Guest book 2014

A touch of Alpine luxury! Meant to be meeting our student son in Newcastle for lunch, he'll be disappointed we don't need lunch after that breakfast, the salmon was sublime! The snow, the views and the room have made us feel very festive. Thank you!

I and D, December 2014


A delight to have discovered Singdean. A joy to be here. So very very special

K and S , December 2014


Another wonderful 2 night stay here at Singdean - magical / Our Jangle and Bo loved it too! We wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you next time!

K and J, J and B , December 2014


We had such an incredible two days  at Singdean, a trip that we will remember for ever! You are the most wonderful hosts and you've made our stay fantastic. Thank you for the card and chocolates, so thoughtful of you both This is truly a magical and relaxing place to stay and we will be recommending it to all our family and friends. We feel absolutely wonderful and the breakfast is amazing! Thanks again for making our stay so special and our engagement after 9 years together so memorable!

D and N,  November 2014


Singdean is a cure for insomnia, an antidote for the frantic pace of our day to day lives. We heartily agree with all the other comments in this book and have decided that Singdean is the best B and B we have ever stayed at. The attention to detail, warmth and hospitality and easy transition into an other world, akin to walking into a fairytale. We haven't finished exploring the bottom of the garden and valley or spotted the deer, not did we look through Kielder's telescopes due to heavy fog!!....so we have to return! 

Many thanks

N and D,  November 2014


Where to start? As soon as we entered the room it was like being enveloped in a big warm hug! The attention to detail is amazing - especially the use of old ski's and poles as curtain rails and door handles. The breakfast - especially the salmon - is to die for! So happy not to have a 'full English'. The view down the garden from the door is fabulous and it was lovely to watch all the birds coming and going.

Now to the hot tub and sauna - WOW!! This was the reason we booked and it didn't disappoint. Beautiful setting and even prettier at night with the fairy lights. Perfect to de-stress, chill out and have a bit of romance,

So good we stayed an extra night and will be booking again when we get a chance. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. PERFECTION!!

L and S,  November 2014


What a fantastic and magical place! I surprised my mum with a night here for her 70th birthday and it was a real treat for us.

The sauna and hot tub were ideal. Amazing and a bit surreal to be having a lovely hot bath outside in the dark and cold night! The fairy lights add to the magic.

Such a comfortable bed - slept incredibly well and the room was so cosy, Breakfast was just delicious - so much choice and wish I could have eaten it all. Thank you so much for giving us a really memorable stay, so much care and attention to detail. Can't wait to come back soon and stay for more than one night. Wishing you continued success.

F and G,  November 2014


RELAXATION - exactly that we both wanted and needed for our first anniversary together. We celebrated in style. Thank you both for making our stay feel personal. The sauna, the hot tub and the surroundings were amazing. In the dark, surrounded by twinkling lights all around and above us. Including 2 shooting stars on our first night! We will return, how can we not want to come back to such a beautiful place hidden amongst the hills. Keep up the wonderful work

JP and A,  October 2014


Best couple of days ever! The most relaxing time. Stunning setting, sauna and hot tub under the stars, fabulous breakfast. Already looking at the calender to plan our next stay.

D and R,  October 2014


Thank you so much for a fabulous nights stay that exceeded our expectations! Your attention to detail is second to none, the setting is amazing and the sauna and hot tub were amazing : ) (the stars eventually made an appearance which made our evening). We are planning to return next year and look forward to seeing you both again!

C and V,  October 2014


Thank you for a lovely stay. we really appreciated the loan of the wine and all of the little touches that made this such a wonderful time. We will be back....

C and A,  October 2014


A massive thank you for a perfect weekend! From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we have been so overwhelmed. The room itself is fantastic and so quaint even down to the egg basket has been perfect . You's both have a treasure within this room and another big thank you for sharing it with us! Your hospitality has been second to none and have made us feel very welcome, it's been a real pleasure to meet you! 

Hot tub and sauna - what can I say - divine absolutely amazing experience, so calm and tranquil, unfortunately no stars to see. But the evening was just so peaceful! We will definitely be back so we'll see you again soon. PS Off to buy half the shop!

C and A, Northumberland, October 2014


Thank you for a wonderful stay! We have thoroughly enjoyed the bed, the breakfast, the hot tub, the sauna, your hospitality, the nature and we could go on. Singdean is the perfect spot to find calmness and romance. A lovely stop on our honeymoon tour of Scotland. This will surely not be our last visit, so see you again very soon.

C and A,  Denmark, October 2014


Well, where do we start?! What an absolutely fantastic nights stay we had! The setting was perfect, the room was perfect and the attention to detail was out of this world. The hot tub and sauna set us up for a relaxing evening, it was so peaceful and the atmosphere you created was second to none.

We knew from the booking process that we were in for a brilliant weekend. It was without a doubt well worth the 300+ mile drive.

We are looking forward to returning again next year and sharing the lovely place with our friends and family. Thank you and best wishes

C and V,  October 2014


Thank you for your splendid hospitality and the best rest we've had in ages. You've created a warm, cosy and gorgeous space and we've loved being in it! The breakfast was divine! The hot tub and sauna was a 5 star touch to the nights stay - so peaceful listening to the owls and watching the night sky. The shop is great and loads of quirky and lovely items, we're taking the Alpine and Lavender smell home with us (from the shop : )) Thanks again, we'll be back!

K and D,  September 2014


Thank you vert much -  we have had a wonderful stay here! You've certainly put a lot of thought and consideration into everything you've achieved here in this peaceful place. Everything was just right! Wishing you every success.

C and C,  September 2014


We have sat outside this morning in glorious sunshine eating the most amazing breakfast, agreeing that Singdean is up there as one of the best places we have ever stayed. It has been fantastic! As others have said - everything from the warm welcome. the beautiful room, the most comfortable bed, the hot tub and sauna (sooooo nice!!) and the breakfasts!! A fabulous stay - we will most definitely return (even just to visit the shop!!) Thanks for making this a lovely weekend Christa and Del. PS. George wants to come back just so he can hear himself bark again ! : )

E, A and G,  September 2014


Thank you so much for an amazing two night stay at beautiful Singdean. Although we were told by friends how stunning it was here, we were still overwhelmed with how much care and thought has gone into every detail. 

Not only have you both made us feel so welcome from start to finish, you have gone out of your way to make our stay as personal as possible. Sauna, hot tub, views, breakfasts=AMAZING! We will be back

D and S,  September 2014


What a wonderful couple of days; we are so relaxed after many hours in the hot tub and sauna watching the moon rise over the pine clad hills in all its rosy glory through the saunas window. Lying back in the hot tub listening to the dating calls of the owls 'come her', 'where are you owl?' was idyllic and the clear skies brought to mind the lyric 'I thought I saw a shooting star last night or maybe it was a satellite'

Bliss, a lovely romantic anniversary break. Everything is so beautifully thought through from the decor, to the scented plants and gorgeous food, such care and attention to detail. So kind of our hosts to lay on a huge orange moon and squadrons of chaffinches. Thank you

H and J,  September 2014


Absolutely perfect stay! Wonderful room with very cosy and homely decor. Warm and very hard to leave.The sauna and the hot tub were fantastic. Hosts are incredible welcoming and accommodating. Already looking forward to our return

A and F,  September 2014



After visiting on his astronomy rounds, Roy requested a stay here for his birthday and it was an inspired idea; such a uniquely beautiful spot. So relaxing and utterly peaceful. To the next guests - if you use the hot tub don't forget to look up. The skies here are truly breath taking. Linger there a while, let you eyes adjust and what you see will amaze you. Most people never experience skies this dark; they're just stunning.

