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Romantic cottages for two

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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 [...]

We’ll let you into a Welsh Secret

…Mill Cottage – no run of the mill cottage this…We can’t wait to let you know about a lovely holiday cottage we stayed in last week. Obviously, we hope that if ever you want a holiday in the Peak District you will look no further than our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. However, we do understand [...]

Valentine’s Day? Sorry, you’re too late

…but we may have something even better…The St. Valentine’s short break/week has been booked in both barns, with no enticement needed, not surprisingly. But fear not! We’re just as keen on mothers as lovers (can and should be one and the same for heaven’s sake). We may have something just as romantic to offer you, [...]

… And Now Let’s Talk about You!

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Guests…Where do our guests hail from? We talk and write endlessly about our cottages, we ooh and ah over photos of dogs and birds and snow and rather a lot recently about dear old Boots (who’s plodding along nicely for the moment, thank you). I suddenly thought that it’s about time [...]