. However all this requires at least some energy output, however pleasurable.
For totally relaxed forward planning, who don’t you pre-order online with Waitrose (plenty of healthy and organic choices there as well as nice wines)? They will deliver here DE6 1QB any day, free as long as you spend over £50 which doesn’t take long these days. If you arrange delivery in the 11-1 slot for the day you are arriving we will put it all away for you before you arrive.
On the other hand you can also order organic veg, fruit, meat and dairy products – even wonderful chocolate – from the local Riverford Sacrewell (the relevant section of the famous Riverford Farm organic set-up from near my brother’s in Buckfastleigh, Devon). Conveniently, they deliver here on Fridays at about midday, so we can take your order in and put it away to await your arrival, as we do for Waitrose orders or other orders.
The system with Riverford for one-off orders is rather more personal than it is with the bigger Waitrose. Look online to choose what you would like but the actual order itself needs to be made by telephone to 01780 789700. Explain you are staying here at Orchard Farm and would like your food delivered at the same time as ours on the Friday of your stay. You can pay by card over the phone.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.