When we were children my brother sister and I were always told that April 1st jokes stopped at noon. Was that just our parents feeling they couldn’t cope with more than half a dayful of what we children thought were hilariously convincing jokes or is that idea widely held? Anyway, assuming it’s well after noon we’ll be spoilsport enough to let cats out of bags…
We were very amused by a wonderful April 1st spoof on the Parwich blog entitled a Very Special Visit which can’t have taken in too many people but has entertained a lot. We had absolutely nothing to do with the article although we weren’t surprised to see it as the blog team had very courteously checked beforehand that we wouldn’t mind if it were published.
And, no, of course we didn’t mind and no, sadly, Tom’s Barn is not the favoured Royal honeymoon destination. It would be tempting but not quite truthful to say the couple tried too late and been turned away – April and May have been booked for ages but crucially they didn’t even try unless they were already disguising their identity by using an alibi! We have turned couples away literally by the score.
I am sure it would have been a happy choice and that Prince William and Catherine would love Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns – would love the privacy and comfort, peace and quiet and would love Parwich but I am equally sure that to their loss they very possibly haven’t even heard of us; between us we’ve slipped up there! No doubt throughout the years ahead there will be many occasions when they would just love to be able to escape totally, away from all the pressure and demands and publicity that will face them.
Meanwhile, coming back to weddings, and Royal ones at that, there is a great programme for the royal wedding celebrations arranged here for the day (Friday 29th April). I will write more about that here soon, but meanwhile, you can check out the details on our electronic village notice board otherwise known as the Parwich blog.
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.