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Kittiwake Cottage, Budle Bay

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Bamburgh, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • beautiful (10)
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  • cosy (9)

25 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful situation."

    Tired property. Would not use the bath! Dirty sponge cleaner for washing up. Broken tin opener…. a long way to buy a new one.

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2023

  • "Always trusted Sykes to to rent out cottages of a high standard unfortunately this fell well below our expectations"

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2023

  • "Needs a complete refurbishment."

    Only cosy with fire on. We had to buy a bigger quilt. Drab with nasty brown furniture and decor. Plumbing hilarious. Great location, could be fabulous but the whole complex is unkempt. We left on the Thursday. This property seems out of kilter with other of your properties.

    Reviewed by Mrs JudithSep 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay, the cottage was well equipped with the most stunning views."

    We were aware of the water problem but this did not affect our stay. Various reviews have suggested up grading cottage but I feel this will take away its charm, my only suggestion would be once the water situation is sorted maybe a shower instead of a bath. We found it very relaxing and peaceful. We are hoping to return next year.

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2023

  • "The location of Kittiwake cottage is simply perfect."

    The stunning views and its proximity to such an outstanding beach and the Coastal Path make it a very special place. We were at little tentative before our arrival because there had been some pretty damning reviews however once there and settled we were delighted and coped with any quirks. We’ve had the most wonderful week exploring the whole coast from Alnwick to Berwick.

    Reviewed by LisaJul 2023

  • "The property is in a fantastic location but could do with a makeover."

    The water pressure is the main issue and we found the mattress on the bed uncomfortable with springs poking you .

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2023

  • "Despite its near perfect location I was very disappointed with this cottage."

    The decor was drab and uninviting and the lighting inadequate. Very claustrophobic. Everything felt a little “sticky”. I was out most of the time but time in the cottage was spent in the kitchen with the view as relief. The worst thing was the water pressure . There was no shower and to have any sort of worthwhile bath involved putting it running at leat 30 mins before needing it. There is no excuse for this as looking back through the guest book the landlord had been told about this in January with numerous mentions since then. The kitchen equipment was good and the bedding clean (no towels). I had also been told there was no Wi-Fi and had accepted no reduction in charge despite originally having taken care to book somewhere that did have wi-fi. I discovered by chance that there actually was wi-fi! The cottage was only available for a week when I booked and so my second week is in another Sykes cottage which was slightly cheaper and is absolutely lovely. Having phoned Sykes to complain I was disconcerted to hear that they would need to speak to the owner who managed the property to negotiate a refund / compensation. I was however reassured my second week would be ok as they managed that. I have used Sykes before and was very pleased with the property and their services and if I use again it seems I need to check management of the property before booking.

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2023

  • "The property is in a beautiful location."

    Next to the coast path and a convenient bus stop within a few yards. It appeated to be clean on arrival and appeared comfortable, and it is provided well for a self catering holiday. BUT .... photos are out of date. The property and contents are mostly tired and need replacing. The outside area is lacking maintenance. And the elephant in the room is the lack of efficient water pressure, and the lack of a shower. Certainly not up to the standard we expect for a holiday cottage we are paying good money for.

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2023

  • "Would not recommend you as you are now part of Sykes."

    I rang with a query before departing but had no response from yourselve or owner. Position of cottage is great but plumbing is atrocious ( 20 mins to run a bath and no shower), cleanliness dubious and surroundings and adjoining campsite tatty. No information in the cottage about day to day items like refuse, bin collection, car parking and use of garden.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2023

  • "Fantastic location, beautiful views."

    Site was untidy and the gardens looked uncared for. The cottage was clean but needs decent water pressure and a shower.

    Reviewed by EileenJun 2023

  • "Kittiwake cottage is in a brilliant position and the views from it are wonderful with easy access onto Budle Bay but the main reason we have not scored it full marks is the hot water pressure problems."

    The tap hot water tap in the bath was so slow, there is no shower and in the last few days the hot water tap in the kitchen became a trickle. It did not spoil our visit but we would like to think this problem could be dealt with.

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2023

  • "We love it here it’s our happy place."

    The house was spotless and very cosy and comfortable. My only issue is the shower situation and water pressure. But nothing we can’t cope with. We have stayed a number of times now and will def return. We wish we had booked for longer.

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2023

  • "Great little cottage, perfect location, beautiful view."

    Reviewed by GeorginaMar 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in outstandingly beautiful location."

    Really clean and well equipped kitchen that had a table for dining. Amazing view of the bay from the kitchen window that meant we lingered in this room the most! Real fire was wonderful on dark nights and the bedroom is large and welcoming. The ceilings are high so the whole place has a nice feeling of space. Everything we needed was available and we made full use of being able to wander from the cottage to beautiful unspoilt beaches and nature. Can’t recommend enough if you like the great outdoors and a simple life.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2023

  • "Situation of the cottage is beautiful, it was comfortable & clean, however the fact there is virtually NO WATER PRESSURE, getting washed was just nonsense."

    The visitors book i the cottage shows this matter has been noted for many, many months & nothing has been done. We were pleased to leave eventually, a shame really, a lovely cottage in a lovely location. I’m sorry to say this, but until something is done about the water supply I would suggest Sykescottages drop this cottage from their listing.

    Reviewed by JillMar 2023

  • "Although the cottage was in a beautiful location we would not go back in the Winter."

    .It was just too cold . The night store heaters were not adequate to keep the cottage warm even with the supplementary heat from the open fire and the fan heater. The lack of any heating in the bathroom made it unpleasant to be in. Kitchen also rather cold . Thanks to Eric for supply of logs . We would certainly consider visiting again in Summer .

    Reviewed by JanJan 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage overlooking Budle Bay, coal fire was lovely in the ..."

    Lovely little cottage overlooking Budle Bay, coal fire was lovely in the evenings, had a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing week Excellent

    May 2021

  • "Amazing cottage always so comfortable and cosy, great view over the bay from kitchen window"

    Nov 2020

  • "Lovely views from kitchen window."

    Good access to beach.Peaceful and quiet location

    Jul 2019

  • "A cosy simple cottage in a fantastic secluded setting with views over Budle Bay towards Lindisfarne and excellent birdwatching opportunities."

    Bamburgh with its spectacular castle is nearby, and offers several opportunities for dining out. The walk around the coast to Bamburgh takes less than an hour and is recommended (at low tide you can walk along the beach). A good base for getting to many beautiful spots in North Northumberland.

    Oct 2018

  • "Not ostentatious in any way."

    A basic fisherman’s cottage - we love this unspoilt place. It is a little haven in a beautiful spot.

    Aug 2018

  • "Cosy cottage in fantastic location."

    Comfortable. Had all we needed for a lovely relaxing break.

    Jul 2018

  • "Excellent location."

    Cosy cottage with well equipped kitchen and beautiful views of Budle Bay from the kitchen and bathroom windows. Loved being able to walk down to beach and incredible wildlife on doorstep. Also very well located for local attractions.

    Jul 2018

  • "This was a warm cosy cottage."

    Well equipped, heating and hot water good. Comfortable bed. Decor as expected for an old traditional cottage . Built for comfort not glamour. Amazing location with outstanding view of sea. Loved it.

    Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cosy comfortable cottage."

    Apr 2018

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This property is part of the Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages collection.
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  • Single storey
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Night storage heating with immersion heating and an open fire
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, kettle
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Non-enclosed seating area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Please note towels are not included.

The property

Bamburgh 1.8 miles.

A beautiful single-storey coastal cottage overlooking the restless sea of Budle Bay, near Bamburgh, Northumberland, Kittiwake Cottage is ideal for a couple who love to spend time at the coast.

Be welcomed with stunning views as you unpack from an off-road spot and make yourself at home in this lovely cottage.

Settle down beside the fire, where tall ceilings and a bare brick fireplace bring a sense of history, and a quirky animal print rug adds a splash of colour as you enjoy a coffee and plan the day ahead of you.

When mealtimes call, a contemporary kitchen with tasteful furniture houses many amenities so you can cook a heart-warming meal and enjoy a romantic dinner at the dining table with your significant other.

Freshen up in the bathroom before cosying up for the night in a spacious double bedroom.

Budle Bay is a beautiful coastal area with a stunning sandy beach for you to enjoy, so why not spend a day walking, trying out watersports and wild swimming or picnicking in the scenery?

To stock up on essentials or enjoy a romantic meal for two, head over to Bamburgh where the high street offers a selection of shops and eateries, as well as an amazing castle with breath-taking views of the scenery.

For more historical sites visit the incredible Holy Island where you will be able to find historic sites such as Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle, several museums, eateries and a sandy beach.

Fall in love with the coast of Northumberland with a stay at Kittiwake Cottage.

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About the location


Seahouses 3 miles; Alnwick 12 miles.

The village’s sweeping sandy beaches and dramatic fortress - Bamburgh Castle - make Bamburgh one of Northumberland’s major visitor attractions. The castle can be seen for miles and dominates this part of the county’s coastline. Today it remains home to the family of the great Victorian industrialist Lord Armstrong, and is open to the public on a daily basis. Although overshadowed by the great castle, Bamburgh village is picturesque with neat grey stone cottages facing a manicured village green. There are excellent pubs, hotels with restaurants and a small selection of village shops. There are golf courses in Bamburgh and nearby Seahouses, and within easy reach are more wide sandy beaches, lovely fishing villages, stunning castles and coastal islands to explore along the dramatic Heritage Coast. There are numerous other attractions also a short drive away, including the famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens and the historic walled border town, Berwick-upon-Tweed. A superb base for exploring Northumberland.

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Note: There are no towels provided at this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter