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Archive for January, 2013

We Say a Fond Farewell to Boots

I know in the scheme of things the death of a cat is not very important, but as any pet lover will know, it is very big for the pet’s owners. Today we took Boots, our much-loved-by-many cat, to the vet, and he very kindly and very gently, put her to sleep. She sat there [...]

Valentine’s Day? Sorry, you’re too late

…but we may have something even better…The St. Valentine’s short break/week has been booked in both barns, with no enticement needed, not surprisingly. But fear not! We’re just as keen on mothers as lovers (can and should be one and the same for heaven’s sake). We may have something just as romantic to offer you, [...]

… And Now Let’s Talk about You!

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Guests…Where do our guests hail from? We talk and write endlessly about our cottages, we ooh and ah over photos of dogs and birds and snow and rather a lot recently about dear old Boots (who’s plodding along nicely for the moment, thank you). I suddenly thought that it’s about time [...]

Ski in Ski Out Douglas’s Barn?

…Not exactly, but you need your snow boots…Last possible chance for a January treat for all you snow lovers out there – this coming weekend Friday 25 to Monday 28 in Douglas’s Barn £275. Having just spent midnight hours toiling over our accounts for our tax return I can reiterate that it would be cheaper [...]

Self-Catering Web Awards

…Didn’t get a mention…No! We didn’t even make the short list, sorry! Obviously not everyone can win and we will try and learn from those that did. I must admit I thought the overall winners’ website – Mortons of Pitmilly – is super! I also particularly liked the Welsh winners’ website, East Jordeston Cottages. They’re [...]

A Facelift for Orchard Farm

…And what a difference a bit of cosmetic surgery will make… What a transformation! And all in the day although no doubt things will quickly start to settle down and soon look a little less pristine. However tempted, I can’t imagine John and I will be out every morning with brooms, rakes and hoses but [...]

Last Minute Availability Offer

…How quickly can you move for a treat? There’s been a lot going on recently, churning out marmalade, buying lots of new bits and bobs – radio/CD player/iPod dock in Tom’s Barn, electric handmixer in Douglas’s barns, the 2013 guides Good Food, Good Pubs, Good Beers, for both cottages, new ironing board in Tom’s Barn [...]

The Sisters Brothers

Our Book Club Christmas ChoiceThe Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt: a clever title and a clever cover. I’m not quite sure how clever – rather than simply entertaining – the book itself is and after our annual husbands-invited Christmas book club evening I feel none the wiser. Truth be told, I started off at a [...]

How Long is a Piece of (Luxury Holiday Accommodation) String?

What is a bargain? What is value for money?It’s that funny time of year. Christmas and New Year have come and gone and we are all still here in spite of seriously gloomy Mayan prognostications. So what to do? How do we keep up the sense of excitement and euphoria? To avoid inertia we’ve got [...]