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Our QiT Inspection Report

…We didn’t dream it after all! Five Stars and a Gold Award for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns…Our inspection report has arrived, and yes, we did not dream the Five Stars nor the Gold Award (one does begin to wonder…) We are informed that we may, at our discretion, make our inspection report available publicly; we [...]

Five Stars and a Gold Award for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

Here is the evidence! A little piece of card, written in biro, which gives us the opportunity for a little bit of relieved trumpet blowing, or sharing of good news. We had our annual Visit England Quality in Tourism (QiT) Inspection yesterday. One never likes to be too confident but quietly we were reasonably sure [...]

All That Glitters…?

Your car looks gorgeous, but does it have an engine? We have recently been warned by Visit England that standards have to be raised. Since the award was first launched over half of England’s Five Star cottages have now been given the Gold Award. Visit England argues, very convincingly, that the bar has to be [...]

Do Real People Ever Actually Win a Competition?

…Real People do if it’s a Premier Cottages one…One never expects to win, and many of us may have wondered cynically whether a real person ever does. Does ‘ecstatic Mr B from John O’Groats’ really exist, or ‘Pensioner Mrs J from Land’s End’? Or have they been dreamt up by someone in some PR department? [...]

Certificat d’Excellence pour Tom’s Barn et Douglas’s Barn

…Laureat 2012 (2012 Winner)…I know we’ve been dashing thither and thither recently, but I bet you didn’t know that Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns has been on the move too: we appear to have been transported to France… A few days ago we received this rather handsome table plaque from TripAdvisor, accompanied by a warm letter [...]

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…“A wonderful romantic retreat – just bring the Champagne.” …April 2, 2012…You’ll have to excuse the far from excellent iPhone photograph of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence’ we are very proud to receive (taken rather hastily by me and certainly not JF-S in case you were wondering). As a traveller, like more and more others [...]

Apologies for The Long Silence

…Back from Beyond? No, just back from Yorkshire…Believe it or not, life goes on as normal in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, and Orchard Farm too for that matter, although judging from the loud silence from these parts you might be forgiven for wondering. I am really sorry to have been so apparently lazy but in fact [...]

How Friendly is Dog-Friendly Tom’s Barn?

…very, but not up the soon-to-be carpeted stairs…We love dogs, and their owners, and we welcome dogs to Tom’s Barn, warmly and almost unconditionally. However, we do always stipulate ‘well-behaved’ and we do politely suggest that they don’t go upstairs or onto the furniture (unless it is adequately protected by dust sheets and old curtains [...]

Environmental Quality Mark for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…Receiving our Award at Haddon Hall…I am sorry to have neglected the blog for so many days. We have had a very busy time recently wearing all the different hats that we do and there hasn’t been much ime for anything, let alone gentle ramblings at the computer. Busy? Pimms on the lawns at Haddon [...]

5 Stars again (for 2010 – 2011) and a Gold Award for both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn

Well, try as we might we simply could not open our online QiT (Visit England Quality in Tourism) report but after after a couple of frustrating and somewhat worrying days the QiT office had to send another version which worked like a charm, to reveal no unpleasant surprise after all! As always there appear to [...]