Offering views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands, this spacious, elegant house is ideal for families and large groups.
Base yourself in the fishing village of Seahouses, as close as the name suggests to one of its powdery shores
Full of period charm, Sandsend is a bright and oh-so-spacious stone home beside the bustling fishing village of Seahouses — where a number of stores neighbour, arguably, Northumberland’s finest fish and chips shop.
Large and sociable, the bespoke shaker-style kitchen provides appliances galore — among them a range cooker and integrated dishwasher — to make mealtimes a breeze, plus a three-stool breakfast bar. Navy blue cabinetry adds visual appeal. Nearby is the equally capacious dining room, heated by a log-burning stove and affording tremendous views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands through picture windows.
Across the hallway is the slumberous sitting room, with seating for ten and a Smart TV. To ensure space for everyone, the ground floor also contains two snug seating areas — one yielding more castle views, and the other laying on a love seat — for reading or relaxing.
At both the front and rear, large patio doors open out onto pretty, lawned gardens where you might enjoy al-fresco patio dining or watch the sun set behind a silhouetted Bamburgh Castle. Each garden is enclosed for your safety and privacy.
All but one of the bedrooms are on the first floor, with every one featuring king-size beds, decorative fireplaces and more enchanting vistas, either towards Bamburgh or over rooftops to Seahouses’ working harbour. One features an en-suite shower room and the shared family bathroom has a choice of large walk-in shower or roll-top soaking tub. Another floor up, past a handy work space, is the largest sleeping quarter of all. From this height, you can even admire Holy Island out of the bedroom window. A final bathroom with a relaxing bathtub and walk-in shower completes this floor.
Including Holy Island, there’s plenty to do locally. Some typically golden Northumberland sands are just a few minutes' walk away at St Aidan’s Dunes, part of a beach that continues all the way to Bamburgh, and Alnwick isn’t far. Boat trips to those bird-rich Farne Islands — seen in the BBC’s Wild Isles series and lauded by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite UK wildlife destination — depart frequently from Seahouses. The town itself has plenty of pubs and restaurants to sample.
Enter into a porch with Monk’s bench seat, coat hooks, and shoe storage.
Sitting room containing two large sofas and two wingback armchairs providing soft seating for 10 guests, coffee table, side board, feature shelf wall with books, games and cards, log burner, and Smart TV. East facing windows look out to the pretty lawned garden at the back of the house.
Dining room contains large dining table with 10 chairs and log burner in a pretty fireplace. Large west-facing window provides stunning views over to Bamburgh Castle (the sun sets behind the castle from this angle), as well as sea views including the farne islands.
Large, sociable kitchen with open plan snug area containing a three-seater sofa, side tables, and Smart TV.
Well-equipped bespoke shaker kitchen with two oven and one grill oven range cooker, and a five-ring induction hob, dishwasher, integrated fridge and freezer, built-in microwave, 4-slice toaster, Nespresso coffee machine and double Belfast sink. Three stools at the breakfast bar, and built-in wine cooler. Kitchen island for additional prep space and storage. West-facing patio doors lead to a small patio area at the front of the house and offers coastal views of Bamburgh castle.
Additional garden snug seating area, again open plan to the kitchen, with love seat, and coffee table. Patio doors lead out to the rear garden from here.
Utility room containing washing machine, tumble dryer, additional hanging space for coats and shoe storage, cupboard storage, and sink. Access door to the rear garden makes this room ideal for guests returning with sandy and muddy shoes (or paws) rather than using the front door.
Ground floor cloakroom with WC and basin.
Bedroom one with 5ft king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers and feature decorative fireplace. West-facing window offering views of Bamburgh Castle with Lindisfarne Castle and sea views beyond.
Bedroom two with 5ft king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers and feature decorative fireplace. West-facing bay window and north-facing window providing sea views.
Bedroom three with 5ft king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, and chest of drawers.
En-suite shower room containing large shower with drench head and additional attachment, heated towel rail, WC, basin with illuminated mirror above and decorative fireplace.
Bedroom four with 5ft king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and feature decorative fireplace. East-facing window offers views towards the harbour.
Family bathroom with large walk-in shower, roll top bath, WC heated towel rail, basin and mirror with light above.
Second floor landing with designated workspace containing desk, chair and lamp.
Bedroom five with 5ft king size bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, loveseat bench seating, and feature decorative fireplace. Duel aspect windows offers views of Bamburgh castle and beach with Lindisfarne Castle and the Farne Islands beyond as well as views of the town and harbour in the opposite direction.
Family bathroom with large walk-in shower, free-standing slipper bath, WC heated towel rail, basin and mirror above.
At the front of the property is a private driveway with gated access to lawned garden with a small patio area by the patio doors leading from the kitchen ‘front snug’.
Another gate provides side access to the rear garden which has a large lawn, pretty flower bed borders and a larger patio area with a wooden bistro set and more garden furniture. A gate at the back of the garden leads to the neighbouring property's private car park (available for Sandsend guests to use), allowing easy access to and from here.
Private off-road parking is available for two cars on the drive. Guests are welcome to use the neighbouring hotel car park for additional parking with gated access from the rear garden.
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
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor and are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. We recommend that dogs sleep in the utility room.
Bed linen and towels are provided.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
The property benefits from oil central heating. There is a log burner in both the dining room and sitting room, with an initial supply of logs provided.
The property sits within the coastal village of Seahouses, a stone's throw from the beach and sea. Though centrally located , Sandsend is set back on a private road, around a pretty village green for residents only.
Seahouses is a popular holiday resort sitting within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and features a bustling working harbour, beautiful beaches, and a pretty coastal village with an array of friendly shops, cosy pubs, cafes and restaurants. It is seen as the gateway for sea voyages to the Farne Islands and is a fantastic base to explore the wider Northumberland area.
Sandsend is situated just a short walk from the shops and amenities of the town and the pretty harbour area, and you will find plenty of good eating places nearby, including the recently opened Black Swan Inn. You can also experience the rich maritime connections of The Old Ship Inn for tasty food and a good selection of real ales while soaking-up the unique nautical features of this characterful pub; or the Bamburgh Castle Inn situated above the old lime kilns by the harbour is another popular choice serving a menu full of fresh local flavours with lovely panoramic sea views from its terrace and beer garden. There is always a fresh supply of fish and seafood on the restaurant menus in this area, and fans of the traditional British takeaway can savour some of the best lightly battered fish and chips whilst watching the comings and goings of life on the quayside here.
Most of the shopping in Seahouses is on the Main Street which has a newsagents, bakery, chemist, fishmongers, and deli, as well as gift shops and a small Co-op supermarket. More extensive shopping, local producers, and a number of large supermarkets can be found in the historic market town of Alnwick which sits just 15 miles south of Seahouses.
No visit to this area should go by without a visit to the Farne Islands, and a recent accolade by Sir David Attenborough should leave you in doubt as to its credentials when he declared it his favourite place in the UK to capture nature at its very best. Charters from the harbour run every day (weather permitting) and 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. The diving around this area is also a real treat with crystal clear waters, rich marine life, and numerous wrecks to explore, including the presence of those ever inquisitive grey seals!
There are beaches to the north and the south of the village, with the most popular being to the north, featuring great sweeping curves of white sand running almost seamlessly to Bamburgh and Budle Bay. This stretch is popular with families and is just made for lazy picnics and days out with a bucket and spade. Overlooked by the spectacular outline of Bamburgh Castle, you will find good local amenities around this area with toilet facilities, cafes and plenty of ice-cream stops.
Surfing and windsurfing is highly rated here with waves naturally breaking to the left and right as a result of numerous sandbars along its length, and while there is no lifeguard cover on this section, it is seen as a safe spot for swimming. Three miles south of Seahouses, 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.
For young explorers, pack a fishing net and spend a happy few hours rock-pooling for hermit crabs on the ‘Tumblers’, a rocky intertidal shore immediately adjacent the harbour at Seahouses, or head to Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks named by Countryfile as one of the top ten British rockpooling areas. Other child-friendly activities include the Seahouses Treasure Trail, a self-guided route which involves solving clues across the area to crack the final mystery - a fun way to spend a few hours, see the sights and keep family entertained.
For walking and cycling, the area offers some of the finest coastal routes in the country. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this stretch taking in incredible cliff-top scenery and sandy beaches, interspersed with dramatic castles and pretty coastal villages with art galleries and craft shops. A little further inland will take you to a huge network of trails and waymarked routes involving gentle circular routes through scenic Border country to challenging long-distance trails amidst the dramatic beauty of the Northumberland National Park.
Visitors will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where exceptional castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape all the way down the coast - Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Chillingham and Alnwick to name but a few. 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.
While the area is a perfect summer destination, it is equally wonderful whatever the season. Wrap-up in woolly jumpers and walk the vast deserted beaches in the cooler months, throwing sticks for your four-legged friend, flying kites with children on blustery days, and watching the waves crash and tumble onto the headland with a warming hot-chocolate before heading home for an evening in front of the cosy wood-burning stove.
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- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £25 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Saturday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The spectacular views towards Bamburgh Castle with the sea beyond."Imogen, Crabtree & Crabtree