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Roughley Cottage

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Newcastleton, Scottish Borders Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastically peaceful and remote though cosy and comfortable inside."

    Roughley is the perfect 'get away from it all'

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2023

  • "We love our family time at Roughley."

    Fishing, kayaking, swimming, reading, games, eating and drinking. Gorgeous countryside even when it rains. Already booked for next year. Fingers crossed for sunshine

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "Thank you for sharing your beautiful holiday cottage."

    We had such a wonderful time as a family of three generations. We have only great things to say about our stay and look forward to returning. It would have been helpful to know beforehand that we wouldn't be able to plug anything in (we brought a hand held blender to make the baby's food with and a slow cooker with us) it wasn't a problem but we wouldn't have brought them had we known. It would also have been good to know there us a small freezer so a couple of updated notes on skyes website would be good.

    Reviewed by Sadie4.7Jun 2023

  • "Stopped in this beautiful cottage in May and have to say its now a favourite of ..."

    Stopped in this beautiful cottage in May and have to say its now a favourite of ours, lovely cottage in a stunning location with a beautiful private lake, weather was good so being able to have a barbecue every night was just perfect with the views, I do have to say though please fix the road leading up to the cottage I did damage the underside of my car due to how rough the road is, and would be nice to have a regular plug in living room just for simple things like charging cameras etc that aren't USB, I'd love to go back

    Reviewed by Graeme4.4May 2023

  • "Fabulous location away from it all."

    Love the addition of the dart board, new boats and paddle board as well as the recent refurbishments. It’s our home away from home!

    Jul 2021

  • "Roughley is our favourite place to go and after over 20 years of going there it still doesn’t disappoint."

    The improvements to the bathroom and kitchen have made a huge difference without taking away the charm of Roughley. Excellent

    Jul 2021

  • "Two weeks of switching off."

    Bliss. Had family over both weekends for the day. All loved it here. Fishing has been challenging but really good fun. 41 landed…..some lovely brownies included. Some beautiful sunny days with clear starry nights have made this once again (it was their 8th visit) a great 38th anniversary treat….we will be back

    Oct 2019

  • "Back again (8th or 9th time) for some relaxation and family time."

    Lovely to see nothing ever changes – just a tweak here and there. Jet our collie loves his walks and mastered getting in the canoes with the kids. Zoe wrote: Out of the great things you can do here I have decided to crochet trousers and shoes and a top for my best toy. I also went in the river at the bottom of the twinning field. It was very fun, and I loved it. We had a few wonderful sunny days after 1 week of being wild and crazy. It was so fun and the weather didn’t bother me because I like the cold. Her sister Charlotte wrote: The two weeks with my family and the amazing Roughley cottage have really made my summer holiday

    Aug 2019

  • "We have been to this cottage many times."

    It’s just a peaceful place. We love this cottage.

    Aug 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, especially with the fire blazing."

    Gloriously remote. Had the company of owls at the start of the week, and were serenaded to sleep by the chicks’ feeding songs. We think they have flown the nest now. Allan wrote: The Roughley is a taking place, as it takes your worries and cares and leaves you as you again. Come here, forget the outside world and become yourself again. If that’s too hard, don’t worry, the Roughley will do it for you without you even knowing.

    Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic week spent here at Roughley."

    Rowing, paddling, fishing, swimming and just generally playing about on the water. What fun! The cottage is so cosy and welcoming. Our two girls (aged 7 + 5) loved the swing, loch and boathouse and are already planning our return visits. Barn owls very active – feeding their young at night which made for interesting noises in the downstairs bedroom.

    Jul 2019

  • "As always, just what we needed."

    Peace and quiet, apart from the barn owls at night. Books read, crib learnt, fishing, kayaking, walking and swimming.

    Jul 2019

  • "Second time here for a week of family fun, Jake caught a small brown trout followed by Sam with a bigger rainbow."

    We ate both cooked on the BBQ with garlic, lemon and dill. Delicious! We brought our paddleboard…. Harry and Chris were brave enough to swim… We saw the beautiful barn owls Great to spend time together in fabulous countryside. See you next year

    Jul 2019

  • "We had many meals outside on the new pinic bench and sunbathed."

    We had a really fab and relaxing time.

    May 2019

  • "Saw the Barn Owl most nights."

    He/she is very beautiful. 20 fish caught 4-6lb. 1 Eaten.

    May 2019

  • "First time at Roughley, we wanted a remote cottage and definitely got that!"

    ... we totally wound down (it) was definitely what the doctor ordered... thank you for letting us stay in your peace of paradise.

    Apr 2019

  • "Most peaceful, relaxing place."

    Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful location in a cosy cottage."

    The fire makes the living room delightful to sit and relax in. Our boys (7 & 9) loved the kayaks and even swam! My brother enjoyed fishing each day in his own loch. Perfect family holiday if you want to get away from technology.

    Aug 2018

  • "Roughley Cottage is an amazing place to stay."

    The accommodation is very comfortable and the location unbeatable. We will return, as usual, next year.

    Aug 2018

  • "We left with the swallows in the autumn and returned with them in the spring."

    On Monday evening we had a trout fresh from the loch – smoked over oak chippings on the barbecue, eaten outside on a beautiful balmy spring night watching the sun go down beyond the hill. Another Roughly memory for the dream back of the mind. 16 fish caught ½ lb- 6lb – all returned but one.

    May 2018

  • "Another great time at Roughley – coal fires, cards, reading, walking and of course fishing."

