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What to do While You are Here

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How to Make Your Holiday in Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Last Longer

…A Week of Eight Days…Just because you can’t clock into your barn of choice until 3pm on the day of your arrival doesn’t mean your holiday in the Peak District can’t start well before then… Similarly, just because we have to ask you to leave by 10am on the morning of your departure, it doesn’t [...]

Is Tom’s Barn Dog-Friendly, or Dog-Owner Friendly?

…I suspect the latter – but we are VERY dog-owner friendly…This post will be a masterpiece of procrastination. Looming over me is this week’s Blogging for Photographers homework blog post but, as I discover, doing one to order is strangely inhibiting. Having tidied the desk, answered emails, made a few urgent (?) phone calls I [...]

Pssst – it’s Mothering Sunday this Sunday!

…Had you forgotten?Don’t worry if you have either forgotten or have been leaving it to the last moment wondering what to do? A solution – your salvation – might be at hand. You’ve only one mother, or mother of your children and she deserves the best. Mothering Sunday is on Sunday, if you need reminding [...]

Valentine’s Day? Sorry, you’re too late

…but we may have something even better…The St. Valentine’s short break/week has been booked in both barns, with no enticement needed, not surprisingly. But fear not! We’re just as keen on mothers as lovers (can and should be one and the same for heaven’s sake). We may have something just as romantic to offer you, [...]

Dining Secretly in Sudbury Open Prison

…A Great Value Bargain Lunch Tip…Having written recently about the fantastic food at Fischer’s I though perhaps I would redress the balance slightly and let you know about a very nice lunch we had recently at the Secret Diner, in Sudbury (Derbyshire) Open Prison. Just for your interest, Sudbury is a Category D open prison [...]

Fantastic Food at Fischer’s

…Two course Lunch for £20.13This summer, to celebrate the 2012 “proud to be British’ campaign many local businesses offered real bargains of some sort; one of the most generous and most enticing offers we cam across was the £20.12 lunch offered by Fischer’s, Baslow Hall. Now, Fischer’s, for those of you who don’t know the [...]

Books!

…Thoughts provoked by a Book Exchange in a Telephone Kiosk…This post leads on really from a great idea we saw and shared on our Facebook page (look for a post actually headed ‘Great idea!’ with a pic of a red telephone kiosk stuffed with books) for a book exchange that apparently some villages are setting [...]

From Orchard Farm to the Gate in Brassington in 90 seconds

…Can you beat that?…A quick 90 second flit over the hills to Brassington to one of our very favourite pubs, The Olde Gate in Brassington. Now, there’s a challenge – can you do it in less? See below… In fact the walk takes an hour at a reasonably vigorous rate but this speeded up video [...]

Where to Stay? More Tip Top Tips

…Finding the Perfect Venue…Is there such a thing as a perfect holiday venue? Last Saturday’s Guardian Money section dedicated three pages to the top ten place to retire to, with a special emphasis on air quality, crime rate, life expectancy, good neighbourliness, health and various other aspects that not just retirees hope for; not surprisingly, [...]

What to Do? Tip Top Tips for Our Guests and Others

…Just a selection… There is so much happening always, it is hard to pick out the top top tips. However, it is really important to point out that this Saturday, 9.30 – 5.00 it is the Manifold Show at Ilam. This is our really favourite show, and conveniently very local. It is small, friendly fun [...]