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Archive for November, 2011

A Moving Blog Post

I started writing this on the East Midland train down to St Pancras on Monday but we were rattling along at such a speed, and lurching to and fro so violently that my attempts to strike the right letters on the fairly minute keyboard of my phone left me quickly feeling rather seasick and out [...]

Some Fantastic Guests’ Photos

Fantastic guests or fantastic photos? Both, actually! Unfortunately I haven’t yet mastered how to put more than a few photos on at once so here is a very small selection coming with a big thank you to Arwel and Zoe. We do love sharing our guests’ photos so please never feel shy about emailing them; [...]

Some More Foodie Tips and Updates

…For Guests as well as Parwich Locals…The photos look miles better if you click on them to enlarge so please do. We seem to be on a foodie roll, rather greedily, but following on from take-curries to eat in the cosy shelter of home I thought to start with a pub update for those that [...]

Eating in – Some Local Tips for Weary Cooks

…Homemade Curries in Parwich!…No, we haven’t got an Indian takeaway in Parwich, and don’t suppose we ever shall. However, we have something far better – freshly cooked to order curries by Paul and Evie, whom many of our older (we don’t mean in age, but in the sense of having been Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns [...]

Midweek Romantic Break for Two

…Can you give yourselves a pre-Christmas treat?… We have availability in Douglas’s Barn this very coming Monday, November 28th! Rather late in the day we have woken up to this glaring fact and are wondering whether there are any among you who have the efficiency, time and enthusiasm to snap up a one-off chance like [...]

Calling all Honeymooners with a Saturday Wedding Date

…And at the same time everyone who would like a short break in the summer…We are all for romance and all for honeymoons. I couldn’t resist starting with this historic photo (of a photo) of a wedding at Orchard Farm about a century ago, when the barns really were working cowsheds and the facilities in [...]

Up to the Minute Views of Tom’s Barn

…Tom’s Barn, after the facelift…It’s been a busy few days and today has not exactly been a rest cure, but we got there thanks to a lot of effort all round: new carpet, ‘new’ paintwork, everything that can be washed/sent to the dry cleaners has been washed/recovered from the dry cleaners and our Friday guests [...]

Another Facelift for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…With some ‘after’ photos following the carpet transplant… There has been a lot of talk of holidays, but it hasn’t been all play. We and others have been hard at work too, behind the scenes in our relentless quest to keep our two holiday cottages as fresh and clean and lovely as we possibly can. [...]

How Friendly is Dog-Friendly Tom’s Barn?

…very, but not up the soon-to-be carpeted stairs…We love dogs, and their owners, and we welcome dogs to Tom’s Barn, warmly and almost unconditionally. However, we do always stipulate ‘well-behaved’ and we do politely suggest that they don’t go upstairs or onto the furniture (unless it is adequately protected by dust sheets and old curtains [...]

The Mystery Shoppers Target Douglas’s Barn

…Is anywhere safe from their beady eyes…?Who are these people? Probably not the Hotel Inspector (no TV cameras about) nor Mary Portas unless she’s moving from shops into self-catering accommodation… We can reveal that it was John and Marion from next door, no less, fond next door neighbours maybe but just as potentially critical as [...]