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Two Top Tips for 2014

Yesterday we had six bookings for 2014. The day before we had none, and – so far – today there have been none, but we do expect an increasing  flurry before the end of the year as everyone tries to book their holiday at this year’s prices, and very keen also to ensure they can [...]

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 [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns New Website…Will it pass the ‘Blink Test’?

Blink! And it’s gone… One looks at websites for apparently five seconds – or is it fifteen – before deciding whether one’s bored or not, whether to stick around a little longer or ‘switch channels’ to the next site. It’s quite frightening, really thinking what butterfly minds and shallow brains we’re all developing so quickly. [...]

How to Feel Young at Heart

…despite all outward appearances to the contrary…The answer: own and run somewhere like Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, our romantic cottages for two in the Peak District! Actually, I’m being serious. After yet more delightful guests had said their farewells and driven away, back to their everyday lives – John I were agreeing that our lives [...]

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 [...]

The Premier Cottages Annual Jolly (AGM)

As many of you know, we are proud to be members of Premier Cottages, a genuinely unique organisation. It is not an agency, it is a cooperative of top end 4 and 5 Star mutually supportive holiday cottage owners, all determined to provide the very best service for people seeking a quality self-catering holiday in [...]

New… Video Update

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Seen Through the LensThe suspense is building up. After all the flurry of the weekend of filming there is absolute quiet but sooner or later the silence will be broken, and I no doubt will be cringing silently at the sound of my voice droning on speaking brightly in the background… [...]

What Do You Look For in a Holiday Cottage Website?

We can’t promise you’ll be offered a Jaguar

More Fine Dining Recommendations from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, near Ashbourne