We stayed at Anchor Cottage for a long weekend in the middle of January 2020. The cottage is a traditional, stone-fronted terraced property which has been thoughtfully refurbished by the owners. It’s stylish and airy but at the same time really cosy, especially once you have the log burners on the go! Great kitchen with all mod cons, super shower room with good shower, lots of blankets to keep you cosy, very comfortable bed, parking right outside your back door - along with cake, fresh flowers, milk and marmalade on arrival - all make for a tremendous stay. But what makes it SO special is the location - wonderful sea views from the kitchen and bedrooms and just a couple of minutes’ walk to the beautiful dune-backed, deserted beach. It really is worth setting your alarm - even on holiday! - to take in the beautiful sunrise. Cresswell (around 45 minutes’ drive north of Newcastle) is a great location from which to explore the wonderful Northumbrian coast; we very much liked Warkworth, Alnmouth and Alnwick. Bamburgh is also well worth a visit - a small town with the commanding castle overlooking another vast beach. Be sure to eat at The Potted Lobster. Communication with the owners was very good before, during and after our stay. Thank you so much Nigel and Jane for a truly lovely break. The only disappointment was not booking a longer stay. We’d love to return. Highly recommended.
My wife and I were looking for a nice place to stay by the sea to get a complete break. We wanted adult only, pet free accommodation. Anchor Cottage is not only all of that but located literally right on the sea front. The views are amazing! This is a very traditional cottage refurbished to an exacting and modern standard. I have stayed in many places in my time but this has got to be the cleanest one ever. Also, there is everything provided to make your stay perfect. The kitchen was fully equipped and very clean and has the most amazing views. There is a very spacious yet cosy lounge with log burner and smart TV. Both bedrooms have Juliet balconies overlooking the sea. We only used the double bedroom and the bed was very comfortable. Both bathrooms were spotless and the shower was brilliant. Our days mainly consisted of rising at our leisure, having breakfast in the kitchen looking out to sea, taking a long walk on the beach. Perhaps calling in at the The Drift cafe along the coast where we had lovely lunch and hot drinks. Come back, read a book, watch TV, prepare evening meal and relax. Perfect. There are good amenities close by, a few minutes by car as well. Overall, I can't recommend it enough. We will be returning as soon as we can.
This cottage is probably the best we have stayed in. It is in a lovely quiet location right next to the beach but handy for local attractions. The renovations are of a high standard and the large kitchen window looking out to sea is fantastic. Both bedrooms look out to the same sea view I found myself setting the alarm so I could lay in bed and watch the sunrise, even getting up early to have a morning walk on the beach. The owners were in touch to make sure everything was alright for us. Thank you we would love to return.
The beautifully equipped and renovated fisherman's cottage has a wonderful position overlooking the beach. Huge windows and a garden bench make watching the tides ebb and flow an absorbing pastime. Miles of empty sands, extensive rock pools and vast skies, all form the backdrop to this cottage. We loved just sitting and watching, so much birdlife and a sighting of dolphins. Great cycling up the coast, largely off-road. Everything in the cottage worked perfectly and we loved the home made chocolate cake left for us. A great relaxing stay. Thank you.
One of the best cottages we have ever rented. Anchor Cottage is a delight. Beautifully equipped with a stunning sea front location and an ideal base for touring the area we were really happy there and would have loved to stay longer. The owners have performed miracles to transform it into a very comfortable house and we will certainly aim to return at the earliest opportunity. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
We have nothing but praise for this lovely comfortable cottage. A welcoming vase of flowers, cake and milk in the fridge. The cottage is in immaculate condition with gorgeous sea views from the kitchen and both bedrooms. There is nothing better than lying in bed with a cup of tea watching the sun rise over the sea...if you are early risers as we are! We sat on the bench belonging to the cottage for hours, watching the changing sea views, and luckily for us a heron fishing for his lunch...fascinating. Lovely walks along the beach to the Drift Cafe. We also loved the Harbour and Marina at Amble looking over to Warkworth Castle and Coquet Island. When the wind blew we found a cosy spot in the front garden. This is a lovely place with a profusion of colourful spring bulbs and a sign of lavender, montbretia, buddleia and many more plants showing signs of a lovely garden for the summer. A real joy and a pleasure just to sit and look. We can’t wait to return next year - a lovely homely cottage for a restful holiday. Thanks so much to the owners for all their wonderful touches to make this a perfect holiday cottage.
