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Marion F-S

Marion F-S has written 541 posts for Tom's Barn Blog & Gallery

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Each weekend for the past month has been a lovely flurry of entertaining friends and family and being entertained by friends and family… And so it continues. We are in Banbury this weekend for a happy reunion lunch with old friends from South Africa, by way of Stratford where nearly a year ago a group [...]

Last Minute Opportunity – It’s Been Taken!

Mortified by my silence, I am edging back into the room discreetly with a very short but important announcement that we have had a last minute cancellation for this coming weekend (Friday 25 to Monday 28 April) in Tom’s Barn. The poor couple that has had to cancel their booking is very disappointed, and fully [...]

Making a Comeback

Feeling a bit like an aged footballer, or boxer, or pop star who suddenly remerges from the shadows of retirement to make a comeback, I shyly peep through the curtain of Saharan dust. I have been quite silent and apparently absent from the blog front for too long. Retired? Retired as a salary earner but [...]

Buy One, Get One Free?

…In Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns? Surely not… No, we’re surely not offering free holidays… We’re talking about giving a present you will enjoy quite as much as the recipient – two people’s happiness for the price of one – this to me seems the perfect arrangement and far better than the standard ‘BOGOF’ when you [...]

Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms

A lovely walk to Parwich’s nearest (and finest) tea rooms!

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Big Extra:

Something Invisible but Worth its Weight in GoldWe are often thanked and praised for our ‘little extras’. Indeed we try very hard to think of every little thing possible to make sure that your stay here is very special and just last week we were very involved in setting up the most romantic scene possible [...]

Romance is in the Air…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Romance is in the air in the bird world too, but sadly it’s leading to housing disputes! Some of you may remember, about two or three years ago, we bought a nesting box with a camera from the RSPB shop at Carsington. No bird has shown any interest in it [...]

Will You Be My Valentine?

Happy St Valentine’s Day to you all! That is the last concession I’ll make to what I feel (what an old cynic!) is just another special and genuinely romantic day that has been very successfully hijacked by sellers of cards, red roses and expensive meals, and hoteliers and even some holiday cottage owners (not all!). [...]

‘Five Star Luxury in the Peak District’

It’ll soon be the end of the year at the rate this year is flying past, but we certainly have achieved already quite a lot in 2014 (but not, yet, the website…). At last we have our latest video up on the website. It’s been on YouTube for a while but for some reason i [...]

Fizzing January

Whoever said January was a dull month?Coming up briefly for air… so far January has proved to be almost uncomfortably busy, but we’re nearing the end of the first bout of busyness with the tax return practically sorted and our EQM (Peak District Environmental Quality Mark) re-evaluation to take place on Wednesday (still have lots [...]