This pretty Northumbrian cottage has been reinvented with a sophisticated new look, with plenty of space for couples or families to spread out and relax after a day of coastal exploring.
A perfect base mid-way between Alnwick and the golden sands of Alnmouth
Sitting in the heart of the pretty village of Lesbury, this three bedroom property has plenty to offer those seeking a charming, coastal base.
The ground floor benefits from two reception rooms with lovely original features, including characterful inglenook fireplaces, ledge and brace doors, and oak beams. This is enhanced by soft natural tones and warm textures in heritage leather and tweed which give the cottage a sophisticated but understated elegance.
The kitchen benefits from the warming heart of an AGA, granite work surfaces and integrated appliances in a modern shaker style. This leads into a utility room and a private rear courtyard which is perfect for outdoor dining when the temperature starts to rise.
The harmonious scheme continues upstairs with two en-suite bedrooms, one with a super-impressive bathroom, and a separate double bedroom which offers a perfectly framed view of the village bowling green. All beds are finished with the finest duck down duvets when winding down and restful sleep sounds like a good plan.
Please note - the nearby village pub - The Coach Inn - is currently closed at the moment.
Open plan sitting room with two double sofas, wood burning stove, flat screen TV, dining area with seating for six.
Second sitting room two with double sofa, armchair, gas burner, selection of books.
Kitchen with high quality granite work surfaces, AGA, fridge/freezer, Nespresso coffee machine with an initial supply of pods. Utility room with dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
A rear door leads to a small enclosed courtyard for outside dining.
Bedroom one with 6' super king bed, side tables, in-built wardrobe with hanging and storage space, feature fireplace.
Large en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be adapted to 6' super king or 3' twin beds, side tables, wardrobe with hanging and drawer space.
En suite shower room with walk in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Family bathroom with shower, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with 5'2" king size bed, side tables, small chest of drawers, wardrobe space.
Enclosed lawned garden to the front of the property. Small enclosed paved courtyard to the rear with outside furniture.
Please note that the garden will be maintained at weekends. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
On-street parking to the front of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. Dogs must be kept downstairs, out of the bedrooms and off the furniture.
Bed linen and towels are provided along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is available in each of the bedrooms.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
The property has mains gas heating in addition to the wood burner in the sitting room and gas burner in the second sitting room. An initial basket of logs are provided. Additional logs can be purchased from the owners directly.
The cottage sits in a row of cottages in the village of Lesbury. The village bowling green sits to the rear of the cottage and the village pub sits nearby.
For guests looking to holiday together, this property can be booked alongside Miller's Cottage, sleeping 2, Lesbury House Lodge, sleeping 2, and Coach House, sleeping 8. The properties are a short distance from each other.
Miller's Cottage, Coach House and Lesbury House Lodge all sit in close proximity, with Bowls Cottage sitting a few hundred yards along the road.
Sitting in the picturesque hamlet of Lesbury, there is a village shop for essential provisions and a gentle five minute stroll from the property will take guests to the charming Coach Inn for good hearty food and real ales in warm, ambient surroundings (please note that the pub is currently closed at the moment - call to check status if this is essential to your stay).
The property is incredibly well placed, sitting just off the main A1 which runs right through the Northumberland coast. The nearby railway station at Alnmouth (0.5 miles) links to the main East Coast rail line, providing easy access from Edinburgh and the North, or from Newcastle and beyond from the South. Pick-ups can be arranged from the train station if required.
Guests will find a more extensive range of amenities in the coastal villages of Alnmouth (1.5 miles) and Warkworth (4.3 miles) which have plenty of restaurants, galleries, pubs, coffee shops and gift shops to choose from, all set amidst stunning surroundings.
Alternatively, a little further inland you will find an excellent range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (4 miles), home to the fantastic Alnwick Castle and Gardens and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops where you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area for a decadent cake and freshly roasted coffee.
Set within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wide golden sands of Alnmouth with its colourful coastal cottages will be an instant draw for visitors offering great walking, cycling and wildlife or simply rest and relaxation with a picnic full of foods from the Northumberland heartlands. The beach is easily accessible from Lesbury - a scenic twenty minute walk or a short five minute drive will take you directly onto this wonderful stretch of coastline.
From here head north and south to explore the pretty coastal villages of Craster and Warkworth, or take a boat charter from the docks of Amble Harbour to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For those seeking high energy adventures, the area is popular for surfing and kite surfing and there are a number of accredited surf and watersports schools up and down the coast for those looking to try something new in a relaxed teaching environment.
There are a number of walks from Lesbury to Alnmouth, including an extremely pretty 6km loop which takes in the meandering course of the River Aln, superb views of the ’18 arches’ railway viaduct, all the way
down to the estuary, harbour and beach. For long distance walking routes, St.Oswald’s Way and the North Sea Trail both run nearby, and cyclists will delight at the many coves, magnificent heritage sites and wildlife havens along the Coast & Castles route which runs all the way from Edinburgh to Newcastle.
For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Foxton, Alnmouth, Alnwick and Dunstanburgh, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the River Aln with permits available locally. During the season, shooting can be arranged on a number of nearby estates offering excellent opportunities for sporting and corporate parties.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens or Chillingham Castle for a super day out.
For something different, why not head to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Babysitting and nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
"We had a wonderful holiday at Bowls Cottage where we stayed with our two grown up grandchildren. Our eldest grandchild is about to go away to Colorado to study and live, so we took the opportunity for the four of us to spend quality time together and we couldn't have picked a better place. We have previously stayed in Millers Cottage as a couple which was equally as pleasant and one to which we will no doubt return.
The cottage had everything we needed and more and the beds were very comfortable - always important. The area is beautiful and Alnmouth is a place that we never tire of visiting although we may try something new in the future with Crabtree and Crabtree as I am sure the quality of the premises will be guaranteed.
Thank you once again for a wonderful holiday property."O'Keefe Family
"We had a fantastic week in Bowls Cottage. Property was immaculate and furnished to a very high standard with everything provided to make our stay very comfortable. The AGA was amazing, it kept the cottage lovely and warm and was also great to cook with. The managers were very helpful and friendly. The service we received from Crabtree and Crabtree was first class, any questions we had were dealt with promptly from a friendly and efficient member of staff."Mrs McAlister
"I just wanted to let you know that we have just returned from our visit to the Bowls Cottage in Lesbury. This was our 4th stay with your company and once again we thoroughly enjoyed it! The home was clean, comfortable and cosy warm."Mr & Mrs Carey
"It was wonderful to be able to get away after the recent concerns regarding Covid-19 and what a place to stay. The cottage had everything we needed and more. It was well situated to enable us to enjoy the delights of Northumberland. If this is the standard of cottages that Crabtree and Crabtree rent out then we will definitely be looking to book with you again."Mr Scarfe
"We had a wonderful week in Bowls Cottage. It was a great base for exploring the area and was exceptionally clean and comfortable. The whole house is fitted out to a high standard and had some lovely touches such as pictures from the local Old School Gallery. We would certainly stay there again!"Mrs Bartley
"What an amazing time we have had at Bowls Cottage! Emilia went above and beyond to make our stay memorable, we hosted a family party and she arranged for additional chairs and a table to be left as well as helping to arrange that the food all went to plan. We were blown away by her and her teams wonderful hospitality - thank you!"Anderson Family
"We had a fantastic week at Bowls Cottage, the cottage is beautiful. We arrived in sunshine and the welcome basket meant we had tea and a slice of carrot cake on our arrival, I can't think of a better way to start a holiday! We had a fantastic week exploring an area we have never visited before, trips to alnmouth, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed and the Farne Islands via Seahouses. We had such a great week that we have told our neighbours, who promptly booked the cottage for October 2020. Thanks again for a fantastic week, as you can see, we didn't hesitate to recommend Crabtree & Crabtree."Mr & Mrs Bailey
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The en-suite master bedroom has a luxurious edge with a lavish bath tub for those who enjoy a good soak."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree