I stayed at Valley Dene one night in July 2013, not having pre-booked. I was greeted at the door by 4 or 5 dogs and a similar number of cats, who were friendly once their owner was in the house. I later discovered the owner was out, so they were simply doing their job. Friendly neighbours found Jackie, who arrived with a smile and friendly disposition
I was shown to my room and as you would expect from a home lived in 24/7 it was “house clean” (But perhaps not as some might expect, 4-Star pristine clean. There were also several of those small, annoying handy-person jobs that required attention.
Fresh linen was put on the airing beds (I had arrived unexpectedly), washed and clean. Hot shower, hot water and comfy bed, lovely! The animals I noticed were not allowed upstairs and at breakfast were not to be seen or heard.
Talking of breakfast, what a breakfast! Orange juice; choice of top brand cereals; local butcher high quality bacon and sausages; free range eggs; fresh homemade bread and homemade marmalade etc. All served hot direct from the cooker to the kitchen/dining room farmhouse table. All swilled down with a pot of tea and a social chat with Jackie.
Throughout my stay I was made to feel welcome and part of the household, learning about many aspects of local life. All this for £25! Definitely a place to stay for a enroute/start/end of hike with a great value-for-money.
- Also Known As:
- Valleydene Kirk Yetholm, Scotland