There’s nowhere quite like Northumberland to leave the stresses and and strains of the daily grind far behind and 2 Church Row is an immaculate family cottage for recharging batteries and enjoying all that this amazing county has to shout about.
2 Church Row is just a few miles from Northumberland’s endless sandy beaches, in an idyllic rural setting where children will soon make friends with the locals - the sheep, cows, horses, goats, chickens and guinea fowl. Local free range eggs are available at the end of the drive and paid for in the honesty box. The enclosed front garden provides a safe place for playing out and the rear garden is partially open to a communal footpath but not adjacent to the road. There are no street lights in the village so on clear, dark nights, families can marvel at the Milky Way and keep eyes peeled for shooting stars.
The cottage has been finished in a very sophisticated, country style, with new furnishings and fittings carefully chosen t o bring a fresh, contemporary twist to the traditional character and original features like the huge stone fireplace and beamed kitchen ceiling. A cosy family room is well kitted out with toys, jigsaws, board games and Lego, plus a music system and iPod dock, while the comfy living room has a big wood burning stove to snuggle down and enjoy a family movie or favourite box set from the extensive DVD library. The new fitted kitchen is bright and modern, with a huge 1950’s style fridge freezer and dining table for 6, plus a toddler chair and the washing machine is in a separate utility room with a downstairs WC. All three bedrooms are in soothing muted colour schemes with quality linen and views over the countryside and the family bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower. Recently awarded 4 star GOLD by enjoy England.
2 Church Row sleeps up to 6 people plus babies and one travel cot is provided. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the other two bedrooms have twin single beds.
2 Church Row is located in the quiet little hamlet of Newham, just 3 miles from the truly breathtaking beaches and movie-set castles of the Northumberland coast.
The traditional Pack Horse Inn is just over 1 mile from the cottage, and a pleasant stroll, in the neighbouring village of Ellingham, serving home cooked evening meals and Sunday lunches. The quaint little harbour town of Seahouses is 4 miles away, with a well stocked co-op and local shops for essential provisions plus super fresh fish and chips, Indian and Chinese takeaways, several pubs and cafes, including Coxons ice cream coffee shop. Seahouses is also where families can take bird and seal spotting boat trips to the Farne Islands or pay a visit to Holy Island.
Adjacent to Seahouses, Beadnell Bay is one Northumberland’s famously fabulous sandy beaches, backed by sand dunes and in a sheltered crescent that makes it an especially ideal for families. Low Newton by the Sea is also close by and unquestionably one of the most attractive little villages on the Northumberland coast, with an idyllic cluster of fisherman’s cottages surrounding a village green by the shore and a hugely popular pub serving lush crab sandwiches. The vast swathes of broad sandy beaches are famous for never being crowded and what could be more exhilarating than a horseback hack along the sands.
One of the most amazing sights on the coast is the magnificent Bamburgh castle that towers above the sands and provides a backdrop to the historic coastal village. The formidable fortress spans nine acres of land and has 14 public areas for little knights and princesses to let their imagination run wild. The coast is strung with ancient castles and ruins to explore but the other most famous, must-see castle is in the market town of Alnwick (10 miles) and instantly recognizable to all Harry Potter fans as the wizard school of Hogwarts, with character events taking place throughout the year. Alnwick also has a Sainsburys supermarket which will deliver groceries to the cottage.
Nearest medical services (GP and A&E): Seahouses Health Centre, 4 miles. Alnwick Infirmary, 18 miles.