Five star luxury self-catering cottage for two – Douglas’s Barn
‘We have stayed in many self-catering cottages… and this (Douglas’s Barn) is by far the best we have experienced to date…This is one cottage to which we will return” – August 2013
About Douglas’s Barn
Douglas’s Barn is the (relatively) newer of the two Orchard Farm traditional limestone farm buildings/now Five Star holiday cottages. Next door neighbour, Tom’s Barn, is probably somewhat earlier than Douglas’s Barn; we suspect that the space between the two buildings was joined up to the house in a fairly ad hoc way by a late 18C Parwich farmer, with more concern for his cows than architecture.
But we love the resulting odd angles and weird nooks and crannies, which add so to the character and charm of our ‘quirky but gorgeous’ holiday accommodation.
Our guests also love the contemporary interior with all its funny nooks and weird crannies; they love the calm, still atmosphere and soothing ‘Peak District’ colours which make one feel instantly protected from the stresses of the outside world.
They also appreciate all the ‘little extra” touches and the fine quality of the furniture and equipment of the superior holiday accommodation in the Peak Park that they have come to love.
(They also seem to like the homemade cake and the Orchard Farm marmalade!)
A Little Bit of Douglas’s Barn History
We originally converted Douglas’s Barn 1999/2000, at the same time as Tom’s Barn, but initially as a home for Marion’s father Douglas. Eventually, after Douglas’s death in 2004, we re-converted it in 2006 to form our second luxury cottage for two, consciously making it as different from Tom’s Barn as we could so people had a real choice between two equally lovely romantic cottages for two. One of the main differences which influence choice is that we keep Douglas’s Barn pet-free, whilst in Tom’s Barn we welcome dogs,
Douglas’s Barn quickly became very popular. Several of our first guests have by now been back eight or nine times already! Our guests flock from all over the country to enjoy walking holidays in the Peak District, eating holidays, just pure ‘chilling out’ relaxing holidays, special celebrations and satisfying self-indulgent treats.
Several of our guests like to come twice in the year – perhaps once in the summer and another in the winter: the comfort in the barn doesn’t change but there is a wonderful contrast in the village of Parwich and the surrounding Peak Park countryside from the luxuriant greens of the summer to the barer but beautiful and bracing winter scenery.
Why Africa? Why the Scottish connection…?
Marion’s father Douglas, whom many of our ‘older’ guests will remember, used to live here, in Douglas’s Barn before it was re-converted into the luxury holiday cottage for two we have now.
He and Boots the cat came up from South Devon where he and my mother had retired, and where he had lived for 40 years (my mother died in 1990), to live beside us (not ‘with’ us as he was careful to point out) in 1999, at the age of ninety. Still vigorous at that age, he loved walking and even at 91 happily walked with us either to or from the Olde Gate in Brassington.
He loved walking and he loved talking; above all he was a great ‘people person’ and loved nothing better than the chance to enjoy the company of our guests in Tom’s Barn, and more often than not a leisurely sundowner or two with them outside their cottage in the evening.
From an old Lowland Scots family, he actually grew up near Lichfield, used to holiday in the Peak District (his favourite place of all was Dovedale) and spent all his working life in Africa, where Marion grew up…
Hence the Derbyshire/African mix with Scottish underlay.
Recent Comments from Douglas’s Barn Visitors’ Book
”Perfect place and perfect hosts = perfect holiday! Thank you again, John and Marion.” May 2013
”Lovely stay, beautiful cottages, flowers and cake. Wonderful walks, pretty village. Thank you so much Marion and John!” May 2013
‘A wonderful peaceful and relaxing stay in a warm, cosy and luxurious home. Despite the snow we enjoyed plenty of great walks with visits to a few lovely old pubs…’ April 2013
”Thank you or a lovely weekend away. The cottage is beautiful and better equipped than my own home! We didn’t have very far to travel but we could have been anywhere in the world. We hope to be back soon.” March 2013
”It’s my third time at the barns and it gets better every time. The barns are fabulous and John and Marion are the perfect hosts. I can’t wait to return.” March 2013