Little Extras at Tom’s Barn & Douglas’s Barn
Our aim is to make both our barns the sort of holiday cottages we would ideally love to stay in ourselves, where you feel really welcome and well-cared for, where you feel instantly at home.
If you want an exhaustive List of what you’ll find see the inventories
If you would like to see a General list of what to expect see What you will Find
Below is a probably incomplete list of what our guests all call the ‘Little Extras’.
We thought they were normal hospitable courtesies, but apparently you don’t always get them when you stay in a holiday cottage.
- We will personally greet you (no cold dark cottage with keys left under the mat).
- The lights will be on, music playing, fire lit/on when it’s cold
- You will find fresh flowers and a welcoming tea tray with a freshly (home-) made cake or biscuits.
- Staple fresh foodstuffs (some owners call this a ‘Welcome Hamper’) such as a loaf of bread, a pint of milk, some butter, homemade marmalade and half a dozen freshly laid local farm eggs.
- There is also flour, sugar rice etc, tea and coffee; salt pepper, olive oil and some dried herbs and spices.
- Each barn has its own mini herb garden in a pot by the front door
- In the summer months we leave you a jug of fresh herbs from our garden.
- You will find all household staples such as loo paper, dishwasher tabs etc
- Masses of books to read, walk books, guide books and maps
- You will always find the current edition of the local ‘stunner’ otherwise known as the Ashbourne Daily Telegraph, Derbyshire Life and the Radio Times.
- FreeSat TV Tom’s Barn
- Sky TV Douglas’s Barn
- TV in the bedroom with remote control)
- Digital bedside radio
- Free Wi-Fi Internet access
- SonyNetbook, already programmed with lots of links to useful local websites.
- Landline telephone for your own use (with an ‘honesty’ box).
- Bicycles to borrow
- Binoculars (not very good ones but better than nothing!)
- We can now arrange for a newspaper to be delivered in the morning, in time for a leisurely read over breakfast (this does need to be paid for!)
- If you pre-order a delivery from Waitrose or Riverford Organics we will put everything away for you before you arrive
And finally, two negatives:
- No notices everywhere telling you what you can and can’t do
- No hidden extras and nasty last-minute surprise bills