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Secret Kingdom Cottage

Warkworth, Northumberland (Ref. 1052864)

4.8

(20 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We have just returned from a fabulous week at Secret Kingdom."

    The accomodation was perfect and the house was so incredibly well equipped. It's in a beautiful peaceful location, yet close to Warkworth. Special thanks to the owners, who were incredibly helpful and absolutely lovely. We would definitely recommend a stay here and hope to be back at some point.

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2022

  • "A lovely clean well presented cottage that has everything you could need ."

    The property is very well situated for visiting all the area has to offer . We would definitely recommend this property .

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "We were met on arrival by the property owner, Angie."

    We felt, as soon as we entered, that Secret Kingdom was going to be a great place to spend our two week holiday. Even more so when we noticed a bottle of Asti Spumante, flowers and chocolates on the table that were for our pleasure and consumption. We continued to feel this way throughout our stay. The cottage is light and spacious, and is fitted with modern kitchen units. We wanted for nothing regarding cooking utensils. The bedroom had sufficient draws in which to place our clothes. There were enough hangers on which to place trousers, jackets and skirts. The bed was very comfortable for both of us. The two double bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with sink, toilet and shower with large shower head. Whilst there we slept very well. The area around is rural, so extremely quiet. The description of sea views could mean many things. I accepted we were one and half miles from the sea, so thought we might just see a bit. I was pleasantly surprised, when standing by the bi fold doors, to see a wide expanse of the North Sea beyond the tree line. Coquet Island can be clearly seen, whilst in the foreground, Warkworth Castle can be viewed. As light changes through the day, both change from silouettes to well defined structures highlighted by the afternoon, and setting sun. Landscape views stretch across fields for many miles with big skies. The patio is well equipped with rattan furniture. A table with four chairs, and two double settees. Cushions are kept in an outside cupboard. There are many brochures on a rack providing information regarding what to do and see in the area. We enjoy beach walking whilst collecting sea glass and bleached wood for crafting. Throughout our holiday we had contact with Angie when required. Her knowledge of the area is sound. This is not related to the cottage, but if you desire fish and chips once during your holiday, may I suggest the Harbour Fish and Chip shop in Amble, together with a one minute drive to the Harbour Road car park at 50p per hour to take in the harbour/sea view whilst consumption takes place. Would we return? Most definitely.

    Dear Maureen and Colin, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Sykes feedback questionnaire. We are so grateful for your wonderful and comprehensive feedback. We are delighted that you both enjoyed your stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage to include; cleanliness, comfy beds, the welcome pack, being extremely well equipped, comfortable and all the little touches. I think we need more photos on Sykes website to reflect the stunning coastal views from the cottage. We do love welcoming our guests to the cottages and helping our guests settle in quickly and it really was a pleasure 'chatting' to you via text during your holiday. We very much hope to be able to welcome you back to Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline soon. With very Best Wishes Angie and Frank Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2022

  • "An excellent base for visiting Northumberland."

    The property is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner could not have been more helpful. The required £250 housekeeping bond was returned to us promptly on the day we travelled home. We would certainly consider a return visit.

    Dear Maurice, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Sykes feedback questionnaire. We are so grateful for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage to include, being well equipped, comfortable. We do love welcoming our guests to the cottages and helping our guests settle in quickly. We very much hope to be able to welcome you all back to Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline soon. With very Best Wishes Angie and Frank Property Owner

    Reviewed by MauriceFeb 2022

  • "We stayed for a long weekend at The Secret Kingdom Cottage and we wish we had stayed longer."

    The cottage is immaculate, so comfortable and equipped with everything you need. The owner, Angie and Frank, where extremely helpful and responsive to messages and left lovely little touches in the cottage on our arrival. We would definitely recommend this little gem and will be back in the future. Maybe in the summer months when we can really make the most of the lively outside area.

    Dear Jemma, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Sykes feedback questionnaire. We are so grateful for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage to include; cleanliness, being extremely well equipped, comfortable and all the little touches. We do love welcoming our guests to the cottages and helping our guests settle in quickly. We very much hope to be able to welcome you all back to Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline soon. With very Best Wishes Angie and Frank Property Owner

    Reviewed by JemmaFeb 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage."