This was our second visit to this cottage and yet again we were not disappointed. From the welcoming home baked cake to the lovely decorative touches this is a great place from which to enjoy the Northumbrian countryside and towns. A cup of tea in bed overlooking the sea from the bedroom window is a great way to start the day. The many coastal walks can be accessed via judicious use of the car and the local buses. A day out in Morpeth, Alnwick and Cragside is also easily achievable. Returning home to the wood burning stove makes the day and delivers a very relaxing evening ahead. A great place to rest and recuperate.
We stayed at the end of April 2019 for our honeymoon, after getting married at Cresswell church, and it truly could not have been more perfect! The cottage and the location are so beautiful. The work the owners have done to restore this original fishing cottage to (beyond!) its former glory is amazing. It's cozy and romantic yet modern and spacious. The views are incredible! Neighbours/locals were friendly and helpful. The village is sleepy and peaceful, yet there is plenty to see and do! Drift cafe is ideal, 5/10 min walk when you don't want to venture too far. We really enjoyed just living the dream for a week. Lots of time spent on my new favourite bench (willing a whale to show itself!) We loved the cottage garden too, so sweet. Lots of birds to see! Binoculars were a lovely touch. But yes, could go on and on.. BEAUTIFUL Anchor Cottage. Thank you for the wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing your home with us. Very grateful. Will be back!
Just returned from a wonderful break at this lovely place, the ultimate 'sea-view' cottage. The fine sandy beach with its clean and clear water is literally on your doorstep. The property itself is very spacious, clean and comfortable and in an ideal location for walking on the beach or exploring the beauty of the Northumberland coastal towns and surrounding areas. The Drift cafe along the road is brilliant for tea and cake to full meals. Then wander back along the beach to the cottage for a sit on the Anchor Cottage bench and take in the views. We were very lucky with the weather and saw some lovely dark skies during our visit. The twinkling stars above and the gentle sounds of the waves on the beach. Idyllic. Our return visit is already planned. It is rare to find a place that you look forward to calling "home" for a short time and Anchor Cottage is such a place. Very Highly Recommended.
We were looking for a coastal cottage with views of the sea. Anchor cottage was everything we hoped for and more. The photos don't portray how spacious the rooms are. The cottage is very well equipped and clean and the décor is very tasteful and the furnishings make for a great home from home feel. Beautiful countryside views from the lounge and amazing to see a flock of curlews in the field. The panoramic views from the kitchen are different with every tide and constantly enthralling. The beautiful beach is moments away and great for walks. A great location for birdwaching at the nearby reserves and we spotted over 40 of the birds in the Bird Atlas from the bookcase. The log burner in the kicten was perfect to create a cosy atmosphere for a romatic dinner. The owners have achived a mix of modern and traditional throughout perfectly.The bedrooms are uncluttered with a modern feel, our bed was comfortable and sitting in bed watching the sunrise is highly recommended.If we had to pick a fault...we coudln't
As we stepped through the door, there were flowers and a cake on the table, as well as milk in the fridge. Tea, coffee and sugar were also available which felt like such a generous touch, even though we didn’t end up using much of them. The owners checked in a couple of times during the week via text, just to make sure all was well.. it was! We agreed that the photographs don’t do Anchor Cottage justice - it’s even more stunning! We spent most of our time either reading or walking by the sea, and we also had a fabulous breakfast at The Drift Cafe after we’d packed up to leave. All in all it was just the sanctuary we needed and I have no doubt we’ll be back!
Absolutely lovely cottage with the beach only a stones throw from the door. The owners were very kind leaving a gorgeous fresh cake, flowers, milk and marmalade. They even took the time to check how we got on at the end of our stay. We were here during Storm Gareth and the cottage felt secure and cosy. Highly recommend The Drift for cooked breakfasts and cakes. Can't wait to come back to this cottage as it's stunning.
Anchor Cottage is the most fabulous place to stay. From the minute you walk in and see the welcome cake and other goodies you start to feel immediately special and at home. Such a lovely touch from the owners and team. The cottage is warm, spotlessly clean, well equipped with everything you could possibly need, comfy sofas and beds, plush towels, cosy log burners for romantic evenings and spectacular views overlooking the sea. ( each bedroom has a Juliette balcony so we woke up every day to the sound of waves and views of the sea). Sitting out on the garden bench with a glass of wine watching the changing seascape, walking along the deserted beach, or star gazing at a dark clear sky, it’s a perfect haven of rest and relaxation! For the more active, the cottage is on near by coastal paths and there’s plenty of places to visit in the area. It’s a great base for exploring Northumberland with lots of wildlife on your doorstep. Lots of great places to eat (scones in The Drift cafe is a must do) within a short walk or car drive if you can drag yourself away from the beautiful cottage!! The neighbours gave us such a warm welcome too and are such lovely folk, great to chat with about the history and local area. We stayed for a glorious week and loved every minute. It is a truly exceptional and special place to stay. We will be recommending Anchor Cottage to all our friends and will definitely be booking again. Can’t wait to return. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful place with us.
This cottage is absolutely stunning and set in a beautiful location. The owners have done a fantastic renovation, you can see the sheer hard work, thought and love that has gone into it. Their attention to detail is amazing. It is so well equipped, they have thought of everything - it’s absolutely perfect. As guests you are made so welcome, we arrived to find home made cake, milk, marmalade and fresh cut flowers. The view from the kitchen window looking out to sea is breath taking and waking up on a morning looking from your bed to watch the sunrise was a perfect start to each day. The location of the cottage is spot on for exploring the beautiful Northumberland coastline, but dragging ourselves from the cottage each day was difficult but we did it. While we were there the days were cold but coming “home” to the cottage each day and warming ourselves in front of the log fire made the perfect end to an already fantastic day. The owners should be so proud of what they have achieved. Thank you for all the useful information, keeping in touch and for making us feel so welcome. We can’t recommend this cottage enough, we will be telling friends and family about it without a doubt and will most definitely be coming back. I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Thank you. Great first impression to walk into the large kitchen with its panoramic windows. The cottage was sparkling clean with flowers, milk tea, sugar coffee and best of all a large cake. Over the week you realise how much thought and effort must have gone in to the renovation, whilst we weren't blessed with the greatest weather returning to the cottage after another soaking always seemed a treat. The bedrooms both have Juliet balconies and you can open the doors and sit and gaze at the sea to your heart's content. The lounge too deserves a mention, large and uncluttered and, when we visited great for watching the swallows fledging. Beds have good quality sheets etc - ideal for peaceful sleeps! Highly recommended.
We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. It has been tastefully restored by the owners Nigel and Jane and we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. Anchor Cottage is cosy, very clean and well equipped with everything you’d need. It’s a great base to explore the area as well as lovely coastal walks from the cottage. The sea view from the back is stunning and if you’re lucky you’ll spot dolphins ! The owners are very friendly and helpful, emailing all the info required for the cottage and useful tips on where to eat and visit. We would love to return in the future and would highly recommend Anchor Cottage to anyone.
Anchor Cottage manages to be both spacious and cosy. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views and also an ideal base to visit so many lovely places only a short drive away. This was our 4th holiday here and this time we shared it with good friends who were equally impressed.
This cottage is fabulous, it looks brilliant in the photographs but even better in real life. The cottage has been decorated to a very high standard and is immaculately clean. The views from the panoramic kitchen window are outstanding, you can see miles out to sea and it gets even better upstairs where there are Juliet balconies in each of the bedrooms. The cottage was lovely and cosy at night and had wood burning stoves in the kitchen and sitting room with plenty of logs supplied to fuel them. Everything was there to make your stay as comfortable as possible. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone thinking of visiting Northumberland as it was in an excellent location with the beautiful sandy beaches a stone's throw away. Check-in and check out was easy, the owners, were easy to contact if there was a problem. Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage, it's definitely the top of my list for a revisit.
We have just returned from a wonderful stay in Anchor Cottage. This is by far the best cottage we have visited, The views are amazing and we loved to sit on the bench looking out to sea. We were lucky to have lots of sun shine on the first 3 days and what a joy to have the golden glow of sunrise on the sea and in the bed room.This very comfortable cottage had every thing we could possibly need and much more!. Every thing was clean and tidy and we had flowers, lovely chocolate cake and milk and a jar of special marmalade. The kindness of the owners was reflected in the great, positive energy in the cottage.Thank you so much ,we love it.
You can sum up this cottage in two words-SIMPLY SUPERB. Lovely renovated cottage in beautiful seaside location. Excellent furnishing and fittings, and exceptionally clean-the best we have found in over 30 years of self catering cottage holidays. Just had a week here with excellent weather (only one day of rain), and enjoying sitting on "Bank Top" right on the sea edge. Unusual for the seaside it has its own parking space. Bags or room for 2 or 4 in comfort. Excellent meals at The Drift Cafe just a short walk away, and good food pubs and farm shop in adjacent villages. We can thoroughly recommend this cottage, but book early as it will be very popular. The owners are very helpful and keep in touch to keep you updated with your booking. We look forward to returning soon.
What a stunning cottage! We loved the attention to detail and the cottage has been renovated to a high standard. The juliet balconies are a perfect way to watch the sun rise early over the sea from your bed, and the wooden bench is perfectly placed on the sea cliff to enjoy the sea views. The cottage is a great base to explore all of the Northumberland area. We had such a relaxing stay and will definitely return.
A second stay at this lovely cottage did not disappoint. Comfortable and well appointed with views to die for. Every time I looked out of the window my heart lifted. A perfect central area for all the coastal attractions of Northumberland within easy reach of several supermarkets it is also a two minute walk to the best beaches in the country. (not to mention a cafe with the best cakes).
Anchor Cottage was perfect for us, with walks on the beach right from the doorstep. We loved the comfy double bed with double doors opening out onto a fabulous sea view, two bathrooms was an added luxury, and we enjoyed getting the two log burners going on an evening. The cottage was very clean, and quiet. Plenty to do, if we could drag ourselves away from the beach. The Boat trip from Amble around Coquet Island was great, as was Hauxley Nature Reserve and Druridge Bay Country Park. The local history was fascinating, and we were lucky enough to meet the local archaeologist, who gave us a guided tour of the Pele Tower - brilliant! All in all, we had a very relaxing week, didn’t want to leave, and will definitely be back.
What a lovely place to chill out, the owners have done an excellent job of refurbishing the cottage, very well-equipped, wanted for nothing and a lovely log fire for the chilly evenings, first visit will not be our last. WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE .
Anchor Cottage is the gateway to discovering one of the north's jewels, its landscape. Anchor Cottage more than lived up to expectations. It was clean, comfortable, well equipped and very spacious. The sea views from the kitchen and bedroom windows are a treat. There are plenty of home comforts if the weather is poor. But the locality also offers plenty to explore in all weathers and especially if it is fine. A lovely place to stay with brilliant communication from the owners.
Northumberland is a beautiful area for rest and relaxation, with stunning beaches and beautiful countryside. Anchor Cottage is well placed to take advantage of this, sitting right next to the start of the Northumbrian Coastal Path. The cottage has been perfectly restored (as documented by the picture library in the guest book!). The quality of finish is excellent and all the rooms furnished to a high standard. It was great to open the blinds and see the sea from the bedroom each morning. We thoroughly enjoyed the wood burning stove, being November, although the weather was unseasonably sunny which allowed us to walk every day! All the facilities functioned very well which made for a easy and very comfortable stay. The very popular Drift Café was a 5 minute walk up the road, though a car was required to reach any other 'watering holes'. A lovely place to stay for some rest and recuperation.
Anchor Cottage is really lovely, as are the owners. They have converted this fishing cottage into a beautiful holiday let. I have stayed in many holiday cottages and this is truly excellent, nothing has been forgotten and the situation next to the sea is to die for! Sunset and sunrise and a never ending changing coastal scene is perfect for a relaxing break. The beach a minutes walk is fabulous too, but shhhhhh please keep it to yourself :)
A very nicely presented cottage, with all that a self catering holiday needs. The sea views from the kitchen and bedrooms really make this holiday stay stand out from others.
Great base for exploring Northumbria. absolutely beautifully decorated and gorgeous views from both sides of the cottage. very welcoming owners and the Drift Cafe down the road and farm shop well worth a visit.
We've just returned from a lovely week's stay at Anchor Cottage. The cottage is beautiful. It has been renovated to such a high standard whilst keeping the character of the cottage. We were blessed with good weather during the day however the wood burners were invaluable as the evenings were cold. It was so cosy chilling with a bottle of wine, watching the fire. The view from the cottage is stunning and it was a pleasure washing up with such spectacular views. The proprietors have thought of everything and the cottage is so well stocked. They have provided a wealth of information, including lots of tourist information, which we have added to. We arrived to beautiful flowers, milk and the most delicious cake. Tea and cake was most welcome after our long journey. The county of Northumberland is magical. From the cottage you are a few steps away from the beautiful coastline, which continues for miles. Definitely worth a drive along the coastal route as there are so many lovely places to stop and explore along the way. Go in a different direction and you find yourself in the beautiful countryside and the Cheviot Hills. Cragside is definitely worth a visit along with the lovely picturesque town of Rothbury. If you fancy a bit of city life and shopping, jump on the train to Newcastle or head into Scotland. We had the most amazing day in Edinburgh. Lastly, you can't stay in Cresswell and not visit the ice cream parlour. I can't recommend this cottage enough and it's a great base for couples and families. We will definitely go back.
Stayed for a walking holiday in this beautifully renovated cottage overlooking the sea. Lovely walks along the coast and countryside in a peaceful safe environment. Many local pubs with friendly staff and good food. A great part of the county to explore and stay in a bit of luxury. Very clean with every amenity you could want. Would like to keep places like this a secret but only fair to appreciate all the hard work that has gone into creating this cosy cottage.
Lovely renovated cottage in beautiful seaside location. Excellent furnishings & fittings, and exceptionally clean-the best we have found in over 30 years of self catering holidays. Just had a week here with excellent weather and enjoyed sitting on "Bank Top" right on the sea edge. Unusual for the seaside it has its own parking space. Bags of room for 2 or 4 in comfort. Excellent meals at The Drift Cafe just a short walk away, and good food pubs and farm shop in nearby villages. The owners are most helpful, and keep you updated with your booking. We can thoroughly recommend this cottage, but book early as it will be popular! We look forward to returning soon...
Anchor Cottage and Druridge Bay far exceeded our expectations. The place is presented in show room condition. The resources left us lacking for nothing. The chair in the lounge was so comfy it was hard not to fall asleep to the sounds of the fire. Our legs well walked across the bay with Drift Cafe a key Pitt stop for tea and all the cakes and scones you need to fuel those walks. Best meal in Amble on the quayside. Seafood platter. We shall return next year.
I really can't speak highly enough of this cottage. It was a real treat to stay there, a far higher standard than any cottage that I have stayed in before. This is really high end, very tasteful, yet comfortable and welcoming. There was nothing missing, so very well thought out, and arriving to find home made cake and milk in the fridge, plus locally made marmalade (with gin - ta ra!) was very nice. I doubt that I will ever stay somewhere with such fantastic sea views again. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area, including lots of lovely eating places. The owners left a lot of useful information and were very friendly to deal with. Simply lovely.
Lovely immaculate cottage in great location with brilliant views especially from the kitchen / dining area.
This is a beautifully decorated and spacious cottage within throwing distance of the beach. We spent a few nights here in March and we weren't disappointed. The location is quiet and if you like long walks on the beach then perfect. We would definitely recommend this place, communication before getting there was excellent. We love visiting Northumberland and now we have found a perfect base for future visits.
Very high standard of finish and views which were fantastic. Level of cleanliness to the highest standard, there was nothing it did not have - first class. Beautiful cottage, stunning location fantastic walks nice place to be. A must must visit don't let this one get away !
We have had a fabulous week with Anchor Cottage being the perfect base from which to explore Northumbria. Anchor Cottage is captivating and a real home from home.
It would be so easy just to stay in the comfort of lovely Anchor Cottage and just soak in the views from the window or the sea front bench but it is also a great base for fantastic attractions within easy reach for a day out. We did both and loved it.