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Lookout Cottage

Alnwick, Northumberland

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This cottage stands in a stunning position near to Newton Point, with splendid views of the open sea. With the golden sands of Embleton just five minutes walk away, you could not wish for a more magical setting. If you want simple accommodation, where you can sleep in the original bunks used by the coastguards, then this is the place for you. As an alternative to the bunks there is a double sofa bed in the sitting room.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen area, bedroom with double bed and two original built-in bunks, smaller than average at 2'3" x 5'7", and en-suite shower and washbasin. The lavatory is in a building outside of the cottage, this has heating and lighting.
Visitor notes

Heating:Electric heating included.

Cottage Approach: Access to the cottage is across a field, so careful driving is advised.

Parking: Cars can be parked next to the cottage when good weather permits. There is a designated parking space at the bottom of the hill where guests can leave their car at all other times. Additional car parking available in public pay and display car park across the lane from the cottage.

Television/ Signal: There is no television as reception is poor in the area.

Please Note: The lavatory is in a building outside of the cottage in the garden, this has heating and lighting.

As an alternative to the bunks there is a double sofa bed in the sitting room.

The north room of the cottage houses HM Coastguard radio equipment. Sounds may be heard and engineers may visit the property at any time but access is separate to the holiday cottage.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Freezer
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Yorkshire & North East England
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

In England's spectacular North East, Yorkshire and Northumberland are both counties that offer something for everyone. Yorkshire is world renowned for the beauty of its countryside and its scenery, reaching from the Dales in the west to the Moors in the east. There are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, much of which is in the care of the Trust, and some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. The cathedral city of York, where the Trust has two holiday apartments, has a huge variety on offer to visitors - from magnificent York Minster to the medieval Shambles, an area steeped in history and now rich in gift and antique shops alongside fashionable boutiques. Northumberland too abounds in magnificent scenery with wide open stretches of moorland and a long and dramatic coastline. Steeped in history, protecting the border with Scotland since the days when Hadrian's army built the famous Wall, the county also has a wonderful collection of historic houses and castles including Cragside, Wallington and Lindisfarne, all of which are in the care of the Trust. The Trust now has cottages close to Hadrian's Wall itself and in many other spectacular locations including Alnwick and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland. © Joe Cornish

Long ago, Northumbria was a land at the very edge of a great empire. And even today, the wind sweeping across the hills still seems to carry the distant sounds of Roman legions marching along Hadrian\'s Wall. The scenery is as unspoilt as it was in those far-off times: it will certainly appeal to those wanting to discover high and lonely places and untouched beaches. The National Trust owns a range of historic buildings in the area including Lindisfarne Castle, Wallington, Cragside and the shore- based Souter lighthouse.

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place to visit
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  • east coastline
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Alnwick Garden
  • Seahouses
  • Chillingham Castle
  • Northumberland National Park.
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • shopping
  • birdwatching
  • swimming.
National Trust places to visit
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle Massive ruined castle in an impressive coastal setting
Farne Islands
Farne Islands Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views, transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home
Cragside Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and estate -- the wonder of its age
Wallington Magnificent mansion with fine interiors and collections, set in an extensive garden and parkland

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Kate Bowers
    • December 2014
    • UK
    Made special by:

    Location, Location, Location The flowers and card are a lovely touch

  • Isla Kuhn
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Made special by its..

    fantastic location, quirky cottage, and one very happy dog. the caretakers gave a very personal welcome (flowers and hand-written note) which was lovely

  • Mr Duffin
    • November 2014
    • UK
    Special cottage

    Lookout is probably the most special NT cottage there is. We researched it. 16th visit so need we add more ?

  • Sheila Stansfield
    • October 2014
    • Wiltshire
    Small but perfectly formed!

    The location of Lookout Cottage is absolutely stunning. Watching the dawn over the North Sea with Dunstaburgh Castle emerging with the light was incredibly special. Northumberland at its absolute best and one of the reasons why I am a member of the National Trust. Thank you for what you do for our countryside. We would like to thank the caretakers Chris & Kay who welcomed us with a handwritten card, pint of milk, biscuits and tray set up ready for cups of tea and coffee. The cottage was (as expected) small, but absolutely perfectly formed! A dream cottage and we have already booked a return stay in June 2015.

  • Jenny Hemming
    • December 2013
    • UK
    I was so excited I was jumping around the garden when we arrived!

    It was all about the sea views when we booked - it's quite hard finding a small cottage with a good sea view on that part of the cost as lots of things are understandably set a little inland. We really wanted to be able to look out to sea, especially as in New Year weather might have discouraged us from actually going outside. It totally delivered on that (could have been clearer in brochure actually - you could do a photo that shows the position of the cottage on the knoll and the views of the sea obtainable from it) - I was so excited I was jumping around the garden when we arrived! It was perfect for walking the coast path and I took way too many pictures of the changing view of Dunstanburgh castle. It's lovely as a romantic hideaway - the period detail and continuing use by the coastguard gives character - and it was easy to keep warm once we'd got it heated up. It was all great! I found it a little odd - though a pleasant surprise - that the advance information talked about bunks and sofa bed but didn't say there was actually a double bed in the bed room! I'd like to put out a plea for proper mugs - the cups you have are too small for a decent brew and are reminisenct of a hotel. Landmark Trust has the right idea if you want a benchmark. A minor quibble I know but I doubt I'm unique and I do enjoy a good big brew after a brisk walk.

  • William Castling
    • June 2013
    • Surrey
    Stunning coastline

    Unique location on this stunning coastline. Solitude yet excellent dining facilities in Low Newton (The Ship). Often unique fauna and flora. Historical context. Cottage remains unspoilt, unique and homely.

  • Alison Rogers
    • June 2013
    • Kent
    Unique and stunning location with amazing 360 degree views

    Clean, cosy and welcoming cottage in unique and stunning location with amazing 360 degree views. Met caretaker Chris who was very friendly and helpful. An extremely enjoyable week! Overall, a very enjoyable stay in a unique property with an interesting history. Good access to beaches, coastal walks and local places of interest, the castles, Farne Islands etc. An inside loo would have been a bonus for a couple in our age group ! However, this was a concession well worth making to stay at Lookout Cottage.

  • Lucy & Keith
    Cottage very clean & comfortable

    Just had the most wonderful week. Cottage very clean & comfortable - not nearly as basic as we had been led to believe. Spectacular views & walks directly from the cottage. This was our first time in a NT cottage but we will certainly book again soon.

  • Janet Morris
    It is a beautiful location & we were very comfortable & cosy there

    Had a long weekend last November here. It is a beautiful location & we were very comfortable & cosy there! Has everything you need, although the kitchen is very small if you are intending doing alot of cooking (we didn't!). I couldn't recommend it more highly - the walking & local birdlife are outstanding - we went to quite a few places but found our 'own beach' at Low Newton was as good as anywhere to birdwatch! The local pub is great for an evening meal, although you would need to book.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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