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Melvin Cottage

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Low Newton-By-The-Sea, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing location, very warm and comfortable property with lovely views and easy access to the most stunning beach I've seen."

    Well within walking distance of a lovely pub with good food and of course amazing coastal path walking. Definitely would visit again and stay at Melvin cottage

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jan 2024

  • "Loved the stay, it was everything as advertised, remembering to turn the night storage down at the end of the evening took a bit of getting use to but worth it."

    will be returning

    Reviewed by Lawrence4.7Jan 2024

  • "Excellent cottage, well equipped, fantastic views just magical there"

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jan 2024

  • "The location is great."

    The property is however lacking. It is not well furnished, very tired in appearance. The main issue was the cold as storage heaters and an open fire were the methods of heating and weren't adequate for the winter. On first entering these were turned off and it was freezing. We never managed to get the property warmed up, despite the keeping the fire burning the whole time. Coal is not provided. We wore coats in the evening and clothes in bed. The hot water tank was limited in size so we had to share the bath water. The bed was rather saggy and squeaked everytime you turned over. I however understand electric portable radiators and blankets can be borrowed on request. We actually left after 2 days and rented somewhere warm for the same price.

    Thank you for taking the time to review the cottage, although I am disappointed to first hear about your concerns in an online review. We were in contact on the second day of your stay when you told me that you had to leave unexpectedly because your dad was ill. During this conversation you did not mention anything about being cold or any other issues. If guests contact me during their stay I always do my best to address any concerns, but if I am not told about issues there is very little I can do. The storage heaters are always on in the winter, and guests can adjust them to their needs. The nature of storage heaters mean that they can “run out” of heat by the evening if the output level is set too high, hence guests should adjust them to their preferences. There are always blankets available (i.e. not on request) and there is an oil fuelled portable radiator during the winter months. We further have a large 210 litres hot water tank and I have never had any complaints regarding the hot water running out. I am glad that you appreciated the property’s great location as it is in a wonderful and unique setting in beautiful Low Newton. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Johanna2.5Nov 2023

  • "Idea location, very comfortable and we felt well looked after."

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Nov 2023

  • "Fantastic location with wonderful walks directly on the doorstep."

    The beautiful beach of Embleton is two minutes walk. Cosy pub within a couple of minutes too. Basic no frills bungalow. Bedding in need of urgent replacement.

    Reviewed by Carolyn3.1Nov 2023

  • "Nothing fancy but just what you need in the beautiful Low Newton by the Sea"

    Reviewed by Guy4.1Oct 2023

  • "Great location Comfy bed Fab shower Other areas need a bit of TLC"

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Sep 2023

  • "Cottage was just perfect for us." terms of size,location and facilities.....the views were amazing. The kitchen was really well equipped which is just what you need for a week away. Other parts needed a bit of TLC but nothing to take away from the lovely stay and cottage itself. We can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Aug 2023

  • "Melvin is in an unbeatable location very close to the beach, coastal path and a very good pub."

    The property was very clean and well equipped, and would be ideal for a couple or young family. There is off-road parking for one car, although access may be difficult for larger cars due to a narrow drive entrance and overgrown hedge.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2023

  • "Amazing location but the fit out of Melvin Cottage lets it down, the property feels unloved and tired."

    Everything functions but not that well. Not enough comfy seating and the shower is poor. A plug socket close to a mirror would be useful, cupboards to keep groceries in....details I know, but this kind of thing makes a stay so much better. We had a lovely time but mostly because of the location.

    Dear Lucy, thank you for your feedback. However, I wish you would have told me when we met so that I could have sorted at least two of the issues out straight away. The shower hose should be attached to the main bath tap and will then provide both good pressure and temperature range. The electric shower is temperamental and only there as back up. I will make sure that there is a note mentioning this going forward. Regarding cupboard space, we have now cleared one of the cupboards to provide space for groceries. There are two extension cords at Melvin and it is possible to use one of those to, in effect, get a plug socket close to a mirror. I am glad that you had a lovely time, as Low Newton is a wonderful place and Melvin is in an unrivalled location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy3.1Jun 2023

  • "Let me say, right away, that we enjoyed our break at Low Newton."

    Not because of the cottage but because if the surrounding district. In estate agent's terms, the "kerb appeal" was not encouraging. The cottage was disappointing in many ways. To turn the car into a driveway that was no better than a muddy, puddle covered mess, was not a good start. We had to get in and out of the car on the road or risk stepping or slipping into the puddles. These puddles remained all week even though there was not a lot of rain. The car squeezed water onto the cracked path leading to the front door and the overgrown (and unnecessary) privet hedge made getting in and out of the car difficult. The garden was a mess, virtually untended. And then to enter the house to be greeted by a doormat, so worn that the base could be seen from above, didn't help the first impression. It appears that the cottage has been equipped to meet only the very minimum requirements. The furniture was cheap and not particularly comfortable. The fridge was not installed correctly so he door scraped on the floor, it didn't open properly and the ice-box had no handle. There was not sufficient cuttlery or mugs to run the dishwasher efficiently so we washed it by hand most of the time. In the cramped twin bedroom, the middle drawer of the chest of drawers didn't open properly and one tiny bedside table was quite unsatisfactory. Both the toilet and bathroom were useable but cramped. The cupboard, to the left of the fireplace was filthy and a bucket of ashes, left there, had not been emptied. In the double bedroom the bed frame needs sorting as well. The place gave the impression that the owners were not really bothered too much about how things looked. We have hired many cottages, over the years and this was the worst we have had. We spent almost £1000 on hire charges and still had to take our own towels which was very poor service I felt. I have to say I will be very careful about any recommendations I give people.

    Reviewed by F David2.8Apr 2023

  • "Location location location."

    Perfect spot, enclosed garden. Comfy and deceptively good shower! And great that the owner allows 2 dogs. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie4.4Mar 2023

  • "We love Melvin Cottage and have stayed about 5 times now."

    Perfect location, with everything you need to be comfortable and cosy. We'll be back again.

    Reviewed by Leigh4.4Feb 2023

  • "Due to the extreme cold we had to buy copius amounts of wood and an extra heater ..."

    Due to the extreme cold we had to buy copius amounts of wood and an extra heater as the storage heaters just couldnt cope with the cold

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Dec 2022

  • "Well maintained and equipped."

    Lovely comfortable bed. Amazing sea views.

    Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in the most amazing location."

    Only 30 seconds to the beach!!

    Jul 2019

  • "This Holiday cottage has everything you need really comfortable beds , good views lovely for a short walk to the beach early morning would book again."

    Jun 2019

  • "Melvin Cottage has the most wonderful location overlooking the sweeping bay with views towards Dunstanburgh Castle."

    A lovely cottage and a wonderful place to stay!

    Apr 2019

  • "Great cosy little cottage - lovely period features."

    Not the most high tech property but we liked that about it! It has a very friendly feel and we relaxed there very quickly. Very comfy bed too!

    Dec 2018

  • "It is a lovely homely cottage."

    It is not high-end luxury, but that means you can relax with kids and dogs. The location is magnificent!

    Oct 2018

  • "Second time in Melvin and we love our stays here in in low Newton - such a great location."

    Sep 2018

  • "Lovely rooms, good simple furniture and kitchen."

    Aug 2018

  • "The location of this cottage is fabulous."

    It was warm, clean and the kitchen was well equipped.

    Jun 2018

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This property is part of the Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages collection.
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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open-plan living space with dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Electric storage heating with open fire
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen icn in rent
  • Towels not included
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed back garden, patio furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles, pub 0.1 miles, beach 0.2 miles
  • Note: There is no washing machine or freezer at the property so please bear this in mind when booking
  • Note: Fuel for the open fire is not provided
  • Please note :Check ins are on a Friday and Monday only

The property

Overlooking the sea, Melvin Cottage in Low Newton in Northumberland, is an attractive, single-storey holiday home which offers surprisingly spacious accommodation, making it the ideal destination for a family holiday.

With clean, white walls, solid wood flooring and soft furnishings in delicate hues, the property has a distinctly Scandinavian vibe.

The open-plan living space is truly inviting with ample seating where guests can gather and enjoy time together as well as a stylish dining area complete with a gorgeous open fire and windows boasting captivating views of the sea; the perfect spot for tucking into long, leisurely meals together.

Even the designated chef gets to soak up the views with the kitchen having a large, feature window showcasing the breath-taking scenery as well as all the equipment needed to be able to produce hearty meals for the whole holiday party.

The gardens are a wonderful feature of the property with plenty of enclosed space for children and pets to run around safely while the adults can chill out and enjoy the sublime sea views.

Come bedtime and guests can choose from the sumptuous king-size and a charming twin; both provide a restful ambience where you can recharge your batteries.

In the morning, you’re already in the best spot for impressive coastal walks and bird spotting opportunities aplenty.

As well as the delightful coastal village of Newton-by-the-Sea, the nearby fishing village of Beadnell is also well worth a visit.

Beadnell Bay offers miles of sandy beaches with loads of delightful coastal paths ideal for a hike rewarded with some fantastic views along the way.

Attractions worth a visit include Dunstanburgh Castle, Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland Country Zoo and RSPB reserves at Hauxley and Annstead.

If you are looking for a holiday home-from-home which is close to the sea and which offers stylish and elegant interiors together with delightful gardens, then you’ve made the right choice with a break at Melvin Cottage.

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About the location


Beadnell 3 miles; Craster 4 miles.

The small coastal village of Low Newton-by-the-Sea is situated on Northumberland's Heritage Coastline between the popular fishing villages of Craster, famous for its kippers, and Beadnell. Beadnell Bay offers excellent sandy beaches and there are spectacular coastal paths with wonderful scenery. The village has a pub which serves food and the historic town of Alnwick is only a short drive away.

Note: There is no washing machine or freezer at the property so please bear this in mind when booking.
Note: Fuel for the open fire is not provided
Note: Check ins are on a Friday and Monday only.
Please note: 3 night stay minimum stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas