Romantic and rural, this couple’s cottage is full of luxurious and homely touches.
Wake up to wonderful views across the fields towards Beadnell Bay, positioned for coastal explorations
Everyone likes a view, and the one from a window seat in Swallow Dean’s bedroom is especially enchanting. Perch here, and you can gaze to Beadnell Bay beyond a lake, pockets of trees and rural fields dotted with grazing livestock.
Part of the 2,500-acre Fallodon Estate and its organic, sustainable farm, this single-floor bolthole abounds with space — while remaining perfectly homely — and bright country character.
Epitomising this is its open-plan living area. At one end, overseen by a perky pink flamingo painting, is the sitting room with its four-seater sofa, foot pouffe, log-burning stove, bursting bookshelves and 43-inch Smart TV featuring Netflix and Prime Video (own accounts needed). Letting in lots of light, French windows here open onto a terrace whose wooden furniture allows for al-fresco eats in the sunshine.
There’s just as much room in a well-equipped, open-plan kitchen. Conveniently neighbouring this is the circular dining table, ready for evening meals together, or even hosting guests.
As well as its fine vistas, that super-king-sized bedroom — which can be arranged as a twin on request — pleases with a large open wardrobe and another Smart TV. The en-suite bathroom includes a deep tub and separate walk-in shower, while White Company toiletries and pretty Pooky wall lampshades exemplify Swallow Dean’s array of thoughtful and stylish touches. There’s also a nail-free grab handle for the shower and bath, incorporated to accommodate guests with limited mobility.
A trout-fishing lake below the old watermill is available to guests, as are plenty of walking tracks. The ‘Coast & Castles’ cycle route also passes through the middle of the estate, which extends from the Grade II listed, 18th-century (and private) Fallodon Hall and hosts red squirrels, deer, otters and much birdlife.
The glorious sandy beach at Beadnell Bay is a two-mile stroll away across meadows, or 20 minutes by car. Closer too are the popular Ship Inn at Low Newton, renowned for its seafood lunches, ruined Dunstanburgh Castle and the golden sands of Newton and Embleton Bay between. Holy Island and the enchanting Heritage Coast towns of Alnmouth and Bamburgh are within easy reach too, as well as a day trip to Hadrian’s Wall, accomplished courtesy of the nearby A1 road.
Entrance into hallway with two utility cupboards containing the washer/dryer combi and storage for cleaning equipment.
Open-plan kitchen, dining and living space.
Kitchen contains electric fan oven, 4-ring induction hob, integrated dishwasher, under-bench fridge/freezer, and 4-slice toaster.
Dining area with round dining table with seating for four guests.
Sitting room with large four-seater sofa, armchair, foot pouffe, side tables and lamps, log burner, Smart TV, craft table and chair, and feature shelves with an excellent range of books provided. Patio doors lead out to the courtyard.
Bedroom containing super king size bed which can be configured as twins upon request, with bedside tables and lamps, small sofa, dressing table and stool with mirror and lamps, large open wardrobe with hanging space and shelf storage, and Smart TV. A window seat offering views of the countryside with the lake visible through the trees and the sea on the horizon beyond.
En-suite bathroom with deep bath and separate step-in shower with drench shower head, heated towel rail, basin with mirror above and wall lights on either side, shave point, and WC. A nail-free grab handle for the shower and bath is provided for guests with limited mobility. A shower seat is also available upon request.
To the front of the property is a shared gravel and grass courtyard with a dedicated south-east facing patio with tables and chairs.
There is ample private parking to the rear of the cottage.
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 are welcome and a travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
All bed linens and towels are included. White Company bath and shower gel, and shampoo/conditioner provided.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
The property is heated by underfloor biomass heating. There is a log burner in the open-plan living space with unlimited logs supplied from the estate.
FISHING ON SITE
There is fishing available on the lake which is stocked with trout. There are also wild brown trout in the burn. It is on a catch and release basis and there is no charge.
For guests looking to holiday together there are six other properties on the same estate - Mill Race sleeping 4, Brunton Burn sleeping 2, Long Byre sleeping 2, Brunton Lake sleeping 4, Brunton House sleeping 16, and Stable Cottage sleeping 6.
Swallow Dean adjoins Long Byre and Brunton Lake, and faces Mill Race and Brunton Burn. Brunton House and Stable Cottage sit on the opposite side of the burn.
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!
The hugely popular Ship Inn at Low Newton (3 miles) is renowned for great seafood lunches and its microbrewery, or try the Joiners Arms in nearby Newton By The Sea. Follow the coastal trail to sample delicious crab sandwiches at the highly regarded Jolly Fisherman at Craster (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.
For evening dining, try the Potted Lobster at Bamburgh which has a fantastic reputation for producing exceptional seasonal dishes using the very best produce the area has to offer, while fans of the traditional British takeaway should head to Pinnacles in Seahouses (7 miles).
A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (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.
A leisurely two mile walk will take you onto the beach which extends to Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay, a breathtaking stretch of coastline just perfect for families where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding.
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 to Beadnell Bay, which is also one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families with options for kitesurfing, bodyboarding, coasteering and kayaking with a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area.
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 in 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.
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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- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Thursdays and Mondays.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 9.30am
"Wonderfully low-impact, the home’s indulgent underfloor heating is fuelled by wood chips collected on Fallodon’s estate."Kat, Crabtree & Crabtree