Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE
(Note this postcode is for Calke Abbey not the Bunkhouse)
Bunkhouse on left (where volunteers are heading). Warden’s house on right.
|130 miles from central London
|Nearest major route: A42 between M42, J23A and Ashby-De-La-Zouch
|Nearest station: Ashby-De-La-Zouch (2½ miles) Derby (9½ miles)
The basecamp has been established in the former redundant brick built dairy, attached to the estate Home Farm. The farm is occupied by the Head Warden and his family. What’s now a fully functional kitchen has iron hooks in the beams overhead that were once used for hanging food for the house, in front of the large inglenook fireplace where visitors now sit to eat. An original iron range graces the lounge too, and a pair of original coppers sit unused in the drying room next door – this building really is a museum piece that few people get to see.
In spite of a wealth of original features, the refurbishment has been carried out to a high standard, with the two main dormitories on the upper floor. A small cosy lounge is also provided, plus a separate drying room. The kitchen / dining room features twin cookers and a fridge freezer. There is electric heating throughout for those colder nights.