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The Perfect Peak District Autumn Retreat

Where…?Read this lovely review of Douglas’s Barn by Lucy Dodsworth and there, I’ve given the answer away. It is Douglas’s Barn, apparently, but perhaps it could equally well have been Tom’s Barn if Lucy had stayed there? Or perhaps any one of the local Peak District Premier Cottages romantic cottages for two, but happily for us she and [...]

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 and Douglas’s Barns: We are Authentic!

Gazing into a (non-authentic) Crystal Ball at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns… What are the trends and what lies ahead? There is always a big push on holidays and travel in January, as soon as the Christmas and New Year excitements haves died down, when all the travel writers and others get out their pens and [...]

…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 [...]

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 [...]