“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, oh we do like to be beside the sea…”
It is proven that time spent by the ocean is time well spent. Not only does it get us outside into the fresh air, it helps us get the space we need from everyday life to just take a moment to chill out. A day on the beach is great for any family as time can be spent together having fun and laughing. Parents can reconnect with their children out of the schooltime routine and watch them learn all about the ocean and what comes with it – nature!
You can spend hours on the beach as a family playing ball games, making sandcastles, jumping through dunes and digging holes. A beach can provide the chance for everyone to be children – even Dad! The sea offers a great chance to cool off from all the fun and, if you are prepared with your snorkels, you will be able to hunt for fish and crabs whilst the sun shines on your back. Hours fly by when on the beach, so what could be a better scenario than having your cottage minutes away from your sandy playground?
The Northumberland coastline offers up tremendous sandy beaches for you all to enjoy, and we are lucky enough to have some lovely beach cottages just waiting for you and your loved ones to come and stay in. Take out the hassle of travel and book a cottage by the sea.
Here are 10 of our best coastal cottages…
“A cosy single storey cottage with excellent facilities and in a very good location near the castle and walkable to local pubs and restaurants.” – Patrick, 2019
This is a charming 18th-century stone cottage with views to Bamburgh Castle and a lovely south-facing private terrace with garden furniture to soak up the sun. This award-winning cottage, with a 5-star rating with Gold Award from the tourist board, is a luxury base for you and your loved one or a small group of friends to explore from. If you are looking for an iconic and historic stone cottage to stay in, this is the one for you!
- Walking distance from the centre of Bamburgh and its shops, restaurants and cafes.
- Close to the long golden stretch of sandy beach.
- Wi-Fi included.
- Enclosed patio with garden furniture and BBQ.
If you are keen to find out more about the village this cottage is in, check out our local’s guide to Bamburgh.
This is a stylish holiday home which is perfectly set up for two people to come and enjoy adventures in Northumberland. This immaculately presented apartment for two in a traditional stone building not only offers an impressive range of lovely features and facilities to help you make the most of your memorable holiday in a fabulous property but also, it is located in an ideal position for exploring Alnwick and the whole of our stunning Northumberland AONB, just a few minutes’ drive from Alnmouth beach, bay and village.
- Ideal for exploring the beautiful coastline and stunning countryside of the North East.
- Central town location
- A short walk from the magnificent Alnwick Castle.
- Perfect for enjoying trips out to Craster and Alnmouth, and boat trips to the Farne Islands.
- 1 dog welcome.
“This cottage is right in the heart of things with excellent views, it is well equipped and a real home from home.” – Mike, 2019
This is a wonderful three-storey cottage which has elevated views over the town of Seahouses and over the sea. Seascape can sleep four guests in comfort and style with a lovely nautical theme and a lot of thoughtful touches which will make you smile. It is a trendy and modern home with luxurious touches, including the open-plan living space with double doors and balcony with amazing sea views.
- For those of you with an eco-friendly vehicle, there is a charging point for electric cars.
- Enjoy boat trips out to Holy Island and the Farne Islands.
- Wi-Fi included.
- Pubs, shops and restaurants within easy driving distance.
Check out our guide on things to do in Seahouses for more information and ideas on what you can get up to when visiting this great spot.
“The cottage is a perfect location for exploring the Northumberland coast and its wonderful castles and beaches. The sea views from the windows were ever changing and were an added bonus to the cottage.” – Rosalyn, 2019
There are sea views from every room in this seaside cottage which makes it really special to all who come and stay here. Being a traditional stone-built fisherman’s cottage, it has a characterful vibe to it and the location is one you will never forget. Harbour View Cottage is a great choice for a self-catering holiday for a family or small group of friends as it sleeps up to four guests. You can enjoy views over the harbour from the benches at the front of the cottage, where many take a glass of wine or a cup of tea to relax with the sea air.
- Fantastic coastal walks from the doorstep to nearby Dunstanburgh Castle and beyond.
- Shared enclosed lawn area and patio to the rear with garden furniture.
- 2 dogs welcome.
For more information on the village of Craster, check out our local's guide today.
Located in the friendly port in Amble, this beautiful seaside property has amazing ocean views and stylish furnishings on each of its three floors. It is perfect for a large family, or a group of friends who are looking to enjoy everything this great coastal area has to offer. There is a stylish kitchen/diner which is spacious and light, creating a tranquil space for you all to share a meal together. The first floor offers a colourful lounge with wood burner, oak flooring and dual aspect windows, ideal for gazing out on the views. Enjoy locally caught produce at one of Amble’s many pubs and restaurants or explore the arts and crafts pods by the marina.
