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7 stunning renovated holiday cottages on the Northumberland Coast

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The Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famed for its sweeping sandy beaches, rugged headlands and jaw-dropping vistas. It is an area steeped in history, shaped by the sea and 7,000 years of human activity – from the clusters of castles dotted along the coastline to the numerous fishing villages that are still preserving a tradition and way of life dating back hundreds of years. The cottages found in this area are steeped in this tradition, and are blessed with a front row seat to some of the most spectacular views in the country. The following properties have all been expertly renovated to preserve their period features, while offering superb modern comforts, making them a perfect place to base yourself in this breathtaking part of Northumbria.

Harbourside, Seahouses (Sleeps 4)

A former fisherman’s cottage, Harbourside has been lovingly restored, retaining its historical fishing past, while boasting every modern facility. It is a pebble’s throw away from the shoreline in the traditional fishing village of Seahouses, overlooking the quayside and just a few minutes away from the pier where colourful party boats venture to the Farne Islands and Longstone Lighthouse.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Harbourside offers unparalleled seascape views through large picture windows in the first floor open plan lounge/dining area, which lead out to a balcony overlooking the harbour. The exposed stone wall and log effect electric fire create a homely feel in any season, while the small kitchen area is well-equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and washer/dryer.

On the ground floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom with WC, all of which have been finished to a high standard. Bedroom one boasts a comfortable double bed, while bedroom two is a twin room – both feature harbourside views through their windows.

The cottage provides an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area, with miles of sandy beaches, castles, rugged countryside and world heritage locations all within easy reach.

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Simonside Cottage, Seahouses (Sleeps 4)

This delightful refurbished stone built cottage provides comfortable and welcoming accommodation on one level in the popular coastal village of Seahouses. Tucked away in a quiet setting, but still less than 400 metres from the beach and bustling harbour, Simonside is an excellent base for a seaside holiday.

The lounge has retained the feature stone fireplace, with flame effect electric fire, while its mod cons include a TV with Freeview, a DVD player and CD radio. The dining/kitchen area comes equipped with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine, with a stable door leading out onto a secluded patio. Here you will find outdoor furniture for al fresco dining and a lovely cottage garden. There are two comfortably furnished bedrooms, one double and one twin, as well as a bathroom with over bath electric power shower and WC.

This is a lovingly restored cottage, balancing traditional features with modern conveniences, making it ideal for a family holiday or a romantic retreat.

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Lindisfarne Cottage, Seahouses (Sleeps 5)

This well presented mid-terraced cottage is tucked away in the older part of Seahouses, close to the picturesque harbour and within easy walking distance of a lovely sandy beach. The accommodation has been fully renovated, and is spacious with all the modern conveniences for a comfortable and relaxing family seaside holiday.

The ground floor has an open plan layout, with a dining area, a well-equipped kitchen and lounge area with wood burning stove, TV, DVD player and a selection of books and games. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one king-size and the other double with an additional single bed. The upstairs bathroom has an over bath electric shower, WC and heated towel rail, while downstairs there is a cloakroom with WC.

Lindisfarne cottage is a superbly located coastal retreat. Visitors are just minutes away from glistening clear water, sweeping sandy bays, majestic castles and an abundance of wildlife in any direction.

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The Old Manse, Seahouses (Sleeps 11)

The Old Manse simply oozes charm and character. Located in a quieter part of Seahouses, but still only eight minutes’ walk from the beach, it is perfect for a larger family gathering, especially with children.

This is a rambling house that has been lovingly renovated to a very high standard, retaining many characterful features such as an inglenook stone fireplace in the dining room and exposed beams on the ceilings. It benefits from a second sitting room and a large conservatory wrapped around two sides of the house overlooking the large mature enclosed garden.

Step through the door and you will be welcomed by the first of two lounges on the ground floor, with wooden floor, log burning stove, 50” Smart TV and DVD player – four steps up from the lounge is a sitting room/bedroom with double sofa bed, TV and shower room with WC. Further along the ground floor you’ll find the dining room with its feature stone fireplace with log burning stove, which leads into the conservatory, also equipped with a dining table. There is a very well-equipped kitchen with double electric oven, induction hob, washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer, as well as a separate utility room with WC.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms – all ensuite. The first features a super king-size bed, TV and ensuite shower room, while the second has king-size bed and another ensuite shower room. Take two steps down to find bedroom number three, with zip and link bed and ensuite bathroom with over-bath shower and WC. Finally, bedroom four features both zip and link bed and a single bed, as well as an ensuite shower room.

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Nantucket, Bamburgh (Sleeps 6)

Built in the late 19th century to accommodate the families of workers renovating nearby Bamburgh Castle, this deceptively spacious Grade II listed cottage is situated on the southern outskirts of the coastal village of Bamburgh, a short walk across the dunes to a magnificent sandy beach. The cottage provides contemporary well-designed holiday accommodation with an exceptionally large lawned garden to the rear and is in a quiet location with fields behind.

Nantucket is all on one level, with three bedrooms sleeping six people. The living room features the original stone fireplace, with multi-fuel stove, as well as a TV with Freeview, DVD and CD radio. The dining/kitchen area is well-equipped with electric double cooker, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The three bedrooms feature a king-size bed, king-size/small twin zip and link bed and twin beds respectively, while there is also a bathroom and a shower room, both with WCs.

This is a fantastic, well-renovated cottage from which to base yourself for a family coastal holiday. The amenities of the village are within walking distance and it is only a short drive to any number of great locations, with Seahouses two miles to the south and Budle Bay just one mile to the north – not to mention the famous castle and beautiful beach in Bamburgh itself only a few minutes’ walk away.

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Wynding Head, Bamburgh (Sleeps 6)

This prestigious recently renovated detached house provides excellent contemporary and stylish accommodation with the added bonus of uninterrupted views of the famous and imposing Bamburgh Castle as well as sea views from some of the bedrooms.

The views of the castle are stunning from the bay window in the relaxing lounge – a view which is mirrored from the master bedroom. A new conservatory provides an additional room to be used all year around, with sliding folding doors to both sides providing access onto the outside decked area. The separate dining room is perfect for entertaining with ample seating for six, while the kitchen has a breakfast bar for light snacks. Upstairs there is an exceptionally spacious master suite with superb ensuite facilities. Outside to the front of the house is an enclosed lawned garden with two secure paved areas with outdoor seating and fabulous view of the castle; to the rear there is ample off-road parking.

In addition to the master suite, there are two further bedrooms on the first floor – one double, one twin – while there is also a family bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC, as well as a downstairs shower room with WC.

Situated a short distance from one of the finest expanses of golden sands in Northumberland, this is an idyllic base for those wishing to get out and explore the famous Northumberland Heritage coast, as well as those just looking to relax and watch the world pass by.

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Number Twenty Eight, Craster (Sleeps 6)

Number Twenty Eight, Craster is undoubtedly a little gem, just a stone’s throw away from the sea. This semi-detached cottage has been completely refurbished and decorated to an excellent standard. The contemporary styling is enhanced with original artwork of Craster and the surrounding area.

Downstairs the open plan layout creates a bright, airy ambience. The comfortable sofa and large armchair are perfect for relaxing after a coastal walk, while the multi fuel burning stove is ideal for those colder days. The dining area is spacious, with French doors leading out onto the garden. Leading from the dining room is the kitchen, which is very well equipped with a good range of utensils to create a culinary delight. Elsewhere on the ground floor you’ll find the study room, with library and TV, while there is also a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as a WC and cloakroom leading from the cloakroom.

On the first floor are three double bedrooms – two of which have drawers and large wardrobes with plenty of hanging space – and a family bathroom with bath, shower, hand basin and WC.

Glimpses of the sea can be seen from most of the windows and the completely enclosed garden has a built-in barbecue and wooden patio furniture to enjoy alfresco dining.

Craster is a traditional fishing village still renowned worldwide for the famous oak smoked kippers that have been produced in the village since the early 19th century – they are believed to be a favourite of the royal family. The Northumberland Coast Path runs through the village, and the splendid sandy beaches at Embleton and Howick are both a pleasant 1.5 mile walk or drive away, in either direction. The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on the cliff edge, provide a dramatic backdrop to Craster harbour.

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