John and I are enjoying a very brief little holiday of our own, staying with my brother in Devon. We always have a lovely time staying with him, but this time good weather has not been part of the mix. It is WET! So it it in Derbyshire we’re told, and if it’s any comfort, it’s apparently wet everywhere!
So it seems a good opportunity to warm us all up with an enthusiastic ‘guest blog’ copied word for word from an entry in the Tom’s Barn visitors’ book. We do love it when guests tell us what they have done and enjoyed during their stay; we try to keep up to date ourselves so we can make helpful recommendations to our guests but if we ate continually at pubs and did long walks daily we might not get much else done, ever, fun as it might be in the short term!
So here goes…
Everything is so accessible from this truly delightful base.
“A truly wonderful week of walking, reading and rest! Dove dale to Alstonefield by far the best (walk), breaking off at the excellent George for good food, wine and service.4 hours needed.
Other walks undertaken: Alstonefield to Mildale and back to the George! (2 hours) and Parwich to Tissington (3 hours). Iam Country Park well worth visiting, if for no other reason than to sample their excellent coffee and fresh pastries.
Ashbourne and Bakewell good for a stroll around if you want a break from walking, and a mooch around the shops.
The 8 1/2 mile round Carsington Water is a challenge (not as pretty as the Dovedale walk) but the coffee at the Visitors’ Centre is also excellent. By the way, views from the Ilam Park grounds are superb.
John and Marion excellent hosts.
No rational human being could fail to have a beautiful experience here.
M and N August 2013
Due to unforeseen circumstances Tom’s Barn is now available 24 June to 1 July 2016.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.