We, John and Marion F-S, are the proud owners of Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barns, our two romantic holiday cottages which we converted from the cowsheds next door to our own house in the lovely Peak District village of Parwich.
Orchard Farm was a complete wreck when we bought it in 1983. The cowsheds, having been used for his cows by the previous owner, Tom, who was a farmer, were actually in a slightly better state than the house.
It took some time to get the main house even reasonably acceptable. The cowsheds we left to last.
We finally started converting them in 1999, when Marion’s father, Douglas, decided the time had come for him to leave his home of forty years in Ringmore, Devon, to live nearer us!
We created Tom’s Barn as holiday accommodation, and Douglas moved up here with his cat, Boots, to live next door in what is now known as Douglas’s Barn. Douglas and Boots both loved his self-appointed role as general overseer of our guests’ happiness and well-being and many of our ‘older’ guests remember him well.
Douglas died, aged 95, in 2004. Boots continued as a great favourite finally dying at a grand old age in January 2013.
In 2006 we converted Douglas’s home into our second holiday cottage, Douglas’s Barn.
We have three grown up children, Ruth, Sara and Nick, and one grandson, Tom, now aged nine, who lives with his parents, Sara and Derek, in Australia (rather a long way away from Parwich!).
Our family and friends remain very important to us, but, with our family away, our two holiday cottages are the centre of our day to day life and we love the contact with our guests, and having the pleasure of knowing that we are providing them with something special for which many return, time and time again: peace, quiet and comfort in lovely surroundings.
Do get in touch if you’d like to know anything more. We’re always very happy to hear from you all by phone: +44 (0)1335 390519 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All our contact details can be found on our website.
Post script: After years of prevaricating we have at last been persuaded to put a photo on this page so that people can put a face to the ‘we’ that keeps cropping up, especially on this page which is after all ‘About Us’.
So that’s one somewhat embarrassing thing achieved. We have also been advised to include interesting historical family snippets which apparently might be irresistible to some, especially our neighbours across the Atlantic…
John is rather less interested in family history than I am but if truth be known I could unearth some more genuinely intriguing stories on my side… there is the ancestor who nursed her dying husband on the battflefield at Waterloo, and another that bravely repulsed some pirates that tried to kidnap her husband, who fortunately for him was away at the time…
Perhaps one day I will, if only to amuse younger family members and entertain any American guests, but it certainly is not a priority.