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Christon Well Cottage

(Ref. 1121973)

Christon Bank, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "This is the second time we have been beguiled by an over-enthusiastic description of a property into staying in one of these Christon Bank Farm cottages."

    To be fair, this cottage was clean (occupants are requested to leave it as they found it, so credit goes to them), the bed and sofa were big and comfortable. However, the cottage was described as a beautiful barn conversion which suggests far more than was on offer. The approach to the cottage is along a dirt track, past semi-industrial installations, and there is no attractive view from the property - just a not very tidy garden. Far from being "shrouded in stunning Northumberland scenery", the immediate surroundings are fairly ordinary - one needs to drive a few miles at least to be "stunned", and the "mile walk to the pub" would take you along the dirt track and onto a fairly busy road with no pavement. The kitchen in which one was told one could "cook up a storm" was only basically equipped, and the "storm" I produced had to be cooked in two separate saucepans. My husband called it "a storm in a teacup". However, we had a mostly enjoyable holiday; just wished we had stayed in a different cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Jun 2024

  • "Cottage was good patio and garden was untidy."

    Reviewed by David4.1May 2024

  • "We were highly delighted with this accommodation."

    It was dark when we arrived so we didn't get an immediate feel for the surroundings, but when we got inside we were very pleasantly surprised. There had been a light left on for us, so we weren't fumbling in the dark, which was thoughtful. The first impression was that it was tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard, it was impeccably clean with a spacious kitchen/living area. The bedroom had plenty of storage with a dressing table and mirror. The bed was comfortable too. The shower in the bathroom was excellent. Once we had unpacked and set about making tea, it didn't go unnoticed how well the kitchen was stocked with every utensil and appliance you could possibly need. The settee was large and comfortable too. We stayed during a chilly and wet week, and the accommodation was always cosy. A big shout out for the goodies left for us, and the booklet left with information also proved very useful. A lovely quiet location, not too far off the beaten track, with a well-maintained driveway. All in all, a fabulous accommodation with no complaints from us; we are already talking of booking again for next year. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jacquelyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "Nice cottage in a superb location."

    Really quiet and great walks nearby. Pubs and Restaurants were really first class. Our main criticism would be about the bed - it was the most uncomfortable we have ever slept in. The kitchen was fully kitted out with everything you would need, and the welcome pack was well received. We would return in the future as overall it was a great holiday.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was very well maintained, clean and comfortable with good facilities."

    The welcome pack was a wonderful surprise. Parking and accessibility was good. The fact it was dog friendly was great bonus. Conveniently located to access the sites. Wonderful stay went far too quickly.

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great work from Lee and his wife sorting out a cleanliness early on, meant we had a great stay and cottage well located for exploring both the fabulous coastline and national park."

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage but the sofa and bed were really uncomfortable, the bathroom could do with a deep clean as well ."

    The real issue we had was the garden , the description states it’s an enclosed garden but what it doesn’t say is that you share with the cottage next door !! Our poor neighbours had daily visits if the door was open from our very greedy Labrador , this could have been a real issue if they weren’t such nice people. so I definitely think the gardens should be separated.great location though !!

    Reviewed by Julie3.1Sep 2023

  • "Firstly the positives, the location of the cottage was excellent for travelling to Alnwick, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Holy Island and the costal path."

    It is a lovely area and the beaches are fantastic for dogs, despite it being August some were virtually deserted. We ate in the small village of Embleton a few times at the pub (good pub grub) and the Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel (highly recommended). The cottage itself was a disappointment and I will email Sykes separately with more details. This is going to sound like I'm moaning, but there were lots of little things, which combined, took the shine off the holiday. Crumbs on the sticky worktops and badly stained cups that hadn't been washed (properly). Only two matching dinner plates one of which had a chip in it (there was one other dinner plate, unmatching and smaller plates). This is the only cottage we've been to without a welcome pack, even a pint of milk would've been handy. Despite being a renovated barn with a fireplace and log burner it didn't have that "cosy" feel at all. As others have said in reviews, there are instructions not to use the log burner (although there was a basket of logs on the hearth). As I write this I note that the description on the Sykes web site still says "rest in this lovely sitting area beside a woodburning stove" :-(. The ceramic tiled floors throughout were cold to bare feet, even in August. The garden wasn't properly enclosed if you have a dog (or small child) who likes to escape! The garden is actually shared with the adjoining cottage, only the patio is divided by a wooden fence panel. The bed was very uncomfortable. The TV frequently displayed a message "not enough memory". This cottage is OK as a base and you do need a car. Sykes web site states "a local pub within a miles walk"; in reality, on leaving the cottage you walk 5 minutes down a track (which was dry when we were there but I should imagine very muddy most of the year), cross high speed railway line (it does have lights), then walk for about 10 mins down a straight fast road with no pavements to reach the village of Christon Bank. There is a local drinkers pub but the shop has closed down. We will be returning to this wonderful area but will give Christon Well Cottage a miss next time.

    Reviewed by Karen1.9Aug 2023

  • "I enjoyed my stay in your cottage but I have one query."

