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Archive for October, 2012

Are you free for a special treat this weekend?

…Friday 2nd to Monday 5th November…

Do Real People Ever Actually Win a Competition?

…Real People do if it’s a Premier Cottages one…One never expects to win, and many of us may have wondered cynically whether a real person ever does. Does ‘ecstatic Mr B from John O’Groats’ really exist, or ‘Pensioner Mrs J from Land’s End’? Or have they been dreamt up by someone in some PR department? [...]

Certificat d’Excellence pour Tom’s Barn et Douglas’s Barn

…Laureat 2012 (2012 Winner)…I know we’ve been dashing thither and thither recently, but I bet you didn’t know that Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns has been on the move too: we appear to have been transported to France… A few days ago we received this rather handsome table plaque from TripAdvisor, accompanied by a warm letter [...]

Why on earth ask us about holiday cottages?

…Sharing some Tip Top Tips for prospective owners…A disclaimer: Presuming to write this does sound horribly big-headed, but we have been asked for advice about holiday cottages over the years by a number of friends, colleagues and relations and we have just had another urgent plea from a family friend, so John and I have [...]

Madam, you have a knife in your handbag

…Will you step this way…?… The Swallows and I, we flew to South Africa leaving one husband/ swallow photographer behind… The swallows will fly over western France to South Africa, at an average speed according to the RSPB of 35 mph, in search of warmer weather and juicier insects. No security checks, iris recognition checks, [...]

Interior Design Dilemmas

…A Confidence Crisis Resolved, we think…People often very kindly compliment us on the colour and furnishing and fittings in both barns, and it is easy to thank them graciously, brushing it off with a, ‘Well we had a lot of fun choosing everything”. Which is true up to a point, and mainly in retrospect. At [...]