2 Bamburgh Gate
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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Recently restored, stone-built agricultural building which has been converted into a cosy studio cottage for two people (also pet-friendly). Located in a secluded location amongst rolling Northumberland countryside with stunning views to the south and yet only 15 minutes from the beach. Great care has been taken to use original local materials in the restoration of the cottage with exposed beams, cast-iron toilet cistern and stone hearth.
Bamburgh Gate provides the perfect centre for exploring the beaches, islands, hills and castles along the unspoilt Northumbria coastline. Within 30 minutes drive are Holy Island, Berwick upon Tweed, Alnwick, Alnmouth, Beadnell, Seahouses, Craster and Newton by the Sea. Cragside Hall gardens are about 45 minutes and Newcastle upon Tyne or Edinburgh both little more than an hour away. The location is ideal for walkers, cyclists, surfers, fishermen, golfers and bird watchers. A choice of great pubs and restaurants is available within a few miles.
Would-be chefs are encouraged to try cooking local Northumberland produce from a list of sustainable sources. Fresh Boulmer Bay lobsters & langoustines, Alnmouth Bay salmon, sea trout, cod, mackerel, Northumberland beef and lamb are all readily available. We have our own fishing boat based at Alnmouth from which we can offer guests seasonal catches. The property is also equipped with its own kitchen garden which is planted with herbs, salad and vegetables. Guests are welcome to pick their own produce when is season and make an appropriate contribution to an honesty box. A set of Sabatier chefs knives, griddle pan & lobster claw crackers are provided and all you need is the healthy appetite generated after a long walk on the beach.
Available for short breaks (3 night weekends & 4 night mid-week breaks) between October and May each year, otherwise full weeks from Friday to Friday.
Spacious open plan area with TV/VDVD, Wi-fi. Log Burner. Electric oven & hob. Fridge. Microwave. Double bed. French doors to private garden & patio area with seating. Separate bathroom - Shower. WC & whb. Private parking.
All power and bed linen included in rental 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||Bamburgh 6 km|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|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, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
Northern England region
Bamburgh sits of the beautiful Northumberland Heritage Coastline about 50 miles north of Newcastle and 70 south of Edinburgh. East Coast mainline trains from nearby Alnwick reach both these destinations. Hadrians Wall, Keilder Reservoir & Forest and the Scottish border country are all within about an hours drive.
For a long time a hidden gem, Northumberland is being discovered for the unique and beguiling landscape that is is. From countless miles of pristine beaches and sand dunes, is climbs through gently rolling hills to high moor and on to mountains. Its history means it is peppered with castles and historic monuments, now often with spectacular gardens or antique collections.
There are lakes and rivers that now boast some of the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe - usually much cheaper than better-known alternatives and sometimes even free!
Local fishermen still land fresh sea food from small boats, which can often be bought locally at great prices. Newly refurbished pubs and restaurants have started to exploit this great resource and now fabulous food can be had in the area.
On the back of the increase in visitors there are now all kinds of activities to be enjoyed, many based around the water but also for those on foot or two wheels.
In short, the North East can now offer everything from the vibrant city experience of Newcastle with its world famous Quayside to, full-on kite surfing with your friends, or the peace and tranquillity of a clean white beach, often all to yourself (even in July).
Things to do when staying at Bamburgh Gate
Bambugh is a really nice little place: its castle, dunes and beaches are truly spectacular – its iconic castle situated amongst rolling sand dunes was voted 2nd best view in Britain after The Lakes. From the beach you can see over to The Farne Islands, including Holy Island and during the season there are boat trips from Seahouses to visit the islands and see the seals and other wildlife. Bamburghs has cafés, pubs and a couple of shops – try the Beckleberries local ice cream – it's to die for! The local butcher also has award-winning sausages and pies. The Grace Darling museum is a fascinating tribute to amazingly brave young woman and is also buried across the road in the church yard. Nearby Budle Bay, just a couple of miles north of Bamburgh is an extremely beautiful tidal estuary and a magnet for bird watchers and walkers. You can reach it via a beach/dune-top walk.
A 'must do' is a walk from Newton by the Sea (20 minute drive south along the coast) to Dunstanburgh Castle followed by crab sandwiches and their own real ale at The Ship Inn at Newton. If you have the stamina, continue past Dunstanburgh Castle a further 2 miles to Craster. Have a coffee at the Shoreline Café before visiting Robsons, the home of the famous Craster kippers. They also sell fresh fish and shellfish. Also featured in the Guardian Top 10 Walks at http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/aug/17/top-10-uk-walks-northumberland
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22 Jun 2014
"Comfortable and convenient"
The location just away from the A1 was really handy for visiting all the local attractions but far enough away to avoid any traffic noise.The cottage was compact but had all we needed. We ate in on f… More
3 Apr 2014
"Great cosy place to stay for short breaks"
We found this place, clean and tidy, with everything you need for a short break. The log burner kept us warm and cosy so we didn't need any other heating. Great location for trips out but you d… More
4 Feb 2014
We very much enjoyed a midweek break in this lovely studio. It is in such a peaceful location yet within easy reach of Bamburgh , Alnwick, Berwick and other lovely little coastal harbours and villages… More
14 Oct 2013
"Comfy place to stay at"
Stayed at Bamburgh Gate 2, a lovely studio cottage with attention to detail. A lot of good things to say about the place. It was warm and cosy, well situated and equipped, and since we weren't ex… More
We really appreciate the feedback. Thank you. Our studio cottages are so compact and low maintenance, experience has taught us that most people prefer to pay a lower rate for their stay by doing their own cleaning. Towels are the same really; providing and laundering these each week can add up to 15% to each booking. Our competitive pricing means that some guests can afford to visit several times a year. For those less concerned about the cost, both cleaning and towels are offered as a paid option at point of booking but clearly we needed to make this more prominent and have now done so.
13 Oct 2013
"Great Cottage. Great Location. Great Holiday."
What a fantastic holiday. Due mainly to the comforts and location of the Cottage. Very peaceful but still close enough to the A1 to make getting around the sights and locations in Northumberland very … More
This valuable feed back brought to our attention a couple of important issues which we were not aware of but have now resolved. The manual for the hob is left at the cottage and new pans have been provided and checked. We have also acquired a lovely old wooden chest with rope handles, which we have up-cycled into a coffee table and storage. Thanks for this and look forward to seeing you again.
26 Sep 2013
"Ideal location, cosy cottage"
The location of the cottage is ideal for access to lots of tourist attractions and handy for the A1. The wood burner works well although only enough wood for one evening was provided and that may have… More
We are grateful for the feedback provided - most of it positive - but have also acted to address the other minor issues. This is the first year for Bamburgh Gate cottages and we are gradually learning the wide variety of kitchen equipment different guests expect. The fridge door, broken by a previous guest, was already on order and has now been replaced. Towels are offered as an optional extra (which no one has so far taken up) but is clearly there in the menu when booking. Our ambition is to achieve 5 stars from every guests but we are grateful for 4 on this occasion. Thank you.
11 Jun 2013
"Fantastic cosy place for two and a pooch"
We had a wonderful long weekend at Bamburgh Gate which was an excellent cosy base for adventures along the Northumbria coast. The kitchen garden and wood-burning stove were particularly lovely touches and the rental was excellent value for money. Can't wait to go back!
16 Apr 2013
"Cosy accommodation with some attention to detail needed"
We stayed in this property in Feb 2013. It was neat and cosy and in a good location to access Bamburgh and the rest of Northumberland. Our stay was soon after the property was finished and there was still landscaping and outdoor work to be completed. There were a few small issues relating to a new holiday let. There was one or two required utensils missing and wet wood rendered the woodburner out of action. We also noted a lack of storage space meaning most of our clothes for the long weekend stayed in our bags. Beware those travelling in Winter the bathroom was extremely cold and the heated towel rail gave us both an electric shock. The heating in the main room is extremely good however.
Given some more time to bed in this could be a lovely little get-away for two. It has lovely views across farming fields and is very cosy with the small woodburner in the living area. It would be ideal for explorers on a short break wanting a place to come back to after a days walking/ cycling/ sightseeing. I have no doubt that with some of the teething issues ironed out this would be ideal accommodation for a couple on a short break
The first paying guest at 2 Bamburgh Gate had the misfortune to arrive in Feb during a period of appalling cold and wet weather. There was an problem with the bathroom heater not working properly but the shock mentioned was checked-out and turned out to be just static created by new flooring. Free logs were provided by us for the stove to somewhat compensate for the reduced heating in the bathroom but unfortunately these did get wet while standing outside. When the weather eventually settled down the gardens were landscaped and planted.
We have no argument with the validity of this feedback, which was mostly fair. It was welcomed on that basis and acted upon, although we feel the two star rating was somewhat harsh considering that the issues were relatively minor and that overall most of the feedback was favourable.
14 Apr 2013
"What a great place to stay to discover beautiful Bamburgh and the Northumberland Coastline"
We stayed at Cottage 2 which is a new, spacious, self contained studio, decorated simply and tastefully. It was clean and modern with a fabulous view of open fields and a lovely, small private garden… More
14 Apr 2013
"First Class place. Luxury, peace and comfort."
Brilliant use of space with everything you could ask for. Light and spacious with care and attention given to every piece of furniture and every fitting. Excellent log burner, good back up heater pane… More
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