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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Second time back and i missed the place once i left to return home.

The owners are lovely people and will help you out with anything.

The cottages are simply perfect and need for nothing. I love the daily coal and wood collecting for the fire.

Heidi and sadie are sweet dogs and i loved having them in the cottage with my son and our dog.

Morning view are glorious

Situation bliss and peaceful allowing you to feel a million miles away from daily life.

A games room and seasonal swimming pool attached to entertain everyone.

Thank you again Andrew and Susan and i will be returning.

Leigh Mckay , my son and our dog Heidi x

Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 23 August 2016

Hello Leigh
Thank you for your review.
Andy and Susan

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Reviewed 26 January 2016

This is a hidden gem and when I say hidden, I mean hidden. Do not follow satnav's as they may lead you elsewhere. It took us a long time after taking many wrong turns to find the place, we even began to wonder if the place did actually exist!. Once we did find the place, the private road down to the farm was a very bumpy and cringeworthy track, as our car is quite low based, it was not a comfortable drive. Taking the drive very slowly was the way to go. We did witness in the days we were there, others in a little corsa and others that managed the drive quickly back and forth through the day, however we still chose to take it slow. Many, many potholes, but we did notice that on some days, that hardcore had been added to help, which was appreciated. A 4x4 vehicle would be advised but not necessary if you take is easy. The road/track down to the cottages is the only down side and the only reason why I haven't marked the overall rating as Excellent.
We stayed at Hope Syke cottage. We were greeted by Andrew and several friendly dogs who were eager to meet our two dogs.
Dogs are free to explore completely, which was just perfect for our two dogs. They loved the freedom and enjoyed the daily meet ups with the residential dogs, who often came into our cottage in the mornings and evenings to say hello. When were were packing up the car to leave, one of our dogs, ran back down to the cottage and tried to hide, she really loved it and really didn't want to leave. Both our dogs were rescues at one time and the stay here we saw their confidence grow in leaps and bounds.
The cottage was homely and very cosy and just perfect for our needs. There was a cake left waiting for us on our arrival which was a lovely touch by the owners. We arranged for our weekly shopping to be delivered by Tesco, which I might add we were really surprised that they delivered so far out!
My hub got to make fire every evening, which was entertaining in itself :) All wood and materials for the fire were stacked in the cottage and for more, twas just a short walk up the path for more.
On evenings when venturing outside the cottages, you may wish to watch where you step as the ground was covered in frogs and toads of all sizes, this did entertain us, as our two dogs were completely baffled by them :)
The place is totally off grid, no internet, wifi or mobile phone connection which was complete bliss! There is an indoor swimming pool and a games room with darts and a snooker table.
The nights are very quiet and the sunsets are just beautiful! With no light pollution, the stars just fill the sky above, just stunning.
If you want a place to completely get away from the rat trap and re-vitalise your mind and want to give your dogs a real treat of a holiday, this is the place for you!

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 23 August 2016

Thank you for your review. The drive can be bad during the winter because of the weather but the pot holes do get filled up periodically throughout the year! The corsa will be our 19 year old son's who had a theory if you drove fast through the potholes you didn't feel them!
Andy and Susan

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Reviewed 5 January 2016

Spent the new year (30th Dec - 2nd Jan) at the cottages (The Byre) and had a lovely time. The location and surroundings were fantastic with great views and plenty of places to visit and explore nearby. The cottage itself was awesome big enough for 4 of us as well as being very clean. We also had the use of the games room and swimming pool. The owners were most welcoming and very helpful, I would definitely recommend the cottages as a place to stay.

Date of stay: December 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

Found scotchcoulthard by chance looking for dog friendly holidays last year we went for the first time in august 2014 and since then we have been back 5 times.
The host's Susan and Andrew are lovely anything that you are not happy with just let them know and they will sort it out.
The farm is prefect for dogs also for walking and cyclists i have just boked another week next year.
We have only stayed in two of the cottages but they are clean and tidy and if you like dogs as we do there are 5 who live on the farm and they will come and see you and make themselves at home if you let them.
as for the farm track it's like that to slow people down when there is dog's also sheep running about.

Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

We have recently returned from a four night stay where we stayed in the Byre. We were visiting friends and wanted something different to the usual Premier Inn stay. Our search criteria involved a cottage with a pool and that is indeed what we got.
First impressions were good - set away from the rest of the world north of the military road and then down a track to the farm itself.
Yes it is a bumpy road with potholes but its a farm track if you want a tarmac drive stick to a city hotel - as long as you are not trying to be Tony Pond in his TR7 you can manage it in the dark as we did on four occasions in a hybrid non 4 wheel drive.
We were greeted by I think four dogs which we didnt mind as its a. a working farm and b. they make no bones about having dogs on site and we enjoyed having them around.
The worrying site was of building work being undertaken which resulted in the games room being unusable which was a shame as that was one of the draws to the property.
Dogs are allowed in the rooms but you dont need to worry about wet dog smells as the rooms are clean - apart from above head height where endless cobwebs exist. The Byre is very well set out with a large living room diner and burner to provide ambiance and warmth. Bedrooms are of a good size easily accommodating my wife and I and our three children. The beds are more than firm the double is set on a base of off cut timber - the other beds similar firmness with the exception of the small third bed which was perfect - three bears!!
The equipment in the cottage is dated but all works well - we only used the cooker for breakfasts and it was fine.
The only gripe is the shower which due to the water being fed from a natural spring has no power at all - a pump is to be fitted shortly but it made for a frustrating time. The water however was piping hot and to drink made you realise what rubbish the water companies put into our domestic supply.
We paid extra for the heating of the pool and the children took a daily dip. The pool area needs tidying - not sure if it is a work in progress or not but it does have potential.

The farm itself is ideally set and we took use of the nearby wood to walk through and climb trees a great way to pass an hour or so.
We had daily wake ups from Sadie the Jack Russell scratching at the door wanting the children to play which was brilliant - i am now having to turn down requests from them to get either a Lab or a Jack Russell for home.
That being said you do have to be careful of their deposits around the courtyard and grassed area - i did have to throw away the mats in the back of the car as a result of trodden in poo.
Weighing it up a mark of 3/5 is probably right for our visit and would have been 4/5 if the building work was complete and the shower had been sorted.
It is definitely worth a visit and if a dark sky is what you are after we had two clear nights and they were amazing. It is a very relaxing place to be.

Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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