    You state that the garden is secure. This is not so. The gaps in the the fencing are too wide. Any dog can get through them. Chicken wire between would help.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous place and location loved our stay , just couple of little things , maybe a welcome pack would have been nice and not that we needed the log burner but would be nice to be able to use if cold but says not to use in the info booklet ."

    Looking forward to booking again . Helen

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2023

  • "On the whole good but one or two niggles only minor ."

    Venetian blind in bedroom , turn rod missing as was locking piece to keep open , we managed but others might not . Slightly impersonal, yes I know there was a number to ring but nothing beats human contact . No visitors book you always look to see if others have gone somewhere nice for lunch . No teapot ! Ok you can make in the mug but you use twice as many bags that way . Overall good

    Reviewed by Charles3.8May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Christon Well Cottage for a full week."

    If you like peace, quiet, tranquility and restfulness, this is the place for you. The cottage itself is very clean and well maintained - the kitchen area has everything you would need to cook but we utilised the fish and chips shops in Seahouses and a local country pub in Embleton for our meals out in the main. There is under floor heating in the main lounge area but not in the bathroom or bedroom - but still the place was lovely and cosy when we returned in the late afternoon or evening after a day out. There is a log burner fire which has logs available to use but there are instructions not to use it which is a bit strange - however we didn't need to despite the weather being very cold for the time of year. The cottage is in an exceptionally quiet location - there is the occasional very distant sound of trains on the railway half a mile away - but so accessible to the road to Christon Bank and the beaches just a mile down the road at Low Newton and Embleton Bay. We didn't see a soul during our stay at all - not even a vehicle at the farmhouses opposite. There is a lovely circular route for a country walk across the local fields and by the woodland signposted just hundred metres from the cottage door. (But take a map!) The wildlife is great too - on the cottage garden we had rabbits, hares, hedgehog and all manner of birds visiting. We would definitely recommend this delightful and characterful cottage and would like to return again sometime.

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Apr 2023

  • "This was not upto the normal standard we are used to with Sykecottages, dont advertise log burner fire when you are instructed not to use it, one of the selling points of the cottage."

    also there is a bee/hornets nest in the stone of the building just outside the patio doors so had issues with them in side the cottage. The reserved parking space was being used by someone with a camper van which was inconvienent. Underfloor heating was not working in the bedroom fine in the living room. There was several instruction leaflets on one kind or another stating the same things .

    Reviewed by John2.8Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was small (ideal for a couple) but very well presented and had everything we required."

    The location was great for visiting the area.

    Aug 2021

  • "Excellent well equipped cottage ideally placed for visiting the coast and local attractions"

    Jul 2021

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  • One king-size bedroom with a TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • 2 x TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear non-enclosed patio with furniture
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Owner requests dogs have to be over 1 year old
  • Please note this is a Saturday change over
  • Note: Garden is not enclosed

The property

Christon Bank 0.2 miles.

A beautiful Grade II listed barn conversion settled into the rural location of Christon Bank, a village in Newton-By-The-Sea, near Embleton, an ideal base for a couple looking to visit the coast and countryside of Northumberland.

Situated on Christon Bank Farm, shrouded in stunning countryside, park off-road and be welcomed into a property where an open-plan living area blends contemporary amenities and décor with the heritage of this property, sporting tall ceilings and wooden roofbeams throughout.

Light and airy, rest in this lovely sitting area with double doors opening up onto a patio where you can enjoy breakfast in the sunshine, allowing in seas of light.

There is a fantastic kitchen with all you will need to cook up a storm, enjoying a romantic meal for two at the dining area.

The bedroom continues the wooden roof beams and has a bathroom where you can soak the countryside chill from your hair.

This beautiful couple’s retreat offers stunning scenery and a local pub within a miles walk, where you can enjoy a meal for two and a glass of your favourite beverage.

Embleton is only a short distance away and offers more eateries, as well as a convenience store, so you can stock up on essentials before heading over to Embleton Bay, where you can enjoy a stroll in the salty air.

Embleton also has a golf course and is within easy reach of the fantastic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

For avid walkers, there is a selection of coastal trails for you to enjoy, including Embleton Quarry Nature Reserve and Northumberland Coastal Path.

Fall in love with the scenery of Northumberland with a stay at the charming Christon Well Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Embleton 2 miles; Beadnell 5 miles; Alnwick 8 miles.

Christon Bank lies 8 miles north east of Northumberland's major market town Alnwick, famous for its stunning castle and gardens. Only 2 miles east of the village are the beautiful bays at Embleton and Low Newton-by-the-Sea, which are nestled within miles and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and dunes. To the north lies Lindisfarne on Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish Borders, whilst an hour's drive to the south is the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Christon Bank is set amidst outstanding countryside, which is breathtakingly beautiful all year round. It is a small and friendly village, with a pub and an abundance of excellent pubs and restaurants in the neighbouring villages. With its superb sandy beaches, coastal walks, golf, horse riding and cycle ways the area is perfect for a relaxing family holiday.

Note: Owner requests dogs have to be over 1 year old