    The location was perfect for both the countryside, the beaches and some fantastic local pubs and restaurants. We couldn't fault the cottage. It was immaculately clean, very comfortable and was extremely well equipped. Thanks to Angie and Frank, and we will definitely be booking again in the future.

    Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Sykes feedback questionnaire. We are so grateful for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage to include; cleanliness, the cottage being extremely well equipped and comfortable. We agree, the cottage is perfect for both the countryside, beaches, pubs and restaurants. We very much hope to be able to welcome you back to Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline soon. With very Best Wishes Angie and Frank Property Owner

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2021

  • "Description was incorrect."

    It stated the cottage was 1.5 miles out of the village. It was 2.5 miles with limited footpaths. The windows were very dirty and also the sofas were uncomfortable and not properly cleaned. This is the first time we have had to pay a bond. We did ask for an inventory but the owner said she did not have one but there would be no problem getting our money back. After 2 days on return from our holiday she contacted us stating that we would not be receiving our full £250 as we had damaged the cooker that we never used. Will not be returning. This is our first holiday with Sykes Cottages were we have had problems. Always been satisfied in the past.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are extremely surprised to read your comments, considering that we have been in touch directly during your stay and you have always stated that the property was perfect and you were enjoying your holiday. This is the text message we have received from you on the day you departed: "We had a lovely holiday and it was a perfect base for us to explore around Northumberland and hope to return in the future". We believe that your negative comments might be linked to the fact that we have decided to retain £20 out of your £250 good housekeeping bond due to the damage you have caused to the cooker. We are sorry to read that you dislike the Barker and Stonehouse sofas, costing £4,000; however you have not explained what you disliked about them. Regarding your comments about the windows: they are cleaned every fortnight and when we checked we too thought they needed a clean. The cause of this appears to be due to the renovation work being carried out in the cottage behind Secret Kingdom Cottage. The walk from the sleepy hamlet of Eastfield, along the countrylane, is exactly 2.2 km to the historic 14th century Toll bridge in Warkworth. There is a path which begins at 0.8km from Manor House, Eastfield. Thank you once again for choosing Secret Kingdom Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RosalindOct 2021

  • "After lockdowns etc the attention to detail and all the extra touches that the owners had included in this cottage were noticed and appreciated even more ."

    They have done a fantastic job and we wish them every success in the future . The cottage is well presented and decorated to a exceptionally high standard . Angie and Frank are both very thoughtful and helpful . . It was lovely to be met at the property and shown round .We settled into holiday mode very quickly . The cottage is immaculate and wonderfully comfortable . It is a great base to explore all the local area from . We always enjoy Northumberland and we revisited our favourite spots which included Alnwick ,Alnmouth , Rothbury and Cragside . Amble (Spurellis boutique ice creams is a must :) .

    Dear Lynne, Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Sykes feedback questionnaire. We are so grateful for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Secret Kingdom Cottage, to include the design, cleanliness, decoration and comfort. We agree, the location of the cottage is a great place to explore the local area and we very much hope to be able to welcome you back to Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline soon. With very Best Wishes Angie and Frank Property Owner

    Reviewed by LynneSep 2021

  • "Excellent property in a great location."

    The hosts were very helpful

    Reviewed by YvonneJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Northumberland."

    Secret Kingdom is a superb holiday cottage and it is ideally located from which to explore beautiful Northumberland. There is so much to see and do, for all ages. Angie & Frank made us feel very welcome and we hope to return again very soon.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "An excellent accessible cottage with very helpful and friendly owners."

    We will be back.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "Lovely warm welcome from Angie, also contacted during the week to make sure we were ok and had everything we needed and promptly returned our bond, lovely cottage with everything you need, very comfortable and spotless, built to a high speck and lovely comfy beds and good quality bedding."

    Highly recommended. Also in a lovely area. Places to visit Warkworth, Amble, Alnmouth Beach, Crastor, Bramburgh, rothbury. Place to eat Treetop restaurant at Alnwick, Old school Gallery Alnmouth, and circa cafe amble where you can book a little old caravan in the courtyard and they dress it up for your visit with table clothes and China, really cute, fish and chips from the quay side take away amble and ice cream from spurrelli boutique icecream cafe amble. Northumberland is a beautiful area of the uk for those who don’t like hustle and bustle appreciate old world charm and beautiful scenery. The people are also very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2021

  • "There was conflicting information from yourselves and the owner regarding removing the bedding and what happens with the keys on leaving."

