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Driftwood Embleton

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Embleton Bay - Awarded Beach of the Year 2017 by BBC Countryfile Magazine.......

Sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the glorious sands of Embleton Bay just a stone’s throw away, this is a place to escape the crowds and recapture those nostalgic holiday moments - the allure of empty sandy beaches, breathtaking views and easy, relaxed living in the company of family or friends.

The property offers a perfect base for beach life where a five minute stroll down a pretty country lane leads to a fantastic stretch of golden sands with the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop. The idyllic location combined with its many local attractions means that it is a super location for families, outdoor pursuits and active explorers!

Sleeping up to six guests, the property offers warm, comfortable accommodation with pretty nautical touches that reflect its coastal location. The charming open plan sitting room/dining room has been recently opened-up to take advantage of its bright sunny outlook and is presented using a soothing Farrow & Ball colour palette with deep roomy sofas and plenty of cosy features for relaxed evenings around the wood burning stove.

The existing configuration will work extremely well for families with two bright double bedrooms (one double and one twin) and one single room with full-size bunk beds - ideal for children sharing. There is a compact but well equipped kitchen with adjoining utility and boot room, including a variety of toys and games for those happy laid-back days on the beach.

The substantial lawned rear garden benefits from sunshine through most of the day and offers plenty of space for entertainment, ball games and that all-important summer barbecue.

Local amenities

For local provisions the pretty village of Embleton sits 3/4 mile from the property where you will find a village shop for essential provisions and a number of country pubs including the Blue Bell Inn with pizzeria
and large play park opposite which is a real highlight for children. The can be reached by walking down the country lane towards the beach and then taking the pedestrian path past the golf club to the village (approx 3/4 mile). The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is a good choice for fine evening dining, or for something a little more relaxed, a ten minute walk will take you to the welcoming surroundings of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club which has a great reputation for good home cooking. Alternatively nearby Eleanor’s Byre is a super place for a coffee and cake stop.

A leisurely mile long walk along the coastline with children and dogs in tow will take you to the hugely popular Ship Inn at Low Newton renowned for great seafood lunches and its microbrewery, or try the Joiners Arms in Newton By The Sea for some amazing fish and chips! Follow the coastal trail to sample the simply delicious crab sandwiches at the highly regarded Jolly Fisherman at Craster; try the lovely Shoreline Cafe for a steaming cappuccino and home-made cakes (muddy boots and dogs welcome!); followed by a visit to The Mick Oxley Gallery where you will find wonderful artwork and artisan gifts. A must-visit is Robson’s Smokehouse, home of the famous Craster kippers as well as a wonderful selection of smoked delicacies, fresh fish, shellfish, cheeses and other delicious local produce from the Northumberland heartlands.

A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (9 miles) with an eclectic selection of specialist shops, including a deli, bakery, award-winning butcher’s, charming coffee and gift shops, as well as a number of supermarkets for holiday provisions. It is also home to the extraordinary Barter Books, one of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe where you can spend a blissful few hours browsing or relaxing in a comfy armchair in this characterful and beautifully restored former railway station.

Activities & attractions

Embleton Bay and Low Newton-by-the-Sea (3 miles) cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families, children and dogs where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families with options for kitesurfing, bodyboarding, coasteering and kayaking with a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area.

The beautiful scenery around this area is a haven for families, walkers, photographers and sports enthusiasts who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats, and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. Walk or cycle northwards along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline or take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony.

A short drive (14 miles) will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.

For golf fans, there are scenic links courses all the way down the coast, including nearby Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club where a short five minute walk from the property will take you directly onto the 16th green.

History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Dunstanburgh, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle or Chillingham Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter or test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest. For garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens, Howick Hall and Cragside is an absolute must, with spectacular colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.


Ground floor

Open plan sitting room/dining room with two large sofas set around a wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided). Flatscreen TV with Freeview and DVD player, including an excellent selection of books and games for wet weather days. The dining area has a table with seating for six.

The kitchen is compact but ideal for holiday living with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and Krups Nespresso coffee machine (pod type). There is a small freezer in the pantry and the kitchen leads into a utility room with a washing machine and dryer.

Large boot room which can be used for the secure storage of outdoor gear, bikes and golf clubs. This has a selection of outdoor toys for children and a number of beach games which guests are welcome to use.

Bathroom one - shower unit (rainforest head) with basin, heated towel rail and WC.

First floor

Bedroom one - with fixed 5' king size bed, dressing table, built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom two - with fixed 3' twin beds, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom three - single room with full size bunk beds - ideal for children.

Bathroom two - with Villeroy and Boch bath, large shower unit (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Oil fired central heating throughout - thermostatically controlled.
Wood burning stove in the sitting room (with initial supply of logs).

There is a front lawned garden which can be fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs when the driveway gate is closed. There is a large lawned garden to the rear of the property (partially enclosed) which runs down to a line of woods and field margins.

There is private parking for 2-3 cars in the driveway directly in front of the property.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Free Wi-Fi is provided. There is limited or no mobile coverage on most networks. A landline is provided for emergency and incoming calls only.

Guest amenities
Bed linen and towels supplied
Hair dryers supplied.
Guest toiletries and hand soaps are provided.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available.

Welcome pack
A small welcome pack is provided.

The property can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options are available including a homemade meal and wine delivery service. Please contact Crabtree & Crabtree for details.

Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is an outside tap and dog owners are asked to ensure that dogs are clean before access into the property and should remain in the bootroom/utility room until dry. Thereafter, dogs must be kept to the ground floor, uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted on the furniture. There is a fee of £15 per dog to cover additional cleaning charges.

Guest privacy
The property is semi detached and sits in a small row of properties on a country lane in the tiny hamlet of Dunstan Steads which leads down to Embleton Bay. There are green fields to the front of the property and a large lawned garden to the rear leads down to a line of trees and field margins.
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Price Per Week
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"We stayed at Driftwood Embleton and we had a great week and found the accommodation itself without fault. The kitchen was so well equipped and we liked the Le Creuset type casserole pot so much we bought one for ourselves on our return. The boot room worked perfectly for the 2 dogs. We slept well and both the showers were great. The house was spotless." - Hutchinson

"Had a lovely time. We own a holiday let ourselves and recognise a good one when we see it. A lot of effort has gone into the renovation and everything that you could need has been provided for. Location is second to none. 7 days of sunny weather in early May was a lucky bonus." - Caunt

"Just to say we had a brilliant week at Driftwood. We know the area very well and this was just the property we wanted for our extended family of son, daughter-in-law, 2 very young grandchildren and 2 dogs. Near the dunes and beach in a lovely property ...wonderful. The house actually was well equipped and lacked for nothing and your staff handled things very well for us." - Craven

"We had a lovely break, the house was beautifully clean. It's a lovely house we felt very welcome." - Burton

"Just to say we had another wonderful few days at Driftwood which is a fabulous cottage. The beds are so comfortable and all the extra facilities make it so welcoming. The welcome pack itself is fantastic. We always feel totally spoiled when we book through Crabtree & Crabtree. Don’t change a thing!" - Hall

"Had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed the property, which was perfect for our needs. The welcome pack was very ‘welcome’ – the best, I think we have ever had." - Kirkby

"It is a pleasure to write a review on such an excellent property. The cottage has been furnished and decorated to a very high standard which made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. Everything that holiday makers might need seemed to have been catered for. It's proximity to the coast made it an ideal base for the walking holiday that we planned and enjoyed very much. The double bed was so comfortable that we feel that we need to replace ours at home! If we return to Northumberland we will certainly want to rent this cottage again." - Saunders

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Driftwood and we intend to return. The cottage was so well equipped with lots of extras like DVDs, cool bags, herbs and spices in the larder etc, there were candles, flowers and a great welcome basket. Although not needed on this occasion, there was everything required for the beach and so much more. Our cat was welcome and she settled very quickly because I think the whole ambience of the cottage and its location was very calm and peaceful. We loved the walks on the beaches in particular. Our bed was very comfortable and the couches too. We were very impressed overall and cannot think of anything else you could do to improve things. Another plus point you provided champagne glasses which is so rare in holiday lets we usually bring our own. Well done and thanks again." - Hall

"We had a really lovely week at Driftwood, set in a perfect location. A really lovely location, lovely house, lovely area, great holiday!" - Tate