Courtyard Cottage is a peaceful place where couples or solo travellers can escape and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The cottage is on a 600-acre family-run farm where the Mellors have raised sheep and cattle, and grown wheat and other crops for more than 25 years. The location is fantastic as the beach is only a short stroll away, over the road and through the Annstead Dunes Nature Reserve. There are also two welcoming pubs, the Craster Arms and the Black Swan that are also within walking distance.
You can't over exaggerate the beauty of the Northumberland Coast. It is truly spectacular with vast beaches, craggy cliffs, a plethora of birds and wildlife that thrive in the pristine surroundings. A fantastic way to see these close up is on a wildlife tour to the Farne Islands, which are expertly managed by the National Trust. The islands are home to one of the largest colonies of grey seals in the UK, as well as puffins and many other sea birds and wildlife. Also off the coast of Northumberland is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Lindisfarne is a haven for sea birds and wildlife and widely regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in the UK. Sightseeing boats leave from the harbour in Seahouses. It's also possible to drive to Lindisfarne, though check the tide times as the causeway is covered at high tide.
Having the beach virtually on your doorstep means that swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, coastal walks and sunbathing are all just a few minutes away. Northumberland's coastline stretches for 30 miles and, even on the warmest day of the year you're unlikely to see more than a handful of people nearby.
The Northumberland Coast AONB has a variety of footpaths with beautiful views in every season. Walk along the coast between Beadnell and Seahouses, or stretch your legs on the six-mile path between Seahouses and Bamburgh that follows St Oswalds Way. The walk from Beadnell to Low Newton takes in the Newton Pool Nature Reserve. Cycling is also a pleasure, or swap your saddle and book a guided horse ride along the coast and through the countryside with a nearby riding school.
Courtyard Cottage is one of a collection of very comfortable self-catering properties at Annstead Farm. Depending on availability, these can be booked together to accommodate bigger groups of extended families and friends.
Susan Mellor joined Independent Cottages in May 2020
Courtyard Cottage was designed with couples in mind, but it is also a lovely, welcoming space for solo travellers. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: The cottage has a private courtyard garden with a table and chairs, as well as allocated parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are provided. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. A cot (no bedding), stairgate, and highchair are available on request. Two well-behaved dogs welcome through prior arrangement and a small surcharge. Smoking is not permitted.
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