Orchard Farm – the property and not the farm land – were bought by Marion and John Fuller Sessions at auction in 1983. The setting was superb but the buildings very dilapidated and the ‘garden’ had been sorely neglected, all requiring a significant amount of work and dedication.
Their vision then was to restore the extremely rundown buildings in the most environmentally responsible manner possible, with great care and concern for the surroundings. They wanted a house for their family and – in the future – to offer exceptional accommodation from our outstanding situation in a lovely village within the beautiful Peak District National Park, whilst protecting the environment and the local wildlife.
So, seventeen years later, they tackled the second phase, converting the old limestone barns attached to the farmhouse. The conversion was led by a local conservation architect and carried out by a two-man team of talented local builders helped by local tradesmen whose local knowledge and sympathetic understand of old buildings was an inspiration to us all. We bought Orhard Farm from Marion and John in January 2015 and have continued to run the barns as holiday accommodation.
The cottages were furnished and equipped with a blend of old and new, wherever possible using the original stone and original wooden and stone lintels etc, or else fair-trade and environmentally sound products from local providers. They were decorated inside and out using environmentally acceptable paints, by the same self-employed local decorator who still does all our decorating; we use and have a very good working relationship with a local joiner, plumber, electrician and other local suppliers.
As a small rural business we are aware that our activities can cause harm to the environment and we take steps to minimize this effect. We continuallywork with GTBS (the Green Tourism Business Scheme), Peak National Park contacts, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and other local and professional networks to improve how we run our business. Since September 2011 we have been holders of the Peak District EQM (Environmental Quality Mark).
We constantly seek greener alternatives in the products we use, with the proviso that we are enhancing and never compromising the quality of our guests’ stay. Every decision is subject to the following questions:
We have policies on the following key target areas of our business:
Waste – we monitor all our waste products and recycle as much as possible
Water – monitor of usage and new technologies
Energy – monitor and refurbish as and when possible
Whatever we do our very first priority is always to do all we can to improve the quality of their time here for all our guests.
We would very much like to hear from you if you have any comments and suggestions on our environmental policy
Last reviewed 20 November 2016 Angela and Robert Roebuck
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