Is there anything that we could have done to make your stay more enjoyable? (Again, completely unedited)
Is there anything you felt was particularly good about this property? (Completely unedited!)
everything in property you could wish for.Extra touches like bread, milk, eggs,butter, homemade shortbread on arrival, toiletries in bathroom made us feel we were special.
The standard of cleanliness..the customer service…the provision of facilities
.the kitchen equipment was excellent, as was the library.
A home from home feeling.
Attention to detail – flowers, warm welcome & homemade cakes, also provision of basics such as bread, milk, eggs, butter, tea & coffee, etc. Very much appreciated on a short break. Overall a wonderful cottage in a lovely location.
Beautiful cottage, with some very nice touches with flowers & herbs. Also robes in the bedroom and lovely towels.
Cosy and warm , but not tiny and crowded!
Douglas’s Barn is extremely well equipped – it feels like a bit of luxury way from home. It is so peaceful there – it is my favourite place to stay in the UK and I never want to come home. Marion & John are so welcoming and charming and are always so helpful.
Every detail had been thought of, making Douglas’ Barn not only a home from home but also a genuinely luxurious holiday home.
every thing was as i expected
Everything about the cottage itself was lovely. In addition, as a dog owner, it was perfectly situated with suitable walks literally from the doorstep.
Everything about Tom’s Barn was excellent, we have already booked for two weeks next May
Everything was excellent. The advance information sent to us was first class and most helpful.
Everything was good! Tom’s Barn is beautiful, it’s furnished to a high standard and kept extremely clean. It’s in a stunning location and is very peaceful. The owners are discrete yet on hand for valued information of the area.
Everything was simply idyllic
Excellent fixtures and fittings. Food and cooking materials provided. Very pleasant welcome and help from the owners. Good arrangements for the delivery of milk and newspapers. Excellent arrangements for recycling
Friendliness of the owner and cleaniness
Great attention to detail
Many thoughtful touches. eg Excellent books and information available.Also, the very high quality of most things, from TV to cutlery.
It felt SO homely- all the comforts of home but with amazing walks literally from the doorstep.
The attention to detail and focus on excellence in every area.
Everything you could need was provided.
The little extras to start you off were great, eg tea, biscuits, bread, butter, eggs, milk etc.
The fire place was great – it made the trip for winter.
The details sent ahead of time enabled us to reserve restaurants and plan our trip.
The General facilities in the cottage were very good and easy to use (especially the boot driers which came in very handy.
The kitchen (including utensils and basic food provided), the general atmosphere/ambience was very welcoming/cosy/comfortable
The kitchen was very well eqipped; nice music system; great hairdryer; pretty dishes; very homey feel;comfy bed; wonderful bathroom;
The little extras provided (basic foods, dressing gowns, toiletires, provision of washing and cleaning materials etc) made a real difference. It was like staying in a good qulaity hotel, but with self-catering facilities!
The overall of the property well deserves five star. Very clean and the feel was warm and cozy.
the overall quality and feel of the property – everything you needed in teh kitchen. Such a cosy feel – felt like a haven.
The information provided about the area
the owners are delightful, the location breathtaking . the building itself really restored with care & thought .with friendliest local pub (the gate}near by
The owners have thought of eveything! Such lovely touches such as the home made cake, tea, milk ,eggs, bread and butter on arrival. Even down to the dressing gowns in the bedroom – it was all so very well thought out.
The log burner just made the stay perfect! What a wonderful find. I would highly recommend this property.
The owners were very helpful both before and during our visit. It was lovely to have basic groceries, e.g. stock cubes, rice, kitchen foil etc. in the cupboards plus all necessary washing supplies as in most places we have stayed we have either had to bring them from home or go out and buy them when only using a small quantity if any at all.
The position is good for a dog owner, the welcome was good and the barn is very well equiped.
The property was very well equipped.
The standard of fictures and fittings and attention to detail.
The two seater whirlpool bath!
The warmth and genuiness of the owners.
The welcoming touches, flowers, biscuits, milk etc, were much appreciated after our long journey. The friendliness of everyone, a typical village atmosphere.
The whole package was excellent, right from booking. The information received about the property (how to get there, what was there etc.), the greeting, including fresh flowers and cake (the cake was quite fantastic!!), and the overall stay was wonderful. The surroundings were idylic. You are very lucky to live there!
The small guide book to Parwich, including a walk around the village, was a very welcome addition, and kept us occupied around the village for a whole afternoon (the village itself is, and I hope remains, a hidden gem!).
Overall, very, very pleased.
Tom’s Barn is a very relaxing place, littel touches like home made cakes, music playing and a fire lit on arrival.
Total peace and relaxtion
very enjoyable experiance- lots of special touches including tea and homemade cake when we arrived.
Very friendly welcome. A very relaxing place to stay.
Very well equipped. It had been well thought out so there was everything you might need.
we found Marion &john delightful hoasts ,nothing was too much trouble
We had a fantastic time and were impressed by the quality of every aspect of the accommodation. The kitchen was really well stocked too!
We love Toms Barn. The cottage is perfect with everything you could need. John and Marion are perfect hosts with the perfect balance between being welcoming and leaving you to enjoy the peace of your holiday.
We thought everything about Tom’s Barn was excellent.
How likely are you to re-book a stay at this property?
Don’t know 1 1%
Not very likely 3 4%
Quite likely 22 29%
Very likely 49 65%
At least one of the ‘Not very likely’ responses was because they were in the process of moving to the area… This is another example where one hopes there could possibly be a reason for an apparently luke-warm response.
Which part of England do you live in?
East Midlands 12 17%
Eastern (?) 10 14%
London 9 13%
North West/Merseyside 3 4%
South East 21 29%
South West 6 8%
West Midlands 5 7%
Yorkshire & The Humber 6 8%
Scotland 2 3%
As can be seen, our guests come from all over the country.
There have been frustrations.
By way of an explanation, after each visit, however clean the barns are left – and they a usually are – each one is given a completely thorough spring clean, from top to bottom.
This can easily take five hours, and and on one bad occasion three of us had to set to (that one took a total of ten hours between us).
The results, the scores and comments, have given us confidence because the average score never dips much below 9.5/10.
We have been grateful to pick up some hints of what might be improved, and have as far as possible acted on these, most notably replacing the beds; the Tom’s Barn bed had been superb but we had not realised that it had begun to pass its prime. The outcome, a Vi-spring bed and mattress in Tom’s Barn and a specially commissioned Vi-spring mattress for the slightly wider/longer bed in Douglas’s Barn.
We have acted also on suggestions of extra ‘little extras’ we could provide, such as an apron, tasting teaspoons, a thermos, a really sharp knife.
The Guests who filled in the anonymous survey from summer 2008 to summer 2009
There were 75 responses in all
Female 49 65%
Male 26 35%
Their age group – our guests cover the full span
25-34 17 23%
35-44 16 21%
45-54 19 25%
55-64 16 21%
65+ 7 9%
Was this your first stay in the area (Peak District)?
No 40 53%
Yes 35 47%
Was this your first stay at this property?
No, had stayed before 13 33%
Yes, my first stay 27 68%
Quite likely 3 4%
Very likely 72 96%
(Total no. of questionnaires returned: 75)
The property was as I expected 24 32%
The property was better than I expected 51 68%
It is perhaps worth pointing out that many of the guests had been before, so knew what to expect
(Total no. of questionnaires returned: 75)
6/10 2 guests 3%
7/10 2 3%
8/10 13 17%
9/10 15 20%
10/10 39 52%
N/A 4 5%
Average Score = 9.23
(Total no. of questionnaires returned: 75)
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