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Blacksmiths Cottage

(Ref. 960943)

Shilbottle, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Very clean and comfortable."

    Well appointed. Like the idea of everything being on one level and it was very nice to see the interior furnishings matched unlike some places that we have stayed that got the furniture from a sale room. Would definitely book here again if we come back to Northumberland.

    Thank you for your positive feedback it helps us feel we are doing something right Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful week at the cottage with my mum and dad."

    It was clean, spacious and we found everything we needed there for a comfortable stay. The Masons arms in Warkworth was a favourite for dining with enormous plates of fish and chips. Delicious

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage which gave us everything we required from our holiday."

    The location gave us easy access to many local towns and attractions including the lovely beach at Alnmouth.

    Reviewed by Henry5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved the cottage."

    It was the perfect base for us to explore the area, plenty to see and do and plenty still to do next year so we hope to go back there next year.

    Thanks for positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2023

  • "This bungalow is very well appointed & clean, it lived up to all our expectations."

    Thanks for the positive feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at Blacksmiths, It was our second time there."

    We felt there is a slight privacy issue between the cottage next door, The kitchen window looks onto Blacksmiths, feel the need for the fence to be extended to the end of Old Colliery cottage. I would recommend this to family & friends.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was a really lovely property with very comfortable beds."

    The owners had also left us a generous food gift package in addition to milk, which after a long drive from Plymouth was very much appreciated. We had lots of enjoyment watching the resident goat and ponies and the Running Fox cafe/pub in the village served sumptuous food including breakfast, which we had on our leaving day as we had to be out of the property by 9am. I would heartily recommend this rental.

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Quiet and spacious bungalow."

    Warm and cosy. Large rooms. Well equipped. The only thing I would suggest is some coat hooks. There is nowhere to hang coats unless you put them in the wardrobes. Visited a few places nearby. Cragside, Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. Owners live opposite so on hand if you need anything. Would definitely return and recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Treena5.0Apr 2023

  • "Clean warm and comfortable."

    Very nice welcome pack however no hand soap and just a spot of washing up liquid? We were two couples sharing not really suitable for 6 as only one ensuit shower and a bathroom with a small very old bath, it would be greatly improved if a shower were to be fitted in place of the bath. Great location for visiting a very beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Delphine4.4Apr 2023

  • "This is the second visit to this charming well equipped cottage."

    On our first visit we never thought things could get better but the cottage has been updated with new decorating and furnishings. We were left an excellent welcome pack. The owner is very charming and friendly. It is central for visits to various places. There is a fantastic Sunday market at Amble and the Amble inn serves an excellent Sunday carvery. We will definitely be back to this cottage. In our opinion it warrants 5*s. Lynne and Alan Rhodes

    Nice that people appreciate the work we put into our cottage thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Mar 2023

  • "Second time that I have stayed at this property and it is lovely."

    Perfect spot and close to lots of good places like Warkworth, Alnwick, Seahouses etc. Comfortable, clean with brilliant facilities

    It’s nice people appreciate the work we put into our cottage and like it to come back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley Ann5.0Feb 2023

  • "We were a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) staying at Blacksmith cottage whilst visiting family."

    It was a fabulous location, quiet spot and close to all the key spots of Alnwick, Alnmouth, Warkworth etc. The house is very spacious and the garden was well secured for children and dogs. There was some confusion about us bringing 2 pets rather than 1 (I filtered for pet friendly and 2 dogs when booking) and we did get an email during our break saying we should have paid extra (which we were not prompted for at time of booking) which was a bit upsetting. I would suggest just double checking when you book to avoid this. But, we had a lovely stay and a great welcome pack from the owner which was very kind. Overall a well equipped home to stay in a great spot.

    Sorry there was confusion about your dog situation but it does state 1 dog and if we had been contacted we would have aloud another dog as we have done in the past Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria3.8Oct 2022

  • "Very nice cottage spacious & well presented in a handy location for beaches & local attractions"

    Reviewed by Bruce4.1Oct 2022

  • "Spacious bungalow in a peaceful location."

    Nice and warm and extremely well equipped. Some attention required to finer details and cleanliness but overall we had a comfortable break.

    Reviewed by Clare3.1Oct 2022

  • "Property was spotlessly clean , owner had put heating on, when we arrived , much appreciated."

    Lovely welcome pack of wine , snacks ,chocolate as well as the usual tea and coffee and milk . Beds are really comfortable with decent bedding , the bungalow is well located for all that is in the area within a short drive of about 20 miles . This is our 2nd stay here and would definitely return again .

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "Spent a wonderful week at Blacksmiths Cottage."

    It is the perfect location to explore the stunning Northumberland coast. The cottage has three great bedrooms , the master with en-suite wet room and a second bathroom. A great well equipped kitchen / diner and a superb lounge , both with patio doors leading to the outdoor seating. I would highly recommend Blacksmiths Cottage for a family getaway. A must visit is the Running Fox (artisan bakery/cafe) the pub next door and the Indian restaurant Lal Khazana. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was really well equipped and furnished and is very easy access for anyone being a bungalow on level ground."

    It’s very easy to get to the Northumberland coast with Amble and Warkworth only minutes away and Seahouses not too far. Also only takes about 5 minutes to get to Alnwick in the other direction. There was a great welcome pack left for us with wine, fresh eggs, and snacks which was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, excellent location."

    We could not have been happier with it.

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in very quiet location."

    Home from home with everything we needed. Super location to access stunning beaches and villages. Very comfy beds

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Apr 2022

  • "A great place to stay good room size 6tvs large shower room clean bedroom good size kitchen and sitting room"

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Well equipped but maybe a shower over bath or one to put on taps for hair washing. Delightful welcome basket. Lovely goat

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Mar 2022

  • "Amazing cottage, home from home with all the necessary equipment and kitchen utensils."

    Lovely and warm with a wonderful view of the open field last with the ponies, horses and friendly billy goat! My girls had a wonderful time and there is so much to do in the surrounding areas. Would definately recommend this property and we are already planning our next visit. On our arrival we were blown away by the marvellous welcome package which included lots of thoughtful treats, wine, fruit, chocolate and more… You could see that a lot of careful attention had gone into making us feel welcome and comfortable for the duration of our trip. There are lots of supermarkets nearby to stock up on necessities and also a number of takeaways and restaurants. Thankyou Jackie, we had a brilliant time

    Reviewed by Michaela4.7Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful and clean property."

    Well equipped (could have done with a dishwasher but we made do easily) and in a gorgeous and relaxing location. We spent many hours playing cards and watching the ponies (and one cheeky goat!) in the field opposite. Only a short distance from several beaches and the main town of Alnwick. We booked to come again in 3 months time we loved it so much- highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Josie4.7Feb 2022

  • "The cottage is spacious and well positioned for trips to the beach and inland countryside."

    although the heating is good and efficient , when we arrived the property was cold and damp even though the heating was on, I expect the property had been unoccupied and the heating off for a while before our stay. as others have said , the property really needs a dishwasher. for a place that sleeps six and has a large kitchen diner , with plenty of space, it is surprising not to have a dishwasher. a lot of the crockery was a bit grubby, smeared and greasy, probably because its hard to clean effectively without the hot wash from a dishwasher, something all guests would appreciate in covid times. as also mentioned , the wet room remains very wet, it doesn't drain effectively , with just a few tweaks , this could be a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Lainie2.8Dec 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage it has everything we needed , televisions in all the ..."

    A really lovely cottage it has everything we needed , televisions in all the rooms and a lovely welcome pack , very central for Alnwick , Alnmouth and the rest of the beautiful coastline , would have preferred a king size bed but we would definitely stay again if we visit the area again

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Nov 2021

  • "Although we knew the cottage only had double beds and no dishwasher, the property would be outstanding if there was at least a king sized bed and a dishwasher as there was ample room in the accommodation."

    We really liked that the property was fenced and gated so the dog was secure at all times. Great location, so close to amenities such as supermarkets, close to places of interest whether by the coast or the north pennines. If we were to visit Northumberland again we would be happy to return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2021

  • "The bungalow was clean, extremely well equipped, and the welcome pack was over and above expectation."

    It was well placed for local tourist spots and we had no problem locating it.

    Reviewed by Ellis5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage getting in need of some TLC now , shower floor very slippery and water soaks all of the room , needs a screen to stop further damage in the room ."

    Good place to stay to explore the area . Would stop again.

    Reviewed by Pauline3.8Jun 2021

  • "A shower over the bath would be an asset, if all bedrooms were occupied."

    A sat nav does not always pick up where the cottage is. So slightly more detailed instructions of where the cottage is, outside of the village would be helpful. Otherwise a very pleasant place to stay.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.4May 2021

  • "The location just outside the village was peaceful with little passing traffic, but easy to reach main roads."

    We travelled around mainly using B roads and met very little traffic, which made a very pleasant change from Essex. We found the cottage to have a relaxing feel to it. The bedrooms were comfy and we slept well. Would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

  • "This was not a holiday."

    We unfortunately had a flood in our bathroom at Christmas the result being we had to vacate the premises whilst the entire bathroom was removed including the floor and replaced. This was allowed in lockdown as it was an emergency.o Blacksmith Cottage was convenient and suitable for us. It was very warm and comfortable. It was clean and well appointed. My comments would be that there are no coat hooks for outdoor clothing and nowhere for wet and muddy footwear. If you were on a walking holiday, especially with a dog, this could be very inconvenient. My other comment is that the only shower is off the main bedroom in the en-suite. The main bathroom only has a bath. The property accommodates three couples. This means four people would have to access the shower by going through someone else’s bedroom. Personally this would make me feel uncomfortable. The location of the cottage is lovely and allows easy access to local attractions.

    Reviewed by Jeannette4.1Jan 2021

  • "Blacksmiths cottage is in a good location for seeing the local area's many sights and historic attraction's, the cottage itself is well furnished and equipped , it is a lot more spacious than it first appears on arriving ."

    The owners left a lovely welcome pack and also antiseptic wipes and gel with covid 19 in mind. would book again if going back to that area

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "I've already done this!"


    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, well equipped and very close to local beach and other amenities and activities."

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jul 2020

  • "A lovely cottage which served our family of 6 adults and Springer spaniel well."

    A secure outside space allowing our beloved dog safe access to venture out on his own without risk of harm. We loved the access to the outside space via living room double doors and kitchen dinner double doors, frequently left open to allow fresh air in. The cottage has 3 ample double rooms and two bathrooms. We felt maybe a shower mixer tap in the main bathroom would have been helpful and maybe also a few pegs to hang coats in the hallway would have been helpful but all in all the cottage was well equipped and didn't disappoint. The kitchen was a great space for us to all sit together at breakfast and dinner and the welcome treats package gratefully received. The bins there do not take glass but after ringing the owners for advice we found out that there is a bottle bin at the side of the little shop in the village just over a mile away which proved useful. There is a TV in every bedroom kitchen and lounge and when there is six of you that it was useful. The younger ones congregated in the kitchen dinner whilst us parents and pet dog preferred the comfortable lounge. A great spot to access Alnmouth and Embleton sands, Markham (nice pub called The Masons) Alnwick 4 miles away for town and home to the amazing Bater Books, stayed for coffee and cake there to give the younger ones time to browse and wonder at this amazing place, the local drinks shop on the square selling mead etc was amazing offering tasters, Dawn did a great job there and sold our family allsorts of goodies. Amble, a lovely little fishing harbor with little independent shops in little pods and two great restaurants, The Old boat house and the dog friendly Fish Shack, we had a fabulous meal there. Craster for the famous Old smokehouse kippers and walk up to Dunstanburgh castle amongst the rock pools, well worth a visit. Holy Island is an absolute must, a serene and tranquil place, Denise, David and Karen at the gift shop were very informative and helpful. The young people loved their time at Bamburgh castle (sadly not for us as not fog friendly) Malcolm the car park attendant was an absolute star. We would have liked to have gone to Horwick hall but again not dog friendly at all, not even in the grounds so the ancestral seat of Earl Grey didn't get a visit from us, they may wish to rethink there position and at least let dog owners into the grounds as do the magnificent Chatsworth house, they missed out on 6 adult tickets as our children would have happily taken there turn in walking Beau, our well behaved spaniel around whilst we visited. All in all a lovely holiday was had by all with a final trip to The running fox patisserie squeezed in on the way home, it was special.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage description was accurate, it was warm and comfortable and spacious."

    The location was good and the surround area easy to access. We did not see the owner. The internet did not work and the property would have benefited from a little general maintenance. While the main bedroom was large but the bed was a standard double, larger bed would have nice.

    Reviewed by Kirk3.8Nov 2019

  • "One of the best properties we have ever stayed in."

    Well situated, within easy reach of the coast and towns such as Berwick-upon-Tweed. I would recommend this stunning property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2019

  • "There is much to like about this property - it is spacious, quietly located and for the most part well-equipped, but it ought to be made clear that although the postal address is Shilbottle the property is in fact well outside the village boundary, and at least a mile from the village centre and shop."

    It ought also to be made clear that there is no lawn or garden accompanying the property, only a relatively narrow area of enclosed patio surrounding it - sufficient for an outside table and chairs and some potted plants, but not much else.

    Reviewed by Thurstan3.8Jun 2019

  • "I am sure you have some beautifully appointed, clean and comfortable properties available, unfortunately Blacksmiths cottage is not one of them."

    Reviewed by Francis1.3Apr 2019

  • "Cottage very well situated for exploring Northumberland coast, the Cheviots and NT properties fairly close by."

    Easy access just off A1. Confirm dog friendly. Twin beds in at least one other double bedroom would have been welcome as would a few rugs in the bedrooms. Cottage very warm with ample hot water.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful, the only thing we were very disappointed ,there was no Hot Tub like advertised, This was mainly the reason we chose Blacksmith Cottage."

    also we had thick snow , the owners lived directly opposite the cottage and they didn’t even come and ask if we were ok.

    Reviewed by Delia4.1Jan 2019

  • "The things that need attention are the lights in the kitchen, it's not bright enough."

    The bath tap constantly dripping. And we only had the green bin outside which meant that recycling wasn't easy. But even with these very minor issues we had a most enjoyable stay at Blacksmiths cottage and would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by David4.4Nov 2018

  • "Excellent smooth process in booking."

    Owners were very accommodating with a couple of requests we had. No problem to them at all.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with a really lovely owner."

    We enjoyed our stay and the hot tub was an added bonus! it was just a little bit far out for us as we would have liked a wander in the evening but it was very clean, large rooms with a lovely kitchen and a cosy lounge. Highly recommended x

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Aug 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x double, 1 x king size with en-suite wet room, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/Diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, HD TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Welcome pack included
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio
  • One well behaved pet welcome charged at £50 per stay
  • Pets are allowed off the lead in the enclosed area only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: Check in from 4pm onwards and check out is before 9am
  • Note: Pets to be kept on a lead when outside the property

The property

A beautifully converted stone cottage with landscaped gardens and vivid green fields of surrounding Shilbottle; Blacksmiths Cottage is the most perfect family getaway in Northumberland country.

A splendid set-up in the heart of a peaceful village, you will be itching to come back to wonderfully presented rooms and contemporary furnishings.

Step across the laminate flooring which coats the kitchen floor to find a comfortable living space complete with a breakfast bar and useful appliances.

For some comfort in the sitting room, absorb the cosy atmosphere while you recline on the leather sofa.

During summer, throw open the French doors to the patio and delight in the airy outdoors with an abundance of glorious wildlife creeping over the garden fence.

The ground floor of this idyllic cottage showcases three stunning bedrooms beautifully presented in white, comprising a king size bedroom and a double bedroom, the former featuring an opulent en-suite wet room, and a smaller 4' double.

Meander into the family bathroom to get yourself ready in the morning and behold a delightful grey colour scheme with a deluxe freestanding bath and modern fixtures.

Why not treat yourselves to a luxurious soak in the bath with a lovely glass of wine and if you fancy a continued evening of luxury, step outside to the patio.

Explore the beautiful sandy beaches located between Warkworth and Alnmouth in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and visit Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, delightful rose gardens and a cascading water feature.

Broaden your perspectives with the Heritage Coastline and enjoy the spectacular beauty to behold from sunrise to sunset.

This is a superb holiday cottage to be adored all-year-round.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1132776, together sleeping up to 9 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Alnwick 4 miles; Warkworth 4 miles.

Situated close to Northumbria's Heritage Coast, Shilbottle is a peaceful village with an attractive church, a small shop and a pub. The surrounding, open countryside boasts great walking opportunities and an abundance of wildlife not to be missed, whilst the beautiful sandy beaches located between Warkworth and Alnmouth are just 4 miles away and easily accessible. With the historic market town of Alnwick also just 4 miles away, and the whole of the Heritage Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and the city of Newcastle within an hour’s drive, this great location is the ideal base for exploring all that this lovely area has to offer.

Please note: Check in is 4pm and check out is 9am.
One well behaved pet welcome charged at £50 per stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas