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The Roughley Cottage, Summer 2017

The Roughley Cottage
March 31st – April 7th – Malcom and Denise Talbot – North Yorkshire

A welcome return to Roughley after 9 years. We arrived in the aftermath of a storm. But it took us minutes to get back into Roughly time, which is of course, timeless. We step back into the capsule of peace and serenity that is roughly….. We have had beautiful moon and star-lit nights. The night sky here is beautiful, as are the sunsets.

There is an abundance of bird life, with a wonderful dawn chorus and evening symphony. That is the sound track to Roughley.
This is a very special place. We will be back soon.
20 trout caught 2.5lb – 6lb.

April 7th – April 14th – The Cook family and Jet the dog – Elstead, Surrey

It has been 8 years since our last visit, and Roughley had become a fond but distant memory, but oh how this week has rekindled our love of this place. We have taken long walks, slept for hours, eaten delicious trout caught in the loch, made bread, played games, swam in the river, watched the clouds and amazing skies go by….. and just relaxed.

Our children (aged 13, 10 and 8) have roamed wild and had an amazing week – already asking to come again.

We only ventured to Hermitage Castle and Newcastleton to replenish the stores, as no-one wanted to miss out on our time here.

Thank you to the housekeeper who had created such a warm and cheery welcome for us all. Jeremy, aged 13, wrote: The back field is really fun to ply games like search light and 40 40 in.

Charlotte, aged 10 wrote: On the first day we were already exploring this wonderful place, following the river and going on the rowing boat and canoes. We've had a great time here… Zoe, aged 8: I enjoyed fishing. We got 10 fish and kept 3. I enjoyed playing in the twin field and canoeing is exciting.

April 14th – 21st – the Clasper Family, Newcastle
This was their 26th visit!

They wrote: had a picnic by the waterfall – trip to hermitage, had canoes and barnacle (rowing boat) out. 26th visit – still just as magical.

June 2nd – 9th – the Benson Family – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

A mixed bag of weather that did nothing to detract from this wonderful place. This our 4th visit but first with family staying. Our 3 year old granddaughter has loved….. Our 13 year old granddaughter has been 'unplugged' for the first time ever, and has loved it. Card games, walking, parlour games etc have introduced a new world from technology. Thanks Roughley for yet another magical week. We will be back.

June 16th – 23rd - The Buckingham Family and Friends from Faringdon

Beautiful sunsets and views – a magical spot. Caught 5 fish and kept 3 – nice eating. Caught using caddis, black buzzer, pheasant tail and traditional dry flies. Hope to be back soon. Thank you!

July 7th – 14th – Clive and Linda and Penny the Labrador from Torquay

What a lovely quiet area! A wonderful location – such peace and tranquillity. Can't believe the view from the kitchen sink. Thank you for the lovely flowers. We were also impressed by the rag rugs. Where did the time go?

July 14th – 21st – The Buckingham Family from Bracknell

Back again, and nothing has changed apart from the smart shelves in the kitchen and the picnic table out the front… Roughley has worked its magic again…. Lots of kayaking and in Barnacle (the rowing boat)…. Lovely supper at The Grapes in Newcastleton…. Great walks up the hill and ravine. We have slept so well here, and return to life rested.
Jack aged 9 caught 2 trout, and was very proud of his first ever fish.
The view of Hermitage Castle has to be the best washing-up view in the country.

August 4th – 11th – Steve McCauley and Family from Hebburn

Our visit to Roughley has been just what we needed – perfect family time!
Our girls have experienced freedom like they never have at home. Kayaking and the swing were their favourite activities. Already looking forward to our next visit.

August 11th – 18th – Judith Underwood and family – Stockton on Tees

An amazing cottage and location. Most chilled out holiday that we have had. It's perfect!

August 19th – 25th – Richard and Lin Arning from Andover

A comfortable and well-equipped cottage in stunning surroundings. Excellent walks and views in any direction.

August 25th – September 1st – Eileen Vickery and party and two dogs from Wrexham

The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. Introduced the children to fly-fishing, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Had two lovely trout for tea. Enjoyed the kayaks and rowing boat and the wonderful scenery.
Everyone enjoyed the ‘no internet' and ‘no mobile phone signal' although you can get 2G up the hill behind the house.
Haven't ventured far, no need really, great to unwind.

September 1st – 8th – Malcolm and Denise Talbot, North Yorkshire

Our second visit to Roughley this year. Wish we had booked 2 weeks – do not want to leave.
We were lucky to be either side of the full moon and waited each night to see it rise above the hill.
The birds have been a delight. We have seen the last of the swallow chicks fledge from the boathouse and barn.
We spent our days fishing, relaxing and reading. We plan to return next year in spring and autumn but to extend our visits to two weeks, making the most of our retirement. Thank you for a lovely holiday

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Cleuchhead 2017

30th Dec – 6th January 2017 Richard Steel and Party, Brussels.

Fabulous stay, as cosy as a Kangaroo's pouch stuffed with cotton wool. Astounding views… Farmers very friendly – unless you're a mole or a Rangers supporter.

31st March – 7th April Mrs Parfitt and Party - Nottingham

Beth aged 8 wrote:
We had a great time at Cleuch Head Cottage. We had a great run-around at Hermitage Castle. You can find interesting facts there. We all loved the streams….. The den upstairs was amazing.
Granny (70th birthday today) wrote:
3 Generations had a great week.

7th – 21st April Mrs Knighton and Party - Markfield

Cleugh Head cottage has been a lovely place to stay. It is situated in a perfect location, and does truly have wonderful views from every window.
We have enjoyed numerous walks…. It has been a joy to see the lambs in the fields. We visited Bowhill, Hermitage Castle and Traquair – where we saw a matching set of drawers in a bedroom identical to the master bedroom drawers at Cleugh Head.

5th – 12th May Deb and Steve Pritchard, Frodsham, Cheshire

Their 10th visit! We found the cottage as comfortable and welcoming as ever.
It was lovely to watch the antics of the new-born lambs, and the swallows put on a fantastic aerial display.
It's always too soon to leave; we are looking forward to our next visit already.

12th – 19th May Russ and Wendy Evans and dog from Ringmor Sussex

If you want a peaceful holiday, this is the place to be.

10th – 17th June Nick and Karen and dog from Suffolk

Lovely cottage in a beautiful location

30th June – 14th July Angela sutherby and friends from Hull

Had a fabulous 2 week holiday at Cleugh Head.
Beautiful setting with amazing views… Visited Hermitage (Castle) and chapel which we really enjoyed. Kielder forest well worth a visit. Birds of prey, red squirrels, walks with lovely views of the lake.
Steve thoroughly enjoyed fishing at Roughley Loch with boathouse and views…. Had some lovely food at The Grapes and Copshaw Kitchen in Newcastleton. The staff and locals have been really friendly and helpful.
Managed a long walk over to the Blackburn waterfalls. Hard going but well worth it.

4th – 11th August Rev Robin Figg and family from Keighley

Thank you for a wonderful place to S-L-O-W down and enjoy time together as a family.

11th – 18th August The Simpson family from Andover

Lovely cottage and surroundings….. spent a day at Newcastleton's little –publicised Rock UK facilities – abseiling, canoeing, archery, kayaking etc. Cycled at Kielder with its spectacular views….. Hawick is excellent for food shopping… Jedburgh is interesting – the Mary Queen of Scots house ties back nicely to Hermitage Castle which is very impressive.

18th – 31st August The Bennett Family from Faversham, Kent

A nature lover's paradise…..(a long list of birds and butterflies seen followed). Best sighting of Osprey was at Kielder Water early in the morning. Sighting of a red squirrel at Leaplish (Kielder) water park squirrel hide. A fantastic holiday!!!

Cleuchhead 2016

Cleuchhead
1st – 3rd April - Jayne and Bobby, Kate and Thomas, Jackie and Basil

A very welcoming cottage for our 2 night stopover with 'Off The Beaten Track Rides'….a rriving herem, with log burner, when wet and cold from riding in the rain, is the best welcome once could wish for! Very comfortable 2 nights.

9th – 11th April - Lesley-Anne.

Very comfortable and cosy cottage. We had gorgeous weather, could see for miles, and even had snow on the mountains! It was still warm enough for prosecco outside. I woke up in the middle of then ight and took in the peace, quiet and complete and utter darkness that only comes with the isolation of a location like this.
Thank you –

24th April - Molly, Liz Stoker and Famely, Whitley Bay

I really enjoyed staying here because I am 10 and love the outdoor area.

15th – 20th May - Jacqui and Dave Popkin, Leicester

We have enjoyed our stay at Cleuch Head, watching the lambs, birds, bats and pid wagtail next in bedroom window slit.

20th – 26th May - Deb and Steve Pritchard and dogs, Frodsham

Back for another fab week. Had fun driving around the lanes – didn't expect to see a peacock and an escaped cow.

27th may – 3rd June - Carol Harris and friends, Harrogate

Our first visit to this amazing place – what a beautiful part of the world. Plenty to see and do, and we were very lucky with the weather – back to back sunshine.

10th – 17th June - John and Debbie Burney and dogs, Workington

Enjoyed a lovely relaxing week. Our dogs had a great time watching the lambs from the garden.

22nd – 29th July - Kathy Ellison and family, Northleach

Lovely house, great layout with young family at back. We did quite well on wildlife – red squirrel, hares, buzzards, osprey and of course the lovely swallows.
The ladies loved the artwork and the rugs too! Thanks for a lovely stay.

29th July – 5th August - Mackinnon family and dog from Faversham

Fantastic house with lots of space and everything necessary. Lots to do at Kielderm, and we were lucky enough to watch an osprey catch a fish. Thanks for al ovely week.

5th – 9th August - Colin Tester from Hertfordshire

It's rare to be able to totally escape the modern world, but this location is perfect for escaping from e-mails, tweets and phone calls as there is no mobile reception here – what a relief!
If you value peace and quiet and a great place to walk the dogs, this is the place to come.

5th – 19th August - Colin Tester again, Hertfordshire

We have had a lovely 2 weeks staying here at Cleuchhead…. Great for walks, riding bikes and reading. Ate at the Liddesdale Hotel and Copshaw Kitchen café in Newcastleton – both great. The beds in the cottage are very comfy.

19th – 25th August - The Lines and Brownbull families, Warrington/St Helens

Our first stay at Cleuchhead. We are totally in love with this gorgeous cottage. Our eldest son (13) loved the loch for his dinghy and the younger ones loved frog catching with their nets. It's lovely watching the bats outo f the living room windows at about 9.30-10pm, such a great sight…. The children loved the swallows. Our youngest loved meeting the coal man and his lorry, something you don't see in Warrington.
We will be returning again soon as we return to Cheshire totally chilled out.

26th August – 2nd September - Beavan and Goodbody families, Accrington.

Had a great time – lots of things to do. Saw hares, rabbits, shrews, bats and toads.
Buzzards, sparrowhawk, siskins, gold finches and chaffinches all round the cottage.

30th Sept – 7th Oct Deb and Steve Pritchard and dogs, Frodsham.

Another fantastic visit to this beautiful cottage… we haven't seen a drop of rain, which must be a first!
We had our own mini-display from the RAF with a number of cargo fly-pasts, along with the obligatory (and impressive) jet swoosh over the valley. Can't wait for our next visit.

22nd – 28th Oct Neil Tomlin and Family and dogs, Brough.

Home from home, warm and cosy, beautiful time. The children wrote – we especially loved the rope swing.

