Breathtaking sea views, a village pub and wonderful beach walks which extend for mile-upon-perfect-mile. An idyllic base for beach picnics and dramatic sunsets.
Selected by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the 41 best holiday cottages in the UK
Just half a mile from the golden bay of Embleton sands, this quaint one bedroom cottage boasts commanding sea views with all the advantages of village life.
Calder Cottage is a winning combination of old and new, with its traditional whinstone facade opening into a more contemporary living space.
The sitting room brings a more sophisticated twist to the coastal vibe with modern abstract prints, fresh ticking fabrics by Ian Mankin, and art prints by Calder and Victor Pasmore. Colourful kilim rugs and geometric patterns are balanced with a heritage scheme of cool greys and wood panelling, not forgetting a toasty wood burner of course.
The prints in the inner hall give a lovely nod to the cottage’s long association with farm life, leading into a bright kitchen with lively colour accents. Here you can take advantage of the pastoral views towards the sea, bringing an enjoyable dimension to the washing-up!
In the bedroom, the original Ercol chair is a statement piece with bold goemetric fabric by David Hicks and a bespoke cast metal bed, softened with the gentle colour of Dimity.
Outdoors, a raised wooden deck offers a space for dining and enjoying the sea views down to Embleton Bay, leading into a large lawned garden which is shared with the cottage next door.
Sitting room with wood burning stove (initial basket of logs provided), large sofa. armchair, wall-mounted Smart TV with DVD player, selection of books, games and DVD’s. Amazon Echo smart speaker. Dining space with bench seating for four guests.
Kitchen with integrated electric oven with separate grill, induction hob, small dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine/dryer, Krups nespresso coffee machine.
Bedroom one with 5’ king size bed, side tables, armchair, large cupboard with hanging rail and storage space.
Bathroom with bath and shower over (rainforest head), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The cottage has a raised rear wooden deck with garden furniture, extending into a large lawned rear garden which is shared with the adjoining cottage.
There is a stone outbuilding adjacent to the rear door of the cottage which has plenty of storage for bicycles and outdoor kit.
There is parking for one car directly to the front of the cottage.
Babies & children
A highchair and travel cot can be made available on request for infants. There is a wall with a steep drop at the bottom of the garden and young children will require careful supervision.
One dog will be considered on request at a charge of £25. Your dog must be clean and dry before access into the cottage and must be kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture. An outside tap is available.
The front of the cottage is enclosed by a small wall, however the rear garden is a shared space and is not fully enclosed. Guests should note that there is a wall with a steep drop at the bottom of the lawned garden which leads onto farmland with livestock. Your dog must be well-controlled and on a lead when walking through the farmland in this area.
Bed linen, towels and guest toiletries are provided. Non feather bedding can be provided on request. A hair dryer is supplied.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Electric heating throughout the property. Wood burner in the sitting room - initial basket of logs supplied.
The cottage is semi-detached and sits in the village of Embleton. While the decked area offers some degree of privacy, the large lawned garden is shared with the adjoining cottage.
For local provisions the pretty village of Embleton has a village shop for essential provisions and a number of cosy pubs including the Blue Bell Inn with pizzeria.
The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is a good choice for fine evening dining, or for something a little more relaxed, a ten minute walk will take you to the welcoming surroundings of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club for hearty pub fayre. Nearby Eleanor’s Byre is also a super place for a coffee and cake stop.
A little further afield, the Ship Inn at Low Newton (2.5 miles) has a super reputation for fine craft ales and lovely lunches, or head to the pretty fishing village of Craster (3 miles) to sample the legendary oak smoked kippers from L Robson & Sons or the Jolly Fisherman pub, famous for its crab sandwiches and mussels.
Box sits nearby and has a fantastic reputation for its friendly team and fantastic hand-made wood fired pizza, best enjoyed taking in the amazing view from their open glazed converted cabin. Equally, Carnaby's at nearby Chathill (6 miles) also comes highly recommended for lunches, with a lovely shop for a little shopping therapy.
For a dining experience with a difference, the Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens (8 miles) is not to be missed. Set high in the treetops, it's 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.
For guests who wish to relax in the comfort of the cottage, The Stable Yard in Craster is a top pick and offers ready cooked meals which can be delivered for either your first night or during your stay.
Embleton Bay and Low Newton-by-the-Sea cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families, children and dogs where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, 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.
The beautiful scenery around this area is a haven for families, walkers, photographers and sports enthusiasts who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats, and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. Walk or cycle northwards along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline or take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony.
A short drive (14 miles) will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For golf fans, there are scenic links courses all the way down the coast, including nearby Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club where a short five minute walk from the property will take you directly onto the 16th green.
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 or Chillingham 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. 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind 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 loved Calder Cottage. It was everything we hoped for; stylish and comfortable, with a wonderful view to the sea. We enjoyed walks from the cottage along the coast in both directions, to Low Newton and to Craster.Thanks to Crabtree staff for excellent administration and for making it so easy for us to defer our booking from last year to this. This was our second Crabtree holiday this year and we’re now looking forward to our third one in September."Mrs Smith
"Despite the mixed weather we had a great time and the cottage was ideal for 2 people. We loved the village and proximity to the beach. Good garden space with a fantastic outlook. Friendly neighbour. Embleton was a great base and also had great local facilities. Fab pub, shop and petrol filling station! Would love to come back again but note that it is very popular with advance bookings. I can understand why as it was a great cottage. Highly recommended!"Mr & Mrs Hayhurst
"We had a lovely time. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard: the bed is comfortable, the sofa is luxuriously long, the bathroom lacks nothing. The selection of books and magazines is generous and delightful, though the view and the pub prevents much reading. We can't wait to come back and experience it all again."Laurence Party
"We had a fabulous 1st Wedding anniversary at Calder Cottage. When booking the accommodation I was looking for something really special and we were not disappointed. 5 Star all the way, beautiful views, clean, comfortable and stylish accommodation. Attention to detail just perfect, including a little surprise of a Lemon cake and some other goodies from the owners. We enjoyed the surrounding area and really didn't want to leave. Thank you to all involved with the booking and ensuring we had such an amazing time. We have already recommended to friends and hope that we will return in the future or check out some of your other properties."
Mr & Mrs McDougallMcDougall
"We really enjoyed our stay at Calder Cottage and it fitted our needs perfectly. The cottage has been tastefully modernised and well equipped. The views from the rear windows and garden were amazing. Calder Cottage is definitely on the ‘lets go back’ list."Mr & Mrs Stafford
"What I loved; The view, of course! Lots of info on local walks and the immediate area. Loved having the more personal touch from the owner in the welcome book, great to read the history and background. Great to have fresh eggs in the welcome pack. Friendly neighbour with lots of interesting stories. Being able to have a mostly car free holiday was a huge bonus for me: 3/4 hour walks and sitting out listening to the birds - bliss! Lots of wildlife - birds, bees, butterflies. As someone who lives in a v urban area, I love this. Lovely seating areas outside. Interesting, quirky decor. Great appliances that worked without any issues. High standard of cleanliness. No single use toiletries. Really enjoyed my stay at Calder Cottage and would love to return. The wildlife, dark nights and being able to leave the car most of the time meant a truly relaxing break. The owner has done a great job with the decor and I particularly loved the history and details of local walks and recommended places."Ms Harnett
"A huge asset was the wonderful view of the sea. All in all I had an enjoyable stay and was very happy with the standard and quality of the accommodation. Kitchen especially was a joy to use. My second stay with Crabtree & Crabtree and my second with very good, reliable accommodation. Thank you."Ms Glass
"We had a fantastic week at Calder Cottage. It was warm clean and very comfortable. The location, views, and village were fabulous."Mrs Bridges
"A very clean & comfortable Cottage large enough for 2. Amazing views over the Bay & Dunstanburgh Castle."
"We had a great time, the cottage was all that we hoped for and more. Wonderful setting, best views around, great interior & very welcoming gifts."Ms Mekie
"This must be our fourth or fifth stay in Northumberland, but the county never loses its appeal. Beautiful beaches, wonderful walks, interesting towns and nice pubs and restaurants. We loved the little touches - champagne on arrival. Eggs (thank you hens), homemade marmalade and lots of magazines and books. This cottage has it all - definitely the best abode in Embleton!"Mr & Mrs Lancaster
"A wonderful stay in a lovely cottage. Thank you."Mr & Mrs Richardson
"It was worth the long drive for the view from this window alone! We enjoyed the walk to the pub for lunch and home along the stunning beach. Thank you for the eggs and marmalade - they went down very well at breakfast time. Alnwick Castle and gardens a must and the drive round the edge of the National Park has stunning views. A lovely weekend!"Mr & Mrs Quick
"A comfortable and stylishly appointed base for our (hopefully successful) house hunting trip. Great views of the sea from the windows. It's a pity that we haven't had much time to get out and walk during this visit - hopefully the next time!"Mr & Mrs Polaine
"Just what was needed for a reclusive and tranquil Christmas! As I knew the area well I didn't do much exploring but enjoyed daily walks on the beach and around the village and looked forward to relaxing afterwards with a good book. The prime asset of the cottage is in my opinion the VIEW! Fabulous at any time of day. I also found it's location very quiet and peaceful. It was a pleasure to spend time in the comfort of a well-furnished clean and comfortable cottage with a superb kitchen - lovely new appliances!"Ms Glass
"Another lovely stay in Northumbria. Cottage lovely that day changing sea view! Weather so mild first few days (we've been in June and it's been wilder!!) Great for dog walks, coffee shops and pubs to make a relaxing break and start to 2019. Lots of lovely touches in cottage - felt v at home."Ms Beveridge
"Our second stay at this lovely cottage: location is its prime asset - never fail to get enough of the beautiful sea view - AMAZING!! The cottage is very comfortable with quality furnishings. Embleton is lovely and peaceful - beach walks are plenty - scenery is stunning!! We cannot get enough of this wonderful and laid back place."Mr and Mrs Bradshaw
"Wonderful stay at this lovely cottage, the view is amazing. The cottage was like a home from home, very relaxing. Enjoyed a long walk from the cottage to Craster and back via Dunstanburgh Castle. If you love to read, Barter Books in Alnwick is a must. We look forward to a repeat visit."Mr & Mrs Pitman
"We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful setting. The weather has been fantastic and has added to the breathtaking views from the cottage. The cottage has been everything we wished for. We've been very comfortable and warm and the bottle of bubbly on arrival was very welcome! You're off to a great start with the cottage and I'm sure we'll be back!"Mr & Mrs Payne
"It was a fantastic weekend from start to finish. Nothing to change at all and we loved the decor and location."Ms McPherson
- One dog will be considered on request at a charge of £25.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"A morning Nespresso on the deck taking in the views down to Embleton Bay. Just a perfect start to the day."Meg, owner of Calder Cottage