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Gardener's Cottage

Belford near Bamburgh, Northumberland (Ref. 23941)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely, private, peaceful, spacious cottage well furnished and everything we needed for a very relaxing week."

    The enclosed patio area is great as we could let our dog wander in & out without escaping after the pheasants! There is a large grassed area, also great for dogs or children. Belford is close by with Coop & Sunnyhills Farm shop etc. This was our second visit & we enjoyed it even more.

    Reviewed by KayAug 2022

  • "Great property,well equipped, in a peaceful location."

    My only gripe is the mattresses wear hard but I guess that is so they last longer...no big deal. Also we were told we couldn't walk past the other cottage as this was not a foot path to the woods...having a dog that needs a walk every morning and reading that there were wooded walks from the cottage I thought this was great and would be OK as there are no signs saying no access. But other than that we loved our stay.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2022

  • "This cottage exceeded expectations It isieallly placed for beach walks exploring etc Very pleased."

    My only problem was finding it as there appears to be another of same name post code ne70 7 jd which is where we went. Excellent by

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2022

  • "Lovely location."

    Shame the grassed area isn't fenced off, so dogs can have a run. Bed mattresses need changing. Heating is a complete mystery. Radiators come on, when heating is supposed to be off. Well equipped cottage. Has everything you need.

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2022

  • "Lovely setting and cottage hosts were very accommodating would definitely stay again."

    Reviewed by LouiseJun 2022

  • "Good holiday property ."

    One minor problem was TV reception which we never did manage to sort out . We did not contact owner as we watched a few programmes on laptop via internet and were quite busy so no time for long term problem solving .

    Reviewed by Timothy PaulJun 2022

  • "Gardeners Cottage is wonderful."

    The kitchen is fully equipped (although the knives could do with sharpening :-)), there’s also a barbecue outside. The living area is spacious and comfortable with a very effective log burner for chilly evenings (although the heating is very good). The bedrooms are a good size and the beds are comfortable, there’s plenty of room for 6 adults here. The location was perfect for us, it’s a very pleasant 30 - 40 minute walk to the village pubs, or a 5 minute drive, and Belford is very nice with a convenient Coop supermarket. The chip shop looked good but we didn’t try it as we had a reservation at the Potted Lobster in Bamburgh (highly recommended but book several weeks, if not months ahead!). In addition to Bamburgh lots of other attractions are within 20-30 minutes drive of the cottage - E.g., Alnwick or Alnmouth to the south and Holy Island to the north. Best of all is the pure peace and tranquillity. Just sitting on the terrace all you can hear is bird song. There’s no traffic as the road only leads to the farm. We also saw hares along the lane in the evening.

    Reviewed by SteveMay 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage to which has everything that you need for your stay."

    Tucked away for privacy but an ideal location for touring around. I would highly recommend anyone to stay here. We will certainly be back

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, peaceful location but close enough to the coast."

    Very much recommended

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with great fixtures and fittings."

    The owner responded in minutes to fix things after I contacted her to say that the boiler had stopped working.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "Great cottage we could not find fault with anything in this cottage - very clean and cozy."

    The welcome basket was a lovely touch. A very dog friendly place with a safe enclosed court yard even a dog crate in the utility room. Worth noting that its farm land so not suitable if you like walking your dog off lead but plenty of beautiful beach space for your fur babies to have a stretch on - We are definitely going back.

    Reviewed by LesleyMar 2022

  • "I was delighted with the cottage, it was lovely, we found everything there we needed."

    The welcome pack cakes were a treat that we thoroughly enjoyed in front of the log fire with a glass of wine. The only thing I wanted to know and didn’t find out was if there were any take away hot food available locally and if so did they deliver.

    Reviewed by JayneNov 2021

  • "Beautiful well appointed cottage and an idyllic location."

    We will hopefully come back to stay again!

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2021

  • "Really comfortable property."

    Ideally located. Had a fab week. Tiny, tiny gripe which might not bother others - no roasting trays!

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Everything was catered for, lots of information in the cottage about places to ..."

    Everything was catered for, lots of information in the cottage about places to visit and all the instructions on everything in the cottage you need to use, fab place

    Reviewed by JillOct 2021

  • "Cottage was really comfortable everything you needed was there,but the only downside was the flies."

    The owners did put in a fly catching system but we had to try and get rid ourselves with fly spray, books, newspapers etc. Apart from that, brilliant, excluding the weather. Great time

    Reviewed by JuneAug 2021

  • "Really lovely, spacious cottage."

    Very comfortable, lovely garden area. Beautiful, quiet setting.

    Reviewed by MatthewAug 2021

  • "The peace and quiet of the cottage and the lovely surrounding countryside."

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2021

  • "When this holiday was booked there was no Wifi at the property."

    No Wifi was a requirement as a member of the family becomes very ill when subjected to Wifi and I did explain this when booking. Subsequently Wifi was installed but I was not informed although I was told in April 2021 that it was not installed and at that date I was told that there was a note about not wanting it with my booking. The owner turned off the Wifi supply but we also found that other items producing Wifi or similar radiation were present in the cottage. Although the cottage itself was very good we shall not be booking through Sykes again. I would like you to publish this feedback but I don't think you will.

    Reviewed by JosephineJun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage wonderful location will definitely go back"

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "Wonderfully quiet, dark sky environment."

    Two of us shared the cottage - a lovely king size bedded room each. Very clean throughout. Kitchen had a good supply of equipment and the layout of open-plan sitting area, dining area and kitchen was fine for two of us and small dog. The fenced patio outside was very appealing and a delightful place to sit out, watching birds in the trees nearby. A delightful, relaxing place and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by LizMay 2021

  • "We book many holidays with you as we like the sort of accommodation you provide ..."

    We book many holidays with you as we like the sort of accommodation you provide Maybe think the cooker and hob could do with an update, if I’m being super critical Definitely go back , which has to be the best recommendation

    Reviewed by lizzyApr 2021

  • "Wow! The photographs of this cottage do not do it justice."

    It’s huge, so homely and comfortable and has EVERYTHING you need. Great base for exploring Northumberland which is a beautiful place. Best UK holiday we’ve been on. 5*

    Reviewed by SuzanneOct 2020

  • "We had a lovely week in a great location, within close reach of so many beautiful places."

    The cottage was very clean and well equipped. Thoroughly recommend a visit to Chillingham castle and estate. Just a small point about the cottage. The garden is not fully enclosed and we had to make sure our dog didn’t stray onto the adjacent road, as local traffic passes by at quite a fast pace at certain times of the day.

    Reviewed by SusieOct 2020

  • "The cottage is well positioned to get to all local attractions and is warm & cosy retreat at end of the day."

    Really enjoyed our break away & would recommend

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2020

  • "This cottage is the best we have ever stayed in and we felt immediately at home."

    The rooms are large and well-furnished and the cutlery, crockery, and sofas were new (replaced since the photos on the website). The bathroom and en-suite were lovely, and everything was immaculately clean. The situation, near the A1, was very handy for travel to the coast or the beautiful countryside inland and we didn't hear any traffic noise. In fact during the week the A1 was amazingly quiet. Tractors did occasionally go past ,much to our dog's annoyance, but this is a farm road, and behind the cottage. The patio is very private, though not completely enclosed, but at the end of September we didn't have the French doors open. In summer you would have to watch your dog didn't wander out of the grounds. We found the heating very easy to operate, and there is a log burner (with a plentiful supply of logs) for very cold weather, though we didn't need it.. A great deal of thought has gone into the furnishings and equipment in this holiday cottage and it is a credit to the owners. We have every intention of returning.

    Reviewed by PamelaSep 2020

  • "Booking was simple on line, having booked with Sykes before."

    Lovely cottage, clean and well prepared with hand sanitiser, and little extras such as tea, coffee and milk were a nice touch. Cottage was nice and peaceful, secluded set away from main road. Good communication from owner too.

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2020

  • "A lovely cottage to relax in after a day exploring."

    It was clean and comfortable and big enough for the 5 of us and our dog. The outside area was brilliant for the kids and dog to run around. The only downside was we had to come home after a week, I should have booked two!!. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this little gem and we’ll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely time in the cottage and the location was perfect to have a peaceful holiday while being a short drive away from the local attractions like Holy Island."

    The cottage was clean, cosy, and plenty of space for a family of 6 and a dog. For the first time in a long time,we've actually been able to relax. There was plenty of local footpaths for evening strolls with the dog. The cottage came with everything we needed and the 2 pints of milk that was in the fridge on arrival was a lovely touch so that we could get a cuppa on when we arrived as the local co-op is located in the village of Belford which is about 2.5 miles away. The log burner was a lovely touch to feel cosy on a cold evening. It also helped there being a separate washer and dryer so we were able to stay on top of the washing while away. Ultimately, it was a perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2020

  • "Great cottage in an excellent location."

    Lovely and cosy with the fire and owners who are responsive to queries. Cottage is definitely more than a mile from the village both on foot and by car! So not as the listing would suggest. Would certainly recommend

    Reviewed by VictoriaFeb 2020

  • "Gardeners cottage exceeded expectations."

    Cottage location was great for walking our dog and to access main local attractions. The owner was really friendly and helpful. We were a family of 6 with our dog. The accommodation had spacious rooms and all facilities within the cottage were of a high standard. The cottage had everything you needed to make the holiday an enjoyable experience. This was our first visit to this area and we had a nice relaxing break and would love to return during the spring / summer. I would recommend a stay in Gardeners Cottage great value, very relaxing and a quiet location

    Reviewed by DeanFeb 2020

  • "During a cold week in October the cottage was warm and welcoming."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for a very enjoyable week self catering for a mixed party of two senior citizens, two adults and two boys aged 9 and 6. Although out of the way the cottage is on Sainsbury's delivery route and within easy access of a well stocked Co-Op in Belford. We were welcomed by the Farmer who lives just up the lane and on hand should any problems arose, which they didn't. There are some good walks from the cottage including to Cuthberts Cave which is on land owned by the farm and well worth a visit for fun climbing for the kids and a wonderful view from the top of the rock outcrop. The whole area offers many walks either on the coast or in the Cheviots. For the kids we spent time at Hatherslaw Mill plus little train, Chillingham Castle which is brilliant and a spooky must, a boat trip to the Farnes and up the lighthouse on Longstone ( lots of seals and a few young puffins), Holy Island and watching the tide come in across the road and a lot of time on both sandy beaches and rocky shores. A memorable week in the great outdoors!

    Reviewed by HeatherOct 2019

  • "Excellent holiday!"

    Superb garden for our 3 year old to run around in! Private and secluded cottage within great reach of the fabulous beaches!

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2019

  • "Not worthy of 5✔️‘s."

    Whilst cottage was very nice and with good quality furniture and in a good location we were plagued by flies which made it uncomfortable to be in. Luckily we had good weather and could stay out as long as possible. There was an awful smell in twin bedroom which meant it couldn’t be used. The bedding was well worn and quilts very dense and could do with being replaced.Would be a good idea for owner to have separate store/shed to store outdoor equipment rather than in the utility room so that you could actually access the room without having to move things around.

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2019

  • "Rooms where very good and location great, but, there was a bad smell coming from the sink and a lot of flies in the property."

    Miss the wi-fi will probably look elsewhere next year.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2019

  • ".nice cottage and location ."

    Owners helpful and responsive to requests.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2019

  • "The cottage was a very comfortable size and the furniture was comfortable and well kept."

    It had all the necessary facilities but there was no real 'care' for the people renting the cottage; there were cobwebs around the doors, the filter and water condenser in the tumble drier were full so obviously hadn't been checked by the cleaner or owner. It was kind to have left two pints of milk - but that was all that was left! I think it's unkind to expect holiday makers to have to take basics like salt and pepper, oil and vinegar. Also there was a distinct lack of appropriate cooking tools; frying pans, oven trays.... given that the cottage can accommodate 6 people. In the information, it described the cottage as being 1mile out of Belford, well it was almost a mile to the top of the drive before the drive into Belford - in fact it nearer to 2.5 miles which made it a little remote.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2019

  • "Cottage was very well equipped, clean, cosy and warm."

