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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 [...]

The Latest Updates from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…MacMillan Lunch, Mothering Sunday, Photographic Exhibitions…The last week has scampered fast, busily and enjoyably but leaving very little time for quiet reflection or blog posts (let alone mundane chores like ironing… Starting backwards, Mothering Sunday today was a very happy day for this mother but possibly more about that tomorrow. Ruthie and Nick, our two [...]

The Sad Saga of the Douglas’s Barn Boiler

…Finally, a Happy Ending…Definitely a Friday afternoon model, the – to all intents and purposes ‘excellent’ boiler in Douglas’s Barn – has always been temperamental and it staged its final tantrum last Friday night (15th February). Now, exactly a week later and with a new boiler installed, serenity has been restored after what has been [...]

How Long is a Piece of (Luxury Holiday Accommodation) String?

What is a bargain? What is value for money?It’s that funny time of year. Christmas and New Year have come and gone and we are all still here in spite of seriously gloomy Mayan prognostications. So what to do? How do we keep up the sense of excitement and euphoria? To avoid inertia we’ve got [...]