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Overview Cottage

Belford, Northumberland

A sophisticated sea-view cottage near Bamburgh that oozes boutique country house hotel style.

Overview Cottage

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Overview

A sophisticated sea-view cottage near Bamburgh that oozes boutique country house hotel style.

A contemporary country cottage with sweeping coastal views

As fresh as a daisy following an extensive renovation, Overview Cottage is the hottest new holiday home arrival here in Northumberland. Set in enclosed gardens and boasting far-reaching coastal views, the former byre offers the very best of contemporary rural living with a stylish country kitchen, wood burner-warmed sitting room and three generous bedrooms.

Evoking the style of a boutique country house hotel, Overview Cottage boasts sophisticated interiors, indulgent king-size beds and spacious, well-appointed bathrooms. The light-filled vaulted kitchen leads out into the rear garden and is equipped with top-end kit like a five-hob, three-oven Smeg range cooker and Nespresso machine. The large timber kitchen table calls out for lazy family breakfasts while the sunny window seat is the perfect spot for tranquil moments snatched to read the morning paper.

Overview Cottage enjoys a rural setting with the added bonus of being a short hop from Northumberland’s beautiful Heritage Coastline – the white sand stretches of Bamburgh, Cheswick and Ross Back Sands are all within 15 minutes’ drive. That said, you don’t even need to leave the garden (or your bed if you’ve snaffled the master bedroom) to enjoy mesmerising views of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands.

While you’re not relaxing in your home from home or entertaining the dogs and family on the beach, you can explore the historic coastal village of Bamburgh (a ten-minute drive from the cottage), stock up on local goodies at Belford’s popular Sunnyhills farm shop or enjoy delicious food and unbroken views of the Holy Island at the nearby Barn at Beal, a working farm and restaurant.

Property details

Ground floor

Two steps up from the access into the inner hallway. 

Hall – bench seat with hanging rail.

Small cloakroom with basin and WC.

Two steps up from the hall to the kitchen.

Kitchen and dining area with integrated fridge freezer, cupboard with microwave, Nespresso machine, Smeg inducation range cooker with 5 burner hob and 3 ovens with a grill, dishwasher. Central island with two breakfast stools and a wine fridge. Dining table with seating for 6 guests. Bose Bluetooth speaker. Doors from the kitchen into the front lawned garden.

Utility room just off the kitchen with separate washer and dryer.

Inner hallway from the left of the main access door leading to:

Bedroom one - master bedroom with king size bed, side tables, wardrobe with hanging space and storage, dressing table, armchair.  This room benefits from a side view to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

En suite shower room – with large walk in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Inner hallway from the kitchen leading to:

Large family bathroom with roll-top bath, large walk-in shower, 2 x heated towel rails, basin and WC.  Underfloor heating.

Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, wardrobe. Rear facing over the lawned garden to the rear.

Bedroom three with king size bed, side tables, wardrobe, Rear facing over the lawned garden to the rear.

Snug – with two occasional chairs, small selection of books and games.

Sitting room – with a large three seater sofa and a two seater sofa, armchair, Smart 43” TV, multi-fuel stove (initial basket of logs supplied). Doors to the rear garden.

Outside

There is a lawned garden to the front and to the rear which is enclosed by five bar gate and wire fencing - please note this area is not completely dog proof. There is an outside table with six chairs. A charcoal barbecue will be provided - charcoal is not provided.

Parking

Parking for three cars just off the farm road to the side of the cottage.

Babies & children

Babies and children are welcomed but please note that a travel cot and highchair are not provided.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms or on the furniture. There is an outside tap for cleaning dogs if required. Please note that the area surrounding the cottage is farmland therefore dogs must be carefully controlled and on leads when walking in the immediate area.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are provided. Hypo-allergenic duvets and pillows are provided.

One hairdryer is provided in the utility room for guest use.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is limited inside the cottage but improves directly outside the property.

Heating

There is oil heating throughout with a multi-fuel stove in the sitting room and underfloor heating in the family bathroom. An initial basket of logs is provided.

Guest privacy

Overview Cottage is not overlooked. Three other cottages sit nearby to the rear of the cottage.

