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What to do While You are Here

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Derbyshire Open Arts weekend

Until Monday night when we have the lighting of the flares on Parwich Hill the weekend is a fairly normal one except that it is also the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. There will be artists opening their studios all over Derbyshire but this year we only have two open here; however, there will be lots [...]

‘The Magnificent Charity Walk’

— Friends of the Peak District— Their description, not mine (and the sheep don’t seem that impressed) although it does feel rather good to have completed a ‘magnificent walk’; we’ll gloss quickly over the fact it was only 7 miles long. Let’s face it, the 67 year old man who did 21 miles in just [...]

How Did You Enjoy Your Time in Douglas’s Barn?

…Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 2…It had been such a long time since I last collected some comments that they have had to come in two instalments. This is the second Douglas’s barn one and Tom’s Barn’s will follow in due time. “Lovely stay! You have thought of everything to meet our [...]

Eating Well with Minimum Effort in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…A Fresh Look at Forward Panning for Effortless Catering…Revamping our ‘green’ papers for the GTBS inspection on Friday I see that it is over two years since I first published this post. It has needed updating and correcting so I thought it would be useful to post the updated version for any of you planning [...]

Your Stay in Douglas’s Barn – What is Your Verdict?

Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 1In a strange way, we always feel a bit awkward quoting extracts from the Visitors’ Books. Sometimes the comments are quite personal and I am sure guests don’t think of them as likely to be hitting the airwaves but on the other hand we all love to [...]

The Peak District Seen Through Chocolate

…More Delicious Food Tips for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Guests and Friends…If ever you are planning your stay here and look at the advance weather forecast and wonder if those grey clouds and downward droplets necessarily mean there may not be non-stop sun, we have another wet-weather tip. How about a 3-hour ‘award winning chocolate experience‘? [...]

Learning from our Tom’s & Douglas’s Barn Guests

…Some Things to do While You’re Here…We always love it when our guests let us know what they’ve done and what they’ve enjoyed; we’re genuinely interested but it also helps us keep up to date and we keep learning new things about the area which is useful,  even humbling to realise we live here and [...]

Happy New Year to you all!

…The Year Ahead in 2 Minutes…What a year 2012 promises to be! From the depths of financial despair and gloom we soar to Jubilee and Olympics hysteria… Meanwhile most of us just plod on as best we can; whilst horribly aware of rising costs for all and job insecurity for many and although the timing [...]

Christmas in the Peak District

Will we have a white Christmas this year? Who knows, but many of us hope so. We have failed in our personal quest to find winter tyres for our car (Honda Jazz) so are glad to say we do have two brand new toboggans with which to help transport any guests whose car fails at [...]

What Shall We Do This Week?

We know that you come to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns to rest and recuperate, to enjoy the peace, calm, comfort and quiet and possibly do very litle but luxuriate. At least that’s often the plan, but after a few days some of those enticing walks can start beckoning, and perhaps a bit of sightseeing, and [...]