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From Orchard Farm to the Gate in Brassington in 90 seconds

…Can you beat that?…A quick 90 second flit over the hills to Brassington to one of our very favourite pubs, The Olde Gate in Brassington. Now, there’s a challenge – can you do it in less? See below… In fact the walk takes an hour at a reasonably vigorous rate but this speeded up video [...]

Coping without a Car

…More Tom’s Tip Top Tips for a hassle-free carless journey here…One of Parwich’s many charms is its idyllic rural location. The fact we are not on the route anywhere is a wonderful attraction: the only traffic is local and we don’t have speeding cars hurtling through on their way somewhere else. There is another side [...]

Carefree Catering for the Carfree

…More of Tom’s Tip Top Tips…Whether you have walked here or come in the sleekest of limousines, you won’t want to have to pay a visit to the shops the minute you arrive, if indeed at all. It is perfectly easy and part of the excitement building up for your holiday to organise everything that [...]

What to Do? Tip Top Tips for Our Guests and Others

…Just a selection… There is so much happening always, it is hard to pick out the top top tips. However, it is really important to point out that this Saturday, 9.30 – 5.00 it is the Manifold Show at Ilam. This is our really favourite show, and conveniently very local. It is small, friendly fun [...]

A Summer Walk to Tissington

…Over the Hills and Not so Far Away…The sun shone again today, gloriously. Undeterred, I sat at my computer, indoors, feverishly going through our Peak District Environmental Quality Mark reassessment questionnaire (left it too late but not entirely my fault as it happens this year). Just when I was beginning to wilt anyway, John came [...]

Keep Calm and Carry on Eating Cake

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Cherry Bakewell Special…In spite of the fact we get very few people actually commenting on the blog friends, guests and often complete strangers will email us, or tell me on Facebook or at parties how much they actually enjoy reading our blog. They do say they enjoy John’s photos too which [...]

It’s the Diamond Jubilee!

…The Royal Jubilee and the Olympics – what a year…! I should have added the recession as well, but did not want to let that cloud the atmosphere; however, in fact it almost helps us appreciate all the more what we do have to celebrate. As I post this we are watching the pageant on [...]

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 [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Recipes: Pecan and Molasses Cake

…And dates – Another ‘Welcome Tray’ cake that has gone down well…This week was the first time I had made this tray bake recipe, saved (and considerably adapted) from a Sainsbury’s 2006 magazine. It has taken me six years to try it and I wish I had sooner. Both lots of guest have asked for [...]