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Archive for August, 2010

Friendly Parwich – International Hotspot?

We had a very good friend here for the day last week, Meg, who although English by birth has lived in the States for most of her life, with an American husband and  three American children. She had escaped the stifling heat of Washington DC for a brief nostalgic visit to her homeland, visiting family [...]

Good local food

but not quite in the Peak DistrictOnly a day later than promised. A friend of ours dropped in unexpectedly and stayed overnight so that was the end of good intentions for yesterday. Anyway, we went with some other friends recently to the Saracen’s Head at Shirley.  Now, Shirley is the other side of Ashbourne so [...]

In search of good food – latest reviews

Constantly in search of exciting new places where we can eat well ourselves and recommend with confidence to our guests, we have tried one or two new places recently with varying degrees of success but we will pass on our experiences for what they are worth. Saving the best for tomorrow here goes today with [...]

More guests’ photos, and one from John

Leanne and Patrick, who stayed in Tom’s Barn earlier this month  with their beautiful dog, Bailey,  have just sent us a batch of five photos which can now be seen in the ‘Your Photos’ gallery. (I couldn’t resist sneaking in this beautiful water lily that John took this morning- it is the most lovely pink!) [...]

Mary’s Meals

Many of you will know that John and I support, in a very little way  – including donating the tiny commission we receive at the end of the year from those of you who have taken out holiday cancellation insurance with Pavey’s – a charity called Mary’s Meals. We think it  is an inspired idea. [...]

The Dovedale Stepping Stones Saga…

The ‘issue’ is showing little sign of slowing down yet,  a week since the Stunner broke the news (so our blog readers were among the first to know – I hadn’t appreciated how up to the minute with the news we were!). It has since apparently been in most of the national papers and Simon [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns New Video

Our new video has at last been released on the unsuspecting public! Apart from self-conscious squirming on my behalf every time my voice starts we are very pleased with it and hope that you will all like it and find it helpful. Simon Tyler of Highlight Media, helped by his son, Mike,  has worked extremely [...]

It’s not a health and safety ‘ishoo’

We wouldn’t normal accept an email from an ‘anonymous’ Hotmail type address from a member of the public without the author having the courage or confidence to supply their name (which of course we would never publish). You know who we are so it would seem to us  a common courtesy to say who you [...]

Dovedale Stepping Stones – there’ll be a handrail next

…or perhaps a conveyor belt? We haven’t seen yet with our own eyes, but are taking some friends to walk up from Dovedale at the weekend so will be able to report back. According to the latest Ashbourne News Telegraph, the ‘Stunner’ as it is known locally, once again Health and Safety has gone mad. [...]

Douglas’s Barn: ‘This place is a gem’.

Now here as promised are the latest comments from our guests, gleaned this summer from the Visitors’ Book in Douglas’s Barn. In many ways, Douglas’s Barn is the ‘dark horse’, dwelling with quiet dignity beside  the older, better-known dog-friendly holiday cottage, Tom’s Barn. It has been going just four years. Its name is not reflected [...]