Enjoy incredible views of Bamburgh Castle by day, then sunsets over the Cheviot Hills.
Couples or a small family can stay near the beach while enjoying rural quietude
Though christened for its epic views rather than any James Bond links, Skyfall excites like a 007 movie. Whether admiring mighty Bamburgh Castle or watching sunsets paint the Cheviot Hills pink and purple, expect to be completely rapt.
This mews-style property is cannily arranged in upside-down style — with its living areas on the first floor, and the bedrooms below — to best capitalise on those remarkable vistas. Inspiration also comes from the sandstone cottages opposite. While those are converted agricultural buildings, Skyfall was purpose-built as a holiday home in the same attractive style.
Colourful yet cosy, the airy, open-plan sitting room and dining-kitchen upstairs is decorated in coastal blues and country greens to complement marine paintings and wildlife-themed décor. Despite an attractive tongue-and-groove-panelled wall, log burner-effect stove and Smart TV containing Netflix, the biggest joy is likely to be its south-east-facing windows. Bamburgh Castle looms only a few fields away, with the Farne Islands visible behind.
That kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped, right down to cake candles and bunting for special occasions. To the rear is a glass-balustraded balcony whose seating faces the distant Cheviots. The skies here are enormous and uninterrupted; at night, you can turn off the solar fairy lights to facilitate some wonderful stargazing.
Hares often scamper around surrounding fields, explaining another decorative theme. That includes feature wallpaper on the stairway, which leads down to both sleeping quarters: a main, king-sized chamber and a twin room whose ice-lolly lamp will delight youngsters.
Another dining table and a gas barbecue beckon in the enclosed lawned back garden, while a bench at the front of the property with its own castle views suits morning coffees.
Skyfall also stands out for the thoughtfulness of its provisions. A basket for foraged berries accompanies beach gear in the utility room. A range of cookery books stand ready when inspiration is needed. There’s anti-allergenic bedding. The broadband is super-fast. And colouring pencils, a stair gate and more are available for kids.
The small Glororum estate is less than a mile from charming Bamburgh village, where tea rooms, ice cream-serving cafes and Potted Lobster restaurant await. On summer afternoons, cricketers play on a green below the castle; a little further on are a golf course flanking that fortress and then sandy, sprawling Bamburgh Beach.
Further afield, days out might be spent on birdwatching boat trips around to those Farne Islands, crossing the causeway to Holy Island or mountain biking around Kielder Forest.
Entrance hallway with a handy storage cupboard with hanging hooks, beach chairs and shoe storage space and shoe basket by the front door.
Bedroom one with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, dressing table with chair, vanity mirror and wall mirror above, TV with built-in DVD player, and a built-in wardrobe containing hanging space, shelves and drawers.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin single beds, bedside tables and lamps, built-in wardrobe containing hanging space, shelves and drawers, full-length mirror, bookcase, and TV with DVD player.
Family bathroom with P-shaped bath and shower over, heated towel rail, WC, basin and mirror above.
Utility room with washer/dryer combi, iron and ironing board, storage space, beach chairs with attached cool bags, outdoor cushions, and sink. A basket for foraging juicy berries is also provided.
Door to the rear garden at the end of the hallway.
Open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, creating a large open space which is both bright and cosy. The space is styled with coastal tongue and grove panelling alongside lovely coastal ornaments and features. Stunning views over to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands out of the front windows and countryside views with the Cheviots in the distance from the back door and rear balcony.
Sitting room with three-seater sofa lounger, loveseat, gas log burner, foot rest, side tables and lamps, chest of drawers with a dressing up drawer and games, Smart TV with Netflix, Smart Speaker, sideboard with storage space containing toys, board games and colouring pencils, small bookcase and a comfortable chair in a little reading area by the back door to the balcony.
Dining kitchen containing 4 ring gas hob, electric fan oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, cafetiere, Nespresso coffee machine and frother, toaster, display cabinet containing glassware and a range of cookbooks, and large dining table seating six guests.