    Visit number five and still as magical as the first. Good to see the resident brown trout are breeding. First time here to see the cute newborn lambs – each season here has something new to offer

    Apr 2018

  • "Charlotte aged 11 wrote: I really enjoyed relaxing around Roughley and spending time on the hills, fields and the loch."

    I especially enjoyed going out on the rowing boat and fishing. I would definitely like to come to Roughley again. Zoe aged 9 wrote: My highlight of the Roughley was probably the frogs. I enjoyed picking them up… I liked exploring the field. The sheep are so cute to look at out the window. I have been coming here since I was a tiny baby. I love roughly cottage. PS Felting is fun making it out of sheep’s wool. Jem aged 14 wrote: I liked the two creeks here. I enjoyed canoeing… Their parents wrote: Lovely relaxing roughly! Our sixth visit in 11 years and this place has retained its charm. Long lie-ins, dog walks, including up to the stone circle, canoeing, fishing (several caught and released) games in the evening, reading, bliss… Thank you for preserving this little sanctuary. Thank you also to Pete and Liz for letting the kits feed the lambs – very special.

    Mar 2018

  • "Definitely away from it all with no internet or mobile telephone coverage."

    Oldie worldie but very comfortable and well equipped. LED lighting with no power for anything other than the fridge. Lovely loch with good fishing, kayaks and a small rowing boat. Scenery and isolation magnificent.

    Aug 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size, 2 x twins
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open-plan living space with dining area and sitting area with open coal fire.
  • Oil fired central heating with open coal fire
  • Gas oven, grill and hob, fridge
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Gardens, open countryside, boathouse, canoes and life vests
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6.1 miles, pub 6.2 miles.
  • Note: There is no mains electric (no electrical sockets) TV or WiFi at the cottage
  • Note: Children should be supervised at all times due to terrain and there being a ravine 75 yards from the property
  • Note: In the winter access can be difficult due to terrain
  • A 4 X 4 is advisable but at your own risk
  • Note: Dogs should be kept under control at all times due to adjoining open farmland
  • Note: If you use the canoes then you do so at your own risk
  • Note: Due to the remote nature of the cottage mobile phone coverage is often limited or unavailable

The property

Newcastleton 5.1 miles.

For the ultimate rural retreat in a stunning lochside setting, Roughley Cottage near Newcastleton on the Scottish Borders, is the perfect location and is ideal for a family or group of friends looking to get away from it all.

Inside, the accommodation is rustic and well-presented and provides a great base from which to explore the wonders of the Scottish Borders.

The open-plan living space boasts original features such as solid wood flooring, wood panelling, and a feature open fireplace, making it the perfect place to curl up together, get warm in front of the fire and plan your activities.

The kitchen is basic but has all the facilities needed to create delicious food for the whole holiday party and the bedrooms are all suitably cottagey with feature fireplaces and large windows maximising the stunning views of the open countryside.

It is all about the outdoors at Roughley Cottage with the property boasting its own loch and boathouse so why not take out a canoe or go fishing?

You never know – you might see an otter on the loch!

There are so many walks, hikes and bike rides available on the doorstep and there is nowhere better to be at sunrise and sunset than here where the countryside offers a simply sublime backdrop.

The nearest village to the cottage is Newcastleton, a picturesque village in the Liddesdale Valley which is steeped in history and boasts its own hermitage castle.

The area is known for its outdoor activities offering including mountain biking trails, fishing, walking, wildlife watching and an outdoor adventure centre.

Other places worth visiting include Kielder Observatory, Leaplish Waterside Park and Walby Farm Park, and Gretna Green and Carlisle are just a short drive away.

If you are looking for a countryside retreat to get away from it all with walks, hikes and trails on the doorstep, then Roughley Cottage is the holiday destination for you.

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About the location


Hawick 21 miles; Carlisle 24 miles.

The village of Newcastleton, sits just a few miles from the border of Scotland with England, in the Liddesdale Valley. It was founded in 1793 by the Duke of Buccleuch ('Buckloo’) and is also known as Copshaw Holm, or The Holm. Founded to create a centre for the weaving trade in the area, over time, Newcastleton attracted other trades including farmers, carpenters and shoe makers. Further development occurred with the arrival of the railway in the late 1800s, when the famous Waverley Line journeyed from Edinburgh to Carlisle. Historically a region of strife dating from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century, the subsequent Norman invasion and the cross border battles between English and Scots, Liddesdale is at the centre of what was known as The Debatable Lands. The village today is little changed, and is famous for the nearby Hermitage Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots met her secret lover the 4th Earl of Boswell, and the ruin offers an imposing and spectacular sight filled with intrigue. The village is also popular with tourists due to its range of outdoor activities, which include mountain biking on the 7stanes trails, fishing, walking, wildlife watching, and an outdoor adventure centre. A vibrant and exciting holiday destination for all the family.

Note: There is no WiFi or mains electric (no electrical sockets) at the cottage.
Note: Children should be supervised at all times due to terrain and there being a ravine 75 yards from the property.
Note: In the winter access can be difficult due to terrain.
Note: Dogs should be kept under control at all times due to adjoining open farmland.
Note: If you use the canoes then you do so at your own risk.
Note: Due to the remote nature of the cottage mobile phone coverage is often limited or unavailable
Note: £60 charge per week per rod and it’s fly fishing only with barb-less hooks and guests are allowed to eat one but then catch and release.
Note: The track is suitable for most cars but please drive slowly with caution.
Note: If you are bringing a vehicle other than a car, please contact us to discuss the suitability for the terrain.
Note: A 4 X 4 is advised in Winter months but this would be at your own risk.
Note: Weekly bookings must begin on Fridays. Short breaks can begin on Friday or Monday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter