Eco Homes in the Hope Valley

The following homes were part of our first Open Eco Homes day in October 2021.  The owners have kindly offered to provide advice to other wishing to make they homes for eco-friendly.  Their contact details are at the foot of each entry.

Quaker Community

Water Lane Bamford
S33 0AD

Built in 1903 as the Derwent Water Board offices of solid walls of stone and brick, with internal wall insulation; internal porches; many types of secondary glazing; unusual loft insulation for loft storage; and more.

  • Various efforts at retrofit including loft and wall insulation
  • TRVs
  • ethical suppliers
Contact: Zee-Zee Haines
01433 650085

8 Ashopton Drive

S33 0BU

1975 three-bed detached with cavity wall construction. Thermolite blocks inside and Derbyshire gritstone outside.


  • Bonded EPS bead cavity wall insulation
  • Ground floor insulated to Passivhaus standard
  • Wet underfloor heating throughout
  • MAN Heiztechnik condensing boiler specifically designed to work with UFH.
  • Weather compensated feed-forward UFH water temperature control.
  • 130L thermal store.
  • 4kW photovoltaic panels.
  • Immersun solar power diverter.
  • Zappi EV charger.
Contact: John Cotton
07909 195539

Leveret Croft

S32 1BR

A five bedroom timber chalet built 1900 and renovated in 1998-2000, featuring:

  • Rockwool insulation Wall, floor and roof
  • Scandinavian high perfomance windows and doors,
  • Solar panels
  • Spring water
  • Wood stoves and coppiced timber
Contact: Stephen and Scharlie Platt
01433 650307/07936 606653

7 Cliffe Lane

S32 1DE

A four bedroom detached house built 1978, featuring:

Internal insulation,

solar panels

air source heat pump (2020)

Contact: Stephen Rowland and Gillie Bolton
01433 651167


S33 0BR

Total rebuild in 1998 on foundations of a 1930’s asbestos clad, timber frame bungalow, using recycled and local timber Featuring:

  • Passive Solar design
  • Warmcell insulation
  • South facing conservatory
  • Rain water collection
  • Heating by woodstove
  • PV panels

Springwoods website

Contact: John de Carteret
01433 651865 (Text)

12 Main Road

S33 0AY

We’ve been renovating the interior of our 1908 semi-detached house for the last two years with considerable help from a patient builder and following a plan that we make up as we go along.


  • interior insulation of all outer walls on first floor + kitchen and cloakroom on ground floor
  • triple-glazed windows on first floor and in kitchen
  • replacement of old gas boiler with new combi boiler
  • replacement of old gas hob with an induction hob
  • installation of electric underfloor heating in kitchen/diner, lobby and cloakroom + main bathroom on first floor
Contact: Paul & Julia Hartley
07485 114 884 or 07485 114 902

Leveret Barn

S32 1BR

A barn built about 1940 and renovated 2003-5 and 5 acres of ‘rewilded’ wildflower meadow woodland, ponds, orchard and allotment.

Featuring :

  • Kingspan and Actis Triso Super 10 Insulation
  • Scandinavian high perfomance windows and doors
  • 4kw Solar panels
  • rewilding
  • compost making
  • orchard
  • wildlife ponds
Contact: Stephen and Scharlie Platt
01433 650307 07936 606653

Middle Ollerbrook Cottage

S33 7ZG

Typical, stone-built Peak District cottage within Edale conservation area. Moved in January 2019. Hoping that this will inspire more of our neighbours to upgrade their homes and to raise enthusiasm and interest with neighbours outside of the HVCA group who’re not already  responding to the climate emergency.

Featuring :

  • air source heat pump
  • Eco 22 ready wood burning stove
  • loft and internal wall insulation with PIR Cellotex backed plasterboard to a high level
  • heat recovery unit
Contact: Jon Whitley & Tracy Thorpe
07812 816309
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