Sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the glorious sands of Embleton Bay just a stone’s throw away, this is a place to escape the crowds and recapture those nostalgic holiday moments.
Perfect base for beach life
The property offers a perfect base for beach life where a five minute stroll down a pretty country lane leads to a fantastic stretch of golden sands with the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop. The idyllic location combined with its many local attractions means that it is a super location for families, outdoor pursuits and active explorers!
Sleeping up to six guests, the property offers warm, comfortable accommodation with pretty nautical touches that reflect its coastal location. The charming open plan sitting room/dining room has been recently opened-up to take advantage of its bright sunny outlook and is presented using a soothing Farrow & Ball colour palette with deep roomy sofas and plenty of cosy features for relaxed evenings around the wood burning stove.
The existing configuration will work extremely well for families with two bright double bedrooms (one double and one twin) and one single room with full-size bunk beds - ideal for children sharing. There is a compact but well equipped kitchen with adjoining utility and boot room, including a variety of toys and games for those happy laid-back days on the beach.
Open-plan sitting room/dining room with two large sofas set around a wood burning stove with initial supply of logs provided. Flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player, including an excellent selection of books and games for wet weather days. The dining area has a table with seating for six.
The kitchen is compact but ideal for holiday living with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and Krups Nespresso coffee machine (pod type). There is a small freezer in the pantry.
Utility room with a washing machine and dryer.
Large boot room which can be used for the secure storage of outdoor gear, bikes and golf clubs. This has a selection of outdoor toys for children and a number of beach games which guests are welcome to use.
Bathroom one with shower unit with rainforest head, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom one with fixed 5' king size bed, dressing table, built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom two with fixed 3' twin beds, chest of drawers, built-in wardrobe.
Bedroom three single room with full size bunk beds - ideal for children.
Bathroom two with Villeroy and Boch bath, large shower unit with rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a front lawned garden which is fully enclosed for the safety of children and dogs. There is a large lawned garden to the rear of the property which is also fully enclosed.
There is private parking for 2-3 cars in the driveway directly in front of the property.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and highchair are available.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is an outside tap and dog owners are asked to ensure that dogs are clean before access into the property and should remain in the boot room/utility room until dry. Thereafter, dogs must be kept to the ground floor, uncarpeted areas of the property and are not permitted on the furniture. There is a fee of £15 per dog to cover additional cleaning charges.
Bed linen, towels and hairdryers are supplied. Hand soaps are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. There is limited or no mobile coverage on most networks. A landline is provided for emergency and incoming calls only.
Oil fired central heating throughout - thermostatically controlled. Wood burning stove in the sitting room with initial supply of logs.
The property is semi-detached and sits in a small row of properties on a country lane in the tiny hamlet of Dunstan Steads which leads down to Embleton Bay. There are green fields to the front of the property and a large lawned garden to the rear leads down to a line of trees and field margins.
For local provisions the pretty village of Embleton sits 3/4 mile from the property where you will find a village shop for essential provisions and a number of country pubs including the Blue Bell Inn with pizzeria and large play park opposite which is a real highlight for children. The can be reached by walking down the country lane towards the beach and then taking the pedestrian path past the golf club to the village (approx 3/4 mile). The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel is a good choice for fine evening dining, or for something a little more relaxed, a ten minute walk will take you to the welcoming surroundings of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club which has a great reputation for good home cooking. Alternatively nearby Eleanor’s Byre is a super place for a coffee and cake stop.
Embleton Bay and Low Newton-by-the-Sea (3 miles) cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families, children and dogs where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families with options for kitesurfing, bodyboarding, coasteering and kayaking with a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area.
The beautiful scenery around this area is a haven for families, walkers, photographers and sports enthusiasts who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats, and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. Walk or cycle northwards along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline or take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony.
A short drive (14 miles) will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For golf fans, there are scenic links courses all the way down the coast, including nearby Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club where a short five minute walk from the property will take you directly onto the 16th green.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Dunstanburgh, Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle or Chillingham Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter or test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest. For garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens, Howick Hall and Cragside is an absolute must, with spectacular colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.
