About Us

We, John and Marion F-S, are the proud owners of Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn, our two romantic holiday cottages next door to our own house in the lovely Peak District village of Parwich.

We have lived at Orchard Farm for well over twenty years, having bought it as a fairly embarrassing unlivable-in wreck in 1983. It took some time (and courage we realise now but at the time we were filled with naive enthusiasm) to get the main house reasonably acceptable; the barns we left to last. Having been used for his cows by the previous owner, Tom, who was a farmer, they were actually in a better state – relatively – than the house.

We finally started renovating them in 1999, when Marion’s father, Douglas, decided the time had come for him to leave his home of forty years in Ringmore, Devon, to live beside (he was very clear it was ‘beside’ and not ‘with’) us! Douglas moved up here with his cat, Boots, and they both loved his self-appointed role as general overseer of our guests’ happiness and well-being and many of our ‘older’ guests remember him well.

Douglas died, aged 95, in 2004; two years later we converted his cottage into Douglas’s Barn.

We have three grown up children and one grandson, Tom, now aged eight, who lives with his parents in Malabar, Sydney, N.S.W. (rather a long way away!)

If you would like to contact us we would be delighted to talk to you: +44 (0)1335 390519 or to receive an email: info@tomsbarn.co.uk. All our contact details can be found on our website.

Post script:

We have been reliably told that we ought to have some discreet photos on this page so people can put a face to the ‘we’ that keeps cropping up, especially on this page which is after all ‘About Us’. We have also been advised to include interesting historical family snippets which might be irresistible to some, especially our neighbours across the Atlantic. Neither idea fills us with natural enthusiasm but we might be able to find a photo taken in a kind light on a good day that would pass muster of a sort.

And as for the family history anecdotes, John is much less interested in his family history than I am but if truth be known I could unearth some genuinely intriguing stories on my side… there is the ancestor who nursed her dying husband on the battflefield at Waterloo, and another that bravely repulsed some pirates that tried to kidnap her husband, who fortunately for him was away at the time…

Perhaps one day I will, if only to amuse younger family members and entertain any American guests, but it certainly is not a priority.



















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