Tom's Barn & Douglas's Barn
If you’re looking for peace, quiet and Five Star luxury in a beautiful rural setting, where your dog is welcome too, Tom’s Barn may well be your perfect romantic retreat.
Tom’s Barn is our dog friendly, self catering luxury holiday cottage for two in the beautiful Peak District, tranquil and peaceful, with wonderful walks right from the door…
If Tom’s Barn is fully booked for the dates you are looking for and you have a dog please give us a call as we may still be able to accommodate you.
You may love the romantic galleried bedroom (complete with ancient roof truss) the two-seater whirlpool bath and the cosy log burner. If you like to holiday with your dog you may also be grateful – and also suprised – to find a top quality Five Star cottage that is spotless and odourless, as well as dog friendly.
A former owner of Orchard Farm was Tom, a well-liked village character, but probably not the best farmer in the world and certainly not the most dedicated homemaker. After years of neglect the house and barns were in a seriously awful state.
Marion and John, who bought the farm after Tom died, took over a year just simply getting the house and outbuildings reasonably habitable. They then were able to start on the rather more exciting transformation of the adjoining cowsheds into top of the range luxury holiday accommodation for two that they are today.
It was at least twenty years before people stopped referring to Orchard Farm as ‘Tom’s place’, hence Tom’s Barn.
Tom’s Barn now is bright, warm, welcoming and spotlessly clean. It is hard to believe, before they were converted it in 1999, it was the most decrepit and cobweb-festooned old barn you could imagine, unbelievably filthy and smelling pretty unpleasant, too.
Marion and John’s vision was to create top quality holiday accommodation with all modern comforts, whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the original design – this was just as well, as being in the Peak Park one had little choice. They kept as much of the original structure as they could, reusing the original stone where walls had to be repaired and retaining all the old and somewhat misshapen wooden lintels. They equipped the barns with the best they could find, and furnished them with a blend of antique and modern.
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…
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.
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…
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.
There is so much to do, see and enjoy in the Peak District you could never be here long enough to try everything – that is, assuming you can tear yourselves way from the peace and comfort of Tom’s or Douglas’s Barns in the first place…
There is so much available, it has taken many days just to compile the list which only skims the surface…
This is a purely personal attempt to summarise attractions and activities that we know and/or which our guests have enjoyed; it is therefore inevitably subjective and incomplete!
Things change all the time so please tell us if anything – as it will – becomes out of date or incorrect, or if you have enjoyed something that ought to be included.
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