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Booking Some Pleasure for 2012

---At last you can book your 2012 holiday in Tom's & Douglas's Barns online!---

This rather beautiful water lily on our pond is the nearest we could get to a lotus -  a wonderful gleam of light in the dark…

With all the current gloom and financial doom it feels – it is -  all the more important to have some  some easily afforded self-indulgent treats to look forward to in the what well may be excessively dreary months ahead. And now at last you can again, on a whim, in the middle of the night, without having to make any contact with anyone…book a holiday here, the thought of which may help keep you plodding on towards 2012 with your chin up and a gleam in your eye.

We all love to go abroad (and just wait till we tell you where our daughter Ruthie is going next week). Sadly we can’t all do wonderful cruises to exotic places as somebody else’s guest, and anyway there’s not too much chance of a cruise in the land-locked Peak District but we can do our best to provide the opportunity for a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful holiday with beautiful scenery, wonderful walks, excellent pubs and restaurants – and Chatsworth and Haddon on the doorstep.

Holidaying in this country need hardly be a penance: no ghastly injections or anti-malarial pills, you are unlikely to need to use an airport, you won’t waste half your week getting over jet-lag, you are equally unlikely to get some ghastly foreign tummy-bug or have (total) difficulty making yourself understood and you may even find some of the scenery as beautiful as any (even Lord Byron said of Dovedale that one needn’t bother going to Swtzerland when such beauty was to be found here.)

Anyway, what I am building up to say is that – and not before time – I have put next year’s prices onto our 2012 booking calendar, so at long last if you are booking for next year you won’t meet with a blank wall implying we have gone out of business or are fully booked but actually only meaning that we had been extremely slow to get oursleves organised. So, all those that have already booked must be complimented for their persistence and from now on it should be easier.

Also, I should have added, that although all the 2012 prices have had to go up qiuite considerably, all holidays booked this year go at the current 2011 rate (and of course, if you have stayed here before, you get another (roughly) 5% off so it gets cheaper and cheaper.

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