Glass door leads out onto the balcony.
Enclosed lawned garden to the rear of the property with outdoor dining table and four chairs, bench seating on the patio area, gas barbeque and outdoor storage cupboard containing buckets and spades, bodyboards, wind break, beach barbeque and cool box. Gated access to the path at the rear of the property.
First floor balcony at the rear of the property with glass balustrade offering panoramic views towards the Cheviot Hills with outdoor rattan sofa and coffee table, two chairs and table for outdoor dining. Solar fairy lights and outdoor wall lights provide lighting so guests can make use of the balcony in the late evening.
There is gravelled parking to the front of the property for 2 cars.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
An electric vehicle charger is available for use at a charge of £30 per week (including stays under 7 nights).
Please note the charger can only be used between 11pm and 5.30pm.
For safety reasons, please only use the dedicated charger for car charging at this property. Discover alternative electric vehicle charging points here. There is also a Tesla Supercharger at Adderstone Service Station on the A1, NE70 7JU.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot, high chair and stairgate are available upon request as well as a little step.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at this property.
Towels and anti-allergenic bedding is provided as well as a hairdryer and hair straighteners.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Superfast broadband is available. 4G is generally good at the property as is phone signal, but this may vary depending on network provider.
Electric heaters throughout with a gas log burner in the sitting room and solar power water heating.
The property sits in the middle of a row of four cottages within a beautiful development of former farm buildings.
The village of Bamburgh sits 1 mile away with friendly local shops, quaint tea-rooms, cosy pubs and restaurants 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. R 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.
The beach at Bamburgh 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.
Sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife at nearby Budle Bay.
Holy Island is also a hot spot for vast numbers of migrant species, including the chance to see the odd grey seal bobbing inquisitively in the sea or basking on the sand flats while sightings of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins can also be spotted here in calm sea conditions.
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 from Seahouses (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.
Walking and cycling in this area is a delight with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities. Take the four mile circular walk from Bamburgh to Budle Bay with your four-legged friend, where you can experience amazing sunsets over the bay, or for cyclists, there are family routes, leisure routes, and mountain biking trails with everything from easy coastal stretches to high energy treks.
The whole area is bursting with things to do, dotted by a trail of castles and fortifications interspersed with pretty seaside villages all the way up and down the coast. The skyline is dominated by the dramatic outline of Bamburgh Castle from miles around, and a visit 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.
Finally, cross the causeway to Holy Island to trace the legend of St. Cuthbert; 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 with its fantastic child-friendly activity programme inspired by the wizardly magic and broomstick antics of Harry Potter.
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"This is our third visit to Skyfall and we found it just as lovely as our first in 2015. Please to see Bamburgh and the surrounding areas are still unspoilt. The weather was not particularly kind to us but we managed to get out and about. We had some excellent meals in the local area. Thank you for a memorable stay. We will be back!"Mr and Ms Aspden
"This house was amazing because it was so welcoming and it brought our family together. A very good, central spot. The weather was amazing, a little bit rainy but otherwise amazing. Thank you!"Dr Goode
"So glad we chose Skyfall for our annual pilgrimage to Northumberland! Very cosy and comfortable to come back to after exhilarating walks along the stunning coastline. The scenery and and huge skies never disappoint whatever the weather. The thoughtful touches and attention to detail make Skyfall stand out from the rest. We will be back!"Guests from Harrogate
"Thank you for a wonderful stay. The most beautiful house to stay in - perfect! The kids and adults all loved it, we hope to be back again."Smith Family
"What a beautiful week in this magical place. We've enjoyed watching the birds & hares from the balcony and seen some stunning sunsets. We enjoyed a walk around Doddington and were thrilled to bathe in the sea at Bamburgh. Can't wait to come back again. Thank you!"Edinburgh Family
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The back gate entrance cleverly allows guests returning from Bamburgh Beach to run off any last, lingering sand on the grass."Kat - Crabtree & Crabtree