4th – 7th Nov Ben Holden and Family Maybole

Have had a great family meeting. Weather sunny and golden. Enjoyed a lovely walk in Kieldre Forest Park and went to see the spectacular viaduct. Had a delicious meal at The Grapes, complete with firework display outside. Thanks for the flowers and chocolate cake

18th – 21st November Sara Milan Daventry.

Had a lovely weekend. Fantastic location and the cottage perfect for us – Thank you!

9th – 13th December Mr and Mrs Benson and Terrier, Newcastle

A very well-equipped cottage tastefully decorated and set in a beautiful area of natural charm and tranquillity. We have enjoyed the peace and quiet, as has our Patterdale terrier…. Really nice bright weather, but we feel nothing could have spoilt our stay….
Look forward to returning.

23rd – 30th December Mrs Karen McGinty and Family, Swadlincote

India (aged10) wrote: it was our first visit, and I loved it…. I recommend this place for anyone!... I really enjoyed this week in Scotland.
Her sister Freya wrote: I really enjoyed this week because you can get all mucky and jump in the stream with not a care in the world! And I liked the rope swing.
The grown-ups wrote: Thank you for a lovely holiday in this delightful cottage. We all enjoyed it very much …. WE WILL BE BACK.

Trout caught at Cleuchhead

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Kirknowe

Kirknowe
8-13 July 2013 Dr Anderson. Manchester

The main thing that made our stay special was the bunch of flowers on our arrival. They were beautiful .... The view from every window is absolutely amazing .... I have also enjoyed the great stock of books on your shelves...It's been a wonderful relaxing stay.

24-31st August. Miss Jones. Hampshire.

What a special place - we have loved staying here. We'll never forget the fabulous skies, the swallows dancing around the kitchen in the morning, and the starts so bright at night.

Highlights of our stay - massed pipe bands at Floors Castle; beautiful abbeys at Jedburgh and Melrose, Robert Smail's printing works at Innerleithen; Bowhill woodland walks and adventure playground. Alnwick Castle.

14-28 September. Mrs Elkin. Nottingham.

We have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. What a fabulous house. Walking along Deere Street with such magnificent views of the hills and the mountains was breath-taking, and the thought of treading the same path as the Romans did 2000 years ago was magical.... there's a lovely river walk at Kelso, the Borders Abbeys Way.

We know for certain that we shall be back hopefully for many many more fabulous holidays.

28 September - 5th October. Dr Merry. London.

Within half an hour of arriving we were already talking about coming back, and which friends we might recommend this place to. Beautiful house and fantastic setting.

5-19 October. Mrs Klaster. Holland.

There's so much to see and do within a 50 mile radius that we hope to come back to pick up where we left off.

19-26 October. Mr and Mrs Strange. Lincoln.

What a wonderful oasis you have created at Kirknowe. The half term break has been a real tonic to charge the batteries.

We absolutely loved Abbotsford and found the factory tour at Johnston's of Elgin (in Hawick) fascinating. Plus the shop! It was fun to walk to the top of Bonchester Hill from Kirknowe ... Even better is the walk up Ruberlslaw. Truly magnificent walk and spectacular views.

26 October-2 November Miss Bradshaw. Leicestershire.

I've just spend my 50th birthday here with my family and made them walk up Ruberslaw to celebrate. thanks for the great stay.

Christmas 21-28 December 2013. Mrs Taylor. Dorset.

Wow! What a find. Thank you so very much for sharing the wonderfully unique home. We have had the perfect Christmas break.

We didn't see the restoration photographs until our last day. It's truly amazing what you have achieved here... we have wanted for nothing,the house is extremely well-equipped and we felt very welcome. P.S having a piano here was a real treat too.

New Year 2013/14 28 December - 4 January Mrs Mackie. Hertfordshire.

Very restful and relaxing week, although the weather was pretty wild and wet. Many evenings of games and drinks by the log fire. When the sun did come out, the scenery and views were quite spectacular.

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