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Calling all Honeymooners with a Saturday Wedding Date

…And at the same time everyone who would like a short break in the summer…We are all for romance and all for honeymoons. I couldn’t resist starting with this historic photo (of a photo) of a wedding at Orchard Farm about a century ago, when the barns really were working cowsheds and the facilities in [...]

Up to the Minute Views of Tom’s Barn

…Tom’s Barn, after the facelift…It’s been a busy few days and today has not exactly been a rest cure, but we got there thanks to a lot of effort all round: new carpet, ‘new’ paintwork, everything that can be washed/sent to the dry cleaners has been washed/recovered from the dry cleaners and our Friday guests [...]

Another Facelift for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…With some ‘after’ photos following the carpet transplant… There has been a lot of talk of holidays, but it hasn’t been all play. We and others have been hard at work too, behind the scenes in our relentless quest to keep our two holiday cottages as fresh and clean and lovely as we possibly can. [...]

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 [...]