Meet Charles, Dee and some of the other people who help make your stay at Southlands extra special.

Call Charles or Dee for more information

01434 681 464 or 07876 455 620

Charles McGowan

A man of many diverse talents, Charles is a part farmer and countryman, ex classic car restorer, budding artist blacksmith, a sometime builder, amateur photographer, and fisherman, a father of two and of course owner of Southlands and Dee's husband.

Dee McGowan

Dee is a mad keen gardener, we started off with a smallholding, however she seems determined to turn the whole thing into one big garden. She is also an accomplished artist, if you can persuade her to swap fork for brush for a moment. Oh, and she catches more fish than Charles.

Alan Hawkins

Alan is a true Northumbrian, he has been a stockman since forever. He has the dry wit that comes from making the best of a life that can be difficult, demanding and rewarding in equal measure.

He is a countryman through to his bones and a keen shot to boot. He is a BASC Accredited Shotgun Coach and a member of the Guild of Shooting Instructors.

He is a very good coach, I should never have let him teach Hector as he now puts me to shame every time he picks up a gun. Find Alan at:

Roger Clegg

Roger is a photographer who has made Hadrian's Wall his own, the chances are that some of the photographs of the wall that you will have seen were taken by him. I went with him one December morning to find out how it's done, he showed me techniques to shoot an amazing sunrise from a not very promising dawn, and I must say he is a very good teacher, he distils ideas to their essence imparting clear knowledge making the whole process much simpler.  

John Clark

John runs Campcolis dog training centre
Camp Colis Trainers and Dogs

John has been training and working dogs for over 20 years and what started as a hobby training dogs for friends has become a business.  John and his team of dogs pick up on three Estates. John's wife Dot sees more to the day-to-day running of the kennels, the feeding and breeding, and the bookings.

John runs puppy classes for working or pet dogs, he also does group training or one-to-one sessions, and has facilities for residential training, and he also has a training pen which can be hired.

“Its been a pleasure to spend a night in such a luxuriously furnished cottage- loved the wet room! Cosy, comfy, great breakfast- Thanks!"

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Our Green Credentials

At Southlands we endeavour to develop and manage the impact of our business on the environment in as sustainable way as possible.

We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have recently gained the Gold Award for our endeavours

Learn more about our green initiatives.

A Living History

Southlands is a small, 37-acre working farm with a story stretching back hundreds of years. We believe the farmhouse is one of a handful of mediaeval Northumbrian longhouses built during the reign of Henry VIII.

These days, the cottages are a little more insulated than they might have been then, and a lot more comfortable for our guests!

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