We are delighted to have been awarded a Gold Green Tourism Board Award and also the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark. Great for our efforts over the last 6 months to be recognised.
Monsal Trail has been voted the UK’s favourite cycle route. We have 2 bikes and helmets that our guests can use. Monsal is just one of the many safe cycle routes around here.
Its has been a very romantic weekend in Douglas’s Barn. I decorated the barn at one of the guests request setting the scene for a surprise marriage proposal which was a definite YES!. So nice to see two very happy people and to have shared their happiness. Wishing them all the best for the future.
Good news, you can start planning for those special breaks away in 2016. The calendar has been updated with the 2016 dates and even more good news is that the prices are going to remain the same for next year. For those that prefer Douglas’s Barn, or those that are yet to experience a stay there, it is being offered at a slightly less price for most weeks. The same discount of approximately 5% is still being given for returning guests. Terms and conditions remain the same. Looking forward as ever to meeting all our guests.
Following re assessment we are delighted that Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns have been awarded a rating of Five Stars by Visit England.I addition they have both achieved a Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. This is a real boost for us and confirms that the quality standards that Marion and John worked so hard to achieve are being maintained.
According to the Sunday Times, Parwich is one of the best 50 places to live in Britain!
Come and see for yourselves, and make the most of it with a stay in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Robert and myself are thoroughly enjoying life in Parwich and its surroundings and totally agree with it being one of the best places to live. We look forward to meeting all the lovely people that visit the barns as well as getting to know the people who live in this lovely village.
To top it all there is a welcoming village pub, The Sycamore, that has earned its place in the Good Food Guide 2015.
There are still some short breaks available to book in Douglas’s Barn before the peak season starts early April or why not experience a longer stay in one of our lovely peak district cottages.
We have had such a mixture of weather here over the last week but the sun has still managed to shine most days. This weekend saw the return of snow showers but we still managed a lovely walk with our friends from Monyash to Alport and back down Lathkill Dale. A welcoming cup of tea and a toasted teacake in Monyash was just what was the perfect end to the day’s activities.
The BT communication challenge continues in this idyllic spot but thanks to the BT hotspots around and free WiFi in all sorts of establishments it is business as usual for us. Our next review is the 2 March 2015 so I am keeping my fingers crossed for a successful broadband connection. Meanwhile the barns are continuing to get booked up so if you are hopefully thinking about booking it is worthwhile doing it now.We have received great feedback comments from the lovely people that have stayed in the barns since we took over. All very encouraging for us as the new owners.
We are proud to announce that we have taken over from the lovely John and Marion at Tom’s Barn and would like to wish John and Marion the very best for their future.
They are huge shoes to fill but we are ready for the task and plan to improve further upon the barns to provide the very best self catering cottages in not just the Peak District but in the country.
To find out more about us, view the about us page.
The dreaded moment has come, but with it all the same a small hint of excitement and optimism about the next step ahead as we face (and face up to) the next stage in our lives.
Orchard Farm is now officially on the market and with it of course our much loved Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. The property is described as a ‘traditional farmhouse with contemporary luxury holiday barns’. and the photographs do everything proud.
Those who know the house well will know what a lot of effort went into the clearing of clutter beforehand…! And those of you who know our strong feelings against ‘lavish drapes and ‘bed furniture’ will be amused at the photos. (By the way, we were most delighted by the photographer, Amelia Brown, and will happily pass on her contact details to anyone who might be tempted to use her.)
Orchard Farm is the first and only home we have ever owned having previously always lived in houses that went with the job; our little holiday cottage business is the only outfit we have ever owned and run, having previously always been employees…
So both are precious to us, and we are excited to think/hope that we will find buyers who will share this feeling and no doubt improve both the house (plenty of exciting scope there!) and the cottages as they bring their own enthusiasm, experience and skills into the picture.
Who knows, we may well become frequent visitors ourselves if we can afford it! We have always loved our brief personal stays in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, kidding ourselves we were there simply as critical owners.
But, wait, not so fast… We can’t stay here as disinterested pleasure seekers until we have found new owners! There has already been some serious interest but if any of you does know someone who might be excited by the thought of a move to a lovely Peak Park setting/exciting lifestyle change do please pass on the news.
If you would like to see a brochure for yourselves and pass it on to anyone who might be interested, do click on the John German link. You can download and print the pdf, or if you’d prefer the full glossy McCoy ask them to send you one, or if you prefer, ask us and we can send a copy on to you.
Meanwhile life goes on, more or less – on the surface at least – as normal. The grass still needs cutting, bookings still come in and I’ve just realised at this rate our stock of Orchard Farm marmalade may need replenishing before January…
We have learnt that money (£23.7bn) does buy you fame even if momentary and extremely light-hearted! It also will buy you a bargain flight to Portugal (it would have made more sense to buy up a few aeroplanes). You can holiday in this country, in some comfort, for considerably less.
Since the ‘Great Fare Robbery’ fiasco we have had such a fun time. Thinking to share the light-hearted fun with guests, friends and readers of our blog (as you too must be) I wrote a very tongue-in-cheek account of the episode and posted a link on Facebook, little thinking much more of it other than steeling myself to make another attempt at booking this bargain flight to Faro, Portugal without having to spend £23.7 billion.
Our friend James Sillars who works for SKY News saw it on Facebook, was amused and asked if he could do a piece about it on Sky. Most the news these days is so grim and depressing it is rather fun to have something that isn’t about terrorism or murder. And – after that the phone kept ringing and we are told the story is all over the place – in newspapers and on TV.
Phil Brewster of ITV News came this morning to interview Marion, partly indoors and partly outside. The sun was shining, the birds singing and everything looks so beautiful.
Why go abroad? We have everything in this country, even excellent food these days, and one doesn’t normally have to risk one’s life-savings times very many billion to get there.
Why go abroad?
Good news, you can start planning for those special breaks away in 2016. The calendar has been updated with the 2016 dates and even more good news is that the prices are going to remain the same for next year. For those that prefer Douglas’s Barn, or those that are yet to experience a stay […]
Following re assessment we are delighted that Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns have been awarded a rating of Five Stars by Visit England.I addition they have both achieved a Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. This is a real boost for us and confirms that the quality standards that Marion and John […]
According to the Sunday Times, Parwich is one of the best 50 places to live in Britain! Come and see for yourselves, and make the most of it with a stay in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Robert and myself are thoroughly enjoying life in Parwich and its surroundings and totally agree with it being one […]