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Bank Top Cottage

(Ref. 949760)

Embleton, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Bank Top…."

    . ideal location with views to the sea… with the owner making it easy access to the beach and the village….. Hot tub maintained to a high standard and the pool is the icing on the cake also maintained to a high standard… lovely welcome pack…. We had grandchildren visit us and the few toys went down a treat… we will be staying at Bank Top again

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2023

  • "The property was absolutely immaculate and spotless with everything you would need."

    The views were stunning from every window. Sitting in the hot tub felt luxurious with the breathtaking views of the fields, sea and castle and was again spotless. Loved the chickens...they were very friendly! Thank you for leaving the bread, butter, milk and juice...it was a lovely touch. Have already booked for next year! Can't wait to come back! Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2023

  • "Beautiful location to explore what Northumberland has to offer."

    Expertly cleaned, swimming pool was a bonus and views were stunning.

    Reviewed by TomApr 2023

  • "This was our third stay at Bank Top and the best yet."

    The cottage was pristine on arrival, and it was a lovely touch to have bread, milk etc there for us. Hot tub has the best view (ever?), and was great to keep warm in as we rotated through the shower post-swim. Had great games of cricket and football on the field, and enjoyed the easy access walks to Craster and Lower Newton. Just what was needed for us all, so thank you. We’re already planning our return!

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2023

  • "Just had a lovely stay in Bank Top cottage, Can’t really fault it spotless and everything you want in a holiday cottage…."

    . path to Embleton was great as it kept you away from the road… Our hot tub was well maintained and the swimming pool was the icing on the cake….. One small niggle a smart TV would be good.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2023

  • "We stayed at Bank Top north farm cottages it was a beautiful location with unspoilt views, spotless, spacious, peaceful and quiet, lovely walks all around the area, would definitely return!"

    Reviewed by GemmaMar 2023

  • "Bank tip provided a lovely base for our stay in Northumberland."

    The hot tub and pool were a big hit with the whole family. The only thing we missed was a smart tv in the evening. In this day and age, access to YouTube and other streaming service cues is essential for the younger people. This small addition would have perfected what is an excellent the property for us.

    Reviewed by WayneFeb 2023

  • "Extremely pleased with accommodation, facilities and presentation at Christmas."

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2022

  • "When trying to sleep we found the mattress uncomfortable and not supportive as it was not sprung."

    The corner sofa in the living room was too low and the back consisted of loose cushions which did not support your back when sitting.The locking latch on the hot tub needs some attention as it blew closed in the wind. Overall the cottage has marvellous views of the countryside and coast.

    Reviewed by Leslie HenriDec 2022

  • "Great Holiday."

    Cottage superb. Views beautiful. Mattress replaced to main bed.( Slept much better.) Negatives. No Pizza cutter or baking tray. Matches? (Remember to bring your own .) to light log fire. Mattress cover kept sliding off !( Main Bed.) Confusion over Hot Tub.= Next door Still using on Friday ,instructions indicated not to use??? Due to cleaning./ Needs clarifying.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2022

  • "Our 4th stay at North Farm and the third at Bank Top Cottage."

    It's perfect for us. The location , views, amenities, everything is spot on. The cottage itself is spotless, comfortable, peaceful. This time we arrived to find some basic supplies - bread, milk etc which was lovely. Sitting in the hot tub with the sea and the castle in view is brilliant. The chickens are a delight, and use of the pool is a great benefit. Food nearby at Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, or the Joiners Arms, The Ship , all within walking distance and all excellent . Slightly further but reachable on a longer walk is the Jolly Fisherman at Craster. We've booked again . We can't think of a time when we won't return. If you are unsure I guarantee a walk on the stunning beach will see you returning to the cottage and placing a deposit for your next visit. If there was anything to change it would be to upgrade the TV to a smart TV, the DVDs are good but nowadays streaming is so much easier.

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2022

  • "I think to label North Farm as luxury is quite a stretch."

    It is basic but clean. There were no matches, and only enough logs for one nights fire, there are no extra blankets for cooler nights, one toilet roll, not even a single washing machine tablet, no leaflets on things to do or see in the area, and my biggest annoyance is the crazy loud fridge, shattering the peace day in, day out. Definitely not luxury. Not having use of the hot tub on your last day is extremely disappointing. Sours what should be your last day of relaxation. The location is excellent. The cleanliness couldn't be faulted. But due to the factors listed, I'm not sure that we would return which is a shame because as mentioned, the location is great. I do also worry what impact the large building currently going up on site will have on the overall tranquility of the place.

    Reviewed by AliceMar 2022

  • "Fabulous place to stay, clean , everything we needed, great information pack."

    Reviewed by JulieFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, with excellent views."

    The sofas were very uncomfortable, but these were changed during our stay. Shower is excellent as is the use of the swimming pool and quality hot tub. Beds are fine and central heating effective

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2022

  • "The most uncomfortable cottage we have stayed in."

    Beds and settees dreadful really cheap. Arrived at 5 pm after a 4.5 hrs journey. Not a light on and no heating on in January! When stripping the bed found out why we were sweating there was a plastic sheet on it. The heating is yampy you either freeze or sweat. Mainly because the radiators are undersized in the large room. If you shut the bedroom and bathroom doors to keep heat in the bedrooms are like furnaces. Swimming pool lovely but temperature of water is freezing. The only thing going for this cottage is the position.

    Reviewed by GrahamJan 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and perfectly situated."

    Just a few things that might make the stay more comfortable for future guests. The tap in the kitchen drips constantly after use and the double bed could use a new mattress. Other than that, we could not fault our stay. The walk down to the beach was beautiful. We would love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by ChereneDec 2021

  • "Great place to stay."

    Very quite , good beaches close by.

    Reviewed by KevinOct 2021

  • "Really lovely cottages in a beautiful part of the country."

    Loved the pool and the traffic free walk to the beach

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2021

  • "The mattress in the main bedroom wasn't very good, the worst we have seen and despite the luxury tag there was no welcome pack and the essentials were a minimum."

    The TV was tiny and it was annoying that we didn't use the hot tub (as requested by owners) for cleaning but it wasn't cleaned till the next day so we could have enjoyed the last night in our hot tub. The pool booking idea was lovely and the cottage itself was fantastic.

    Reviewed by SeanSep 2021

  • "We loved the stay and the facilities for children were really fantastic but there were a couple of small things we felt could be improved."

    The curtains were very thin causing the kids to wake up very early- black out blinds would be a great improvement. Also we found the quilts very thick for summer and would have liked some thinner sheets or blankets to be available. Also I think description of the walk to the beach was a little misleading as it was about 40 minutes with children and a little too far for them

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2020

  • "Cottage location and facilities were excellent"

    Reviewed by NigelFeb 2020

  • "Location was brilliant with views from the cottage to the sea and it was so quiet and peaceful."

    It was very clean , spacious and had all the facilities and cooking utensils required for our stay. We used the hot tub all the time and the wood burning fire was great. One very minor suggestion is that the sofas are uncomfortable and need replacing.

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2019

  • "Had an amazing time at North Farm, the facilities were brilliant, the location stunning, couldn't recommended it highly enough."

    Only tiny niggle was that the sofa cushions kept coming off, which was more annoying than it sounds, but couldn't fault anything else.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "The sofas in the lounge were very uncomfortable, noticed some other cottages on the site had far better sofas."

    The beds were uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2019

  • "Absolutely Superb."

    Views were excellent. Animals (Lambs) kept us in laughter with their antics. Will certainly go back again.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2019

  • "Excellent booking service."

    The cottage is very well equipped and in a stunning location. Easy walk to the beach and castle. The cottage, swimming pool and changing rooms are immaculately clean The only downside to this cottage is that there is a chicken shed outside the twin bedroom and the Cockerels crow constantly from dawn, (not what you want on holiday!).

    Reviewed by GailMar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and fantastic views, would highly reccomend anyone to visit!"

    Reviewed by StuartMar 2019

  • "Great stay again."

    ..now the 3rd visit, however, as we have commented on before when asked, there is no welcome pack of any description. No flowers, no bread , no milk no sign of anything to "welcome" us to the property. We have had catering/hospitality experience and gave all the above plus a small decanter of Sherry in each room, chocolates, cakes etc! And charged a fraction of the price you do. Please please do something to make our stay more "welcoming" next time

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2019

  • "Simple to use low deposits and good communication."

    Also a wide range of properties. Can't fault them.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "The ten minute walk to the beach was a little on the optimistic side unless you are Usain Bolt."

    Other than that an excellent property in a superb location.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2018

  • "Overall a very lovely, clean and comfortable cottage with a stunning location and gorgeous sea views."

    The only slight issue we had is that there was no outside table and chairs. We had a bench which sat two people at a pinch and a child's size picnic bench. We had expected patio furniture to enable us to sit and eat outside and this would have made the cottage perfect for us. Having said that, this did not affect our fantastic stay in this beautiful cottage and we would return again.

    Reviewed by AlysonJun 2018

  • "Bank Top is in a wonderful position and the North Farm Cottages complex is excellent."

    I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone. The cottage was excellent, view superb with a lovely 20 minute walk across the fields to the beach and all brimming with wildlife. We had Brown Hares right up to the front door late evening and early morning, and saw Fox and Roe Deer. The birds - Skylarks, Yellowhammers , Swallows, Wagtails, and Reed Buntings around Newton Pond were in abundance, as well as Eider ducks with their ducklings, on the sea. The Farne Islands is an amazing experience , though I was concerned about the effect that the number of visitors was having on the site and the birds; some were abusing the Arctic Terns just to get photographs, which was not right. This was our first visit to Northumberland and we loved it. Embleton is a very convenient centre, with a garage/small shop and petrol at a comparable price, Post Office/small shop and several places for a meal , including the Dunstanburgh Hotel which was very good. Spectacular scenery, friendly people, hardly any traffic, beautiful empty beaches, coastal walks second to none, and all litter-free - a rare treat !! What more could you want ?! A beautiful and unspoilt part of the countryside.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "I've already recommended this cottage to friends."

    It was wonderful in every way - especially the hot tub!

    Reviewed by JillFeb 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, large separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Shared play area on cottage complex.
  • LPG central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for wood burner
  • Please note: if requiring more logs will need to be purchased independently
  • Own matches will need to be brought
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 1 car, plus parking for 1 further car on-site
  • Front patio with furniture and hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Shared children's play area on cottage complex
  • Note: Beach is accessed via owner's land
  • Note: The swimming pool is available for all guests staying in our 13 cottages and 4 apartments
  • Guests must go to the pool entrance area to sign up for the swimming slots they would like to use, using their property name
  • Each stay is allocated a number of slots, 7 night stay - 5 slots, 5 night stay - 3 slots,3 night stay - 2 slots
  • The same time slot is not available to each property each day
  • Note: Caravans/ motor homes/ commercial vehicles (eg vans) are not permitted to be parked outside the properties, there is alternative parking opposite the properties, just off the main site (it is still covered by our CCTV) This is available by prior arrangement at a cost of £20
  • Note: Check in 4pm, check out 9.30am
  • Please Note: This property will only accept a check in on a Saturday
  • This property has a good housekeeping bond of £150
  • Please be aware between winter months November to April the hot tub gets emptied, cleaned and refilled on a Friday
  • If vacating the day before please refrain from using on the last day of your holiday
  • Please note: This property only accepts week-long bookings.

The property

This ground floor cottage at North Farm has been tastefully designed to provide all the requirements for a stay in the stunning Northumberland countryside.

There are two bedrooms and a spacious open plan living area consisting of a fitted kitchen, a dining area with views towards the sea and a lovely sitting area with woodburning stove.

To the front of the cottage there is a patio area with hot tub, so crack open the bubbly, relax in the hot tub and take in those glorious sea views.

Note: This property can be booked alongside Refs. 917240, 924725, 930497, 930498, 936518, 947951, 970049, 970136, 970137, 970138, 1040639, 1040640, 1040642, 1112310, 1120842, 1122318, 1122319, 1122320, and 1122321, together sleeping a total of 87 guests.

North Farm Cottages

A group of tastefully decorated, luxury cottages with panoramic views towards Embleton Bay. Each cottage at North Farm has been individually styled with great attention to detail; with dining tables for those celebratory meals, sleek kitchens and large living areas to accommodate you and your loved ones, spacious bedrooms with soft beds and bathroom facilities, all of which help to provide a superb base for touring this beautiful county. Relax on the peaceful patio area or perhaps enjoy a dip in the newly-built swimming pool. North Farm was once a busy working farm and is still surrounded by lush green fields. A safe, gently sloping farm track leads from the farm down to stunning Embleton Bay, with little extras along the way to make the walk more exciting. Guests can say hello to the three deer, stop off at the old pill box for a rest or relax on the beach and spend the day making sandcastles and paddling. From the beach, turn left and take a stroll to the Ship at Low Newton, famous for its microbrewery and scrumptious food, or for a more ambitious walk, turn right and take in Dunstanburgh Castle. Head to Craster, where you can sample the delights of a crab sandwich in the Jolly Fisherman, or pick up some kippers from Robson's famous smokery. There is so much to see and do in Northumberland, with Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Holy Island, Bamburgh, Warkworth and Berwick all within easy reach. These delightful cottages are perfect for a beachside Northumberland break.

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

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About the location


  • Craster 3 miles
  • Beadnell 4 miles
  • Alnwick 7 miles

The pretty village of Embleton is ideally placed for exploring one of the most attractive stretches of Northumberland's Heritage Coastline. A beautiful grassy path runs from the village to neighbouring Craster, alongside the sea and past Dunstanburgh Castle - the largest ruined castle in Northumberland. Embleton itself has a village pub and a local hotel, and there is an excellent range of amenities in nearby Alnwick. The gardens at nearby Howick Hall are open during the summer and are noted for their beauty, whilst Alnwick Castle and Garden are a 'must-see' when visiting the area. For the keen golfer, Dunstanburgh Links Course is about 1 mile away - just one of several excellent courses in the vicinity.

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Please Note: This property will only accept a check in on a Saturday.

Swimming pool bookings cannot be made prior to arrival.