You may well have wondered, yet again, at an uncxplained apparent absence of activity… The truth is, I have been extremely busy but not doing fun things like writing on the blog, which to me is sheer relaxation. What has been preoccupying nearly every waking moment since the Horse Trials is our application for an Environmental Quality Mark.
We already have a Silver Award from the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) so even I have been asking myself the last couple of days why I should be bothering to do this, but done it I have. One quite compelling reason is that it is very much a Peak District scheme, although I gather it may became nationwide eventually, so it is very locally based with the emphasis on how we can protect and support the Peak District, working with other sympathetic organisations and holiday accommodation owners.
It is not just been green in the purely ecological sense, but also in the wider sense of being a ‘good’ citizen, a good employer and customer and a good holiday cottage owner who will look after their guests well.
The time scale or the online application has been very short, and all last week I kept thinking that it woldn’t take that much time, having already covered a lot of the ground with the GTBS, but of course when i got down to it I was shaken to find how wrong I was.
Anyway, all finished within 2 hours of the 10pm deadline tonight, and would you believe it? When I clicked ‘Submit’ with a flourish I got an error message !! In desperation I managed to print the whole thing off and send it by email as a pdf while I await someone the other end to sort out the error and advise me what to do.
Stop Press! Success! The evaluator has just emailed to say he can access our application online so all is well! John has just found this rather lovely (green) bee to celebrate!
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.