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The Roughley Cottage

The Roughley Cottage
Roughley Log Book up to Dec 2015
Aug 12 The Eyres Family, Melton

This was our first time at Roughley, and we all had a fantastic time... the lake was a big bonus as I enjoyed kayaking and swimming.
What a wonderful place with stunning views! A 'washing-up view' to die for! Solar panels work really well, and allowed us to have ice in the g&t!
Granny wrote - lovely holiday - great with all my family.

22nd - 29th March 2013 - The Loydell Family, Cirencester

Phoebe aged 9 wrote:
This was our first time at Roughley and hopefully not our last. We all enjoyed every minute from going on the canoes and boat and going cycling. The beds were cosy. We will miss the peace and stunning wonders of this amazing cottage. We hope we can come back. Her parents wrote:
Arrived to 6 inches of snow -everybody said we were mad to attempt the journey from Cirencester with all the news stories advising not to travel. What a wonderful cottage! We cracked open the bubbly in celebration of having made it - and settled the clan into incredibly cosy beds - us, 3 teenages, 1 nearly teenager and a 9-year old. And in the morning, wat a view! It snowed and snowed and snowed - but it didn't deter us. We broke the ice on the lake, we kayaked, we rowed against the biting wind - we didn't catch any fish!
But we ate like kings and played scrabble and cards - and did several jig-saws. We always take a 'technology detox' for one week a year, in a remote location. But this is the best - the quality of everything in the cottage is superb. From the sauce-pans to the cutlery to the bedding - everything is really well thought out...
A superb location, a superb cottage, a superb stay..... the children want to come back in the summer and catch a fish!!

5th - 12th April - The Clasper Family

The Children, Edward and Vivienne wrote:
We had a lovely time at Roughley as usual. We caught 8 fish and ate 2. We climbed the fell, and went to hermitage to see Mary. Vivienne had a great time making bird cake and learning how to crochet.

19th - 26th April - Anja and Chris, Derbyshire

Our third visit to Roughley. Different month, different experience, but fishing is still great! Willow warblers positively deafening. Wonderful stay - hope to return.

26th April - 3rd May - Maggie and Ken Hastie, Winchester

First time at Roughley - definitely not the last. Had a wonderful time. Weather insignificant due to the two fabulous fires.

17th - 24th May - Denise, Steve and Jonathan Oakman, Royston

A return visit after 17 years. Very little has changed - 'electricity' seems a good addition..... enjoyed the bird watching and seeing the otters swimming in the loch in the early morning.

24th - 31st May - The Stoddarts

Lovely to find Roughley unchanged, except for alternative power station and canoes/kayaks. Fantastic, thanks again.

31st May - 14th June - Liz and Dave Chapman and friends and dog, Eastbourne

This is our first stay at Roughley.... I instantly fell in love with the cottage and location. My husband was a little more cautious.... But with 2 days he is equally hooked. Recommendations - The Grapes (Newcastleton) good meals, very friends. Hawick - lucky enough to see the Common Riding, a real spectacle. Nice food at Turnbull's. good lunches at Copshaw Kitchen and The Olive Tree.

14th - 21st June 2013 - Colin and Janice MacKenzie, Fife

Arrived in the rain. Weather improved for the rest of the week.... Had a glorious walk chilling out.

8 - 14th July - Steve and Karen Elkin and dog Bobby

They returned after 12 years to find various improvements.
In 2001, our last visit on a belated honeymoon, we had to struggle trying to light the gas mantles and remember to take a torch with us in case we returned late..... the addition of electricity has made The Roughley an even better place to escape from the rat race. We've had 14 days of glorious sun.... Had fun watching all the house martins.... The observatory at Kielder is a place to visit - saw Saturn - BRILLIANT
The view at the top of the mountain is a must.
Saw a badger, and a red squirrel on a bird feeder in the garden of a house along Steele Road. Both of these I've only seen on TV before.
As ever, got settled very quickly at The Roughley, and we're all saddened to leave.

19-26th July - Jane, James, Jamie, Samuel and Daisy Poynton

Had a great week. All the children (aged 8, 11 & 13) learned to Kayak, and we spent most of the week on or at the loch.

Emily, vivas and Friends, and nephew and neice

Three weeks have flown by, Highlights included a ride on a neighbours train, 500th anniversary of Flodden cavalcade, walk to Lock Skene, 50th Birthday bubbly at the top of Arnton Fell, blackcurrant and raspberry harvest. A marvellous time had by all!

23-28th August 13 - The Clasper Family

Another fantastic week here. Weather was good, the children enjoyed running free in the fields. Fishing excellent, and the bird table as entertaining as usual Vivienne wrote:
We had a great time at The Roughley. We caught 15 fish and ate two of them.

The Clasper Family came for their 20th visit 4-13th April 2014
Son Edward wrote: Here to celebrate Mum and Dad's 31st wedding anniversary. We had a lovely time at The Roughley as always.
Parents wrote: See you in the summer!

Ray and Claire Wallace-Watson and dogs from Newcastle 18-24th April

Our third week at Roughley and another lovely time. Friends from Basingstoke joined us for Easter and loved the whole Roughley package.
We went to the folk night at The Grapes in Newcastleton - (4th Tuesday each month). An enjoyable evening of music, story-telling and politics - the later was kept light-hearted.

James Lucas and Party 9-16th May 2014 (from Nottingham)

Our first visit to Roughley and not sure what to expect. Had a great time free from mobiles, TV, the internet etc etc. How quiet life is here.

Explored the farmland and surrounding area and played Swallows and Amazons on the lake with Barnacle (the rowing boat) ... Enjoyed touring round Kielder, finding some geocaches on our way. Google it when you can - we did.
Evenings spent around the fire chatting, playing games or reading. Who needs a TV?? Back to basics, but a really fantastic relaxing week. How nice it is to wake to the gentle sounds of the countryside rather than the traffic of city life.

Liz and Dave Chapman and dog, 20th - 29th June

The nice thing about returning to Roughley is that we haven't felt the need to go out sightseeing as we did most of the local sights in our two weeks last year. So apart from re-visiting some favourites we've enjoyed pottering about here, drinking in the view, walking and fishing.
We've enjoyed meals at The Grapes and Copshaw Kitchen (in Newcastleton), Quiz Supper....Bingo at the Liddesdale Hotel and won �14!

Thank you to Dr Kennedy at the Health Centre who 'operated' on Katrina when her first attempt at fly-fishing resulted in a fly stuck in her arm.

Thank you for our lovely week. Such a great place to relax and unwind....we leave with regret, but wonderful memories

Janet Stokes, 8th - 11th July
Back again to Roughley - just a 3 day break - lovely as always.
Karen and Andrew Byrne and dog. 11th - 18th July

Our second time at Roughley, the first being in March - so a completely different experience this time. As comfy and cosy as before...... the blossom was a lovely touch.

Jane Poynton and Party from Leicester. 18th - 25th July

What a wonderful second visit to Roughely. Fantastic weather, breath taking scenery and lots of fun on the loch. So peaceful, and so many birds.

Terry mason and Party from Chester-le-Street. 25th July - 1st August

Lovely week away from the annoyances of modern life. Great fun on the loch with the kayaks, barnacle (the rowing boat), and even the odd swim.

Many hours spent watching 'Bird TV' from the front window; only one channel but hugely entertaining. Delighted to see the last swallows fledge on the 31st - there wasn't much room left in the nest. Update 1st August - Swallow back in nest. 7 Stanes bike tracks described as amazing, and we all enjoyed the walks around Newcastleton, especially Ozzie the dog.

Nic and Kate Van Verjin on Honeymoon. 2nd - 4th August

We've had 2 wonderful days up in the cottage after our wedding. We love the views and how cosy this place is.

David Turner, Hull, 26th - 28th September 2014

What an amazing place. Many thanks, we hope to return one day.

Martin Quak, Waverveen, Holland, December 27th - 2nd January 2015

We did not manage to arrive before dark, and couldn't wait till sunrise to see the beautiful views and looks of the cottage. We were lucky to have had snowy landscape and sunny light the first day. Walked up the hill with our Scottie dogs who loved the snow. Lovely cottage, great views, wonderful surroundings.

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Cleuchhead

Cleuchhead
19th June - 3rd July 2015 - Sue and Graham Folwell, Rugby

A lovely peaceful relaxing time - came for a week - stayed for a fortnight.

10th - 17th July 2015 - Misha Donnan-Thompson, Dollar

A fantastic cottage to sit and relax in. I enjoyed the peaceful surroundings here at Cleuch head Cottage. Thanks for a great holiday week.

25th July - Mrs Parfit, Norwich

Children Wrote: This is the best cottage ever, and one day sheep were in the garden. Wheel swing was cool and our adventure in the wood was cool. The books were amazing and thank you for a good holiday.
Christerfa, Deana, Julia, Darron, Anne, Geoff, Jessica, Libby and Owen

18-25th September - Geoff Emson, Birmingham

I sit here imagining the steam trains working hard up the bank - that's the attraction for me! I love the solitude with just sheep, rabbits, hares and birds for company.

30th October - 1st November - Christopher Smith and Friends, Houghton-le-Spring

Wonderful stay here at Cleuchhead. Hope to return soon - well equipped, beautiful house with stunning views. Map in the kitchen was very useful for us. (this is a large framed map of the south of Scotland C.1900)

27-29th November - Mrs Holden and Family, Maybole

Beautiful cottage with great paintings, comfortable furniture and very pretty rugs. Braved the wind and rain and took a dip in the pond - freezing but exhilarating! Wind, rain lashing, burn in spate but we were lovely and warm here - my families from Ayrshire, Perth, Dunbar, Baldersdale and Aberdeen all met for the weekend. Thank you for a warm welcome.
Euphan Stewart wrote: The perfect house for our family weekend - spacious enough for music in one (three of us play the fiddle), games of cards and monopoly in another, and my neice still managed to find a quiet place to study for her exams!

21st - 29th December - Mrs Gatliffe, Preston

Our 3rd visit - Cottage peaceful, well-equipped and clean. Weather terrible, but still enjoyed ourselves.

Mrs Ocal from Turkey, 4th - 11th July 2014

Thank you for our wonderful stay in your cosy and comfortable cottage. The books, pictures and rugs were a particular pleasure.

Deb & Steve Pritchard, Cheshire 15th - 22nd May 2015

This marked our 14th year of coming to Cleuchhead. Needless to say we absolutely love it here in this comfortable cottage... We can't wait until our next visit!

The Casserley Family, 22nd - 29th May

A fantastic retreat, great for giving the kids freedom (mainly to fly kites!) We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and managed a bit of telescope use even though the sky didn't seem to want to play.

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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