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Shepherds Nook

North Charlton near Alnwick, Northumberland (Ref. 1362)


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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely homely cottage."

    Had everything we needed. Very handy next to the a1 within easy reach of attractions. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by LyndseyJul 2021

  • "List of complaints for Shepherd’s Nook Kitchen surfaces sticky, when we cleaned them, brown water came off Cutlery drawer is filthy Toilet brush covered in poo Black mould in the bathroom Windows need cleaning Floor not mopped Upstairs stinks - carpets smell of wee Carpet stains in the lounge (wet patch when we arrived) Bathroom plug disgusting Needs decorating E-cig juice empty in plant pot Very dusty Even after requesting for these to be fixed, nothing was changed apart form a replacement toilet brush."

    After complaining to Sykes, they then offered a measly £480 back if we left by 5pm on our second day, when we paid £800 for the week. Terrible service from both the owner and Sykes themselves. I will not be recommending either to friends and family.

    Reviewed by ElliotJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, although near the A1, this was not a problem."

    It was convenient for travelling to nearby tourist spots, BAmburgh, seahouses,, etc. The cottage was well equipped, and comfortable. We had a lovely holiday there.

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2021

  • "Cosy, well equipped & good location for the Northumbria coast."

    Reviewed by GerrardApr 2021

  • "It was impossible to get through to your customer services team when I wanted to ask some questions."

    This was poor. Although this cottage was full of character the level of cleanliness was not good enough.

    Reviewed by CarrieSep 2020

  • "We were lucky with reasonable weather and made the most of the area, which we know as day visitors."

    The cottage was warm and comfortable, although there were some items missing from the cooking point of view. Eg a grater and a bread knife would have been useful, as well as sharp knives in general. But this is nit picking and we'll contact the owners about that. Some previous tenants noticed the noise from the A1 nearby, but we didn't have the windows open very much, so weren't affected by road noise. Considering our ages ranged from 82 to 2 years plus dog, the cottage was fine. The parking is a bit tight but we parked at the front on the road if necessary. So, all in all, we'd be happy to go back to Shepherds Nook. Kate and Gordon Lawrie.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage in great location!"

    Reviewed by KathyAug 2020

  • "Shepard's Nook X lovely cottage X sleeps 6 comfortably x everything you needed ..."

    Shepard's Nook X lovely cottage X sleeps 6 comfortably x everything you needed was there X only needed to take towels X a bit tight parking the car in the bays provided X it was great to come back after a cold day out to the log burner X all in all a great holiday was had X would not hesitate to go back X thank-you

    Reviewed by JeanFeb 2020

  • "We loved our stay."

    Perfect location to visit the beautiful surrounding honey pot sites! The cottage was surprisingly big...the photos didn't do it justice. We just loved it!

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2019

  • "Petty this sounds but the plug hole in the bathroom is revolting!"

    !!It needs a good clean !!!! The noise from the main road is very bad couldn't have the bedroom windows open but that said it was a lovely cottage and we had a lovely weekend(apart from the weather of course)

    Reviewed by JeanOct 2019

  • "We were very happy and cosy in the cottage but felt a little misled by the description of where it actually was."

    We thought there were eateries nearby for our evening walk out for meals but we had to go a reasonable car journey each night which was disappointing. But we found Lilberts in Alnwick which met our needs even though it was more than a walk away! North Charlton is a very good base for getting out and about and in beautiful countryside despite being right next to the A1 - but no noise disturbance from it! Carnaby's Eatery and gift shop, just a little walk away was super for coffee, lunches and fabulous brunches and breakfasts but we only realised it was there because of signposts on the A1! All in all we had a lovely holiday and have returned home well-rested. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JaniceOct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equipped and surprisingly spacious."

    Would recommend to anybody wanting a good base to explore the Northumberland coast.

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2019

  • "The cottage is really well appointed and the wine, chocs and milk were a lovely surprise and much appreciated."

    The cottage is deceptively large with all mod cons.. Perfect base for all the stunning beaches loved by us and Poppy the dog- we visited Alnwick, Seahouses and recommend a visit to St Abbs. We ate in a variety of places and enjoyed some amazing meals. Plenty of dog friendly pubs - Greys Inn and Pack Horse were very busy on the couple of occasions we tried to get in they were fully booked up so suggest booking in advance. Local recommendation we stumbled across by chance one evening was a young man selling wood fired pizza, all home made ingredients in the car park at Eleanor's Byre at Embleton. The best pizza we have eaten. A lovely visit to Chain Bridge Honey Farm - so much more than advertised and a short walk to the Union Chain Bridge. All in all a perfect cottage in a perfect spot for exploring the areas.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2019

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in this lovely, well-equipped, spotless cottage."

    The location was perfect for us to explore Alnwick, Holy Island and Bamburgh. After a busy day sightseeing, it was great to come back to such a homely cottage in a peaceful village. The alpacas in the field next door were an extra bonus! I would definitely consider booking it again and recommending it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by CharlotteJul 2019

  • "Great cottage and very homely and comfortable."

    It was a car drive away from shops or local Inn which was a bit disappointing and no where near, on foot, for the children to walk and play. However a lot of nice places and beaches within driving distance.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2019

  • "Enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend in this farmhouse style cottage with lots of room and extras."

    We did however find that the heating boiler was tricky to control and the smell of its oil made things smell in the area but leaving the utility window slightly open solved this. The bathroom sink's plug operating lever was stuck in the open position and preventing the basin from holding water. The car parking allocated space could do with being highlighted and the bend to the rear of the cottages could benefit from a mirror to help drivers entering and leaving.

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2019

  • "Thank you very much cottage was beautiful hopefully goi g to book again soon"

    Reviewed by RossMar 2019

  • "Cottage was clean, warm and welcoming."

    Friendly interaction with everyone we came into contact with which helped to make us feel at ease and relaxed. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by EvelynMar 2019

  • "Only thing wrong with who ever takes care of the place had left 12 day out of ..."

    Only thing wrong with who ever takes care of the place had left 12 day out of date milk in fridge and fuel for fire consisted of 3 logs hand full of sticks and 2 matches surely could have run to a bit more I know it states initial fuel but had to go straight back out and buy 3 sacks of logs and milk

    Reviewed by MichelleNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and well equipped."

    Fantastic base to explore all the surrounding areas and beaches with our dog. Would definitely recommend. The only thing I would mention and this is for Sykes is that you failed to say that towels were not included. It was only when I rang for the key code that the owner mentioned this. The fact there were no towels would not have stopped me booking the cottage but I really think you need to put this in the description. I rang your customer service before I left for my holiday to give them this feedback, your service was very poor it took 7 hours for you to call me back despite being assured I would receive a call back within a hour. Also you were very dismissive of my call. As I said it was not a problem taking towels but if for whatever reason the owner hadn’t mentioned it then I would have arrived at the cottage without them. Generally every cottage I have booked in the past towels are included.

    Reviewed by JackieSep 2018

  • "The cottage felt so lovely and homely it was a perfect base for us to explore the area."

    We were there with a toddler and the layout was perfect for him to chase us round and the stairs were great for him to practise on safely. The location was very practical to get in and out of quickly and we all loved looking at the cows and alpacas next door. The welcome gifts were a great addition too - would definitely go back. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2018

  • "Delightful and beautifully appointed cottage, kitchen really well equipped and bedrooms comfortable."

    Wine and chica much appreciated!

    Reviewed by KathJul 2018

  • "The booking system was easy to use and there was plenty of information to plan our trip."

    The cottage was amazing - exceeded expectations.

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful, quirky and comfortable."

    The owners had even left us cookies and wine - very much appreciated There is everything you could possibly need for your stay - even a slow cooker! We were attending a wedding on the Saturday so weren't able to enjoy the surroundings as much as we would have liked but will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by TrudiNov 2017

  • "Cottage was advertised for 6 adults, if there was six adults it would be difficult for everyone to have a comfortable seat."

    Small touches really appreciated, I would definitely recommend this cottage!!

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage very warm and cosy and really central for touring all of the gorgeous beaches and villages Northumberland has to offer."

    Loved the wood burning stove and cottage was very clean and well equipped

    Reviewed by FranOct 2017

  • "We were very impressed by the cottage."

    The location was excellent. It was very well equipped and suited our requirements very well. The booking process was straightforward. All in all, a great venue.

    Reviewed by MickSep 2017

  • "Cottage was homely, well equipped and had everything you needed to make it a memorable holiday."

    The owners thought of everything with lots of games etc. Also the lovely touch of wine and chocolate made it extra special. We will return

    Reviewed by KeithJun 2017

  • "This was an excellent cottage that had a range of wonderful little touches we were not expecting."

    Wine, milk and biscuits on arrival, a wide range of board games, and X-box, hairdryer, even straighteners and even a supply of poo bags for the dog! The log burner was lovely. The owners had clearly put a great deal of thought into setting it up and we thoroughly enjoyed our week. Two small issues - it took us a while to sort out the hot water and meant having the heating on full blast to get a full bath - not sure of the connection between the two! The TV in the lounge was somewhat temperamental. Otherwise, I would thoroughly recommend this lovely little cottage.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2016

  • "We were given the wrong key code but this was sorted out with a quick phone call."

    As a general comment it would be helpful for preperties where there is no mobile phone signal it would be helpful if there were an emergency contact number in case we needed to be contacted. (Last year we had to come back early from holiday because our daughter was ill). I was concerned about the location being so close to the A1 but this was not a problem. If properties are advertised as being dog friendly it would be helpful to know if there is a secure garden to let them out into. The cottage was well kept and well equipped. It was a good holiday - https://tsatravels.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/who-needs-sand-castles-for-this-beach/ It is up to you whether you want to publish any of this, but I would not want it published in its entirity.

    Reviewed by TimSep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped fitted kitchen
  • Utility
  • Impressive open plan sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove in inglenook fireplace.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove in the sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and initial supply for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed courtyard to rear
  • Private patio area with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 4 miles.

The property

A delightful 19th century mid-terrace cottage situated in the hamlet of North Charlton, just 7 miles from Alnwick.

Located just a short drive from the spectacular Northumberland Coast, the cottage is ideal for a family holiday.

Decorated and furnished to a good standard throughout, this Northumbrian cottage boasts charm and character, including a spacious sitting room with beams and a woodburning stove in a feature inglenook fireplace.

There are three well-appointed bedrooms and a modern bathroom on the first floor and a well-equipped fitted kitchen which will cater for all of your needs.

The castle and gardens at Alnwick are just a few miles away from the cottage, or you could visit Lindisfarne on Holy Island, the Scottish Borders, and the magnificent Heritage Coast, only a few miles east of this charming cottage.

There are many National Trust and English Heritage sites to visit in the area making this lovely North Charlton cottage a great base for discovering all that Northumberland has to offer.

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About the location


Alnwick 7 miles; Rennington 5 miles.

The small hamlet of North Charlton is an ideal place from which to explore Northumberland. A short drive will take you to Embleton Bay, Low Newton by the Sea and Beadnell Bay, each offering lovely sandy beaches. The ducal market town of Alnwick, with its magnificent Norman Castle, is just 10 minutes away and offers a wide range of amenities. The countryside surrounding North Charlton is extremely picturesque and the Cheviot foothills and National Park are only a short drive away. For golfers, there are challenging Links courses in abundance. A superb base for exploring all the region has to offer.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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