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BBC Countryfile Awards

A view of the sea near Agent's House, Brownsea Island © John Plimmer

A view of the sea near Agent's House, Brownsea Island © John Plimmer

In this year’s BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards we’ve walked away with a clutch of top accolades. With more than 55,000 votes cast by the public, Brownsea Island in Dorset emerged as the overall winner in the Best Nature Reserve category, with the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast hard on its heels in third place. If you would like to find out what makes these islands award winners then book yourself a stay in one of our cottages.

Brownsea Island is home to an array of wildlife such as the red squirrel and if you take a trip there this winter you could see a large number of rare migrating birds making a stop in the stunning island lagoon. Stay a little longer on the island in our holiday cottage Agents House where you can view the lagoon from your own private garden. If you fancy heading to the island in the warmer months, as well as Agents House,  you could also stay in our new cottage, Custom House, which it due to open in April 2014.  

Whilst we can’t offer you a cottage right on the Farne Islands you can stay close by on Holy Island where we have two cottages to choose from. There’s Glen House, a cottage for two, close to the harbour or the larger St Oswald’s Cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle. However if you’d rather be on the mainland you could stay in Risemoor, which set on the edge of the golden sands of Embleton Bay, or Lookout Cottage which lives up to the name and gives great views of the open sea. Whichever cottage you choose make sure you head to nearby Seahouses and catch one of the local boats for a tour of the Farne Islands where you can see wildlife such as grey seals and puffins.  

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  • The exterior of Glen House, Holy Island, Northumberland  © National Trust

    Glen House

    Berwick-upon-Tweed , Northumberland

    Mid terraced cottage on Holy Island's main street, just one mile from Lindisfarne Castle.

  • The exterior of St Oswalds Cottage, Holy Island, Northumberland © Roger Coulam

    St Oswald's Cottage

    Berwick-upon-Tweed , Northumberland

    A spacious three bedroom stone-built cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle.

  • The exterior of Lookout Cottage, Alnwick, Northumberland © Roger Coulam

    Lookout Cottage

    Alnwick , Northumberland

    A quirky cottage in an outstanding position above a wide sandy beach.

  • Exterior sea view of Risemoor house and garden, Newton by the Sea, Alnwick © Roger Coulam


    Alnwick , Northumberland

    A one minute stroll from the magnificent golden sands of Embleton Bay.

  • Exterior view of Agents House, Brownsea Island © John Plimmer

    Agents House

    Brownsea Island, Poole , Dorset

    A large family house on Brownsea island. Ideal for bird watchers.

  • Brownsea Quay and the holiday cottages, Brownsea Island, Poole  © Chris Lacey

    Custom House

    Brownsea Island, Poole , Dorset

    On beautiful Brownsea Island just yards from the water's edge.