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Farne View Seahouses

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A former fisherman’s cottage that has been lovingly restored to create a chic seaside retreat in a glorious setting with uninterrupted views across the pretty harbour at Seahouses to the Farne Islands beyond. The cottage sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides the perfect spot for those looking to swap busy days for spectacular scenery and mile upon mile of unspoilt sandy beaches.

The interior is light, bright and immaculately presented in neutral tones peppered with nautical touches and vibrant pops of colour. There’s an electric fire for cosy winter evenings following a bracing walk on the beach and in the warmer months, French doors fold back to let the sea air in and a balcony to the rear provides a sheltered, sunny spot for dining al fresco.

The fabulous first floor open plan living area is designed to take full advantage of the fantastic views whilst you unwind and watch the comings and goings of the bustling little harbour. Beyond are the magical Farne Islands, home to one of the foremost seabird colonies in England and a large grey seal colony. Boat trips are available from the harbour. The comforting flash of Longstone Lighthouse on Outer Farne is a constant reminder of local heroine Grace Darling, famous for her gallant exploits rescuing survivors with her father during a storm in 1838.

On the ground floor, there are three compact but well-presented bedrooms (one double, one twin, one bunk) which are well-designed to make best use of the space for both families and couples.

Sitting in the very heart of the Northumberland coastline, Seahouses is seen as the gateway for sea voyages to the Farne Islands and is extremely well positioned for exploring all the attractions and sights of the wider area. Here you can enjoy lazy lunches in jolly pubs; wander dune fringed sands; or simply relax with a glass of prosecco and watch the setting sun from your own private balcony.

Local amenities

Farne View is within easy walking distance of the shops, cosy pubs, cafes and restaurants of this pretty coastal village, with plenty of good eating options right on the harbour area. Experience the rich maritime connections of The Old Ship Inn for tasty food and a good selection of real ales; or the Bamburgh Castle Inn situated above the old lime kilns by the harbour is another popular choice serving a menu full of fresh local flavours with lovely panoramic sea views from its terrace and beer garden. There is always a fresh supply of fish and seafood on the restaurant menus in this area, and fans of the traditional British takeaway can savour some of the best lightly battered fish and chips whilst watching the comings and goings of life on the quayside here.

Most of the shopping in Seahouses is on the Main Street which has a newsagents, bakery, chemist, fishmongers, olde-worlde sweet shop, as well as gift shops and a small Co-op supermarket. More extensive shopping, local producers, and a number of large supermarkets can be found in the historic market town of Alnwick which sits just 15 miles south of Seahouses.

Activities and attractions

No visit to this area should go by without a visit to the Farne Islands, and a recent accolade by Sir David Attenborough should leave you in doubt as to its credentials when he declared it his favourite place in the UK to capture nature at its very best. Charters from the harbour run every day (weather permitting) and you will be enthralled by the thousands of breeding sea-birds and seals taking up every square foot of this incredible rocky outcrop, including over 37,000 pairs of characterful Puffins. The diving around this area is also a real treat with crystal clear waters, rich marine life, and numerous wrecks to explore, including the presence of those ever inquisitive grey seals!

There are beaches to the north and the south of the village, with the most popular being to the north, featuring great sweeping curves of white sand running almost seamlessly to Bamburgh and Budle Bay. This stretch is popular with families and is just made for lazy picnics and days out with a bucket and spade. Overlooked by the spectacular outline of Bamburgh Castle, you will find good local amenities around this area with toilet facilities, cafes and plenty of ice-cream stops.

Surfing and windsurfing is highly rated here with waves naturally breaking to the left and right as a result of numerous sandbars along its length, and while there is no lifeguard cover on this section, it is seen as a safe spot for swimming. Three miles south of Seahouses, you will find excellent watersports on the golden sands of Beadnell Bay where you can launch boats, rent surfboards, wetsuits and bikes or try your hand at kitesurfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and waterskiing with accredited instructors.

For young explorers, pack a fishing net and spend a happy few hours rock-pooling for hermit crabs on the ‘Tumblers’, a rocky intertidal shore immediately adjacent the harbour at Seahouses, or head to Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks named by Countryfile as one of the top ten British rockpooling areas. Other child-friendly activities include the Seahouses Treasure Trail, a self-guided route which involves solving clues across the area to crack the final mystery - a fun way to spend a few hours, see the sights and keep family entertained.

For walking and cycling, the area offers some of the finest coastal routes in the country. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this stretch taking in incredible cliff-top scenery and sandy beaches, interspersed with dramatic castles and pretty coastal villages with art galleries and craft shops. A little further inland will take you to a huge network of trails and waymarked routes involving gentle circular routes through scenic Border country to challenging long-distance trails amidst the dramatic beauty of the Northumberland National Park.

Visitors will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where exceptional castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape all the way down the coast - Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Chillingham and Alnwick to name but a few. Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert, or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place.

Images courtesy of Paula Rosa Photography.


Ground Floor

Bedroom 1 - master bedroom with double bed.

Bedroom 2 - double bedroom with twin beds.

Bedroom 3 - with bunk beds.

Family bathroom - with bath and shower over, basin and wc.

First floor

Spacious open plan living/dining area with floor to ceiling windows offering a stunning aspect over the harbour and seascape. The patio doors open up onto a small balcony for warmer days. The living area features two comfortable double sofas, Freeview TV with DVD, radio/CD player. A selection of indoor games, books, DVDs and videos are provided. There is a dining table with seating for six.

The modern kitchen is well equipped for holiday living with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with icebox, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

Guest amenities
Bed linens and towels included.
Hairdryer provided.
Complimentary guest toiletries.

Heating throughout (night storage), with an electric fire in the living room.

Wi-Fi is available.

Babies and children
A travel cot, high chair and stair gate are available on request. There are beach games, a windbreak, buckets, spades and fishing nets available for use by guests.

One well-behaved dog is welcome for a fee of £10 per stay.

There is off-road parking for two cars.

The property can be let on a purely self-catered basis or part or fully catered options are available, including a homemade meals and wine delivery service.

No smoking
Smoking is not permitted in the property.
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"We had a perfect couple of weeks in Farne View. Couldn't have asked for more. It is the little things that you remember, like the postcard welcome from the owner's niece, the delightful welcome pack and the owner popping round to see if everything was OK. Truly lovely." - Musgrave

"We had a lovely time in Seahouses and Farne View was very homely and cosy with a superb view! It had everything you could possibly need. Would definitely book again, had a great time and the coastline and attractions are stunning." - Monaghan

"A lovely house, well appointed, equipped and lots of nice little touches/details. It's the view over the harbour that's the USP though! And Seahouses is a real joy amidst the joy of the wonderful Northumbria coast." - Campbell

"I can’t think of a single thing that was a problem with the accommodation and the personal touches my father received for his birthday, just topped off his week. So thank you for such a fantastic place and you will be seeing us again" - Haynes