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A Honeymoon to Remember

‘We have stayed in many self-catering cottages in Derbyshire and Devon/Cornwall, but this is by far the best we have experienced to date”.

Top Tips from Tom’s Barn Guests: How to have a Truly Wonderful Week of Walking, Reading, (Eating) and Rest

“No rational human being staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns could fail to have a beautiful experience here.”

Stay in a cowshed and eat like a king

Ever thought how cooking for yourselves could make your holiday even more fun?

A Great New Local Eating Discovery!

We were recommended Stones in Matlock last year, by Jeremy our web man. We took note, but you know how it is, it never seemed the right moment, and for some reason apart from the dentist (and maybe that’s why) we don’t tend to gravitate instinctively in the direction of Matlock. Yesterday, we had an [...]

End of the gadding?

***and straight off to the pub***June has been an amazing month for us. As so often happens, don’t you find as well, everything happens at once? We have covered very many miles, and so happily, but more of that later. For the time being things will revert to normal – so the first thing we [...]

Dunge Valley Gardens

***Rhododendrons and Azaleas – and a Nature Reserve – in Cheshire***When a visit to Dunge Valley Gardens was first suggested by the Parwich Ladies’ Group, quite frankly I was not wildly excited. I think it was the name which conjured up  images in my mind of  gunge, dungeons… quite very childish I know, but words do intrigue me. Curiosity took [...]

Waving the Flag for Ashbourne

…As we welcome nesting Moorhens and a new Public Library…I wanted to tell you about two things and the local paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, known familiarly as ‘the Stunner’, has got in first! Talk about being pipped at the post, but never mind, I can still tell you… Firstly, Ashbourne has a new library! [...]

Foraging for Free at Fischer’s

Fischer’s is a wonderful restaurant, and one we are proud to support. It  has a Michelin Star and many other awards – but it definitely is not a place one instinctively associates with food for free… However, on Wednesday John and I were fortunate enough to attend a foraging day there, led by Dr Patrick [...]

More things to do while you’re staying at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…Sidecar Safari…There are so many things to do while you’re staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns that even the the choice of ‘usual’ things can be overwhelming. There’s which walk to go on? Where to go? Shall we visit Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick, Keddleston, Lyme Park or Sudbury? Or perhaps Tissington (the Well Dressings are on [...]

Zest: Relaxed Fine Dining in Derby

We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting places to eat, purely, you understand, so that we can share our experiences with you all, our guests and friends. We happened to find ourselves in Derby earlier this week , with several hours to kill while our car was being serviced. Lunch time loomed, and [...]