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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 [...]

Facing up to Facebook

…Social Media Pressures…I am rather proud of the fact that despite advancing years and general lack of ‘coolness’ we have been on Facebook for over three years. What isn’t quite so impressive is that in those 3 plus years I have done very, very little and have tended only to respond to others rather than [...]

Tom’s Barn Blog – Spare Our Blushes!

There I was early this morning at Derby’s Pride Park stadium overlooking the football pitch, all ears, concentrating intently. No, I wasn’t watching a football match although one day I perhaps should; rather, I was hoping fervently to pick up some tips from Liam Lally, today’s E-Business club trainer at their Breakfast Briefing for today, [...]

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 [...]

A Fresh Slant on Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

……OR…How Do You Make a Cattle Shed Look Like a Romantic Cottage for Two?……It is hard from the outside to make our two lovely holiday cottages in the Peak District look anything other than what they once were – cattle barns on a working farm! Orchard Farm is not a listed building – in spite [...]

Special Privileges for Peak District Premier Cottage Guests

…Fancy a Treat? Be our Guest!…Our local Peak District Premier Cottages group of ‘the very best 4 and 5 star holiday cottage owners’ locally are setting up a very exciting scheme of discounted prices for our guests at various appropriate local attractions, products and restaurants. Each set of guests will be find a laminated ‘privilege [...]

The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark

“The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) is a pioneering award for businesses that contribute to the conservation and enhancement of the Peak District National Park”…and “only businesses that can demonstrate high standards of environmental management…can qualify for the award”! So, as you can imagine, we were very delighted to hear that we have been [...]

Tom’s Barn – Too Late Now for a Midweek Surprise Self-Indulgence…

For the first time since February last year (when we withdrew Tom’s Barn from availability for ten days while it was completely redecorated) and – oh yes – another sudden illness cancellation in March lst year (when we moved in for a break oursleves!) Tom’s Barn lies empty!! It doesn’t feel right, and of course [...]

Brand New Nesting Box Seeking Suitable Tenant

The current excitement in our world if not yet  in the birds’ world, is a brand new nesting box, complete with wi-fi camera, recently bought from the RSPB shop at Carsington. We’ve been promising ourselves one ever since we had so much interest and enjoyment last year watching the blue tits in our (camera-less) nesting [...]

The long awaited new oak tables for Tom’s Barn

We had long been planning, although somewhat dreamily, about updating the side tables and bedside cabinets in Tom’s Barn. They were all part of the original furniture eleven years ago when Tom’s Barn was born; they had seen good service but even eleven years ago were not exactly from the toppest of ‘top drawers. Our [...]