|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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Named after the rocky plateau where tidal waves break dramatically over the shoreline, The Tumblers is a superbly located beach home just a stone’s throw from a glorious curve of sweeping sands with views towards the Farne Islands, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As well as the enviable location on this stunning stretch of heritage coast, this warm and welcoming home will prove a huge draw for families and friends looking to take advantage of beach life, sightseeing and outdoor pursuits.
Inside, the property has timeless appeal with a fresh Scandinavian style perfect for laid-back coastal living. In the sitting room, the beamed ceiling, stripped wood floor and original art deco style doors and windows add character and charm, while whitewashed walls are the perfect backdrop for furnishings and artworks evocative of its seaside location.
A large corner sofa provides ample space for relaxation while a cosy woodburner adds extra warmth during those out-of-season days. The sitting room opens into a front facing sun room/dining room for lazy afternoons or evening dining, and there is a well equipped kitchen including an original 60's vintage Formica table - ideal for children breakfasting or a quick lunch.
The three bedrooms (one en-suite) are comfortably appointed with high quality linens and throws featuring two double rooms and one twin. There is a fully enclosed lawned garden for children and dogs, with private parking for up to three vehicles. A barbecue is supplied for lovely summer evenings - a perfect spot to watch the stunning sunset along with friends and a good glass of wine!
The property sits on one floor comprising:-
Side access door into a small utlility with hanging space and storage for outdoor gear and kit.
Kitchen – with electric oven and ceramic hob, integrated fridge/freezer, ¾ size dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, Nespresso coffee maker (pod type). Small retro kitchen table with three stools.
Sitting room – large corner sofa seating 5/6 comfortably and single armchair set around a woodburning stove. Small TV and DVD player, DAB radio along with a selection of books and games for wet weather days. Original art deco style crittal windows lead into the sun room/dining room.
Sun room/dining room – with dining table and seating for six, overlooking the front garden with sea views to the left.
Bedroom 1 - master bedroom with 5’ king-size bed with single wardrobe. En-suite with shower unit, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom 2 – small double bedroom with 3’ twin beds and single wardrobe.
Bedroom 3 – double bedroom with 5’ king-size bed, double wardrobe, two side tables. Please note that the height of the bed sits 15” from floor to the mattress top which may affect guests with restricted mobility.
Family Bathroom - with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Central heating throughout the property.
Woodburning stove in the sitting room - initial basket of logs supplied.
Wifi and mobile coverage
Unlimited fibre broadband is available offering excellent speeds. Mobile signal can be variable depending on the network.
A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Quality bed linen, bath sheets and hand towels are provided for guests along with hand soaps in the bathrooms.
A small welcome pack is provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair (combo type with booster chair) are available on request.
Two well behaved dogs are welcome. There is an outside tap and dog owners are asked to ensure that dogs are clean before access into the property. Thereafter, dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms or on the furniture. A fee of £15 per dog will apply to cover additional cleaning charges.
Please note that the double garage is not available as part of the let but guests are welcome to use the basketball hoop which is positioned above the garage door.
Garden and grounds
The garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs. A charcoal barbecue is provided.
There is a private driveway to the side of the property with parking for up to three cars.
The property can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or part or fully catered options are available including a homemade meal and wine delivery service. Please contact Crabtree & Crabtree for details.
The adjacent property is a hotel and guests should be aware that there is parking provision for hotel guests directly opposite the front garden. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
The Tumblers is within easy walking distance of the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants of this pretty coastal village, with plenty of good eating options right on the harbour area. Experience the rich maritime connections of The Old Ship Inn for tasty food and a good selection of real ales; the Bamburgh Castle Inn situated above the old lime kilns by the harbour is another popular choice serving a menu full of fresh local flavours with lovely panoramic sea views from its terrace and beer garden (dogs welcome too!); or Élan is a lovely artisan pizzeria and a top pick with both children and adults, followed perhaps by a delicious ice-cream from Coxons. For evening dining, try the bistro at the St Aidan Hotel or the Potted Lobster at Bamburgh who are both developing a fantastic reputation for producing exceptional seasonal dishes using the very best produce the area has to offer.
There is always a fresh supply of fish and seafood on the restaurant menus in this area, and fans of the traditional British takeaway can savour some of the best lightly battered fish and chips whilst watching the comings and goings of life on the quayside here - Pinnacles and Lewis’s come particularly recommended! Alternatively Swallow Fish based in The Fisherman’s Kitchen has a rich heritage, using traditional smoking techniques within the original 1943 smokehouses to produce some of the finest naturally smoked kippers and salmon - earning the accolade of being one of Rick Stein's original Food Heroes.
Most of the shopping in Seahouses is on the Main Street with a fantastic fruit and veg shop selling locally sourced produce and gourmet ingredients, as well as a bakery, fishmongers, pharmacy, post office, and a National Trust shop filled with lovely things for a leisurely browse. There is a small Co-op supermarket for those day-to-day essentials, or more extensive shopping, local producers, and a number of large supermarkets can be found in the historic market town of Alnwick which sits just 15 miles south of Seahouses.
Activities and attractions
There are beaches to the north and the south of the village, with the most popular being to the north which sits approximately 200m from the property. Featuring great sweeping curves of white sand running almost seamlessly to Bamburgh and Budle Bay, this stretch is extremely popular with families and is just made for lazy picnics and days out with a bucket and spade. Overlooked by the spectacular outline of Bamburgh Castle, you will find good local amenities around this area with toilet facilities, cafes and plenty of ice-cream stops.
Surfing and windsurfing is highly rated here with waves naturally breaking to the left and right as a result of numerous sandbars along its length and while there is no lifeguard cover on this section, it is seen as a safe spot for swimming. Three miles south of Seahouses, you will find excellent watersports on the golden sands of Beadnell Bay where you can launch boats, rent surfboards, wetsuits and bikes or try your hand at kitesurfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and waterskiing with accredited instructors.
For young explorers, pack a fishing net and spend a happy few hours rock-pooling for hermit crabs on the Tumblers, the rocky intertidal shore immediately adjacent the harbour at Seahouses, or head to Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkness Rocks named by Countryfile as one of the top ten British rockpooling areas. Other child-friendly activities include the Seahouses Treasure Trail, a self-guided route which involves solving clues across the area to crack the final mystery - a fun way to spend a few hours, see the sights and keep family entertained. Head a little further afield to Alnwick Castle and you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure! Children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter; take part in a spot of broomstick training; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
No visit to this area should go by without a visit to the Farne Islands, and a recent accolade by Sir David Attenborough should leave you in doubt as to its credentials when he declared it his favourite place in the UK to capture nature at its very best. Charters from the harbour run every day (weather permitting) and you will be enthralled by the thousands of breeding sea-birds and seals taking up every square foot of this incredible rocky outcrop, including over 37,000 pairs of characterful Puffins. The diving around this area is also a real treat with crystal clear waters, rich marine life, and numerous wrecks to explore, including the presence of those ever inquisitive grey seals!
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