It is important to note that while the cottage sits on the edge of the Middleton Hall Estate, the estate grounds are private and walking and access is not permitted. Further information on nearby access and walking routes will be made available to you by the owner on arrival.

Location

The property benefits from easy access links, sitting just 1 mile from the main A1 north/south route and the charming village of Belford where you will find a good range of local amenities including a pub, excellent farm shop, small co-op, fish and chip shop, newsagent and chemist. 

The fabulous Sunnyhills Farm Shop sits just on the edge of the village and sells a wonderful range of fresh local produce in the Food Hall, or you can enjoy excellent coffee, home cooking and lovely cakes and pastries in the super cafe bistro.

For more extensive shopping, the historic market towns of Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick are just a short 15 minute drive away.

Activities

With over 30 miles of stunning sandy beaches, guests are spoilt for choice. Bamburgh, Budle Bay, Lindisfarne and Seahouses all sit nearby with pristine white sands perfect for sandcastle making, rock pools made for dabbling in, hidden coves and deep sheltered sand dunes ideal for cosy picnics, and stunning sunsets on a balmy summer evening.

For walking, it's an ideal gateway to the Cheviot Hills and the extensive walking routes available there. You can link into St. Cuthbert’s Way from Wooler or there is a 4.5-mile circular walk to historic St Cuthbert’s Cave from nearby Holburn which takes in the important wildlife areas of Holburn Lake & Moss.

You can join The Devil’s Causeway just over one mile to the east, a Roman road which starts at Port Gate on Hadrian’s Wall north of Corbridge and extending 55 miles northwards across Northumberland to the mouth of the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

For coastal hikes, take time out to spot the rich birdlife on the Northumberland Coastal Path, or enjoy a leisurely 10-mile walk from Belford to Seahouses, taking in fantastic views of the Farne Islands and Budle Bay.

The area is punctuated by iconic castles, stately homes and fortifications which are testament to the area’s rich and dramatic past. Pay a visit to the magnificent castles of Alnwick, Bamburgh or Chillingham where you can discover tales of bloody battles and royal rebellion, or enjoy the stunning stately homes and gardens of Belsay, Cragside, Wallington or Paxton House. Harry Potter was filmed at Alnwick Castle and children will particularly enjoy the wizardly magic of characters inspired by Hagrid and Harry, including a spot of Broomstick Training!

Foodies will enjoy the fine local produce in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the area - everything from the freshest fish and chips to fine dining experiences! The very popular Barn at Beal is nearby with amazing views over to Holy Island, or The Ship at Newton-by-the-Sea has a great reputation for serving good food along with ale from its own microbrewery. Not to be missed is the delicately flavoured kippers from Craster, or a tipple of infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

For action sports, surfing, kitesurfing and coasteering is available at Budle Bay, Beadnell and Bamburgh, while canoeing can be arranged on the nearby coastal waters or river systems. There are also extensive cycling and mountain biking trails in and around the area, with the Coast and Castles route a firm favourite. For riding, Swinhoe, Kimmerston and Slate Hall riding centres all come recommended, offering lessons, treks and wonderful beach rides.

Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with Belford, Goswick and Bamburgh courses nearby, and easy access to an incredibly varied choice of over 60 PGA, links and parkland courses right across the Borders and Northumberland.

Salmon fishing on the North Tyne can be arranged through the owners, or guests can head to the lakes at Chatton which offers fly fishing for trout or try Coldingham Loch for bank or boat fishing - both helpful and friendly venues. River fishing is available on the Till or the world-renowned Tweed system.

Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and nannies

Babysitting and nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Reviews

"We’ve had the best time. Cottage fabulous. Weather unbelievable! Thank you. I’m recommending C&C to all my pals. You’ve been great."

Ms Brighten

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Overview Cottage. The location and views were perfect and the level of finish and appointment within the property were of a high standard and we appreciated the welcome from the owners."

Mr Creer
Location Rural - 1.5 miles from Belford village.
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome at a charge of £15 per dog.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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A sophisticated three bedroom cottage with far reaching views towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The little things we love....
"The far reaching view towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is hard to beat on those perfect sunshine days."
Rob, owner of Overview Cottage
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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