We are rather pleased with ourselves, having managed to buy some really super stainless steel cutlery for both barns. What we already had was fine, but this was such a good bargain and with more implements – ‘place settings’, from a lovely shop in Bakewell which sadly is having a closing down sale, that we couldn’t resist them. The now redundant sets will move into our kitchen – you can see we have our priorities right (or the family might say, maybe not!)…
Do have a look at our Parwich village website. There is always plenty of news; the village hall has been razed to the ground revealing interesting novel views. They have dug out the ground to reduce the height of the new building and are now drilling 100m down for the ground source system (yes, it really is 100m which is quite far down. Everything possible is being done to ensure the building is as ‘green’ and cost saving as can be.
Also on the website, there are some lovely photos of Parwich, many of them taken by John, our own resident photographer. As you can see from the two photos below, the leaves have turned and the days are very definitely autumnal, although the weather remains perfect for walking. The B5056 – our main road into and out of Ashbourne is now apparently permanently closed for the next year and possibly longer while they decide what to do and then hopefully do it.
Finally, an idle rambling, but we are pondering what a ’boutique’ holiday cottage is? Are our two barns actually providing a boutique self-catering holiday accommodation experience after all? A relevant website is trying hard to persuade us that we are (and to advertise, of course) but we have yet to be convinced. Apparently we are a boutique experience, and someone has even suggested ‘bijou’ but we don’t really think that sounds right.
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.