1 Bridge Street, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HT
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There is a 20% discount available on all remaining dates until 22nd March 2018.
The 3 night short break from 26th - 29th March 2018 is now priced at £450.
Looking out towards the causeway and pristine sands of Lindisfarne, it could be the warmth and character of this immaculately restored period property or perhaps the little touches and attention to detail that sets it apart.
The cottage offers accommodation for up to five guests and is perfectly positioned for exploring the beautiful coast and country of Northumberland. It has been sensitively renovated throughout and the result is a harmonious fusion of classic period detailing sprinkled with tasteful furnishings and cosy fabrics in keeping with its country cottage style. Modern comforts have not been compromised and guests can enjoy the benefits of luxurious bath and shower rooms, underfloor heating, a well-appointed kitchen in a stunning shaker style, free Wi-Fi and for children (or the young at heart!) a games room with pool table, table tennis table, table football and dartboard - certain to provide hours of entertainment.
The charming sitting room comes complete with an impressive floor to ceiling fireplace with atmospheric wood burning stove and the three bedrooms (one single, one double, and one twin) are extremely well appointed with pretty furnishing details and high quality hotel standard mattresses. The single bedroom and adjacent shower room on the ground floor of the cottage may suit mobility restricted guests.
The views from the property are breathtaking, overlooking the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and its picture perfect castle perched on a rocky outcrop. A short drive will allow you to cross the causeway to the island or perhaps walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims and cross barefoot......or with your wellies on if you prefer!
The property benefits from easy access links, sitting just half-a-mile from the main A1 north/south route, and just 1 mile from the charming village of Belford where you will find a good range of local amenities including a small co-op supermarket, two pubs and a hotel bar and restaurant. The fabulous Sunnyhills Farm Shop sits just on the edge of the village and sells a wonderful range of fresh local produce in the Food Hall, or you can enjoy excellent coffee, home cooking and lovely cakes and pastries in the super cafe bistro. For more extensive shopping, the historic market towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick are just a short 15 minute drive away.
Activities and attractions
There is a huge amount to see and do across the area....
With over 30 miles of stunning sandy beaches, guests are spoilt for choice. Bamburgh, Budle Bay, Lindisfarne and Seahouses all sit nearby with pristine white sands perfect for sandcastle making, rock pools made for dabbling in, hidden coves and deep sheltered sand dunes ideal for cosy picnics, and stunning sunsets on a balmy summer evening.
For walking it is an ideal gateway to the Cheviot Hills and the extensive walking routes available there. You can link into St. Cuthbert’s Way from Wooler or there is a 4.5 mile circular walk to historic St Cuthbert’s Cave from nearby Holburn which takes in the important wildlife areas of Holburn Lake & Moss. You can join The Devil’s Causeway just over one mile to the east, a Roman road which starts at Port Gate on Hadrian’s Wall north of Corbridge and extending 55 miles northwards across Northumberland to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed. For coastal hikes, take time out to spot the rich birdlife on the Northumberland Coastal Path, or enjoy a leisurely 10 mile walk from Seahouses to Belford taking in fantastic views of the Farne Islands and Budle Bay.
For sightseeing the area is punctuated by iconic castles, stately homes and fortifications which are testament to the area’s rich and dramatic past. Pay a visit to the magnificent castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh or Chillingham where you can discover tales of bloody battles and royal rebellion, or enjoy the stunning stately homes and gardens of Belsay, Cragside, Wallington or Paxton House. Harry Potter was filmed at Alnwick Castle and children will particularly enjoy the wizardly magic of characters inspired by Hagrid and Harry, including a spot of Broomstick Training!
Foodies will enjoy the fine local produce in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the area - everything from the freshest fish and chips to fine dining experiences! The very popular Barn at Beal is nearby with amazing views over to Holy Island, or The Ship at Newton-by-the-Sea has a great reputation for serving good food along with ale from its own microbrewery. Not to be missed is the delicately flavoured kippers from Craster, or a tipple of infamous Lindisfarne Mead.
For action sports, surfing, kitesurfing and coasteering is available at Budle Bay, Beadnell and Bamburgh, while canoeing can be arranged on the nearby coastal waters or river systems. There are also extensive cycling and mountain biking trails in and around the area, with the Coast and Castles route a firm favourite. For riding, Swinhoe, Kimmerston and Slate Hall riding centres all come recommended, offering lessons, treks and wonderful beach rides.
Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with Belford, Goswick and Bamburgh courses nearby, and easy access to an incredibly varied choice of over 60 PGA, links and parkland courses right across the Borders and Northumberland.
Salmon fishing on the North Tyne can be arranged through the owners, or guests can head to the lakes at Chatton which offers fly fishing for trout, or try Coldingham Loch for bank or boat fishing - both helpful and friendly venues. River fishing is available on the Till or the world-renowned Tweed system. Pheasant shooting and stalking can be arranged through the owners.
Sitting room with stone floor to ceiling fireplace with wood-burning stove - logs supplied. Smart TV, portable DVD player, and a good selection of games and books.
Kitchen - well-equipped in shaker style, with solid oak worktops and Belfast sink. dishwasher, microwave, Smeg double oven, induction hob and retro fridge/freezer. Large farmhouse-style table with plenty of seating. Open views over to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. A Miele washing machine and separate Miele dryer are provided elsewhere in the cottage.
Single bedroom - with single bed and views of the garden and countryside beyond.
Shower room with double shower and grab handle, basin and WC. Underfloor heating provided.
Twin bedroom with cream metal beds and high quality hotel standard mattresses and original features. Adjoining cloakroom with WC and wash basin. Sash window overlooks a wood in the beautiful grounds of Middleton Hall.
Master bedroom features a king-size bed, dressing table and wardrobe, flat screen TV with Freeview. En-suite bathroom with bath, double head shower, bath and large traditional sink and towel rail. Underfloor heating provided. Views towards Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle.
A further fold-down bed can be provided on request (additional charges apply).
In addition to the wood-burner, oil central heating is provided throughout with radiators in all rooms. There is underfloor heating in the kitchen, hall, shower-room and en-suite bathroom.
- Two flat-screen Freeview televisions (Smart TV in the living-room).
- Hair-dryer in the master bedroom.
- Bed linen and towels are provided for all guests.
- Shaver sockets at all wash room sinks.
- Arran Aromatics toiletries.
Free Wi-Fi is provided and is also available in the outdoor Games Room.
Young Children / Infants
Neither a high chair nor a travel cot are provided; parents are however welcome to bring their own.
Up to two dogs are welcome at April Cottage. Additional by consent from the owner. A fee of £20 per dog applies.
Strictly no smoking permitted.
The cottage has an enclosed garden with spacious lawn and two patio areas. Charcoal barbecue and outdoor furniture are provided. There are two small out-buildings and a wood store to the rear of the cottage and one of the outbuildings provides secure storage for bikes and other outdoor kit. There is private, off-road parking for two cars.
A log cabin in the garden area provides a games room with pool table, table tennis table, table football and dartboard. W-ifi is available here.
"The cottage was really lovely and very comfortable. We loved the log burner - and needed it due to the weather. The standard of fixtures, fittings and equipment was fabulous - the best we have ever had. We loved April Cottage. Thanks very much." - Bent
"We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Northumberland and our stay in April Cottage. The owners were very welcoming - the cottage was lovely and cosy, very well equipped and the beds extremely comfortable! The cottage was perfectly placed to visit lots of different places. We found the service we received from Crabtree & Crabtree excellent. Any queries we had were answered very quickly and the team was friendly and helpful." - Armstrong
"Our family group had an excellent stay at April Cottage, we were welcomed upon arrival by the owner who was very helpful in explaining all the facilities at the cottage which were excellent, all that was required for an enjoyable week was provided. The welcome pack was excellent, gratefully received and consumed in due course! In summary location and cottage were excellent we loved the views from the kitchen seating area of Holy Island/Budle Bay and the many recently born lambs playing in the adjacent field, would recommend April Cottage to any interested party and would have no hesitation to stay there again if we decide to visit that area again in the future." - Kerray