Enjoy your own barrel sauna and Ofuro style hot tub, plus an indulgent master bedroom.
Suiting both couples and families, this recently renovated cottage is very well positioned for exploring the entire Northumberland coast
Various elements of luxury elevate dog-friendly East Lodge above the norm – as does the superb location on the edge of the old village of Belford.
A limestone footpath leads from its red-roofed main building to a black, Scandinavian-style barrel sauna ready to use, or you can relax in another spa-like inclusion: a large, two-person, wood-fired hot tub, which can also be used unheated for a cold plunge in combination with the Sauna.
Lent privacy by stone walls and tall trees, the garden additionally comes with outdoor furniture, a patio and, oh yes, a large cabin containing a kitchen, a sofa and wall-mounted TV – ripe for sports fans or film screenings for restless children.
The main house is a single-floor home centred on its open-plan living space with vaulted ceilings. At one end is the sitting room area, anchored on a velvety, dark green sofa; behind is the kitchen with island-counter seating, and then a four-person dining table looking out to the garden.
Each bedroom is distinctive. Very romantic, the king-sized master suite sits below old, high rafters; next to an original, handsome red-brick wall is a freestanding, bath tub with the adjacent log burner providing extra warmth. Contemporary furniture and a stylish marble en-suite bathroom round out a memorable space.
The second bedroom has a pair of three-foot bunks as well as a pull-out truckle bed which is ideal for children. There’s also a family bathroom featuring a large walk in shower, and attractive pink cabinets.
You’re within ambling distance of Belford’s village pubs, and a nice country walk from Spindlestone Ducket Mill, a photogenic 18th-century cylindrical stone tower. But your priority might be on exploring wider Northumberland…
Budle Bay’s bird-rich mudflats are just three miles away. Very close too are wide sandy beaches, Bamburgh, with its iconic Norman castle, and Holy Island, while the nearby A1 makes it a cinch to explore north or south. Boat trips observe more wildlife in the Farne Islands, departing from Seahouses. Berwick-upon-Tweed bursts with shops and galleries. Craster serves royal-approved kippers. And Alnwick has another castle you might recognise from numerous movies.
This is a ground floor property.
Access into porch/boot room with hanging rail leading into:
Open plan living area comprising:
Large sofa, armchair, side tables and Smart TV; kitchen with small central island with four stools, dining space with bench seating and two chairs, electric oven, induction hob, large fridge, three drawer freezer, full-size dishwasher, integrated microwave, washer/dryer, Krups Nespresso coffee maker. Double doors to the patio and garden.
Bedroom one with king size bed, two side tables, an open wardrobe with two drawers,hanging rail and shelf, an Ercol rocking chair, end of bed seating/storage, free-standing bath, wood burning stove.
En-suite bathroom with shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two wth 3' bunk beds, pull-out 3' truckle bed (available as an extra at an additional charge of £35), chair, and wardrobe with drawers.
Family bathroom with large walk in shower (rainforest head and separate mixer) heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Doors from the kitchen/living area lead out to a patio and a multi-level garden comprising lawn and planting. With a living willow den and tunnel for children. There is also a fire pit which doubles up as a barbecue.
Sauna pod for four guests.
Wood-fired cedar wood hot-tub for two guests.
Separate garden cabin with kitchen area - full-size dishwasher, fridge and sink. Large sofa, ercol 2 seater sofa and coffee table and wall-mounted TV. Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Important - the property has a cedar wood-fired hot tub therefore guests should note that this can take around three hours of heating time to reach the desired temperature. As a result, it may not be possible to use the hot tub on the evening of arrival.
Parking for two cars directly to the side of the cottage. Otherwise, street parking directly outside on the roadside leading into the village of Belford.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
There is an external socket on the driveway for Mode 2 slow charging (own cable required), it is suggested that this is carried out at a time when demand on other electrical appliances is not high so as not to overload the system.
For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here.
BABIES & CHILDREN
Babies and children are welcome and a travel cot and high chair are provided. Children must be supervised at all times in the garden and around the hot tub and sauna.
One dog is welcome free of charge and a second dog is welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
Dogs must be kept off the furniture and are not allowed in the bedrooms. The garden is not fully enclosed therefore dogs will require careful supervision at all times.
Beds are made up with high-quality bed linen and anti-allergy duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is available. Towels are supplied. Hand soaps and a shower wash are provided.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.
Underfloor heating throughout the property using an air-source heat pump which is thermostatically controlled. Electric Towel rails in the en-suite and bathroom. Wood burning stove in the bedroom with initial basket of logs. There is an electric heater supplied in the cabin which can also be used in the main house if required.
The cottage is detached and is not over-looked. East Lodge bounds directly onto Cragmill Road leading into the village of Belford which is within easy walking distance - approximately 0.5 miles.
East Lodge, Home Farm sits just 0.5 miles from the centre of the pretty village of Belford which offers a good range of local amenities including a Co-op supermarket open 7 days a week until 10pm, and the excellent Sunnyhills Farm Shop which sells a wealth of local goodies including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few.
The White Swan in nearby Warenford (4 miles) is known for serving good pub food, and there are also a number of excellent local pubs in Chatton (6 miles) and Bamburgh (5.5 miles), including The Potted Lobster which comes particularly recommended for their seafood and warm, friendly atmosphere. A little further afield, the delightful Ship Inn at Low Newton (13.5 miles) is famous for its crab dishes and microbrewery.
If you’re heading to Holy Island for the day, call in at The Barn at Beal (7.5 miles), which serves hearty breakfast dishes and fresh seafood-inspired lunches, all with stunning panoramic views. Or head further north up the coast to Berwick-upon-Tweed which has a range of restaurants and coffee shops as well as large supermarkets if you are looking to do some home cooking.
Inland, the charming village of Wooler (9 miles) offers good local amenities, including small independent shopping, cafes and restaurants, including the highly regarded Milan Restaurant reviewed by renowned food critic AA Gill. For provisions, it has a bakery, a high quality butchers shop as well as ‘The Good Life’, a wonderful deli selling cheeses, cured meats and health foods.
The stunning heritage coast is just a ten minute drive with miles of pristine sandy beaches, jolly pubs serving the freshest fish and chips, and picture postcard coastal villages with charming galleries and gift shops waiting to be explored. Experience the exhilarating thrill of kitesurfing at Bamburgh, coasteering at Beadnell or perhaps just enjoy the simple pleasures of a picnic and a game of beach cricket on sands which remain almost deserted even in the summer months.
History buffs will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where dramatic castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape - Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Warkworth and Chillingham to name but a few.
Sitting within easy reach of the Northumberland National Park, East Lodge is ideally placed for walking and enjoying the great outdoors. The outstanding countryside around the village of Belford offers gentle walks in scenic surroundings, while the wider area enjoys a large number of designated walking routes, including more challenging hikes amidst the dramatic scenery of the Northumberland countryside.
Nearby Wooler is at the heart of one of the richest archaeological landscapes in North-west Europe and spectacular Iron Age hillforts and settlements rim the Cheviots, while the enigmatic prehistoric cup & ring markings abound across the rock surfaces in this area. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert, or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place
For cycling and mountain biking, you will find everything from gentle low-level meanders to big hill country treks including trails for family-friendly recreation. For more challenging terrain, you can join long-distance routes such as the Pennine Cycleway, or try the Sandstone Way which meanders down the coast and has shorter sections for those with just an hour or two to spare.
For family-friendly activities, head to Alnwick Castle where you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure. Children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
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- One dog is welcome free of charge and a second dog is welcome with a charge of £20 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday outwith high season. Other arrival days will be considered on request.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"How this renovation has carefully retained some enchanting old details — such as the master bedroom’s mottled stone wall and fireplace."Charlotte, Crabtree & Crabtree