As all the other guests who've taken the time to note in this have said - breakfasts here are awesome! Thank you Christa and Del, we had a great time

C and R,  August 2014


S - Splendid isolation

I - Incredible scenery

N - Night time bathing

G - Generous hosts

D - Delightful wildlife

E - Enchanting accommodation

A - Amazing skies

N - Need to re-visit ASAP!!

N and S,  Co. Durham, August 2014


Thank you for providing the warmest welcome we have ever had at a B and B. The nicest breakfast, waking up to the smell of tasty toast brought in by the elves. A truly scrumptious breakfast. Giving Martin the 30th Birthday of his dreams.

Amazing landscapes. Relaxation. A bed of warmth and comfort (we didn't want to leave).

We are so sorry we planned too much exploring of the Borders as we wish we could have stayed here the whole time. We will be back.

H and M,  August 2014


We don't even have the words to describe how amazing and beautiful this place is. We received such a warm welcome and Christa and Del have been kind and lovely hosts. Sauna and hot tub were so relaxing and perfectly hot. Thank you for the awesome breakfast, we really enjoyed it! We'll highly recommend this place to our friends.

J and S, Finland.  August 2014


WOW! This place is AMAZING! So pleased we booked up following numerous friends recommendations! We received a lovely and warm welcome from Del and were blown away by our fantastic room. the attention to details is unbelievable and totally inspiring - I can't wait to visit the shop before we leave! The private sauna and hot tub were a lovely touch and very relaxing. We both had the best nights sleep we've had for quite a while - the bed is so comfortable and it is SO quiet here - very peaceful.

Thank you for the delicious breakfast - it was a lovely change from the usual full English! The salmon and pain au chocolates were delicious! We will definitely be recommending this place to yet more friends and we would love to return in the Winter. Thanks again

E and C, Northumberland, August 2014


What a lovely place to enjoy my 63rd birthday! Came to see the shooting stars but the clouds and rain interfered, but the observatory at Kielder is well worth a visit. Loved out little 'boldhole' with its charming set up and the breakfasts were super as was your company and warm welcome. Back to reality today... All the best to you both for your future here

R and J,  August 2014


We've had a fantastic time here at Singdean. Del and Christa couldn't have been more accommodating. In the middle of a thunderstorm, Del managed to get the hot tub and sauna to the perfect temperature! We love the attention to detail and how you've managed to incorporate ski equipment in practical uses - like door handles! We couldn't think of a better place to come back to after a days walking. Looking forward to our next visit.

C and R,  August 2014


Thank you, we have had an amazing time. It was our first time in a hot tub and sauna, it was a great way to relax. I showed lots of my collegues from work where I was going, now they will have to listen to me going on about it. Our first night the sky was amazing. I have never in my whole life see the sky so amazing and breathtaking. You made us both fell so welcome. We will definitely be back

D and K, South Shields. August 2014


Thank you for a wonderful wedding anniversary experience - it's been fantastic!! It feels like we are in the Alps...but up in the Borders, quite surreal! We are leaving feeling very inspired, much to Stevens annoyance I want to go home and re-decorate the house!! We''l be back

S and C, Blyth, Northumberland. August 2014


Thank you so much Christa and Del. What an amazing place this is. My only complaint is that our stay was too short!!....but very sweet. From the moment we arrives, I relaxed. We walked, we sauna-ed, we hot tubbed, we ate, we shopped, we drank and we loved it! What more could you want! There was nothing missing at all and the breakfast fairies were amazing too! Thank you so much. We will be back. Bea loved playing with her two new friends too. Thank you again

J and J, and Bea. August 2014


What a place! Your attention to detail is outstanding! Absolutely everything from the drive here to the breakfast before we leave, sad bit is having to leave! Love the shop, can't wait to come back.

I and J, July 2014


Paradise close to home! We had been thinking for a long time how best to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary and what a great choice we made! Christa and Del have been the perfect hosts and along with a truly relaxing environment it had made for the perfect couple of days away. We're already planning our next trip so we can sit in the hot tub and look at the stars!

