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Archive for May, 2011

The Country House Revealed – Wentworth Woodhouse

Our nephew, Tim Cragg, whom we have mentioned before, has just emailed to remind us that tonight at 9 o’clock on BBC 2 we have a chance to see a documentary (I presume) about Wentworth Woodhouse, Britain’s biggest stately home, once described as ‘the mansion of mystery and malice’. I thought it might be worth [...]

Comments and Local Recommendations from our Guests

…With lots of links so you can see for yourselves…These comments below all come from the Visitors’ Books too, but as they have some very helpful recommendations I have extracted them and put in links to help any research (I haven’t repeated any links (e.g. the George, which doesn’t appear after the first one). I [...]

Trying to Keep on Top…of everything

…A tall order, indeed…We really do try to keep on top of things, as best we can… On one level that is relatively easy, trying to keep a critically objective eye on the state of the barns, decorating and replacing before necessary rather than after, so that the barns always look pristine and well-equipped, although [...]

More fun things to do while you’re here in the Peak District

The ‘new’ Monsal Trail, Chatsworth, Sally Mosley Walks and cable cars…As the summer season approaches, and more prosaically, probably because half term and the next Bank Holiday weekend is coming up, there seems to be a lot of information about what’s on, so I will try to distill some of it, with links so you [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Proud Link with the BAFTAs

A bit of a cheeky title really, but we have been watching the BAFTA awards this evening, scouring every table for views of our daughter, Ruthie who we know was there and our nephew, Tim Cragg, who should have been there but we didn’t see him either… ! Not a glimpse of either of them [...]

Tom’s Barn – Too Late Now for a Midweek Surprise Self-Indulgence…

For the first time since February last year (when we withdrew Tom’s Barn from availability for ten days while it was completely redecorated) and – oh yes – another sudden illness cancellation in March lst year (when we moved in for a break oursleves!) Tom’s Barn lies empty!! It doesn’t feel right, and of course [...]

Tom’s Barn suddenly available tomorrow

Could – should you – you resist a surprise treat in one of our romantic cottages for two?Tom’s Barn was booked solid until the end of October and now – all of a sudden – we have a whole week free, half price, TOMORROW Friday 20th to Fri 27th May 2011! As long as you [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Green Conscience

You may well have wondered, yet again, at an uncxplained apparent absence of activity… The truth is, I have been extremely busy but not doing fun things like writing on the blog, which to me is sheer relaxation. What has been preoccupying nearly every waking moment since the Horse Trials is our application for an [...]

Chatsworth Horse Trials

§ Some More Great Things to do while staying in Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns §You don’t have to be competing to enjoy the Horse Trials at Chatsworth, which take place in May every year; you don’t even have to be horsey although it probably helps. There was a lot to watch but one impressive thing [...]

British Beer, Elizabethan Manor Houses and Electric Bikes

§ Some great things to do while staying in Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns § The National Trust and the National Brewery Centre… a heady mix for one day and  John and I have just spent a most enjoyable- and useful – day sampling both. Our local tourism board, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, runs familiarisation [...]