Frequently asked questions
Are towels and linen provided?
Yes and tea towels too at no extra cost.
Can we smoke?
Sorry, No – the cottage is non-smoking.
Are there pubs in walking distance?
Not really except for really energetic walkers.
The Old Hall is 1.5 miles away using the footpaths but is only really do-able in summer and we are on a hill, so every walk into Chinley entails an uphill walk back again.
The Chinley Indian and Chinese are 1 mile down our lane so are the closest to walk to.
We do have good local taxis if you all fancy a night out with everyone having a drink.
What animals will we see on the farm?
Our 2 dogs and lots of our indigenous Derbyshire Gritstone sheep. No cows as we are nervous about the badgers giving them TB. A dozen free range hens.
Can we catch trains?
Yes an hourly service from Buxton to Manchester via Whaley Bridge with car parking at Whaley station.
A less frequent service from Sheffield to Manchester through the beautiful Hope Valley stopping in Chinley. This is good for catching to walk in the Castleton area.
Is there a bus service?
Yes from Chinley – adequate but not brilliant and we provide bus time tables to help if you fancy a day without a car.
Can we hire bikes?
Yes, we can supply information on local bike hire.
Will you shop for us?
Yes we have a shopping list and will buy locally sourced basic provisions for you for your arrival.
We are happy to order/make basic provisions for your arrival so just fill in the Shopping List and send it back to us with your final payment – or ring or email Pam if you need other things added to the list.
Can we pay by debit/credit card?
Sorry, no as it is uneconomic for us to offer this- but cheques or bank transfers are the method of payment now, please.
Sadly we are not really suitable for less able visitors
The Old House has 3 steps up to the main door and then the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are all on that floor with the sitting room down 13 stairs.
For detailed information please see our access statements here.
Our Environmental Policy
The Broadhursts have been stewards of these 100 acres since 1804 and have always re-used and recycled long before sustainability became a buzz word.
Our farmhouse is built of stone from the leaking wing of the Old House, which was pulled down in 1884, plus extra stone from our own quarry, now disused. The beams and flagged floors were retained and even the original oak door of the Old House has been mended and used.
When we restored the cottages we used second hand roofing slates and kept all the original features possible and we also used local builders and craftspeople to restore the cottages sympathetically.
The stone walls that enclose our fields were built from the stone dug out of our hill and we maintain them to give shelter to our sheep. They don’t rot like fencing – they also look a whole lot nicer!
Pam has huge compost piles for use on the gardens here. Every autumn we rake up all the leaves in the farmyard and gardens and compost them. Grandpa Broadhurst used to get his 5 children to collect the dry fallen leaves which he then used to bed the calves on!
Guests recycling -outside each cottage are covered buckets - one for bread and cake scraps for the hens and birds and one for your compostable vegetable peelings. All other recycling goes into the yellow lidded bins which we take to our central point in the farmyard and sort for fortnightly council collection.
We have our own beautiful bottle quality spring water supply which has never failed in living memory.
The lavatories flush into septic tanks and the clean water produced helps the trees further down the field.
Cherry Tree and our farmhouse now only have environmentally friendly, low energy light bulbs and we are slowly replacing those in the Old House.
We use all our own fallen trees for the logs and kindling in the open fires of the cottages.
We follow the Derbyshire Diet – eat only local produce! We encourage our guests to shop and eat locally just as we do. Pam grows many of their own vegetables, soft fruits and makes her own jams. Our free range hens provide eggs.
We want our visitors to be warm in the cottages but as Calor gas and electricity prices continue to escalate, we do ask that you use the heating responsibly and turn off lights and heating when you go out.