A 3 bedroom cottage just yards from the beach and village centre
About John Raftery
Heather and I live locally in Morpeth - about ten miles inland from Newbiggin. Heather is originally from the North-East and when I came up with her from London to live here 24 years ago I was sold. It's a great quality of life in a beautiful part of the country. We also have a cottage in Beadnell, further up the coast, where Heather 'grew up'. To us, Northumberland is all about the coast but don't neglect the beautiful natural countryside - that is equally beautiful.
John Raftery purchased this House in 2007
Why John Raftery chose Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
We bought it from a fisherman. We fell in love with it most of all because of its location. It really is in a good spot for all the local amenities that are on its doorstep. The cottage lends itself so well to being a holiday cottage. It is cosy but not too small and it has a very sociable living area with an open plan kitchen / diner and bi-fold doors that open up in to the living room.
What makes this House unique
It comes back to its central location while being so close to the beach. It also has sea views from the upstairs windows at the back of the house!
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Ideal house and location very convenient for sea and basic shops. Very comfortable although single bed very soft and bouncy and tight for an adult. Kitchen needed oven gloves and lots more table mats and coasters.
Nice little cottage.
Stayed over Easter weekend for 3 nights. Used it as a base to visit Holy Island & Alnwick Castle. Very pleasant dealing with John (the owner). Cake on first day was a welcome surprise.
Lovely comfortable house in great location for the beach
Sandpiper cottage is in a great location if you are looking for somewhere close to the beach as it is only a few steps away from the back door. We have just spent a great week there. It was cosy and comfortable and had everything we needed. Beds were clean and comfortable and lovely colour scheme throughout. Lovely big bathroom too with bath and shower and a small but sunny seating area in the back yard. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and the welcome card and afternoon tea stuff was a lovely touch .
Clean, bright, warm and very comfortable.
We really felt at home in this well-presented and welcoming cottage. It is ideally located for walks along the promenade or further afield and, although it is on a street with pubs, shops, eateries, it is very quiet and we slept very well.
Very caring owners who left a cake and a card to welcome us on our arrival: lovely touch.
Thank you Sophie for such a positive review. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed our cottage - it is indeed a quiet although central spot. Newbiggin is generally unspoilt and a great little refuge. I hope we get the opportunity to host you again.
Really nice property, close to local amenities including a supermarket, takeaways and restaurants. Also well located for sightseeing in the area. Recommended.
Lovely home close to the sea and an excellent location for exploring
Very comfortable home, clean, bright and well maintained. The kitchen had all the equipment necessary. Newbiggin itself has everything on the doorstep, shop, bakery , excellent fish and chips and more all a few minutes walk from the property. As a base for exploring I couldn't fault it, with Bamburgh, Holy Island, Cragside all within an easy drive. We all really enjoyed our stay.
Thank you Gareth for the positive review. Location is (almost) everything. Thank you also for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy and I hope you come back again in the future.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Newbiggin. You could just spend a day in the village, shopping in the independent shops or walking around the bay. Further afield Morpeth (where we live) is a lovely market town where you could easily spend a day. There is fantastic shopping there and a town centre family park by the riverside where you can feed the ducks. It also has a good size swimming pool in the nearby leisure centre - and a gym. It's only a 25 minute drive away. An extra 5 minutes drive will get you to the city of Newcastle in the south or Alnwick going north where you can visit the Castle and Garden and wander around the cobbled lanes of this country town.
The beaches north of Newbiggin are truly amazing. As good as you'll see anywhere and they stretch for miles - all the way to Scotland! Speaking of which you are actually already north of Hadrian's Wall. Something you must see if you have travelled this far. A World Heritage site, the wall starts just down the road in Wallsend (just a little east of Newcastle) where you can start by visiting the ruins of the old Roman baths and fort at Segedunum. Head west along the A69 out of Newcastle and you can pick up the wall again at Heddon-on-the-Wall and continue towards Cumbria and see the vast stretches of the wall amid the most spectacular countryside. You'll need some stout footwear though as you'll have to walk over rugged terrain to get on top of it. Allow a full day to see it.
If it's castles you've come to see then you will be spoilt for choice. Apart from Alnwick, there are some spectacular coastal castles; the ruin teetering on the cliffs at Dunstanburgh and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle sitting atop rocks over the dunes and out over Bamburgh Beach. Possibly the nicest beach in the world!
While you're up that way, you can call in to Seahouses for fish and chips and a walk around the fishing harbour, A visit to the Ship Inn is a must if you go there.
Northumberland is rich in indigenous wildlife. You can see otters on many of the rivers if you are lucky enough, red squirrels (particularly in Keilder Forest where you might be lucky enough to catch sight of a goshawk), puffins on Coquet Island (catch a boat from Amble Harbour) and the Farne Islands (boats leave from Seahouses Harbour) where you'll also see the local colonies of grey and common deals. You might also see dolphins! Many of the bays (Budle for example) host many wading birds too.
You've probably come to Northumberland to get away from it all and whatever you decide to do you can certainly achieve this. Northumberland is after all the least populated county in the whole of England but if you need your fix of hustle and bustle then don't forget to spend time in the vibrant city centre of Newcastle and Gateshead just across the River Tyne. Day or night you won't be disappointed in what's on offer whether it's shopping, cinema, theatre, arts and culture, live music. great bars and restaurants. All clustered together in a compact city centre and quayside.