“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.