Derbyshire born, Derbyshire bred, all handmade by me, in a Derbyshire shed! - Rob Thornton


Designed to create a safe haven for a variety of bugs and solitary bees, from ladybirds to mason bees. Sheeps wool, wood shavings, apple wood rods and pine cones sourced in Derbyshire


In rural south Derbyshire is the family smallholding, with one field called ‘cow close’ and the other ‘millway’. Although there was never a mill called Cow Close Mill, the ‘millway’ name probably refers to a long lost windmill near the farm, and so it just seemed to fit for my ambitions of a studio and workshop!

Cow Close Mill Bug & Bee Hotel