J and Z, July 2014


How amazing! A fabulous getaway where you can definitely switch off! Thank you Christa and Del for providing fabulous food, hosting and location. Will definitely be back and if passing will stop off at your amazing shop! Also, thank you for allowing Otto to stay, he has had a great time exploring, sleeping and meeting your gorgeous pooches! He is going home a little less grumpy! Hopefully see you soon.

L and A, and Otto. July 2014



Oh my goodness! How flipping lovely it ALL is. We are both very impressed with everyhting, home, furnishings, surroundings, both of you, your dogs, the views, the food etc etc. We will definitely be back. Thank you!

K and J, and Jingle too!  July 2014


After 4 days of festive fun and slum, we arrived at Singdean tired and smelly! The warm greeting from Del with cookies and hot drinks was just what was needed. A warm bath, sauna and hot tub helped with the detox process. The scenery breathtaking, the sound of the trees and owls was really soothing and watching the moon rose over the trees was simply magical.

In the morning we woke to a feast of food, we chatted with Del and Christa in our dressing gowns and cuppas...it was like talking with old friends, so friendly and relaxing.

Loved the location, loved the barn, loved the decor...the bed, how comfy please? Without sounding like the M&S advert but - this is not like any B and B, this is the best B and B we have stayed in! Thank you Christa and Del for having us.

E and A,  Middlesbrough,  July 2014



Thank you so much for making sure our 1st wedding anniversary was one to remember! The drive up to Singdean was absolutely breathtaking, gorgeous sun shining across the beautiful landscape and dense forests, it felt as though we  truly were in the ALps! Arriving at Singdean we immediately knew we'd made an amazing choice! We immediately felt relaxed and welcomed by both of you and couldn't wait to jump into the hot tub and sauna. Sitting out at dusk with a glass of bubbly listening to the sounds of the countryside was magical. Then waking up to an amazing breakfast!! We'll definitely be back and recommending to friends and family.

B and G, Northumberland,  July 2014


Thank you so much for such an enchanting experience at Singdean. We had an incredibly relaxing, nourishing and delightful time. Your attention to detail is incredible and your taste exquisite - such a joy to behold and experience! Loved every part of it and will definitely be returning. If you're reading this then you're already here - enjoy! x

H and B,  July 2014


Thank you for an amazing break at SIngdean. From the welcoming phone call with Christa to the warm greeting on arrival from Del we can't fault anything. We leave feeling totally refreshed and relaxed. You have a fantastic home and it has been a pleasure for us to share it with you. Thank you! Sauna and hot tub were amazing, the bed is so comfy and breakfast was delicious. Thanks again, we will be recommending to family and friends and hopefully next time we will be back with our dogs.

K and M,  July 2014


The most amazing place we have ever stayed in by far! Can see why it was so highly recommended to us! So much thought has been put into every little detail - the welcome tea and cookies, the eclectic mix of furnishings and the delicious breakfast! Love the peaceful views and the brilliant weather made it even more gorgeous! Thank you so much for your kind hospitality - we will be spreading the word back at home about this little gem. Thanks again for an amazing stay.

M and D,  June 2014


Thank you so much for a lovely stay. Stunning setting, beautiful and very generous breakfasts. Think I want everything in the shop and we are so glad to have brought the van to transport our treasures home. Thank also for the wonderful sleeps....I swear I melted into the bed! Have taken some leaflets and will put them on the notice board at work although not sure I want to spread word too much about this hidden gem!

L and J,  June 2014


MAGICAL! Thank you

D and E, June 2014


I have had the most relaxing chilled time while looking at all your beautiful things. I would buy everything in your shop : ) Can't wait to come back and get away from Dubai. You're both welcome to my house anytime out there! This is a hidden gem, love it : ) Don't want to leave.

C and K, June 2014


Thank you for this delightful place. Like a haven in the trees, love everything about it.

K, June 2014


Well, where to start? The room is amazing, the scenery to die for and the hot tub and sauna out of this world. It was such a privilege to stay with you and we loved meeting you. We'll be recommending to friends! We're already planning our return in November for Jen's birthday. So sad to leave.

D and J, June 2014 


Thank you both for a simply perfect 3 night break! We have been treated like royalty , feel so so relaxed and completely recharged. Breathtaking views, stunning breakfasts, beautiful cottage and surroundings topped off with lovely hosts... Thanks for our holiday to remember, Archie misses Alpi already! See you again

D and L  and A and wee bump, May 2014


What a superb way to start our holiday, 2 wonderful nights here at Singdean! Fabulous scenery - Hermitage Castle well worth a visit - it really is a moody ruin, the sheer size of the place dominated the valley. We feel pampered and relaxed already and that is such a bonus! What is more, our 2 canine companions are also relaxed and at home! The boutique is impressive and I have shoes again! - so the comfort will be with me will we return. Thank you!

D and H, S and S, May 2014


Just want to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Singdean. Everything was as special as the website stated but what can't be pre-advertised, as it were, is your warm and welcoming hospitality. Thanks again and best wishes for the continuing success.

B and M, April 2014


Really enjoyed celebrating our 24th! anniversary here. What a wonderful place. A real pleasure for the senses. So much love and effort has gone into creating an amazing hideaway designed to relax and rejuvenate! Loved the sauna and the hot tub experience...only wish it had been darker so that you could make the most of the lights and candles (and hopefully see some stars...next visit a Winter one! Thanks Christa and Del for their hospitality (even to the extent of cooking our steaks!) and the fabulous breakfasts.

S and A, April 2014


We feel deeply refreshed after our stay - thank you! Christa and Del are consummate hosts, providing great advice of things to see, walks to take and places to eat. Also getting the sauna and hot tub to the perfect temperature. Dinners and breakfasts were lovely, taken in the room, very relaxing. Walking down to the burn and seeing the deer gorging around the edges of the pines was special.

N and T, April 2014


You have such a lovely magical place, thank you for letting us 'share' it. Words fail to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay. Ken enjoyed reliving his youth, as he lived here as a boy. Hospitality, food exceptional. As we say 'Lang may yir lumb reek'. Best wishes to a lovely couple and a wonderful place.

L and K, April 2014


Singdean has surpassed all I imagined it to be - what a beautiful haven of creativity and peace. Memories of sitting in the hot tub listening to the birds and owls etc and looking across to the trees will stay for a long time. Thank you for all the delicious food you treated us to, and the steaks were a real treat. We have loved chatting with you and thank you for your kindness and all the cures you bought in for me - especially the cake! Long live Alpine inspiration

K and W, April 2014


What can we say, except WOW!! From the minute we arrived to the moment we left, it has been pure excellence and indulgence. Thank you for a perfect short break. Hope you have a very successful year.

P and M,  Castleford, April 2014


Thank you for such a fantastic weekend, perfect setting, perfect weather! We enjoyed our trip to Fatlips Castle and the views from the top and a fab walk in the forests with the dogs.  The sauna and hot tub were excellent - I'm sure everyone who visits wants one in their garden! Gorgeous food, total indulgance, comfy bed and fresh air. What more could we want. Hoping to be back again soon, we will definitely recommend to all our friends!

C and P, Leeds, April 2014


Thank you so much for giving us a chance to share your beautiful getaway. We really weren't prepared for how perfect this weekend would be. You really do have a very special place that will stay with us forever in our memories. A more perfect weekend we could not get. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

S and T, April 2014


Thank you so much for a wonderful relaxing stay. we have had 2 blissfully peaceful nights (child free nights!) and there is something very therapeutic about having no contact with the outside world. You have created the most perfect haven - definitely the best B and B we have ever stayed in by far. We will be back next time we need an 'us' break away from the kids!

J and E, York, March 2014


Our second visit and yet again another fantastic stay! Christa and Del have yet again delivered a truly wonderful relaxing short break fir us! Our only disappointment was the weather! With yet another cloudy night over the Kielder Observatory, which we compensated for by having a lovely meal at the Pheasant. We did however get in a lovely (or dry) bike ride around Kielder Water, which is highly recommended, but do take care. We did the 'blue' ospey trial which is apparently 'intermediate' route...Yeah right! Intermediate if you're Bear Grylls, but we survived and took in some fab scenery on the way.

Thanks again for having this lovely bolt hole for us to escape to. See you soon!

J and L, North Yorks, March 2014


Thank you so much for a truly wonderful stay! WE were blown away by the attention to detail and care gone into creating this beautiful Alpine-like retreat. There is so much creativity and originality every where you look - very inspiring!

Christa and Del couldn't have been more helpful or friendly hosts. This is the perfect place to come and recharge batteries; we'll be recommending it to everyone we know!. Many thanks again

A and M, March 2014


If we weren't looking forward to our reunion with the dog so much, today would be a miserable day! I've always dreamed of an Alpine retreat and for Paddy to find you so close to home is amazing. We're already thinking of our return. It's been insanely relaxing, I love the style, the shop, the remoteness, your laid back hosting style, the dogs, the sauna and hot tub...everything. I'll be blogging about you and will send link when I do. Look forward to coming back already.

H and P, March 2014


A fabulous idea, wonderfully executed with immense hospitality in lovely surroundings. Couldn't be better. Many thanks.

A and K, March 2014


We have had the most brilliantly relaxing, rejuvenating 2 night stay in the most comfortable, stylish and relaxing B and B we have ever stayed in! The hot tub and sauna were just fantastic as were the bed, the breakfast, the location and our two brilliant hosts! We will certainly never forget this thoroughly memorable place! Thank you Del and Christa. PS Dotty would like to thank you for her treats and adds that her back garden for 2 days has been the most adequate for her many complex needs.

H and M and D,  February 2014


We have had an amazing 2 nights here relaxing after a long half term. The breakfast was amazing, as was the location and surrounding area. We really enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub and sauna and will definitely be back!

S and L,  February 2014


Wow! What a 'gem' of a hideaway! Our last minute lucky break...how lucky were we to find you.

Beautiful location and beautiful accommodation. Finishing touches are just absolutely perfect. Thank you for your hospitality and making us very welcome. A short break but very sweet. An amazing place and will most definitely be back. Thanks again.

D and B, Yorkshire and Glasgow, February 2014


My darling girlfriend Alex and I had to urgently leave work today (Valentines Day) on the premise that we had to visit a textile labeller in Bonchester. My suspicions were only aroused at the very last minute walking into the room in which you are presumably reading this. Surprised would be an understatement! I am lucky for 2 reasons. I am lucky to have such a fantastic woman in my life, and for staying at Christa and Del's hilltop hideaway. This is easily the best B and B we have ever stayed in and cannot believe it's been right under our noses all this time! You don't need me to tell you how magical this place is though! We shall return and thanks Christa and Del for being excellent hosts.

J and A, Selkirk, February 2014


A cold winters evening. I didn't mean to come here. It's a long story involving particularly slippery snow. Anyway, never mind all that. I've decided to stay. It's just perfect. If you are reading this, I've been evicted! Thanks Christa and Del, I've landed on my feet here! xx

C, East Lothian, January 2014


What a lovely way to celebrate our 12th Anniversary : ) We have never stayed in a place like this before. Loved all the hearts and things. The surroundings are amazing. Hot tub and sauna were fab. Bed was so comfy, didn't want to get up. Breakfast was wonderful.  Shame we have to leave but we will certainly be back.

S and B, Edinburgh, January 2014

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