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Whinstones at 4 The Villas

(Ref. 1021325)

Embleton, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • beach (14)
  • views (13)
  • family (13)
  • walk (11)

30 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful! Fabulous views, easy walk to the beach and Dunstanburgh castle, places to eat and a handy shop!"

    The house was plenty big enough ( and more) for UK and NZ residents-6+ 2 children!! Christmas trees in the house was lovely touch for new year and we needed nothing - except a bit more wood for the lovely fires

    I am glad you enjoyed your stay - its was lovely to meet all your wonderful family. In the winter months we tend to lay up both fires and then leave a generous starter pack of wood and kindling- which should do at least 4 evening fires. If you need extra supplies then you can usually purchase it from the village garage. If they have run out then try Alnwick or Seahouses. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a fabulous stay at this beautiful property."

    We loved the sea views and proximity to the beach. The house was very spacious and well equipped with everything we needed. Thank you for helping to make a memorable family get together.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous property, well appointed, comfortable and so handy for the beach, and local amenities."


    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely large house in the most amazing setting."

    Very clean and comfortable with everything you could need for a short or long stay. Kitchen really well equipped and beds very comfortable with good linens. Easy walk to beach from the house - and to pub, shop, golf club! Really great location. We had an issue with the dishwasher whilst there - but the owners were aware and came to sort for us during our stay. The only downside was the showers situation... only two showers and these were in ensuites, one of which was really very small. It would have been hugely beneficial to have a shower in the main bathroom as we all ended up sharing two showers. Maybe something to consider for the future. All in all though, very enjoyable holiday in a lovely house in a beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by Shona4.4Sep 2023

  • "This is the best holiday home we have ever booked."

    The location is excellent - just a short walk to the beach and close to Alnwick, Bamburgh etc,. The house was so well equipped - even down to the wet suits and body boards which our younger family members loved. The owners are incredibly helpful and not at all intrusive. We had a variety of ages plus 2 dogs and everyone loved their time there. We've had withdrawal symptoms since we came home! Highly recommend. Thank you Justin and Bridget.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Aug 2023

  • "We stayed here in late August with families with young children."

    The pictures did not do the place justice, it is a huge property and so well equipped. And an ideal location to set off on coastal walks. The kitchen was full of all the essentials. Having sky sports and Netflix in the lounge room went down well, and there were enough wetsuits and boogie boards for us all to use. Very clean and well kept, Bridget and her husband were super friendly and helpful. However, the views down to the sea are not highlighted enough. Really spectacular. The walk down to the beach is about 20 mins, but really is worth it. Also perfect for running…. I ran along the beach up to the ship inn and back along the the coastal path each morning (about 5K). It is a short 5 min walk into Embleton where there is a decent village shop with a deli, while the restaurant in the nearby Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is superb. Couldn’t recommend enough (book ahead). Local pub also friendly and good selection of local ales. Would also recommend the nearby pizza place ‘Embers’ a short 5 min drive away. In short, this place is a gem. We shall be back. Linton (London)

    Reviewed by Linton4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a great family stay at this property."

    The location and views are stunning. The property was spotless everything was extremely well looked after, and it was so well equipped, it’s clear it’s a well loved home that owners do stay in for part of the year, so definitely had a personal feel. Only minor issue we had was with the dishwasher but owner is aware and trying to sort it. I think it’s worth mentioning that there are two showers in the property both in the en-suites, the family bathroom only has a bath. The property sleeps 10 so access to showers if you have people that like to sleep in might be an issue for some. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property and hope to return - it’s lovely.

    I am glad that you and your family had a great holiday in Whinstones. A brand new dishwasher is being fitted today so that should solve the minor issues you had. Hopefully we will see you again soon and you can test it out. Bridget and Justin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jun 2023

  • "The family had a brilliant week, thank you."

    Reviewed by Shena5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful location"

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing Easter holiday at Whinstones."

    We were two families (4 adults 4 kids and 2 dogs) and everyone loved it. The house is beautiful and very spacious. It is well equipped with everything you could need including even wet suits to borrow for anyone braving the sea! The views from the house are simply stunning. It is well situated in the village where there is a a shop and pub and a hotel with restaurant if you wanted to eat out and walk back. The walks from the house either way along the coast were fantastic, again with pubs and seafood if a rest was needed. The golf course was also enjoyed and easy to access. We really enjoyed our stay and would very much recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a delightful week."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Dec 2022

  • "A wonderful home and much bigger than we expected we all had a great time there and enjoyed the views , walks to the beach and just generally relaxing."

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a great time and liked the property a lot."

