We rented this property for a "special" birthday so that family and friends could get together in a relaxed setting. The house was perfect as it is full of character, spacious, warm, comfortable and extremely well equipped. Great to never run out of mugs, glasses, plates or cutlery. The setting is beautiful, with walks down to the river, and an abundance of birds visiting the feeder. We were particularly delighted to see nuthatches so close to hand. Once we got used to the Aga we really enjoyed using it, and it created a wonderfully cosy atmosphere in the kitchen. There are lots of things to do in the area and something for everyone whether it is walking, golfing or visiting historic sites and buildings.
Lorraine and Alastair - you made us feel very welcome, thank you for a brilliant week!
We booked Rothley Lodge for a multigenerational family holiday.The owner has thought of everything so you don’t need to bring lots of equipment.The kitchen is well equipped making self catering easy. It was lovely cooking on an AGA again and Mary Berry’s AGA Cookbook is provided if you’ve never used one. Its isolated, rural position makes for a tranquil,relaxing break. The beds and furniture are very comfortable. The children loved playing in the grounds in the tree house and large basket swing.The owners are very helpful but don’t hover.They went out to find my parents when they couldn’t find the property! I would definitely book again if planning another break for a large party.
We couldn’t believe our good fortune staying for a week in the home where my mother and her siblings grew up.
It was a family pilgrimage from Australia to remember our parents who were married in the nearby Cambo church in 1951. The day we visited Cambo happened to be the Village Fair where we met so many delightful locals who made us feel very welcome.
The grounds of Rothley Lodge are serene with the soft twittering of birds leading down to Hart Burn with a quaint bridge and weir with water gently trickling over mossy rocks.
Belsay Hall also quite close by was well worth the visit, seeing the beautiful gardens and the magnificent Quarry Garden with fantastic trees and shrubs.
Damian & Lorraine were charming, very friendly and shared stories of their renovation of the Lodge which is finished to a high standard. The AGA stove was a hit and used several times over the week. Lorraine has supplied every possible kitchen appliance you could need.
Rothley Lodge is perfect for a luxury stay with extended family as there is plenty of room with a large dining room and sitting room plus eat-in kitchen allowing all the family to sit and eat together whilst there is also space for those moments when you don't necessarily all want to be together. The whole house is immaculate and beautifully decorated - the kitchen is especially impressive with everything you could possibly need from Nespresso coffee maker to a stunning blue Aga in pristine condition. Lorraine and Damian are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble. We loved the fresh eggs every day. My daughters were encouraged to play the piano and am not sure why others have commented on blinds as certainly not an issue for us. A really lovely Christmas with wonderful family memories.