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INNOVATIVE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE AT DESS

If you think you have a novel inside you, this informal and fun fiction-writing course will give you the tools to make it happen. Led by best-selling author Sarah Harrison, Story First! will take place at the Mill of Dess Lodge from Monday 18th July to Saturday 23rd July. This unique opportunity is limited to just 12 participants so call NOW to book your place. …

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STOP PRESS

Repairing the River Bank Part II It turns out that your Blogger was only (!) 1,000 tons out in my original Post. The Lower Dess Estate owner, Jeremy Clayton, has just returned from Dess and tells me that the heroic Gordon Mitchell Contractors have now moved ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED TONS  of rock to repair the river bank.

Colour Me Beautiful

Just look at the wonderful and colourful touches that we have added to the Entrance Hall and Sitting Room.

Season Opening 2016 – Half Price fishing!

8th February and no fish caught (yet) on the Dess beats though there have been several connections which is promising. The river is a bit too high just at present but whilst we wait for this to normalise, the ghillie and our visiting rods are working out where the new best places are to fish since the flooding caused by Storm Frank has changed several pools….

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Repairing the river bank

The photo on the left shows how the jetty was left after the Hurricane Frank flooding 800+ tons of rock later, the photo on the right was taken at dusk on Thursday 28th January. Our wonderful contractors will be working all weekend to make sure the river bank is ready for the season opening on Monday. They have also repaired the road to the fishing…

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Local News

Update on When Frank Came to Call …… Above is the view from outside Mill Cottage looking up river before and after Hurricane Frank. The good, and almost unbelievable news, is that the Cottage will be ready for our first booking in early February. The Dess flooding reached 2.5ft higher than the previous record breaking levels of 1937, peaking at 18ft!     Fishing Update In spite…

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Wildlife

At this time of year, there are regular sightings of Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and Peregrines. We are also enjoying spectacular flights of between two and three thousand wild Greylag Geese who cruise over the estate in the late afternoon to roost on flat farmland on the other side of the river. We enjoy frequent encounters with the resident population of Roe Deer and there is footprint…

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Weather

  Mill Cottage Amazingly, the Rod Room (whose windows are almost obscured by flood water in the photo below) has been repainted, refurbished and will be back in action for the start of the season on Monday. It has even got central heating now!          Fishing Huts Update   The fishing hut is now completely accessible thanks to some seriously hard work…

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