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The Roughley Cottage, Summer 2016

The Roughley Cottage
April 16 - Moira Fisher wrote

The Queen has Balmoral – so thankful Moira has Roughley!
3 sleeps without phone, internet and the real world - bliss!
Instead, vino, candles, fire and total peace of Roughley.
Thank you – first class.

22nd – 29th April 16 - Ray and Claire Wallace-Watson from Newcastle

Our fourth week at Roughley. This time to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Snow on the ground as we depart – a first here for us. A big thank-you to Toby for showing us round the cattle and lambing sheds – we are looking forward to tasting the home-produced sirloin. Thank you again for another wonderful week.

17th – 24th June 16 - Meredith Andrew from Toronto, with friends

We ate 'solstice pie' on the 21st when we also read a mid-summer's eve ghost story from 'Strange Tales of the Scottish Borders' (Canonbie Dick …… chilling!) and jumped over a candle.
…..we have loved it here. I f I lived closer I know we would become some of your perennial guests. Thanks so much for making and keeping Roughley Cottage the way it is. PS We had a long swim!

24th June – 8th July 16 - Gordon and Catherine Benson

Two weeks have flown by! Roughley has again helped us unwind from what has been a very sad year so far, and we are 'recharged' ready to start afresh.
Our 5 year old Patterdale has found his little slice of paradise, and will miss it, if dogs can miss things?
The fishing has been great!! As I write the count is 98.
Thanks to Toby, Emma, Jamie, Carolyn and last but not least Ian for his friendly banter and his lessons on shepherding and mole hunting.
See you again.

12-19 August - The McKelvey Family – East Boldon

The McKelveys organised their own Olympics, with competitions in various catagories from Knitting and reading to fishing and swimming.
Son Tom wrote – I had a great time at the cottage Kayaking, reading and attempting to fish and fly a kite. I can't wait for the next time we come.
Daughter Penny said – I had a brilliant time and would love to come again.
Jonathan said – Idyllic time – no internet, computers or TV.
Lucy said – The biggest problem with Roughley is having to leave at the end of the week.
We all love it here so much – absolute heaven.

19th Aug – 2nd September - Heather Lyons from Swansea

I enjoyed two weeks of much needed solitude here at Roughley. I loved the spacious views, the skies, the silence and swimming with the swallows most days.
(then her friend arrived for a week) – the weather deteriorated but we walked and explored and enjoyed the fire. Thank you – it has been a peaceful and restorative stay in a beautiful area.

9th – 16th September - Alison Dawes from Norwich

Done lots of walking, sheep whispering, painting, cooking, lazing about, fishing and reading. Fabulous week here – returning home fully relaxed and in love with Roughley. A huge thank-you to the housekeeper, Roughley was absolutely immaculate when we arrived and I bet it isn't the easiest place to prepare.
Alison recommended Elliot's butchers in Newcastleton – had fab rib-eye and chicken.

16th - 23rd September - Gordon and Cath Benson from Newcastle upon Tyne

Roughley has once again helped us rewind, relax and recharge…… Can't wait to come back.

23rd – 30th September - Phil and Kate Moores and Friend from N Yorkshire

Another happy week of fires, food and fizz, running, stomping, lazing, fish watching, enjoying a sunny day on the boathouse deck…. One of us made an art studio in the honeysuckle room.

The lovely nerines lasted longer than the wine!! Back again soon – really want to do this more than once a year

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Cleuchhead 2016 to 2017

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.

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

Trout caught at Cleuchhead

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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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