Tom's Barn - 5 Star, dog friendly romantic cottage for two. Our dog friendly self-catering holiday accommodation for two: peaceful and quiet Five Star luxury in the Peak District with wonderful walks right from the door in the surrounding Peak District countryside yet only a short stroll from the heart of the village with its pub and little shop. Our Tom's Barn guests particularly love the romantic galleried bedroom, the two-seater whirlpool bath and the cosy log burner downstairs; many bring their dogs and are grateful to find a top quality Five Star cottage that is also dog-friendly accommodation. Tom's Barn is bright, warm, welcoming and spotlessly clean. It is hard to believe now that before we converted it in 1999, it was the most decrepit and cobweb festooned old barn you could imagine, smelling of ancient cows (and probably worse). Our vision was to create top quality holiday accommodation with all modern comforts, whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the original design - just as well, as being in the Peak Park one had little choice. We kept as much of the original structure as we could, reusing the original stone where walls had to be repaired and retaining all the old and somewhat misshapen wooden lintels. We equipped the barns with the best we could find, and furnished them with a blend of antique and modern. We have a rolling programme of redecoration and renewals to keep Tom's Barn fresh as new.
Douglas's Barn - 5 star luxury self-catering cottage for two: Douglas's Barn is a Five Star (Gold Award) luxury self-catering cottage for two in the Peak District: it lies next to open countryside with glorious walks in every direction but also within only a short stroll of the village pub, shop and church. Our guests love the 'quirky but gorgeous' contemporary interior with all its funny nooks and weird crannies; they love the calm, still atmosphere and soothing colours which make one feel instantly sheltered from the stresses of the outside world. They also appreciate all the 'little extra” touches and the fine quality of the furniture and equipment of the superior holiday accommodation in the Peak Park that they have come to love. (They also seem to like the homemade cake and the Orchard Farm marmalade!). Douglas's Barn is the (relatively) newer of the two Orchard Farm traditional limestone farm buildings/ now Five Star holiday cottages. Tom's Barn is probably somewhat earlier than Douglas's Barn; we suspect that the space between the two buildings was joined up to the house in a fairly ad hoc way by a late 18C Parwich farmer, with more concern for his cows than architecture. But we love the resulting odd angles and weird nooks and crannies, which add so to the character and charm of our 'quirky but gorgeous' holiday accommodation.