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What our guests think of us

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All ‘frou-frou’ and holey knickers?

What do you mean by the word ‘luxury’?

‘The best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in’

***Douglas’s Barn: Perfection in the Peak District***Do you believe in TripAdvsaor? ‘The best’, ‘perfection’, ‘luxury…’. What does that mean to you and me? It is hard to strike a balance, between a discreet modesty and blatant bragging but I am afraid today this will be nearer blatant bragging than we feel comfortable with. However, we [...]

Comments from a Canine Guest Blogger

…Rocky…We get many beautiful dogs visiting Tom’s Barn with their owners: many rescue dogs, many mongrels and many very aristocratic pedigrees. We don’t as far as we know have many literate ones, so were very pleased to see that Rocky, an English Springer Spaniel who stayed recently, wrote in our Tom’s Barn Visitors’ book last [...]

Self-Catering Web Awards

…Didn’t get a mention…No! We didn’t even make the short list, sorry! Obviously not everyone can win and we will try and learn from those that did. I must admit I thought the overall winners’ website – Mortons of Pitmilly – is super! I also particularly liked the Welsh winners’ website, East Jordeston Cottages. They’re [...]

How Long is a Piece of (Luxury Holiday Accommodation) String?

What is a bargain? What is value for money?It’s that funny time of year. Christmas and New Year have come and gone and we are all still here in spite of seriously gloomy Mayan prognostications. So what to do? How do we keep up the sense of excitement and euphoria? To avoid inertia we’ve got [...]

The Mystery Shopper Challenge

…Have you got what it takes to ‘inspect’ Tom’s Barn?…As you probably know, after we, the ‘Mr and Mrs Mary Portas’ from Orchard Farm, had spent a very happy few days doing our best to identify the slightest failing Douglas’s Barn, we had been planning to focus our relentlessly beady eyes on Tom’s Barn and [...]

The Dreaded Inspectors Drop in on Douglas’s Barn

…Will they never give us a break?…The mystery shoppers are at it again, honing in again on Douglas’s Barn, where we last stayed almost a year ago, in November 2011. We get wonderfully appreciative comments from all our guests but there is always the sneaky worry that they are just being polite. And of course, [...]

Funny First Impressions

…’A short drive’…I was reminiscing recently about the coronation and how somehow its importance had been signified to a young girl by being given a bottle of CocaCola at school. Idly playing with my iPad this morning I decided to see what TripAdvisor had to say about a local hostelry in nearby Biggin. (We are [...]

Keeping up with Facebook

That is a very pretentious title, as we can hardly claim to be anywhere near even understanding what it’s all about, let alone keeping up, despite the fact we (as in I and our barns) have been Facebook users for about four years, passive users for at least 31/2 of those four years, with the [...]

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 [...]