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This week it looks as though a large mole has been at work in the farm field next to the cabins, with mountains of dark earth piled high.
But no - there is no mole, just David digging three large 100m long trenches for the ground source heating system for our cosy new log cabins. The ground source heating works a bit like a reverse fridge and uses a pump to circulate the natural heat absorbed from the ground through the ground loop pipes, filled with a mixture of water and anti freeze, which are buried beneath the surface.
In the UK the earth, a few meters below our feet, keeps a constant temperature at around 11 to 12 degrees C throughout the year. Because of the ground's high thermal mass it stores heat from the sun during summer, which means that the ground source system will work efficiently all year round to keep you as warm as toast on your holiday with us, even in mid winter. For every unit of electricity used to pump the heat into the new log cabins, 3 to 4 units of heat are produced. If we only had a wind turbine to generate our own electricity we would be self sufficient!
We are lucky enough to have the space in our fields to create horizontal trenches and lay the pipes straight which is easier. As you can imagine this is fairly costly, but we are also fortunate to have received some funding for the system through an RDPE grant.
David has been using the laser to ensure that the loops are level and do not go upwards at the end of the trenches, which would cause an air lock in the system. Another critical factor in the operation is the fact that the pipes have to be buried in sand before the trenches can be refilled, this protects them from being damaged or pierced by rocks.
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
What can I say?
We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more