A beautifully finished stone built barn which have been recently transformed into a cosy two-person studio, nestling within dog-friendly, private, walled, kitchen garden with off-road parking and beautiful open views over rolling Northumberland countryside. Each cottage has a mix of contemporary furnishings and traditional features, including old beams, reclaimed local stone and log burners which make them perfect getaways even in the winter months. Unlike most traditional cottages, insulation standards at Bamburgh Gate exceed even the latest stringent regulations making these properties much easier to keep warm and comfortable during winter months. Bamburgh village with its famous castle is just a ten minute drive away where there is access to miles of unspoilt beach and sand dunes, from where you can enjoy views of Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and the Farne Islands.
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 in season. 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/DVD, Wi-fi. Log Burner. Electric oven & hob. Fridge. Microwave. Double bed. Picture window opens to a 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|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle 70 km, Nearest railway: Alnwick 23 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, 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|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
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 bow 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).
Bambugh is a really charming little place: its castle, dunes and beaches are truly spectacular – voted 2nd best view in Britain after The Lakes. You can see over to The Farne Islands, including Holy Island from the beach and during the season there are boat trips from Seahouses to visit the islands and see the seals and other wildlife. Bamburgh has cafés, pubs, a deli 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.
Budle Bay, just a mile or so north of Bamburgh is an beautiful tidal estuary and a magnet for bird watchers and walkers. You can walk there from Bamburgh along the beach if the tide is out, or along the dune tops if not. It is about 4 miles round trip.
Another 'must do' is a walk from Newton by the Sea (20 minute drive south along the coast) to Dunstanburgh Castle (about 4-mile walk round trip) 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 – DIY dinner suggestion: lobster, mayonnaise and French fries. Also so Guardian Top 10 Walks at http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/aug/17/top-10-uk-walks-northumberland
Alnmouth is well worth a visit – brunch or full Sunday lunch with the papers at the Red Lion takes some beating. To work up an appetite, do a circular walk around the village from the bridge over the river Aln, along the river and out onto the beach by the estuary. Our fishing boat, the Gracey B, is moored here and in the summer we supply fresh fish to guests. Across the river, south of the village, is yet another fabulous beach which is often deserted and you can walk along it all the way to Warkworth – another stunning little village. Access to this beach takes some finding (hence the quietness) but about a mile along on the road between Alnmouth and Warkworth there is a left turn onto a very bumpy bridleway which leads down the dunes.
Holy Island or Lindisfarne, can be accessed from about 15 minutes' drive north along the A1 but only when the tide is in. You DO need to check the times as several times a year cars get stranded and have to be rescued by the lifeboat or helicopter – very embarrassing and expensive! The beaches and dunes surround the island are some of Lindisfarne's best features and often deserted, even in the height of summer, except for wildlife which is in abundance.
Alnwick Castle & Market Town is the largest commercial centre in the area and offers Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Coop and Aldi supermarkets, along with a good choice of small shops, banks, chemists and restaurants. It also has a regular market, plus other specialist markets from time to time. There is small theatre-come-cinema and a great new leisure centre with a pool (next to Sainsbury's).
Barter Books, in Alnwick is second hand book emporium in the old Victorian station is almost as big a draw as the castle and garden. Take an old book and sit in one of the arm chairs by the fire with a coffee and hours can go by.
A heritage railway is currently under construction to link Alnwick to Alnmouth and a visitor centre is already open on the site. Alnwick Garden is lovely but busy in the summer but a bit bleak in winter. The Treehouse is well worth seeing and has a surprising good evening restaurant service.
Howick Garden near Craster is home to a small but important arboretum and quirky garden, with tea room and restaurant. It was the ancestral home of Earl Grey, who blended the famous tea there to disguise the strange of the local spring water.
Gragside Hall & Gardens are a 30 minutes drive away but worth it for wealth of history that surrounds them and their famous Victorian founder. Without Lord Armstrong the North would be so much poorer in social history, culture and architecture, including Bamburgh Castle for whose current excellent state of preservation he is responsible and Newcastle's majestic Swing Bridge, still operating nearly 150 years since he built it.
Surfboards, wetsuits and bikes (delivered to cottage by arrangement) can be rented from Boards and Bikes www.boardsandbikes.co.uk tel. 07563 040195.
Walk the Coastal Path
Cycle the National Cycle Network
Learn to Kitesurf with Kevin Anderson
Dive Charters with Farne Island Divers
Horse Riding and Trekking with Slatehall Riding Centre
Fishing trips with Unity
Sea Kayaking with Active4Season