With the help of our friends at Peak District National Park, unLTD takes a look at some of the great, green venues on the doorstep for a weekend break.
Places to stay in the Peak District National Park are at the heart of a scheme that ensures the UK’s original national park is enhanced.
Many have attracted the Environmental Quality Mark as a result of going that extra mile to conserve the natural environment that visitors to the area have come to enjoy.
It is sustainable tourism in action across many business sectors in the Park – but inevitably care and quality come together in accommodation.
The EQM doesn’t just recognise green credentials it helps organisations to become even more environmentally aware.
EQM director Faith Johnson said: “The Mark is the Peak District National Park Authority’s award for business which are doing their bit to look after this wonderful environment.
“The award is designed to encourage applicants and recipients to think in a green way about all of their business activities but very importantly to ask themselves ‘What am I doing to inspire my customers to care for the Peak District and to be greener.
“Award holders really take this to heart and are doing so many amazing things in their business. Whenever I do an audit, I’m so impressed with how much green stuff is going on.”
April Cottage, Church Street, Youlgrave DE45 1WL
April Cottage is a 200-year-old self-catering cottage in the centre of Youlgrave. Accommodation is provided for three people.
Ilam, Ashbourne DE6 2BD
Award-winning self-catering accommodation and eco wedding venue on an organic dairy farm.
Brassington, Matlock DE4 4HP
Luxurious self-catering log cabins or gorgeous glamping pods. Unwind under that stars in a log fired hot tub and enjoy stunning views from your pillow. New for 2019/20 – traditional Gypsy caravans!
Church Farm Holiday Cottages
Church Farm, Alsop en le Dale DE6 1QP
Freshly baked cakes await your arrival at Pinster or Winnets Cottage converted from a stone barn at the grade II listed Church Farm.
Dewsnaps Farm Holiday Cottages
Sandy Lane, Chinley SK23 6AW
Each cottage is a highly insulated converted barn with solar PV, solar thermal, wood pellet boiler and wood burning stove.
Dove Valley Centre
Under Whitle, Sheen, Longnor SK17 0PR
Sustainable converted 18th century barns provide stylish self-contained cottages sleeping five and seven (together sleeping 12). Studio and camping for larger groups. Great for parties and workshops.
Wormhill, Buxton SK17 8TA
More than a century old former ‘gentleman’s residence’ and originally built for one family, the Hall is now divided into 12 self-catering holiday apartments.
East Lodge Country House Hotel
Rowsley, Matlock DE4 2EF
Significant steps have been taken to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact which also excels in local sourcing, including produce from its own kitchen gardens.
Losehill House Hotel and Spa
Lose Hill Lane, Hope S33 6AF
A four-star hotel in a secluded setting overlooking Win Hill. It features the award-winning Orangery restaurant using local produce and a Thiago Spa.
My Country Houses
Portland House, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PX
Five-star party house for self-catering in style with groups of friends and family, featuring delightful dining area, well-equipped kitchen, beautiful bedrooms and a walled garden.
Old Post Office Barn
Upper Hulme, Staffordshire ST13 8TY
Ideal for relaxing and unwinding, this restored Roaches red gritstone barns offers self-catering accommodation for two people and a dog!
Castleton Road, Hathersage S32 1EH
Easily accessible contemporary lodge for up to 16 guests, ideal as holiday accommodation or a unique corporate retreat, on the outskirts of the village of Hathersage.
The Servants Quarters
c/o Kinnaird Garden Buxton SK17 9BF
In the centre of historic Buxton, the self-catered town house has been sensitively restored considering the environment and supporting local businesses.
Secret Cloud House Holidays and Scaldersitch Farm
Scaldersitch Farm, Sheen, Near Hartington SK17 0HN
Environmentally responsible luxury yurt accommodation at Secret Cloud and boutique camping at Scaldersitch Farm with private wood fired hot tubs, essential oil sauna and wellness treatment room.
The Nightingale Centre
Great Hucklow, Buxton SK17 8RH
Holiday and conference centre in the heart of the Peak District sleeping up to 67 and able to accommodate individuals and groups.
Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns
Orchard Farm, Parwich, Ashbourne DE6 1QB
Two 5-star Gold Award green holiday cottages for two in Parwich are in a conservation area. The sympathetic barn conversions incorporate the best of the old with the best of the new.
Lose Hill Lane, Hope S33 6AF
In a stunning location this Gold award and 5-star B&B has four en-suite bedrooms (including three with private lounges). Breakfast feature local and home-made specialities.
Upper Hurst Farm
Hulme End, Buxton SK17 0HH
A caravan and camping site in an elevated position with panoramic views, near the picture-postcard village of Hartington. Glamping pitches available.
Whitehouse Barn Holiday Cottages
Whitehouse Farm, Thorncliffe, Leek ST13 8UW
At 1400m, overlooked by Buzzards and Sky Larks, the homely cottages for two are lovingly decorated with eco paints, vintage/reclaimed homemade furnishings and Whitehouse pottery.
Weathericks and Bradstone
Windmill Farm, Hopton Lane, Wirksworth
Two luxury self-catering cottages with expansive views across farmland to Carsington Water. Both cottages have the Walkers and Cyclists Welcome awards.
Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages
Earl Sterndale Buxton SK17 0AA
Nine award-winning family and dog friendly cottages in a stunning location close to Buxton. Walks from the door, electric bikes, breakfast baskets, local produce and home-made meals available.
New awards in November 2019
Rainbows End Holiday Cottages
Rainbows End, Blackwell in the Peak, Buxton, SK17 9TQ
Rainbows End is a charming eco holiday cottage with lovely attention to detail and lots of little extras – from locally made, natural toiletries to cheese from the cows that graze their meadows.
Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre
Lockerbrook Farm, Snake Pass, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Outdoor Centre with 38 beds spread between 8 bunk rooms welcoming groups for outdoor learning in a stunning moorland environment. A great location for retreats and gatherings for all ages.
Peak District Holiday Cottage
Rockfield House, Flagg Lane, Flagg, Derbyshire, SK17 9QS
Two dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages in Flagg, with uninterrupted Peak District views, walks from the door and secure cycle storage for each cottage.
Contact details for Peak Park to come…