- Vibrant nautical theme throughout
- Enclosed sun trap garden
- Jack and Jill bathroom with free-standing bath
- Wood burner with first basket of logs provided
Read our guides to Amble and Warkworth to get a full idea of this amazing area of Northumberland.
“Location was ideal. It is a short walk to local pubs and shops, and a short drive to Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island which you can see from the property. The cottage was larger than expected - clean, warm and welcoming.” – Shona, 2020
This is a gorgeous cottage with outstanding views towards Holy Island and Northumberland’s stunning Heritage Coast. Located in a tranquil hamlet, the cottage is a peaceful and homely place to spend your break. It’s in the perfect spot for exploring all the coastline has to offer including its castles and traditional villages, and being a short walk from the local pubs, you can eat out as much as you like! Beautifully designed and decorated throughout, you will enjoy staying in this idyllic cottage.
- Games room with pool table, darts, table tennis and table football.
- Enclosed garden with well-kept garden and outdoor eating area.
- Coastal views surrounding the cottage.
- Wi-Fi included.
- 2 dogs welcome.
With Bamburgh being a short distance away, we recommend a trip there. For more castles, check out our guide to six of the best in Northumberland.
"Cosy, comfortable cottage in a fabulous location across from the beach. Brilliant enclosed, sunny, private garden perfect for dogs or children. Lovely coastal walks on the doorstep." - Rachel, 2021
Set in the romantic and historic fishing village of Boulmer, this cosy cottage is in the perfect spot to enjoy a beach holiday in Northumberland. You can enjoy walks and water sports from the doorstep as well as days out exploring all the other harbour towns and villages along the coastline. Inside the cottage is cute and comfy and equipped with everything you are going to need.
- Beach front property with views of the sea.
- Set in a lively fishing village with lots of character.
- Large, enclosed garden at the front and back, with garden furniture for al fresco dining.
- Pub close by for easy meals out.
- Three dogs welcome for dog-friendly breaks.
“Fabulously located, modern, smart apartment with stunning views of the Northumberland coast. Very comfortable open-plan apartment with comfy bedrooms, all with en-suite. We had a very relaxing week exploring Northumberland from this lovely base.” - Pippa, 2019
Tidal Sands Penthouse Apartment is a luxurious apartment, set in the attractive seaside village of Alnmouth. The apartment offers spacious accommodation for your party of up to six people, with three en-suite bedrooms, and benefits from a south facing position with bi-folding doors which open to the decked balcony with panoramic sea views. It is both trendy and stylish and offers an awesome base to get out and explore Northumberland from.
- Just a short walk from a pretty marina and a wonderful stretch of golden sandy beach.
- Ideal for fantastic boat trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Coquet Island.
- Sun room with TV and bi-fold doors opening onto a glass Juliet balcony.
- Wi-Fi included.
- 1 dog welcome.
“What a fantastic place to stay. The house was great, warm and inviting, the location was simply amazing, you could just sit all day and watch the sea. We really appreciated the games and the underfloor heating in the kitchen was loved by our dog!” - Sonya, 2020
Seaview Cottage is situated in the family-friendly, seaside village of Spittal, near the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The house is literally a few metres from the beach and boasts a lovely garden at the front to enjoy the views from. Anyone with golfing, walking or cycling in mind will love staying here with these activities easily undertaken from the doorstep. There is a great village shop, selling everything you might need, as well as a pub and there's so much to do and see in the area!
- Panoramic sea views from the garden and cottage itself.
- Great access to Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle and Edinburgh.
- Enclosed patio area with seating to the rear.
- Off-road parking for three cars.
- 1 dog welcome.
This great cottage is a single-storey lodge in the popular hamlet of Newton-by-the-Sea, set just 100 metres from the beach and the amazing coastal walks to Embleton, Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle. There is a comfortable decked area outside to make the most of the sunshine, and a shared play area for the youngsters to blow off some steam. The cottage is fresh, homely and welcoming and there are great views from many of the windows.
- Set in Newton-by-the-sea, one of Northumberland’s prettiest villages.
- A superb spot for families or groups keen on walking, birdwatching, water sports and golf.
- Only a few miles from Alnwick, whose castle featured in the Harry Potter films.
- Ideal for beach lovers – located just 100 metres from the beach
We hope our top ten coastal properties have inspired you to come and stay along the pretty coastline of Northumberland. Whether you are coming with a group of friends, as a family or a couple, we will have something to suit you. Large houses, family holiday homes and romantic boltholes are dotted along the coastline just waiting to be your perfect base. And we know how much the dogs like the sea too, so we happily share our dog-friendly cottages with you too.
View our full collection of coastal cottages and start planning your break today!
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