St Bede-'hemmel' cottage near Alnwick/Craster

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2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom
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A romantic, rural retreat for couples wanting to get away from it all.
Set within an acre of shared private grounds, St Bede is a cleverly converted 'hemmel' cottage providing compact modern accommodation in a contemporary stylish, light & airy setting.
Sleeping two guests in its architect designed mezzanine space, the cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the stunning county of Northumberland.
St Bede has its own courtyard, a great place to sit out & enjoy the surrounding landscape.

The space
At a glance, will St Bede work for you ?
-The ground floor compromises studio style accommodation with a living area, kitchen & bathroom.
-The main sleeping area is accessed via a wooden, spiral staircase to the mezzanine where there is a double bed. Guests with limited mobility may find accessing the bedroom space difficult.
-Broadband wifi throughout the property.
-Off road parking.
-No pets allowed.
-Northumberland was voted the best UK holiday county in the 2018 British Travel Awards.
-Upon arrival at St Bede our guests receive a welcome pack as well as complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits & milk to get their stay underway. Bed linen, towels & tea towels are also provided.
-Private setting with adjacent cottages also available through Airbnb to rent.

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What this place offers

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Patio or balcony
Garden
Hair dryer

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Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom

-St Bede at The Old Mill is located in the small hamlet of Littlemill, four miles north east of Alnwick.
-Please be considerate when entering & leaving the hamlet to your fellow neighbours, both human & animal !
-The cottage is situated halfway between Alnwick & Craster so is perfectly placed for guests to visit the fantastic coastal spots, castles & stunning Northumberland National Park which are all within easy travelling distance by car.
-Craster on the beautiful heritage coastal route is only 2.5 miles away, the picturesque fishing village is world famous for it's smoked kippers & the glorious walk from it's harbour to Dunstanburgh Castle.
-Howick Hall Gardens are nearby & well worth a visit, with banks of rhododendrons, camellias & magnolias in the springtime.
-A visit to Holy Island, which is reached via a tidal causeway & is famous for the Lindisfarne Gospels, is a must.
-Don't forget the pretty village of Bamburgh with its majestic castle overlooking the expansive sandy beach.
-Alnwick Castle & Garden, with its spectacular grand cascade waterfall & tree house restaurant, are 4 miles away.
St Bede & The Old Mill-A potted history.
-As the name suggests The Old Mill was once a water mill & the remains of the mill wheel can be seen at the rear of the property.
-If you look to the left while facing the building you will see a field which was once the site of a medieval village known as 'Little Houghton'. Corn mills were a common feature of such villages, so it is likely that a mill has stood at this location since this time. The name 'Little Houghton' was later reused & today there is a nearby village known by the same name. The earliest the mill buildings appear on a map is around 1820.
-The lime kiln (Grade 2 listed) on the opposite side of the road approaching the hamlet of Little Mill would have been a large local employer when in use. Extraction started in the 18th century & it was one of the largest in the country with it's own railway siding. The limestone was burnt with coal to produce quicklime for use in fertiliser & mortar.
-There was once a railway station at Little Mill (1847 to 1965), families from Gateshead & Newcastle enjoyed holidays in nearby Craster, alighting at Little Mill & walking with their luggage the two miles down to the coastal village.
-The Old Mill building was derelict until purchased from the local land owning Howick family in the late 1980's & was subsequently bought by an order of the Catholic church known as the 'Helpers of the Holy Souls' & run by nuns as a retreat. Local legend has it that Maxine Carr, accomplice to the Soham murders, resided here on her release from prison under a new identity.
-The two smaller cottages (known as 'hemmels'), St Bede & St Cuthbert were once the home of farm animals but were converted in 2001. In fact, the word 'hemmel' means a simple shelter in a field for cattle or hay.
-The current owner bought the house in 2007 & in 2017 extensively renovated the property to make the accommodation more comfortable as well as securing the fabric of the building & outlying grounds for future generations.
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Hosted by John

Joined in June 2016
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John & Caroline are passionate fans of Northumberland & all that it has to offer their guests. With over 11 years of experience of hosting holiday makers in their properties they only want their visitors to have a great time experiencing all that England's northern most county has to offer.
John & Caroline are passionate fans of Northumberland & all that it has to offer their guests. With over 11 years of experience of hosting holiday makers in their properties they o…

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During your stay

-The St Bede owners are contactable at all times should there be any concern or issue requiring further attention.
-Please do not hesitate to contact the owners during your stay if you have any query or concern, we would much rather deal with an issue as it arises rather than at the end of your stay.
-The St Bede owners are contactable at all times should there be any concern or issue requiring further attention.
-Please do not hesitate to contact the owners during your st…

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Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets

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