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New silage wrap…………..greener farming……

Well, at Ross Farm we are always looking for innovative ways to do things better, be forward thinking and proactive, improve how we do things, and review our impact on the countryside, environment and the farm. So……….for our second cut of grass / silage we were going to make it into the large round bales

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Green Tourism – Silver Award

Ross Bay Retreat & Overdale Cottage A qualified assessor for Green Tourism undertook a Green Check for the above named site. This is a summary of the activities being undertaken on site in relation to the Green Tourism criteria. This Green Check report is a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable

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Scottish Thistle Awards – West Regional Finalist.

Ross Bay Retreat – Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist – West Region We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised and shortlisted as a Scottish Thistle Award Regional Finalist for the West Region 2019/2020. A massive thank you to all our lovely guests we have had staying with us over the last five

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The cottages…….

We have now had Byre by the Sea opened for a few weeks and got over a few little teething problems…….we have a few bookings for next year too so that makes us smile.  This weekend we see the Tour of Britain cycling race ending in Kirkcudbright so that should be a spectacle not to

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Autumn is approaching…….

Well down here at Ross, someone has switched the button to say the Summer sunshine and heat is off and the winds of Autumn are here…….its not cold though I have to say.  We have been sorting cattle here on the farm, the pedigree limousins should be in calf due to calve in Springtime.  We

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Great scenery…..

Just doing that lovely summertime job of going around the animals out on the fields with the camera in tow as the sun is shining………… We are split for choice for a lovely photo to use but this secret little alcove / mini bay is just so cute…….could just sit there and listen to the

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Our own design…………….

Well, we are always looking for ways to improve what we do here at Ross Bay Retreat, and we thought how about designing our own whiteware? Because life is better by the sea….   thats our thought, and we felt that our guests may just smile when they pick up a mug or enjoy their

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It is ready……Byre by the Sea……

Yay……..at last we have completed Byre by the Sea…..we have really enjoyed our latest project and are super pleased with the finish.  We have receive lots of help from all of our trades folk and everyone has worked hard to make it happen.  We have spent a fortune……….proud to say all locally so benefitting local

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Biodiversity, linking farming and the environment………..

How is that for a lovely photo, even if I do say so myself………….the Ross peninsular really encourages you to take the camera on a trip around the animals out grazing the land, its a lovely job on a sunny day but as many of you will know when the wind is blowing and horizontal

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Silage time……….

It soon comes around, grass grown and ready to be cut and collected, then put into the silage pit, covered over and getting ready for Winter feed for the cattle, a bit like soaking the fruit to get the Christmas cake ready!!  Some of the grass we have left to wilt a little longer and

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We also have a Country Escape in Yorkshire


Overdale Cottage is a cosy pet friendly cottage in the charming village of Harome, 3 miles from the Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

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