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Parwich & Beyond

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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 [...]

A Honeymoon to Remember

‘We have stayed in many self-catering cottages in Derbyshire and Devon/Cornwall, but this is by far the best we have experienced to date”.

Ashbourne and Manifold Shows

Wine from Bakewell?

Top Tips from Tom’s Barn Guests: How to have a Truly Wonderful Week of Walking, Reading, (Eating) and Rest

“No rational human being staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns could fail to have a beautiful experience here.”

Stay in a cowshed and eat like a king

Ever thought how cooking for yourselves could make your holiday even more fun?

All ‘frou-frou’ and holey knickers?

What do you mean by the word ‘luxury’?

A Great New Local Eating Discovery!

We were recommended Stones in Matlock last year, by Jeremy our web man. We took note, but you know how it is, it never seemed the right moment, and for some reason apart from the dentist (and maybe that’s why) we don’t tend to gravitate instinctively in the direction of Matlock. Yesterday, we had an [...]

Home to Roost

*** While Janet hies off to Buckingham Palace ***I am embarrassed at the length between posts recently, but equally, I am amazed when I realise that during June, on separate trips, we went to London three times, Oxford once and Shropshire once and whatever county Hay-on-Wye is, once! ┬áIt sounds exhausting but it wasn’t, because [...]