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Marion F-S

Marion F-S has written 554 posts for Tom's Barn Blog & Gallery

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 [...]

How Blue was Today’s Blue Monday for You?

Blue Monday was pretty sunny and warm here in the Peak District, thank you, after a foggy and very frosty (-4′ start). There was real warmth in the sunshine, and the snowdrops looked so comfortable, possibly knowing what still might lie ahead. I went to a very inspiring – if also somewhat daunting – workshop [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns: We are Authentic!

Gazing into a (non-authentic) Crystal Ball at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns… What are the trends and what lies ahead? There is always a big push on holidays and travel in January, as soon as the Christmas and New Year excitements haves died down, when all the travel writers and others get out their pens and [...]

Lunch at Fischer’s for Lucky Douglas’s Barn Guests

. Fischer’s is the only Michelin starred restaurant in Derbyshire, and by any standards it is pretty special. John and I tend to leap at the slightest chance to treat ourselves to a meal there, most recently for our son Nick’s birthday earlier this week (see image above!). It was a truly lovely occasion, with [...]

2013 in a Nutshell: Happy 2014 to You All!

It’s fashionable, and tempting, to review the previous year as one faces the as yet empty pages of the next, although ‘empty pages’, as one looks at next year’s bookings, is hardly the right expression. We have 40 holidays booked already for 2014, 1/3 of the year is already spoken for. Disregarding all world events [...]

Five Star Squared After Two Annual Inspections in One Year?

We were slightly surprised, if not dismayed, to return from our latest London jaunt to a telephone call suggesting our next inspection date might be five days hence (last Friday). We had our last annual inspection in February this year. With Christmas cards, work on the website, not to mention actual Christmas preparations all looming, [...]

Life in 3D, or Life in a Whirl

Film premieres, Quality in Tourism inspections, Christmas preparations and new websites…

Two Top Tips for 2014

Yesterday we had six bookings for 2014. The day before we had none, and – so far – today there have been none, but we do expect an increasing ¬†flurry before the end of the year as everyone tries to book their holiday at this year’s prices, and very keen also to ensure they can [...]