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Sitting on one floor with three double bedrooms, the cottage is deceptively spacious with plenty of space to accommodate the four-legged members of the party too!
The owner’s artistic flair has been used to great effect here, awash with lovely textures and warm hits of colour which add natural character and charisma. The sitting room enjoys double-aspect views overlooking the front and rear gardens while a mighty wood burner will keep you wonderfully toasty even on the chilliest of days.
The kitchen has a five-burner hob and double-oven range cooker with integrated appliances, while the dining area seats six comfortably for hearty breakfasts or relaxed dining.
Each of the three bedrooms benefit from Freeview TVs, including a master bedroom with indulgent 6ft super-king sleigh bed and en-suite facilities, and two further double bedrooms with zip and link options for added flexibility. Each bedroom includes high quality mattresses, sumptuous feather-and-down pillows and duvets and crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen.
The bathrooms have walk-in showers, along with White Company towels and toiletries, not forgetting a traditional bath for those looking for a good soak!
There is a warm, spacious boot room, which is perfect for drying wet and muddy dogs along with plenty of storage for wellies, walking boots, bikes, surf boards and other outdoor kit.
Outdoors, there is a south-facing gravelled courtyard to the front, and an enclosed garden to the side and rear, with the mill stream gently flowing past offering a chance to see the odd playful otter if you're really lucky.
For slightly larger parties, two nearby cottages - Brunton Burn and Mill Race provide plenty of scope for families and friends who wish to holiday together yet benefit from all the advantages of their own private space.
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.
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.
Sitting room - with large sofa, armchairs, wood burning stove, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, digital radio, iPod / iPad dock, selection of books and games.
Kitchen - with 5-burner electric hob and double-oven range cooker, microwave, large integrated refrigerator and dishwasher. Dining area seats six.
Bedroom one - with 6’ super king sleigh bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, and Freeview television.
En-suite bathroom - with shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe and Freeview television.
Bedroom three - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, cupboard with hanging space and Freeview television.
Family bathroom - with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Utility room - with large freezer, washing machine, dryer, basin and separate cloakroom with basin and WC.
Boot room - ideal for dogs as well as outdoor and wet weather gear. External door.
High quality bed linen along with bath towels. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Guest toiletries are supplied.
A generous welcome pack awaits guests on arrival featuring produce from lovely local suppliers such as Northumberland tea, Borderfields oil and Pumphreys coffee.
Heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is reasonable.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request. Guests with small children should be aware that there is a river and mill pond within the vicinity of the cottage. A babysitting service can be arranged on request.
Two well-behaved, sociable dogs are welcome at Stable Cottage. They are welcome in the uncarpeted cottage living area, including the sitting room when clean and dry.. Dogs must not be allowed on any items of furniture or in the carpeted bedrooms. The warm, clean, light boot room with its door leading directly into the cottage courtyard, is ideal for dogs to sleep in and dry off after walks. There is an outside tap in the stable yard for cleaning. It is important to note that this is a working farm with machinery and livestock and dogs must be kept under control at all times.
Garden, grounds and privacy
South-facing gravelled courtyard to the front and an enclosed garden to the side and rear, with outdoor furniture. The cottage is detached.
There is private parking for two cars in the courtyard at the front 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.