|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A charming, newly-renovated seaside cottage just a few minutes’ walk from Seahouses’ delightful harbour, pristine sandy beach and shops, pubs and restaurants. The ideal base for a break whatever the weather.
The fresh, bright, newly-refurbished accommodation is a contemporary twist on the seaside theme. The owner’s impressive attention to detail is reflected in the delightful quirky details throughout. There’re cosy fabrics, interesting local artwork, seaside themed lamps and other objets d’art sourced from local boutiques and antique shops.
The cosy seating area includes a log burner for the cooler months finished off with an impressive stone lintel above the fireplace which was found on the owner’s farm. The sleek, contemporary eat-in kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons including a wine cooler!
The two pretty bedrooms – one double and one twin – are a continuation on the sophisticated seaside theme with warm Farrow & Ball colours, incredibly comfortable beds and plenty of storage.
Outside is a pretty garden to the front and smaller rear garden. The garden is fully enclosed for the safety of children.
The accommodation is all on one floor and is suitable for less mobile guests.
Sitting room with wood burning stove (logs provided), TV with Freeview and board games.
Fully-equipped kitchen with single oven with 4 ring hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, wine cooler and dishwasher.
Utility room with washing machine with dryer and space for the storage of outdoor kit.
Bedroom one with 5’ double bed, large fitted wardrobe, dressing table and TV with Freeview.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, large fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC.
Wi fi and mobile coverage
BT Infinity wi fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.
The beds are made up with good quality bed linen and hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Luxurious bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest toiletries are also provided.
Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Garden and parking
Greengate sits in a pretty, fully-enclosed garden to the front and small private garden to the back which is also fully-enclosed and has a picnic table and chairs for outside dining (available from spring 2015). There is off-street parking in front of the house for one car and ample on-street parking.
A welcome pack is provided.
Catering at Greengate is entirely flexible. The house can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests’ stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.
A generous initial supply of logs is provided.
Regretfully Greengate is not suitable for dogs.
This is our second visit to Greengates and we have been really impressed with it on both occasions. It is a clean, well maintained property and the log burner and new kitchen are excellent features. The location is great being just a very short walk to the Main Street with all the shops, pubs and restaurants. It doesn't have a view of the sea but it has good outside space and being located where it is means you are not bothered by passers by. Really looking forward to going back.
What a great holiday bungalow in Seahouses. Good position for walking out from, or just to drive to other destinations. Having its own drive was a bonus. Once inside we found everything we required for our stay. Everywhere was lovely and clean and it felt so homely. Nice quality furnishings....and the bed was very comfortable indeed.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay very much, wish we could heave stayed for longer really.
A lovely bungalow in an outstanding location only minutes walk from everything in Seahouses, which itself is well positioned to explore the Northumberland coast.
The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable with all necessary facilities provided.
The owners provided a lovely cake that lasted through the week, plus eggs in the fridge and basic needs.
This was our first visit to Northumberland and it surpassed expectations. Hope to stay again.
Very pleased from the moment we drove into the driveway..beautiful flowers in the garden and roses round the door... Once inside very impressed.Very clean . Nice decorations, light and bright..everything that one needed for a comfortable stay...including fresh roses in a vase, a delicious home made cake to have with our afternoon cup of tea...
Just a very short walk from, shops, restaurants, wide choice..Indian, Pizza, and of course fish and chips and Pubs.. the harbour and the sea... Easy car ride to other beaches, castles etc.. No lack of things to do and see.. Retuning next year with family so will need a larger place..but highly recommend this lovely cottage...just one downside for me...beds are rather soft and duvets heavy ..but that's because I like a firm bed and lightweight duvet.. I still rate it 5 star...👍😀 And recommend it.. Also helpful and friendly owner..
The cottage has everything you could possibly need. It is comfortable, clean, and cosy. The thoughtful owner provides all those little things that make staying at Greengate something special. Everything about the place was perfect. We arrived after a long, cold journey through snow for much of it, to be greeted by a warm and welcoming cottage, with essential provisions, and lots of logs for the lovely wood burner which we used every night. Seahouses has all the necessary services within walking distance, and is situated in an ideal position on the coast for visiting Bamburgh, Holy Island etc, and the beach walks in both directions are just fantastic. Don't forget your binoculars for the wildlife and to watch the windsurfers! For those that enjoy a good traditional pub, you need go no further than a couple of hundred yards and there are several - but The Ship was our favourite. We shall be back!
Seahouses is a popular holiday resort sitting within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and features a bustling working harbour, beautiful beaches, and a pretty coastal village with an array of friendly shops, cosy pubs, cafes and restaurants. It is seen as the gateway for sea voyages to the Farne Islands and is a fantastic base to explore the wider Northumberland area.
Greengate is situated just a short walk from the shops and amenities of the village in one direction and the pretty harbour area in the other, and you will find plenty of good eating places nearby. Experience the rich maritime connections of The Old Ship Inn for tasty food and a good selection of real ales while soaking-up the unique nautical features of this characterful pub. 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. 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.
Most of the shopping in Seahouses is on the Main Street which has a newsagents, bakery, chemist, fishmongers, olde-worlde sweet shop, as well as gift shops and a Co-op supermarket. 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
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!
There are beaches to the north and the south of the village, with the most popular being to the north, featuring great sweeping curves of white sand running almost seamlessly to Bamburgh and Budle Bay. This stretch is 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’, a 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.
For walking and cycling, the area offers some of the finest coastal routes in the country. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this stretch taking in incredible cliff-top scenery and sandy beaches, interspersed with dramatic castles and pretty coastal villages with art galleries and craft shops. A little further inland will take you to a huge network of trails and waymarked routes involving gentle circular routes through scenic Border country to challenging long-distance trails amidst the dramatic beauty of the Northumberland National Park.
Visitors will be enchanted by the rich heritage of the area, where exceptional castles and grand stately homes punctuate the landscape all the way down the coast - Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Chillingham and Alnwick to name but a few. Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert, or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place.