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Watermill Cottage

(Ref. 992137)

North Charlton, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "An excellent property in a good location we will be back."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2024

  • "A fabulous cottage with really good attention to detail In a great location ..."

    A fabulous cottage with really good attention to detail In a great location for getting to Bamburgh and Alnwick We are already planning to return

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is a beautiful cottage with everything you could need."

    The welcome baskets were a nice touch. The beds were super comfy! A great location. Thank you

    Reviewed by Katy4.7Oct 2023

  • "Watermill Cottage exceeded our expectations and was warm, cosy and comfortable."

    Well equipped throughout with comfortable beds, soft linens, excellent Wi-Fi and good entertainment via smart TVs. Secure and safe garden for our four legged friend. Thank you for the welcome packs

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage we would love to visit again thanks"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week away at Watermill Cottage."

    The location was excellent and although 30 seconds from the A1, there was no traffic noise disturbance! The cottage was spacious and comfortable and has everything you need. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would stay again. The dogs also give the cottage, and the area, a bugs paws up !

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Sep 2023

  • "Superb place to stay; v comfortable, clean and extremely well equipped."

    Wondered if A1 would be noisy as only 500m away. But double glazing and screening of other buildings plus on west side meant we hardly noticed it. Excellent positioning to explore Northumbria. Thanks for a super spot.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic Cottage, Very well located and equipped."

    Very Clean & Comfortable, Good Parking.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2023

  • "Watermill cottage was situated in a lovely village, the local residents were very friendly and helpful."

    We had a lovely 7 nights there and would highly recommend it. We never go to back to the same cottage when we have holidays but it was one of the best we have been to.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Would love to return sometime

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "A real find in a beautiful part of the country."

    Ideally placed to explore all the delights Northumbria has to offer, Watermill Cottage is a comfortable and well appointed home from home. The welcome is warm both for humans and dogs, and the cottage is well appointed and beautifully renovated. We would not hesitate to recommend or to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Karon5.0Feb 2023

  • "Perfect. Watermill Cottage had everything we wanted, it was clean, cosy, and in a great location."

    The beds were really comfortable, and all towels were large and fluffy. The kitchen was spotless with lots of equipment. The cottage information pack was clear and detailed. I especially appreciated being sent all of the information via email before our arrival. We were blessed with lovely weather ( though kept awake by ferocious winds one night: no fault of the cottage!). We loved the beaches and walked for miles, before some great meals in local pubs. I’d highly recommend Watermill to anyone wanting perfect accommodation in a stunning area. It was a lovely birthday treat.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jan 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and is located in a perfect location , to explore Northumberland."

    On arrival we received a lovely welcome gift basket, as did our two pooches! Thank you to the owners for such a lovely welcoming. The only thing that was a negative for me, was the pillows in the front bedroom they are very flat and really used, they could do with been replaced with brand new ones. Also the log fire does not have the correct tools to clean it properly. Apart from that it was a lovely mini break away.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Jan 2023

  • "Excellent property with very helpful hosts."

    Excellent position for exploring the area - I hope we'll return.

    Reviewed by d5.0Jan 2023

  • "A very comfortable, well equipped cottage in an ideal location to explore the Northumberland coast and countryside."

    A home from home.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, the owner had left extra special touches which were greatly appreciated."

    We would definitely love to return and explore more of the area! Ideal location, thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Comfortable and well-equppied cottage, well placed to head to so many beautiful locations no more than 20 minutes or so away.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are so pleased you had a lovely stay at Watermill Cottage. We hope you visit again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Aug 2022

  • "First class holiday cottage!"

    Thank you for taking your time to leave a comment. We are so pleased to read you have rated us as first class :-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perfect location so accessible to all areas, host was very accommodating to ..."

    Perfect location so accessible to all areas, host was very accommodating to requests made and had thought of everything to help us have an enjoyable stay

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in a beautiful part of the world."

    The property, as described, was just off the A1 but any concerns about this meaning it may be in any way noisy were soon dispelled. It was a little gem tucked away from 'the fast lane' and yet making visiting so many beautiful places so easy - Alnwick Gardens, Holy Island, Bamburgh, and Seahouses for a boat trip round the Farne Islands to be delighted by seabirds, puffins and seals. Returning to the property was always a delight too, but still allowed for evening trips to the coast to watch the sun set or find a country pub. Property was both modern and cosy with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Only slight concern for us was that whilst health and safety on the stairs had been carefully thought through for those with young children (stair gates provided) there was we felt a slight oversight for those at the other end of the age range. My Mum is in her mid 80s and well able still to negotiate stairs but after a hip replacement is more cautious and grateful for handrails. Whilst we had carefully ensured that any property we booked had an independent shower (ie not over the bath) the staircase worried us slightly. At the very top of the staircase at the Watermill where the stairs turn for I think the last 4 steps (or the first if you are coming down) there is no hand rail. This can feel vulnerable especially when needing to begin your descent with nothing to steady you if required. Otherwise Top Mark's for a fab property in a fab location!

    Reviewed by Miss Carolyn4.7Jul 2022

  • "The cottage as a whole was beautiful."

    However, the downstairs floors, skirting boards and general dust on lights, picture frames and doors were awful. We spent an hour cleaning when we arrived. Numerous cobwebs hanging from ceilings and other areas and nuts under setee cushions. It was as if the cleaners had just done a superficial inspection and left. The vacuum was full to bursting, which we had to empty as it smelt, musty. I”d like to say we left the place cleaner after leaving. We have dogs and are used to cleaning but I would recommend to the owners to employ a the better cleaning team. We don’t mind cleaning up after ourselves but not on arrival to a ‘Gold Standard’ property. The upstairs was better and yet the beams whilst stunning, again needed a deep clean, this we didn’t do for obvious reasons. Now, the positivies.The surrounding area is simply stunning. The cottage is furnished we'll, and have generous facilities. No complaints whatsoever, the whole place just needs a damn good clean

    Thank you for your feedback, we have taken your comments forward with the housekeeping team to ensure this doesn't happen again and that the gold standard is maintained. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the cottage and exploring the local area. We again thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. Regards Clare Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Jun 2022

  • "Perfect location, gorgeous cottage that exceeded our expectations."

    On arrival , the cottage was warm and inviting with hampers for us and our dogs. The cottage was spacious with a wide hallway and plenty of room for boots , coats etc , and very well equipped with everything we needed. We loved the wood burner and we had plenty of wood for a couple of nights. The small enclosed garden with stone walls was charming. Upstairs was a treat ! Vaulted ceilings , large bedrooms and bathroom, comfy beds and snow white fluffy towels + gorgeous views . We were so grateful for the comprehensive file that the owners had compiled as it had lots of information about beaches , local towns and amenities. We couldn’t fault this place - absolutely everything was perfect - thank you

    Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. We always want our guests to feel at home and have a fabulous stay. We love staying at Watermill too. We hope to see you back in the future. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Mar 2022

  • "A wonderful warm, cosy and immaculate cotttage."

    This is one if the very best properties we have ever stayed in. Everything you could wish for was provided and we thoroughly recommend Watermill Cottage to anyone looking for a holiday in Northumberland.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jan 2022

  • "The facilities at the cottage are excellent."

    With everything you think you will need and more, are available. The location is ideal for visiting places of interest. This was our second stay at the cottage and we look forward to returning,

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Watermill Cottage was an ideal place to stay."

    It was comfortable and cosy and ideally situated for visiting all the places of interest in the county. The seaside is also easy to get to and the coastal drive is spectacular. Lots of lovely restaurants but it’s advisable to book as they get very busy.

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Jun 2021

  • "This is our 2nd time visiting Watermill Cottage."

    It's a beautiful location, easy access to the A1 but very little traffic noise. Lovey secure garden and excellent facilities. (except, I think the knives need sharpening) I would highly recommend for anyone with kids and a dog.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0May 2021

  • "A belated review from a visit last November."

    We loved this property in all respects. On a quiet lane off the A1 perfectly placed to get to all of the lovely seaside towns and inland scenery. House is well equipped and very cosy. Our first visit to Northumberland for a holiday and its a beautiful place. Castles, beautiful beaches, history. Lindisfarne is a must visit along with Bamburgh Castle. We're planning another visit and want to visit Alnwick and Warkworth castle.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "We have spent many, many years renting cottages and apartments ; both in the UK and abroad and we can say that Windmill Cottage is far superior, to any we have stayed in before."

    The cottage is ideally situated for exploring all that Northumberland has to offer. We would like to take this opportunity to thank their owners for the use of their beautiful ,well equipped and comfortable luxurious cottage.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Oct 2020

  • "Watermill Cottage more than met our expectations."

    It was warm and cosy and had everything that we needed. The area is beautiful with some of the most spectacular beaches for long walks with our dog.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2020

  • "Watermill Cottage is centrally located for access to Bamburgh, Alnwick, Craster and Wooler with hills and beaches within a few minutes drive and dog-walking from the door if you wish."

    There is a good choice of pubs and hotels within the area providing excellent food, - and welcoming dogs Well maintained and very well furnished and appointed, the cottage provides a really comfortable and surprisingly peaceful environment for a holiday. Recommended for a stay!

    Reviewed by Barnaby4.7Aug 2020

  • "We decided to pay a bit more than we wd usually do for a 2 bed holiday place as it was January (!"

    ) - we were drawn by wood burner, accommodating our small well behaved dog, as well as the inviting write up, and good range of pics We loved the location, the building layout, the lovely furniture, the welcome packs [the dog's was very comprehensive!] and the information folder was really good, The heating was as expected and comfy (we have underfloor H at home), loads of hot water, and v comfy beds - obviously a lot of thought had gone into setting the cottage up However, my partner and I agree that the charge for the week wasn't reflected in the level of cleanliness and equipment that could have been expected - Cleanliness : felt not a lot of focused care was expended into the 'corners' of the property [ change your cleaner ??!] - Inside window frames needed a good clean, under beds were dusty [we didn't look under the sofa etc but met the dust under the bed when plugging in mobile chargers!] , and the doormat could do with a good shake as well as a vac - Suggest the pile of newspapers is removed from the log basket and from the hallway presumably left by prev occupants [smacked at uncaring, poor attention to detail] - Kitchen Equipment - generally good; quality good, [liked the cafetiere option] - lots of bowls and plates - but we would have greatly appreciated a salad bowl and other serving dishes - paddling full hot plates through to the living room was not what we could have anticipated - there were no dishwasher tablets as a starter pack - Towels were very worn - newer ones would have been nice - Woodburner - super ! But only 1 log and only 1 piece of firelighter and very few sticks [a starter pack of logs was expected from the write up, and we only found new pack of firelighters in kitchen drawer on day 6 !] ? add a section in the info folder on managing the wood burner inc let visitors know that opening the outside door in the living room stops the fire smoking for the most part until the fire takes hold And - ensure there are firelighters in the log basket [or indicate where they are!] as well as a bunch of logs By adding a small amount to the hire charge you could ensure more attention to detail .....and pay a bit more for a more effective cleaner who will prep the place as advertised !

    Thank you for your feedback which we always welcome so we can consider it and where applicable make necessary improvements. We are sorry to read your review and wish you would have contacted us directly whilst you were there so any issues could have been rectified. In relation to your comments on cleanliness. I’m sorry to read dust was found under the beds. I can assure you the carpets are hoovered and cleaned every turnaround with a full dust of each room. This is a large barn where dust unfortunately resettles. We were there this weekend and certainly did not see the dust you have described and I can assure you under the couch was spotless. The downstairs floor is also mopped at each turnaround. A salad bowl has now been added to property (this has been there previously and we hadn’t realised it had gone missing) and the photos show that the dining table is separate to the kitchen area. Dishwasher tablets and laundry tablets are left under the sink along with plenty of other products which are there to be used should guests wish to use them. The towels are less than a year old and are hotel standard and deep washed after each visit. Again we apologise that these were not up to your standard. We are glad you liked the log fire and we add a starter pack which we feel is sufficient for 2 nights. The firefighters were inside the wicker basket (spare ones in the kitchen) and full instructions of usage within the welcome pack. The pile of newspapers have been left so occupants can use them to fuel the fire. We have now removed those newspapers and store them in a safe location so no longer on view. The welcome pack clearly asks guests to contact us if they are having any issues with the wood burner. Further logs can also be provided by the housekeeping team if required. Our house keeping team have exceptional reviews and they will see these comments which will enable them to take the necessary action. The cottage is currently undergoing a full repaint and decoration to add a freshness to the property, which had been rescheduled as part of the New Year anyway. Once again we thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara3.4Jan 2020

  • "A lovely modern cottage, plenty of space for 4 adults and lovely added extras, eg coffee, tea, milk, salt, pepper, dishwasher tablets, ie all the things you forget to take with you."

    Would certainly recommend and will return in the future.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Dec 2019

  • "Wonderful stay in this lovely cosy cottage."

    Clean , warm and modern. Everything you need for a great stay. Really enjoyed our time in Northumberland, as ever. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Nov 2019

  • "Nice cottage in very good location for exploring Northumberland."

    Generally comfortable and well equipped with only minor observations making it 4 star rather than 5. Lounge area was rather dusty on arrival and we also had issues with the lounge underfloor heating during the stay. The owners were contacted regarding the heating and were very helpful and did there very best to put things right although the plumber was only able to compete a partial repair during our time there. As minor observations, from a personal perspective, we think the mattresses on the zip link beds are sagging and could do with replacing. Also it would be better if there were a shelf for toiletries in the bathroom near the sink and also in the shower. Notwithstanding the above this is a good cottage which we would recommend and consider staying at again. The welcome pack was a nice touch and appreciated.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Nov 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage!"

    Very clean & comfortable - especially the beds! Location fantastic - straight onto the A1 so quick & convenient to travel the area. The owners contacted us on the first day to make sure everything was okay. Very helpful & friendly! Would highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is a beautifully appointed cottage in a lovely quiet position and ideally placed for touring the area."

    The under floor heating makes it lovely and warm and the goodie basket was a much appreciated addition. The garden is a real sun trap and our dog loved it.

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Oct 2019

  • "We really enjoyed staying at Watermill cottage."

    It as a superb location to travel from to see the Northumberland coastal area both north and south. The accommodation was warm & comfortable and well appointed. There was a generous welcome pack and the owners kept in touch with us to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We would recommend the cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Sep 2019

  • "Wonderful, clean, luxury cottage in an ideal location."

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Sep 2019

  • "Ideally situated just off A1 with good cafes and pubs within short drive."

    Great for exploring Alnwick, Bamburgh and Holy Island.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jul 2019

  • "The location is great with close proximity to the A1 it’s a great base to explore the Northumbrian coast from, the welcome basket fir both us and the dog was fantastic as was the great supply of tea and coffee including Tassimo coffee pods."

    The cottage was clean and very comfortable and the garden is a real sun trap, all in all a great place to stay!

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is absolutely lovely, warm and comfortable with all the things you need to have a relaxing break (thank you for the basket of goodies on arrival)."

    The beds were sooooo comfortable. It's really near the A1 which makes the rest of Northumberland very accessible and we visited a number of interesting places. Embleton beach is about 5 mins drive away and gorgeous. Cragside is an interesting house to visit with lots to explore, the walk up to the play area is steep but worth it. Alnwick Castle is well worth a visit and my 8 year old loved the information about Harry Potter filming there, we watched a jousting competition and did archery and broomstick training. Berwick upon Tweed is a small and interesting old town, the riverside walk takes you round the town. Fish and Chips at Seahouses was a treat, followed by crabbing on the rock pools. We would have visited the islands but the weather wasn't that kind to us! The rainy weather meant that we made full use of the WIFI, Netflix and the board games, jigsaws and books supplied at the cottage. We had a small issue with hot water / boiler on the last day and the owners couldn't have been more helpful and they were super responsive. We can highly recommend the cottage and the area and hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was fitted out to a high standard and was very comfortable for our stay."

    It provided us with all the facilities we required to have an enjoyable holiday,

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7May 2019

  • "Would highly recommend this beautiful cottage."

    Has absolutely everything you need and just a short drive from fantastic beaches.

    Reviewed by Bev5.0May 2019

  • "The location was brilliant for visiting places of interest and walking both on the coast and inland."

    The cottage was very comfortable, spotlessly clean and well-equipped; the "dogs' welcome pack" of bowls, towels and a feeding mat was a great touch and much appreciated. When there was a problem with the heating, the owners were fantastic and really helpful in their response.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Apr 2019

  • "A relaxing place to stay and soak up the beautiful countryside yet within easy driving distance of many picturesque places."

    Would recommend it to anyone eating to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Apr 2019

  • "Highly recommended"

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size (zip/link), 1 x double. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge/diner with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner (initial supply of wood provided between October and April)
  • Rangemaster electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • Smart 3D TV in the lounge with Freeview and DVD player, 2 x TV's, Amazon Firestick with access to Netflix, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available upon request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front of the cottage is an enclosed graveled garden and at the rear is a small lawned garden, paved patio with table and chairs, accessed from the French Windows opening out from the lounge
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles and cafe 1/2 mile
  • Note: Welcome pack on arrival
  • Note: Whilst both front and back gardens are ‘enclosed’ by stone walling, it’s around 4ft high so if you have a dog it should be kept under supervision
  • Note: This property can only accept bookings with a Friday/Monday arrival/deparute day. Please note - The bedroom configuration will be a double and twin
  • If you require the twin to be made into the super-king please could this be requested at the time of booking

The property

This barn conversion is situated on the west side of the A1, in North Charlton, an excellent touring base from which to explore Northumberland and its magnificent countryside surround.

Equally perfect for couples or friends, Watermill Cottage is a beautiful place to stay, with fabulous furnishings and a home from home feel throughout.

Arrive into the kitchen where you will be greeted by the lovely welcome pack, a chance to settle down and take in the delightful interior with refreshments to enjoy.

Granite counter-tops off-set the layout perfectly, down-lighters rest above, and a coffee maker is on hand too.

Continuing through the property, a cosy lounge awaits, home to a corner sofa, and a woodburning stove to bring warmth to those cooler nights.

The dining table is adjacent to French windows, leading out to the rear garden and patio area, letting in lots of natural light to the room.

Two bedrooms are located upstairs, each beautifully designed with A-frame beams, bedside tables, lamps, and a chest of drawers, to uphold the feel of the interior.

One of the beds also comes with a zip/link option should you wish to alter the set-up.

The bathroom matches that of a hotel standard, immaculately presented with both a bath and a shower, and complimentary White Company toiletries for a thoughtful finish.

At the front of the cottage is an enclosed graveled garden whilst at the rear is a small lawned garden, paved patio with table and chairs, accessed from the French windows leading out from the lounge.

The rear garden is west-facing so makes the most of the pretty Northumbrian sunsets.

The cottage is close to Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Alnwick, Embleton.

Pets are very welcome here too.

The countryside surrounding North Charlton is extremely picturesque and the Cheviot foothills and National Park are only a short drive away.

All you need for a unique holiday experience.

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About the location


Alnwick 7 miles; Rennington 5 miles.

The small hamlet of North Charlton is an ideal place from which to explore Northumberland. A short drive will take you to Embleton Bay, Low Newton by the Sea and Beadnell Bay, each offering lovely sandy beaches. The ducal market town of Alnwick, with its magnificent Norman Castle, is just 10 minutes away and offers a wide range of amenities. The countryside surrounding North Charlton is extremely picturesque and the Cheviot foothills and National Park are only a short drive away. For golfers, there are challenging Links courses in abundance. A superb base for exploring all the region has to offer.

Note: This property offers the following stays:Friday to Friday /
Friday to Monday / Monday to Friday
Please note - The bedroom configuration will be a double and twin. If you require the twin to be made into the super-king please could this be requested at the time of booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas