3 (all year)
Grey Heron Lodge is a dog-friendly holiday cottage on the Northumberland Coast. Set in the dunes of Budle Bay and part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you'll struggle to find a more "seaside" self-catering cottage than this welcoming three-bedroom holiday home for a self-catering stay with family or friends. Guests love the personal touches, from soft, cosy throws on the sofas to seasonal decorations at Christmas. The cottage can accommodate four adults, two children and two dogs. Grey Heron is part of the impressive Stablewood Coastal Cottages portfolio - a local family-owned business with consistently high standards. You can book it with neighbouring Brown Owl Lodge to double the accommodation.
There aren't enough superlatives to describe the breathtaking beauty of Budle Bay. You'd never believe it to look at it, but this heavenly tranquil spot was a bustling early-medieval port. It is part of an AONB, a recognised bird sanctuary, and part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. The views are incredible all year round, and the owners find that many of their winter guests are keen bird watchers who come to see the wealth of birds wintering on the mud flats. The beach is dog-friendly though owners should always keep their pets under control around the wildlife. The entire Northumberland Coast is fabulous for a holiday with your dog as there are only restrictions at Blyth and Newbiggin, and Beadnell Bay during the summer months because of the breeding birds.
You'll always find lots to do when you stay at Grey Heron Lodge. The wealth of footpaths and quality of views is first-class. Circumnavigate the five-mile route around Budle Bay (note: do not try to cross the mouth of the bay at any time as the tide is fast and unpredictable). You can walk around the coast to Bamburgh Castle, passing the cliff-top golf club along the way. The lagoon is a popular place for swimming, SUPs, kiteboarding, windsurfing and jet-skiing between April and October, with options for surfing and other watersports at Bamburgh, Seahouses, and Beadnell. Bring (or hire) a mountain bike and explore the Cheviot Hills, walk beside Hadrian's Wall, or pop over the River Tweed into the Scottish Borders for a day.
Local attractions include Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Adventure Northumberland, and horseriding at Alnwick Ford Equestrian. You can buy groceries and other provisions in Bamburgh, and we recommend you treat yourself to at least one meal in the owner's Apple Inn three miles away in Lucker.
Danny Johnson joined Independent Cottages in July 2022
Grey Heron is a single-storey timber loge with open-plan living and direct access to a private beach.
Outside: The lodge has a timber deck facing the dunes and water. There is a shared area for playing, and off-street parking.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen, bath towels, and an initial supply of logs (in winter) are included. A travel cot and a high chair can be hired from the owner. Guests need to bring beach towels, dog towels, and cot bedding if they are needed. Smoking is not permitted at Grey Heron Lodge.
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