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Mill Race Embleton, nr Alnwick

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A chic retreat with fabulous views and beautifully-presented accommodation ideal for families and couples, Mill Race is just a few minute's drive or a two mile stroll across fields to the beach.

Inside, the newly-renovated accommodation is light, bright and presented with great attention to detail. The convivial open-plan living area achieves the perfect balance of cosiness and sophistication. There are enticing sofas, cashmere throws, eye-catching original artwork from local artists and a captivating view from the floor to ceiling windows over the mill race and burn. There is Wi-Fi, Freeview and an iDock, cosy fireside seating for the cooler months and floor to ceiling patio doors to let in the fresh Northumbrian air on warmer days. Long, leisurely meals can be spent admiring the view from the dining area or outside on the terrace with the bubbling burn in the background. The kitchen comes extensively-equipped including a welcome pack of local goodies awaiting guests on arrival.

The bedrooms - light, bright and immaculately-presented - have TVs with Freeview, ample storage and ‘zip and link' king size or twin beds for flexibility. Top quality mattresses, sumptuous feather and down pillows and duvets and crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen aid a good night's sleep.

The bathrooms are pristine, with a mega-watt power shower in one and a traditional tub for a good soak in the other. White Company towels and luxurious toiletries are provided.

Outside there is an immaculate courtyard to the front and pretty terrace to the rear; a south-facing sun trap with fabulous views over the mill race and burn across open fields to Beadnell Bay beyond.

The Brunton Cottages and the Fallodon Estate

The Brunton cottages are set on an organic farm in the middle of the 2,500 acre Fallodon Estate between Alnwick and Bamburgh on the edge of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick-upon-Tweed to the Coquet estuary. Formerly home to Prime Minister Charles Grey and Foreign Secretary and ornithologist Sir Edward Grey, the estate has an impressive history.

Nearby Brunton House, a splendid, traditional stone Northumbrian house sleeping 16 guests is also available for larger parties. Guests are welcome to make use of the estate which boasts an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels, deer, otters and a variety of birdlife, fabulous walks, excellent cycling on quiet roads and fishing on a stocked trout lake. Guests can bring their own horses to ride on the many bridle paths and the beaches and there is a livery yard on the estate which welcomes visitors.

Local amenities

There’s no shortage of places to eat in the area, with everything from cosy pubs to comfy cafes, not forgetting some of the best fish and chips of course!

The hugely popular Ship Inn at Low Newton (3 miles) is renowned for great seafood lunches and its microbrewery, or try the Joiners Arms in nearby Newton By The Sea. Follow the coastal trail to sample delicious crab sandwiches at the highly regarded Jolly Fisherman at Craster (6 miles) or head to the lovely Shoreline Cafe for a steaming cappuccino and home-made cakes - muddy boots and dogs welcome! 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.

For evening dining, try the Potted Lobster at Bamburgh which has a fantastic reputation for producing exceptional seasonal dishes using the very best produce the area has to offer, while fans of the traditional British takeaway should head to Pinnacles in Seahouses (7 miles).

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 large supermarkets for holiday provisions.

For a dining experience with a difference, the Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens is not to be missed. Set high in the treetops, it is a magical spot to spend an evening, featuring local fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands, as well as other regional specialities all within a lovely ambient setting.

Activities & attractions

A leisurely two mile walk will take you onto the beach which extends to Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay, a breathtaking stretch of coastline just perfect for families where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding.

The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 also runs right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths for walking and biking and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, which is also 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.

For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Foxton, Alnmouth, Alnwick and Dunstanburgh, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the lake below the mill and in the Brunton burn that runs down to the sea - by arrangement with the estate office.

For riding, there is a livery yard on the estate that welcomes visitors, and guests are welcome to bring their own horse to ride on the wonderful bridle paths and beaches of the area.

Sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife right on the doorstep, or why not take a boat trip from nearby Seahouses where 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. Alternatively Ross Links and Holy Island are both top spots for vast numbers of migrant species, including the chance to see the odd grey seal bobbing inquisitively in the sea, while sightings of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins can also be spotted in calm sea conditions.

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 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.

Finally 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.


The cottage is all ground floor.

Open plan living area comprising kitchen with single oven and 4 ring hob, microwave, two refrigerators, small freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

Dining area - seats four.

Seating area with Clearview wood burning stove, TV with Freeview, DVD player, Wi-Fi, digital radio, iPod / iPad dock, books and games.

Bedroom one with 6' double bed or two 3' single beds, ample storage and TV with Freeview.

En suite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom two with 6' double bed or two 3' single beds, ample storage and TV with Freeview.

En suite bathroom with bath with shower attachment , basin and WC,

Egyptian cotton bed linen, White Company towels and luxurious toiletries are provided for guests.

Garden and grounds

To the front of the property is a small, enclosed terrace with outside seating and charcoal barbecue. Guests have use of the wider estate that extends to some 2,500 acres. Guests with small children should be aware that there is a river and mill pond within the vicinity of the cottage.


There is private parking to the side of the cottage.

Catering and housekeeping

Locally there are some excellent chefs and outstanding suppliers. Georgie Harding Newman, Lou Blackett, and Fiona Burn come fully recommended and are able to support all catering needs from intimate dinner parties, house party gatherings and celebrations. Please contact us for details, but do book early - they are very popular!

A housekeeping service (e.g. a change of sheets, a vacuum over the house or an after dinner/breakfast kitchen tidy) can be arranged directly with the estate office. Details on request.

Facilities for babies

A travel cot and high chair are available on request. A babysitting service is available with prior notice.


Regretfully Mill Race is unsuitable for pets.

Horses welcome

Grazing and stables are available for guests wishing to bring their own horse or pony. There is a charge of £80 per horse, for use of the stables and grazing, or £50 per horse for grazing. The field available to horses sits opposite Mill Race. You will find miles of bridleways and fields to explore, plus a few cross country jumps. There is a spectacular hack through fields to the beach! Feed, hay and bedding can be provided at cost if required, but water and feed buckets can be provided. For more details please contact us and we will put you in touch with the estate office.

at a glance
Bath/Shower Rooms
Max No. of Guests
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
From £650.00
Nearest Town
Embleton, nr Alnwick
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Guest feedback

"We cannot speak too highly of the service we received from yourselves & the property owners. The property was a delight from beginning to end & had ample room for four people, even had it come to spending a 'rainy day in'. The situation of the cottage was delightful & it was equipped to the highest standard. We certainly hope to return to it or its sister property next year." - Norton

"Everything was absolutely perfect. Mill Race is an extremely comfortable and well appointed cottage with everything one could possibly need. The friends who accompanied us were equally impressed. We hope to come again before too long!" - Backhouse