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Welcome to Douglas’s Barn

Douglas’s Barn is our ‘quirky but gorgeous’ romantic hideaway for two – the perfect retreat for stressed and overworked couples or singles of all ages.

It is stylish, warm and very peaceful – luxury self-catering accommodation within funny angles, weird nooks and unexpected crannies…

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Welcome to Douglas’s Barn

Five star luxury self-catering cottage for two

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Stylish and luxurious

Peace, quiet and comfort within!

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A real cook’s kitchen

Self-catering is sheer pleasure in your 5* kitchen.

Douglas's Barn's Sitting Room is calm, warm, well equipped and relaxing

Perfectly relaxing

Time to yourselves

From the GUESTBOOK

We had a totally relaxing few days. Thank you Angela and Robert for the warm welcome. Douglas’s Barn is perfect, don’t ever change it!

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About Douglas’s Barn

Douglas’s Barn is the weirdest shaped Five Star romantic holiday cottages for two, tucked between Tom’s Barn and Orchard Farm house in Parwich where we live.

You’ll probably love the amusing contrast of the contemporary interior and the top of the range equipment set within these funny shapes.

Above all you’ll relish the calm, relaxing atmosphere and soothing ‘Peak District’ colours which seem a charm against the outside world.  Many guests have quietly confided that it is the only place in the world where they can truly relax.

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  • Enjoy England Gold Award!
  • Sleeps 1 or 2
  • Longer/ wider king size bed with Vi-Spring mattress
  • En suite whirlpool bath with power shower over
  • Free Wireless Internet Access
  • Apple iPad for your use
  • Free Sat TV


Why Douglas?

The previous owner, Marion’s father Douglas, whom many of our ‘older’ guests will remember, used to live here, in Douglas’s Barn before it was re-converted into the luxury holiday cottage for two it is now.

He and Boots the cat came to live here in 1999, from South Devon where he and my mother had retired, and where he had lived for 40 years (my mother died in 1990).

Aged 90, he was still vigorous mentally and physically; he loved walking and even at 91 happily walked with us either to or from the Olde Gate in Brassington.

He loved walking and he loved talking; above all he was a great ‘people person’ and loved nothing better than the chance to enjoy the company of guests in Tom’s Barn, and more often than not a leisurely sundowner or two with them outside their cottage in the evening.

From an old Lowland Scots family, he actually grew up near Lichfield, used to holiday in the Peak District (his favourite place of all was Dovedale) and spent all his working life in Africa, where Marion grew up…

Douglas’s Barn History

Marion and John originally converted Douglas’s Barn 1999/2000, at the same time as Tom’s Barn, but initially as a home for Marion’s father Douglas.

Eventually, after Douglas’s death in 2004, they re-converted it in 2006 to form our second luxury holiday cottage for two, consciously making it as different from Tom’s Barn as we could so people had a real choice between two equally lovely romantic cottages for two.

Douglas’s Barn quickly became very popular. Several of our first holiday cottage guests find its unique ambience so relaxing and special  that they have by now been back a dozen or more times already!

Our guests flock from all over the country to enjoy walking-holidays in the Peak District, eating-well-holidays, just pure ‘chilling out’ relaxing holidays, special celebrations and satisfying self-indulgent treats.

 

LATEST NEWS

  • Valentine’s day still available in Douglas’s Barn

    Still chance to surprise you Valentine with a couple of days away in the Peak District. Douglas’s Barn is available for a mid week break. Cake and a romantic barn awaits. Worth sneaking off from work for a couple of nights

  • A little touch of early spring today – time for a winter break

    What a difference from last week when our guests were battling through snow to get here and to get out again. Today the sun has been shining and and it had a bit of a feeling of spring. Can’t wait for spring to get out in the garden and start work in the new greenhouse. […]

  • Happy New Year how about a sneaky short break.

    Happy New Year to everyone and looking forward to welcoming past and new guests in 2018. It may be cold and miserable outside so just the right time to recover from the Christmas festivities in a warm and cosy barn. Short breaks are available throughout the year and the cost of a stay is at […]

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