    And we'd go back and recommend it to friends. So all good on the big stuff. What we think could have been made clearer in the listing is that really this is a holiday let where you're staying in someone's own primary residence that they've vacated to allow you to stay. This wasn't a problem for us but it does mean it's a particular type of experience - more friendly and homely but not quite as high standards of cleanliness, or consistency of furnishings (some top quality, others less so) etc as you might get elsewhere or expect. Final thought - the listing really underplays the proximity and quality of Embleton beach and the fact that there are several great gastro pubs within 15 minutes drive.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Superb views. Lovely off road walk down to beach needs to be emphasised as this is a real USP. It is about 1m to beach as opposed to 0.1m as listed in description. A great combination of large house in peaceful village where you can walk to pub,hotel and small shop in under 5 minutes and to sand in 15. Something for everyone. No hesitation in recommending this property for both staying local or exploring further afield. Lovely coastal walks from doorstep to legendary pubs are a must. Would love to go back.

    Thank you for your kind comments and I am glad that you all enjoyed your holiday. You are correct that there is a mistake in the description of the distance to the beach and we will ask Sykes to rectify it ASAP. According to google maps it is 0.5 mile walk to the golf club at the bottom of the road. It is then another 0.1 to 0.3 miles walk through the dunes to the beach depending on which path you choose to take. Thank you for pointing this out and we very much hope to see you and your lovely family again soon. Best regards Bridget and Justin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jul 2022

  • "Just quite simply the best."

    Stunning views & plenty of space for everyone. Our family loved the stay, whether it was lazing in the lounge with a book or prepping meals together in the well appointed kitchen. Fun was had by all. Don't even dwell on it, just book it. It's quality

    Thanks Roger for your lovely comments. Glad you all had such a fabulous time. Best regards Bridget and Justin. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2022

  • "A beautiful holiday home in perfect surroundings."

    The home is so well equipped and beautifully clean. The views are stunning. A perfect place for a large family.

    Reviewed by Carly5.0May 2022

  • "Exceeded expectations with extremely comfortable beds, excellent facilities and a perfect location."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay here with friends."

    This is a very comfortable house, all the facilities you need and more, very much a luxury home from home feel… plenty of family friendly space for all to enjoy, and the kids loved the top floor with space for play together. The garden has comfy garden furniture and bbq. Great to be able to walk to the beach, three pubs & nice playground within walking distance. Would definitely recommend and stay there again.

    Reviewed by Fi5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay here."

    A lovely homely family house that allowed us as two families with young children to enjoy our time away together. Lots to do locally and the house is extremely well set up with all you could possibly need! Very friendly and helpful owners and we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2021

  • "A beautiful spacious well equipped family home."

    15 mins walk from the beach. The owners were on hand and very helpful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great house in a fantastic position."

    It was perfect for our family holiday: Spacious, well apportioned and with sea views from most rooms. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is a beautiful property and the best house we have stayed in Outstanding Cannot recommend it enough"

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2021

  • "An excellent location with fine views of the sea and castle ruins a short walk away."

    Ideal as dog friendly. Owners very helpful - they have put a great deal of thought into providing facilities for this spacious Edwardian style house to a higher standard of well-equipped comfort than anticipated, including sheltered garden at the back with easy to use BBQ plus table tennis.

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic place for a large family stay,could not have asked for more."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2021

  • "The house is in a perfect location in beautiful Embleton, a short stroll to the beach."

    The house is lovely and well equipped with fabulous views. Great pubs within walking distance along the beach and in the village. We had a great time and would definitely recommend anyone to stay.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2021

  • "Everything about this place is wonderful."

    The house is extremely well equipped, such a joy to live in and caters for children of all ages. The location is equally wonderful just a short walk to the beach. Brigitte who owns the house was amazing! There if you need her, so helpful and friendly. I can’t tell you how much I loved this holiday and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2020

  • "The property was very spacious and well equipped and comfortable and in a lovely location."

    The only comment we would make was a shower over the bath in the main bathroom would have been useful

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent family house in lovely location"

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Aug 2020

  • "Had a great time , wet suits available to use in various sizes , body boards , buckets and spades kids loved it"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2020

  • "House is well positioned."

    15 minutes walk to the beach (no facilities). Fantastic views. 8 steps up to entrance. Plenty of room for large family. All rooms pleasant.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Jul 2020

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  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x second-floor king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with double sofa bed and adjoining room for young children to play or sleep in, 1 x second-floor double with en-suite bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin, heated towel rail, bidet and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Oil fired central heating and 2 x woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with double electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, Smart TV with Freeview, Xbox, Nintendo Wii, DVD player, surround-sound speakers, Superfast WiFi and a selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Multi-level garden with lawn and patio areas with furniture, barbecue and table tennis
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.6 miles
  • Note: Dogs are permitted on the ground floor only
  • Note: If making use of the family suites extra space – maximum 2 children 10 or under – you must remember to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags would be ideal)
  • Note: Sorry, no stag/hen parties
  • Please Note: Electric car charging is not allowed at this property
  • Please Note: The property is available to book from Monday 5th June 2023, for 4 nights.

The property

A truly exceptional holiday home to base your escape to Northumberland, Whinstones at 4 The Villas promises to be the perfect place for you and your loved ones to enjoy a coastal retreat.

Stunning uninterrupted sea views from every room bar the twin.

An imposing, Victorian property, boasting a contemporary interior and housing an array of wonderful amenities, there's no better choice if you're seeking a family-friendly abode.

Gather all together in the kitchen/diner, a wonderfully spacious social spot where you can prepare all your family-favourite meals, here you can sit amongst the warmth of the woodburning stove as you tuck into your home-cooked treat before unwinding into your evenings.

Sink into the plush sofas of the sitting room, also housing a wonderful woodburning stove, as the Sky TV provides your entertainment for the evening, or let the little ones escape to the haven of the snug, equipped with a Smart TV, a scatter of books, huge DVD collection, a multitude board games and an Xbox, it ensures to offer hours of family fun.

Find the five bright and airy bedrooms settled over the first and second floors, with the majority offering stunning sea and rural views to the castle, they offer the perfect settings to snuggle up in; take your pick from a super-king-size with en-suite bathroom, a king-size and a twin all resting on the first floor.

The second floor is home to a double en-suite room and the fabulously spacious family suite with a king-size zip link bed (being a 2ft 6” twin on request) and a double sofa bed.

The adjoining room, which is accessed through the main bedroom, is kitted out for younger children to play and sleep * (bedding not provided for this rooms two foam z beds or cot) so allowing parents their own space and the opportunity to get a nice lie in knowing that their little ones are safe.

Outside the wonder continues, find your own enclosed garden with lawn and a patio area, with ample seating at the outside table, where you can make the most of the sun with alfresco dining from the barbecue, followed by a game of table tennis to end your evening perfectly.

Nestled in the centre of the Northumberland Coast AONB, Embleton is the ideal coastal destination, with miles of glorious coastline to explore and several sandy beaches within walking distance of your holiday cottage.

The village has a pub and a local hotel, while there are many shops and eateries in nearby Alnwick, here you will also find its 12th century castle, during the time of the Norman conquest and the picturesque gardens, which lie adjacent to the castle and features a variety of themed plantings and there is a café should wish to stop for some lunch.

Visit the ruins of 14th century Dunstaburgh Castle, perfectly placed for admiring the sea views and you can enjoy a picnic together while you bask in your surroundings and explore Preston Tower, a 14th century watchtower with several tranquil nature walks around its grounds.

Walk the Embleton to Craster path, approximately 3 miles and length, and explore this quaint fishing village's beach and harbour, along with a selection of shops and restaurants.

Whinstones at 4 The Villas is a beautiful base for your family escape to Northumberland.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 980071, together sleeping 12 adults plus 2 extra in family suites extra space.

Embleton Abodes

Two enchanting properties at 4 The Villas situated on the edge of the beautiful coastal village of Embleton offers a group of twelve a luxurious holiday base from which to explore both the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland. While adjoining Emblestones offers the ultimate escape for two, with its beautiful balcony with panoramic views, eclectic interior and stylish sleeping spot making a wonderful romantic retreat, Whinstones is the perfect place to gather as a group, boasting multiple social spots including a spacious kitchen/diner, a sitting area, a snug and a large family suite which incorporates a separate but adjoining room for little ones to sleep and play (* can have up to two extra little ones on foam z beds but must bring own bedding – sleeping bags ideal). These two properties can come together to offer you and your loved ones a truly memorable holiday base. Spend time in the impressive garden, the table tennis providing hours of entertainment when you're not basking beneath the sun with a refreshing beverage in hand, or prepare picnics in the amply equipped kitchen before taking a short wander down to the village's beautiful bay, where you can relax on the beach's golden sands with the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle making a beautiful backdrop. The village of Embleton also boasts a wonderful selection of amenities for your self-catered stay, including two welcoming pubs and hotel where you can enjoy a celebratory dining experience, as well as a local shop and garage to pick up and last-minute ingredients for that all-important beach picnic! The children will delight at the fantastic playground in the village, while further afield the quaint fishing village of Craster offers a wonderful day out for all with its extraordinary harbour, smokehouse and charming atmosphere. Be sure to visit the enchanting market town of Alnwick with its idyllic castle, a must-see while in the area, while the whole of the Northumberland Coast AONB is easy to explore from here, offering a wealth of memorable spots to visit in the form of spectacular walking routes, cycling tracks and the wonders of scenic splendours. The Embleton Abodes promise to be the perfect properties to base your family escape to Northumberland, at any time of year!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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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: Electric car charging is not allowed at this property, there are now 3 car charging points in the village.

Please Note: The property is available to book from Monday 5th June 2023, for 4 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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