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Aidan Apartment

Beal near Holy Island, Northumberland (Ref. 904066)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile


15 Customer Reviews

  • "Well situated, near A1, holy island road, shop and pub/restaurant."

    Easy access to scenic route to Bamburgh, Berwick and many other places of interest.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "What a lovely little cottage!"

    I am very familiar with this area of Northumberland and so Aidan Apartment was the perfect base for us to explore. We arrived at 3pm for check in where we met Stephen. Stephen was a really friendly chap who gave us a brief run-through of the cottage and the local amenities and then left us to it. The cottage is just off the A1 on a side road, but we weren't at all disturbed by traffic. There are lorries and cars that sometimes park up on the road outside but this never affected access to the property. There is off road parking with one space per cottage. The apartment was perfect for us two. We liked the quirky mezzanine staircase, although it definitely wouldn't be suitable for the elderly or those with mobility issues. We finally got the hang of it after a couple of runs up and down! The bed was so comfy and the bedroom area itself is quite spacious. We were well rested throughout our stay. The bathroom is downstairs which to be honest worked out well. The shower was always warm and quite powerful. There isn't a lot of room to manoeuvre in the cubicle itself, but this isn't a problem as you have a shower caddy accessible at upper body level. Toilet worked fine. We often cooked at home and found the oven and the hob easy to operate and cooked food well. There is a Beko fridge with ample space for 3/4 meals with some drinks, eggs and stuff in the veg tray. There is also a little freezer compartment at the top. There is also plenty of crockery and cutlery for our use. There is the Lindisfarne Inn on the corner which was a lovely little pub with tasty food. We frequented the Esso garage for supplies and found it to be reasonably well stocked at fair prices. Please note the cottage doesn't have WiFi and mobile signal can be a little patchy. However, this didn't bother us and honestly preferred being somewhat detached from the online world! There are TV both downstairs and upstairs with Freeview, so we had enough channels to choose from. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay and we would love to return in 2023 when we have some more annual leave! For us the location and the quality of the apartment was perfect - we were after somewhere homely with all the necessities and this cottage ticked all the boxes.

    Reviewed by ChristinaMay 2021

  • "A cosy wee neuk for exploring the east borders region."

    Close to many well known ancient sites and of course the isle. Walking the Pilgrim Way over the sand barefoot is highly recommended.

    Reviewed by William DavidAug 2020

  • "Very helpful owner."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "A lovely cozy space with plenty of room for two."

    Great hosts. Perfect location for North Northumberland, the borders & the east coast of Scotland.My favourite areas.Very close to the A1 but didn't affect my sleep or stay.Not that noticeable at all.Stair case to mezanine level wouldn't suit everybody but wasn't a problem for myself.Very good price for our 4 night stay,stunning weather & a great base to enjoy this wonderful part of the world from.Will definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2019

  • "Property was clean and tidy and had everything that we needed, but could not ..."

    Property was clean and tidy and had everything that we needed, but could not recommend to everybody due to the spiral staircase up to the mezannine bedroom which could be a problem to some people

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2019

  • "Met by Stephen Fidler on arrival, very welcoming and likable."

    The stay at Aidan apartment was very nice, a good base and a stones throw from Holy Island. The facilities and cleanliness was very good. The only downside is its a shame its not a 100 yards further away from main road ( A1 ).

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2019

  • "We had a nice weekend Break small Apartment but very comfortable the owner Mr fidler was there to meet you on arrival showed you around explained were to eat out and nearest supermarket was very nice man not intrusive left you to get on with it yes we would go back in the future nice to visit holy Ireland and other places ."

    Sykes cottages do warn you there is a steep spiral staircase also thank-you Sykes cottages .

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2019

  • "Great place to stay."

    Close to holy island and Berwick centre. Cosy little place and situated next to a great pub with nice staff. Only thing to say is that Aidan cottage I think has the wrong photos attached and maybe for the cottage next door. Similar but slightly different although still enjoyable and would recommend.

    Reviewed by DonnaNov 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Perfect base to visit Holy Island, the Farne Islands and all the Northumberland Coast.

    Reviewed by ChristelleSep 2018

  • "Small but comfortable."

    Steep winding stairs were a challenge though.

    Reviewed by KennethAug 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage well placed to explore Northumberland."

    A little road noise as it’s next to the A1, but not enough to disturb your holiday.

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "Although close to the A1, we never heard any traffic noise whilst inside."

    Very convenient for Lindisfarne and a pub restaurant, café and filling station shop very close by. With good weather during the first half of the holiday we managed to do may of things that we had hoped.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2018

  • "I think that some people may be put off by the location of the cottage being so near the A1 but I can assure you that there was very little traffic disturbance whilst in the cottage."

    The location does mean that you are ideally situated for the surrounding attractions. The garage has a small shop for milk, bread, papers etc and a cash machine. There are three eating places within easy walking but I would recommend the Sleep and Eat behind the cottage. The cottage is cosy and comfortable and well equipped with the basics. If desperate for WiFi for the price of a drink you can catch up with your e-mails in the Inn next door.

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2016

  • "For us the cottage was central to everything we planned to do."

    We were very close to Holy Island and visited there on 3 occasions. Everything we needed in the cottage was there and there was plenty of room for the two of us. There were lots of leaflets for places to visit and some books which we found handy when trying to identify birds we had seen.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2016

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Farne Cottages

A trio of stone-built holiday cottages next to the owner’s home, in the scattered hamlet of Beal. Just a short drive from the Holy Island access road, these cottages in Beal are ideal for families or friends who wish to explore this fascinating region and have instant access to the main routes north and south. A former schoolhouse, these Beal cottages offer three cosy units, all well thought out to provide comfortable, compact accommodation for a Northumberland break. Open plan living areas and a quirky spiral staircase lead up to the inviting family bedrooms at mezzanine level, and to the front of these Beal cottages there is an enclosed patio area with furniture. The small hamlet of Beal boasts fantastic attractions, with the popular tourist destination The Barn at Beal offering birdwatching, a great bar and restaurant, and a shop selling locally-grown produce. With excellent walks and cycle routes and with Berwick-upon-Tweed close by with its traditional shops, good pubs, wine bars and restaurants, any stay in these Beal cottages is sure to be a memorable one. With Holy Island, the Heritage Coast and Edinburgh all an easy drive away, this is a superb base for touring Northumberland and enjoying the spectacular scenery the region has to offer. Perfect Northumberland cottages for a relaxing break in the very heart of The Borders, close to the historic Holy Island.

The property

A lovely, compact conversion of a former schoolhouse offering cosy, welcoming accommodation in a wonderful location.

With a spacious mezzanine level sleeping area, accessed via a spiral staircase and a private patio with furniture to the front, this is a lovely Beal apartment.

A perfect spot for touring Northumberland.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 904062 and 904067, together they sleep 12.


  • One mezzanine double bedroom
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric night storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed front patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Coast 2 miles
  • Note: Property is part of Farne Cottages, a small complex next to the A1 and some noise from both the road and a petrol station will be experienced during your stay
  • Note: Narrow winding stairs lead to the mezzanine bedroom, care should be taken and they may be unsuitable for the elderly or those with limited mobility
  • Note: Sloping ceiling in bedroom
  • Note: Check-in 4pm

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About the location


Holy Island 2 miles; Berwick 9 miles.

Beal is a tiny hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a mile away from the causeway to Holy Island. This scattered hamlet, known locally as the gateway to Lindisfarne, is in an ideal position for touring North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Within easy reach of the A1, Beal has good access to all of the area's attractions - wonderful beaches, historic castles and Holy Island, which is just two miles away. Those who enjoy the great outdoors will be delighted with the Northumbrian Coastal Trail, which runs through Beal and onwards down the Heritage Coast offering stunning scenery along the way. Beal is within easy reach of both St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way and there are some great birdwatching sites nearby. Seahouses is close by or you can spend a day visiting Farne Island by boat where you may catch a glimpse of seals and puffins. The golden sandy beaches at Beal are home to many seals and seabirds, plus The Barn at Beal is an excellent attraction for birdwatching and has a first class coffee shop, farm shop and restaurant.

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