Tom's Barn
Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn – Perfect Peak District holiday cottages

Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn are two beautiful 18th Century stone holiday cottages, situated in the peaceful village of Parwich. Both have been lovingly converted from ancient cowsheds on this traditional Peak District farm.  Where cattle used to jostle at the stalls, now you can relax and unwind, enjoying warmth and comfort, surrounded by the most stunning Derbyshire countryside!   

About Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn

Parwich is surely one of the most picturesque villages in the Peak District, where the quiet of the countryside is only disturbed occasionally by the sound of the birds or the sheep.  From the minute you arrive you’ll start to unwind, leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. 

That said, you don’t have to go without the best bits of modern living here … these wonderful old buildings are full of 21st Century luxury! They’re true romantic retreats, equipped with pretty much everything you could want from a memorable holiday, including wifi, iPads, whirlpool baths and proper ‘cooks’ kitchens’. 

The development of these holiday cottages has been a true labour of love.  They were designed with quality and modern comfort in mind, while keeping faithful to the history and heritage of the buildings.  As much of the original stone was kept as possible, as well as the old wooden lintels, somewhat misshapen in places with the passage of time.    

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Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn – Perfect Peak District holiday cottages

Tom’s Barn

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  • Sleeps up to 2, in King Size bed
  • Dog-friendly
  • Log-burning stove, unlimited logs
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Apple iPad for your use
  • FreeSat TV
  • Stocked with basic essentials

Tom’s Barn is full of character and charm, spotlessly clean, bright and welcoming, a little slice of heaven in the Peak District.  And this award-winning luxury holiday accommodation is not just a treat for you, but for your four-legged friend too, since Tom’s Barn is dog-friendly.

You’ll love the romantic, galleried bedroom, complete with ancient roof truss, the cosy log-burning stove and the two-seater whirlpool bath, just perfect for unwinding after a day exploring the hills and dales of the Peak District countryside.  Your dog will love the wonderful walks right from the door!

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Tom was a former owner of Orchard Farm, certainly a well-liked village character, but probably not the best farmer in the world and certainly not the most dedicated homemaker!  Marion and John bought the farm after Tom died, and spent years transforming the rather decrepit, cobweb-festooned barns into the luxury holiday cottages they are now.  It took at least 20 years before local people stopped referring to Orchard Farm as ‘Tom’s place’, however, which is how the barn got its name.

“Such a lovely cottage in an incredibly beautiful village.
Amazing walks and lovely people everywhere.
Our dog, Baxter, is at home in this cottage.
Angela and Robert, thank you for making us feel so welcome
and for providing everything needed for a comfortable stay.”

Douglas’s Barn

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  • Enjoy England Gold Award
  • Sleeps up to 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

Douglas’s Barn is a wonderfully romantic hideaway for two – the perfect peaceful retreat for stressed and overworked couples or singles of all ages.

It is stylish, warm and luxurious – quirky in shape, full of unusual angles, weird nooks and unexpected crannies, and all the better for it! The funny shapes of the interior contrast brilliantly with the contemporary fittings and top of the range equipment provided.

We know you’ll love the calm, relaxing atmosphere and the soothing colour palette within Douglas’s Barn, inspired by the glorious Peak District landscape that surrounds it.  Many guests have quietly confided that Douglas’s Barn is the only place in the world where they can truly relax – and they come back time and time again.

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Douglas was the father of the previous owner of Orchard Farm.  He came to live in the cottage here in 1999, along with Boots the cat.  Aged 90, he was still vigorous mentally and physically; he loved walking and he loved talking.  Above all, he was a great ‘people person’ and a true character, much-loved and respected in the village.  After his death in 2004, his cottage was transformed into holiday accommodation, hence Douglas’s Barn. 

“Angela is a wonderful host, very welcoming,
and has put lots of personal touches into the barns.
The lemon drizzle cake on arrival was beautiful!
The place itself was wonderfully clean and had lovely furnishings.
It felt very homely during our stay.
We went on a wonderful walk using the hosts’ recommendations in their folder.
All in all, a lovely break with lots of laughter and memories.
Can’t wait to return!”


The beautiful village of Parwich is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park, surrounded by the lush, green, rolling hills of the White Peak countryside.  It is full of pretty stone houses on twisty lanes, and the excellent Sycamore Inn is within walking distance of the cottages.  Food is available every day at the pub, and dogs and muddy boots are welcome.  There are plenty of other great pubs and restaurants close by too. 

Parwich is only 7 miles north of the historic town of Ashbourne, with its beautiful architecture, independent shops and lovely cafes.  The ancient market town of Bakewell is also close by, as are Matlock and Matlock Bath.  The wonderful country houses of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are also within easy driving distance.   

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Parwich is also within easy driving distance of the beautiful dale of Dovedale, one of the best loved beauty spots in the Peak District, and indeed one of the most visited natural sites in Britain.  The area is perfect for those who love walking and cycling, with the wonderful, traffic-free Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail passing very close to the village.  Cycles can be hired on the trails, but your hosts at Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn can happily lend you bikes and helmets.    

Guests flock to Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn from all over the country, to enjoy the fresh air and peace of the Peak District National Park – walking holidays, special celebrations, self-indulgent treats and holidays to just chill out and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Your hosts at Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn

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Angela and Robert moved into Orchard Farm in 2015.  They took over the labour of love from Marion and John, who had lived in the farm for more than 20 years, buying it after Tom died. 

Angela was born in Derbyshire, Robert a little further south.  They both live and breathe the Peak District, and were delighted when the opportunity arose to purchase Orchard Farm. 

Both are keen walkers and Angela is Chair of the South Derbyshire Ramblers.  They know the area inside out and can always recommend great walks for you to enjoy while here. 

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Contact Tom’s Barn and Douglas’s Barn

For more information, to check availability or to make a booking, please get in touch with Angela and Robert – they’ll be delighted to help you!