Category Archives: Sustainable tourism

Free electric car charging for your eco-friendly holiday

Electric car charging is the new must have for quality holiday accommodation and the eco-friendly holiday! The popularity of electric and hybrid cars is increasing, and technology has improved in leaps and bounds. However owners of electric cars can understandably be cautious about bringing them on holiday.
Electric car charging can be a worry as there aren’t many charging stations, particularly in rural areas. People are unsure if they will have the facility to recharge the batteries at their holiday home. As the name suggests, the “Peak District” is quite hilly, so mileage range will be somewhat decreased.
Rest assured at Hoe Grange you can recharge your car batteries, as well as recharging your own energy levels! Simply plug in, sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views from our self-catering log cabins and glamping pods.
Recharge your batteries for free!
Some holiday home owners require payment for electric car charging guests’  vehicles. Here at Hoe Grange, we want to encourage the use of electric cars to minimise the effect of tourism on our special environment. So we offer FREE car charging to our guests for your eco-friendly holiday. 
We use an extensive range of renewable technologies including solar and wind power to generate our own electricity, so luckily it doesn’t actually cost so much!
Fast charging
Ahead of the trend we have for years allowed people to recharge their electric cars for free whilst staying at Hoe Grange. In the past electricity car charging has been a slow charge via external 13 amp or 32 amp sockets.
 
We have now added the latest high tech 16amp Rolec 3 phase fast charger,
which we use to charge our own hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander. This means you can get out and explore the Derbyshire Peak District to the full without worry, and can quickly recharge your car ready for the next day. Several guests recently have charged my dream car, the Tesla.
The technical stuff

For those that need the technical info, our charger has a type two socket with removable cable. The cable we have has the Type 1 plug at the car end to fit the Outlander as well as most Japanese and American based cars.

Tesla cars need the Blue cable supplied with the car.
 
If in doubt as to the charger type your car uses, please see the images below. If still not sure why not bring along your own cable? As long as it has a type 2 plug at the socket end it will work. Of course if you have a smaller 13 amp household socket charger we can still use this type for an overnight charge.
Type 1 plug for japanese and American cars
Type 2 socket UK standard
Book now to stay in our log cabins or glamping pods for a full recharge for both you and your electric car!
David
 
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Finalists in the Rural Business Awards

Rural Business Awards Finalist logoExciting news! We are thrilled to be one of five finalists in this years Rural Business Awards in the Best Rural Tourism Business category.

inquisitive number 9The judges are looking for unique rural businesses offering exceptional customer care, who have strong links with local communities, consider inclusivity, and have sustainability at their heart.Hoe Grange farm viewSome of the other categories include Best Diversification, Innovation, Social Enterprise, Food & Drink, Best Employer and many more.

close up with  lambsRural tourism was the category with the most entries, so to be picked out from such a large number from throughout the UK is amazing, and makes all our efforts worthwhile.

It gives us a real sense of satisfaction when we exceed guest expectations and everyone goes home with happy memories of their holiday with us.

Created by Directors and Co-Founders Jemma Clifford & Anna Price, the aim of the Rural Business Awards is to give recognition to businesses operating right across the Rural sector, from engineering through to artisan food producers and professional services organisations.

A shortlist of 5 entries per category was announced last week, and the winners will be revealed at a glamorous awards ceremony on Thursday 5th October 2017 at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Surrey. It will be wonderful to be guests ourselves for a change!

We are up against some pretty stiff competition in the Best Rural Tourism category from

Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village, Ceridwen Centre, Humble Bee Leisure, and The Rookery, Roughlee Holiday Cottage.

Such a diverse set of businesses, it will be very difficult for the judges to choose a winner!

So wish us luck!

David

cows in field

Peak District Boundary Walk

There are so many things to do in The Peak District, but why not use our outdoor gym and explore our special scenic landscape by following the new Peak District Boundary walk?Ballidon QuarryAt Hoe Grange Holidays we have long been supporters of Friends of The Peak District. This active charitable organisation supports local communities, champions renewable energies to help tackle climate change, campaigns to safeguard and also helps to maintain the unique landscapes of Britain’s first national park.

Peak District Boundary WalkIn celebration of Britain’s first and arguably most beautiful national park, Friends of The Peak District have created a brand new long distance (190-mile) walking route around its entire boundary.

Don’t worry if you think 190 miles is too much of a challenge, the walk has been split into smaller stages so you don’t have to tackle it all in one go!

The Peak District Boundary Walk passes through stunning scenery, stretching from the moorland tops of the South Pennines to the gentle limestone scenery of the Derbyshire Dales near Hoe Grange. The route touches the urban edges of Sheffield and Oldham, as well as Staffordshire’s rugged moorland and the undulating slopes of Cheshire.

The Peak District Boundary Walk follows existing footpaths, tracks, quiet lanes, former railway lines and a canal towpath, but it is the variety of vistas that makes experience extra special. What could be better than keeping fit by using the outdoor gym!

High Peak Trail Hoe Grange Farm is situated right on the Peak Park boundary so the walk goes right past our door, along The High Peak Trail. If staying with us in one of our cosy log cabins or our gorgeous glamping pods for two, you can easily walk over our fields to pick up one of two sections of The Peak District Boundary Walk. Either Royston Grange to Winster (stage 13) or Royston through Parwich to Thorpe (stage 14).

Peak District Boundary Walk
Stage 13 Winster, past Hoe Grange to Royston

sheep with lambsRoyston is one of my favourite walks as you pass through the steep beautiful limestone valley, surrounded by nothing but rocky pastures full of wild flowers, fluttering butterflies, hawthorn trees silhouetted against the skyline, buzzards circling overhead, and the odd sheep or cow.

You can check out the individual stages of The Boundary Walk or buy the complete book which features all 20 walks for just £10 plus £2.50 p&p.

Riding along Royston Friends of the Peak District campaign for a living, working countryside that changes with time but remains beautiful for ever. Their aim is to ensure the balance is kept between a vibrant, sustainable rural economy and protecting the outstanding Peak District countryside.

They hope this new boundary walk will increase awareness of the beautiful Peak District landscape and encourage people to cherish and protect it.

Find out more about Friends of the Peak District and help us to protect and conserve this stunning landscape. Why not make a donation to this worthwhile charity?

Felicity

Groundworks started for our glamping pods

Progress continues towards the installation of our gorgeous glamorous glamping eco pods.

digging foundations for glamping podsDavid has been busy laying the foundation blocks and digging the trenches for the sewage pipes and electric cables. Not an easy task with our Peak District limestone landscape and rocky terrain! However David loves nothing better than using macho machines to get the job done!

Meanwhile at My Shire Houses James and his team have been working hard to complete our eco-friendly glamping pods ready for delivery up to Derbyshire.

Inside our Glamping pod Loving created from natural wood it’s exciting watching the building progress and we are extremely pleased with all the little extra touches that we commissioned – we are sure that when you take a holiday in our cosy camping pods you will love the extra special features too. They are well insulated and cosy and built to sleep 2 adults. They are surprisingly spacious and there is also room for your four-legged best friend with  lots of wonderful walkies to explore straight from the door! If you have a larger equine four-legged friend to bring along I’m afraid the pods are too small and they will have to stay in one of our stables! Find out more about our holidays with your own horse here.

Skylark and Swallow glamping pods are already getting booked up so be quick and BOOK NOW if you want a relaxing weekend away for two!

Felicity

Roofing the glamping poddogs welcome in our glamping pods