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Ski in Ski Out Douglas’s Barn?

…Not exactly, but you need your snow boots…Last possible chance for a January treat for all you snow lovers out there – this coming weekend Friday 25 to Monday 28 in Douglas’s Barn £275. Having just spent midnight hours toiling over our accounts for our tax return I can reiterate that it would be cheaper [...]

How Long is a Piece of (Luxury Holiday Accommodation) String?

What is a bargain? What is value for money?It’s that funny time of year. Christmas and New Year have come and gone and we are all still here in spite of seriously gloomy Mayan prognostications. So what to do? How do we keep up the sense of excitement and euphoria? To avoid inertia we’ve got [...]

The Mystery Shopper Challenge

…Have you got what it takes to ‘inspect’ Tom’s Barn?…As you probably know, after we, the ‘Mr and Mrs Mary Portas’ from Orchard Farm, had spent a very happy few days doing our best to identify the slightest failing Douglas’s Barn, we had been planning to focus our relentlessly beady eyes on Tom’s Barn and [...]

The Dreaded Inspectors Drop in on Douglas’s Barn

…Will they never give us a break?…The mystery shoppers are at it again, honing in again on Douglas’s Barn, where we last stayed almost a year ago, in November 2011. We get wonderfully appreciative comments from all our guests but there is always the sneaky worry that they are just being polite. And of course, [...]

Are you free for a special treat this weekend?

…Friday 2nd to Monday 5th November…

Why on earth ask us about holiday cottages?

…Sharing some Tip Top Tips for prospective owners…A disclaimer: Presuming to write this does sound horribly big-headed, but we have been asked for advice about holiday cottages over the years by a number of friends, colleagues and relations and we have just had another urgent plea from a family friend, so John and I have [...]

A Christmas Treat Awaits!

…A party political broadcast on behalf of Tom’s Barn…There now follows a party political broadcast on behalf of anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful Christmas holiday away from it all. Our lovely Tom’s Barn, a great favourite with dog lovers and non dog-lovers alike, is still available for Christmas! We find it [...]

Tom’s Barn Abroad

…Happily in Cornwall… Don’t get us wrong. We just love the Peak District, and thoroughly appreciate being in such a beautiful part of the world which is so easily accessed from all corners of Britain. We wouldn’t swop it for the world but John and I both have long and happy family connections with the [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns: January Bargains!

…£295 for a midweek break next week…The robin is entirely out of contact but I just couldn’t resist popping him in. What with trying to get our tax done before the crucial Jan 31 HMRC deadline whilst making loads of marmalade I have rather lost sight of the fact that we have the Monday 23 [...]

Early Christmas Treats: Some Last Minute Possibilities

…in both our romantic cottages…We have some exciting possibilities for somebody, somewhere. This somebody is either so organised that Christmas preparations are all complete and they’re bored waiting or probably far more likely, possibly someone who finds they have left things too late and wants to hide away peacefully and restfully for a few days. [...]