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Nestled in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stunning sandy beach and a golf course on the doorstep and a charming village and good eateries just down the road, Grey Barns is the perfect coastal hideaway for families and large groups.
The accommodation at Grey Barns is spacious, practical, comfortable and designed with groups in mind. The huge kitchen complete with Aga is the convivial heart of the house with a great big table at one end for long family feasts. Return from a bracing walk on the beach to a roaring log fire, books and board games in the cosy sitting room. Or in the summer months head outside to eat al fresco on the terrace. A pretty walled garden accessed from the sitting room is fully-enclosed for dogs and kids to explore.
The principal bedrooms are positioned at either end of the house providing privacy for two families holidaying together. In the centre of the house children’s bedrooms lead from the light, spacious morning room which doubles as a playroom with plenty of seating and a second TV in addition to an oil-cloth covered table for rainy day activities.
For many it will be the setting of Grey Barns which steals the show. A hop, skip and a jump from the garden gate is Alnmouth Bay. Six miles of pristine white sands perfect for walking (dogs are welcome on the beach), sandcastle building, beach cricket, kite surfing, sailing, surfing, riding through the surf or just relaxing with a good book.
The charming village of Alnmouth is a 15 minute walk from the house with brightly painted houses nestled along the north bank of the River Aln estuary which has earned the village the name of the Tobermory of Northumberland. The village offers a lively selection of pubs and restaurants and independent shops and galleries and hosts a number of events through the year including the summer Arts Festival and a fun raft race in addition to a beer festival in October. Don’t miss the Ferryman’s Hut, a bite-sized museum housed in a former beach hut, said to be the smallest in the country.
There is sailing from the sheltered harbour as well as surfing, kite surfing and coasteering. Sea fishing is allowed from Alnmouth beach and also downstream of the Duchess Bridge (on the road into Alnmouth). Salmon and sea trout fishing is available on the River Aln and permits can be purchased locally.
There are fabulous walks from the house along the beach, saltmarsh and dunes (a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest) and the village has excellent marked heritage trails. Or walk the famous Northumberland Coastal Path north towards Boulmer, past the remains of the Percy Volunteers battery built to defend against Napoleon and look out for bird life on Marden Rocks.
Keen cyclists can also enjoy a number of routes including the Coast and Castles Cycle Route which runs through the town. The pretty ride from Alnmouth to Warkworth is a National Cycle Network traffic-free route. There are several riding stables nearby including the chance to enjoy an exhilarating beach ride.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as “a birder’s paradise” the Northumberland Coast AONB offers outstanding birdwatching opportunities with a number of rare species and breeding colonies of international significance. Many species can be seen on the beach, saltmarsh and dunes at Alnmouth or take a boat trip to the famous Farne Islands to see terns and puffins to name but a few. Birdwatching guides are available for the less experienced.
Grey Barns is a paradise for golf parties with Alnmouth Golf Course at Foxton Hall literally on the doorstep, widely regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the North East of England and recently chosen as one of the Top 10 Hidden Gem golf courses in the UK by Golf Monthly magazine. Alnmouth also boasts a second village golf club, the second oldest in England and there are a wide range of courses nearby including the well-known links course at Dunstanburgh, Goswick, a British open qualifier course and Bamburgh, said to be one of the most scenic in the country.
The historic town of Alnwick is just five miles down the road offering a good selection of pubs, restaurants, local shops and a farmer's market. Visit majestic Alnwick Castle home to the Percy family for over 700 years and used as a location in the Harry Potters films and the award-winning Alnwick Garden with its famous Treehouse and Poison Garden. Both host a number of events throughout the year including Potter-inspired fun and music in the garden.
There are a number of excellent local pubs in the area including the delightful Ship Inn at Low Newton famous for its seafood and microbrewery, the newly-renovated Joiner’s Arms at Newton by the Sea and the Jolly Fisherman at the pretty village of Craster, famous for its kippers. Not to be missed is a trip to the fabulous Treehouse Restaurant at the Alnwick Garden or a drink at the Potting Shed bar next door.
For rainy day activities, the spa at nearby Doxford Hall is perfect for some rest and relaxation or visit Barter Books, one of the UK's largest second hand bookshops located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station with a model railway linking the book columns.
Alnmouth has excellent transport links. The village is close to the A1 and has its own railway station a few miles from the town which is accessed by the East Coast Main line.
The accommodation at Grey Barns is all on ground floor level and is suitable for less mobile guests. Please note that there are some steps between different floor levels and steps to the beach.
Large, open plan kitchen and dining area
Extensively-equipped kitchen with electric Aga, electric double oven with 4 ring hob, large fridge, large freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Plenty of good quality cookware - including Le Creuset pans - utensils, crockery and glasses for large groups.
Dining for 14 guests.
Sitting room with Smart TV, open fire (logs provided), selection of books and games, window seat and door to garden.
Morning room with ample seating, large TV with Freeview and integrated DVD player. Also serves as a good playroom.
Grey Barns has 9 bedrooms to sleep up to 12 adults plus up to an additional 7 children. The accommodation comprises 4 double bedrooms (1 with additional bunk beds and 1 with additional single bed), 1 twin bedroom, 2 single bedrooms and 2 bunk bedrooms.
Bedroom one with 6’ double bed, large fitted wardrobes and chest of drawers.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bath, walk in shower, basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom three with 4’ 6” double bed and children’s bunk beds, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bath with handheld shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom four with children’s bunk beds, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom five with 3’ single bed, fitted wardrobe and WC.
Shower room with walk in shower. Separate WC with basin.
Bathroom with bath with handheld shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom six with full size bunk beds.
Bedroom seven with 5’ double bed, and 3’ single bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroom eight with 3’ single bed and chest of drawers.
Bedroom nine with 5’ double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available and a booster system is in place to boost the signal throughout the house. There is good mobile reception on most networks.
All the principle bedrooms are spacious with plenty of storage space. The children’s bunk rooms and single rooms are smaller.
The beds are made up with high quality White Company Egyptian cotton bed linen and good quality hypoallergenic, hollow fibre duvets and pillows.
A hair dryer is supplied in bedrooms 1 and 8.
Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests.
Guest soap is also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot is available on request.
Garden and grounds
Grey Barns has a fully-enclosed garden with terrace with outside furniture. There is a drying area with rotary line. A gate from the bottom of the garden leads directly to the beach. There is private parking for at least 5 cars. A secure shed provides storage for outdoor kit.
A welcome pack is provided.
Catering at Grey Barns is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests' stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome at Grey Barns. Guests wishing to bring more than three dogs should please contact us as arrangements may be possible depending upon the breed.
Grey Barns sits in a hamlet of properties behind the club house at Foxton. The accommodation has been arranged to maximise privacy and the garden is walled and therefore offers relative privacy.
Grey Barns is centrally heated throughout with a combination of electric and oil fired heating.
To view the floor plan, please click here.
"We had a great time at Grey Barns. The house and garden were even better than we'd hoped. The layout worked very well for our group. The location was quite special allowing for regular visits to the beach. Please pass on our thanks to the owner / housekeepers for presenting the house in such a clean and welcoming way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Grey Barns to friends or colleagues." - Rankin
"Comfortable beds, lovely kitchen and sitting room and so great to have the use of the summerhouse and access to the beach and coastal path." - Rutter
"I had a week's holiday in Grey Barns and just wanted to feedback to you that we had a wonderful time. It was comfortable, very spacious, well equipped, perfect location - I could go on and on about its merits." - Moody
"We had a really fantastic week at Grey Barns, apart from being incredibly lucky with the weather! The house suited us well as we were 5 couples and the room layout was good. The beds and bedding were good, kitchen well equipped, lovely to have the fire on a couple of nights, and view from living room was wonderful." - Gaunt
"We had a fantastic family weekend stay at Grey Barns. Our family of 17 ranged from 3 year old to 75 year old and everything in between. The property was clean and fantastically well equipped particularly in the kitchen. The utensils and crockery were of a high quality and there was plenty of it, which is always a bonus. We were delighted to see the log fire and spent time relaxing in the lounge while watching the six nations. The weather wasn't great but it didn't stop us from heading out down the beach from the easy access through the garden. Other than heading into Alnwick briefly on Saturday and Alnmouth on Sunday, we didn't venture far but then why would you with a lovely home like Grey Barns. Thank you for the welcome pack, it was a lovely touch and well received. All in all a fabulous weekend and one which will be talked about for many months to come." - Scarrett
"We had a wonderful time. The house was ideal for two large families and particularly with small children as there are few stairs. The house was excellently kitted out and I would have no hesitation in using Crabtree & Crabtree again." - Cooper
"Our stay at Grey Barns was absolutely delightful, my family and I really enjoyed our stay. The location of the cottage is excellent, and the high quality of the appliances, furnishing, bedding, towels etc made it feel very much home from home. We all had a great nights sleep which is always important :). The welcome hamper goodies was a lovely gesture too. The overall experience was a positive and happy one, we have all left feeling very relaxed and keen to book again for next year. As for the service from Crabtree & Crabtree, I would sum this up as excellent! I am personally impressed with the friendliness and timeliness of communications, you have put your customer at the heart of the experience and made sure I was well informed. I felt the service was personalised too, as I had the same person contact me on most occasions. Where another team member contacted me, they knew all about my booking and never once referred to "oh that's not what the system said". It might sound simple, but this level of communication and service is unfortunately not consistent across the industry and is often what makes the customer feel very frustrated - but not Crabtree & Crabtree, you do this so well and that's what makes you stand out. You will come highly recommended to friends, family and colleagues. Well done indeed!" - Mullinder
"We had a great time at Grey Barns. It was very well equipped - we couldn't find a whisker and having reported this to the manager in the morning, we found a brand new packaged whisk awaiting our return. The quality of the fittings, linen and towels was all first class. There was plenty of hot water and we had a wonderful welcome basket and card awaiting our arrival. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Grey Barns. Wonderful." - Hepworth
"This is the 10th holiday that we have done in a big group of 6 adults and 9 children, and our 3rd stay at Grey Barns. In all the places we have stayed around the UK, Grey Barns is definitely our favourite. The house is perfect for a big group - there's plenty of space, comfortable beds and a great sitting room, kitchen and dining area. The garden is enclosed and fantastic for kids and dogs to run around in, and with the gate at the back and the beach a stone's throw away it makes it the most wonderful location too." - Alderson