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South Lodge Belford

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We are delighted that The Times has named South Lodge amongst the 50 best cottages in Britain.

Sitting just five miles from one of the finest beaches on the Northumberland coast, South Lodge is a perfect hideaway for two. This is a place where you can retreat to a crackling fire, relax and enjoy the intimacy of this small but nostalgic period home, or head out and enjoy more active pursuits, see a few sights, enjoy lazy lunches in cosy pubs, or simply wander beaches where yours may be the only footprints in the sand.

Meticulously restored to respect its grade II listed status, this charismatic gate lodge has an abundance of period charm. Dating right back to 1818, the lodge was designed by John Dobson one of the most eminent northern Architects of the period, noted for his architecture in the neoclassical style and responsible for some of the finest Georgian houses of the time.

Here original features have been brought back to life to ensure that the history of the property shines through - restored doors and shutters, stonework and salvaged industrial pieces mixed against a palette of rich heritage colours and carefully selected design accents evocative of its rich past. Furnishings and designs from Villeroy and Boch, Anthropologie, Fired Earth and Designers Guild all add to the feeling of quality and craftsmanship.

The overall look is one of understated elegance from the rich retro feel of the sitting room with its deep vintage leather sofa and fireplace; the calming quiet of the bedroom with its fabulous roll-top bath; or the tiny but perfectly formed kitchen with artisan tiles and quality finishes - ideal for rustling up a cosy romantic dinner for two!

Outside there's a garden with seating area for a spot of star gazing against a pristine night sky.

Local amenities

The village of Belford offers a range of local amenities including the nearby Sunnyhills Farm Shop which sells fabulous local produce as well as serving excellent coffee and tasty food. Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer here including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few.

There are also a number of excellent local pubs around the area, including the delightful Ship Inn at Low Newton famous for its seafood and microbrewery as well as the fantastic Treehouse restaurant at Alnwick Garden (15 miles). Set high in the treetops, it is a magical spot to spend an evening, featuring local fish and seafood, fine produce from Northumberland's farmlands, as well as other regional specialities all set within a lovely ambient setting.

Activities & attractions

The cottage sits just five miles from the stunning beach at Bamburgh with glorious curves of white sandy beaches backed by deep sand dunes and dramatic shorelines. Voted Britain’s best picnic spot in 2013, it has again been awarded a distinction for its excellent water quality and beach cleanliness and it is a wonderful spot for walkers and water sports enthusiasts.

Surfing and windsurfing is highly rated here or 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 mystical 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.

Walking and cycling in this area is a delight with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities. 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.

For golf fanatics, there are a number of excellent courses nearby including the well known links courses at Dunstanburgh, Goswick, a British open qualifier course and Bamburgh, said to be one of the most scenic in the country.

There is fabulous walking, riding and cycling in the nearby Cheviot Hills and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy trout fishing at nearby Chatton or salmon fishing on the Till or legendary Tweed is within a 30 minute drive.

There are no less than ten castles close by and a wonderful selection of gardens including those at nearby Howick Hall, rated as one of the top five coastal gardens in the country. For rainy day activities, the spa at nearby Doxford Hall is perfect for a little pampering or visit Barter Books, one of the UK's largest second hand bookshops located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station.


Small entrance porch leading to

Sitting room with reclaimed wooden floor, restored period shutters, large inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove, vintage leather sofa, and a small round dining table with seating for two. Furnishings from Designers Guild.

Kitchen - petite but perfectly formed - including a ceramic hob, electric oven, integrated fridge with ice-box, small integrated dishwasher, Dualit kettle, Nespresso coffee machine and toaster.

Utility room - external to the lodge, this sits just immediately to the rear of the property has a washing machine and dryer and can be used for the storage of outdoor gear and kit.

Double bedroom - with double bed, quality bed linen, small original built-in storage cupboard with tall hanging space, and 3/4 roll-top freestanding bath from The Albion Bath Company. Selection of books and games. Please note that storage space is very limited due to the size of the property.

En-suite - small wet room with high quality finishes from Fired Earth, including a large rose-head shower, basin and WC.

A small Smart TV sits above the fireplace in the sitting room.
Roberts DAB radio.
Sony Bluetooth sound system.

Wi-Fi and Mobile Signal
Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Mobile signal is satisfactory.

Central heating throughout which is thermostatically controlled
Wood burning stove in the sitting room (initial supply logs).
Underfloor heating to the kitchen and bathroom.

There is private parking to the side of the property.

The lodge is tucked just inside the gates of the entrance to a private estate in the village of Belford. The road running into Belford sits just outside the entrance gates.

Outside there is a seating area and barbecue to the left of the property and a lawned garden to the right.

Guest amenities
Bed linen and towels included.
Hypoallergenic duvet and pillows.
Liz Earle toiletries supplied.
Hairdryer supplied.
Complimentary welcome pack.

Catering can be arranged as part of your stay, including a homemade meal and wine delivery service.

Babies and children
The size of the property means that it is unsuitable for children. Babies up to 6 months old are welcome, however please note that no special facilities are provided.

Dogs are not permitted.

No Smoking
Strictly no smoking throughout the property.
at a glance
Bath/Shower Rooms
Max No. of Guests
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Price Per Week
From £450.00
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"We loved it thank you. Cute/quirky, nice quality furnishings, great setting and excellent location." - Hopkins

"We had the most wonderful stay at South Lodge - absolutely everything was perfect. We loved the lodge, it has been so beautifully renovated and offered everything that we had hoped for. It was perfectly situated and Belford was lovely. We loved Northumberland - this was our first visit - and we shall no doubt return. Many, many thanks for all of your help with booking this break - we will most certainly use Crabtree & Crabtree again and recommend it our friends." - Stubbs

"Thank you for the lovely welcome pack gifts. We've had a wonderful week at the beautiful South Lodge." - Lawley

"We did indeed enjoy our stay at South Lodge. It is one of the most comfortable self catering cottages we have stayed at. Everything in the lodge was of a faultless standard. We were delighted with the outside area particularly the outside fire! It's so nice to find a property for two. We would, and indeed have recommended this property and your company to friends and family. Looking forward to our next break." - Wallis