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Sea Lily

(Ref. 924377)

New Haggerston near Holy Island, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cosy cottage just what we needed, quiet location but not too far for visiting local destinations"

    Reviewed by Laksmi5.0May 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Sea Lily,the minute you arrive you feel at home,bright,warm and cosy."

    Excellent location moments from the A1,but very peaceful,the birdlife in the lovely garden was incredible so many species. Excellent range of TV options,and instant Wi-Fi were great !! Hope to return very soon,to wonderful Northumberland,and Sea Lily. Thank you Gillian Rob,David and Cherryll.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2024

  • "Sea Lily is a wonderful property."

    Very cosy, clean and tidy and well-equipped. Even the knives were sharp which is unusual in a holiday cottage! I always take a sharp knife and a decent frying pay with me but the equipment at Sea Lily was excellent. The location is good too - it was easy to visit lots of attractions without too much time spent driving around. We live in Northumberland anyway so we did not have far to travel to the cottage and it provided a perfect base for a nice relaxing week away from home. We would definitely like to return some time.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Feb 2024

  • "Such a lovely, cosy & warm cottage."

    The log burner, Netflix & Alexa were all much appreciated, as well as it being dog friendly. And we thought the price was reasonable - so many places are unaffordable nowadays. We’ve had a really lovely few days with our daughter - thank you.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage- great location, cosy and warm and well- equipped."

    The cottage was really quiet so we could easily relax. The cottage is close to many beautiful beaches but also close to Berwick so easy access to amenities. We loved the fact that the water in the cottage came from a bore hole so tasted as water should do. The owners were really helpful too. Would highly recommend .

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Wood burner lovely but doesn’t throw out a lot of heat."

    Comfortable and cosy. Fantastic location for dark skies.

    Reviewed by Stewart4.1Oct 2023

  • "Lovely clean cosy little cottage."

    That is well equipped. But would be better not advertised as dog friendly!. Too many restrictions on your little furry friends.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Sea Lily cottage."

    The location was ideal for visiting many places and the cottage was set in stunning surroundings. We loved the beautiful cottage garden and particularly all the birds coming to eat in the morning. We would definitely stay there again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very comfortable and clean, spacious cottage, pleasant little garden."

    Quiet area, very good for stargazing. Very close to Lindisfarne/Holy Island

    Reviewed by Megan4.4Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely property in a quiet and unspoilt area."

    The property offers all you need for a relaxing break and is ideal for location as places of interest are all close by such as the famous castle and beaches with Berwick a short drive north. We had a great time and we would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2023

  • "Very nice cottage very clean all the mod cons comfortable good position close ..."

    Very nice cottage very clean all the mod cons comfortable good position close to A1 for Holy Island and all attractions ,

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2023

  • "A fantastic cottage in a perfect location that meant we could get to everything we wanted to visit - even Scotland!"

    Cottage is well-maintained and has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay - can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2023

  • "I had a very pleasant stay at the cottage."

    Extremely quiet and a short drive from fantastic beaches and historic places.

    Reviewed by Fergus5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at sea lily cottage, it was everything we hope for, the cottage had everything we needed, I loved the wood burner."

    We hope to return next year. Most things to visit was within a 30 minute drive, beautiful beaches, village's and plenty of castles Thank-you for our lovely holiday x

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, and an ideal base in which to explore Northumberland and the Borders."

    There was useful information available, including a list of "do nots" for dogs owners ( not available online) One requested that the dog does not use the garden as a toilet and I completely understand why ( the risk of spreading Toxocariasis) However I had not envisaged having to walk my dog at the beginning and end of each day, along the lane in front of the cottage, in the dark, even with the torch provided). I am aware of the importance of picking up waste and always carry dog poo bags.It was disappointing to find no "Welcome Pack " There are choices of "Free From" items available for guests who have food allergies or intolerances. It is such a lovely thoughtful treat after a long journey. For anyone without a dog the cottage is ideal, but it feels "dog tolerant" at best and not "dog friendly". If the information had been avaliable before booking, I would have made a different choice.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, wonderful location and well equipped with everything that we needed."

    Thanks for fixing the little problem with the heating so quickly. We would highly recommend your cottage to everyone. Many thanks Richard & Anna

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really nice little house, well away from any noise and bustle."

    Very convenient for access to lindisfarne and other places. Very easy to find from the A1.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was another great visit, we love the cottage, facilities and location is perfect."

    The cottage is very comfortable, it's like home from home. My husband especially loves the log fire. I'm sure we'll be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Debbie3.8Mar 2023

  • "Lovely, quiet and comfortable cottage in a rural setting."

    Ideal base for those interested in walking, birdwatching/wildlife.

    Reviewed by Edwina5.0Mar 2023

  • "A wonderful place to stay and ideally located."

    Nicely furnished and comfortable beds. Only thing I could really fault was the taps, water tends to go everywhere unless they are only on a tiny bit.

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Sep 2022

  • "Sea Lily is a lovely cottage with fantastic views and a great little garden."

    Situated down a quiet lane but great base to visit all the attractions around.

    Reviewed by Brigid4.7Jun 2022

  • "This was the second time to Sea Lilly cottage."

    It was superb, everything that you need is there, we could find no fault. On the Sykes front this was the second time that we had to contact you prior to our holiday to chase up the information for the key box, every other company that we use for these sorts of holiday this information is emailed to you 24-48 hours before your holiday it should not be the customer to chase up the information

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "A beautiful warm and cosy cottage!"

    Quiet and in a fabulous location to explore the local area.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Apr 2022

  • "As always we enjoyed our stay (we have been before)."

    It's not a Ye Olde world style - but we enjoy the simple comfort of the place. The dishwasher is a big plus. A beautiful location which could not be more convenient to access and to get to local attractions including amazing beaches for the dogs.

    Reviewed by Graeme4.7Oct 2021

  • "I think you should change the description from fridge/freezer to fridge with a small ice-box, saying there is a fridge/freezer is a bit misleading, especially if you arrived with lots of frozen food."

    I only gave 4 stars because we were hoping the TV would be a smart free view one so that we could use various apps to stream more choices of programmes to watch in the cold, dark evenings. Having said that they are minor criticisms and we would be happy to stay there again. We will definitely be making another booking in the future.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.1Oct 2021

  • "Great cottage, despite looking small from pictures was plenty of space."

    Great views when you wake up. Comfy bed and good shower. Ideal place for exploring northumberland and beyond. We had already read a review about the dog in the garden so we knew to take her down the lane to toilet and used the garden for play. Cows, horses sheep and geese in the fields all made it feel like a real country holiday

    Reviewed by Kimberley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very nice cottage in the country."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2021

  • "As we have come to expect from Northumberland the location was perfect."

    The cottage was lovely, comfortable and well equipped (could do with a fly screen on the patio doors). We had read previous reviews and took bottled water, the supply is from a natural source and is very metallic. Our main criteria when booking is for a pet friendly property with an enclosed garden. We were very disappointed to find a long list of 'dog rules' which included allowing dogs in the garden but not to let them toilet. One of the reasons for having an enclosed garden is to be able to let our dog out freely in the early morning and at night. The owners really need to consider if they want to allow pets as at the moment the property is pet tolerant at best, certainly not pet friendly. We are always very mindful of leaving no trace of our dog being in a property, unfortunately were left feeling uncomfortable and not at all welcome. For that reason we would not book sea lily again.

    The water supply is from a private bore hole, the water whilst having a mild metallic taste is perfectly safe to drink, we do however provide a water filter for use by visitors. Dogs are perfectly welcome, but we do have a few requests (not rules) of owners and there are reasons for these requests. While dogs are allowed on the garden, we kindly ask owners not to allow their dogs to use the garden as a toilet, dog faeces, even small traces can cause an infection known as Toxocariasis in humans, small children can be particularly vulnerable. We do have a significant number of families with young children staying at Sea Lily and we want them to be able to use the garden safely. With the cottage being adjacent to a farm there are plenty of tracks and country lanes with wide verges where dogs can be walked and toileted safely, the nearest being 50 meters from the main entrance door to the cottage. We are also conscious of other non-dog owner visitors to Sea Lily who may be allergic to dogs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha3.4Aug 2021

  • "The cottage is quite small but extremely clean and well equipped."

    The bathroom is large with a good shower. There is a range of leaflets and information about the cottage, local restaurants and attractions plus books, games and DVDs. The cottage is very close to many attractions and we had planned to visit many of these. Sadly we were only able to stay for two nights as I tested positive for COVID. The owners very kindly texted to wish me well. I’m sure we’ll be back.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Aug 2021

  • "If you like a quiet stay with lots of wildlife but close to A1 would recommend ..."

    If you like a quiet stay with lots of wildlife but close to A1 would recommend no mains water so good idea to take some bottled

    Reviewed by James4.4Jul 2021

  • "Yes, first-class simple spotless accommodation set in a great area."

    Panoramic views of this unspoiled Northumberland countryside. We had a great stay comfortable in every aspect, NO COMPLAINTS which is a first with me. Keep an eye out for Boris the mad rooster he tried to kick me up the XXXX, great fun watching his antics, a laugh every day.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jun 2021

  • "Sea Lily was perfect for us."

    The cottage is very well equipped and had everything we needed. The garden is large and was perfect for our 10 month old large puppy. The kitchen had everything we needed and we enjoyed cooking a nice meal every evening. Shower is powerful. Located next to a farm, it was a lovely place to stay. We will certainly look to Book again when we plan to explore Northumberland and the Scottish borders.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great location - convenient for Northumberland Coast beaches and Cheviots."

    Beautiful views from the cottage. Very peaceful. Great facilities with dishwasher, washing machine and Wi-Fi. Plenty of room in cottage - good area to eat in kitchen area, and good broadband connection. Only complaint is that the main bedroom has a double bed with metal footboard so bed is too short if you are 1.83m (6ft) plus.

    Reviewed by Graeme4.7Oct 2020

  • "We were quite impressed with the Northumberland area."

    However, we were rather disappointed with the accommodation. We were also surprised to see the bookings were at 9.00am and 4.00pm. Quite often bookings are 10am and 3.00pm. The time to clean the property was rather excessive bearing in mind the next door cleaning was completed by 1.00pm. We were astonished to see no welcome pack to greet us. In the book of instructions the owner admitted this but stated that coffee, tea, sugar etc were provided. There were no such provisions to be found in the property. We tried to open the windows and patio doors which was almost impossible. We did manage to open a couple of them, but after having a struggle to close them again, we opted to keep them shut. There were no extra toilet rolls apart from the one currently in use. The lighting in the lounge was less than suitable for reading. The kettle in the kitchen was in desperate need of descaling. The shower had so little pressure that the water flowing from the head just dribbled on the rim of the bath, missing the victim by a foot or two!

    The customer was contacted in advance of their visit and it was clearly explained why the access/exit times to the cottage had been changed to 4pm and 9am. The cleaners do have more work to do with a result of Covid-19 and they have more than one cottage to clean on a Saturday. Owners cannot stipulate to the cleaners exactly what time to clean a specific cottage and in some instances Sea Lily may be cleaned first, in the middle of or last on the cleaner’s busy Saturday schedule. The times are to help the cleaners with what is a busy schedule and ensure they have time to do the extra cleaning required given Covid-19. In the event the cleaning has been done earlier and we are aware of this, then we do contact the new visitors to let them know they can get in earlier. The window and patio doors have been checked and all open and close effectively. There are position locks on the windows when open to prevent them from fully opening and becoming a safety risk of someone falling out, especially the first floor windows. The shower has also been checked and there appears to be no issue with water pressure or flow rate. We did explain why we had stopped providing Welcome packs, which was mainly to do with food intolerances and allergies, but more recently with Covid-19. There was an additional toilet roll in the cupboard under the wash basin. The kettle is usually descaled between visits, the cleaners have been reminded to do this. We will also look to improve the lighting levels in the lounge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.4Oct 2020

  • "The owner of the property was very helpful, especially before the holiday."

    Information about the cottage was clearly displayed and neatly packaged in a most helpful folder. I would certainly recommend the property to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Sep 2020

  • "Beautifully situated and out of the way for a relaxing break."

    Plenty of beautiful beaches in easy driving distance to explore. Perfect cottage for a quiet break with our four-legged friend.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely first class so very clean and everything you needed ..."

    The cottage was absolutely first class so very clean and everything you needed was there A lovely peaceful spot and we enjoyed every minute of it Have already recommended it to someone Beautiful area and beaches are fantastic our dog had a great time as well as us Thankyou to owner of cottage

    Reviewed by loraine5.0Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was first class, well furnished and equiped along with being very clean."

    Location was close to the main routes but still had a feeling of being remote along with being an ideal base for visiting places of interest.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "Myself and my sister really enjoyed the peace and quiet of this cottage holiday."

    We were very comfortable in the cottage itself, and have no complaints. For holiday makers who require pubs, restaurants or shops within walking distance, then this wouldn't be a suitable choice.

    Reviewed by Catharine4.7May 2019

  • "A lovely, quiet cottage - beautiful surroundings, immaculate and so well equipped."

    We did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2019

  • "Sykes are perfect at making the holiday booking, paying and help seamless."

    Cottage was very nice. All the facilities necessary. Comfortable and in a lovely location. A little disappointed, that in comparison to previous cottages booked through Sykes, there was no milk, bread or other complimentary welcome. Couldn’t find any tea towels ,so fortunate I packed one. Other than that, a thoroughly enjoyable week. Can’t fault Sykes cottages and service.

    Reviewed by Judy4.1Apr 2019

  • "Peace and quiet and extremely well equipped cottage."

    Nearby beaches were amazing and we were close to the borders and different attractions such as Floors castle, Kelso, St Abbs and Holy Island

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2019

  • "A lovely relaxing week in a very clean warm and comfortable cottage."

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "What a wonderful mid week holiday we have had."

    Sea Lily cottage is lovely in every way. We were as warm and comfy in this cottage as we would of been in our in our own home. Thankfully the weather was brilliant, blue sky and sunshine all the way. Our dog was very happy too! Plenty of clean beautiful beaches for her to run and play very near by. Thankyou again we shall be back.

    Reviewed by Maura5.0Oct 2018

  • "A fantastic location and quite understated in their wording."

    An easy to keep clean place - important when leaving on the last day, but such a lovely hideaway - so quiet and nicely decorated. The dog loved it and so did my Mum. 5 mins from the turn to Holey island and 10 minutes from Berwick - soooo accessible for the coast and away from the bustle. Perfect

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, great rural setting next to a working farm but just a few minutes from the beaches and castles etc."

    Will return.

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Sep 2018

  • "The super king bed available is in the smaller bedroom so can only be accessed from one side."

    Generally well equipped cottage in tranquil but convenient location

    Reviewed by Rachel4.1Aug 2018

  • "Cottage is well situated near the A1 to travel up or down the coast."

    As someone else mentioned, the water is not the best for drinking so we would 'pop' down the road (about 1 mile) to Haggerston Castle holiday park shop and buy containers of water (cheap!). Lots of useful leaflets, etc about places to visit. Good 3 mile walk at St Abbs to clifftop lighthouse.

    Reviewed by V5.0Jul 2018

  • "Loved cottage and location."

    Great enclosed garden for our dog

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Jul 2018

  • "Beautifully clean, comfortable and cosy cottage, well placed for exploring Northumberland."

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Mar 2018

  • "This is a gem of a cottage in a quiet area."

    It has everything you need and as a family we had a fantastic break. It was lovely and clean and very cozy when we lit the wood burner. We cooked meals in every night and had everything needed to do so. Its in an ideal location so we could get out and about to see the fantastic countryside , villages and castles. Can't wait to visit again. If booking with children i would suggest buying bottled water. The cottage is on its own supply and our children ( and dog ) wouldn't drink it even with Vimto in.! It was fine when boiled for tea etc

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Feb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x Single beds
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, highchair and cot if required
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Property has a private water supply
  • Please note: This property comes with a good housekeeping bond of £100.

The property

Holy Island 6.8 miles.

This refurbished 19 century former farm cottage is in the middle of six cottages situated in the small hamlet of New Haggerston, where it is next to a working farm.

Holy Island is only 6miles away and the town of Berwick upon Tweed is within easy driving distance of 7 miles away.

Surrounded by fields with views of the Cheviots in one direction and the North Sea in the other, this cottage is set in an excellent location, and is a lovely base from which to enjoy days out in this picturesque area.

Friendly and welcoming, this retreat is perfect for a small family or couples, wanting to enjoy a cosy holiday away from their busy lifestyle. The entrance will lead you into a small porch area, ideal for hanging your coats and leaving your boots upon arrival.

The well equipped kitchen boasts a contemporary image, with splashes of black and silver.

You will look forward to heading home after an eventful afternoon, to prepare a meal here, for your loved ones.

To the other side, a dining table is neatly placed, so you can gather round with your friends for a warm and cosy evening.

Continue into the sitting room home to a terracotta floor and a lovely wood burning stove, where you can feel snug on the sofa.

Sit back and watch TV or read a book before stepping out through the French doors that open to the lovely garden and patio.

Take the stairs to the double bedroom boasting soothing colours and views of the hills in the distance.

There is plenty of room to store your clothes in the charming wardrobe and all those extras you may bring along.

For an alternative place to sleep, or somewhere to house the children, the twin bedroom brings more rural scenery.

The family bathroom is beautifully finished, for a comfortable place to get ready throughout the day.

After doing so, and if the weather is pleasant, why not rest outside with a refreshing drink in the delightful garden to catch some sun.

An ideal base to explore Northumberland 's many fabulous castles dotted along the coast, or just 6 miles away is Holy Island and 13 miles to Bamburgh Castle with its beautiful sandy beaches.

The town of Berwick upon Tweed offers excellent amenities including shops/supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, a weekly market , pubs and leisure centre.

There is plenty to enjoy in this leisurely location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Berwick-upon-Tweed 14 miles; Bamburgh 16miles; Seahouses 18 miles

Holy Island is home to Lindisfarne Priory, one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo Saxon England. The monastery was founded in AD 635 by St Aiden, but the island is more famously associated with St Cuthbert whose remains were carried by monks to Durham, and there they still remain. The island is now a popular tourist attraction with many visitors making a pilgrimage to the priory or following in the footsteps of the monks along St Cuthbert’s Way. Situated in the heart of the Heritage Coastline, the exciting journey to Holy Island begins with the essential check of the tides, the island is accessed via a long causeway which is impassable once the tide comes in. There is ample central parking and a short stroll will take you to the priory. The village itself has quaint tea rooms and pubs and a museum detailing the island’s interesting history. Those who enjoy the great outdoors will be delighted with the Northumberland Coastal Path, which runs through Beal just two miles inland and onwards down the Heritage Coast, offering stunning scenery along the way. Holy Island is within easy reach of both St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way and there are some great birdwatching sites nearby. Northumberland’s beautiful coastline, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, the Cheviots and the fascinating border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, are all only a short drive away. The pretty village of Ford with its castle and craft shops is 13 miles away, part of the Ford and Etal Estate which has facilities for cycling and fishing, as well as a mini railway – ideal for all the family. There are also excellent golfing opportunities, with eight golf courses within 20 miles of Holy Island. A superb base for exploring all that the region has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas