Cosy and modish with Castle views and a secret garden: Windley is the bijou Bamburgh cottage that packs a big punch.
A stylish mid-century modern getaway in the picturesque heart of Bamburgh.
The historic coastal village of Bamburgh, tucked below the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, is every inch the English village with its ancient church, manicured cricket green and dainty tearooms. And now it’s also home to the retro chic Windley cottage: a low-slung, mid-century property set opposite the village’s leafy Grove, whose modest exteriors belie deeply stylish interiors.
Daubed in deep, earthy colours and adorned with rich fabrics and vibrant geometric prints and textiles, Windley is the ultimate mid-century modern pad. The sitting room, painted in teal and warmed by a Morsø cast iron woodburner, features a dining table for four, making it the perfect set-up for relaxed evenings at home. The retro design thread weaves throughout the property with the two bedrooms (one painted in striking rust red and the other in teal) featuring sleek furniture, angular lamps and bold prints that evoke all the organic, minimalist appeal of mid-century design.
The compact yet well-appointed kitchen leads out to dedicated off-street parking, a real bonus during peak tourist season. And, just beyond that, lies your very own secret garden: an enclosed garden with views of Bamburgh Castle that’s equally perfect for children, dogs, lazy picnics and sundowners. The garden also references the origins of Windley’s name: Windley Close was a meadow in Bamburgh purchased in 1546 by Knight Sir John Forster, the erstwhile Captain of Bamburgh Castle.
When not admiring Windley’s impeccable design details, you’ll find the white sands of Bamburgh Beach, the village amenities and, of course, the Castle within strolling distance.
Three steps up to the rear access door – leads directly into the kitchen.
Kitchen with electric oven, induction hob, dishwasher, microwave, DAB radio. Small washing machine in a cupboard in the kitchen.
Glazed door into the sitting room, large sofa, dining space with table and four chairs, wood burning stove, Smart TV, radio.
Hallway with peg rail for coats and outdoor wear. Front door leads directly onto Church Street directly opposite the village green.
Bedroom one with king size bed, two side tables, armchair, chest of drawers and peg rail with hangers.
Bedroom two with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6' super king size double or 2'6" twins, two side tables, chair, chest of drawers and peg rail with hangers.
Bathroom with bath with shower over (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
The cottage is an end of terrace property in a row of four directly opposite the village's Grove, and next door to the public toilets. To the rear is an access lane which is shared with three other cottages.
There is a private enclosed lawned garden adjacent to the cottage, sitting just off the access lane. Garden furniture is provided as well as a barbecue for guest use.
There is private parking just off the lane to the rear of the cottage.
Babies & children
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
Two dogs are welcome. Dogs should be kept to the kitchen until clean and dry. Dogs must be kept off the furniture and are not permitted in the bedrooms.
The beds are made up with Egyptian cotton bed linen, with feather duck down duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Central heating throughout the property. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with generous supply of logs.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage can be variable depending on network and location within the cottage.
For guests looking to holiday together, Bamburgh Castle Holiday Cottages also have Grove House sleeping 4, Rose Cottage sleeping 4, Neville Tower sleeping 4, The Clock Tower sleeping 4+1, Sandhills sleeping 3, Curlew Cottage sleeping 2+2, Kingfisher Cottage sleeping 2+2 and St Aidan's Lodge sleeping 4. The properties are all located in Bamburgh village.
With friendly local shops, quaint tea-rooms, cosy pubs and restaurants on the doorstep 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 Grace Darling Museum sits just two doors up from the cottage and offers a wonderful insight into the life of this courageous young woman who was written into the history books in 1838 when she risked her life to row a boat out in treacherous seas to rescue survivors of the luxury steam ship Forfarshire.
As well as boasting its own magnificent Castle, the village is home to the Bamburgh 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.
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 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.
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. Here you can spend many happy hours dabbling in the plunge pools before taking a gentle wander back along the beach to the village.
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, take a boat trip from Seahouses to the outstanding Farne Islands nature reserve and seabird sanctuary, 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.
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Museums, galleries and culture
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"We were very comfortable - pretty much everything was perfect. The location of the cottage was just great - a few minutes walk from the beach and the castle. My morning walk with Monty won't be quite the same ever again! Thank you for the box of goodies that awaited us - much appreciated. I suspect that we did all the usual excursions to Holy Island, local castles and Hadrian's Wall and were blessed with great weather, especially when compared with down south where we live. Thank you too for the very friendly way that you helped us transfer our booking and in the lead-up to our visit. All was very professionally handled. We do hope to stay in one of your cottages again at some point and will recommend C&C to friends. "Ms West
"We had the most wonderful stay at Windley thank you. It was the perfect escape after lockdown. Windley was beautifully done up with all the right equipment in the kitchen, lots of lovely towels and very comfortable beds. Loved the welcome package and china too! It was immaculately clean. Bamburgh is a very special place, the local eateries did brilliantly with takeaway menus as did the butcher. It was our dogs first trip to the beach and she loved it, everywhere was very dog friendly. We will definitely be back to book another cottage, loved your service."Vicky
- Two dogs are welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday during low season only.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Aficionados of mid-century design will love the cool new-retro style."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree