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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


Stylish and luxurious

Peace, quiet and comfort within!


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


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.



  • What a great place to spend Christmas!

    There is still time to book a last minute Christmas get away in Douglas’s Barn. The weather may be cold but the barn is very warm and cosy. Why not treat yourselves to a get away from it all break. You can order all your supplies from one of the supermarkets, get it delivered and […]

  • Time for a short pre Christmas break

    Time to get a bit of relaxation before the Christmas mayhem. There are still short breaks available in Douglas’s Barn. Plenty going on in the Peak District. Lots of Christmas markets selling lovely gifts that you don’t see elsewhere. Chatsworth House is also a must at this time of year. There are plenty of stories […]

  • A busy Sunday in the Peak District

    Lots of events to go to in and around Parwich today but managed to get to the Horticultural Show in Parwich and the Hartington Show. Missed out on the Antiques in Ashbourne though which is always worth going to. Izzy did better than me by getting 1st prize as the Prettiest Bitch at Hartington Show […]

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