The Mill House is a very special property. It is set at the water's edge overlooking the sea towards Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle - consequently the kitchen, living room and conservatory all enjoy stunning sea views, as do the upstairs bedrooms. Guests love getting up early to enjoy the breath-taking sunrises (you're on holiday - you can go back to bed for a lie in!). At night you can hear the seals on the sandbank midway between us and Holy Island barking to each other. We often see a fox padding along the water's edge too and all year round beautiful seabirds - waders and waterfowl alike - enjoy the shallow waters so close to our windows. In the Autumn we enjoy watching the vast migratory flocks of geese as they rest up before their long flight to eastern Europe and beyond.
The 18th century millhouse/farmstead, from which our 3 holiday cottages have been created, is thought to be on the site of the original mill that served the monks on Lindisfarne for many centuries. Today, the exterior retains all the style and charm of the original building, whilst the interiors have benefited from the highest quality eco conversion and have been finished with superior quality furnishings and equipment, with designer fabrics used throughout. The cottages are extremely well insulated and double glazed so you'll stay warm and cosy whatever the season. Tiled floors benefit from under floor heating.
The living room, which is the room at the water's edge, has windows with stunning sea views on three sides - there is a flat-screen TV and the room is furnished with deep, comfy sofas and armchairs. There is also a DVD player, a small selection of DVDs, a radio, plenty of books, board games, cards, maps, walking guides, free wireless Internet, and an iPod docking station so you won't be bored, even - dare we say it - on a rainy day! There is a pretty log burning stove (logs provided) for you to cosy up around in winter (you can of course put it on at other times but we think you'll find the room more than warm enough during other seasons).
The conservatory is off the living room and also overlooks the sea and the private garden. A lovely room to relax in when you want some space away from everyone else. Or if you want the children to play on their own!
The kitchen is stylishly equipped with a large fridge freezer, 6 ring gas cooker, dishwasher (plus all the etceteras) and lots of worktop space for large scale catering. The windows have the most incredible view directly towards Beal Causeway in one direction and Lindisfarne Castle in the other! It's difficult to concentrate on cooking when there is so much to look at outside! The kitchen is equipped with all the gadgetry and essentials serious cooks expect, including a food processor, microwave, great knives and plenty of good crockery, cutlery and glasses, so you aren't constantly emptying the dishwasher.
The dining room is large and comfortable with extending tables that can accomodate much larger numbers if you are also renting the adjoining cottages.
The 4 bedrooms are all beautifully appointed, with 3 upstairs and one for the mobility impaired downstairs (with large en suite shower room). All the upstairs bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin) have en suites with both bath and shower. The bedroom on the very end directly overlooking the sea has a lovely window seat from where you can watch the sun rise. All the beds are blissfully comfortable and top quality bed linens and deep, fluffy white towels are provided for your comfort.
Little extras - there is a portable tv for your convenience, and for sunny days there are swimming towels and a Harris Tweed picnic blanket. The gentle Farrow and Ball painted walls and neutral carpets and floors create a very tranquil environment for your holiday.
A larger group can be accommodated by booking The Mill House along with one or both of the other cottages.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bamburgh (15-20 mins) or Holy Island (10 mins)|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Nearest railway: Berwick upon Tweed|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Ground Floor - Entrance hall with coat pegs and pew bench.
Leading to: Large dining room with extending table and chairs to seat ten (more on request), plus a portable TV.
Living room with log-burning stove and incredible sea views in three directions. 3 sofas and an easy chair. The leisure equipment includes a flat-screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, free Wi-Fi for use with your own laptop, an iPod docking station and binoculars for bird-watching or just admiring the view.
Large kitchen with fantastic seaviews of Beal Causeway and LIndisfarne from the windows - amazing for working in. Six-ring ceramic hob range cooker with electric fan oven, microwave, toaster, fridge / freezer and dishwasher. Ample kitchen equipment is provided, including all crockery, cutlery and glasses.
Conservatory with spectacular sea views leading to a beautiful lawned private garden with the same wonderful sea vistas.
Separate laundry / cloakroom with toilet, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Back door into large shared shoreline garden with mature trees and seating.
One ground floor double bedroom with an en-suite bedroom suitable for mobility impaired guests.
Upper Floor -
Two double bedrooms (one of which can be converted to twin beds), both with en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, both with lovely sea views, there's even a loo with a view!
One twin bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Restricted sea view.
We have some inflatable Aero beds available on request if you have an unexpected extra guest or two (we are thinking of teenage/student offspring who often can't commit before a holiday!)
|Further details outdoors|
The Mill House has a lovely private garden to the south with views straight across the sea to Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle. You can access this garden from the conservatory or the entrance path. The mature monkey puzzle trees are quite a novelty in this part of the world. There is a partly covered seating area with a large table and chairs and a large gas barbeque. The private car parking area for two cars adjoins this garden and the path. If you have more than two cars there is additional parking at the other side of the property.
From the house, there is a back door next to the laundry room which opens onto the large shared garden on the north side of the property. There are mature scots pines (which rustle romantically in the wind....) and wonderful sea views. The other views are of the lane and pastoral farmland. There is seating in the garden.
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We have special winter breaks from after October half term until Easter consisting of 3 night long weekends and 4 night midweek breaks. Contact us if you would like a short break of a different duration, we may be able to help. Occasionally we have late last minute booking offers, again contact us for details.
At Christmas we provide a fully decorated tree and seasonal decorations.
Don't worry about hidden extra charges - there aren't any! Our prices are inclusive all all heating, electricity, towels, linen and final cleaning.
See our website for full booking conditions. There is a 25% non refundable deposit.
Lindisfarne Bay Cottages are set immediately on the water's edge overlooking Holy Island with the distinctive silhouette of Lindisfarne Castle on the horizon.
The bay is sheltered by the natural breakwater formed by Holy Island, so the tide laps gently at the foot of the garden. We are fortunate to be located within the Northumberland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and the corresponding Site of Special Scientific Interest. This means that when you stay with us you will almost inevitably see some kind of wonderful birdlife on the waters just outside the cottages.
In this stunning location, you will find unrivalled bird-watching opportunities, especially during the migratory season. Joggers will enjoy the quiet country lanes and keen cyclists will appreciate that access to the Coast and Castles Cycle Way is very near. At night, the lack of light pollution makes for perfect star gazing.
If you haven't visited this part of the world before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of attractions available within easy driving distance. Visit the wildernesses of the Northumberland National Park, or the beautiful long white beaches all along the coast.
For those who like a city fix during their holidays, Edinburgh is 90 minutes north, and Newcastle is a 60 minute drive to the south.
At the end of a lane, positioned midway between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Bamburgh directly on Northumberland's Heritage Coast, our luxury self-catering holiday cottages are well located for a holiday exploring the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria.
Just a few minutes drive from the cottages (or a walk away for keen walkers) is BEAL CAUSEWAY linking the mainland to Holy Island. This is always an exhilarating trip and once on the island you can explore the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory (English Heritage) or visit iconic Lindisfarne Castle (National Trust). There's a pretty harbour and lovely walks all around the shores (including sandy beaches). In the village itself there is of course a good choice of cafes, pubs and little shops to delay your day further...
A 15 minute drive to the south (passing beautiful unspoilt Budle Bay on the way - a top spot for birdwatchers) will bring you to glorious BAMBURGH with its stunningly placed fortified castle and famous white beach - perfect for a picnic. Here you will find shops (including a great butcher's), pubs, restaurants, playground, teashops and the Grace Darling Museum.
An absolute must in season (Spring-October,) is a trip to SEAHOUSES half an hour away, for an unforgettable boat trip to the FARNE ISLANDS. We have to mention that the trips are subject to calm seas, if it gets choppy they are likely to be cancelled. Assuming the sea is on your side, you are guaranteed close sightings of the huge seal colonies, puffins, terns, kittiwakes, eider ducks, guillemots and more. There are various trips available, some of which include alighting on the islands and stepping through the nesting sites on a boardwalk. Very lucky guests might even see minke whales and porpoises.
We are just a short drive from the A1, linking EDINBURGH and the Scottish Borders in the north with NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE in the south. A day in Edinburgh is a fantastic experience (90 minutes by car, also an easy train journey from Berwick). Lively Newcastle is an hour's drive away, and is also accesible by train from Berwick. It has the added attractions of the Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery.
Easy access puts all of the other attractions of Northumberland within reach for day-trips, including ALNWICK Castle (where scenes from Harry Potter were shot) , Alnwick Garden (less than half an hour away) and Chillingham Castle with its unique herd of wild cattle (the castle is idiosyncratically restored and includes a pretty authentic torture chamber - well worth a visit) . There's also CRAGSIDE (National Trust) , and CRASTER - a pretty, busy harbour where you can buy fantastic Craster kippers at Robsons Smokehouse and great fresh crab sandwiches at the Jolly Fisherman pub. From here you can enjoy a dramatic, yet easy walk along low cliffs to DUNSTANBURGH CASTLE (there is no road to the medieval castle ruins, just the pathway hugging the low cliffs along the seashore).
ALNMOUTH (30-40 minutes away) is beautifully set on the headland where the River Aln meets the sea - enjoy a great Sunday lunch at the Red Lion Inn then take a walk along the links, beach, river or round the village. WARKWORTH (45 minutes away), on the lovely River Coquet has rowing boats for hire, idyllic riverside walks and a pretty village to explore, plus an English Heritage Castle.
Even Durham (90 minutes away) with its hauntingly beautiful, ancient cathedral is within striking distance.
Inland, away from the coast, visitors will enjoy the grandeur and wildernesses of the Northumberland National Park which include vast expanses of moorlands and crags (including the Cheviot hills). You can explore Northumbria's Roman past at Housesteads Roman Fort, Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum, and, of course along Hadrian's Wall itself - keen walkers will be spoilt for choice.
Within a short drive from us you can find horse riding stables, golf, gliding, wind surfing beaches and many other attractions. See 'activities' on the links section of our website for more details.
Whatever your interests, we are confident that Northumberland will surpass your expectations, and we have the accommodation to match!