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Sandhills Bamburgh

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Nestled gently on the edge of the sand dunes on one of the most captivating stretches of Northumberland coastline, Sandhills will evoke nostalgic memories of fresh salty air, long sandy walks and incredible sunsets.

The overall look is of a fresh, light filled beach house in a charming chalet style. The living space has timeless appeal, finished in cool coastal colours to blend with the surrounding seascape. The sitting room has a relaxed, informal feel with comfortable furnishings and small dining space, leading to a compact kitchen and two simple but beautifully presented bedrooms.

Outside, the garden leads directly onto the sand dunes and over onto the stunning curve of wide golden sands with Bamburgh Castle as the breathtaking backdrop.

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.

The accommodation is on the ground floor only.

Kitchen – compact kitchen with electric double oven and four ring hob, fridge with freezer box and microwave. Please note that due to space limitations, there is no dishwasher.

Sitting room - a door from the kitchen leads into the sitting room with a large two seater sofa and armchair. Technology includes a flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player, DAB radio and Bluetooth docking station. DVDs and games. There is a small table with dining space for up to four guests.

Bedroom one - double bedroom with 5’ king-size bed, two bedside tables, dressing table, full length mirror, wardrobe with drawer space.

Bedroom two – 3’ single bed, bedside table, and hanging hooks with hangers.

Family Bathroom
Walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Utility cupboard
Washing machine and storage for larger cleaning items.

Central heating throughout the property provided by electric radiators.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Regretfully Wi-Fi is not available. Mobile coverage can be variable depending on network and location within the cottage and improves outside.

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 the master bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets, hand towels and Arran Aromatics toiletries are provided.

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

Two dogs are welcome at Sandhills. The entrance is directly onto carpet in the hall and dogs should be cleaned and dried before access into the property. Owners are requested to keep their dogs off the furniture.

Garden, grounds and wider area
The cottage sits in a private garden. Guests with young children and dogs should be aware that the garden is only partially enclosed at the front (the road side) with a low fence and there is a metal 5’ bar gate across the driveway. The road is the main access route into Bamburgh therefore please note that this can get very busy during peak periods. There is a patio accessed directly from the door with outside furniture and a charcoal kettle barbecue. The garden is not fenced to the sides or rear which leads directly onto the sand dunes. A ten minute walk over the sand dunes will allow direct access onto Bamburgh beach. There is a pavement opposite Sandhills on the main access road, allowing guests to walk into the village which will take approximately eight-ten minutes. Please note that a public right of way runs to the side of the cottage.

A small shed to the rear provides useful storage for beach kit.

There is ample parking adjacent to the cottage.

Welcome pack
A welcome pack is provided.

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.
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"It’s perfect! Very clean, nicely decorated, everything great quality & we had a really good weekend. We will be booking again." - Lee

"We had a lovely week and the cottage lived up to our expectations. The basket of goodies was very welcome on arrival after our journey and we became quite addicted to the cheese biscuits!" - Pickering

"We had an absolutely amazing time at Sandhills!! I am so glad that we booked for 2 weeks as it gave us the time to just relax at the cottage without feeling that we had to be out and about every day. The location is perfect. The walk through the trees and over the dunes with the castle above us was breathtaking. Great local pubs to walk to and the beaches all along the coast are just magical. The drive into Bamburgh and the view to the Farne Islands took my breath away every time. Ted the dog has never slept so well. The cottage is very well equipped and we felt really at home. The welcome pack was lovely. It was a long journey to get there but was worth every congested mile of the A1!!!" - Sneddon

"Nothing at all to report on how you or Sandhills can better the service. Crabtree & Crabtree have been very helpful from start to finish. Sandhills is a fantastic cottage and we enjoyed our stay very much and hope to return." - Leetham

"We have had a fabulous long weekend at Sandhills. We were very impressed with the property & the generous welcome pack was a lovely surprise." - Byron

"We had a wonderful time at Sandhills and didn't want to leave. We loved the location and the attention to detail In the house such as the fantastic bedding, made it really special. We should certainly like to return and shall be telling our friends and family about you." - Jarvis

"Everything was super & your service excellent. We had no problems with the cottage & loved it, especially the location. It was very well-equipped & we could have stayed much longer than a week! We would love to stay there again sometime. We look forward to booking with you again hopefully." - Irving

"Sandhills was a lovely little cottage - it had all that we needed and we were welcomed with a very comprehensive basket of provisions. The location was excellent, just a few minutes walk into the village. Thanks for a lovely holiday location." - Gunn

"Sandhills was great. Stunning location - remote and secluded, yet within walking distance of Bamburgh village. An ideal base for exploring the wonderful dog friendly beaches the Northumberland coast has to offer. Major plus for us was the accessibility to the beach and sand dunes - the dog lost 3 kg in a week with all her running around - wished the same could be said for us!! The accommodation was fantastic. Beautifully decorated and furnished - so much so, we want to paint our lounge the same colour as the walls of the Sandhills property. The welcome basket was very much appreciated - especially the delicious bread and cookies. For people with dogs, can't recommend this area and accommodation enough. Ticks the boxes for everyone, young and old, those who want to relax and those who want to enjoy the bracing beach walks." - Fryer

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Sandhills - the accommodation was excellent - clean, roomy and very comfortable and luxurious, especially the bedding and towels - altogether marvellous. An excellent holiday with stunning beach walks within 5 minutes of the cottage." - Todd

"I loved Sandhills, it was comfy and cosy and as always the welcome basket was just that, very welcome after a long journey! The location of the cottage is excellent, tucked away, and although it's next to a road it is very well screened and you're not really aware of the road. The footpath, five minutes over the dunes to the beach was lovely and five minutes walk into the village the other way. I walked along the beach to Budle Bay one day and down to Seahouses the next. I felt very much at home at Sandhills and I'll definitely be coming back. It's perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all for a few days. If the owners ever decide to sell, let me know! And thank you to everyone at Crabtree & Crabtree, this is the second property I've rented from you and both have been excellent standard. By default now if I'm coming to this area I look first at your website." - Churm