Yesterday we had six bookings for 2014. The day before we had none, and – so far – today there have been none, but we do expect an increasing flurry before the end of the year as everyone tries to book their holiday at this year’s prices, and very keen also to ensure they can get the dates they want. The saving is not that dramatic, but it’s enough to make it worth your while, added to the fact that there is nothing more encouraging than knowing one has something lovely to look forward to.
Top Tip No. 1. Book a holiday – or two – now, while the prices are lower and while your favoured dates may still be free.
This year we have been more flexible with start dates, and allowing short breaks during the summer when the gap is naturally caused by a week starting on Friday being booked immediately before a week starting on a Monday. Short breaks are wonderful in many ways, but they are, well, SHORT!
A week can feel very short, too , especially when you discover just how much there is to do in our lovely part of the Peak District, how many walks just waiting to be tackled, delicious meals waiting to be sampled… A number of guests book a fortnight. At the end of the first week you go out for the day, we do a clean and freshen up, and you start the second week as if it were your first, with crisp new sheets on the bed, clean towels, homemade cake and ‘welcome hamper’! There is a 10% reduction for the second week.
Lots of guests have started booking a week plus a short break, creating a ten or eleven day stay. Now, here’s the secret: as long as you are happy for not to have a mid-break clean and linen change (you are most welcome to change your own sheets if you want to) we will tack that extra bit onto your week for £225.
That means that throughout the year, you would pay the relevant rate for the week (minus any returning guests’ discount if applicable) plus the £225. This represents a saving to you of at least £100, and £220 throughout the summer (April through to the end of September). It can’t be bad, can it?
Top Tip No. 2: Book a week and a half: pay less, for more time!
We have another Top Tip up our sleeves but that will have to wait for another day…
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.