Unexpectedly spacious inside, this end-of-row cottage also comes with oodles of outdoor space.
You’ll be just a few miles from Bamburgh Castle and sandy Beadnell Bay
Nook End enjoys the best of both worlds. While part of a row that was rebuilt using the same sandstone and beams as the nearby chocolate-box houses, its more recent renovation has allowed for modern appliances and a practical family-home layout.
Better still, Nook End’s position means that it has by far the biggest garden of the row, with greenery flanking its three sides. As a consequence, there’s room for large lawns, a picnic-style dining table and chairs – charmingly lit by festoon lighting once evening falls – and a children’s swing. As a bonus, you can see across open countryside as far as Bamburgh Castle, beckoning in the distance.
Bi-fold doors, which can be pulled open on warm days, connect this expanse of outdoor space to the sitting room and its exposed ceiling rafter. Light can therefore flood in here; alternatively, pull the curtains, light the log-burning stove, switch on the Smart TV and cosy up together on two sofas and an armchair.
A door connects to the rest of the ground floor, including a very well-equipped kitchen and its big dining table, a convenient shower room and the small office desk area ready if anyone needs to – boo! – work during their stay.
Past an under-the-stairs chest packed with dressing-up clothes – one of many nooks paying tribute to the cottage’s name – are the three first-floor sleeping quarters. Complete with a giant, super-king bed and another Smart TV, the main room shares a family bathroom and its tub with a fun galley bedroom containing two single beds for kids. The final chamber is an en-suite double. All three are spacious and, like the whole home, cheerfully styled with country colours and seaside-themed decor.
Surrounding Swinhoe is a quiet little hamlet that’s a 30-minute walk – or three-minute drive – to the village of Beadnell. Beside that sprawls Beadnell Bay, two miles of glorious golden sand. Home to surfing, sailing or scuba diving providers, Beadnell also has two excellent pubs and a grocery shop.
A little further afield are Seahouses, from where guided boat trips chug off to the Farne Islands in search of dolphins, seals and seabird colonies, and Low Newton’s atmospheric Ship Inn or ruined Dunstanburgh Castle, between which the scenic Coast Path crosses beautiful dunes. Alternative options for days out include Holy Island, Alnwick Castle, which features in two of the Harry Potter films, and that beckoning fortress of Bamburgh, regally situated above its own beach.
Enter the front door into a hallway.
Bright and cosy sitting room containing a three-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa, armchair, log burner, side tables, pouffe, shelves with books, and Smart TV. Large Bi-folding door lead out to the garden.
Well-equipped kitchen with 4 ring hob, electric fan oven, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, free standing fridge/freezer, microwave and integrated dishwasher. Large dining table with four chairs and bench seating.
Utility area in the hallway with washing machine and tumble dryer cleverly hidden behind a curtain.
At the far end of the hall, there is a handy office space with a desk and chair – a great designated work space for anyone needing to work during their stay.
Shower room with shower, small basin, illuminated mirror, and WC.
Bedroom one with super king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers, Smart TV, large wardrobe, full-length mirror, and chair.
Bedroom two with double bed, bedside tables with lamps, two chest of drawers, large mirror, hanging hooks on the back of the door and a small hanging rail in the alcove of the Velux window.
En-suite shower room with shower, WC, basin with mirror above, and heated towel rail.
Bedroom three with fixed twin single beds, one of which is a galley-style bed and has a half-length bed rail for small children and a curtain. Built-in wardrobe, drawers, hanging hooks, TV and DVD player.
Family bathroom containing bath with hand-held shower attachment, basin, mirror and light above, and WC.
Private lawned garden to three sides with outdoor picnic style dining table and chairs. There is a swing for children on the large lawn and festoon lighting for ambient alfresco dining in summer. A pretty garden pod is also located in the garden - a lovely sunny spot for outdoor eating or relaxing with a book.
An outdoor tap is also available for washing wetsuits and wellies.
Parking is directly in front of the garage opposite the cottage. There is sufficient space for 2 cars with additional space available for visitors.
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.
A financial penalty will be incurred should guests charge their vehicles at this property.
BABIES & CHILDREN
Two travel cots and high chairs are available on request.
One well-behaved dog may be considered upon request. If permitted, they must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. An outside tap is available for cleaning your dog.
High-quality bed linen and towels are provided for guests as well as a hair dryer.
Complimentary membership of the private Seafield Ocean Club is available for guests to use during their stay (entrance fees will apply). Based in nearby Seahouses, offering a range of health and well-being facilities including a swimming pool, gym and spa.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good.
Oil central heating throughout. There is a log burner in the sitting room and an initial supply of logs is provided.
Nook End is part of a farm steading. It is the end property in a row of four cottages with further cottages and a working farm beyond.
There’s no shortage of places to eat in the area, with everything from cosy pubs to comfy cafes, not forgetting some of the best fish and chips of course!
In the nearby village of Beadnell (1.5 miles) you will find The Craster Arms, a traditional coaching inn serving a range of hearty meals, as well as The Landing at Beadnall Bay a brand new beach bar & restaurant specialising in seafood dishes. The village also offers a post office and general convenience store for basic essentials.
The hugely popular Ship Inn at Low Newton (4.3 miles) is renowned for great seafood lunches and its microbrewery, or try the Joiners Arms in Newton By The Sea. Continue south down the coast to sample delicious crab sandwiches at the highly regarded Jolly Fisherman at Craster (7.6 miles) or head to the lovely Shoreline Cafe for a steaming cappuccino and home-made cakes - muddy boots and dogs welcome! A must-visit is Robson’s Smokehouse, home of the famous Craster kippers as well as a wonderful selection of smoked delicacies, fresh fish, shellfish, cheeses and other delicious local produce from the Northumberland heartlands.
Travelling north on the coastal trail will take you to the seaside town of Seahouses (3.3 miles) to enjoy traditional fish and chips, or for evening dining try the Black Swan Inn, a new bistro pub serving mouth-watering meals with a focus on fresh fish. If it is Italian cuisine you're looking for, head to the popular Insieme Seahouses restaurant. The town also has a good-sized Co-op convenience store on the high street, family bakers and a handful of independent shops.
Further north, call into the Potted Lobster at Bamburgh (5.2 miles) which has a fantastic reputation for producing exceptional seasonal dishes using the very best produce the area has to offer, while The Pantry and The Copper Kettle are delightful tearooms to enjoy a coffee and a tasty traybake.
A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (12.9 miles) with an eclectic selection of specialist shops, including a deli, bakery, award-winning butcher’s, charming coffee and gift shops, as well as a number of large supermarkets for holiday provisions.
For a dining experience with a difference, the Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens is not to be missed. Set high in the treetops, it is a magical spot to spend an evening, featuring local fish and seafood, meats from Northumberland’s farmlands, as well as other regional specialities all within a lovely ambient setting.
Northumberland is renowned for some of the best beaches in the country, so if you want to spend your days walking over golden sands and watching the ever-changing sea, then you have come to the right place. Nook End has a great central location for exploring the Northumberland Coast, the two nearest beaches at Beadnall Bay and Newton-by-the-Sea are less than 10 minutes drive by car where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. Beadnall Bay is especially popular for those who enjoy watersports due to its protected waters and a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area.
The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 also runs right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths for walking and biking and never-ending beaches all the way along the route. However, if you would rather explore the area on horseback, there is a riding centre at Slate Hall Riding School near Seahouses where you can experience the thrill of a beach ride.
For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Foxton, Alnmouth, Alnwick and Dunstanburgh, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the lake below the mill and in the Brunton burn that runs down to the sea - by arrangement with the estate office.
Sitting just outside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife right on the doorstep, or why not take a boat trip from nearby Seahouses where you will be enthralled by the thousands of breeding sea-birds and seals taking up every square foot of this incredible rocky outcrop, including over 37,000 pairs of characterful Puffins. Alternatively, Ross Links and Holy Island are both top spots for vast numbers of migrant species, including the chance to see the odd grey seal bobbing inquisitively in the sea, while sightings of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins can also be spotted in calm sea conditions.
Guests of Nook End can also benefit from complimentary use of Seafield Ocean Club membership during their stay (entrance fees will apply). Based at Seahouses, the private club offers a range of health and well-being facilities including a swimming pool, gym and spa.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Dunstanburgh, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter or test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest.
Finally, for garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens, Howick Hall and Cragside is an absolute must, with spectacular colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.
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- One dog may be considered upon request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday and Monday.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The festoon lighting in the garden means al fresco dining can still be enjoyed on warm evenings even after the sun sets."Imogen, Crabtree & Crabtree