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Holy Island Bay - Byre

Beal, Northumberland

Boasting a magical setting overlooking the bay towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, this charismatic conversion is an undiscovered gem.

Holy Island Bay - Byre

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Overview

Boasting a magical setting overlooking the bay towards the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, this charismatic conversion is an undiscovered gem.

Enjoy the spirit-lifting views over the bay

Originally an 18th Century mill house serving the monks of Lindisfarne Priory, it has been sympathetically developed to allow the character of the original building to shine through, yet with all the modern comforts of home......and then some! A key attraction of this property is the stunning upstairs sitting room with large feature window where you can sink into the comfort of an armchair and enjoy the spirit-lifting views over the bay.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the view, the room is naturally divided into two areas with deep comfortable sofas, a TV space and a small work desk allowing allowing multi-purpose use, yet also ideal for larger groups looking for some together-space.

There are two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor including a wet room, with the master en-suite bedroom on the first floor.

Downstairs, the open plan kitchen and dining area is wonderfully inviting, linked by the original stone arch - ideal for relaxed evenings and plenty of convivial chat over a fine Merlot perhaps.

To the front of the cottage, there is a private patio area for sitting-out with a large shared sea-facing garden to the rear.

Property details

Ground floor

Access door leading into a small inner hall with writing desk and hanging space.

Open-plan kitchen/dining with ceramic hob and electric oven, dishwasher, large American-style retro fridge with small freezer space, microwave, washer/dryer. Dining space with seating for six. Small flat screen TV.

Bedroom one with 3' twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers.

En-suite bathroom with wet room shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC. This bathroom also has a handrail and stool in the shower area which may make it suitable for guests with mobility restrictions.

Bedroom two with 5’ king size bed, wardrobe with hanging space and drawers, window seat.

En-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Rear porch with door out to the shared sea facing lawned garden (steps up).

First floor

Sitting room with large floor to ceiling feature window, large double sofa, and two armchairs (sea facing), large selection of books, work desk, electric stove. TV space with two large sofas, large flat screen TV with Netflix, DVD player, and docking station. Guests require their own Netflix account. Selection of books and games.

Bedroom three is the master bedroom with zip and link beds which can be set up as a 6’ super king double or 3' twins as required, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe with hanging and storage space, sea views.

En-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is a small private patio to the front of the cottage with outdoor seating for six and barbecue.

There is a large lawned sea-facing garden which leads down to the bay. This is shared between the three converted mill properties which make up this development. There are a number of benches to take advantage of the views.

Parking

There is private parking provision for two vehicles.

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request.

Dogs

Unfortunately dogs and other pets cannot be accommodated.

Guest amenities

High quality linen along with bath towels. A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom. Hand soaps are supplied.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile reception is generally good.

Heating

Heating throughout the property which is thermostatically controlled.

Guest privacy

Holy Island Bay - Byre adjoins Holy Island Bay - Stables and there are parts of the garden which are shared.

Additional Accommodation

For guests looking to holiday together Holy Island Bay - Stables sleeping 4, sits next door.

Location

The cottage sits next to many close visitor attractions with local services nearby, including the wonderful Barn at Beal (3.5 miles) for lingering lunches savouring the catch-of-the-day or informal evening dining.

You can get ‘corner shop’ provisions from the Beal Garage on the A1 (2 miles), or 4.5 miles will take you to the village of Belford which offers a range of local amenities including the Sunnyhills Farm Shop which sells fabulous local produce as well as serving excellent coffee and tasty food. Food fans will be delighted by the wealth of local goodies on offer here including Doddington Dairy ice cream, Northumberland cheeses, Lindisfarne Oysters, Chainbridge Honey, and Craster Kippers to name but a few.

More extensive amenities can be found in the Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (10.5 miles) which has a mix of high street and independent shopping, as well as two large supermarkets, a Marks & Spencers food outlet and a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Activities

The whole area is bursting with things to do here, dotted by a trail of castles and fortifications interspersed with pretty seaside villages all the way up and down the coast.

Sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers will be captivated by the vast variety of wildlife and birdlife right on the doorstep. This is a spectacular stretch for migrant and wading birds, and in the evening, you can wrap up and head down to the bay to experience big sky views and some amazing sunsets.

