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Bede Apartment

Beal near Holy Island, Northumberland (Ref. 904062)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Thankyou for a great stay!"

    We found the cottage comfy and well equipped, I was able to cook family meals every day and the kids loved the pull out table. The owner was welcoming & accommodating and very helpful when our car broke down and we had to leave our luggage with him until we could have the car back. Bede Cottage is well situated, with lots of interesting day trips nearby (Seahouses boat trips, Dunstanburgh Castle, Ford & Etal, Berwick town & beaches, Lindisfarne). The bus stop is on the doorstep and on a useful route. We found the cottage quieter than we'd expected, and the stairs felt safe enough for our slightly disabled son, with the safety grips. All in all a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2022

  • "I had a really good week, the cottage was clean and very well situated to all the touristy attractions, The onlyy real concern for me were the stairs they are very steep and not really suitable for anyone elderly or with a disability all that said the cottage provided me with a lovely home for the week and I would highly recommend for anyone wishing to stay on the Northumberland coast ."

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2022

  • "Very handy location, nicely converted."

    On the whole a comfortable place to spend a few days. The mattress probably needs replacing, but apart from that no issues.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "The property is in a great location for easy access to Holy Island, Berwick, Alnwick, Wooler and the Cheviots, Ford, Etal and Heatherslaw Mill, as well as the coastline south from Bamburgh."

    Easy access to cycle routes and walking routes, exploring the coast, castles and countryside.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "HGV noises can be intrusive at times, and the A1 is very close!"

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday here, yes it was small but for the price we paid it was a lovely, clean base."

    The only 2 issues for me were the staircase which was an adventure in itself and the mattress was a bit hard. Excellent stay though, I would go again.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "Loved our stay in Northumberland."

    This cottage was a perfect location to explore the surrounding areas. Clean, reasonably priced, perfect for small family, couple or a few friends to get away. Bed was reasonably comfy but new mattress would be better. Host was really nice. Towels and linen included. Kitchen facilities really good. We even got milk, tea coffee and sugar on arrival which was so nice to have a cup of tea after a long day of travelling. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed by GenevieveJul 2021

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    The owner is very friendly. Great base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by LynJul 2021

  • "The mattress was not as comfortable as I would have liked."

    Wi-fi would be an advantage.

    Reviewed by ZoniaMay 2021

  • "Very nice cottage, very friendly owner and in a great spot for exploring the northern part of Northumberland."

    Extremely good value.

    Reviewed by OliverApr 2021

  • "We were aware the cottage was by the A1 but had not expected that the road outside would be used overnight by trucks and camper vans etc."

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2020

  • "The location of this cottage is perfect for people looking for a base to explore the area being just 2 miles from Holy Island causeway, 40 mins from Northumberland and 1 hour from Edinburgh."

    On arrival, the owner met us and handed over the keys. Apartment was clean (although fridge needed a wipe inside) towels and tea towels provided and enough toilet rolls, washing up liquid and cleaning supplies to last till we did a grocery shop. This apartment is on a busy A1 with a parking layby next to it, so expect noise and a friendly wave from Dave the truck driver at 7am when he spots you in bed from his cab. The velux window in the mezzanine bedroom is also in the line of sight of the owners upstairs window, which made me feel a little more than uncomfortable about getting dressed in the bedroom but luckily a blind could be closed to preserve modesty. I would have paid extra for a welcome hamper with basic groceries as check in is not till 4pm and the nearest shops (other than the overpriced petrol station shop next door) are about 6 miles away in Berwick on Tweed. Be sure to bring teabags, milk, bread etc for the first night. There is a pub a few feet from the cottage that is lovely, a little expensive for good but good quality fresh cooked meals available and wifi, which the cottage sadly lacks. Another cafe is available to the rear of the petrol station and having sampled both, my husband states they both serve a good breakfast. The lack of garden space and noisy road meant we couldn't really sit outside in the evenings but with freeview tv in the lounge and bedroom, we had plenty of options for evening TV. Pros - low cost clean cottage for exploring Northumbria and Scotland. Cons - no wifi, privacy or quiet time due to location.

    Reviewed by QueridaJul 2019

  • "Accurate description."

    Owner very helpful although it was cold when we arrived. Storage heater not on and fan heater broken, however they immediately replace the fan heater. You couldn't ask more could you. Double glazing kept the road noise down but I wouldn't fancy sitting in the front garden due to busy road. A good and convenient base for exploring Northumberland.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "Great cottage ideally placed to visit anywhere in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders."

    Would benefit from having wi-fi.

    Reviewed by GavinMay 2019

  • "The fact that Bede Apartment is by the side of the A1 with a petrol station next door turn out to be a positive aspect as it makes it a convenient base for exploring the wonderful area of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders."

    The apartment itself was warm, clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2019

  • "Had a really nice week here, reasonably priced for our length of stay, owner was very nice, met us on arrival, told us everything we needed to know."

    ... We would definitely book again

    Reviewed by KathleenMar 2019

  • "Property really needs WiFi as mobile signal poor."

    Food in the Lindisfarne Inn was appalling and well overpriced.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "The owner welcomed us to the cottage, brief resume of the property then left us to enjoy our break."

    He lived nearby and chatted when he saw us but gave us the space we needed. Really the best of both worlds on hand if needed but left us to enjoy the break. Would love to stay there again as very friendly people and the meal in the pub was wonderful to complete our holiday.

    Reviewed by ShirleyAug 2018

  • "Whilst the location is excellent in terms of accessing to the Holy Island, The Farne Islands and all areas along the coast between Edinburgh and Newcastle the apartment itself it is without views."

    Bede Cottage is directly on what is effectively a layby on the A1,it is directly next to a lorry park and petrol station ... so you win in some respects and lose out in others. The apartment is well fitted out, although the spiral staircase from bathroom, kitchen/lounge area up to the bedroom area is quite tight to navigate especially with a suitcase or two or if the bathroom is required during the night - so visitors need to be warned - a level of agility is required to negotiate the bedroom access. Otherwise the facilities are all you would expect, the welcome from the proprietor is warm and our stay afforded us an excellent introduction to the hospitality of Northumbria.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2018

  • "Positives - Owner friendly and helpful."

    Property clean. Kitchen well stocked. Negatives - sofa bed very uncomfortable. Property really only practical for 2/3 people. Road immediately outside used by lorries to park up overnight so early morning noise can be a problem.

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2018

  • "Ideal accommodation for a couple, plenty of room to park car and cycles, and store luggage."

    Steep stairs as indicated, so bear that in mind. Well kitted out and owner on hand for local knowledge. Easy access to coast e.g Berwick on Tweed, North Berwick, and Eyemouth. Excellent cycling to Holy Island, Bamburgh and Flodden. Highlight: Tantallon Castle. Lively pub near.

    Reviewed by DerekMar 2018

  • "This cottage suited our requirements/ we were moving my uncle so not a holiday."

    It was convenient that there was a garage shop close by and a pub for food. We were not disturbed by any road noise. The equipment/utensils were very satisfactory and of good quality....may be worth considering a splatter guard for the frying pan/wok

    Reviewed by CarolMar 2018

  • "Well equipped cottage Friendly and helpful owner"

    Reviewed by EdithSep 2017

  • "Two points which we mentioned to Mr Fidler."

    The cottage suited our needs. Staying so close to the A1 is interesting!

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2017

  • "Had a lovely time."

    Just about everything we needed. Conveniently place to travel the local towns and countryside and a pub on one side a garage and store on the other. Very pleasant owner, great holiday

    Reviewed by NeilMar 2017

  • "Warm cosy cottage, excellently positioned for accessing local area."

    Many things to do and places to visit. Berwick station close by, for visits further afield. Very clean and tidy. Bedding and towels provided. Friendly and helpful owner on site. We had a relaxing week, visiting friends nearby and local attractions. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by JackieOct 2016

  • "Only suitable for healthy couple as mezzanine accessible via spiral staircase."

    2nd bed is sofa bed which is too high for disabled person

    Reviewed by FionaAug 2014

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  • One mezzanine family bedroom with 1 double, 1 single and sitting area
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area (seats 4) and sitting area with double sofa bed.
  • 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: Check-in 4pm

The property

Delightful stone-built conversion with open plan living accommodation and spiral staircase to spacious mezzanine bedroom with Velux window and sitting area.

Outside this Beal apartment is an enclosed front patio.

A perfect Northumberland cottage for discovering the area.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 904066 and 904067, together they sleep 12.

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.

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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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