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Will You Be My Valentine?

Happy St Valentine’s Day to you all! That is the last concession I’ll make to what I feel (what an old cynic!) is just another special and genuinely romantic day that has been very successfully hijacked by sellers of cards, red roses and expensive meals, and hoteliers and even some holiday cottage owners (not all!). [...]

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 [...]

Lunch at Fischer’s for Lucky Douglas’s Barn Guests

. Fischer’s is the only Michelin starred restaurant in Derbyshire, and by any standards it is pretty special. John and I tend to leap at the slightest chance to treat ourselves to a meal there, most recently for our son Nick’s birthday earlier this week (see image above!). It was a truly lovely occasion, with [...]

Two Top Tips for 2014

Yesterday we had six bookings for 2014. The day before we had none, and – so far – today there have been none, but we do expect an increasing  flurry before the end of the year as everyone tries to book their holiday at this year’s prices, and very keen also to ensure they can [...]

Rooting Out Your Past

…The Growth of ‘Ancestral Tourism’…We are all fascinated about our origins – who and what made us the people we are now. Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies, apparently, second in America to cooking… The TV programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ has helped spark an extra surge of interest in this [...]

…And Now for Some Very Local Delights… Casterne Hall

There’s no limit to the lengths we’ll go, exploring the hotspots of Derbyshire and neighbouring counties to keep us all updated on what’s what and what the in thing is to do… Stratford last week, Chester earlier this week and now, much closer to home, a little miniature stately home near Dovedale. Any one who [...]

‘A Truly Wonderful Week of Walking, Reading and Rest!’

Top Tips from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn GuestsJohn and I are enjoying a very brief little holiday of our own, staying with my brother in Devon. We always have a lovely time staying with him, but this time good weather has not been part of the mix. It is WET! So it it in Derbyshire [...]

Kill Your Darlings, Lord Marple…

Three guesses? Beer afficionados may know what I am talking about but this time twelve hours ago I would have been as perplexed as anyone. Now, having just been on a visit to Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell, I can tell you with great confidence that Lord marples is a Classic British Bitter 4.0%, ‘surprisingly smooth [...]

More Fine Dining Recommendations from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, near Ashbourne

Drinking Award-Winning English Wine in a Derbyshire Vineyard

Did you ever imagine setting off during your holiday in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns to visit a Derbyshire vineyard? Or possibly even less likely, that you’d be drinking some very attractive English wines? Or even liking them so much that you bought some to drink at home…? John and I did all three yesterday and [...]