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St Bede-'hemmel' cottage near Alnwick/Craster

SuperhostNorthumberland, England, United Kingdom
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2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bathroom
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A romantic, rural retreat for couples wanting to get away from it all.
Set entirely within an acre of private grounds, St Bede is a cleverly converted 'hemmel' cottage providing compact modern accommodation in a contemporarily stylish, light & airy setting.
St Bede is an ideal base to explore the stunning Northumberland county with it's panoramic beaches, spectacular castles & breathtaking moorlands.
St Bede has a private 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 spiral staircase to the mezzanine where there is a double bed.
-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.

Guest access
-Downstairs accommodation includes a kitchen with an oven & hob, compact fridge/freezer, washing machine/tumble dryer, dishwasher, toaster & microwave as well as hair dryer/iron/ironing board/clothes dryer/first aid kit & beach towels.
-The living area has a wall mounted 32 inch TV with separate DVD player as well as various board games.
-The bathroom has a bath, overhead shower & wc.
-The spacious enclosed outdoor courtyard has garden furniture, BBQ & includes a herb garden.
-The mezzanine double bed space is accessed via a spiral staircase & is cleverly built into the eaves of the cottage.
-Sleeps 2.
-The nearest town is historic Alnwick (4 miles) with the picturesque fishing village of Craster just 2.5 miles away.
-Excellent walking, trekking, golf, fishing & cycling are all within easy reach of St Bede as well as some great country pubs & restaurants especially seafood specialists.
-There are walks from St Bede to the local pubs across the fields but part of it's attraction is that it is in it's own grounds with little interruption from the outside world.
-Please read our extensive recommendations section for further guidance.

Other things to note
-St Bede is part of a larger accommodation called The Old Mill which sits within the small hamlet of Littlemill. Access to the property is through two field gates & we request that you consider the other residents if you are arriving at an unsocialable hour.
-The property is within approximately 300 meters of the East Coast rail line, most guests forget that the line is there once they have settled in but we thought you should know. The distance between the property & the line is filled by a farmers fields & trees.
-Please also park considerately in the shared parking area.
-If you arrive during the hours of darkness it is advised that you bring a torch/mobile phone with torch in order to access the key lock safe as there is no street lighting at the property.
A romantic, rural retreat for couples wanting to get away from it all.
Set entirely within an acre of private grounds, St Bede is a cleverly converted 'hemmel' cottage providing compact modern accommodation in a contemporarily stylish, light & airy setting.
St Bede is an ideal base to explore the stunning Northumberland county with it's panoramic beaches, spectacular castles & breathtaking moorlands.…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Dryer
Washing machine
TV
Heating
Hangers
Iron
Hair dryer

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Northumberland, England, 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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-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 & an…

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John & Caroline are passionate fans of Northumberland & all that it has to offer their guests. With over 10 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 10 years of experience of hosting holiday makers in their properties they o…
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-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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House rules
Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £250

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