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The Barmoor Retreat

(Ref. 906100)

Lowick near Holy Island, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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68 Customer Reviews

  • "A really lovely cottage - Beds were very comfortable, kitchen well appointed with everything we needed."

    A lovely welcome basket was really appreciated and added a really personal touch. Perfectly situated to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Feb 2024

  • "Wonderful property, great location, comfortable and a real home from home."

    We have booked to return in 2025.

    Thank you for your feedback - we look forward to welcoming you back in 2025 ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2023

  • "We ( 2 adults and 3 children) had a fabulous stay at this wonderful home from home."

    The facilities were first class and the cottage was so comfortable. Every night my head hit the very comfortable pillows and drifted off for really good nights sleep. The children absolutely loved the attic room, just like their own little den, no problems going off to bed each night! Mike popped round to see if everything was okay and he’s such a nice man to talk to. We’d like to thank the owners for making our stay such a delight and the lovely welcome basket was a nice touch. We look forward to returning

    Thank you - we do try to make the cottage welcoming for all guests and it is good to know that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed here."

    It is a super cottage, despite the best efforts of Storm Babette, we remained warm and cosy. It’s easy to go both inland and to the coast. Thankyou for the wonderful welcome pack.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great time at this property."

    It was very clean and comfortable, and provided a lovely welcome pack which was much appreciated. We loved exploring the coastline especially St Abbs as recommended by the owners. Also fascinated by the local history particularly The Battle of Flodden Field. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "It is our home from home."

    Lovely cottage in a perfect location. Can't rate highly enough !!!

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely week with the grandkids, perfect location for, bamburgh castle,farn islands, Alnwick castle ect."

    We even went up to Edinburgh for the day.There is a couple of pubs and a village shop just up the road.would definitely recommend to friends an family.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jul 2023

  • "My main reason for filling out this form is to propose that no Sykes Cottages should leave alcoholic drinks either as part of a welcoming gift or as in this case a bar full of drinks."

    It did not affect us but if a recovering alcoholic used your facilities, I think you can understand that this could cause an unnecessarily difficult situation/

    Thank you for your comment, as this is not something I had considered before, as most people comment positively about the welcome basket and facilities we provide. However, I can now act on this and hope that you enjoyed all other aspects of your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Jul 2023

  • "The property is situated just outside Lowick and it is easy to visit places of interest."

    The property is on a road and there is some road noise. Mobile signal is not good and it is necessary to go outside to get a connection. The facilities are sufficient although the dishwasher had packed up the week before our visit! We did find the sofas were very soft and not particularly comfortable for us. We did have a problem with lukewarm hot water and had to phone the owners, who were very helpful. As a result of the phone call we were able to sort out the issue. We can recommend the Black Bull pub in Lowick. A walk round the walls and battlements in Berwick should not be missed especially as long term parking is free.

    Reviewed by Wendy3.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay."

    The cottage was perfect size for us as a family of 5. A really great base for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2023

  • "We thought that the only thing that was missing was a bread bin."

    this was sorted after talking to the owner. Other than that, the holiday, and the cottage was superb.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Home from home, with lots of thoughtful touches."

    About a half-hour drive from hotspots around Alnwick and lovely empty roads so not a problem! Other attractions much closer. Had a lovely day with our young kids on the Ford & Etal railway and mill at the end, which is only 10 minutes away and much less busy. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was very well equipped,and the welcome pack was a nice touch."

    It was ideal to use as a base for touring the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Margaret Ann4.7Mar 2023

  • "We spent a fabulous week at Barmoor Retreat, can't fault the cottage in any way extremely clean and in an ideal location to explore."

    Sue and Dave were the perfect hosts, the welcome hamper was a nice touch Would highly recommend Barmoor to any intrepid explorers, already planning our next stay.

    Thank you so much for your comments. We would love to welcome you back at any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Feb 2023

  • "Cottage was very comfortable and cosy especially the log burner."

    Good location for seeing sites. the cottage was very well equipped it was like home from home.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you were still able to come and that you enjoyed your week. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property was absolutely spotless."

    The kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need for cooking. The beds were comfortable. Linen spotless. The bathrooms were well equipped with towels etc. the outside areas, as there were 3 were also well equipped. There was a welcome pack waiting for us and also fresh flowers in the living room. Could find no faults with this accommodation and would certainly book again if ever in the area. Also situated conveniently for travelling around the area. Top marks for this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Another excellent stay, our second."

    Very comfortable, good location for exploring north Northumberland and the Borders. Very friendly and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful stay, fabulous place - we’ve stayed in a number of places in Northumberland and this is the best by far."

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very good facilities and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Barmoor retreat!"

    Reviewed by Claudia5.0Jul 2022

  • "A really lovely and well-appointed property."

    Everything we could possibly need was available. Handy for exploring beautiful Northumberland. Lovely welcome pack. Thanks very much to the owners.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0Jun 2022

  • "Brilliant cottage, great location, such a nice stay and a lovely welcome too."

    Reviewed by Barry5.0May 2022

  • "Barmoor retreat is a clean, stylish, comfortable home from home."

    The owners obviously care about their guests. We had every need catered for and the lovely 'welcome basket' was much appreciated and enjoyed! I would highly recommend this property in a very beautiful corner of our island.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We do try to make everyone feel welcome and look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0May 2022

  • "The problem we had related to the spiral staircase to the third floor bedroom."

    We are in our seventies and we found it a tricky ascent to negotiate that flight. Other than that, it was superb.

    Thank you for your feedback which is always helpful. I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties accessing the attic bedroom, but there is a note on the listing letting potential visitors know about this. It states: The second floor twin bedroom is accessed via a wooden, open-tread spiral staircase, therefore this room may not be suitable for very young children and those with limited mobility. I will contact Sykes today to ask if they can make this information more prominent in the details so people are better informed. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2022

  • "Very convenient to A1,local attractions and places of interest."

    We found the owners very friendly and helpful . The welcome pack was very much appreciated. The accommodation lived up to our expectations.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "Would highly recommend a stay at Barmoor Retreat."

    Excellent location for visiting the surrounding areas.Cottage is very comfortable and has everything you need and more. Nice surprise to find a welcome pack. Owner very pleasant and helpful. Excellent food at the Black Bull Inn. Would definitely return.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Apr 2022

  • "Everything was super."

    Beds comfy, facilities great. Nice and quiet (we only saw the neighbours once)... It is in a brilliant location for getting to Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lindesfarne and Bamburgh as well at Etal and Ford. Perfect for the 5 of us, a proper home from home. (Could do with a bigger TV though... )

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2022

  • "Another excellent cottage."

    Everything we needed. Owner called to check everything was ok. No welcome pack. After a long journey it would have been nice to find a pint of milk in the fridge.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do usually leave a welcome pack (including milk in the fridge) but we were away that Saturday and someone else did the change over for us. The welcome basket was obviously overlooked and I will make sure this doesn't happen again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is our second stay here during the past 12 months and we would certainly stay again."

    Excellent location for our needs and the cottage has all the comforts and facilities we require.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "Whilst are week was not a holiday as we were visiting elderly parents who live nearby the cottage was just what we wanted."

    Spacious, comfortable and all the facilities we needed. The owners responded promptly when we needed to check something with them and we would certainly stay here again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2021

  • "Dressing tables & larger mirrors in the bedrooms would have been useful."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage that is well placed to explore the area, we have stayed before ..."

    Lovely cottage that is well placed to explore the area, we have stayed before and would do again but it has moved out of our price range now

    Reviewed by Barrie4.7Sep 2021

  • "So well-located for such a variety of places to enjoy: Holy Island, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Alnwick, Wooler, Kelso, Berwick, Ford, Etal, and Heatherslaw Mill - all in lovely rolling countryside with sudden spectacular views - and all within 30 minutes drive."

    And coming back to that so-cosy kitchen! excellent wide parking in front of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2021

  • "Perfect base to explore the Northumberland coast."

    Great hosts, who had thought of everything you may need

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a great fortnight at Barmoor."

