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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 [...]

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, [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns New Website…Will it pass the ‘Blink Test’?

Blink! And it’s gone… One looks at websites for apparently five seconds – or is it fifteen – before deciding whether one’s bored or not, whether to stick around a little longer or ‘switch channels’ to the next site. It’s quite frightening, really thinking what butterfly minds and shallow brains we’re all developing so quickly. [...]

How to Feel Young at Heart

…despite all outward appearances to the contrary…The answer: own and run somewhere like Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, our romantic cottages for two in the Peak District! Actually, I’m being serious. After yet more delightful guests had said their farewells and driven away, back to their everyday lives – John I were agreeing that our lives [...]

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

Waving the Flag for Ashbourne

…As we welcome nesting Moorhens and a new Public Library…I wanted to tell you about two things and the local paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, known familiarly as ‘the Stunner’, has got in first! Talk about being pipped at the post, but never mind, I can still tell you… Firstly, Ashbourne has a new library! [...]

Another Ghostly Silence

…as we flitted from Norfolk to Wales and home again…  We have been away for eight days and I must admit, have had a wonderfully relaxing and fun time, helped no end by uninterrupted sunshine and warmth and blissfully peaceful stretches of water where there seemed to be no one else but John and me [...]

The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album

Blogging Course Homework 2The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album The Format 13 ‘Album Beauty’ exhibition is in the Derby Quad Gallery. The exhibition is free, and remains open until 26th May. It is described as an ode to this vanishing art form, whose purpose apparently was to ‘document and display the mundane’ – the [...]