Perfectly positioned on the Pennine Bridleway's section of the Peak District, the No Car Cafe is a haven of tranquillity away from the noise and pollution of traffic. With the most glorious views of the wild Dark Peak and instant access to the bridal way itself, this totally unique cafe has the Pennine Bridleway in all its glory, directly on their doorstep.
'We believe the No Car Cafe' is one of a kind and totally unique,' says Jan Allcock, half of the husband and wife team who are responsible for creating the idea for this unusual cafe. 'It's a perfect spot for those who love the outdoors to take refreshment whilst walking, cycling or riding. There's now no need to take the car into the village or take a detour from your walk, ride or cycle route to find a lunch stop. The views are breathtaking - a real hidden gem.'
Leaving behind the 'Cheshire set' and their corporate lifestyles, Neil and Jan moved with their three daughters, to the High Peak in 2002 and set about renovating Rushop Hall into a family home and holiday accommodation. As well as rebuilding the decrepit stone barns in the gorgeous grounds into 3 holiday cottages, 3 four star B &B rooms and inventing The Pepper Pot, a very small holiday cottage which is also an unusual and private B & B, they also now have a new venture to get their teeth into - running the totally unique No Car Cafe.
Providing locally sourced home made food in a beautiful stone barn, melting into its surroundings, the No Car Cafe provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those intrepid enough to attempt the Bridleway in all weathers. The A framed beamed ceiling oozes rustic charm and for those who like the great outdoors, the under floor heating and wood burning stove adds extra heat for those cold winter days walking, cycling or riding in the Peak District hills.
'We're very proud the cafe is heated using green energy in the form of an air source heat pump,' says Jan. 'With the aid of Leader Funding, we saw this as a unique business opportunity.'
Although the Allcocks haven't moved far in actual miles, their lives have been transformed and the culture and lifestyle of the Peak District couldn't be more different from their previous one. The happy family now have 3 dogs, 2 cats, a horse, a herd of alpacas, and a pony and trap.
'We have stabling and 40 acres of land and offer accommodation for guests who want to bring their horse on holiday or for trail riders, riding from farm to farm on the Pennine Bridleway,' says Neil. 'The location of Rushop Hall and the new cafe have a feeling of 'remoteness,' yet are still accessible to the local Derbyshire villages of Castleton and Edale.' He goes onto say, 'We're also very close to great historic attractions like Chatsworth House.'
Visit the websites http://www.rushophall.com and http://thenocarcafe.rushophall.com for details.
This article was written by http://www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk , the UK's largest holiday accommodation directory for the Peak District.