Your Thoughts • Your Say • Tell Us
We want your views about our project. Read on then take part in our survey here. Whether you are local, a visitor to the area or have just stumbled upon us and think you have some thoughts to add, we'd be glad to hear them.
We hope to achieve planning permission to convert our existing barn 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. Also, we hope to incorporate a eco cabin in the orchard, as a classroom for young people and adults to learn about looking after a wildlife site, orchards and vineyards and maybe even do a bit of nighttime star gazing and wildlife watching..
Critical to success is ensuring good consultation and we want to make sure we reach out to as many people as possible. We welcome your views and want you to comment so that you can shape the final outcome.
Our plans are designed to be minimal impact, bring modest tourism numbers to the area and to provide jobs locally. We envisage we could employ between two and four local people to maintain our land and holiday lets.
We want to employ local people, taking an holistic approach across our business activities in the local area and ensuring we remain locally focused, ethical and promoting local at all times. In our vineyard business at Amber Valley Wines we use local contractors to do the work, which we hope will soon be done by local employees and we want to provide great training and skills opportunities. Want to apply?
Read about our plans and have your say. Tell us if you love our plans or if you hate them. Let us know if you think we could do better - we'd love read your suggestions. You'll be taken to a quick form to complete.
Our Holiday Lodge
Our proposed barn conversion will create a charming high-end eco holiday lodge that will complement the local area and the location. Using the form and look of the current building, this glass fronted building will be a 2 bedroomed accommodation that will occupy the same roofprint as the building does now, perhaps even smaller. It will be self sufficient for water, utilising rainwater harvesting and ultraviolet filtration, power by using solar PV and heating combined with a wind turbine and battery storage. There will even be a composting toilet.
The Eco Cabin Classroom
We want to build a rustic log cabin classroom down in the orchard, which would be sited amongst the apple trees, siting low and squat, containing room to accomadte up to 16 people (about 5.5m by 4.5m). It will be designed to be rustic, like it has been there for years, feeling and looking much like the building in the photo. We intend this to be for year round use, access to it will be only on foot from the winery car park. Barry has worked with a number of orchards and vineyards and this would provide an opportunity to do something onsite in a proper facility.
We want to hear your thoughts, whether pro or against.
We already have permission to build but we are hoping that a lower cost, smaller building will enable us to develop this facility for less cost and create a building that is more sympathetic to its surroundings and our plans. Car parking and the new vineyard to the east of it will be unaffected and provide more guest parking. We want to hear your thoughts on if you'd like to enjoy a drink of wine on-site, or tea, coffee and a limited range of light bites or cakes etc.
Nature and Countryside
Most of the land we own is designated as Wildlife Site, so we work with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help us manage the land as sympathetically as possible. We want to ensure, and we hope you'll agree that our plans do this, that we have the smallest impact upon the land as possible. Indeed, our plans will help to finance improvements to ensure that these are even higher quality wildlife-rich sites. Maintianing land for nature is higher cost, especially as utilising it in any other way would mean there would be minimal financial return. We believe our plans strike a good balance for conserving the land and wildlife whilst promoting limited access and enjoyment.