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Archive for May, 2010

Doing the homework for our new Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn video

Our current video runs out of steam so to speak, in November. Filming in November is not the greatest time of year so we are planning to have the next one shot during the summer, possibly even in June if good weather forecasts and available ‘windows of opportunity’ in a busy video maker’s schedule allow. [...]

Tom’s Barn – is our ‘dog friendly holiday cottage’ really dog friendly?

We have always welcomed (well-behaved) dogs in Tom’s Barn, and are more than happy to do so. From time to time we have also had other pets, such as cats and parrots but by and large it is mainly dogs. With one or two notable exceptions our dog guests are usually beautifully behaved but even [...]

The B5056 has reopened, and other highlights!

What joy! The B5056, our main route from Parwich to Ashbourne (it joins the A515 at Fenny Bentley a couple of miles north of Ashbourne) is now open again, after what seems like an age of us all having to straggle through Alsop on a road never meant for – and barely able to cope [...]

Marmalade Update

Should be more a general update really but marmalade features heavily so I’ll start with that. We have just made a batch of grapefruit, lime and lemon marmalade, not having thought ahead enough to lay in stocks of Seville oranges in the freezer. Nor – in our defense – had we realised when we started [...]

We’re (briefly) in the Telegraph Weekend section!

For a couple of hours on Monday we almost felt like celebrities, with a photographer here from the Daily Telegraph snapping away at John and me and Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns from every angle. Sadly, we didn’t look quite look the celebrity picture but it was fun while it lasted and Gabriel the photographer was [...]

From Tissington to Dovedale to the George

Well, we’ve had a very relaxing couple of days forgetting all our responsibiities and doing happy holiday things with our friends Lorna and James. On Tuesday we walked over the hills to Tissington to catch the second last day of this year’s well dressings. The displays were up to their usual high standard, and had [...]

Orchids, Tissington Well Dressing and Chatsworth Horse Trials

A busy weekend in these parts, and the sun is shining, warmly. It makes a welcome change from the recent cold and the frosty nights. We are giving the Horse Trials a miss this year, but plan to walk over to Tissington on Tuesday with some more very good friends, Lorna and James (Lorna was [...]

Visit Britain’s Gold Award for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

Another busy few days for us here since our inspection, including a flying visit to Dorset to help some  very  good friends celebrate a special birthday. Colouring everything has been all the drama of the election and subsequent speculation  and tension surrounding the political future as it unfolded. It has been like living in a [...]

Our romantic cottages for two – what does Visit Britain think?

Well! What a day! Changeover day with a Visit Britain inspection thrown in for good measure… we have never had that before. In the past, the inspection has taken place mid-week which is rather inconvenient for our guests but generally easier because,  when all is said and done, our first priority on a Friday is [...]

Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments – Spring 2010

And here are the comments from our recent guests in Douglas’s Barn… “The accommodation is beautiful, the setting superb. We have really enjoyed our stay here.” April 2010 “Our stay here has been truly relaxing: lovely weather, lovely cottage, perfect hosts. What more could you ask for?” April 2010 “Losing track of how many times [...]