We did not set out to win awards - the most important thing to us was to create somewhere lovely for family and friends to stay, somewhere that we would like to stay ourselves, where comfort, cleanliness and attention to detail are important - but we are very proud of the of the different awards that we have won since we completed the restoration and conversion of our barns - all of which took us by surprise!
Both properties have been independently inspected by VISIT ENGLAND'S ACCOMMODATION GRADING SCHEME and have been awarded:
****4 STARS as well as a coveted GOLD AWARD****
About Visit England's Accommodation Grading Scheme:
VisitEngland's Gold Awards:
WINNER OF 'MOST ECO-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY LET' category and then also 'OVERALL WINNER' out of all 5 categories in the 'Fields of Opportunity National Campaign' to find Britian's most entrepreneurial farmers who had diversified and created a successful holiday letting business - launched by Cottages4you, English Country Cottages, Scottish Country Cottages, Welsh Country Cottages, Welcome Cottages, the Hoseasons Holiday Group and NFU.
Read the Press Release - which explains why we were given these awards :-
Staffordshire Farmer Wins National Tourism Competition
Troutsdale Farm in Tittesworth scoops best eco-friendly farm holiday let and best overall farm holiday let
Troutsdale Farm in Tittesworth, near Leek on the edge of the Peak District National Park, has been named as the overall winner of a national competition to find the best farm holiday properties.
The Fields of Opportunity campaign, launched by holiday letting agency The Hoseasons Group earlier this year, set out to find most entrepreneurial farmers who have diversified and created a successful holiday letting business. The entries were judged by a panel which included members of The Hoseasons Group team and the NFU.
Troutsdale Farm, owned by the Turnock family, was a dairy farm before the family decided to concentrate their efforts on tourism, ensuring guests could enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Staffordshire/ Derbyshire Peaks. Work started to convert the two beautiful sandstone barns, which date back to the mid-1800s four years ago. The family were committed to retaining the character of the properties, including using traditional building methods and materials without impacting on the environment and the natural unspoilt area in which they sit.
In the first round of the competition, the farm was awarded most eco-friendly farm property due to the implementation of a number of eco initiatives including ground source heating, solar panels, rainwater harvest system and the creation of a new wildflower meadow.
Local craftsmen and British suppliers have been used throughout the build process and the Turnock family have pushed boundaries to ensure British-made products have been used throughout, from replacing timber cut from the farm’s own wood to sourcing British paint, curtains, bathroom suites, tiles and furniture.
Barbara Turnock said: “As a family we felt very responsible to ensure the old farm buildings were sympathetically converted, as we were keen to protect the history of the barns as much as possible. This led us to using traditional building techniques, which are often naturally environmentally friendly, such as lime plaster and organic linseed oil.
“We also wanted to use the conversion to continue supporting British farming and give something back, so have used British Wool Thermafleece natural insulation, as well as furnish the properties with carpets, rugs, throws and mattress liners all made from British Wool. It is the sheep grazing the fields in this area that helps to create the landscape that people enjoy whilst on holiday – if it also makes people aware of the fantastic home furnishing products that are available from our sheep industry and a way they can continue to support the countryside on their return home then even better.
“The project has been a fantastic collaboration of local expert craftsmen, local suppliers, friends and family and we are delighted to have been awarded the title of most eco-friendly property and overall winner. It’s testament to the efforts of so many people.”
Simon Law, property director at The Hoseasons Group said: “This entry really impressed the judges as the green initiatives were head and shoulders above everything we’d seen. Guests staying here get a real sense of being part of the countryside and in completing the conversion, the Turnocks have boosted the community, supporting local businesses wherever they can and providing a very unique and special place to stay.”
The family will be receiving a voucher for a Virgin Experience day to spend on anything from a driving day at Silverstone to a pampering day at a health spa and as overall winner, a Virgin hot air balloon ride.
GOLD AWARD - For scoring 100% in 'Accommodation Overall standard for quaility' category from customer satisfaction survey from Cottages4you and English Country Cottages guests.
Just wanted to share our Great News and a BIG thankyou to all our lovely guests ... this really means such alot to us.... so excited... AND thankyou again.
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CHRISTMAS - We have just had a cancellation for Old Shire Stables Cottage - it will be decorated for Christmas including a real decorated Christmas tree, a basket of logs for a cosy log fire and freshly baked mince pies on arrival
PRE CHRISTMAS BREAKS
Both Cottages available - sleeps 6/8 and 10 (total of 18).
Special Breaks throughout November & December .... ideal for family or friends get-together ... if you can't just manage it over the Christmas period - with our lovely large tables to all sit around.
Include a little bit Christmas Shopping in the Peak District! Buxton Spa Town, Leek's historic market town, Pottery bargins at Emma Bridgewater Factory,Chatsworth House Nativity, or medieval festivities at Haddon Hall, see Santa on a steam train ...... independent local shopping, farmers markets, festive events and fun ...... in the build up to Christmas in search of those special pressies..... combined with Peak District Walks, good local pubs and a cosy log fire to return to and wrap everything up! Make Shopping a pleasure in the Peaks this year .... make a weekend of it!
Various MIDWEEK BREAKS available - Not tied to school hols or working week? - Checkout our excellent midweek break rates (with 4 nights for the price of 3)
"We very much enjoyed our stay. The cottage is so very comfortable, with lovely views. The welcoming sponge cake was very much appreciated. This is our second stay and we will be back again next year"
"Lovely cottage, lovely area, lovely holiday! Thank you"
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CHECK OUT THE LOVELY LOCAL COUNTRYSIDE HERE IN THIS VIDEO... (can be enlarged once you start to play)
Harvesting Video at Troutsdale Farm ...