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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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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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