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Great Green Ways to Enjoy the Peak District

More Top Tips for our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Guests

Don’t worry! You are already half way there…

Our first priority is you should feel completely comfortable and relaxed. You are here simply to enjoy yourselves – not to be fussed or made to feel guilty.


 Part 1: The ‘green’ choices we have already made

leaving you to relax and have fun – and help us where you can…


The light bulbs where possible are low energy

The electrical ‘white goods’ are all A-rated (in Douglas’s Barn) and we are gradually replacing everything in Tom’s Barn.

Slow cooker so that you can come home to delicious stews, casseroles and soups after a long and possibly wet and cold walk

Eco-kettles which can boil small amounts of water safely and economically


üWe have separate bins for non-recyclable rubbish, paper, and cardboard (the box inside in the blue-lidded bin) tins, plastic and bottles in the base of the blue-lidded bin (Collected fortnightly, on Wednesdays)

Green Caddy for all food waste (collected weekly, on Wednesdays)

Garden (green-lidded wheelie bin for all garden waste) bins for vegetable matter

Compost/food waste crocks in both barns

You will find a plastic box for used batteries in each barn. We will dispose of them correctly.

Supporting local suppliers:

We support the village shop and individually owned local shops and food suppliers

We buy our meat from the local butchers, which all sell locally reared meat

We get our milk from a local dairy, which delivers

Ashbourne is a Fair Trade town – still with a number of locally owned businesses which deserve supporting

We use local tradesmen – our builder, joiner, plumber and electrician all live in Parwich, our decorator in a neighbouring village.

Supporting local galleries and artists

All the paintings apart from the Australian originals in Tom’s Barn and the African originals upstairs in Douglas’s Barn are bought from local artists, most of whom live in Parwich

 Cultural and Wildlife Heritage

We are members of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and have group membership for our guests while staying here. We are Friends of the Peak and have the Environmental Quality Mark. (see the Green File)

This gives you access to nature sanctuaries and masses of information about the area


Part 2: All there is left for you to do is, please:

Sensible green living…

Ensure the central heating is set at a comfortable level, to come on as and when suits you but not roaring away if you are out and not so hot that you are forced to open the roof lights merely to cool things down!

Recycle your rubbish in the bins provided

Spoil yourself – pop something in to the slow-cooker to greet your return later

If you want to dry any washing in the sunshine, use the ‘whirligig’ round the side of our house

As you know, we supply all the store cupboard kitchen ingredients/basics

You can arrange with us for milk to be delivered

You can arrange with us for your newspaper to be delivered

Getting out and about:

There is no need to use your car at all if you don’t want to see below…

Public transport is limited! However, there is a bus service, and we do supply the timetable, and it is possible to get to Ashbourne, and therefore beyond

Eating and Drinking:

The Sycamore, our Parwich ‘local’, is a few minutes’ walk away

The British Legion is in the middle of the village, on the right as you take the Alsop road

To the best of our knowledge, all the pubs and restaurants we recommend use locally produced food where possible

Farmers’ Markets – see the list – and WI stall in Buxton every Saturday…

Chatsworth Farm Shop is a delightful source of good food, cheeses and meat

We can arrange deliveries for you from Riverford Organics (or Waitrose!)

The village shop stocks pretty well everything you could need other than raw meat or fish or exotic luxuries!

You can walk to Tissington for meat from one of the very best butchers around

You can walk (varying distances) to nearby pubs for good local food

Walks and the Countryside:

Enjoy the peace and quiet 0f our lovely setting, and take advantage of the opportunity to sit outside, barbecue, sunbathe or read without disturbance

Enjoy countless walks straight from the door – there are plenty of maps and walks in both barns and information about the many farm and cycling trails…

Borrow our bikes and helmets

Borrow our tennis rackets and play tennis on the courts just below our house

Take time to appreciate wildflower meadows, heather moors, limestone dales, traditional stone buildings and walls, ancient sites and lead mining heritage, all on our Peak Park doorstep.

Angela and Robert Roebuck

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

Last reviewed 20 November 2016


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