1 Bridge Street, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HT
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Stylish, relaxed and seriously special, The Shieling has the feel of a Hamptons beach house, where you can wake to the smell of salty sea air and wander the exquisite sands of Bamburgh just a gentle stroll from the door.
Enjoying an incredibly sought-after position on the edge of the dunes with iconic Bamburgh castle as the stunning backdrop, this is truly a home for all seasons where you can enjoy the lazy idle days of summer, or cosy-up in woolly jumpers on cooler days watching soaring kite surfers across the bay.
Step inside and you get the instant sense of home, each room filled with love and personality reflective of the owner’s own happy family times here. The overall look is one of relaxed, understated elegance combining a gentle palette of colours and fantastic artisan touches along with polished pebbles and seashells to create a calming coastal vibe.
The hand-crafted kitchen is a warm, welcoming space in restful blues with carefully selected tableware and high quality cookware from Le Creuset. This includes an inspired porthole window looking right through to the front aspect of the property offering a sparkling glimmer of the sea beyond. A Rangemaster cooker and huge bespoke industrial corner fridge will ensure that all the catering needs of the party can be satisfied.
This extends into a smart dining space with shuttered windows looking onto the rear garden, allowing lovely get-togethers for up to ten guests. The generous sitting room forms an L-shape configuration allowing restful chat in front of the wood burner, or a corner nook offers a place to unwind on oversized linen sofas with a good book.
A light filled breakfast room reflects the colours of the sea with lovely reclaimed pieces in wood and glass along with fabrics from Manual Canovas - a perfect place for quiet contemplation cradling a morning coffee. Alternatively for a little more action, a large games room to the rear of the property is likely to be the social hub for teenagers.......and possibly the adults in the party too!
The Shieling benefits from five en-suite bedrooms meaning that it’s ideal for families, friends and adult parties seeking a little more privacy, with two bedrooms on the ground floor and three on the first floor. This includes a very grand master en-suite bathroom for the ultimate luxury and a beautifully indulgent soak!
For those who need to combine their stay with a little business, a study on the first floor has a distinctly Ralph Lauren feel, combining work desk along with a buttery leather sofa and original brass telescope when a little time-out beckons taking in the inspirational views.
Outdoors, you will find a large enclosed garden with outside seating and overhead canopy to the rear and a lawned garden with outdoor seating to the front. This leads down to a lane which will take you directly onto the dunes and beach in a matter of minutes. The village is a few hundred yards in the other direction leading to pretty tea rooms and homely pubs with a menu of seafood delights. Simply glorious!
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 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 accommodation sits on two floors.
French doors leading into an open plan living space comprising:-
Kitchen - with large central island. Well equipped throughout with Rangemaster cooker with double oven, separate grill, five burner hob and hot plate, large bespoke industrial style corner fridge, three drawer integrated freezer, dishwasher, Dualit toaster, Magimix coffee maker (pod type), instant boiling water tap. Le Creuset cookware and high quality tableware. Roberts FM digital radio.
Utility room - with Belfast sink, washing machine, separate dryer, and microwave.. Selection of cook books. Single glazed door onto the deck.
Dining - large dining table with bench seating and Starck chairs offering space for up to 12 guests. Shuttered windows overlooking the rear garden.
Sitting room - L shape configuration, large sofa and two armchairs set around a wood burning stove - initial supply of logs provided. A TV nook to the side has a large modular sofa in soft linen with flat screen BT TV with Freeview, BBC iPlayer and Netflix, BluRay DVD player. (please note that guests will only be able to use Netflix if they have their own account). Wicker armchairs. Large windows offer views of the sea and Bamburgh Castle.
Breakfast room - a light filled space with floor to ceiling windows offering super views. Round table and four Starck chairs. This has a single door allowing access to the front garden. Deck chairs and woollen throws for picnics on the lawn are provided.
Cloakroom - with basin and WC.
Bedroom one - 5’ fixed king size bed, side tables, small storage cupboard, chest of drawers, hanging space. Sea views.
En-suite bathroom - shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two - twin room with fixed 3’ beds, side tables, large chest of drawers, hanging rail.
En-suite bathroom - (two steps) - combed ceiling, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Games room - (2 deep steps) - ping pong table, table football, card table, Big Hug eco friendly beanbags, large leather sofa and single armchair, flat screen TV with Freeview, BluRay DVD player, games console. Hanging rail and pulley for drying outdoor and wet weather gear. French doors to the rear garden.
There are two sets of stairs leading to the upper level, one leading from the outer hallway and one from the inner.
Study - writing desk and chair, double sofa, large floor cushions, shuttered windows, panoramic views towards Bamburgh Castle and the sea. Original working brass telescope.
Bedroom three - fixed 6’ super king bed, side tables, dressing table, occasional table and chairs, chest of drawers, flat screen TV. Sea views.
En-suite - an impressively large space with large, deep freestanding bath, wet room shower with rainforest head, heated towel rail, double basin, WC. Dressing room area with storage and hanging space.
Bedroom four - zip and link beds which can be configured to 6’ super king or 3’ twin beds as required, side tables, occasional table and chairs, hanging rail. Sea views.
En-suite bathroom - wet room shower with rainforest head, bath, double basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom five - twin room with fixed 3’ beds, side tables, hanging rail. Rear facing with field views.
En-suite bathroom - bath with hand-held mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Oil fired central heating throughout. Wood burning stove in the sitting room - initial supply of logs provided.
High quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests along with luxury guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.
One dog is welcome free of charge. A second dog is welcome at a charge of £50. Dogs must be clean and dry before access into the property and then kept downstairs, out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available.
Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
Wi-Fi is available with a booster to improve speeds. Mobile reception is poor with coverage best on the Vodafone network. Reception improves in the garden area. A landline is provided for emergency and incoming calls only.
A guest welcome pack is provided.
Garden and grounds
The property faces out into a large private lawned garden which is fully enclosed to the rear. This includes a deck with garden furniture with overhead canopy, and a charcoal barbecue. A small lawned garden sits to the front of the property with patio and separate seating.
There is plenty of space for outdoor gear in the games room. Canoes and windsurfing kit can be stored in a corner of the rear garden. Please note this is not secured.
There is ample private parking to the rear of the property for four to five cars.
The property is strictly no smoking.
"We had a wonderful stay at The Shieling, delightful home & amazing location. Many thanks to the owners & yourselves." - Patoff