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Finalists at the Scottish Thistle Awards 2019/2020

Celebrating Excellence in Scottish Tourism In less than two weeks time, the regional winners announced last autumn will battle it out to determine the 2019/2020 National Winners at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final. These are held to recognise and celebrate excellence in Scottish Tourism. Not only were we delighted to be nominated as a ‘Best

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How Guests Can Enjoy Going Green at Ross Bay Retreat

The Benefits of Green Tourism & Our Commitment What is green tourism and how can visitors to Ross Bay Retreat enjoy the benefits of going green? Here at Ross Bay and we strive to implement green initiatives and enable sustainable farming. This benefits the farm animals, local wildlife, the environment, landscape and nature, making the

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Happy New Year…………2020.

A lovely breakaway at New Year at Ross Bay Retreat can blow away the cobwebs literally……….and recharge your batteries to take on the challenges of a new year.  The bay can be calm and quiet, yet over the field towards the Isle of Man, the story can be very different.  Roaring seas can be heard

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Ross Bay Retreat announced as Scottish Thistle Awards Winners

Wow, what a night out in Glasgow last week and such fun too! We were delighted and pleasantly shocked to be nominated as Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist for the West Region of Scotland but absolutely stunned to be announced as Scottish Thistle Awards winners in our regional category. The superb Gala Awards Dinner evening

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Ross Bay Retreat…. Scottish Thistle Awards……..2019

Scottish Thistle Awards 2019 / 2020   Ross Bay Retreat – Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist – West Region We are very excited here at Ross Bay Retreat as the Scottish Thistle Awards day is fast approaching and we have been nominated. The date that we will biting our nails, crossing our fingers and gently

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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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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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Byre by the Sea.

Work is well underway at with our new barn conversion, Byre by the Sea.  At present the kitchen is being installed, the mulitfuel burning Charnwood Arc 5 is in situ, patio nearly finished, and the glass balconies are going up.  The beds and mattresses have arrived, along with the Ekornes Stressless chairs………..its all go.  Opening

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The Bug Hotel…….

Having recently visited the Cream O Galloway and attended the Ethical Farming Conference there earlier this month, David and I had food for though (pardon the pun!)  We have already planted some wild flower areas on the farm to encourage the bees and butterflies, but we thought we could do more so watch out for

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High Spring tides and splashes………

Lovely February weather with the high spring tides encouraged along by some wind saw a few splashes on the rocks in front of the cottages this week!  Its great to see and hear nature at its best.  All undisturbed down here for pleasure and enjoyment.  The peace and quiet with just the birds singing, daffodils

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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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