Two romantic holiday cottages for two in the Peak Park

From cowshed to contemporary luxury: a romantic retreat for two in the beautiful Peak Park countryside

“I’m so pleased I stumbled across your website all those years ago – I remember googling the word ‘romantic’ cottages and we have never looked back.”

Could Tom’s Barn bedroom be more romantic?

Tom's Barn galleried bedroom with en suite two-seater bath

Douglas’s Barn bedroom: romantic luxury


Relax by the logburner in Tom’s Barn sitting room (your dog will love it too)

Relax together (with your dog?) by Tom's Barn log burner!

Unwind instantly in Douglas’s Barn sitting room

Soothing contemporary luxury in Douglas's Barn sitting room.

From ancient cowshed…to contemporary luxury

5 Star? Gold Award? Luxury cottages? Are you sure?  Perhaps, just for a moment, when you first arrive you might wonder… Despite the colourful pots of flowers and the soothing blue-green paintwork, from the outside Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns still look remarkably like the cowsheds they once were.

Don’t worry. The minute you pop your head around the door you will be reassured: both our ancient 18C barns are now very much 21st century luxury, exuding comfort, warmth and welcome.

Come on in, and close the door behind you. How lovely! The pressures and strains of everyday life suddenly melt away as you start to relax, in your own very special home from home, whether it be your perfect romantic hideaway for two or your peaceful and safe refuge for one. From now on your only responsibility is to enjoy yourselves.

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Owner-run holiday accommodation

We, John and Marion, live next door. We are the owners and love Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns and you, our guests. We’re here to welcome you and to help if ever you might need us but promise we don’t intrude!

Our approach? Trying to keep one step ahead

Our aim is to make our luxury self-catering accommodation in the Peak District the most perfect relaxing romantic cottages for two where one feels special and spoilt yet completely at home: the sort of holiday accommodation we would love to stay in ourselves (we keep looking…!). Luckily for us, our two converted barns are very popular and in great demand – but we won’t ever rest on our laurels. We are aware that standards progress and expectations increase all the time and we are constantly trying to think what else we can do to keep the standard up and make sure our two cottages remain your perfect retreat.

Our style? Understated luxury

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns are definitely up there in the luxury class but ours is a quiet, unflashy luxury: nothing twee, nothing fancy or fussy but everything of superior quality, spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and in excellent condition.
We don’t take short cuts and we don’t believe in economies. We know that if you want to provide top quality you must use top quality products and well-respected suppliers (including it must be said Ikea when appropriate!) but mainly such as Farrow & Ball and Valtti for paintwork, John Lewis and The White Company for linen and towels, Vi-Spring mattresses (and bed in Tom’s Barn), Gilchrist and Soames for ‘toiletries’; we buy top of the range electrical equipment having first pored over Which? for hours.

What extras can you expect to find?

We try to provide everything – within reason – you might need (see Tom’s Barn & Douglas’s Barn for more detail).


Your barn is there to provide you with a lovely relaxing, self-indulgent treat… We want you to go home feeling happily spoilt, relaxed and refreshed, ready to meet the real world again.


If you can drag yourselves away there is just so much to do in the lovely Derbyshire Peak District countryside surrounding us. There are countless walks right from the door including the High Peak and Tissington Trails, trips to nearby famous Dovedale, Carsington for water sports, Chatsworth and at least five other stately homes within an hours’ drive, local fishing, golf, tennis (actually in Parwich itself) and so on. For the more adventurous there is gliding to be had, abseiling, pot holing and climbing. You’ll find wonderful local pubs and restaurants, enjoy summer barbecues in your own garden area. There is plenty of information in your barn.

Contact – if you want it – with the outside world

All you really need to bring

All you really have to think about are your personal belongings and anything particular you may want to eat and drink. Anything organic or more exotic could be ordered in advance of your arrival from Riverford Organics or Waitrose and we’ll put it away for you to await your arrival. You will be able to top up any necessities at the shop-in-the-pub or indeed any of several lovely local delis and farm shops and Farmers’ Markets.

We provide dressing gowns but it may be wise to bring a pair of slippers as the quarry tiles in the kitchens can be cool!

Recent comments from our guests

The most relaxing, comfortable and well-equipped cottage we’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in, with such a lovely warm welcome. We hope to be visiting again very soon. Thank you.” November 2013

Feels just like home (wish it was!) all the little touches make this a perfect place. Thank you so much. Would recommend to anyone!” October 2013

We were looking for peace, quiet and luxury and here we found all three. Thanks to John and Marion, for a wonderful, relaxing week.” August 2013

”We’ve had a wonderful time – you have been so helpful and welcoming and the barn is glorious – we haven’t wanted for anything. A highlight was the sidecar Safari – even better at half price with the Premier Cottages card!” Returning home fully relaxed.” May 2013

”Dear John and Marion, Another lovely time and as ever we are sorry to be leaving you all and this lovely village. It really is home from home here, and we look forward to seeing you again in October! Hope you love a lovely summer. With love…G and R”. May 2013

“Our first visit to the Peak District and certainly not our last. Excellent accommodation, well equipped, and fantastic hosts. Lots of walks, good food, relaxing in front of the fire – now back to reality. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.” April 2013

‘Arrived in  the cold and the snow, but the warmth of the welcome, and the great week of walking, good beer and food in the locality made it into a good break! We will return soon.’ April 2013

‘A truly wonderful place to stay, with absolutely every luxury provided…this cottage deserves more than a five star rating, as it has little touches of thoughtfulness impossible to find elsewhere.’ Feb 2013 (Comment on TripAdvisor)















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