Children and families
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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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
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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.Find Out More
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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.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
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"We had a fabulous time last week and the weather was very kind to us before we returned home on Friday in the very wet conditions. The house was absolutely stunning, very comfortable and homely whilst also perfectly located for the beach and we completed a walk to Craster. We have had many holidays in the lakes and Northumberland but we have never stayed in a house which is so well equipped. We normally arrive and find one toilet roll, one rubbish bag and no dish cloths but we were so impressed with the amount of amenities, it really was a home from home. The childrens books went down very well with our daughter too. In fact we were very gutted when the holiday was over and we all agreed we could live there! All in all, we had an amazing holiday and would most definitely return in the future."Collier family
"We had a lovely holiday at the Driftwood property. It was very cosy and the location was great for surf and golf as well as all the local places to visit. It was well equipped for outdoor life. Our boys loved the bunk beds and we’d be keen to return in the summer to make more time for the huge garden!"Mr & Mrs Moore and family
"Driftwood was a lovely holiday cottage with a great location, the welcome basket was fantastic and the games, DVDs and books were a welcome surprise."Mr Foster
"Well equipped and comfortable property in an excellent location for walks and the beach."Pitts family
"We had a fantastic stay at Driftwood. The property was beautifully appointed and very comfortable with lots of extras that we have never had before such as the binoculars, enough dishwasher tablets and washing powder to see us through the week and a good selection of board games that girls and just took to when the sun when down! It makes all the difference. The views are stunning and the location just perfect. Didn't want to leave."Dr Simpson
"We found Driftwood absolutely superb. The house is finished to a high standard, warm, comfortable and spacious with a Clearview stove as a bonus. They have clearly worked to make the back garden dog proof and for dog owners both the garden, the utility areas and good access to the beach is wonderful. We very much enjoyed our stay and certainly on our do again list."Sheil family
"We stayed at Driftwood Embleton and we had a great week and found the accommodation itself without fault. The kitchen was so well equipped and we liked the Le Creuset type casserole pot so much we bought one for ourselves on our return. The boot room worked perfectly for the 2 dogs. We slept well and both the showers were great. The house was spotless."Ms Hutchinson
"Had a lovely time. We own a holiday let ourselves and recognise a good one when we see it. A lot of effort has gone into the renovation and everything that you could need has been provided for. Location is second to none. 7 days of sunny weather in early May was a lucky bonus."Caunt family
"Just to say we had a brilliant week at Driftwood. We know the area very well and this was just the property we wanted for our extended family of son, daughter-in-law, 2 very young grandchildren and 2 dogs. Near the dunes and beach in a lovely property ...wonderful. The house actually was well equipped and lacked for nothing and your staff handled things very well for us."Craven family
"Just to say we had another wonderful few days at Driftwood which is a fabulous cottage. The beds are so comfortable and all the extra facilities make it so welcoming. The welcome pack itself is fantastic. We always feel totally spoiled when we book through Crabtree & Crabtree. Don’t change a thing!"Hall family
"Had a wonderful holiday and really enjoyed the property, which was perfect for our needs. The welcome pack was very ‘welcome’ – the best, I think we have ever had."Kirkby family
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Driftwood and we intend to return. The cottage was so well equipped with lots of extras like DVDs, cool bags, herbs and spices in the larder etc, there were candles, flowers and a great welcome basket. Although not needed on this occasion, there was everything required for the beach and so much more. Our cat was welcome and she settled very quickly because I think the whole ambience of the cottage and its location was very calm and peaceful. We loved the walks on the beaches in particular. Our bed was very comfortable and the couches too. We were very impressed overall and cannot think of anything else you could do to improve things. Another plus point you provided champagne glasses which is so rare in holiday lets we usually bring our own. Well done and thanks again."Hall family
"It is a pleasure to write a review on such an excellent property. The cottage has been furnished and decorated to a very high standard which made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. Everything that holiday makers might need seemed to have been catered for. It's proximity to the coast made it an ideal base for the walking holiday that we planned and enjoyed very much. The double bed was so comfortable that we feel that we need to replace ours at home! If we return to Northumberland we will certainly want to rent this cottage again."Saunders family
"We had a really lovely week at Driftwood, set in a perfect location. A really lovely location, lovely house, lovely area, great holiday!"Tate family
"We had a fantastic stay at Driftwood! I can’t say enough good things about this place. It was so well equipped, if you have kids and/or a dog Driftwood is ideal. The toys and games were a brilliant touch for rainy days and the large garden was great for us all to play and eat when the weather allowed. The beautiful Embleton beach was so close we were there every morning and lots of other gems nearby. Can’t wait to go back!"
"We had a great stay. Driftwood was a perfect choice, beautiful, spacious, comfy beds, lovely showers and bath. The owners left great finishing touches like coffee, tea, milk. The garden was brilliant for our dog. All perfect, thankyou."Mr & Mrs Smith
- Two dogs are welcome with a charge of £15 per dog.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Enjoy a gentle wander down to Embleton Bay which was awarded Beach of the Year in 2017 by BBC Countryfile magazine."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree