In charmingly-pretty Alnmouth, an open-plan family home ready for days on the beach.
Spread across three floors, this dog-friendly base has thoughtful provisions and an enclosed garden
Alnmouth has a lot going for it: not only a sandy beach and beautiful old buildings, but tempting shops and an unforgettable setting on a wind-sheltered river estuary. It’s one of Northumberland’s most in-demand locations – and here’s a family home within walking distance of everything.
Set a few hundred metres – close enough for convenience; far enough for quiet – from the village centre, No. 6 is spread over three floors plus a decked garden. In summer, an outdoor/indoor layout encourages al-fresco living and keeps you cool; in winter, the log burner ensures everyone stays snugly warm. Behind a white clapboard-style facade, the bright but neutral interior design is lifted by coastal, tranquil hues and, with splashes of colourful local artwork, manages to be contemporary but homely all at once.
Most socialising will be done on the middle floor, whose open design encompasses a kitchen and a sitting room. The former is full of impressive, integrated amenities – down to its built-in wine rack and bean-to-cup coffee machine plus ample seating: a six-person dining table, and a more informal breakfast bar with two stools on which you can perch while you chat and drink coffee. Opposite, a pair of plump, substantial sofas face a Smart TV (provided with a Firestick) where you can cosy up and enjoy some down time after fun-filled days walking, swimming or exploring.
Venture further upstairs to find the main bedroom, where you’ll find a king-sized bed accompanied by a dressing table and an attractive wicker storage trunk. On the ground floor are a twin room and another bedroom arranged either to contain two more twin beds or a single, super-king unit. These both share a bathroom – with a tub and toe-pleasing underfloor heating – and separate shower room. The utility room on this level, meanwhile, makes a good place for dogs (two four-legged friends are welcome here) to eat and sleep.
Much like the interiors, the garden of No.6 is set on different levels. First comes the patio and artificial lawn. Bordered by colourful flowers and leafy shrubs, it is a super spot for catching a few rays or for some al fresco dining – while there isn’t a table outside bi-folding doors in open-pan kitchen / living room open onto the garden here via modern bi-folding door – and is connected to a handy, lower patio area by a flight of stone steps. A large storage box containing a beach trolley plus buckets and spades can be found here. There’s also plenty of space inside the box to store bodyboards, frisbees and the like in here too, as well as bikes beside it – perfect for the adventures on the golden sand beach that is just a ten-minute scamper away.
Head south and you’ll immediately be on Alnmouth’s high street, which gradually slopes down before dramatically concluding on the open estuary. Alnmouth Golf Club, England’s fourth oldest, begins just to the north of the high street. ‘Lover’s Walk’ takes you on a mile-long wander from the cottage along the estuary, a 2-mile stroll leads you to St Cuthbert’s Cross with stunning views looking back at the colourful village, and of course with miles of soft, golden sand, there is plenty of exploring to be done around Alnmouth.
If you’d like to browse the streets of other local towns, you’re handily close to market town Alnwick, famed for its dramatic castle, which starred in Harry Potter films, and to the quaint, kipper-making village of Craster whose handsome Coastal Path walks are a must for keen ramblers.
Entrance porch with storage cupboard with ample space for hanging and storing outdoor kit.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be adapted to 6' super king or 3' twin beds, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, mirror, chair and window shutters.
Family bathroom with bath, WC, basin, illuminated mirror, shaver point, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
Family shower room with walk-in shower, WC, small basin, illuminated mirror, shaver point, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
Utility room with combi washer/dryer, basin, storage cupboard with door leading to rear garden. This is a great space for dogs to sleep.
Bedroom three with 3' twin beds, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers, hanging hooks and mirror.
Open plan dining kitchen and sitting room;
Kitchen with breakfast bar with two stools, electric fan oven and 4 ring gas hob, integrated dishwasher, integrated fridge and freezer, built-in wine rack, 1.5 sink, kettle and dual toaster, Melitta bean-to-cup coffee machine with milk attachment and microwave. Dining area with dining table seating 6 guests and bi-folding doors leading to the garden.
Sitting room with two large three-seater sofas, coffee table and side tables with lamps, large modern log burner (initial supply of logs provided) and Smart TV features provided with a Firestick.
Bedroom one with king size bed, two bedside tables and lamps, built-in wardrobe with hanging space and drawers inside, Velux window, storage trunk, occasion chair and dressing table with mirror and stool.
En-suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC, wash basin, illuminated mirror, shaver point, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
From the utility room, there is a large storage box with buckets, spades and a beach trolley with extra room for guests to store their own beach items. There is an open, uncovered space for bike storage inside the side gate.
External stone steps lead up to the garden which can also be accessed from the kitchen bi-folding doors on the first floor. Guests should be aware that there is no gate/fencing to close off the steps so young children should be supervised in the garden. There is a patio area with pretty borders, shubbery and an artificial lawn. There is outdoor lounge seating for six and a bistro table for two.
There is private, off-road parking for two cars on the driveway to the front of the property.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
Babies & children
Babies and children of all ages are welcome. Guests should be aware that there is no gate/fencing to close off the stone steps in the garden so young children should be supervised.
A highchair and travel cot can be made upon request. Please note, there is no stairgate available but guests are welcome to bring a pressure-fit gate.
Two dogs are welcome (must be over 1 year old) with a charge of £20 per dog. An additional dog may be considered on request.
Luxury bed linen, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
There is underfloor heating in the family bathroom. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room with the initial supply of logs provided.
No.6 is a semi-detached property within the village of Alnmouth, benefiting from a private garden to the rear.
There is plenty on offer to guests at the pretty coastal village of Alnmouth. Essential provisions can be picked up from the village store and post office on the main street, while Scott’s of Alnmouth is a wonderful deli with delicious treats and a fabulous selection of local bread and cheeses. Tasty pub lunches can be found at the popular Red Lion Inn which also provides superb views over the estuary from the raised decking in the beer garden. Further dining options are available at The Whittling House which has just recently gone under a full refurbishment and offers a range of locally sourced and seasonal dishes. Or call in at The Hope and Anchor, where you can enjoy a drink at the bar, or a traditional wood fired pizza in their restaurant.
For guests who have an interest in the arts, No.6 is perfectly positioned to visit The Old School Gallery which is just a stone’s throw away. The gallery has a wonderful collection of original paintings and limited edition prints, many of which are by local artists.
A variety of independent shops and restaurants can also be found in the nearby village of Warkworth (4.5 miles) and the harbour town of Amble (6.1 miles). Amble has the added benefit of a Tesco Express store as well as the delightful Harbour Village which consists of 15 small retail pods with a range of fabulous goodies from crafts and jewellery to food and drink.
The historic town of Alnwick is just 4.7 miles west, offering a good selection of pubs, restaurants, local shops and a farmer's market. Visit majestic Alnwick Castle, home to the Percy family for over 700 years and used as a location in the Harry Potters films as well as Downton Abbey, and the award-winning Alnwick Garden with its famous Treehouse and Poison Garden. Both host a number of events throughout the year including Potter-inspired fun and music in the garden.
If you feel a trip to the coast isn’t complete without enjoying good local seafood, then you’ve come to the right place. The Jolly Fisherman at the pretty nearby village of Craster is renowned for its smoked kippers and The Potted Lobster is a must if you visit Bamburgh. At Low Newton you will find the delightful Ship Inn at Low Newton is famous for its seafood and microbrewery.
No.6 has the added benefit of having a railway station just 1 mile from the door, giving easy access to the main East Coast rail line. Ideal for guests who would like a day exploring the cities of Edinburgh to the north or Newcastle to the south.
Set within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wide golden sands of Alnmouth with its colourful coastal cottages will be an instant draw for visitors offering great walking, cycling and wildlife or simply rest and relaxation with a picnic full of foods from the Northumberland heartlands.
From here head north and south to explore the pretty coastal villages of Craster and Warkworth, or take a boat charter from the docks of Amble Harbour to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For those seeking high energy adventures, the area is popular for surfing and kite surfing and there are a number of accredited surf and watersports schools up and down the coast for those looking to try something new in a relaxed teaching environment.
There are a number of walks from Alnmouth to Lesbury, including an extremely pretty 6km loop which takes in the meandering course of the River Aln, superb views of the ’18 arches’ railway viaduct, all the way
down to the estuary, harbour and beach. For long distance walking routes, St.Oswald’s Way and the North Sea Trail both run nearby, and cyclists will delight at the many coves, magnificent heritage sites and wildlife havens along the Coast & Castles route which runs all the way from Edinburgh to Newcastle.
For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Foxton, Alnmouth, Alnwick and Dunstanburgh, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the River Aln with permits available locally. During the season, shooting can be arranged on a number of nearby estates offering excellent opportunities for sporting and corporate parties.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens or Chillingham Castle for a super day out.
For something different, why not head to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.
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- Two dogs (over 1 year old) are welcome with a charge of £20 per dog. An additional dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The bi-fold doors by the dining table open fully to allow a sheltered 'semi-alfresco' dining experience looking out to the pretty, suntrap garden."Kat - Crabtree & Crabtree