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Excellent 5/5 10 reviews

Breath-taking panorama over the River Aln valley, including Robert Stephenson's 18 arch viaduct

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 1km

Unique and characterful coastal retreat for two, with amazing views from a 3 meter picture window over the River Aln valley. Just a mile (15 mins walk) from the beach at Alnmouth, 700 meters from the mainline train station and three miles from Alnwick. The Summerhouse is therefore ideal for those without a car who can arrive by train. Bicycles can now be hired from the railway station. Great pubs (most pet-friendly), cafes, restaurants and local shops are all in easy walking/cycling distance. The property has private parking and a patio garden which is perfect for pets. It is the ideal location for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, fishermen and watersports enthusiasts, or anyone just seeking some peace and tranquillity away from it all. Furnishings are an eclectic mix of old and new with a distinct nautical theme to suit the location. The national Cycle Route 1 runs through the tiny hamlet of Bilton where the property is situated. Alnwick with its famous castle, gardens and now heritage railway, is easily accessed by car, hourly bus or even on foot along a scenic rail/river-side path. Close by are Bamburgh, Seahouses, Newton by the Sea, Craster, Howick and Beadnell. Within 35 miles are Berwick, Holy Island Cragside and Newcastle upon Tyne.

The studio has a double wall bed with full thickness sprung interior mattress. It is a single open plan area with TV/VDVD. Wi-fi. Log Burner. Electric oven & hob. Fridge. Microwave. French doors to private garden area with seating. Separate bathroom - Shower. WC & whb. Private parking.

Available for short breaks (3 night weekends & 4 night mid-week breaks) between October and May each year, otherwise full weeks from Saturday to Saturday. Cycle hire is available from Bike & Go at Alnmouth Station 5 mins walk from the cottage.

All power and bed linen included in rent but solid fuel for the stove and bathroom towels are not. Our studio cottages are compact, which makes them low maintenance, and experience has taught us that most people would prefer to pay a lower rate for their stay and do their own cleaning (including in the price the cost of cleaning and the provision/laundering of towels each week, could add as much as 20-25% to each booking). For those less concerned about the cost, both cleaning and towels are offered as a paid option at point of booking.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Alnmouth - 5 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk 1 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle 45 km, Nearest railway: 700 meters from Alnmouth mainline train station 700 m
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

Northern England region

The Northumberland Heritage Coast is a unique landscape with miles and miles of almost white, often deserted, sandy beaches framed by grass dunes and then gently rolling countryside. A chain of dramatic coastal castles stretching from Newcastle to the Scottish borders tells the story of a less than tranquil past, although these are now mostly transformed into visitor attractions and beautiful gardens.

Alnmouth is a pretty little seaside town with a rich history first as a port and an later as an up-market Victorian seaside resort for wealthy merchants from Newcastle and Durham, with many of their holiday houses remaining intact. It retains all the charm of a previous era and has now become the home of many writers, artists and photographers. It is well supplied with pubs and restaurants, plus a few local shops. Its proximity to the A1, Alnwick and with a mainline rail station, make it the ideal base for exploring the region.

The soft rolling landscape proximity to the sea create the huge and dramatic skies which are the subject of so many paintings and photographs of the area. Sunrises ans sunsets are particularly spectacular. The lack of light pollution also means that on cloudless nights the skies are a stargazers dream.

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Review 1-10 of 10

15 Jun 2014

5/5

"Room with a View"

The Summerhouse offers a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. It is in fact just one room but the clever use of space makes it a fun experience. Looking out of the window is a delight, we saw hares, partridge, swallows and more on a daily basis, fantastic sunsets too.. The lovely beach at Alnmouth is only a short distance. The local eateries are welcoming and provide good food. We had a great time and would be happy to return.

Really pleased that you enjoyed The Summerhouse and that it ticked so many boxes on your wildlife spotting wish-list. Future guests please note that although the view is guaranteed, hares, partridge and swallows are, like Jersey Royal potatoes and English asparagus, subject to seasonal availability. Little egrets, arctic terns, grey partridge, kingfishers, cuckoos, greater spotted woodpeckers and puffins (all seen recently within a mile of here) need to be ordered in advance. Dodo birds and Norwegian blue parrots are chargeable extras - ask for price before booking.

7 Jun 2014

5/5

"Great Expectations"

Arrived here with high expectations and was not let down,exceeded in all departments. The advice list received before leaving was absolutely spot on thus leaving no untoward surprises. Anyone going he… More

It continues to give us great pleasure to see nice guests like yourselves discovering and enjoying our secret corner of Northumberland. You will be welcome back any time. Will keep you posted on the puncture count, currently still 1 in 10 years.

24 May 2014

5/5

"fabulous"

great veiws personnel touch very peaceful and relaxing . Handy for getting around lots of lovely beaches.… More

Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed it.

2 Apr 2014

5/5

"Gem of place, fantastic view, great base to explore"

Stayed here for a long weekend with my partner early spring this year. Perfect size for the two of us. Such a charming little cottage, and such amazing use of space (used to be a cow shed apparently!)… More

29 Mar 2014

3/5

"Overpriced, very basic accommodation."

Difficult access road where we picked up a broken metal ring and spent one of our four days in the Volvo garage in Newcastle sorting it out at a cost of £162. The cottage is in fact one room whi… More

As demonstrated in our responses to other reviews (which I would urge you read to put this one in perspective) is our policy to welcome feedback and, where genuine shortcomings are pointed out, act to improve things immediately. We clearly we have no control what-so-ever over the public highways leading to our property, if indeed it could be established exactly where this object in the tyre was picked-up. We and our guests drive in and out almost every day and this is the first such incident in a decade. I think most people would put that down to plain bad luck.
The cottage is clearly advertised as a "studio" and all the photographs only show one room. The fact the bed also pulls down from the wall is also specifically pointed out. Similarly, offering cleaning (of the one room) as an option to keep rental prices lower for the overwhelming majority happy to do it, is explicit. I therefore fail to see what could be done to make any of this clearer, making it impossible for us to take any action that would have improved things in this case. Never-the-less I will look into the feasibility of acquiring a metal detector with which to sweep the surrounding roads but I suspect that the Highways Department and/or local police might have issues with me holding up traffic.

5 Feb 2014

5/5

"Lovely cottage with great view and a wood burning stove to boot!"

Great little cottage perfect for a couple. It is very close to the railway station so was easy to get to for us without a car. The cottage itself was a nice cosy one bedroom affair with good amenities… More

It's great to get this positive feedback but it has also highlighted an omission in our guest information which could have avoided the lack of really hot water for washing-up. We have added instructions to point out that the hot water to the sinks is heated instantly, on-demand and therefore gets hotter with the tap flow turned down a bit. Running the tap at full pressure in cold weather will only produce warm water and just needs the pressure adjusting to increase the temperature. Guests would only know this if they used such a system before and so that comment was fair enough.

29 Jul 2013

4/5

"Brilliantly located and all the facilities you need."

We have just returned from a weeks stay at the Summerhouse for a walking holiday for which it is ideally located with the Coast and Castles bus service stopping 5 mins walk away. If it rains you can get a train from the station to Newcastle or Edinburgh. Would definitely go back again.

17 May 2013

4/5

"Beautiful and intimate studio hideaway"

Myself and my partner went to the summerhouse for our 'mini-moon' after we got married. Absolutely perfect for relaxing and very laid back few days. Great for transport as well, we came from Manchester without the car and the trains and buses were fine for Almouth and Alnwick.

7 May 2013

5/5

"Very special place..."

Fantastic little property, extremely relaxing & close to great pubs, beaches & walks...
The place is brilliant, very compact but everything you need and more..
We were looking for a very quiet comfortable place to stay with things to do on the door step, The Summer Cottage ticked all our boxes, no problem at all......

7 May 2013

4/5

"Very Good accomodation idea for a couple"

We stayed at the Summerhouse during mid March for a week and found it to be clean, comfortable and an ideal location for visiting the tourist spots. It has a fantastic view looking over the fields and is tucked away in a quiet street away from the main roads. it was a fairly cold week and the only downside was that the small heater in the room wasn't great for heating the room up although the wood burner helped when that got going. It could probably do with another small electric mobile heater to warm up during the colder months.

We were given clear instructions on getting to propert and were left to ourselves which was good.

Although it was an exceptionally cold start to 2013, this is a fair observation and, as we are planning other improvements this year, we will see about upgrading the heater before next winter.

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