    Lots of extra touches not always found in rental properties. Our dog enjoyed the little stream at every opportunity and we were lucky enough with the weather to be able to use the patio furniture and barbecue.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "The cottage is perfect out of the way and very relaxing."

    Would stay again. We had a lovely week, the weather was good, lots of things to see in easy reach. The owner met us explained things about the cottage then left us to it all good.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2019

  • "Gardeners Cottage is really well located close to the Coastal route."

    The cottage was extremely comfortable and the owners had thought of everything. We would definitely book the cottage again if we visit the area.

    Reviewed by TracyFeb 2019

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage in a very peaceful location."

    Great walks from the cottage, so that we didn’t use the car for three days! Spacious and well equipped. No WiFi, but we did have good reception with Giffgaff. If only the garden was fully secure so that we could let the dog out it would be perfect!

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2018

  • "Great location with easy access to lots of amazing places, Holy Island, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh."

    No phone signal in and around to cottage but rather than Google there were many leaflets and ideas of places to visit available in the cottage.

    Reviewed by SamOct 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage in an amazing woodland area."

    Lots of deer to be spotted Great location for visiting local sights like Holy Island etc.

    Reviewed by SimonAug 2018

  • "This really is a very comfortable cottage."

    We were 3 adults and a labrador so space was not an issue but even for 6 people there is ample room. Most impressive was the range of items provided for the guests' use - all the cutlery, crockery and utensils along with microwave, dishwasher and so forth. Best of all was the separate laundry room with washer and tumble drier. The furnishings are of a high standard, the bedding and towels first class and, most importantly, the beds were very comfortable. We also liked the isolation and privacy at Gardener's Cottage and the dog appreciated his own large area of grass to entertain himself in! Downsides? Not really. If staying connected via the internet is important it is worth noting that there is no wifi and the phone signal is patchy but 4g is available in Belford, about 2 miles away. We had very good weather during our stay but I noticed that the cottage was centrally heated and had a wood-burning stove. I can imagine it would be very cosy to come back to after a bracing walk on a cold December day. I would unhesitatingly recommend the Cottage - we have experienced good and bad in the past and this has been one of the best.

    Reviewed by JeremyJul 2018

  • "The cottage was really lovely and in a beautiful area, it is so well placed for sightseeing all down the Northumberland coast, we even got a train from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Edinburgh."

    Lexi our greyhound thought it was wonderful with all the walks we went on and the whole place is very dog friendly, think we will book there again and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a really chilled out holiday.

    Reviewed by ElaineJun 2018

  • "There were 3 generations of us staying at Gardener's cottage and it suited all our needs."

    The grandchildren particularly loved the garden, a really great space for them to play in. Very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by JennyMay 2018

  • "The Gardeners Cottage is a beautiful, tranquil haven."

    Our elderly parents loved it and the dog, Ruby loved having her own personal stream ! We will definitely return

    Reviewed by GeorginaMay 2018

  • "Gardener's Cottage was wonderful and the photos don't really do it justice – it was much more spacious inside than we were expecting, and also had a lawned area next to the patio which was great for kids and dogs to play on."

    Fantastic location on a quiet lane, with no other properties nearby, so very private. Plenty of peace and quiet, with just birdsong and the sound of the river. Also little light pollution, so great views of the night sky!

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2018

  • "We holiday in Northumberland 3-4 times each year and Gardeners Cottage is definitely one of the best holiday homes we have ever stayed in."

    The Cottage was warm and welcoming when we arrived - unlike several properties we have had the misfortune of staying in during the winter months. Very clean and comfortable with excellent consideration given to guest comfort - we would not hesitate to book the cottage again. Lovely & private location but close to local amenties of Belford & Berwick and the excellent local beaches. Can also recommend the Kielder Observatory - well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Sean PaulMar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage set in lovely surroundings."

    Ideal for walks and not far from local amenities. Total peace and quiet!! Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by SallyMar 2018

  • "Gardeners Cottage was Excellent, in all aspects and the location is so central to explore Northumberland's lovely coastline and moorland attractions."

    Reviewed by RobinMay 2017

  • "The only downside was no wi-fi, apart from that it is a lovely place to stay."

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2017

  • "This was our second stay and all was exactly as we expected."


    Reviewed by IanApr 2017

  • "Nothing to tell its a lovely cottage at this time of year you need home comforts"

    Reviewed by NormaFeb 2017

  • "Lovely spacious cottage in a delightful woodland setting with excellent walks from the door."

    The cottage is on its own - bliss! A point to note is that we both have Vodafone mobiles & struggled for any signal in the cottage and even surrounding area. (Other networks may be different). But this suited us just fine! The cottage was very well equipped, very warm & comfortable. We have stayed in quite a number of cottages but this was definitely one of our favourites. The owner called in to see us & was very welcoming . Little extras like tea, coffee, sugar & milk on arrival were a nice touch. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by AnnabelOct 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in an excellent location."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful, the the cottage was lovely and clean and had everything you could possibly want. Our weather was a bit wet and windy but it was a joy to return back to the cottage in the evening for the comfort and warmth

    Reviewed by RosemaryOct 2016

  • "Great cottage with everything you need."

    Clean and well presented.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2016

  • "Belford village very handy with good pubs and an excellent Co-op"

    Reviewed by JaniferSep 2016

  • "The bath was a lovely extra."

    And the accommodation was in a beautifully location and so peaceful. All of us loved it especially the dog

    Reviewed by LauraFeb 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with whirlpool bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, NETFLIX, WiFi, 4x TV's with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed Patio garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Coast 5 miles
  • Note: There are steps into the property and to the patio area
  • There is also an internal step from the kitchen to the hallway
  • As such, this property is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • Please note: There is a pond near the property meaning children must be supervised at all times

The property

Belford 3 miles.

In a charming woodland location, within easy reach of the pretty Northumberland market town of Belford, sits this impressive detached holiday cottage.

Stylishly furnished to offer friends and families a relaxing getaway, this peaceful Belford cottage enjoys a lovely location surrounded by trees and rural beauty and yet is just a short drive from the spectacular Heritage Coast.

Boasting three tasteful bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities, this Belford cottage offer quality sleeping accommodation, plus the family bathroom benefits from a lovely whirlpool bath, adding a little luxury to your Northumberland holiday.

The open plan, modern kitchen at this Belford cottage is well equipped, plus the spacious sitting area is bright and airy and made cosy by a toasty woodburner, perfect for nestling beside after an invigorating walk along one of the many long golden beaches.

French doors lead to an attractive patio suntrap garden, from here you can sit and enjoy the delights of the surrounding woodland, and you may even be lucky enough to spot an inquisitive red squirrel.

This Belford cottage is a short distance from the owner's working farm and equestrian centre, a perfect base for walking, cycling or why not book a day's hack and visit nearby St Cuthbert's Cave?

This Belford cottage is in a great position for exploring Northumberland, with its historic castles and the glorious coastline all just a short drive away.

An ideal location for a family break, at any time of year.


Floor plan

Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen/Lounge Utility Bedroom Bedroom

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About the location


Alnwick 15 miles; Berwick-upon-Tweed 15 miles; Bamburgh 5 miles.

The picturesque Northumberland village of Belford lies in the heart of Heritage countryside, midway between the popular walled towns of Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The pretty coastal village of Bamburgh, with its sweeping beaches and dramatic castle, is only a short drive away. Belford itself is an old coaching village with a pleasant square and offers a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. It is ideally placed for exploring the Northumbrian Coastal Route, Cheviots, the renowned Northumberland Coastline and the Scottish Borders. The opportunity to visit the bird sanctuary or seal colony on the famous Farne Islands with boat trips running daily from nearby Seahouses, is not to be missed. Alternatively check the tide times and cross to Holy Island to visit the historic Lindisfarne Priory.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas