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A Honeymoon to Remember

“We were looking for peace, quiet and luxury and here we found all three.” Tom’s Barn guests August 2013

Tom's & Douglas's Barns are perfect for honeymooners IMG_2650After all the hustle and bustle of the wedding, what next?

You could drive to an airport, queue interminably, go through all the customs and security checks, lose sleep, gain considerable stress and arrive at your destination frazzled and weary. Or you could decide, as many do, to avoid all that and drive for a few hours at the most, and start relaxing together immediately in the holiday cottage of your choice.

Now there are thousands of holiday cottages to choose from, and rather than us blow our trumpet let’s allow the guests (non-honeymooning, to be fair) that left Douglas’s Barn on Friday to do it for us. ‘We have stayed in many self-catering cottages in Derbyshire and Devon/Cornwall, but this is by far the best we have experienced to date”.

We have lots of happy honeymooners staying here, and we love having them.They have a blissful week, relaxing together after all the preparation and planning for the wedding. What better start to married life!

We have nothing to do with weddings themselves, although we will do all we can to make sure your honeymoon is the best. That might well mean nothing more than leaving you alone but we do that anyway: if you want to be sociable that’s fine but if you don’t, we understand – we’ll make ourselves scarce.

There’re lots of positive ways we can help you. Just let us know beforehand and we can recommend suppliers, give you contact numbers, or arrange whatever it is you want. If you want to arrange a special flower delivery we can help you with that; if you don’t want to have to bother with any shopping, you can order groceries through Waitrose and/or Riverford Organics and we’ll put it all away for you before you arrive.

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Tissington Hall and gardens

We can’t marry you, though. Fortunately, lots of people round here do have a licence. The nearest to us is Tissington Hall, which hosts many weddings; sometimes it is the whole caboodle, sometimes they just organise the reception. They have a specially built wedding marquee, set in a delightful trey space behind the hall.The first couple that got married there actually came here afterwards for their honeymoon, which all proved an excellent arrangement!

We bumped into Sir Richard Fitzherbert a couple of weeks ago, when the Hall was busy gearing up for a wedding and reception that afternoon. He very kindly showed us round, and most impressed we were too. The attraction of letting someone else look after the catering etc must be very tempting, as long as one can afford it!

Then of course, you can always come back here afterwards for the most perfect, peaceful and relaxing honeymoon anyone could wish for.

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