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A seaside retreat for two with a waterfront balcony.
Experience harbour life in one of Northumberland’s classic coastal villages
Wamsas Retreat is named after two of the Outer Farne Islands — appropriate given that you can see the sleek archipelago from its glorious balcony. Also overlooking Seahouses’ time-honoured harbour and fishing fleet, the cafe table and chairs here makes a wonderful place in which to clink glasses as the sounds and scents of port life float idly by.
On chillier days, a similarly impressive view is available just inside, through anthracite-clad, floor-to-ceiling French windows. Those lead into the home’s main open-plan living space, which splits into two areas: a sofa and comfy chairs are positioned to take advantage of the views, while a counter-style breakfast bar borders the super kitchen below a skylight.
Neutral, soothing hues conspire with nautical-themed decorative touches to create a restful, airy feel. That prolongs in the bedroom, where a second, wall-mounted TV lets you watch movies from under the snuggly duvet.
Occupying a single floor, Wamsas Retreat is completed by a shower room with heated towel rail. Outside the rear access entrance is a bench seat and small table, ready for when the sun shines this way.
Owner Jenny has a longstanding connection to the area. Her father was a Chartered Surveyor and her mother an Architect who purchased several properties on Harbour Road; all, including this one, have recently been subject to a full refurbishment by Jenny herself.
Various boat tours to the Farnes, introducing wildlife such as seals, dolphins and puffins, or recounting the legend of Grace Darling, depart from Seahouses’ harbour; Seahouses is reputed to be where kippers (cold smoked herrings) were first dreamed up — so where better to try this fishy breakfast snack, ideally alongside scrambled or poached eggs, at the nearby Olde Ship Inn or The Lord Crewe in Bamburgh as fuel for a day’s exploring?
Bamburgh’s dramatic fortress, big sandy beach and enchanting village are just three miles up-coast, with Alnwick’s own castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne also within half an hour’s drive.
While Wamsas Retreat sits overlooking Harbour Road, access is via a passageway to the rear of the property - Spider Alley - which has no vehicle access. Guests can unload on the road, but please note there are eight steps from the road and Wamsas sits approximately 30 yards beyond this.
Access door directly into the open plan living space comprising:
Kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, integrated microwave, fridge with ice box, slimline dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine (pod type). Breakfast bar island with two stools.
Sitting room with sofa, footstool, 43" Smart TV with standard Sky package, sliding door to the balcony with views over the harbour.
Bedroom (3 steps up) with 4'6" double bed, side tables, chest of drawers with integrated hanging rail, 32" wall-mounted TV. Please note the doorway has a restricted head height from the bedroom to the living space which measures 5'8". The access height is 6'7" from the living space to the bedroom.
A shower room sits just off the main access door with electric shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Wamsas Retreat has a balcony directly accessed from the living space, with a cafe table and chairs. This offers fantastic views over the harbour towards the Farne Islands. There is bench seating to the rear of the property at the access door. A barbecue is not available.
There are parking spaces on Harbour Road but this can get busy and a space is not guaranteed. The Harbour Car Park is a few hundred yards from the property and a parking permit is made available for use by the owner.
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
The size of the property means that babies and children cannot be accommodated.
One small dog is welcome with a charge of £25. It is not permitted on the bed or the furniture.
Bed linen and towels are provided, along with hand soap and shower wash. Duvets and pillows are hypo-allergenic. A hairdryer is available.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is generally good.
Electric heating throughout.
Wamsas Retreat sits in a row of properties directly on Harbour Road overlooking the harbour in the bustling seaside port of Seahouses.
Wamsas Retreat can be let in conjunction with Harbour Hideaway which is a small studio with a sofa-bed and sits on Harbour Road, just below Wamsas.
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.
Wamsas Retreat is situated just a short walk from the shops and amenities of the village in one direction with the pretty harbour area beyond. You will find plenty of good eating places nearby - 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. Alternatively, why not try The Black Swan, a newly-opened bistro pub within the town offering a range our mouth-watering dishes? 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 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 no 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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- One dog is welcome at a charge of £25.
- Typical arrival day: Fridays and Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The bedroom window seat overlooks the harbour — a lovely space for a morning cuppa in your pyjamas."Jenny, owner of Wamsas Retreat