Marion’s father, Douglas, finally moved up to his new home in October 1999. Her settled in very quickly and happily, having already made a number of good friends in the village. His quarters were completely self-contained but we shared our dining room which could be accessed from either end.
Tom’s Barn wasn’t really ready until the spring of 2000. We started at first with English Country Cottages, so instantly had guests, but it wasn’t long before we felt we wanted to run Tom’s Barn ourselves which we started doing in 2003. It proved a sound move…
We already had established a good reputation and a long list of loyal guests; we had a Five Star grading and were fortunate enough to be able to join Premier Cottages, a co-operative of owners of Four and five Star holiday Cottages. We really enjoy the personal contact and fun of running our own show.
Marion’s father, Douglas, died in 2004. Eventually, by 2006 we had transformed his house into Douglas’s Barn, which had always been the long term plan, which Douglas himself knew and heartily approved.
It has been really hot here as it has in most parts of the country. We are getting ready for Open Gardens next Sunday, 25 June 2017. The rose above the stone barn has prolific blooms that we are hoping will still be there at the end of the week. Lots of hot air balloons […]
Chatsworth House played host to RHS flower show for the 1st time this year. The setting is delightful and the show gardens all very natural which is lovely to see in this Peak District setting. Peak District Premier Cottages contributed to the sponsorship of the Experience Peak District garden which won a Silver Gilt medal. […]
The Eroica Festival will be taking place at Friden Grange between the 16 and 18 June 2017. This is one of the most popular events in the cycling and festival calendars and Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns are ideally placed being only 5 miles from the venue. You do not even need to get in the […]