A New Sustainable Tourism Project
We hope to achieve planning permission to convert our existing barn or stable into a high end, eco holiday lodge that will sit quietly opposite our new winery (planning granted Sept 2015). Here it has fabulous views of the Amber Valley, looks across the orchard and glorious unspoilt countryside and yet is just a few minutes walk from the village.
The barn conversion will be sympathetic and will not be any more noticeable than the current building, reducing the footprint to make it less obvious in the landscape. The roofline, height and appearance will remain largely the same. It will utilise compost toilets, rainwater harvesting (for dish/clothes washing), and be powered by solar PV panels, a wind turbine and battery storage. We hope it will sleep up to 4 people.
There will be no additional parking to the eco lodge, instead we shall encourage people to arrive by public transport and offer electric bikes for them to explore the local area.
We are looking to reduce the footprint of the winery building we've previously had planning approved for too and this will help us encourage a few more visitors to the area and to free-up parking. More importantly the reduced mass of the building will help to soften its impact in the landscape. The winery will include a cellar door experience, a place to take tours of the vineyards, taste our wines and ciders and, perhaps enjoy a glass of wine with friends with a light bite.
We also hope to construct a small educational classroom log cabin on-site. It will be nestled in the orchard and would very soon be out of sight as the trees grow around it and minimise its impact in the landscape. It will accommodate groups of up to 16 people to learn about managing and maintaining orchards and Wildlife sites like ours, and ensure that ours are perfectly maintained. Nearby we'll place a small, perfectly designed mobile composting loo.
The Orchard, photo taken in May 2018 - is now maturing and will be the location of the "Eco Cabin" a rustic and beautifully sympathetic classroom nestled in amongst the trees.
How Do I Support Local Business?
Firstly, and lastly, buy from them, whether it be a cup of coffee, a bottle of wine or a cheese, if you like it and value it and want the business to be around for years to come then buy from them.
We have tons of people that want to try our wine for free believing that they are supporting us and whilst we appreciate that belief it is the purchase of goods or services that keep us going and keep us doing what we do. So, if you like what we do, want us to succeed and do more of what we do then please support us with your purchases.
Our family is already well invested in the area with vineyards, amazing old meadows and woodlands all within a handful miles of Wessington. Via Amber Valley Wines we offer tours and tastings in the vineyards. We also own a couple of holiday cottages in the nearby Derwent Valley World Heritage Site with our business Derwent Mills Cottages. We want to bring this tourism and holiday cottage experience to Wessington. Barry also advises other local orchard growers and producers. We want to create a business that combines our experience and knowledge to benefit the local area.
We love this part of the world and we want to share it with others. Close to the Peak District in unspoilt countryside that is in many ways how the Peak was 50 or 60 years ago - quiet, with lovely peaceful villages, hamlets and farmsteads dotted about without the pressures that the Peak faces today. Small and a little off the beaten track makes all the difference and we want to share it in a quiet way with visitors.
Here is what we aspire to: