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What to do While You are Here

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Can Work be Happiness…?

As always, our days are very full, and very varied, with part work and part pleasure (and the two are very intertwined). The ‘work’ is all to do with our two holiday cottages, Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, which very much are at the centre of our lives but we would be hard pushed to identify [...]

A Local Travel Tip – Cromford Canal

Tom’s Barn Travel Tips… It was the Cam a few dates ago, today it is the Cromford Canal – rather closer to home and certainly a more practical recommendation for our guests and local friends eager to learn of yet more things to do locally. It is particularly interesting as the canal is part of [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend – local artists

It never rains but it pours, and it’s not exactly pouring – now but two blog posts in two days…and it is certainly wet. It’s not too wet to walk, nor to plan a lovely Sunday lunch in a cosy local pub (which could include a walk) but it could be a heaven sent opportunity [...]

Naughty?? Certainly Very Very Nice

I wished I’d had my photographer with me today when – thanks to some friends who invited m to join them on a ‘business’ lunch – I discovered a quite charming place to eat in Bakewell. It is called Naughty and Nice, and is tucked away in King’s Court just off the one and only [...]

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 [...]