Three Bed Family Home In A Picturesque Village Surrounded By History And Beaches
About John Wilson
My name is John and I am a stay at home father for Oscar. I have served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force but now have just as exciting a job looking after my family. My lovely wife is currently working in Norfolk and so rather than sell or let our family home, and having stayed in holiday lets before, we decided to try this venture for ourselves.
John Wilson purchased this House in 2013
Why John Wilson chose Longhoughton
Arosfa House, which means Stay or Wait in Welsh was originally a Royal Air Force Married Quarter for Warrant Officers who were stationed at nearby RAF Boulmer. The house was not in the best of condition when we purchased her and so a couple of years of tender loving care was required, we have finally turned the garden into a family area as previously it was an allotment. The views from the back are fantastic and in the mornings when the sea fret is drifting up the country road you feel as though you are in a special place...... The house is a family home, and we decided to turn into a holiday let so we could come back and stay since we love the area so much. Northumberland is the hidden gem of the British Isles and I am sure once you have stayed and explored you will agree.
What makes this House unique
Leave Arosfa and take a short 15-20min walk down a single track country lane, enter Low Steads Farm where the friendly farmer will give you a wave and his sheepdogs a glancing look as they watch over the sheep, breathe in the country air mixed with the smell of the sea, and enter the unspoilt and forgotten Sugar Sands Beach........ Meet Surfers , Cyclists, Walkers and Beach lovers who have travelled long distances to visit this unspoilt area of Northumberland Coastline, as you continue walking to the Fishing Boat Inn, where you can sit and listen to the sea or warm yourself by a roaring log fire. Others will have to leave and drive back to avoid rush hour just relax and have another glass of wine. This is why we love "Arosfa House"
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Idyllic for a quiet comfortable stay and great beach walking
We were greeting with a box of biscuits, wine and tea, coffee, milk upon arrival which meant a lot after a long car journey. The house is beautifully decorated, very neat and tidy, and more importantly, well-thought through. Everything you could possibly need was in the kitchen and bathrooms. The beds were very comfortable and the garden just perfect for the dogs. The walk to the beach is a good 20 minutes so we often took the car to maximize our time on the beach if we needed to head out somewhere that morning. The beaches were stunning and the dogs had a great run around. We walked down to the Bathing House (once part of Howick Hall) one day and returned on the upper path. The Coop in town makes fresh bread to pick up for breakfasts. Definitely would want to make a return visit!
Beautiful coastal cottage, a must stay.
I booked this beautiful home for my sister, brother in law, nephew & whippet dog Monty for our Northumberland family get together. My husband & I live in Canada & booking through VRBO/Home & Away was very easy. The home has everything that you could want with clean, modern furnishings throughout. My brother-in-law cooks an amazing curry & the fully equipped kitchen was the perfect place to whip up his delicious signature dish. The Weber BBQ was much appreciated. The fully fenced yard was a great place to gather after a day out. The location to Sugar Sands beach is fantastic, a short walk or 50p in the honesty box to drive down. My husband, parents & I were staying in Boulmer & it was a lovely walk across the coastal path, beach & up the lane to the property. John sent all check in information well in advance & the welcome gifts were much appreciated by my family. For groceries & alcohol, the Co-op just a few minutes away is super convenient. It's well stocked & well priced. It was my family's first visit to this area but will not be their last. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with my family on this special vacation.
Great property and location
The property is exactly as described and we had everything supplied that we needed for a self catering holiday.
The space in the house and outside was a great size for us and our 2 energetic dogs. The garden area gave them a great space to burn off some of their energy.
The location was perfect as it was in a quiet area, within very easy walking distance to a local co-op store (my 95 year old Mother was able to walk there and back), and it is approx 1 mile from the beach and coastal path, which is got to by travelling (walking, bike, or car) down a quiet lane, by the side of the house, and through a farm.
This property is definitely one to stay at to explore this part of the country, with or without dogs.
Richard, Sharon, Barbara, Meg, and Ben
Home from home
From the moment we got to the house ,we felt welcomed,we had a lovely thoughtful gift of wine and dog treats for us and the dogs,the whole place was spotless,Rebecca the house keeper checked in to make sure we were ok,which we certainly were! Close to gorgeous Sugar sands beach and many more places,you can’t fault this property,thankyou John Wilson for letting us use your home,and Rebecca for taking such good care of us
A lovely place to stay!
Brilliant week in Northumberland, great house in beautiful surroundings.
Everthing you would need provided in the property, clean and spacious.
Just a short walk to the beach and a short drive to some of Northumberland's best towns, villages and attractions.
We are so pleased to have found Ariana House! The location was perfect for us and our dog Reggie, the house has everything you need, it’s clean, homely and comfortable. On arrival The Housekeeper makes you feel very welcome by her little touches! I.e wine, biscuits and dog treats, a warm welcome! The lane at the side of the property is a 20minute pleasant stroll to an amazing beach and coastal walk, which we did each day! Coming back to the house was lovely, an enclosed garden for Reggie and a home from home feeling for us, the village is really nice and extremely quiet. Thank you very much The Wilson Family we love your home.
So glad you and Reggie had a lovely holiday, if your children or pets are happy it makes the whole holiday experience that much more enjoyable. We miss the walks down to the beach, we used to make the walk on a Sunday afternoon to get some well earned fresh air and a well earned drink in the Fishing Boat Inn, heading back along the headland listening to the sea....lovely.... nothing better.
Hope you can visit us again.
Regards John and Family
The nearest town to Arosfa House is Alnwick pronounced to rhyme with ‘panic’, that’s perhaps what you would do if you missed out on a visit to this bustling medieval market town.
Twisting cobbled streets with an eclectic collection of individual shops are teamed with some of the country’s top attractions, including Alnwick Castle Dubbed the Windsor of the North, Alnwick Castle was the location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Home of the Percy family and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309, alongside is the Duchess of Northumberland’s blooming marvellous creation – The Alnwick Garden.
Dine among the treetops of The Alnwick Garden in the fairytale setting of one of the world’s largest tree houses, or enjoy afternoon tea with a pot of Earl Grey tea, which originates from nearby Howick in a cosy café.
Whether it’s rifling through the shelves of Barter Books, one of the UK’s largest second hand bookshops, housed in the town’s old railway station or catching a performance at Alnwick Playhouse; toe-tapping to live music in a lively inn or exploring the Bailiffgate Museum which brings to life the people and places of Northumberland, there’s always something to do in Alnwick.
One thing is for sure; a magical time awaits you in this spellbinding town.
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. Many of these castles, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, stand guard along our dramatic coast.
Drive across the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the birthplace of the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels. At the Lindisfane Centre you can turn virtual pages of a facsimile version of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Northumberland’s coast is a giant adventure park where you can enjoy adrenaline-pumping sports like coasteering, kite and wind surfing. Or just relax with a deckchair while the children build sandcastles and go rock pooling.
Channel your inner David Attenborough with a visit to one of Northumberland’s amazing coastal nature reserves like the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Druridge Bay.
Northumberland’s most northern area offers some thrilling history, with the Berwick Walls and ancient battlegrounds. Berwick-upon-Tweed has a rich culture, and inland you’ll find rolling hills and beautiful villages.
Tap into a rich seam of history and celebrate Northumberland’s mining heritage at the award-winning Woodhorn Museum.
Joining the Great Barrier Reef and Yellowstone National Park as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s greatest landmarks. Hadrian's Wall leaves a lasting impression on any who visit, including writer George RR Martin who used it as inspiration for his own Wall in the bestselling books and hit TV series, Game of Thrones.
The best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire and the nation’s finest Roman monument, great stretches of the Wall remain intact in Northumberland.
But this Roman megastructure is not just an isolated ruin. The Wall and surrounding countryside here is scattered with milecastles, temples and Roman forts such as Housesteads, Vindolanda and Epiacum, which can be seen on Robson Greens Further Tales from Northumberland.
There are archaeological sites and museums along the Wall telling the epic story of Rome’s rise and fall. Take to the stunning landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country by foot or bike and enjoy dramatic views unchanged since Roman times.
As well as its Roman treasures, Hadrian’s Wall Country has a wealth of non-Roman finds to explore too. Take a walk west from Housesteads Crag to Sycamore Gap to see both the highest remains of the Wall and the solitary tree immortalised in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The pretty village of Wylam is the birthplace of George Stephenson, pioneering railway engineer and inventor of the ‘Rocket’, the famous railway locomotive.
Carry on the railway theme and board a train on the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line. Hop on and off to explore towns and villages with a character all of their own, like Haltwhistle, Bardon Mill and Hexham.
Officially Britain’s best tourism experience, Kielder Water & Forest Park oozes adventure. Thrillingly remote, yet easily accessible, Northumberland’s western outpost spans 250 square miles. It boasts the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe as well as the largest planted forest in England with 150 million trees. Hugging Kielder Water’s 27-mile shoreline, The Lakeside Way gives easy access to stunning scenic viewpoints along the lakeside and unparalleled chances to spot rare wildlife.
Kielder offers a myriad of opportunities for you to be as active or relaxed as you like. With so much to see and do here, kick off your explorations at one of Kielder’s three visitor centres, Tower Knowe, Leaplish or Kielder Castle.
Kielder Forest is perfect for getting back to nature.
We sincerely hope you choose to stay in our family home "Arosfa House" in beautiful Northumberland.