Enjoy scintillating sea views close to Bamburgh Castle in this prime coastal bolthole.
A well-designed, dog-friendly apartment, ideal for a small family or couples on a romantic getaway
Nothing lifts the soul like a good sea view — and the one at Captain’s Landing is very, very good. Memorably situated on a 150m-high volcanic plinth, you can even spy Bamburgh Castle itself, to one side of an expanse of ocean in which the Farne Islands are visible on clear days. To make this location even more memorable, the village and its vast white-sand beach are accessible on foot.
Welcoming two dogs, Captain’s Landing occupies the top floor of West House, an impressive Edwardian home, which now houses a small collection exclusive coastal apartments. Regal, and romantic: the spacious but snug interiors blend soft wooden floorboards, plush soft furnishings, shag rugs and dimmable lighting, which conspire to create an amorous atmosphere.
In the open-plan living room, contemporary touches meet original features rendering the space both stylish and cosy. By the large windows a chunky wooden dining table – affording those stellar sea views – sits adjacent to a hammered metal ottoman-style table, generous leather armchairs and a pale corner sofa. In this latter section, an illuminated exposed brick wall with a Smart TV, thick wooden mantlepiece and electric fireplace draws the eye.
That airy kitchen includes an excellent fan oven, a freezer cleverly concealed by bright cabinetry and ambient, under-bench lighting. Just off the kitchen-living room is a small balconette, which overlooks West House’s pretty communal gardens and the neighbouring gardens beyond.
The rest of the apartment comprises a master bedroom with a grand king-sized mahogany bed and gorgeous coastal views from its bay window, a well-presented shower room and a cosy eaves-style twin bedroom, which also features an armchair, two north-facing windows gaze as far as the Cheviot Hills.
Built by the Normans and once host to English kings, beautiful Bamburgh Castle is open to visitors and less than 15-minute’s walk away . That’s via the charming namesake village, where delicatessens, tea rooms, ice cream-serving cafes and the Potted Lobster pub and restaurant await, with Bamburgh Beach slightly further on. A romantic scene unfolds on summer afternoons when cricketers play on a green just below the castle; close by, an unforgettable golf course flanks the fortress.
Further afield, days out might be spent on birdwatching boat trips to the Farne Island, travelling across the causeway to Lindisfarne, exploring market towns, walking to waterfalls, mountain biking around Kielder Forest or trying Craster’s famous kippers.
SECOND FLOOR OF WEST HOUSE
Entrance into the hallway.
To the right and down 5 steps leads to the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space.
Sitting room containing four-seater corner sofa, armchair, coffee table, side tables, illuminated stone feature wall with electric log burner effect heater. Door to small balconette looking out to the rear of the property to the neighbouring gardens
Dining area with a large dining table seating four guests with two chairs and bench seating, situated in the pretty East facing bay window – providing excellent coastal views of the sea and Farne Islands in the distance.
Kitchen consisting of an electric fan oven with four ring electric hob, microwave, dual toaster, kettle, integrated fridge, freezer (located in the cupboard behind the entrance door into the room), Belfast sink, and ambient under bench lighting. Please note there is no dishwasher in Captain’s Landing.
The hallway hosts a washer/dryer combi cleverly tucked away in a built-in cupboard. Off the entrance hallway there is a master bedroom, family shower room and second bedroom.
Bedroom one with king size bed, bedside table and dressing table with lamps, comfortable chair, built-in wardrobes with shelf storage and hanging space. Another beautiful East-facing bay window gives stunning coastal views.
Bedroom two with twin single beds, chest of drawers with a mirror above and lamp, armchair and wall-mounted hanging rail. Two slim north-facing windows provide countryside views and with the top of the Cheviot hills visible in the distance.
Family shower room with large corner shower, heated towel rail, small sink with mixer tap, cupboard storage beneath and mirror above, shaver point, and WC.
Please note - this property is on the second floor and only accessible via the staircase.
Guests are very welcome to enjoy the lawned garden at the front of the building. This is a communal space shared by all residents of West House. It is not enclosed as the garden is open to the shared driveway, the gate of which is usually left open.
Offroad parking on the shared residential driveway. Drop off is available at the front door of the building, with parking on the lower level of the driveway. The driveway is a shared space for all guests. There is ample spacing but this is limited to a maximum of two cars for guests to ensure all residents can park at West House.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Please note that the garden is not enclosed.
Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog. Dogs must be kept out of the bedroom and off the furniture.
Please note the garden is not secure and shared by other residents.
High quality linen and pillows are provided alongside luxury guest toiletries.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Superfast fibre broadband is available. Mobile reception varies from strong to poor depending on network within the immediate property.
TBC. Electric heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.
The apartment is a top floor (second floor) apartment in a large period house which comprises of seven other apartments. The garden area and parking is shared.
For guests looking to holiday together, guests can book Captain's Retreat located on the ground floor of West House sleeping up to four guests.
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 fresh seafood at The Potted Lobster located in the heart of the village; the Castle Hotel for a hearty pub meal and pretty beer garden; or the Victoria Hotel if you like great pub food and some chat next to the fire. Alternatively try The Wyndenwell for an ice-cream, cake and coffee stop, or the Copper Kettle, a characterful little tea-room serving a selection of freshly baked scones and light-bites. For something a bit more informal en-route to the beach, The Hut sits on the edge of the sand dunes for a delicious bacon butty or a kipper bun.
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. The nearest Co-op supermarket can be found in nearby Seahouses.
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 just two doors up from the cottage 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.
For young explorers, pack a fishing net along with a sand bucket and enjoy a spot of rock-pooling for tiny shore crabs, starfish or periwinkles at Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks - named by Countryfile as one of the top ten rockpooling areas in Britain. Here you can spend many happy hours dabbling in the plunge pools before taking a gentle wander back along the beach to the village.
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 with its fantastic child-friendly activity programme inspired by the wizardly magic and broomstick antics of Harry Potter.
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, a dog-friendly stretch involving a moderate walk of 8.5 miles taking in 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 which can be easily accessed from Wooler.
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Historic houses and castles
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Shopping, arts and crafts
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Museums, galleries and culture
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Nannies and babysitters
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- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Each bedroom’s beautiful bedside lamps – one of many arty touches of detail, which capture the eye during a stay and make the interiors just as gorgeous as that stunning coastal view."Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree