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What to do While You are Here

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Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms

A lovely walk to Parwich’s nearest (and finest) tea rooms!

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Big Extra:

Something Invisible but Worth its Weight in GoldWe are often thanked and praised for our ‘little extras’. Indeed we try very hard to think of every little thing possible to make sure that your stay here is very special and just last week we were very involved in setting up the most romantic scene possible [...]

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!). [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ashbourne and Manifold Shows

Wine from Bakewell?

Stay in a cowshed and eat like a king

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