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Greystead

Bamburgh, Northumberland

In the heart of Bamburgh, a large family home just metres from the castle and beach.

Greystead

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Overview

In the heart of Bamburgh, a large family home just metres from the castle and beach.

This stunning family house, complete with games room and private garden, offers the best location in Bamburgh.

Talk about a plum position. Greystead is located right in the heart of beautiful Bamburgh, and below its eponymous Norman castle. You’ll have views of both Bamburgh Castle and the sea from bedrooms, and be just a five-minute walk from white-sand Bamburgh Beach.

This coastal family home is thoughtfully laid out, full of luxurious amenities, spacious and airily designed with lots of coastal blues and whites. White shutters and beautiful interiors such as driftwood mirrors and pebble lamps enhance the seaside feel.

Arriving via the rear garden, you enter into the superbly designed kitchen area. Arranged around a large island and breakfast bar, a large Rangemaster cooker, American fridge/freezer and wine cooler offers the perfect, sociable holiday kitchen. A pantry cupboard which hides a microwave and extra fridge - a clever use of space. Factor in the ten-person dining table and there’s ample room for everyone to chat, cook or dine together.

Separated by a portable gate to keep dogs out – sorry Fido! – the open-plan layout extends to encompass a sitting room with an eight-seat corner sofa, a further sofa, Smart TV  and log-burning stove (initial supply of logs provided). Lovely for reading, the front window here gazes onto Bamburgh’s village green, where cricketers sometimes play.

The ground floor also comprises of a family games room, in which another large Smart TV , a PS4, a football table and numerous board games are ready for rainy days. Bi-folding doors open out onto the decking and rear garden. A utility room thoughtfully fitted with a shower – positioned by a side door is ideal for anyone returning from the beach with sandy feet, or for a quick warm-up after a surf or dip in the sea!

One of the four ensuite bedrooms is on the ground floor, complete with a king-sized bed and shower room. Up the impressive, original staircase beckons the super-king-sized master suite, sofa, Freesat TV and dressing area accompanying a Juliet balcony overlooking the rear garden and – to the left – Bamburgh Castle. There area two further first-floor ensuite bedrooms, both offering views of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle – one king-sized with a shower room, the other featuring four single beds and large double vanity bathroom. The perfect “dorm style” bedroom. 

To the front of the house, the lawn slopes away from a pretty porch while at the rear, in the larger enclosed garden you’ll find a raised wooden deck with a table, chairs, benches and a barbecue. Accessible directly through large bi-folding doors from the kitchen it’s a great spot for al fresco dinners or a post-beach cup of tea and a slice of cake.

For those interested in trying local fare, you can pick up tasty supplies from the charming village’s butchers, or from the super local deli The Pantry. Other businesses worth sniffing out include The Copper Kettle tea rooms, the Potted Lobster restaurant and a RNLI museum devoted to local hero Grace Darling. Bamburgh Castle sits majestically above on a 150m-high volcanic plinth; a unique golf course flanks it, and the mile-long beach begins across the dunes.

Further afield, days out might be spent on boat trips to the Farne Islands, travelling across the causeway to Lindisfarne or exploring market towns (see Location tab).

Property details

Ground floor

Front entrance hall contains a boot rack and coat hooks, side table with lamps and shelves with a plethora of local information.

Open plan kitchen and sitting room comprising:

Kitchen with Rangemaster double oven and grill, 6 ring electric hob, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, integrated dishwasher, American-style fridge freezer, large island with built-in wine cooler and breakfast bar with two bar stools. A pantry cupboard contains a microwave, kettle, slow cooker, electric whisk and an additional under-counter fridge. Large dining table seating 10 guests with six chairs and bench seat.

Sitting room with corner sofa seating eight, two-seater sofa, armchair, coffee table, wood-burning stove, Smart TV, DVD player and window overlooking the front garden and cricket pitches below Bamburgh Castle. There is an additional seating area with two wicker chairs, table and lamp. 

Bedroom one with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers with lamp and mirror, chair and hanging hooks.

En-suite shower room with walk-in shower (one step) with rainfall shower head and additional attachment, WC, basin, mirror with a light above, heated towel rail and shelf space.

Games room with two two-seater sofas, armchair, coffee table, large smart TV, DVD player, PS3, football table, board games and children’s toys. Patio doors leading to the rear garden.

Hallway with additional shoe storage and door leading out to front of house.

Utility room/shower room with walk-in shower (one step) with large shower head and additional attachment, WC, basin, and heated towel rail. The washing machine, tumble dryer and drying rack are also located in here. 

First floor

14 steps from entrane hallway leads to landing with four-seater sofa, coffee table and lamp.

Bedroom two with four single beds, two bedside tables, lamps and wall lights, large chest of drawers, mirror, hanging hooks and views over the green with Lindisfarne Castle in the distance, sea views, and Bamburgh Castle to the right.

En-suite bathroom with rainfall shower over bath, WC twin basins with mirrors and lights above, drawer storage, heated towel rail and hanging hooks.

Bedroom three with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, chair, chest of drawers with a lamp and a mirror above, hanging hooks and views over the green with Lindisfarne Castle in the distance, sea views, and Bamburgh Castle to the right.

En-suite shower room with walk-in shower (one step) with rainfall shower head and additional attachment, WC, basin, illuminated mirror, cupboard storage, shelf space and heated towel rail.

Bedroom four with super king bed, bedside tables and lamps, two-seater sofa, chair, TV with Freeview, DVD player, hanging hooks, shelf storage and Juliet balcony overlooking the back garden.

En-suite bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment, WC, basin, mirror with light above, shelf space and heated towel rail.

Outside

There is a front garden with sloped lawn and gates at each side of the house leading to the rear garden. There are ten steps leading up to the front door.

The rear garden has a lawn area, two wooden benches, dining table seating ten. A charcoal barbecue is available for guest use (charcoal not provided). Ramp access leading to the rear door. Please note that while the garden is enclosed, it is not dog proof and it may be possible for dogs to escape through the fence.

Guests have access to the garage which can be used for storage of outdoor kit and as a sleeping space for dogs if required.

Parking

There is parking for up to four cars to the rear of the property. 

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome and must be kept downstairs, out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. A portable gate is available on request to keep dogs out of the sitting room.

Guest amenities

Bed linen, synthetic bedding and towels are provided. Guest toiletries are provided. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Guests are able to make use of the membership for The Ocean Club Health Club and Spa in Seahouses - an entrance fee applies. Please note the pool and spa are closed from 4th January – 17th February 2023 for refurbishment.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile coverage can be average depending on the provider.

Heating

There is oil central heating throughout the property in addition to the wood burning stove in the sitting room.

Guest privacy

The property sits on Front Street in Bamburgh overlooking the cricket pitches at the bottom of Bamburgh Castle with properties sitting on either side. The rear garden is not overlooked?!

Location

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.

Activities

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 nearby 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.

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 and perhaps have lunch in the amazing treetop restaurant.

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 involving a moderate walk of 8.5 miles taking in the beauty of 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.

 

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

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Reviews

Location In the village of Bamburgh.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Greystead - Games Room
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"The well-equipped games room, ground floor shower room and hallway with external side access form a handy 'family-wing' to the house - perfect for returning from the beach with sandy feet!"
Kat - Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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