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33 entries.
Bryony Hill Bryony Hill from KIDDERMINSTER wrote on June 26, 2024 at 1:04 pm
Well what can I say, apart from I wish we had been able to stay for longer. Came for 3 nights with my husband, sister and brother in law and my mom (we were celebrating her 80th birthday) and our 5 dogs. The weather was extremely kind to us which just added to a perfect break! Stunning views, beautiful wildlife and fabulous walking all on the doorstep. Rough top cottage ticked all the boxes for us and the dogs, super cosy but at the same time spacious with all the little details thoughtfully taken care of. The garden was a joy to be in and the field was an added bonus for the dogs to have a good run round. Thank you for having us Sandra and Brian, really look forward to coming back!!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks so much Bryony much appreciate the lovely review. Hope to see you again soon Sandra + Brian x
Kerry Saunders Kerry Saunders from Hertfordshire wrote on June 11, 2024 at 4:39 pm
I stayed with my husband and four pooches, two of which can be reactive (rescue) from 17-22nd May 24. We had an amazing stay, the cottage is perfect in a wonderful location. We had amazing weather, we were very lucky. We visited Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, Towneley Park, Singing Ringing Tree, Gaddings Dam and a few other walks nearby the cottage. Our furbabies were able to do them all, fantastic views and lots of streams for the two that love water. The cottage also has a great little dog proof garden and an attached paddock for more of a run if needed. Lovely food at The Shepherds Rest Inn & Top Brink Inn. The cottage is highly recommended, we had a fantastic time and hope to come back at some point. The owners live nearby and were very helpful when needed. Thank you once again x
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you Kerry we are sooo pleased you had a wonderful stay at Rough Top and hope to see you all again soon, Sandra & Brian x
Mia Staveley Mia Staveley from Accrington wrote on May 28, 2024 at 3:29 pm
My family were very fortunate to see the northern lights and have amazing weather during our stay. We made full use of the paddock with our 3 Whippets and 8 year son, the garden is also lovely. Really well kitted out cottage and spacious with dogs. Sandra was really welcoming and there are lots of leaflets and information on surrounding attractions and walks at the cottage. Really enjoyable and superb for dogs!!!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks so much for the glowing review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon, thanks Sandra
Janet Ulph Janet Ulph from Birtley wrote on April 25, 2024 at 4:06 pm
We had a very enjoyable stay at Rough Top cottage. The cottage is very spacious with a fabulous kitchen and boot room. It is very homely with loads of extra touches, flowers, welcome pack, dog treats and a laid fire just to mention a few. Our 3 dogs settled immediately to their comfy surroundings. Despite the awful weather, it rained for most of the week, we managed to get out and about. Hardcastle crags are great for the dogs to explore. Unfortunately we were unable to use the paddock due to wetness but utilised the well enclosed garden. Sandra and Brian are excellent hosts being on hand for any queries that arose. The views from the cottage are stunning and we spent some time watching snowy owls surveying their surroundings, amazing. A very relaxing break in beautiful surroundings for all made extra special by the care and attention of our hosts Sandra and Brian
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks so much Janet for the wonderful review -despite the weather! We hope you'll venture back again soon hopefully for a dryer week!!
Sarah Haythorn Sarah Haythorn from Kent wrote on November 19, 2023 at 2:25 pm
This was a beautiful place to stay. We donโ€™t feel the photos do justice to the beautifully spacious and wonderfully equipped kitchen. Thank you for laying out the fire for us and providing us with plenty of fuel for a very cosy stay. Bedrooms are very comfortable, bathrooms are great too. The location turned out to be perfect for exploring a magical area (with or without a dog!) and we definitely want to come back and see it all at other times of year. The views from the garden and patio are stunning. Best of all was the hosting! We felt so well looked after, it really added something special to our holiday. You just donโ€™t get such lovely personal attention on other booking platforms, and we will certainly be booking through independent Cottages again. Thank you from us all.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you Sarah & family for a great review! We look forward to welcoming you back to Rough Top xx
Annette Marshall Annette Marshall from Herne Bay wrote on October 4, 2023 at 9:13 am
Thank you so much Sandra & Brian for another lovely stay at Rough Top. Despite the weather we had a great time and discovered a few new walks including to Haworth Bridge and Waterfall and around Townley which is super for dogs. Cara & Flossie are just so happy when they are in the cottage and keep ganging up on us to ask to go for more zoomies in the paddock! Not just a โ€˜Dog Friendlyโ€™ cottage but a โ€˜Dog Homelyโ€™ cottage with all the little extras. Thank you once again and looking forward to coming back next year. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks so much Annette and family! You are great guests who look after our cottage so well, thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Best wishes Sandra + Brian
Lizzie Webster Lizzie Webster from Louth Lincolnshire wrote on August 29, 2023 at 6:29 am
We were lucky enough to find Rough Top had availability so booked it and we were certainly NOT disappointed. The cottage had everything we needed it is well equipped, comfortable and homely. It is a doggy heaven our four loved the welcome doggie bags and the use of the large paddock is a real bonus somewhere for them to let off steam! The pretty enclosed garden is a sun trap and you can relax knowing your dogs can't escape. Lots of beautiful walks from the door or only a short drive away through the beautiful countryside. Sandra you do an amazing job thank you for a fabulous holiday X
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Hi Lizzie thanks so much for a glowing review, it's a real pat on the back Sandra x
Sandra & Andy Roberts Sandra & Andy Roberts from Liverpool wrote on August 28, 2023 at 5:55 pm
Third visit to โ€œRuffโ€ Top and already hoping we can be back soon. Last minute short break this time but we all feel rested and relaxed within hours of arriving - especially our dog who sensed where we were going and got ridiculously excited when we reached the Kebs Road! If you are reading this review and thinking of going, just find the dates and book it before someone else does. Everything you could possibly need is provided - this is a 5* stay. Lots to do in the area all within a 20โ€™ or less drive. Such a dog friendly area to experience that your dog will love you even more for coming here. Hereโ€™s to our next visit! Thank you Sandra and Brian for your warm welcome as always. See you again!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Ah a huge thanks for a great review - you are fantastic guests and Jasper just loves his time with your dog Harvey. Hope to see you all again very soon x
Suzi mcdermott Suzi mcdermott from Newcastle upon tyne wrote on August 26, 2023 at 1:44 pm
Booked the cottage as a last minute holiday with our dog as camping was looking a bad idea with the weather.the booking process was easy which was great.On arrival we were shown around and you could really tell the attention to detail and love that had gone into everything there.Tipsy clearly felt at home straight away which was lovely.There was plenty of extra dog supplies and blankets which was really thoughtful.The space outside was great especially the secure garden as I felt happy knowing Tipsy could have a good wander and was safe.The cottage itself was really homely and and again everything had been thought of,from kitchen cleaning supplies to hand lotion by every sink.tea and coffee and milk for arrival was a lovely (well needed) touch.Cannot fault it and im so glad we booked.We didnt want to leave,it really felt like home ,and,if you'll have us,we most certainly will be back.xxx
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Hi Suzi thanks so much for the great review. It's always lovely to have new guests, we get lots of repeat visitors, and even better when the new guests enjoy their holiday so much and take great care of our cottage. Yes hopefully we'll see you again soon, Sandra x
jill Hughes jill Hughes from Guildford wrote on June 26, 2023 at 6:11 pm
We stayed at Rough Top Cottage for a week and the whole process was really smooth and efficient. Our two dogs Portugues Pointers loved the paddock - we bedded these two in the tiled spacious entrance hall ideal for bigger dogs. The cottage is very comfortable and well equpped plus the owners left lovely welcome gifts - at the weekend the grown up kids arrived for a big family reunion in Halifax. During our week we went to fly with witches at Pendle, to Bickerstaff where friends live [an easy trip] Hebden Bridge of course - fab time had by all
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you Jill + Steve for the kind words we very much hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Sandra + Brian x
Joanna Ferguson Joanna Ferguson from Newcastle upon Tyne wrote on May 17, 2023 at 12:12 am
We had a lovely time . Its a cottage that dogs bring their owners too. Our woofah loved the paddock and settled in the sunshine in the garden . Sandra and Brian are lovely. Had treats left for our dog and a pressie. Our doggie left a present in paddock for next visitor. I am sure they found the yellow object! Back next year!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks for the lovely review - so pleased you enjoyed your first stay at Rough Top. We look forward to seeing you all in 2024 x
Tracy Dawes Tracy Dawes from Newark wrote on April 30, 2023 at 6:34 pm
We had a wonderful week at Rough Top Cottage. It was just perfect for us and our dogs Izzy and Dave. The garden was great to sit in and was nice and secure for the dogs which is something we always look for when booking a holiday. The paddock was a bonus! A brilliant place for the dogs to run off some energy. Its the perfect place for dog owners with so many dog friendly places to visit near by. It really is a home from home and we were welcomed with treats both for us and our furkids! Thank you Sandra for a fantastic week. We would highly recommend Rough Top Cottage and we will certainly be back!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you for a wonderful review! We are always so pleased to hear that guests and their dogs have had such a great time at Rough Top. Hope to see you again soon, best wishes Sandra
Susan, Jim, Becky and Pip Susan, Jim, Becky and Pip from Co durham wrote on April 11, 2023 at 4:13 pm
We visited Rough Top cottage on the 7th April for 3 nights. We had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. The cottage is everything you could wish for and more, absolutely stunning views. Our 3 dogs were in their element in the garden and paddock, we even had a cheeky glass of wine or 2 on the patio, sun was shining AHH bliss. Thank you so much Sandra and Brian for the goodies left, even an Easter Egg. We will be back.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you so much for the glowing review Susan and Jim. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
Miriam BANISTER Miriam BANISTER from WORTHING wrote on March 2, 2023 at 4:55 pm
We stayed at Rough Top over February's half term and really wanted a home from home environment in order to reunite with family that live in Yorkshire. We had a busy but relaxing holiday involving all the important ingredients; a great location, a warm and well stocked fire and a real sense of space and tranquility. Our two Whippets absolutely thrived in the paddock and loved the local walks across stunning countryside. We are hoping to return in the summer!
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thank you for the great review Miriam! We look forward to welcoming you back to Rough Top very soon, Best wishes Sandra + Brian
Brendan & Hilary Powell + Bracken Brendan & Hilary Powell + Bracken from CROOK wrote on February 20, 2023 at 5:25 pm
We have had a wonderful relaxing weekend at Rough Top Cottage - our second visit. Although the weather was rather wet following Storm Orro, with the fire lit it was just cosy and warm and with the paddock next door, Bracken was in her element. The cottage is well appointed and thank you so much Brian and Sandra for the goodies you left and also the wood for the fire. We look forward to seeing you again in May.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks so much Hilary, Brendan and lovely Bracken for the great review. We too look forward to seeing you again in May. Best wishes until then, Sandra
Alison Rutter Alison Rutter from Lowton, Warrington wrote on November 6, 2022 at 2:14 pm
Had a fantastic weekend. Thanks so much. Just got home & tried to book for this time next year. Gutted that it is booked up. Was so quiet & relaxed. Was the best Bonfire Night we have had in a very long time. Think we are going to look at installing a log burner at home, as the dogs were so keen to snooze in front of it. ๐Ÿ˜„ Lovely walks in the area. The Paddock was a great addition. Everything we needed was provided for us. Thr dogs were relaxed. Will have to visit again soon. Thank you so much.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks Alison and family for a lovely review. I've emailed you about rebooking as it is available! It's so gratifying to have new guests especially bringing very nervous dogs and hearing just how relaxed they were and you all enjoyed your stay so much. Look forward to seeing you again soon, Sandra
Janet Edwards Janet Edwards wrote on September 26, 2022 at 6:48 pm
A really comfortable well-equipped cottage. Welcome pack included a box of border biscuits and all you would need to make a cup of tea or coffee on arrival, a bottle of wine and a packet of dog treats Hand wash, hand cream, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner were provided in both bathrooms in full size bottles. Towels were lovely, big and soft. Extra blankets were available if we needed but the cottage was well heated with the central heating, we didn't need to light the log fire. Dogs were made very welcome with a big box of things we might have forgotten to bring for them including shampoo and blankets. We felt really spoilt by all the things that were provided. Followed the footpaths to the waterfall and Bride Stones. The paddock was great for letting the dogs stretch their legs before going out for the day. Really enjoyed our stay knowing that our hosts were not too far away and could answer any of our queries. In short everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thankyou Janet for a lovely review - you were perfect guests too and we hope to welcome you back sometime soon. Best wishes Sandra
Stephen Holmes Stephen Holmes from Lanchester wrote on August 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm
A really nice but short stay at this superb cottage, beautifully equipped and spacious with excellent outside space which we unfortunately couldn't take full advantage of because of the heat but the paddock was a great bonus. The owner was extremely helpful, welcoming and had provided some very welcome gifts including wine, biscuits, milk and even birthday treats for one of our dogs. We would highly recommend Rough Top and would like to return for a longer visit if the opportunity arises.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks for the lovely review and we hope to be able to welcome you back to Rough Top very soon.
Ken Smyth Ken Smyth from Belfast wrote on July 19, 2022 at 3:55 pm
Just back from a wonderful stay at Rough Top. This was the second time staying at Rough Top and would be very happy to return once again. The cottage has everything you need and was spotlessly clean. Additional touches with the provision of tea, coffee, biscuits and even a bottle of vino were very welcome. Overall, our hosts were extremely helpful with lots of local information, whilst at the same time not being intrusive.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thanks Ken and family for the lovely review. hope to see you again soon Sandra + Brian
Brendan & Hilary Powell + Bracken Brendan & Hilary Powell + Bracken from CROOK wrote on June 6, 2022 at 10:16 am
This was our first visit to Rough Top Cottage which has been a most enjoyable time for us. The cottage is very comfortable and very well equipped. Thank you so much for all the goodies and wine left for us and also the dog hamper left for Bracken our border collie. Bracken had a wonderful time in the paddock and she was very much at home from the moment we arrived. The countryside and scenery is stunning and although we were not able to walk far at Hardcastle Crags, it was well worth the visit. We will be hoping to make a return visit during 2023. We both recommend Rough Top Cottage for a dog friendly holiday. Thank you Brian and Sandra for allowing us such a lovely relaxing break.
Admin Reply by: Sandra McNeill
Thankyou Brendan + Hilary and Bracken the border collie for such a glowing review. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Rough Top. PS we just need a photo of Bracken to join our doggie friends gallery!

February 2020 Storm Dennis

“February + storm Dennis! Weather was appalling but it is February! We did enjoy the dog walks around Todmorden, Centre Vale Park + woods – mud free for humans. Hardcastle Craggs was splendid. Best beer in Honest John’s in tod. Thanks we enjoyed our second stay Jan, Chris, Dougie + Miffy the dogs.”

New Year 2019

Thankyou for a lovely stay in your cosy cottage with fantastic views of Yorkshire countryside. Well equiped cottage and lovely and quiet – back to the rat race today. The Bell Family (Oxforshire+ Wiltshire) and little dog Boris

Christmas 2019

The Whittakers Lancashire. we had a fantastic Christmas away from home. Very comfy + homely. Lots of lovely walks with the dogs Rossi + Ollie

October 2019

Lovely place to stay. the views are amazing! Great getaway – the dog loved it too. The Bell family + Luci from Rutland

October 2019

Peter + Karen Dodd Norfolk – What a great cottage! Wonderful walks with the dogs. Hebden Bridge is wonderful. Would be great to fence in area by patio doors but we will be back.

October 2019

We really enjoyed our stay in Rough Top, very comfortable with amazing views. Managed to enjoy visits to various places in spite of heavy showers every day. The cream tea was very welcome Thank you!Wilson family Durham.

September 2019

Thankyou for the cream tea and use of your lovely cozy cottage Enjoyed our stay Lynda + Ann.

August 2019

Loved returning to this wonderful cottage. We have enjoyed some amazing walks Hurstwood/Burnsall enjoying the wonderful countryside. Our labradors just love coming here- thankyou again and we hope to see you again soon Linda + Michael Jersey, Channel Islands

August 2019

Love returning to this magical place! Much longer stay this time. Discovered many new places this time. Highly recommend the steam train at Haworth. Very relaxed now afters uch a chilled week Thankyou! Lou + Paul & Jo + Paul Chesterfield + York

August 2019

We needed a rest and break and had a brilliant week! Peaceful with wonderful views. We will definitely be back thanks for everything Jenny + Pete

June + July 2019

We had a lovely stay good weather. Lots of great walks. Good catch up place for family get togethers. Ate out at nice places thanks for the recommendations. Thanks for the yummy scones! Martin, Marie + Oliver suffolk

May 2019

Delightful stay from the cream tea welcome to the doggy extras and open fire. A stunning location and spacious cottage. Great views, weathera nd places to visit. Thankyou so much we will be back, we fancy getting “snowed in” during the winter! The Currie family + 2 dogs York.

May 2019

Loved our time here. Really clean, lovely rooms, really homely + warm welcome from hosts. We will be back for sure xx Sammi, Bethan, Ffion + Victoria- Wales
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