A charming, wood-cladded cottage opposite extensive sand dunes leading to Bamburgh’s famous golden sands.
Bamburgh Castle and the centre of Bamburgh village are just a short walk away.
Driftwood Retreat (a version of Driftwood for fewer guests), is the ideal solution for smaller parties who don’t want to compromise on space, offering Driftwood’s spacious living areas and access to two of the bedrooms and bathrooms at a reduced rate out of high season.
Driftwood dates from 1898, one of the iconic ‘Armstrong Cottages’ built by the first Lord Armstrong for workmen employed during the restoration of Bamburgh Castle which started in 1894.
With a nod to its enviable location, the light and airy contemporary interior features a coastal colour palette with spacious and comfortable accommodation all on one level for up to four guests. Driftwood Retreat has two large bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms. There is a large dining/kitchen featuring oak units with granite worktops and a utility room. The large sitting room, with views of the castle and dunes, has plenty of comfortable seating, a woodburning stove and a Sky Q package for cosying up after winter beach walks.
Driftwood’s front garden overlooks the dunes and castle whilst to the rear there is a sheltered, suntrap back garden with an extensive patio with seating, dining and barbecue areas. There is private parking at the rear for three cars and two 7kW EV chargers.
Walk across the sand dunes opposite the house to Bamburgh’s dog-friendly beach punctuated by the dramatic backdrop of Bamburgh Castle. A ten-minute stroll past the castle will take you into the heart of the village where you will find an excellent range of local amenities.
The accommodation is on one level. Access from the parking area to the patio at the rear is down three wide steps with a handrail.
Comfortable sitting room with large windows looking out to the dunes and Bamburgh Castle. Two large sofas and one double sofa, coffee tables, large TV with Sky Q and a Blu-ray DVD player. There are books and DVDs for adults and children and a good selection of board games. Stovax Studio inset wood burner, for cosy evenings.
Kitchen with Rangemaster cooker with ceramic hob, double oven and grill, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee maker. Denby Imperial crockery, plenty of quality utensils and glasses. Wall-mounted TV with Sky Q, DAB radio, selection of cookery books. Dining area set within the bay window. Wooden dining table to seat eight, cushioned window seat and four chairs.
Spacious utility room with washer/dryer, fridge/freezer. Ample storage for outdoor wear and footwear. Cupboard containing Henry vacuum cleaner, clothes airer, ironing board and iron.
Bedroom one (to rear of property) with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail.
Bedroom two (to rear of property) with zip and link option which can be configured to a super king or twin, side tables, chest of drawers and hanging rail.
Family bathroom with P-shaped bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Large shower room with shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Enclosed gardens to front and rear.
The sheltered, south-west facing rear garden has a large patio with a corner sofa, a matching chair and table. Further along the patio is a large circular dining table with eight chairs. To the side of the patio is a barbecue area suitable for using disposable barbecues.
The lawn has a Brabantia rotary washing line and at the rear of the house there is a Mucky Pups warm water shower for cleaning sandy feet and paws.
The front garden has a lawn and colourful borders of fuchsias and perennials.
To the side of the parking area is the bin store. There are three large wheelie bins for general waste, recycling and glass. Alongside this is the log store containing plenty of logs and kindling.
Private off-road parking for three cars to the rear of the cottage.
Electric Vehicles - Two Easee One Type 2 untethered 7kW Electric Vehicle chargers are provided for guest use only in the parking area. There is no charge for using the EV chargers, but you will need to provide your own charging leads compatible with a Type 2 charging socket.
A map of public electric charging points in the area can be found here.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two adult dogs are welcome at a weekly charge of £20 per dog. There is a Mucky Pups warm water shower at the rear of the property for cleaning sandy paws. Dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture.
The beds have non-feather duvets and pillows. Quality bedding and towels are provided along with luxurious toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Gas central heating throughout. Stovax Studio inset wood burner in the sitting room. Logs, kindling, firelighters and matches are supplied all year round.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
The cottage benefits from superfast broadband. Mobile reception varies depending on network provider.
Driftwood Retreat is the middle property in a row of three terraced cottages on the edge of Bamburgh village on the road leading to Seahouses. Both front and rear gardens are fully enclosed and the enclosed parking area is fenced off from the rear garden.
The centre of the village of Bamburgh is a 10-minute walk away with friendly local shops, quaint tea-rooms, cosy pubs and restaurants as well as miles upon miles of stunning golden 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 Lord Crewe has doggy-friendly seating areas in the restaurant and beer garden and offers a fine dining experience; The Castle Inn Hotel is the place to go 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 Seahouses (2.6 miles).
With views of the sand dunes from the front garden, accessing the coast couldn’t be easier. 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 spectacular Bamburgh Castle is also on your doorstep, the outline of which can be seen dominating the skyline for 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 located in the village 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 find a cricket pitch under the castle, which regularly hosts games for you to watch. Tennis courts and a children's playground are also nearby for your enjoyment.
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.
Children and families
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Nannies and babysitters
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"We have just arrived back home after a most enjoyable stay at “Driftwood”. The cottage exceeded all of our expectations and the little touches: hamper, bread & milk, were all an unexpected surprise and gratefully accepted. We thoroughly enjoyed the walks and the wonderful beach, all of which were on our doorstep. The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and a credit to the housekeeper.As far as the booking process was concerned, it could not have been easier. The paperwork was easily dealt with and the arrival instructions were correct in every detail. We would not hesitate in using you again or recommending you to others."Mr & Mrs Bertorelli
- Two adult dogs are welcome at a charge of £20 per dog per week.
- Available between October and end of March only (excluding October Half Term & the Festive fortnight).
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Using the kitchen’s espresso machine and sipping casual morning coffees while stretched out on the window seat."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree