About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
A short walk from Embleton Bay. Perfect for families looking to enjoy the beach.
Sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the glorious sands of Embleton Bay just a stone’s throw away, this is a place to escape the crowds and recapture those nostalgic holiday moments - the allure of empty sandy beaches, breathtaking views and easy, relaxed living in the company of family or friends.
The property offers a perfect base for beach life where a five minute stroll down a pretty country lane leads to a fantastic stretch of golden sands with the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop. The idyllic location combined with its many local attractions means that it is a super location for families, outdoor pursuits and active explorers!
Sleeping up to six guests, the property offers warm, comfortable accommodation with pretty nautical touches that reflect its coastal location. The charming open plan sitting room/dining room has been recently opened-up to take advantage of its bright sunny outlook and is presented using a soothing Farrow & Ball colour palette with deep roomy sofas and plenty of cosy features for relaxed evenings around the wood burning stove.
The existing configuration will work extremely well for families with two bright double bedrooms (one double and one twin) and one single room with full-size bunk beds - ideal for children sharing. There is a compact but well equipped kitchen with adjoining utility and boot room, including a variety of toys and games for those happy laid-back days on the beach.
The substantial lawned rear garden benefits from sunshine through most of the day and offers plenty of space for entertainment, ball games and that all-important summer barbecue.
Open plan sitting room/dining room with two large sofas set around a wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided). Flatscreen TV with Freeview, including an excellent selection of books and games for wet weather days. The dining area has a table with seating for six.
The kitchen is compact but ideal for holiday living with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and Krups Nespresso coffee machine (pod type). This leads into a utility room with a freezer and washing machine.
Large boot room which can be used for the secure storage of outdoor gear, bikes and golf clubs. This has a selection of outdoor toys for children and a number of beach games which guests are welcome to use.
Ground floor WC.
Bedroom one - with king size bed, dressing table, hanging rail.
Bedroom two - with twin beds, chest of drawers, and storage cupboard.
Bedroom three - single room with full size bunk beds.
Family bathroom - bath with shower over and basin. Separate WC.
Oil fired central heating throughout - thermostatically controlled.
Wood burning stove in the sitting room (with initial supply of logs).
There is a front lawned garden which can be fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs when the driveway gate is closed. There is a large lawned garden to the rear of the property (partially enclosed) which runs down to a line of woods and field margins.
There is private parking for 2-3 cars in the driveway directly in front of the property.
Wifi and mobile coverage
Free Wifi is provided. There is limited or no mobile coverage on most networks. A landline is provided for emergency and incoming calls only.
Bed linen and towels supplied
Hair dryer supplied in bedroom one and two.
Guest toiletries and hand soaps are provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
A small welcome pack is provided.
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.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor, uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted on the furniture. There is a fee of £15 per dog to cover additional cleaning charges.
The property is semi detached and sits in a small row of properties on a country lane in the tiny hamlet of Dunstan Steads which leads down to Embleton Bay. There are green fields to the front of the property and a large lawned garden to the rear leads down to a line of trees and field margins.
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Great location, beach, walks, food, people.
House in a great position nicely decorated, great bathrooms and very comfortable. Lots of very nice features.
Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Driftwood.
I hope we can welcome you back in the future.
The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
If you are looking for a well presented cottage for a family holiday, this is the one. Clean,tidy and well equipped, including wind breaks and toys for the kids for days on the beach. Only 5 minutes walk from a beautiful quiet beach, with it's own castle. It is about a mile to the village of Embleton, which has 3 pubs and a small shop. You could walk there but on a evening it would be an interesting walk back on the dark lane home. The cottage is surprisingly large and was idea for the 4 adults and 2 teenage kids. Wifi and free view to included & back garden in huge. Highly recommended, we didn't want to go home!
Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review, it is greatly appreciated. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at Driftwood and I hope we can welcome you back in the future.
The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
Stylish, comfortable, welcoming and well- equipped
Driftwood is a real gem of a property. Its location is perfect for a family beach holiday, and is also well situated for exploring the rest of the Northumberland coast.
Beautifully decorated and furnished, you certainly have the wow factor when you first walk in.
The owners have equipped it in such a way that it can feel like home-from-home, with children's toys, beach and garden toys, board games, DVDs, hair dryers, toiletries etc.
We had a wonderful week there and would definitely like to return again one day.
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review, it is greatly appreciated. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Driftwood. It sits in a great setting and is great for families. I hope we can welcome you back in the future.
The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
A wonderful base from which to explore the Northumberland coast
Driftwood exceeded expectation, proving to be a wonderfully comfortable base from which to explore the Northumberland coast. The light and surprisingly spacious house has been decorated and furnished very simply but tastefully to a very high standard with everything that one might possibly want whilst on holiday. The luxurious bathrooms were especially welcome after a long day's walking the nearby coast, as was the extremely comfortable bed. The house's proximity to Dunstanburgh Castle was the main reason for our choice and we took advantage of visiting it on more than one occasion. The walks both up and down the coast were most enjoyable, especially at low tide when one could enjoy all that expanse of sand with little but seabirds for company. At high tide or when the sea breeze was a little too strong the Coastal Path offers an alternative inland route. The welcome pack provided us with essentials and everything else we needed was easily purchased in nearby Embleton or at the Coop store in Longhoughton a 10 minute drive away. All in all an excellent place to stay in this part of the world.
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review, it is greatly appreciated.
We’re so pleased to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Driftwood. The Northumberland Coast is indeed stunning. I have passed your comments over to the owners who will be very pleased.
I hope we can be of assistance in the future. Thanks again for your kind comments.
The Crabtree & Crabtree Team
For local provisions the pretty village of Embleton sits 3/4 mile from the property where you will find a village shop for essential provisions and a number of country pubs including the Blue Bell Inn with pizzeria
and large play park opposite which is a real highlight for children. The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is a good choice for fine evening dining, or for something a little more relaxed, a ten minute walk will take you to the welcoming surroundings of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club which has a great reputation for good home cooking. Alternatively nearby Eleanor’s Byre is a super place for a coffee and cake stop.
A leisurely mile long walk along the coastline with children and dogs in tow will take you to the hugely popular Ship Inn at Low Newton renowned for great seafood lunches and its microbrewery, or try the Joiners Arms in Newton By The Sea for some amazing fish and chips! Follow the coastal trail to sample the simply delicious crab sandwiches at the highly regarded Jolly Fisherman at Craster; try the lovely Shoreline Cafe for a steaming cappuccino and home-made cakes (muddy boots and dogs welcome!); followed by a visit to The Mick Oxley Gallery where you will find wonderful artwork and artisan gifts. A must-visit is Robson’s Smokehouse, home of the famous Craster kippers as well as a wonderful selection of smoked delicacies, fresh fish, shellfish, cheeses and other delicious local produce from the Northumberland heartlands.
A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (9 miles) with an eclectic selection of specialist shops, including a deli, bakery, award-winning butcher’s, charming coffee and gift shops, as well as a number of supermarkets for holiday provisions. It is also home to the extraordinary Barter Books, one of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe where you can spend a blissful few hours browsing or relaxing in a comfy armchair in this characterful and beautifully restored former railway station.
Embleton Bay and Low Newton-by-the-Sea (3 miles) cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families, children and dogs where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families with options for kitesurfing, bodyboarding, coasteering and kayaking with a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area.
The beautiful scenery around this area is a haven for families, walkers, photographers and sports enthusiasts who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats, and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. Walk or cycle northwards along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline or take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony.
A short drive (14 miles) will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For golf fans, there are scenic links courses all the way down the coast, including nearby Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club where a short five minute walk from the property will take you directly onto the 16th green.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Dunstanburgh, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle or Chillingham Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter or test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest. For garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens, Howick Hall and Cragside is an absolute must, with spectacular colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.
Additional pricing information
Contractual booking deposit: 20.00% rent