1 Bridge Street, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HT
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With dream views over Bamburgh Castle, this stunning apartment is sure to leave its mark. Look forward to lazy mornings watching the colours of the day shift over the dramatic castle ramparts; settle-down for afternoon cricket on the green; or indulge in carefree beach walks just a stone’s throw from the door.
Forming part of a prestigious renovation of a 1930‘s arts and crafts house, the apartment sits on the first floor, opening up into a serene open plan living space with vaulted ceiling and Juliet balcony. The scheme is one of simple, beautiful design - allowing the view to take central stage. Fabrics from Manuel Canovas and stylish Dar lighting add to the sense of easy, relaxed elegance.
Dividing the living space, the kitchen has a sleek, contemporary finish with clean lines, high quality appliances and granite work surfaces, extending to a smart dining area with seating for six.
The three bedrooms bring together a soothing colour palette with subtle patterns and soft pretty throws, including a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and two further bedrooms, one with Jack and Jill access to the family bathroom.
Outside, the communal gardens, parking and external storage are accessed via secure electronic gates. A short meander will take you directly onto the dunes and the sublime sands of Bamburgh.
With friendly local shops, quaint tea-rooms, cosy pubs and restaurants on the doorstep as well as miles upon miles of stunning golden 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 cosy chat next to the fire. Alternatively try the Castle Hotel for a good pub meal and pretty beer garden. For a coffee and cake stop, the Copper Kettle is a characterful little tea-room serving a selection of freshly baked scones 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.
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 and perhaps have lunch in the amazing treetop restaurant.
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 involving a moderate walk of 8.5 miles taking in the beauty of 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.
The property is a first-floor apartment with stair access (no lift).
Access door leading into a hallway with hanging space.
Open plan sitting room/dining/kitchen - with two large sofas, Juliet balcony with views over Bamburgh castle and the cricket green. Technology includes a flatscreen TV with DVD player and a selection of games and DVDs. There is a formal dining space with seating for six.
Kitchen -with granite work surfaces, electric hob, two integrated electric ovens, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave, docking station. A washer/dryer sits in a cupboard off the main hallway.
Bedroom one - with 5‘ king size bed, side tables, hanging space, chest of drawers.
En-suite bathroom - with large shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - with zip and link system which can be configured to twin beds or super-king as required, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail, armchair.
Family bathroom - with 'Jack and Jill' access from bedroom two, bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three - with single 3’ bed, side table, chest of drawers, small cupboard with storage space, Velux window with black-out blind.
High quality linen and towels. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Guest toiletries are supplied.
A small welcome pack awaits guests on arrival.
Electric heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is poor within the property. A landline is provided for respectful use by guests.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.
Dogs are not permitted.
Garden, grounds and privacy
The apartment is a first-floor apartment in a property which comprises eight other apartments. There is no private outside space but there is a large communal lawned garden with views towards Bamburgh Castle. Ball games are not permitted in the shared garden but a gate from the garden leads directly onto the village green.
There is designated private parking for one vehicle in the courtyard which is accessed via a secure entry system. On-street parking for other vehicles is available in the village.
Secure storage for outdoor gear adjoining the private designated car parking space.
The property is strictly no smoking.