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The Old Vicarage

Beadnell, Northumberland

Plenty of room for everyone, and within easy walking distance of the golden dune-fringed sands of Beadnell Bay.

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Plenty of room for everyone, and within easy walking distance of the golden dune-fringed sands of Beadnell Bay.

A beautiful period home featuring a games room and its own private woodland garden

Space, glorious space! That’s what abounds at this Victorian vicarage on the fringes of Beadnell, one of Northumberland’s most charming seaside villages. These days it’s an impressive four-bedroom home — one where groups of families or friends will never feel on top of one another. 

It helps that the elegant stone property is flanked by its very own mini-woodland and garden: an enclosed, wonderfully private garden space where youngsters might safely tear around before everyone gathers for a barbecue in the sheltered, walled courtyard.

Inside, there’s something of classic English country manors in the chandeliers, the high ceilings and the grand fireplaces. It has the pedigree to match too – The Old Vicarage is in the ownership of the descendants of the 18th century landowner and High Sheriff of Northumberland John Wood (who expanded Beadnell Harbour), whose family has been associated with this area of Northumberland for over 900 years. You’ll also spot the Wood family crest above the entrance of The Craster Arms, if you drop into the local pub for a pint.

The drawing room with double-aspect windows overlooking the garden is perhaps the most impressive with its open fireplace, chandelier and family portraits lining the walls. There’s plenty of space for relaxed socialising here, while the dining room with its large mahogany dining table is perfect for family gatherings or formal entertaining.

There's also a separate cosy, blue-panelled snug featuring a leather sofa and chair, piano, and equine paintings; a boot room bigger than some London flats; and a beautiful, Scandi-white kitchen whose breakfast island and bar stools allow relaxed chat as the cook in the party concocts wonders on the impressive induction range cooker.

Upstairs are four comfortable, pastel-hued bedrooms on the first floor — a large master suite with a king-size bed and dressing table; two airy doubles, one of them en-suite, and a twin — plus two family bathrooms.

But where are the teens? Probably up in the second-floor games room, battling on its ping-pong and American-style pool tables. 

Atop the home’s gated gravel drive, pretty Beadnell begins. That includes its 200-year-old harbour, a church with stained-glass windows and good pubs, while Beadnell Bay is just a quarter of a mile away. These extensive golden sands work equally well for family bucket-and-spade days, for watersports such as kite and windsurfing, for hearty walks or for birdwatching.

Very close are Seahouses, from whose ancient harbour boat tours depart to the Farne Islands to admire seabirds and seals, iconic Bamburgh, Lindisfarne (aka Holy Island) and ruined Dunstanburgh Castle — during a short walk along the coastal path, and where dolphins are sometimes spotted.

*Please note that some cosmetic changes are being made to the formal drawing room - new images available late March.

Property details


Access door off the main gravelled courtyard leading into a porch and inner hall.

Snug with leather sofa, leather armchair, chair, 50" Smart TV, coffee table, piano, and decorative fireplace.

Dining room with large mahogany dining table with seating for eight-ten guests, mahogany sideboard and drinks cabinet, decorative fireplace.

Drawing room with two sofas, two armchairs, open fire. Double aspect windows overlooking the garden.

High quality Shaker style kitchen with electric rangemaster double oven, five burner induction hob, under counter fridge, dishwasher, pantry cupboard with microwave, kitchen island with four bar stools.

Boot/utility room with hanging rail, bench seating, and boot/shoe storage, Belfast sink, large American style fridge/freezer, full size dishwasher, washing machine and separate dryer. Rear door to enclosed courtyard.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.


Double-turn staircase to the first floor - with handrail.

Study with desk, chair, and internet hub with strong signal.

Bedroom one master bedroom with king size double bed, side tables, occasional chair, dressing table, chest of drawers, and large wardrobe with full length mirror.

Bedroom two with twin beds, side table, dressing table, occasional chair, and large wardrobe with full length mirror, and make up mirror.

Family bathroom with bath, separate shower with rainforest shower head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom three with super king bed, side tables, dressing table, wardrobe, occasional chairs, basin, and make up mirror.

Bedroom four with double bed, side tables, chest of drawers, large wall mirror, occasional table.

En-suite bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.

Family bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.


Games room with two two-seater sofas and chair, pool table, table tennis table.


Large lawned garden surrounded by woodland - the garden is fully enclosed when the access gates on the front driveway are closed. A fully enclosed walled courtyard to the rear of the property has a large outdoor dining table with eight chairs and bench seating. A charcoal BBQ is available (charcoal not supplied). 


Large, gravelled driveway with ample private parking.


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 and children are welcome and a travel cot and highchair can be provided on request. 


One well behaved dog is permitted at a charge of £45. A second dog may be considered on request only. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor, uncarpeted areas of the property. They are not permitted on the furniture, and strictly not upstairs or in the bedrooms. 

Please note that a large paddock adjoins the garden and woodland. This sits in separate private ownership and is used for livestock at certain times of the year. Dogs must be carefully supervised at all times, and kept on leads when out and about.


All bed linen and towels are included. Hand soaps and shower/bath wash is provided. A hairdryer is available in each of the main bedrooms.


Wi-Fi is available, however, please note this may be restricted in certain parts of the property due to its size and thickness of walls. This works best in the snug on the ground floor and the study on the first floor.

Mobile reception is reasonable across most networks.


Oil fired central heating throughout with the addition of an open fire in the sitting room. An initial supply of logs and kindling is supplied. The other fireplaces in the property are decorative only. 


The property is detached and sits on its own within large grounds on the edge of the village of Beadnell. A five minute walk will take you into the village with easy access to The Craster Arms and Beadnell Towers for dining out. The sands of Beadnell Bay are approximately 1/4 of a mile.


There’s no shortage of places to eat in the area, with everything from cosy gastro pubs to comfy cafes, not forgetting some of the best fish and chips of course!

Right in the village of Beadnell you will find The Craster Arms, a traditional coaching inn serving a range of hearty meals, as well as The Landing at Beadnell Bay a brand new beach bar & restaurant with outdoor dining specialising in dishes featuring the freshest local seafood. The Beadnell Towers in the village also comes highly recommended and offers a modern innovative menu of seasonal local ingredients at its beautiful restaurant and bar. The village also offers a post office and general convenience store for basic essentials.

The hugely popular Ship Inn at nearby Low Newton (5.6 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 (8.7 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 (1.8 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's Italian cuisine you're looking for, head to the popular Insieme Seahouses restaurant. You will also be spoilt for choice of Indian dine-in or take-away at the Indian Brasserie or Spice House. 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 (5.1 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 (14.4 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. The Old Vicarage is ideally placed for exploring the Northumberland Coast. Start each day with a walk on the sand at Beadnall Bay which is right on the doorstep. The 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. Alternatively head to Newton-by-the-Sea, a 10 minutes drive by car, 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 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.

Sitting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife here. 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.




Location In the village of Beadnell.
  • One well-behaved dog is permitted at a charge of £45. A second dog may be considered on request only.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday during low and mid season
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The golden sands of Beadnell Bay are within easy walking distance of the property
"A private setting, centrally located to the best of Northumberland, with excellent dining, cosy pubs and the most gorgeous beach for walking, all at your doorstep."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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