Lots of good things to report about the busyness, though. One is lots of bookings, which is always very encouraging. New guests and faithful returners and we’re delighted to see them all… Another one has just popped up on the screen as I write.
The other, more immediate plus, is that today, at 1 minute to 3, Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns came back into circulation after a complete, top to toe redecoration. Jason and Stuart, our great and very faithful decorators have worked solidly for ten days, weekends included, to make sure that the barns were out of commission for as short a time as possible, and back ready by today.
Both barns are looking wonderful. They didn’t look shabby, at all, before, but it is surprising what a fresh coat of well-applied paint will do. We have been very unimaginative with Douglas’s Barn, whose colour scheme (Farrow & Ball Buff woodwork and Matchstick walls) seems to work so well, creating the lovely peaceful, serene atmosphere everyone appreciates so much. There is a new and rather terrifying magnifying mirror now attached to the bathroom wall by the basin, and a new glass kitchen/dining table is on its way from John Lewis as we speak (it will be here by Friday) so there are some signs that attention has been paid but you will just have to believe us when we say that every inch of paint is brand new too.
Tom’s Barn has slightly changed in looks, although it might be hard to identify just how. Over the years we have kept experimenting with the kitchen colours, and our latest effort is Mouse’s Back on the woodwork. We have also had some more lighting put in, to ensure that the darker colour didn’t make things seem too sombre… The latest idea is to paint the old desk in the kitchen, but we’ll have to ponder over that one for a while.
It’s easy to get carried away – spending so much money, might as well spend a bit more… We’ve ordered new noticeboards for both barns too, yet to arrive but they shouldn’t be long. Tom’s Barn now has a magnifying mirror, but a free standing one as there was no space on the bathroom wall to attach one to. It too is terrifying: it is seriously wise to stick to the non-magnification side, for some of us anyway.
There are lots of photos of the decorating progress on our Facebook page, none yet of the final result as John did not get a minute’s chance but hopefully will on Friday. The only photo I will put up on the post is one of some of ‘the team’, wonderful, cheerful, reliable hardworking and loyal souls without whom we would be lost. So, cheers to them! And cheers too to all our guests, who make it all so worthwhile.
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.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.