We are Tom & Babette. Tom’s grandad bought the farm in 1918 and Tom was born on an adjacent farm rented from the Osmaston estate. Tom has always had a keen interest in conservation and tree planting and has planted trees all his life. He manages the woods by coppicing and pollarding and replants where dying trees need to be felled. The farm is dotted with copses and ancient woodland – Tom has added to them and wildlife thrives. Bird numbers have increased over the years and the RSPB have conducted surveys and visited several times. Skylarks are a special delight.
Wide field margins provide wildlife corridors and we enjoy a healthy population of magnificent brown hares. Badgers and foxes can be observed at dusk as can several species of owls. You may be able to see all these from your bedroom windows!
We are very interested in local and family history. Guests staying here are often in search of their Derbyshire roots and we are always delighted to assist with local knowledge for visitors on heritage trails.
We have now retired from farming and our tenant is a dedicated bee keeper. One of his hives stands in the orchard and the bees help pollenate our fruit trees. Most of the farmland falls away from the house to the south with far reaching views. 53 degree north runs along the edge of the lawn!
We deeply care about our landscape and are committed to lessening our carbon foot print and using renewable energy. We have invested an array of photovoltaic panels on our roof. Washing machines & dishwasher use this solar electricity during the day. The tumble dryer is only used as a back up and we try and dry all the laundry outside (weather permitting!). We also have an E-car charging socket to enable you to recharge your electric car.
We buy local, use seasonal produce and Tom tries to grow as much fruit and veg as he possibly can. We recycle and upcycle as much as we can and our bedrooms are furnished mainly with pre-loved family and local sales pieces. In the bathrooms, the toiletries come in family size dispensers to cut down on unnecessary packaging.
We always endeavour to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the wonderful environment here.
Tom and Babette