For walking and relaxation, the beaches on this stretch of Northumberland coastline are an absolute delight. Ross Bank Sands, Cheswick and Goswick offer vast, deserted stretches of golden sands where you can wander to your hearts content, or why not cross the causeway to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to trace the legend of St. Cuthbert, including the chance to see the odd grey seal bobbing inquisitively in the sea or basking on the sand flats.

A must-visit is the beach at Bamburgh (10 miles) with its glorious curves of white sandy beach backed by deep sand dunes which is a top spot for picnics, walkers and water sports enthusiasts, with the dramatic outline of Bamburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop.

For cycling, this area has plenty to offer with an abundance of trails and waymarked routes suitable for all ages and abilities from family routes, leisure routes, and mountain biking trails with everything from easy coastal stretches to high energy treks along the course of the Sandstone Way which sits right on the doorstep.

Take a boat trip from Seahouses to the outstanding Farne Islands nature reserve and seabird sanctuary; head to Craster to sample their legendary oak smoked kippers; or head inland to experience the medieval splendour of Alnwick Castle with its fantastic child-friendly activity programme inspired by the wizardly magic and broomstick antics of Harry Potter. Enjoy!

 

Children and families

Children and families

Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Local food and drink

Local food and drink

Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and Nannies

Babysitting and Nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Reviews

"We had a fabulous time. Cottage is lovely and a perfect spot, stunning views and lots of good walks. Just what wanted. "

Mrs Forster

"We had a wonderful stay at the cottage - amazing location and super well equipped. Thank you!"

Mrs Jury

"We had a great time, the setting is magical and the cottage lovely. Well equipped and stylish. Many congratulations to the owners. The cottage was very comfortable, beds exceptional and the seating near the lounge window was fought over on a regular basis  as we all loved the view. Great place definitely one for a revisit."

Mrs Kirby

"We had a fantastic week. The cottage was just stunning – great location, quite but with fabulous views, very spacious and comfortable, and we had some great tips from the owner for places to eat and visit. Would recommend the cottage to anyone, and hope to return soon – it was a shame to leave."

Mr Finch

"Excellent stay – the place was set up very well by the housekeepers. Thank you!"

Mr Falkingham

"Thank you for a relaxing, inspirational stay. Beautiful beaches, big skies, wonderful castles and adventures. The perfect stay for a growing family, we meditated in the garden, risked the sinking sand, played Scrabble, communed with the stars - all in this beautiful, quiet house on the edge of a ‘holy’ island. Thank you for hosting us."

Greaves family

"We all had a wonderful stay at The Byre, the condition of all the areas of this amazing home were very good. As we were entertaining several family members over the week, we were most appreciative of the well equipped kitchen."

Whitworth & Zissler

"Just had to reply to say we had the most wonderful week at The Byre. The cottage was fabulous - clean, comfortable and really well equipped and the welcome basket of goodies was a lovely surprise. All quality products too! The views from the cottage were absolutely stunning, we spent many hours sitting in garden and the lounge gazing out over the bay to Holy Island. We knew from the website it was going to be special but it just took our breath away the beauty of it all. So peaceful too. We visited many places everywhere within easy reach, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Alnmouth, Craster, a day trip by train to Edinburgh from Berwick but the highlight of the week had to be a Farne Island boat trip where we not only experienced the amazing wildlife on Inner Farne (yes even being dive bombed by the terns) but also we were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins on our way back. They came up very close to the boat and gave a fantastic display for us all.We had one of our daughters with us for part of the week with her two girls aged 5 and 10 and they all loved it too. We definitely will return -  just working out when!  Thank you to all the team, the housekeepers and the owner for a great stay."

McHenry Family

"We had a lovely time thank you. The weather was not kind (cold and windy!) but the Byre nice and warm and beautifully equipped. Its situation is stunning. We had a lot of fun entertaining and going on walks and trips to many of the local attractions. Sadly the boat trips to the Farne Islands were cancelled... so - not so sadly - we will have to come back! We could not have been more delighted with the Byre, in every way."

Mr & Mrs Fuller-Sessions

"Just to say that everyone thought the Byre was incredibly comfortable and well-equipped - and we all had a brilliant holiday! Very many thanks - and for the welcome basket as well."

Ms Brown
Location Rural - 10.5 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The stunning sitting room with large feature window where you can sink into the comfort of an armchair and enjoy the spirit-lifting views over the bay. The little things we love...
"The stunning sitting room with large feature window where you can sink into the comfort of an armchair and enjoy the spirit-lifting views over the bay."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree