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Romantic cottages for two

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Buy One, Get One Free?

…In Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns? Surely not… No, we’re surely not offering free holidays… We’re talking about giving a present you will enjoy quite as much as the recipient – two people’s happiness for the price of one – this to me seems the perfect arrangement and far better than the standard ‘BOGOF’ when you [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Big Extra:

Something Invisible but Worth its Weight in GoldWe are often thanked and praised for our ‘little extras’. Indeed we try very hard to think of every little thing possible to make sure that your stay here is very special and just last week we were very involved in setting up the most romantic scene possible [...]

Will You Be My Valentine?

Happy St Valentine’s Day to you all! That is the last concession I’ll make to what I feel (what an old cynic!) is just another special and genuinely romantic day that has been very successfully hijacked by sellers of cards, red roses and expensive meals, and hoteliers and even some holiday cottage owners (not all!). [...]

2013 in a Nutshell: Happy 2014 to You All!

It’s fashionable, and tempting, to review the previous year as one faces the as yet empty pages of the next, although ‘empty pages’, as one looks at next year’s bookings, is hardly the right expression. We have 40 holidays booked already for 2014, 1/3 of the year is already spoken for. Disregarding all world events [...]

Five Star Squared After Two Annual Inspections in One Year?

We were slightly surprised, if not dismayed, to return from our latest London jaunt to a telephone call suggesting our next inspection date might be five days hence (last Friday). We had our last annual inspection in February this year. With Christmas cards, work on the website, not to mention actual Christmas preparations all looming, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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”.

‘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 [...]

An Offer You Can’t Refuse?

…Just joking, but you never know… ¬£475 for Tom’s Barn, Friday 17 to Friday 24 May (i.e. this coming week) We are not used to Tom’s Barn having an empty week, especially considering I spend so much time writing emails explaining to disappointed enquirers that we are full when they want to come. And now [...]