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2021

  • "A beautiful luxury cottage everything we could have wished for."

    Kitchen white goods were great dishwasher, washing machine etc. More than enough crockery, utensils , pans, just everything you could possibly need Wonderful comfy beds spotlessly clean, lovely luxurious showers too. After a lovely day’s walking it was great to return to such a relaxing lounge an chill. Angie and Frank where so kind, helpful and knowledgeable. Great walking area with lovely beaches , villages, coffee shops and restaurants. Look forward to returning Fantastic holiday , Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by AnnetteMay 2021

  • "Would definitely recommend Secret Kingdom, it is a fabulous cottage in a fabulous location."

    So peaceful and quiet. Everything in the cottage was of a very high standard. Very comfortable and cosy! All you need and more. Angie the owner could not of been more helpful, a lovely lady who met us on arrival and showed us around and explained how to use the cooker, coffee machine( very important)etc! Oh and the underfloor hearing! Bliss. We had a lovely stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2021

  • "Although. The weather was porter cottage was warm and comfortable ."

    The electrical goods were of good quality and were easy to operatr. The ownet, Angie Doughty, went out of her way to be helpful.and friendly.Of course N Northumberland was as beautiful as always. We have found a gem in Secret Kingdom and hope to.return soon.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2021

  • "This cottage was absolutely immaculate and was in a beautiful setting."

    We were made extremely welcome by the owner who showed us around the cottage and couldn’t have been more accommodating. We had a lovely week and completely de-stressed in the cottages relaxed surroundings. We would love to go and stay again and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by AmandaApr 2021

  • "Great location for exploring!"

    Property owners had good communication and provided everything required. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Secret Kingdom Cottage."

    It had everything we needed, very well equipped and modern. The location was peaceful but within walking distance of Warkworth and it's castle and pubs. It's also handy for the coast and the very beautiful beaches. Thank you for a great holiday!

    Reviewed by MariaSep 2020

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Summary

  • All-ground-floor
  • Mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system - the air filtration system pumps constant fresh filtered air
  • 2 x king-size double beds (6’6” long), hair dryer, black-out blinds, wall hung reading lights and also sockets above bedside table for lap-top, smart phone, Kindle
  • En-suite with walk-in large quadrant shower, wall hung basin and WC, back-lit mirror, shaving sockets in both en-suites
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor heating
  • Built in induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Tiered patio area with rattan sofas and chairs
  • Rattan dining table and chairs on the front patio
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop and pub in 1.5 miles
  • Note: The property has mechanical heat recovery ventilation, making it ideal for allergy sufferers.

The property

The owners are delighted to present their new purpose built, sleep four, holiday cottage Secret Kingdom Cottage.

They chose that name because this is what Northumberland is known as - ‘The Secret Kingdom’ the largest county in England, with all its beauty, history, wild rugged landscapes, heritage coastlines and miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, and the best dark skies in Europe right outside the door, there is so much to see, explore and enjoy.

Secret Kingdom holiday cottage is a beautiful, modern, light and airy luxury, 5 star awarded cottage, with stunning interiors, this luxury, comfy, cosy cottage is situated only 1.5 miles from Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline.

This cottage has been designed with guests in mind, features include single level accommodation and underfloor heating and soft warm shades of stone flooring throughout, providing a radiant ambient heat underfoot, the cottage sleeps four, and is perfect for two couples to come together to explore this ancient kingdom.

Northumberland is littered with ancient castles across the countryside, rugged moorland and endless stretches of easily accessible white sandy beaches and gorgeous market towns, villages and harbours.

The bedrooms have king size beds, both with 6’6”length cosy mattresses and crisp white linens just waiting to be snuggled under, the wall hung, flexible torch LED reading lights are perfect for the guest that likes to read while the other sleeps, the wall sockets are conveniently located above the bedside tables for convenient use of smart phones, lap-tops and kindle books, in addition to the gorgeous water-coloured roman blinds, there are additional black-out blinds to keep the bedrooms dark and cool during the summer months.

One of the benefits of the Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system is that while you are sleeping, the air filtration system pumps fresh filtered air into the bedrooms all night for your added comfort, both bedrooms have their own fully tiled spacious en-suites, bathroom features include; drench head showers, wall hung WC and large wall hung wash basins with mono taps and shaver sockets, the wide window sills provide ample space for all your toiletries and the wall hung back-lit mirror is that extra special touch for your morning routine.

Soak up the stunning countryside and coastal views before being welcomed into the open-plan living room, Secret Kingdom Cottage has been designed with a touch of opulence throughout, to include Barker & Stonehouse luxurious sofas and underfloor heating to ensure an ambient warmth throughout your stay, There is a large 55” wall hung Smart TV to flick through the channels as you wind down for the evening and soft wall hung lighting for those cosy nights-in after a day of exploring Northumberland, spend your quiet evening indoors curled up on the sumptuous sofas.

The champagne high gloss kitchen includes; induction hob, integrated washing machine and dishwasher, fitted eye level microwave, oven and grill and mono tap to complement the kitchen suite, enjoy your meals at the well-presented dining table, offering a wonderful spot for popping open a bottle of fizz to toast a memorable day in Northumberland and creating wonderful memories with your loved ones.

The bi-fold doors open out onto the large south facing Indian stone patio area with rattan sofas and dining table and chairs, during balmy afternoons, take dining outdoors onto the tiered patio area and sink into the rattan furnishings to admire the surrounding views with a glass of wine in hand, contemporary slatted horizontal fencing on the south and west elevation provides privacy and a cosy place to relax, while you enjoy the garden, savour the magnificent and far-reaching open country views to Warkworth Castle, Coquet Island and the ever changing big skies and seas.

The ancient village of Warkworth is only 1.5 miles away and boasts a 12th Century toll bridge, one of only two remaining in England, Castle street is quintessentially beautiful and once described thus: “.….one of the most exciting sequences of views one can have in England" Warkworth village is steeped in history, full of ancient and wonderfully quirky stone buildings and houses, the village itself nestles right under Warkworth Castle, towering at the head of Castle Street, the castle appears to still give the impression it is guarding this unique and timeless village.

Summer afternoons can be spent at one of the many sandy, easily accessible beaches in Amble, Druridge, Cresswell, Warkworth, Alnmouth, Sugar Sands, Boulmer, Rumbling Kern, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh or Craster – all this within a pproximately 25 mile stretch, you will be spoilt for choice for beaches which are all along the Heritage Coastal Path, travel north to spend the day in Alnwick, where you can look forward to meandering the cobbled streets before discovering some of the country’s finest attractions.

Such attractions include Alnwick Castle, which doubled up as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films or enjoy a unique dining experience among the treetops in The Alnwick Gardens, home to one of the world’s largest tree houses.

Alternatively, spend your time along the pretty Northumberland’s Heritage Coast, which is fantastic for walkers or discover the historical landmark of Hadrian’s Wall, which was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

After a wonderful day of exploring, look forward to coming back to Secret Kingdom Cottage each evening to unwind.

The Secret Kingdom Cottage has award winning sister property Manor House 981761, together they sleep fourteen.

Both cottages are set within the same grounds.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

WARKWORTH

Alnwick 5 miles; Alnmouth 3 miles; Amble 1 mile.

Lying in the loop of the River Coquet on the Heritage Coast, Warkworth is a picturesque village, dominated by the dramatic ruins of its 12th century castle. The history of the village and the castle are intertwined with the Percy Family who took over the castle in 1332. The Percys’ other home is nearby Alnwick Castle, most recently associated with Harry Potter as the film location of Hogwarts School. The main street is lined with Georgian and early Victorian houses and there is an exceptional range of galleries, antiques shops, a village shop/Post Office, pubs, restaurants and gift shops to suit all tastes. Warkworth has its own stretch of sandy beach and a 9 hole pay and play golf course. Also within easy touring distance are Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, the Farne Islands, several wonderful beaches and Alnwick Garden with its remarkable water cascade and Tree House Restaurant.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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