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West Gate

(Ref. 947951)

Embleton, Northumberland Show on map

4.6

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • 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
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week here."

    The cottage was lovely and exceeded our expectations. The log burner and hot tub were a bonus, as was the private use of the swimming pool for 5 sessions of one hour. There were some lovely touches, like a welcome pack of essentials. Despite some reviews, we found the beds very comfortable. We are already planning our next trip to the site, which has a variety of cottages available to suit different family sizes.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Feb 2024

  • "The cottage was well equipped, very clean and modern."

    The hot tub and pool were fabulous. S great place for a relaxing holiday. Sea views from the house were lovely.

    Reviewed by Anne-theresa5.0Jan 2024

  • "The cottage had brilliant views, a wonderful welcome pack and the whole holiday was hassle-free, except for the power cut on the last day but that was obviously beyond their control."

    This is the second time we have been here and will certainly not be the last. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Dec 2023

  • "Location - amazing, bathroom could have done with attention to shower cubicle going bit mouldy and vent full of dust."

    Apart from these we loved this cottage , the farmer mowes a path down to the beach and also the village which are both lovely walks. Bed we found comfortable but did take our own mattress topper after other reviews saying it wasnt so didnt want to chance it. Beautiful and peaceful , never tired of the views and would happily return.

    Reviewed by Debra4.7May 2023

  • "Bed and pillows lumpy."

    Other than that it was a great cottage, in a great location and everything we needed. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage that had everything we needed, cozy fire, hot tub with a beautiful view and close to places we wanted to visit."

    We also really enjoyed the walk down to the beach from the cottage. Just wish we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Nov 2022

  • "It was a nice touch to be supplied with groceries on arrival."

    Cottages are classed as luxury but the towels provided for use in the bathroom were small and threadbare. Also dining table far too large for the space especially as the cottage only sleeps four.

    Thank you for taking the time to write feedback. We have since swapped the towels for brand new ones and are considering the layout of the table and chairs in the property. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry4.1Sep 2022

  • "This property is advertised as luxury."

    Having stayed at numerous properties either through Sykes or other providers we would say that this is not an accurate description from previous experiences. The sofas are uncomfortable, too low and to be honest worn out and thread bare; the kitchen equipment is basic; the tv is small and incorrectly positioned, giving neck-ache if watched for any length of time; no tv in either bedroom; no shelves in bathroom or shower. In our opinion and from vast experience, this property is a long way off the mark of fitting the criteria of "luxury" and we were disappointed.

    Reviewed by Gill2.2May 2022

  • "Property and facilities are great!"

    Swimming pool and hot tub fantastic. Lots if space if you have children to run around in safely with a play area, slide etc to boot! However the beds are uncomfortable, and the duvets and pillows are way past their sell by date, ( I’ve thrown better ones away) The sofas similarly are of poor quality and uncomfortable. Other reviews have noted this as an issue. Bed linen, & towels are clean and of good quality. If you like to watch tv whilst away.. the tv is mounted way too high for viewing, you end up with neck ache. All of the above are very easy to rectify. However I have stayed in Embleton before and will definitely come back lots of lovely walks, pubs/ places to eat along the way. Just replace the cheap furniture and bedding and this will be a huge 10/10 place to stay!

    Reviewed by Maria4.1Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic location, clean and pleasant cottage."

    Wonderful swimming pool and great private hot tub. Will book this again.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Feb 2022

  • "Great overall stay and pool was great and very clean."

    Sofas are uncomfortable and have a cheap feel to an otherwise well equipped and finished cottage. The pillows were lumpy and in need of new ones. Great though and will revisit

    Reviewed by Robin4.4Jan 2022

  • "Lovely home, very clean."

    Pool is lovely and warm which was great for our kids. Only slight niggles would be to put the gate lock code to embleton in the book clearly (we walked down with a pram in the rain and got stuck!) and to pop the heating on in winter before guests arrive. We spent the first hour in our coats. Would book again, thank you.

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Dec 2021

  • "Only thing that lets the cottage down is the fact the bed linen doesn’t fit the rather well used beds."

    Every time we turned over the bed springs we’re very noisy and the sheet kept coming off. Otherwise it’s a super cottage and facility and we intend to visit again. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Oct 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at North Farm Cottages so much that we booked again for next year while we were still there, and that’s the best recommendation we could give."

    The location, with the view down to the sea and Dunstanburgh castle, is fantastic and to be able to sit in the hot tub and look at that amazing view was the highlight of our stay at West Gate. The property was clean and well equipped even in the lockdown conditions, and we were lucky to have very good weather allowing us to get out and about every day, as there is plenty to see nearby. The complex is well maintained and although there are lots of cottages, in West Gate you feel very private. We also enjoyed using the pool although the rota times didn’t always suit us, this may have been different if the weather hadn’t been so good! The only thing people should be aware of is that although the property sleeps 4, the second (twin) bedroom is short on storage space and there is only one bathroom which contains the only toilet. We stayed as a couple and felt that with two more adults it would have been cramped, but with two children it would have been OK.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Oct 2020

  • "We are just home from a fantastic holiday at North Farm cottages."

    We stayed in west gate cottage and enjoyed panoramic views from the hot tub on most days. The property was very clean and had everything we needed for a weeks holiday. There was plenty to do all within a 15 minute drive. One of our party had mobility difficulties and was unable to use the pool due to the ladders being too short. However those that used the pool found it very clean and a great temperature. It was so nice to have a pool all to yourself. All of our party were able to access the hot tub and enjoyed the many walks around the location.The play park and goal were a welcome touch and our 8yr old made full use of the facilities. We will miss the great views and would definitely return for another holiday, it such a great place to visit.

    Reviewed by Roisin5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is an exceptional holiday rental in every sense."

    We stayed at West Gate at North Farm Cottages, near Embleton: modern, very well equipped; hot tub, swimming pool, lovely walk over the fields to the beach at Embleton Bay at Low Newton-By-The-Sea. Communication and support was excellent throughout. Perfect location for exploring the local area including Alnwick, Craster and further up to Lindisfarne. We enjoyed fabulous weather for January, too. We really can't find fault with anything - this is the benchmark for quality holiday rentals; highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jan 2020

  • "Really good location."

    Lovely cottage. Lovely to be in a complex but feel that you are quite remote. We would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Oct 2019

  • "The location was totally breathtaking."

    We loved the facilities especially the pool which was really lovely. The photos don’t do it justice. The one thing the owners might consider is a way of guests letting other guests know when they’re not using their pool slot so they could move their slot or have longer in the pool. It really was stunning and we would love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Aug 2019

  • "A great place for a family holiday, loved the facilities."

    Only down side was most of our alts for the pool were mid day so didn’t get to use it as we were out and about.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2019

  • "This light, airy and extremely clean little cottage had everything we needed and we very much enjoyed our stay."

    However, the photographs shown online are deceptive and the living area was much smaller than we expected. The spotless hot tub was a real treat and the swimming pool, also very clean, a luxury but we did find the repeated allocation (4/6) of lunchtime/early afternoon pool slots a little inconvenient and found ourselves having to forgo some of our planned excursions so as not to miss our pool time. We had expected one or two slots in the middle of the day but not so many.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.4Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and well-equipped."

    The sea views are fantastic and the chickens & pony kept us amused when looking inland. A longer than anticipated walk to the beach but only a short walk to the facilities in the village, including some good eateries. The only downside was the pool: very limited access and often at an unsuitable time of day, unless you have small children. It also wasn’t very clean - long strings of hair in the pool, around the pool and in the changing facilities each time we went. Very off putting and unpleasant.

    Reviewed by Judith3.8Jun 2019

  • "West Gate is in a great location and the owner had mown paths down to the beach and the village, which was very useful for going walking."

    The property is finished to a high standard, especially the bathroom. However, it's much smaller than the photos suggest; you can't open the washing machine or walk round the table without moving the sofas, and the bedrooms are tiny. Okay for a couple, but four adults would be dreadfully cramped. The sofas and bed linen are cheap and not of the quality I would expect in a self-professed luxury cottage. We stayed for 2 weeks and the owner said we would have to pay an additional charge to have clean bed linen after the first week! The hot tub was nice, although a wind-break would be good, and like other visitors we were disappointed to find that it cannot be used on Fridays - we didn't know this when we booked. The swimming pool is lovely, especially when you have it to yourself, but we lost one of our slots because of extended servicing (no apology or replacement slot offered), and we used it less than we wanted to because of the non-negotiable allocation of time-slots, which gave us no early morning slots (some properties had 2 per week), but almost all afternoon/evening slots, when we had other things planned. Given that the pool was a major differentiator in our choosing West Gate, it was disappointing. We have stayed in lots of luxury properties in the UK and don't feel that West Gate compares well to others in the same price bracket, or offers good value for money. We enjoyed our holiday because Northumberland is gorgeous (we used to live there and knew this beforehand), but we wouldn't go back to this site.

    Reviewed by Dominic2.8May 2019

  • "We were slightly disappointed with our stay in regards to use of the hot tub."

    We were not made aware that the hot tub would be out of use for our final night (Friday) when we booked the Saturday to Saturday stay. This may have changed our thinking when booking and it would have been helpful to have this information on the website.

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Mar 2019

  • "The view are amazing seeing right across the bay on a clear day."

    Also the facilitys at the cottage are epic with my little boy loving going swimming every day.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Mar 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was fantastic, beautiful views, well equipped to a high standard, modern but comfortable, hot tub view ."

    ..... it’s amazing....the farmer who owns North Farm has done an excellent job, swimming pool total bonus, then a path down to beach over the fields and also path into town with great signposts. Perfect for families, we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2019

  • "Absolutely superb accommodation - exceeded all expectations - probably the best self-catering holiday we have ever had."

    Views spectacular. Very clean and well appointed, a home from home. We couldn't fault it and will go back soon.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Nov 2018

  • "The stay at West Gate was fantastic."

    The cottage was immaculate and could not ask for more. It was a good location to reach out to see lots of different sights and places such as Bamburgh and Cragside to name just a few, but also there were good walks from the cottage along the sandy beaches too. There was so much to do that we did not get chance to see all the places we wanted so that we will be booking again next year

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2018

  • "Enjoyed walking & running along the Northumberland coastline and visiting castles."

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Aug 2018

  • "The real test of customer service is the reaction when something isn't quite right."

    We notified the site staff that the two single mattresses seemed well past their best (you could feel the springs through them). In less than 24 hours both were replaced. Superb service. Be aware that the new indoor swimming pool is on a rota basis (each accommodation taking turns; we had three slots during our week stay) but the upside is you generally get the pool to yourself so feel like you've won the lottery. Overall, highly recommended, stunning location and property.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2018

  • "We have recommended the cottage to friends and they have booked for next year"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2018

  • "The most wonderful cottage beautifully finished couldn’t wait to open them curtains every morning to take the views in."

    All paths for walking so well maintained by owners absolutely no complaites

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2018

  • "This is a lovely holiday home in a lovely setting."

    Perfect for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2018

  • "This was a very enjoyable cottage in a lovely area."

    Even though the weather was not good the cottage was excellent it was very warm and had everything you needed. Would definitely go again and I would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2018

  • "Sykes were very efficient and kept in contact all the way through."

    We would have no problem booking with Sykes again. We are already planning our trips for next year. We have visited Northumberland twice this year and plan to do so again next year.

    Reviewed by Paul4.8Dec 2017

  • "We had a fabulous week in a beautiful location with lovely beach walks."

    The property is new & built to a high standard and the facilities were great. There was help immediately should you need it but didn't impose at the same time.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Mar 2017

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Summary

  • 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, Smart TV, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • 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
  • Beach 2.1 miles
  • 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

A gorgeous, ground floor detached barn conversion with panoramic views towards the sea.

Spacious interior with good size bedrooms and the open plan living area boasts beams, trusses, large windows and a warming woodburner.

With easy access to the beach, surrounding countryside, great restaurants a short drive away and a hot tub on the patio, who wouldn't want a stay at West Gate.

A luxury cottage for a break on the Northumberland coastline.

Note: This property can be booked alongside Refs. 917240, 924725, 930497, 930498, 936518, 949760, 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

EMBLETON

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 in advance of yours stay.