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Castle View Cottage

Belford, Northumberland

Nestled in an idyllic spot between countryside and coast, this charming cottage has sweeping views over rolling farmland and out towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Castle View Cottage

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Castle View Cottage

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Overview

Nestled in an idyllic spot between countryside and coast, this charming cottage has sweeping views over rolling farmland and out towards Holy Island.

Enjoy stunning sunsets over Lindisfarne Castle from this pretty Northumbrian cottage

Tucked away in the tiny hamlet of Middleton, just a stone’s throw from the historic village of Belford and only four miles from the sweeping golden sands of Budle Bay, Castle View Cottage is a wonderful rural escape, which, as its name suggests, benefits from fantastic views over towards Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island. 

Making the most of gorgeous views that stretch across to Holy Island, Castle View Cottage sits in a lawned wraparound garden enclosed by a low-lying wooden fence. Towards the back of the garden is an al fresco dining spot, complete with a pizza oven and built-in barbeque. Sheltered from the elements by a small copse of mature trees, it is a real suntrap and a glorious spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the views over a drink or a homemade pizza. Sunsets here are particularly magical, as the sky changes from pink to amber over the fairy-tale outline of Lindisfarne Castle. 

Inside, the ground floor property has a luxurious feel throughout thanks to a warming Farrow & Ball colour palette, high-end furnishings, original wood floors and smart interior window shutters. The spacious, classic country kitchen with a warming green AGA and reclaimed church pew, is made for easy entertaining and has enough space to comfortably seat eight around the rustic farmhouse table. With double doors that lead out to the garden, it is flooded with light throughout the day and enjoys yet more of those dramatic views.

A cosy sitting room to the front of the property is welcoming with a log burner, statement floral wallpaper and a sumptuous velvet corner sofa, while the traditional family bathroom is fitted out with a cast iron roll top bathtub, and underfloor heating. 

With two spacious bedrooms – a Provencal-style master bedroom with a king size bed and a chic coastal-themed twin room with two single beds – this property would suit both couples looking for a romantic break as well as families who want to be within easy reach of Northumberland’s best beaches and National Parks.

 

Property details

Ground Floor

Access into hallway with space for hanging coats.

Sitting room (one step up) with four-seater corner sofa, armchair, sheepskin beanbag, log burner (with supply of logs provided), Smart TV and DVD player.

Kitchen with two-oven oil-fired AGA, Belfast sink, dishwasher, microwave combination oven, table-top induction hob, fridge / freezer, washing machine, separate tumble dryer, Kitchenaid Nespresso coffee machine (pod type with initial supply of pods provided). Dining table with seating for up to eight guests (four chairs and church pew). French doors leading to rear garden (two steps to the garden which are quite steep) and views towards Holy Island. 

Bedroom one with 5'2" king size bed, side tables, dressing table with mirror, large wardrobe with space for hanging. French doors leading to the rear patio garden.

Bathroom - large bathroom with roll-top bath and overhead shower, heated towel rail, underfloor heating, basin, WC.

Bedroom two with 3' twin beds, shared side table, chest of drawers, decorative fireplace, hooks for hanging clothes. French doors leading to the rear patio garden.

Outside

There is a wrap-around, multi-level garden at Castle View Cottage comprising a patio, lawn and decking area with views over rolling farmland towards Holy Island. 

There is a built-in gas barbecue (supply of gas is provided) and pizza oven on the decking area available for guest use, along with a picnic table and two sun loungers. Smokeless fuel is provided for the pizza oven. Please do not use logs or any other source of fuel on the pizza oven at the consideration of the neighbouring properties.

Once the driveway gates are closed, the full garden is enclosed but children should be supervised when outside. There is additional fencing around the patio which creates an additional enclosed area within the garden which is accessed from the kitchen. To the front of the property, there is a children's play frame with a swing and chute, but please note that children must be supervised at all times when in use.

Parking

There is private off-street parking available for up to three cars on the gravelled driveway to the front of the cottage.

Babies & Children

Babies and children are welcome, and a travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms.

Guest Amenities

Bed linen, towels and hypoallergenic bedding are provided along with guest hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, and body wash. There is a hairdryer provided in bedroom one.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Fibre broadband is provided. Mobile signal is generally good but can vary between network providers.

Heating

There is oil-fired heating throughout the property which can be thermostatically controlled, underfloor heating in the bathroom and a log burner in the sitting room (with initial basket of logs provided). The AGA in the kitchen is a heat-storage cooker and provides additional heat to the room. 

Guest Privacy

The property is detached and surrounded by a private wrap-around garden. There are uninterrupted sea and countryside views to the back of the property.

There is a property directly to the left of Castle View Cottage, but neither the garden nor the cottage is overlooked. The property bounds onto the B-class road leading into the village of Belford.

Location

Castle View Cottage benefits from easy access links, sitting just half-a-mile from the main A1 north/south route, and just one mile from the village of Belford where you will find a good range of local amenities including a small co-op supermarket, two pubs and a hotel bar and restaurant.

At the far end of Belford, you’ll find Sunnyhills, a lovely farm shop selling fresh local produce. Sunnyhills also has a cafe serving home-cooked meals and cakes.

Middleton lies between the two larger towns of Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed (both just a 15-minute drive away), where you’ll find larger shops and independent boutiques.

Activities

Castle View Cottage is well-situated for exploring both the miles of outstanding coastline and The Northumberland National Park. You can easily access Holy Island from this location to visit Lindisfarne Priory and Castle (make sure to check tide times!) or take a boat from Seahouses Harbour to see the amazing birdlife on the Farne Islands.

With over 30 miles of stunning sandy beaches, guests are spoilt for choice. Bamburgh, with its glorious sweeping white sand beach, imposing castle and selection of country pubs is just under a ten-minute drive away, while the bird-watchers’ paradise of Budle Bay is just down the road.

For walking, it is an ideal gateway to the Cheviot Hills and the extensive walking routes available there. You can link into St. Cuthbert’s Way from Wooler or there is a 4.5-mile circular walk to historic St Cuthbert’s Cave from nearby Holburn which takes in the important wildlife areas of Holburn Lake & Moss.

You can join The Devil’s Causeway just over one mile to the east, a Roman road which starts at Port Gate on Hadrian’s Wall north of Corbridge and extending 55 miles northwards across Northumberland to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

For coastal hikes, take time out to spot the rich birdlife on the Northumberland Coastal Path, or enjoy a leisurely 10-mile walk from Seahouses to Belford taking in fantastic views of the Farne Islands and Budle Bay.

For sightseeing, the area is punctuated by iconic castles, stately homes and fortifications which are testament to the area’s rich and dramatic past. Pay a visit to the magnificent castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh or Chillingham where you can discover tales of bloody battles and royal rebellion, or enjoy the stunning stately homes and gardens of Belsay, Cragside, Wallington or Paxton House. Harry Potter was filmed at Alnwick Castle and children will particularly enjoy the wizardly magic of characters inspired by Hagrid and Harry, including a spot of Broomstick Training!

Foodies will enjoy the fine local produce in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the area - everything from the freshest fish and chips to fine dining experiences! The very popular Barn at Beal is nearby with amazing views over to Holy Island, or The Ship at Newton-by-the-Sea has a great reputation for serving good food along with ale from its own microbrewery. Not to be missed is the delicately flavoured kippers from Craster or a tipple of infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

For action sports, surfing, kitesurfing and coasteering are available at Budle Bay, Beadnell and Bamburgh, while canoeing can be arranged on the nearby coastal waters or river systems. There are also extensive cycling and mountain biking trails in and around the area, with the Coast and Castles route a firm favourite. For riding, Swinhoe, Kimmerston and Slate Hall riding centres all come recommended, offering lessons, treks and wonderful beach rides.

Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with Belford, Goswick and Bamburgh courses nearby, and easy access to an incredibly varied choice of over 60 PGA, links and parkland courses right across the Borders and Northumberland.

 

Children and families

Children and families

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Fishing

Fishing

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.

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Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Historic houses and castles

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.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Walking

Walking

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.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Nannies and babysitters

Nannies and babysitters

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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Reviews

"We were the first guests staying in this beautiful cottage. It was myself, my partner, mum and 2 children; a 2 year old and newborn. It is the perfect setting with beautiful views and great location. All the rooms are beautiful, especially the kitchen and bathroom. We felt very special to be living in it for a short time. We were only 10 mins away from Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island which are a must. There is a Co-op just down the road which was only a 4 min drive away. We got kindle from there for the fire and pizza oven, although you do get quite a bit to use. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, even though we had to cut it short due to the weather warnings in place. We would definitely go back and we can’t say anything negative about it, it was perfect. "

Saunders family
Location Rural - 1 mile from Belford.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Outstanding views over rolling farmland towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The little things we love...
"There’s something incredibly special about a view that takes in both rolling hills dotted with sheep and a castle surrounded by the sparkling sea - our eyes are constantly drawn to it."
Reid and Hollie, owners of Castle View
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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