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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We visited last week 2 adults and 2 young children. The cottage itself was lovely very roomy upstairs and lots of garden for the children to play. Sue and family were lovely and so were the farm dogs. The children cried when we left as they missed Sadie!
We booked this cottage with the view of using the swimming pool and games room a lot, unfortunately the swimming pool was very unclean (not the usual wear and tear of tiles), there was grass floating in top of it and in the corners muck had collected beneath the surface, the games room hadn't been hoovered or cleaned for a while, the floor was filthy with dust and dirt and smelt very musty.
Me and my husband have over 60 flea bites on us which we presume are from our bedroom, my husband suffers with bites and currently looks like he's caught chicken pox!
I feel for the money we paid that it wouldn't have been much effort to try to be a bit more clean and also we found ourselves picking up the poo from the farm dogs so our children didn't step in it on a daily basis.
This holiday is a perfect 'walkers retreat' but wouldn't recommend it to families.

Date of stay: June 2017
1  Thank emman782
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Just back from a week at Scotchcoulthard - stayed in Hope Sike cottage with our three dogs. Susan and Andy are really lovely and made us so welcome. The cake she left for us on arrival was just delicious and we took slices out with us every day on our walks. The cottage is small but perfectly fine for two people -not to mention three retrievers! We were joined on some walks with Sadie and Heidi, two of their dogs and we couldn't stop laughing at Sadie's antics. Totally recommend this for a get away from it all holiday.Will definitely try to fit in another visit next year. Highly recommended if you like peace and quiet, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes. Just wish we'd packed swimming costumes to take advantage of the lovely indoor pool - next time!

Room tip: we loved Hope Sike but only good for a couple. Other cottages best for families
Date of stay: April 2017
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3  Thank deepbluefoers
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We have stopped at Scotchcoulthard loads of times its great to get away into the fantastic countryside of Northumberland.
We always welcomed by one or all the farm dogs
we stopped in Hawthorn cottage which was one of the bigger cottages and there was everything you need and more.Andy & Susan have just got some chicken so we had fresh eggs for breakfast which was nice.
Are dog max loves the place it's not just us who need a break to get away.Looking forward to are next time

Room tip: take extra dog treats
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank alankaz2015
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

we went back to Scotchcoulthard for a week in February this year we got there just before the snow started and I glad we did as I never stopped when we got into hope syke the fire was on so glad it was.it was the first time we have been when it had snowed and I was great to see max are dog enjoying it as he has never seen it before. we also taking are friends with us who stopped in the brye cottage but they stayed three nights and enjoyed the place

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank alankaz2015
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

We did worry that maybe we would be too isolated, so only booked 5 day stay. Next time it will be longer. Previous visitors had left lists of dog friendly pubs and restaurants locally, which was very handy.

Lovely that our dog could wonder freely and that the farm dogs were welcoming to him. We could open the door and walk him for miles without getting in the car, sometimes the farm dogs came with us, which we enjoyed.

We had wanted to see the Dark Sky, unfortunately we chose the longest day of the year, obviously we had not thought that one through! Next time we will go earlier or later in the year.

There were 11 dogs on site when we visited, being dog lovers we welcomed them all into our cottage and left the door open. Something that you may want to consider if you are not that much of a dog lover.

Only thing we were short of was a baby gate to keep our dog out of the bedroom and had to use dining chairs. The cottage otherwise was very well equipped the very clean. Could recommend Scotch Coulthard to anyone.

Date of stay: June 2016
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3  Thank scott26b
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Susan S, Owner at Scotchcoulthard Self-Catering Holiday Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope if you come back you will have more luck with the skies! We do have a baby gate for dogs so let us know next time you are here if you would like it. I never though to mention it in the welcome pack so will now include it!
Andy and Susan

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