Three north Northumberland holiday cottages have been named as among the 50 best in the UK for summer 2016, according to a national newspaper.
The Pottergate Tower, in Alnwick, Sandhills, at Bamburgh, and 1-2 The Haven, in Beadnell, have made the list, which has been compiled by The Guardian and is a round up of 'the best coastal gems, rural retreats, architectural wonders and romantic hideaways for two – all with availability this summer'.
Sandhills has been listed in the Best Seaside Cottages category, The Pottergate Tower is included in the Romantic Cottages section and 1-2 The Haven is in the Cottages for Architecture Fans category.
Here is what the paper says about each:
Pottergate Tower: A listed three-storey medieval tower, Pottergate Tower has been converted into a luxurious retreat for two with stunning views of Alnwick Castle. Up the narrow spiral stone steps on the first level there’s a modern kitchen, with a mezzanine viewing area with vistas of the castle and town of Alnwick. The second floor has lounge and bathroom, with exposed stone walls and gothic mullioned windows, and up from here is the bedroom, with 360-degree views and super-kingsize bed. • Sleeps two, £930 a week in July/August, £680 low season, 01665 710700, coquetcottages.co.uk
Sandhills: New this spring, sitting among sand dunes on a beautiful stretch of the Northumberland coast, Sandhills is a two-bedroomed, light-filled, chalet-style house with Bamburgh Castle a dramatic backdrop. The family-friendly beach has won awards for water quality and cleanliness, and is perfect for long walks, surfing and windsurfing. Rock pools will keep little ones entertained for hours. • Sleeps three, £595 a week in July/August, £395 low season, 01573 226711, crabtreeandcrabtree.com
The Haven: A three-storey 1930s-built house by the coast in Beadnell, 1-2 The Haven has curves in all the right places. The bedrooms are downstairs and the living area is upstairs to make the most of the sea views. There’s oodles of space, with a terrace on the first floor and a sun deck on the second; two large lounges and a games room, make it perfect for large groups and families. Sandy Beadnell Bay stretches for two miles; the harbour town of Seahouses is two miles away and Bamburgh Castle four miles away. Summer availability is very limited, however, so move quickly. • Sleeps nine, £2,085 a week in July/August, £1,050 low season, artdecobeadnell.co.uk, ownersdirect.co.uk