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Kingfisher Cottage Bamburgh

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If the allure of miles upon miles of wide golden sands sits at the top of your holiday wish list, Kingfisher Cottage will be hard to resist. Sitting in an exceptionally lovely village location with Bamburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop, this comes pretty close to coastal heaven!

Designed for two but with capacity for four, the cottage is presented in a classic New England style with a blend of soft natural colours inspired by beach pebbles and driftwood. The double-height sitting room with original exposed beams features a cosy wood burner which is perfect for all seasons, two large sofas for rest and relaxation and a small table with dining space for two.

The spacious double bedroom with its charming church style window has a king size bed which links to a small second bedroom with twin (2’6”) beds which are perfect for children but can also accommodate adults if space is not a factor. The beds have deep mattresses and quality bed linen for a restful night’s sleep.

There is a compact but well equipped kitchen to the rear of the cottage which leads out to a small but private terraced patio garden for sitting-out on glorious summer days or an evening barbecue.

Local amenities

With friendly local shops, quaint tea-rooms, cosy pubs and restaurants on the doorstep as well as miles upon miles of stunning white sands within walking distance it is part of the reason visitors return to this area year-after-year, and why it remains one of the most popular beach destinations in England.

For dining-out, you can enjoy fantastic seafood at The Potted Lobster; the Mizen for a superior eating experience; or the Victoria Hotel if you like great pub food and a great chat next to the fire. Alternatively try the Castle Hotel for a good pub meal and pretty beer garden; or the Copper Kettle a characterful little tea-room serving a selection of freshly baked scones, cake and light-bites.

A short drive will take you to the popular Barn at Beal with amazing views over the causeway to Holy Island, or head a little further down coast to the Ship Inn at Low Newton (9 miles) which has a reputation for serving excellent local food (their crab sandwiches are legendary!) along with ales from their own micro-brewery.

For provisions, The Pantry is a super deli selling meats, cheeses, preserves, freshly baked bread and smoked fish as well as lots of naughty puddings which all come from renowned local suppliers across the area. For picnics or lunches on-the-go, they will prepare sandwiches on request along with freshly ground coffee, or can arrange for food hampers full of gourmet goodies to be made up for your arrival at your holiday home. J Carter has been the village butchers for 125 years serving only the finest locally produced meat, homemade pies and award winning bacon which is cured and smoked on the premises. You will also find a family run greengrocers in the walled garden which was once used to serve the Castle.

Activities and attractions

Standing on a quite spectacular 180 foot high basalt crag, the skyline is dominated by the dramatic outline of Bamburgh Castle from miles around. A visit to the Castle will allow you to experience over two thousand years of fascinating history with dark tales of royal rebellion, turbulent battles, and stories of powerful legend and folklore. The Grace Darling Museum sits nearby and offers a wonderful insight into the life of this courageous young woman who was written into the history books in 1838 when she risked her life to row a boat out in treacherous seas to rescue survivors of the luxury steam ship Forfarshire.

As well as boasting its own magnificent Castle, the village is home to the Bamburgh Golf Club - an 18 hole golf course with outstanding views towards Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands and the Cheviot Hills. Rated by Golf World Magazine as ‘quite possibly the most beautiful and beautifully situated golf course in all England’ this tricky links course will both challenge and delight. You will also find tennis courts in the village which can be hired for a nominal fee.

The beach at Bamburgh comprises glorious curves of white sand backed by deep sand dunes, rocky outcrops and dramatic shorelines. and is a wonderful spot for families, walkers and water sports enthusiasts. Surfing and windsurfing is highly rated here with waves naturally breaking to the left and right as a result of the numerous sandbars along its length, and while there is no lifeguard cover on this section, it is seen as a safe spot for swimming. Alternatively, six miles south of Bamburgh, 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 along with a sand bucket and enjoy a spot of rock-pooling for tiny shore crabs, starfish or periwinkles at Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks - named by Countryfile as one of the top ten rockpooling areas in Britain. Here you can spend many happy hours dabbling in the plunge pools before taking a gentle wander back along the beach to the village.

The whole area is bursting with things to do here, dotted by a trail of castles and fortifications interspersed with pretty seaside villages all the way up and down the coast. Cross the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to trace the legend of St. Cuthbert, take a boat trip from Seahouses to the outstanding Farne Islands nature reserve and seabird sanctuary, head to Craster to sample their legendary oak smoked kippers, visit the beautiful gardens at Howick Hall, or head inland to experience the medieval splendour of Alnwick Castle with its fantastic child-friendly activity programme inspired by the wizardly magic and broomstick antics of Harry Potter.

Walking and cycling in this area is a delight with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities. Take a four mile circular walk from Bamburgh to Budle Bay, where you can experience amazing sunsets over the bay in early evening, or follow the Coast and Castles circular, a dog-friendly stretch involving a moderate walk of 8.5 miles taking in both coast and country. For cyclists, there are family routes, leisure routes, and mountain biking trails with everything from easy coastal stretches to high energy treks in the vast wilderness of the Northumberland National Park which can be easily accessed from Wooler.

Accommodation

The property sits on one floor.

Kitchen - access door from the rear leads directly into the kitchen which is equipped with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine and microwave.

Sitting room - a glazed door from the kitchen leads into the sitting room with two comfortable sofas (one three-seater, one two seater), with exposed stone fireplace and woodburning stove. Technology includes a flat screen TV with Freeview, Blueray DVD player, radio and docking station. There is a small table with dining space for two, but two additional chairs can provide extra capacity if required.

Bedroom one - double bedroom with fixed 5’ king-size bed, two side tables, dressing table, wardrobe with drawer space.

Bedroom two - with 2’6” fixed twin beds (please note that a standard single is 3’). Side table, small chest of drawers, hanging hooks with hangers. Please note - this bedroom is linked directly from the double bedroom but can also be accessed from the rear.

Family Bathroom
Bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin, and WC.

Heating
Central heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - generous supply of logs supplied.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available at this cottage. Mobile coverage can be variable depending on network and location within the cottage.

Guest amenities
The beds are made up with Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in each bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets, hand towels and guest toiletries are provided.

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

Dogs
Two dogs are welcome. The configuration of the property means that dogs should be cleaned and dried before access into the wider property. Owners are requested to keep their dogs off the furniture.

Patio garden
To the rear of the cottage is a small but fully enclosed patio garden with outside furniture and a charcoal kettle barbecue.

Storage
Secure external storage is available for outdoor gear and bikes.

Parking
There is parking to the rear of the cottage. This is accessed from a narrow road to the rear and the side of the property.

Welcome pack
A welcome pack is provided.

Catering
Catering is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options are available, including a homemade meal delivery service.
at a glance
Bedrooms
2
Bath/Shower Rooms
1
Max No. of Guests
2+ 2
Child Friendly
yes
Pet Friendly
yes
Price Per Week
From £480.00
Nearest Town
Bamburgh
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"The property was excellent and very comfortable. To be thoroughly recommended." - Dobson

"Had a wonderful time at Kingfisher Cottage. Bamburgh is an ideal base with great restaurants, pubs and shops.The cottage is lovely, well furnished and equipped.The standard of cleaning is very high, and the welcome basket was excellent. We had a lovely week." - Deaville

"We had a very enjoyable stay in Kingfisher Cottage. I can safely say it is the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. The decor and cleanliness was first class and the welcome basket of goodies was greatly appreciated. We would definitely book this cottage again." - Macrae

"I have scratched my head, consulted my wife but I am unable to find any way that any improvements could be made to make our holiday any more enjoyable. It must have been ok as we booked two more holidays at Kingfisher for this year." - Burn

"We loved the cottage and have booked already for next year! Lovely location, immaculately clean and nice and warm. A little piece of heaven." - Scott

"I just wanted to thank you all at Crabtree & Crabtree for the fantastic week we have just enjoyed in Kingfisher Cottage. The cottage was wonderful!!! So well equipped and beautifully festive. We had such a wonderful week we will most certainly be booking for a pre Christmas break next year." - Hodson

"We had a wonderful time. The weather was especially kind to us. We loved Kingfisher Cottage. We'd always wanted a cottage that was in the village but in walking distance of the beach and we found that with Kingfisher. As always with Crabtree & Crabtree you know what you're getting. A very well appointed, clean and homely cottage. When it says a barbecue you get one, not a metal stand you put a disposable on. When it says a basket of logs, it's a nice starter supply, not just three in a small shopping basket. That's what we love - the standard is the same for all your cottages. Thanks again. We will be booking again!" - Kilner

"We were very pleased indeed with the high standard and comfort of Kingfisher Cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. May I also thank Crabtree & Crabtree for their professionally service and hope to use you again in the future." - Wyatt

"We spent a very comfortable and enjoyable week in Kingfisher Cottage. The extras awaiting us on arrival were a pleasant and welcome surprise. Thank you to Crabtree & Crabtree, the housekeepers and owners." - Willshaw

"We very much enjoyed our holiday at Kingfisher Cottage. The accommodation was fantastic a very well appointed and comfortable cottage. The location is fabulous, with fantastic walks from the front door, we hardly used our car. We would most definitely return to Kingfisher Cottage it is a real "home from home, I only wish it was my home! We are so pleased to have found Crabtree & Crabtree, the cottages in your portfolio all look fantastic. We look forward to sampling them in the future." - Wilman

"Kingfisher Cottage was an absolute delight - like a home from home. We appreciate the nice things in life and there was no shortage of this in the cottage. The rooms were spacious and tastefully furnished and very relaxing. I'm so glad I discovered Crabtree & Crabtree, we will certainly use you again if we're looking in the area and I've recommended you to friends & family already." - Legge