Convenience, coastal proximity and peace: all await at The Rushes, an old farm cottage given a stylish makeover.
Relish relaxing, spacious interiors which are wonderful to return to after days of sightseeing or seaside pursuits
Keen to explore Northumberland’s Heritage Coast? The Rushes is so well-placed that two headline attractions – mighty Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands – are within easy striking distance. Yet this convenience still comes with a big dose of rural tranquillity.
This is one of three conjoined former labourers’ cottages (along with the equally-sized Lyme Grass and Wild Rye) set between pretty Bamburgh village and Seahouses, a lively harbour town. Just like its neighbours, The Rushes’ simple, unassuming façade makes its cheerful, natty interiors a surprise. You’ll find plenty of restful pastel hues, some stylish contemporary furniture, a clean-lined kitchen and, above all, an abundance of airy space.
The single-floor home includes a roomy lounge, with navy-blue sofas, patterned cushions and a wide fireplace whose log-burner provides toasty warmth whenever necessary. High vaulted ceilings top the open-plan kitchen and dining space, a bright base for leisurely breakfasts.
Of the three properties, only The Rushes boasts an en-suite master bedroom, rendering it especially romantic. There’s a tub in there, while the second chamber – able to be configured as a king-sized double or twin – abuts another bathroom containing a walk-in shower. Flower prints, pea-green walls and chunky chests of drawers decorate both.
Accessed via French windows from the lounge, that large garden looks seawards across farm fields where sheep often graze below haystacks. You can see Inner Farne’s white lighthouse, on the isle where St Cuthbert died, and a charcoal barbecue and outdoor furniture allow for memorable al-fresco dinners – or celebratory glasses of wine after days out.
In Bamburgh, excellent independent shops include a village butcher and The Pantry, a delicatessen able to prepare picnics or sandwiches for your day out. That might be to iconic Bamburgh Castle, set fair on a mighty basalt crag, or the namesake white-sand beach below it. It may be a visit to meet the Farne Islands’ puffins; boat tours sail from Seahouses. Or it could be an adventure to Lindisfarne, a little north, or kipper-producing Craster, slightly south.
Access porch with hanging rail.
Sitting room with two double sofas, chair, wood burner, Smart TV. Double doors open out to the patio and rear garden.
Fully equipped kitchen with an electric oven and ceramic hob, integrated fridge / freezer, microwave, slimline dishwasher and a washing machine. Dining area with table and chairs for four.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
There are two steps up from the kitchen which leads to the inner hall and bedrooms:
Bedroom one with zip and link beds which can be set up as a king size double or 2' 6" twins, as required. Side tables, chest of drawers, hooks with hanging space.
Family bathroom with large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, hooks with hanging space.
En suite bathroom with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
To the rear of the cottage is a large, fully enclosed lawned garden with patio, outdoor furniture and a charcoal barbecue (guests must supply their own charcoal).
Guests can park in front of the cottage for unloading but there is otherwise two designated parking spaces for each property at the end of the row of the cottages.
The cottages sit on a working farm and the road is used by large farm vehicles therefore parking to the front of the cottages should be avoided.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Please note that the cottage sits next to a working farm so there will be associated farm traffic on the road and in the immediate area. Children should be closely supervised at all times. The garden to the rear is fully enclosed.
Two dogs are welcome but they must be kept out of the bedrooms and off the furniture. The immediate area around the cottage is farmland with livestock therefore dogs should be closely supervised and kept on leads when out and about.
Bed linen and towels are provided along with hand soaps and shower wash. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available but it is important to note that speeds are slow/intermittent in this area - around 3GB. Mobile reception can be variable depending on the network.
Heating throughout the property, with a wood burning stove in the sitting room. An initial basket of logs is provided.
For guests looking to holiday together, this cottage can be booked alongside Lyme Grass New Shoreston and Wild Rye New Shoreston (both sleeping 4).
Farm and access road
The cottage sits next to a working farm so please be aware there will be associated farm traffic on the road and in the immediate area. The access road to the cottages is a minor road which leads onto the farm access road. This road has pot-holes and is rutted in places therefore care should be taken when driving. It may not be suitable for low-slung vehicles and sports cars. Remedial work is planned for later in the year. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
The village of Bamburgh sits 2 miles 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. J 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.
Standing on a quite spectacular 180 foot high basalt crag, the skyline is dominated by the dramatic outline of Bamburgh Castle from miles around. A visit to the Castle 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.
The beach at Bamburgh comprises glorious curves of white sand backed by deep sand dunes, rocky outcrops and dramatic shorelines and 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 Shoreston Cottages, 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 along with a sand bucket and enjoy a spot of rock-pooling for tiny shore crabs, starfish or periwinkles at Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks - named by Countryfile as one of the top ten rockpooling areas in Britain. Alternatively head to The Tumblers, the rocky intertidal shore immediately adjacent the harbour at Seahouses for a happy few hours rock-pooling for hermit crabs.
As well as boasting its own magnificent Castle, Bamburgh is home to its own Golf Club - an 18 hole golf course with outstanding views towards Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands and the Cheviot Hills. Rated by Golf World Magazine as ‘quite possibly the most beautiful and beautifully situated golf course in all England’ this tricky links course will both challenge and delight. You will also find tennis courts in the village which can be hired for a nominal fee.
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 Seahouses 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!
The whole area is bursting with things to do here, dotted by a trail of castles and fortifications interspersed with pretty seaside villages all the way up and down the coast. Cross the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne 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.
Walking and cycling in this area is a delight with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities. Take a four mile circular walk from Bamburgh to Budle Bay, where you can experience amazing sunsets over the bay in early evening, or follow the Coast and Castles circular, a dog-friendly stretch involving a moderate walk of 8.5 miles taking in both coast and country. For cyclists, there are family routes, leisure routes, and mountain biking trails with everything from easy coastal stretches to high energy treks in the vast wilderness of the Northumberland National Park which can be easily accessed from Wooler.
Children and families
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Cycling & mountain biking
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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Ancestral history research
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Spas and beauty treatments
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Cooks and chefs
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Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.Find Out More
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Beauty and spa treatments
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“A beautifully appointed cottage, peaceful setting and fabulous view – different every day depending on the weather! Enjoyed our week of exploring and loved being greeted by the ‘neigh-bours’ each day.”The Beattie Family
“Beautiful cottage with beautiful views, good dog walks and local pubs. We really enjoyed our New Year break!”The Hemsley Family
“Had a lovely time. Cottage is beautiful and we would not fault it. Perfect location to explore the area and we will definitely be back.”The Badhan Family
“A beautiful cottage in a terrific location. We had a restful week here and exploring the surrounding area.”Mr and Mrs Cheal
“Great location – absolutely loved the walks down to the beach with Bamburgh one way and Seashouses the other. Couple of visits to the local restaurants as ever when we are in the area. Holy Island, obviously a great trip, and Howick Gardens was new to us. Lovely!”The Halls and Friends
“Lovely cottage, very tasteful and comfortable. Fab views when the sun shines. Hamper of local produce much appreciated. Great area – thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.”Mr and Mrs Eggington
“Beautiful, stylish cottage that we thoroughly enjoyed staying in. Perfectly positioned to visit all the sights arounds the area. Wonderful stay!”The Strothers Family
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The mix of sea views and pastoral sounds is food for the soul — and wonderful to wake up to each morning."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree