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Marion F-S

Marion F-S has written 530 posts for Tom's Barn Blog & Gallery

Kill Your Darlings, Lord Marple…

Three guesses? Beer afficionados may know what I am talking about but this time twelve hours ago I would have been as perplexed as anyone. Now, having just been on a visit to Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, I can tell you with great confidence that Lord marples is a Classic British Bitter 4.0%, ‘surprisingly smooth [...]

The Premier Cottages Annual Jolly (AGM)

As many of you know, we are proud to be members of Premier Cottages, a genuinely unique organisation. It is not an agency, it is a cooperative of top end 4 and 5 Star mutually supportive holiday cottage owners, all determined to provide the very best service for people seeking a quality self-catering holiday in [...]

New… Video Update

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Seen Through the LensThe suspense is building up. After all the flurry of the weekend of filming there is absolute quiet but sooner or later the silence will be broken, and I no doubt will be cringing silently at the sound of my voice droning on speaking brightly in the background… [...]

What Do You Look For in a Holiday Cottage Website?

We can’t promise you’ll be offered a Jaguar

More Fine Dining Recommendations from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, near Ashbourne

Drinking Award-Winning English Wine in a Derbyshire Vineyard

Did you ever imagine setting off during your holiday in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns to visit a Derbyshire vineyard? Or possibly even less likely, that you’d be drinking some very attractive English wines? Or even liking them so much that you bought some to drink at home…? John and I did all three yesterday and [...]

A Honeymoon to Remember

‘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”.

Ashbourne and Manifold Shows

Wine from Bakewell?

Top Tips from Tom’s Barn Guests: How to have a Truly Wonderful Week of Walking, Reading, (Eating) and Rest

“No rational human being staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns could fail to have a beautiful experience here.”

Stay in a cowshed and eat like a king

Ever thought how cooking for yourselves could make your holiday even more fun?