    The good weather meant we could make use of the barbeque and the large, well kept, garden. The owners were welcoming, as they were when we last visited in 2019. Lowick is a good base to explore Northumberland, including Lindisfarne, We found a hidden gem in Northumberland Zoo near Morpeth

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Perfect stay."

    Reviewed by Leon5.0May 2021

  • "Very nice accommodation well set out."

    Warm and cosy feel too the place,would recommend to everyone.good base for travel around area

    Reviewed by Alan4.7May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage and helpful owners"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage clean and very welcoming great location anything you would need ..."

    Lovely cottage clean and very welcoming great location anything you would need for a great stay in the cottage great facilities can’t wait to come back

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely warm house with good facility."

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Oct 2020

  • "Everything was included for an enjoyable holiday."

    The location was ideal for visiting the coast and castles. The Scottish border towns were all worth visiting with Eyemouth ,St Abbs and Berwick only 30 mins away. Two country pubs serving good meals in Lowick village.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was clean and tidy in a lovely quiet area and is in an ideal location for lot’s of local tourist attractions even close enough for a day trip into Scotland."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2020

  • "This is the third time we have visited this cottage over the last 6years overall we enjoyed our stay there was a couple of things that let it down for us this time."

    Oven had been attempted to be cleaned but the white cleaning product hadn't been wiped off the inside of the oven meaning that we had to finish off cleaning it before we used it. Another thing to note on the oven was all the labelling of the settings had worn off meaning we had to find the instructions for the oven before we used it,which there was actually 2 different sets of instructions in 2 seperate drawers so first time using the oven what we had cooked wasn't even on the right setting. Maybe in the file left for the cottage they should leave the correct instructions as it was abit misleading having 2 different sets of instructions! The microwave needed cleaning also before we used it as other people hadn't wiped out their splattered food. The kitchen utensils were greasy and needed washing. Two days after we got there the oil ran out for the heating meaning over night we had no heating other than the log burner which was lucky as we had been out and bought some logs earlier in the day,the owner did come out to see what the issue was that night but was only on the following morning they learnt the oil had ran out and then we waited until 3pm for the tank to be filled again. He then came back out and got it running again. First time we stayed in the cottage in 2014(when there was different owners) there was a problem with the heating the owners came with extra logs immediately for us to make sure we had enough but this time this didn't happen. Overall we did enjoy the stay but various things let it down for us which will probably stop us returning in the future. The dealings with the owners were pleasant and he tried his best to help get things sorted out around being at work himself.

    Reviewed by Gemma3.4Feb 2020

  • "Great location for touting the area Very cosy cottage The owners went out out ..."

    Great location for touting the area Very cosy cottage The owners went out out of their way to ensure holiday went well cannot thank them enough - they were on hand and checked to make sure all went well

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Nov 2019

  • "The house is in a great village location with easy access to lots of places of interest."

    The house itself is a good sized family home and very comfortable with safe back gardens. Lindisfarne is only a few miles away and well worth a visit, also Eyemouth and Kelso.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.8Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent,clean tidy comfortable everything you could ask for,the only problem was next door was having the drive cleared and laid to block paving;so every morning we were woken by "jack hammers or wacker plates "hammering away."

    The drive to our cottage was partially blocked making it awkward to get on or off the drive.Our car was covered in sand and dust from the cutting of the blocks by the ever noisy cutting tool.But apart from the noise,dust,dirt and inconvenience of getting on and off the drive everything was just great.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Had an excellent two weeks in Northumberland, the cottage had everything you could possibly think of needing to take with you and more."

    The Barmoor is a lovely well maintained property near to Berwick and holy island but far enough away to have the peace of the countryside, the property could not be faulted at all, the hosts had thought of everything from additional kitchen items to board games and DVDs for the kids. we liked it so much we are going back in November.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is a great cottage in a very good area for visiting all tourist attractions, Alnwick Castle, Holy Island, Cragside, and many more places."

    we had a wonderful week with wonderful weather.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2019

  • "My two girlfriends and I stayed 15-22 June, and we couldn't have made a better choice."

    One of the nicest cottages we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Jun 2019

  • "We were a party of 4 all over 60 (one was 84 ) This was a very good holiday, we all thought the house was excellent,very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Alfred5.0Jun 2019

  • "I had a wonderful holiday in Northumberland and using The Barmoor Retreat as a base was an inspired choice."

    In easy reach of so many great places of interest both above and below the border. Coming back to the Barmoor after a hard day being a tourist was a pleasure. I am hoping to return and see more of the great variety of historical sites in this area and even visit some for a second time. Great holiday, great accomodation.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2019

  • "First time using Sykes Cottages and was overwhelmed with how well equipped the cottage was."

    Will be booking again through Sykes Cottages

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was more than we could have hoped for."

    Clean, comfortable, warm and cosy, and very well equipped. The beds and bed linen were of a high standard, and the extra touches of umbrellas in the porch, a hot water bottle for each bed, and the lovely welcome pack of wine, oatcakes, cheeses and grapes were much appreciated. The owners were very kind and helpful. The area is great and location perfect for visiting Holy Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick and all other places of interest.

    Reviewed by Betty5.0Mar 2019

  • "A cosy cottage a real home from home."

    A very nice festive welcome basket awaited us as did a ready to light log fire. We had everything we needed to prepare a full christmas dinner. Would highly recommend Barmore Retreat.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Dec 2018

  • "We've been booking holiday cottages for years and this one was the best by far."

    As for the area. We had a fantastic week exploring Northumberland and the Scottish borders. Edinburgh was an easy 1 hour 30 min drive along very quiet roads.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2018

  • "Fabulous holiday home, spottless, comfortable, warm, peaceful and perfectly located to explore Northumberland."

    Highly recommend this house and hosts very helpful. Loved welcome basket as nice to be thought of before you even arrive, definitely look to return one day.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean"

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2018

  • "We had a fabulous weeks break in this very comfortable, well equipped house."

    From the lovely welcome basket to the very comfortable beds this holiday house exceeded our expectations . Very well located in Lowick, it is an easy drive to Holy Island, Alnwick,Seahouses,Bamburgh and many more. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Barbra5.0Sep 2018

  • "The water pressure in the shower was poor otherwise every thing else fine."

    We would re book if we were in the area again.

    Reviewed by Shirley3.8Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped."

    Lovely situation with mainly birdsong. Good location for exploring area. Only draw back was getting cars out onto road as was just round a blind of those mirrors opposite would be great if the neighbours would allow

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cosy homely feel of the cottage was just what we needed as a group of ladies in need of a chilledout weekend retreat."

    Excellent value for money. The personal touch from the owners popping in to see if we where ok was nice along with the wee bottle of wine and oatcakes. We loved the board games! The cottage had two lovely bright rooms and bathroom on the second floor and the attic room you needed not to have any difficulty with a narrow spiral staircase. I think it would also suit a small family of five or a small group. The only thing I would say is don’t use the postcode to navigate because it will send you in circles on the sat nav. The cottage sits just off the junction that takes you to Lowick village. Thank you Sue and Pete we had a lovely time .

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2018

  • "Leigh Family 22nd Dec - 28 Dec 2017 A lovely peaceful cottage which is very well equipped and capable of accommodating a large family."

    On arriving we found everything ran smoothly and all the property facilities were well organised. The area has some beautiful surroundings; a short drive to Berwick. Will certainly be returning in 2018!

    Reviewed by Wayne4.4Dec 2017

  • "Northumberland is a beautiful place to visit, the cottage was lovely an just secluded enough to be peaceful but close enough to local conveniences in Lowick or a little down the road in Wooler."

    The rooms were nice and the facilities were more than adequate. No complaints, very clean and nicely kept.

    Reviewed by George5.0Aug 2017

  • "Good rural location yet with good access to the coast."

    Excellent facilities; couldn't have asked for more. Very good wifi, too.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2017

  • "There is a large walk in cupboard in the lounge that could easily be converted to a down stairs toilet as there isn't one!"

    Reviewed by Alison4.8Apr 2017

  • "Initially 3 of us had issues with the 'saving to favourites' part of the Sykes website, as did the other parties we were going with who were in another part of the uk and my wife who was at home, but after a skip chat we went for Sometimes when you leave a review you KNOW that it may give you a problem when you want to go back to that property, as your review may just be the one that makes a 'searcher' book the week you are after."

    ...well,I hope it does as the owners and property ARE a delight, and we would moe our week away just to make sure this property is free...yes, seriously. ! Everything about the property booked was excellent. From the porch ( for muddy shoes) to the front room with open fire, to the big was exactly as we had hoped for. We cannot think of anything that needed doing, replacing or changing about our 'home' for the week. It was of the highest maintenance, very very clean, warm, and a delight to use as a base for the week. Enough cutlery, pots, pans, plates, WINE GLASSES, beer glasses ( you know...the important stuff !!) and bedding...board games..books to read, maps of the area....a welcome basket AND small milk in the fridge......two showers and toilets, with everything in good working really was just like being at home. Will we go back....OH YES !!! The owners were superb in all communication, and helped make our new baby's first ever holiday ....EASY !

    Reviewed by Nik5.0Feb 2017

  • "This was our second visit to Barmoor, and hopefully not the last."

    A comfortable and well equipped cottage in a good location.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2016

  • "This cottage was everything we wanted & more."

    Located a short drive from the village but great for exploring the surrounding area. The owners were very friendly & helpful. The basket of goodies left for us was a lovely surprise & much appreciated. The cottage itself was extremely well presented & very comfortable & well equipped to make our stay memorable. Would definitely recommend this cottage to friends & anyone else

    Reviewed by Andrea Morley4.8Sep 2016

  • "Absolutely fantastic place to stay."

    Gorgeous property in a stunning location. Great for exploring the east coast, just wish we could've stayed for longer.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x 3/4 size bed, 1 x single, 1 x second floor twin (attic room) with en-suite shower, basin and WC and a single futon suitable for a child
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and access to rear decked area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • AGA-style oil-fired cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, radio/CD, WiFi, selection of CDs, DVDs and books
  • Oil and electricity inc. in rent
  • Logs for woodburner available to purchase locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with decking, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 mile
  • Note: The second floor twin bedroom is accessed via a wooden, open-tread spiral staircase, therefore this room may not be suitable for very young children and those with limited mobility.

The property

A traditional, mid-terrace cottage in the rural village of Lowick.

The inside of this Lowick cottage has been refurbished to a particularly high standard, and provides extremely comfortable, well-furnished accommodation, over three floors.

The well-equipped fitted kitchen in this Lowick cottage has access to the rear decked area, while the spacious sitting room with woodburner offers a perfect spot to curl up on a chilly evening.

The en-suite facilities at this Lowick cottage are an added bonus, while its location within easy reach of sandy beaches, historic castles, market towns and superb walking is sure to suit all parties.

Close to the village shop and local pubs, this Lowick cottage is a great base to enjoy the Borders, Northumberland, Holy Island and the Heritage Coast.

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About the location


Holy Island 7.9 miles; Wooler 8 miles; Berwick-upon-Tweed 11 miles; Bamburgh 12.7 miles; Seahouses 16 miles

The small attractive village of Lowick is ideally placed for a holiday in Northumberland and is host to two vibrant pubs, The Black Bull Inn and The White Swan Inn where you can sample some hearty fare before continuing with your adventures. It also has a fantastic village shop where you can stock up on the essentials or treat your loved ones to a selection of home baked goods. Kimmerston Riding Centre is just a few miles to the west of the village . The pretty village of Ford with its castle and craft shops is 2 miles away, part of the Ford and Etal Estate which has facilities for cycling and fishing, as well as a mini railway – ideal for all the family. There are also excellent golfing opportunities, with 8 golf courses within 20 miles of Lowick. Northumberland’s beautiful coastline, Holy Island, the Cheviots for hill walking and mountain biking and the fascinating border town of Berwick, are all only short drives away. A superb base for exploring all the region has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas