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Cuthbert's Cottage

Beal near Holy Island, Northumberland (Ref. 904067)

4.2

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely relaxing holiday, close to so mamy places of interest ."

    Defo stay again

    Reviewed by PatrickApr 2022

  • "This no-nonsense cottage is very conveniently located for Holy Island and the surrounding attractions of the area."

    It is very clean and provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. It has no pretentions and is a base to explore rather than an idyllic retreat. Care is needed on the spiral staircase.

    Reviewed by TessaMar 2022

  • "The cottage area was ideal for visiting tourist sites like Lindisfarne ,Bamborough castle,Berwick,northumbrain coast and tourist villages of Ford and Etal,the cheviot hills ."

    Chillingham castle etc.However ithe cottage was sited next to a busy garage and lorry stop,so there were 40 ton lorries parked outside the cottage day and night .It was a no frills cottage,so most things worked but do not expect roses round the door and pretty exterior surroundings! The lounge diner had a very comfortable sofa and very efficient logburner and the owner had put modern facilities into a small kitchen and bathroom which worked OK tho the hot water in the cottage never got piping hot.The sleeping area is accessed by a steep spiral staircase which made going to the bathroom at night interesting as the bathroom and toilet was downstairs!

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "The cottage is very comfortable and, being so close to the A1, it is very well placed for visiting all the sights in the area."

    The parking facilities are excellent, as is the proximity to a restaurant/bar, petrol station/convenience store and café. For us this was a return visit, as we didn't have time to see all the local sights when we first stayed. The only drawback, for some, will be the reduced mobile signal and a lack of internet on the premises. For others, this may be a blessing.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2021

  • "Although we did know before hand, working out the 4th/5th were a sofa bed down stairs wasn't obvious from the listing."

    The blinds are in need of a good clean. We did enjoy our stay, it was great value for money and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday here but I think that you should let customers know that it is a WiFi free cottage."

    I took my 10 year old Grandson who was disappointed there was no access. If we had known we would have taken more games to play or Dvds to watch. There is free WiFi in the hotel but that also has a cost in purchasing drinks ect.

    Reviewed by BettyAug 2021

  • "The spiral staircase would be a problem with anyone with mobility problems , ..."

    The spiral staircase would be a problem with anyone with mobility problems , lucky we were fine but was difficult lugging cases up to the mezzanine bedroom

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2021

  • "Cuthbert Cottage was great for our young family of 5."

    It is a quirky cottage with the mezzanine but worked well for us as we had our 3 kids upstairs and we took the sofa bed downstairs which meant we could chill at night. Location wise it is good just off of Lindisfarne. We did miss the frills of a dishwasher but the cottage reflects that in the price so offers good value for money. We will keep this cottage in mind to return in a few years.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2021

  • "Cottage was very clean and in an ideal location."

    Bus stop, pub and cafe close at hand. Central for touring North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Alleged sleeps 5 which it does but there is only 1 bedroom (open plan above the living room). Any more than 2 people would be a crush rooms are small. Spiral staircase did not feel safe, low headroom in bedroom area. Ok as a holiday base for a couple. Older couple would struggle with stairs.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2019

  • "A very nice little cottage in perfect location for us."

    We had to buy a shaver adapter as no socket for razor /toothbrushes. Access to WiFi would have been useful too. There was a plumbing problem when we arrived which was being sorted out. We were given a box of chocolates next day as apology for inconvenience.

    Reviewed by LesleyJun 2019

  • "We had a great stay at Cuthbert's Cottage."

    We were greeted with a nice welcome pack of tea, coffee and cookies and a pint of milk in the fridge which was a nice touch. The cottage is small but very well laid out and comfortable with everything you need and it was ideal for us (me, hub and 2 kids 12 and 10 yrs). I have to admit the sofabed was a bit small for me and hubby (he's 6'1), so I shared the double upstairs with my daughter which was much more comfortable! There was plenty of storage space. The TV has Freeview and can play DVDs. The kids were disappointed there was no WiFi which I guess would've been useful but I just used 4G to get any info. Heating was by way of storage heaters and there's a wood burner which you'd need to buy wood for as none provided. However we were warm enough during our stay. We self-catered rather than eating out and found the oven didn't work properly which was a bit frustrating but have fed this back so it will hopefully be seen to. We found its location ideal for exploring all the best attractions. It was perfect for Holy Island of course, and Berwick, Bamburgh and Seahouses all close by. We also found it great for exploring inland which is definitely worth doing. Despite it being sandwiched between a pub and a busy petrol station on the A1 we were surprised at how quiet it was and weren't disturbed by traffic noise. The area in front of the cottage is used as a truck stop so there was invariably a lorry parked up for the night when we returned each day but again this wasn't an issue. There's plenty of off road parking for at least 2 cars and a couple of picnic tables which managed to use once. We had a great holiday despite it being a wet week and it was lovely to come back to a warm cottage to relax in. We didn't manage to do everything on our list so hopefully will be back when the weather is better!

    Reviewed by MandyMay 2019

  • "This is our second visit to this cottage which is extremely comfortable and surprisingly roomy."

    It is very conveniently situated just off the A1 and a mile or so inland from Holy Island. During our stay we visited much of the coast from St. Abb's Head (in Scotland) down to Cresswell on Druridge Bay. We enjoyed many fine walks and saw over 80 varieties of birds (including puffins and avocets). I would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2019

  • "We stayed at cuthberts cottage situated in a layby just at the side of the a1 as ..."

    we stayed at cuthberts cottage situated in a layby just at the side of the a1 as expected it was a little noisy from passing traffic but the cottage is well situated for all the tourist places to visit in area having a bus stop outside the door was very handy and buses were on a regular basis one way went to berrick upon tweed and the other way to Newcastle upon tyne which takes 2 hours one bus and over 3 the other going to all villages and places of interest in between full day out without the car was more like a holiday to me as I don't normally use public transport we walked to holy island from cottage around 10 miles there and back although most people drive there and pay to park in town at around £6 for the day tides change daily so advanced planning is a must the cottage has everything you need to cook and make home solid fuel / wood stove is included although you can buy fuel next door at garage its a little pricey bringing your own would be a cheaper option there is pub at other side serving meals from breakfast to evening meals which was handy at times especially after walking all day clean bedding and and mezzanine floor to get upstairs via spiral staircase that I found to be novel idea microwave and electric oven and hob was adequate fridge was on when we arrived with storage heaters ticking over day and night plenty sockets to plug your appliances I would come again on the parking situation alone having bought new car I needed to know it was safe and having your own drive at side of house gated off was very good to know when we arrived all in all I would recommend this place for price and location alone

    Reviewed by LindsayOct 2018

  • "The description did not really do it justice."

    There was everything we needed in a most convenient location. The sensitive adaption of the old school had been done very well. The spiral staircase was easy to get up, less easy going down and this was really the only drwaback but we had been warned. We were not even slightly bothered by traffic noise and the convenience of the garage shop and the pub nextdoor was appreciated.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2018

  • "This cottage is right on the main road inbetween a petrol station (very convenient) and busy pub with lorry stop outside, so if you want a really quiet stay this isn't the place for you."

    However, it is a brilliant location for Holy Island and other local beauty spots. A good base to explore the local area, compact, very clean and well equipped. Ideal for small families or couples but wouldn't recommend for very young children or those with mobility problems due to steep spiral staircase.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2018

  • "Cuthbert's Cottage was a delight."

    Although compact, it was more spacious than I had expected and had all the ingredients of a typical 'cottage', perfectly suitable for individuals, couples or a small family with younger children. The fact that it was part of what was once a Victorian era primary school only added to the charm. With its own private parking place and garden it had the feel of a detached property, the other two cottages in the building being accessed from the opposite side. The small wood burning stove was a particularly attractive feature. As many reviews of this cottage have pointed out, there is little or no disturbance from the nearby A1, which in any case is a relatively quiet road this far north. On the other hand, having a pleasant pub yards away on one side of you, and a garage with a well stocked mini supermarket on the other is the height of convenience. The Northumberland coast and its hinterland is a wonderfully tranquil and beautiful part of the country. Holy Island is just a few miles away and the great castles of Bamburgh, Warkworth and Alnwick are all less than an hour's drive. Definitely one for the 'repeats' list.

    Reviewed by SMay 2018

  • "A clean practical base for exploring the area."

    It was very snug for our family of 5 plus a baby but would be ideal for a couple or 3 friends. It is right next the A1 however we were not particularly disturbed by the noise. It was reasonably priced. Facilities for washing and drying clothes would have been helpful.

    Reviewed by SamanthaMar 2018

  • "Great little cottage."

    Ideal location. Road noise not an issue at all, had TV at usual volume. If i heard the occasional lorry that was all it was. Didn't distract from what I was doing. This cottage is lovely and clean. Has everything you need. Home from home really. Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, fan, pegs etc. Also has a blow heater which can be used to heat up the room while the log burner gets going. Has storage heaters, one near the door which is really good. Really comfy and homely place. Could live there myself! Has its own enclosed parking area off the road which is lovely. Gives a lot of privacy too. Small grass area with picnic bench and rotary washing line. Enclosed paved area as well outside the door with table and parasol. Definitely stay here again too. Stayed 2 weeks earlier in Bede apartment, all part of Farne cottages. Great place to stay.

    Reviewed by JaniceNov 2017

  • "Lovely stay"

    Reviewed by KerryJun 2017

  • "This value for money, cosy cottage, was in an ideal location to explore the Northumberland coastline and the Scottish Borders."

    The owner of the cottage, lived close by, was very welcoming but left you to yourselves, unless you needed assistance.

    Reviewed by TrevorMar 2017

  • "Handy for getting places."

    Big enough for 2 people. Owner very helpful. Only suggestion - a cafetiere would have been great as a coffee fan. If u visit Holy Island watch put for parking fines!

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2016

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Summary

  • One mezzanine family bedroom with 1 double and 1 single
  • 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 and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot
  • 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: A shared lawned garden is available to use by prior arrangement with the owner
  • 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

A charming cottage in the scattered hamlet of Beal.

Tastefully decorated and well thought out, this Beal cottage has a comfortable living area and the bright, airy mezzanine sleeping area is the perfect spot for small families or groups of friends wishing to discover the delights of Northumberland.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 904066 and 904062, 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

BEAL

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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