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Budle Falls

Location: Bamburgh
Sleeps: 4





Tariff   Bedrooms   Sleeps

Bath/Shower rooms  

9 acres of shared and private gardens

One well-behaved dog


Guest Leisure Club


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Award Winner for Excellence in the prestigious 2011 North East Tourism Awards 

Fitted and furnished to 5 star Visit Britain Gold Award standards and given a Country Retreats GOLD award status for 2015


Named in the prestigious 2010  

' 100 Coolest Cottages' list

Our only cottage (so far!) with its very own waterfall, Budle Falls offers a unique combination of Northumbrian Coast and Country. It forms part of a working smallholding of around 9 acres with a truly enviable coastal location - nestled into the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest, with Budle Bay's vast expanse of mud flats creating a sanctuary for thousands of coastal and land birds - a true bird watcher's delight!

Situated in the historic 13th century hamlet of Waren Mill, just two miles north of Bamburgh, this single storey restored hemmel has recently been refurbished for 2014, with gorgeous new sofas and soft furnishings and a calm Farrow and Ball colour scheme. It is set in the grounds of the owners' beautifully converted water mill which dates back, in parts, to the 12th century. The cottage has been decorated in keeping with its surroundings with great taste and attention to detail. Vaulted ceilings characterise the interior with light and airy open-plan living accommodation. The master bedroom benefits from a feature king sized bed and the bunk bedded room will prove a hit with our younger visitors. It sits adjacent to another of our country retreats  Budle Haugh

Lots of outdoor space will also add to the appeal with both private lawn and sitting out area and a shared large garden.Guests will have the opportunity to befriend the resident sheep (Angel, Tuppence, Daisy Doo, Petal and Butterfly White) and the chickens (Lollipop, Peppa, Dora, Fifi, Harriet, Bish, Bash and Bosh), who have been known to leave the odd free range egg on the doorstep! Some of the chickens are currently laying blue eggs for some reason!

And pigs now on site – pigs sleeping in Hogswarts, and will be called Harry Trotter, Makin Bacon and Bamburgh Banger, and only one duck named yet – Dottie duck and her 3 friends. The latest addition to the animal family is a Jasper the Pony who is sure to work his way into many a guest's heart.

The waterfall, a real feature of the back garden, is actually constructed from the original stone wear for the Water Mill and is turned on between certain times of the day and beautifully illuminated at night. It is securely fenced so, parents, NO cause for concern!


  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining room with log burner and table for 4 (compact and cleverly designed but not a huge space). Patio leading off kitchen with table and chairs overlooking the waterfall and rear garden. New sofas recently added make comfy seating
  • Master bedroom with king sized bed
  • Bunk bedded room (just about enough room for a cot here)
  • Bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle
  • Private garden with large lawn, table and chairs
  • Play garden shared with the owners and neighbouring Country Retreat Budle Haugh, with 9 acres of grass, fields, walks and stream
  • Games room wih pool and football tables shared with Budle Haugh.

Special Features and feel of the property - see Video Tour

  • Feature vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers throughout
  • Cosy log burning stove in kitchen/living area(log store just outside of the cottage with extra log and kindling supplies )
  • Private garden with table, chairs and barbecue overlooking the waterfall which is illuminated at night
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, table and chairs and various toys for children including a variety of sit on trailers and tractors
  • Flat screen TV in lounge with Wii games . Flat screen TV in kids bedroom & Master bedroom
  • High thread count Joules bed linen in the master room and Laura Ashley nautical fun in the bunk bed room.
  • Large play garden shared with the owners with climbing frame, swings and football net
  • Guest Membership during your stay to nearby Ocean Leisure Club
  • Depending upon the age of your children, the owner of Budle Falls will make available age/gender appropriate toys, outdoor equipment and books -  customising the cottage for your children!
  • Woodland stage for those adventurous divas, a large open fire pit for those Kumbya moments and now, an exciting new tree house with horse swing, slide, climbing ladders and trapeze! – all in Bluebell woods, part of the Budle Falls estate
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome at Budle Falls for a fee of £25 (doggy basket and treats provided!)

Children at Budle Falls     

We have given this our highest 5 duckling rating as children will be delighted by all this cottage has to offer. They will love to play Pooh Sticks over the little bridge and run free in the woods and paddocks, spotting signs or even catching a glimpse of the vast array of wildlife including foxes, badgers, rabbits, deer, woodpeckers and bats. The garden and children's play area shared with the owners will thrill the young guests and other items for the younger ones in your party include dressing up box, games, toy box, swing ball, sand pit and selection of buckets & spades. There is also a games room with pool and football tables, shared with neighbouring Budle Haugh.

A travel cot, highchair, baby bath, baby rucksack, stroller and steriliser can be provided on request. The children's bunk beds have memory foam mattress toppers for extra comfort and this might even help the little ones sleep even longer!

Please just let us know what you would like to use when you make your booking at Budle Falls

Press Comment

'Any child with imagination will have a ball here, with access to nine acres of land, a bridge for poohsticks and the wonder of Britain’s finest beachfront castle, at Bamburgh, just two miles to the south. This barn conversion may be small, but it’s artfully done, and it’s packed with gadgets — including a Wii — in case the weather won’t co-operate.'

What you will find at Budle Falls

Full central heating, double glazing, log burner, phone with free UK calls, wifi access, dishwasher, double oven, microwave & induction hob, slow cooker, washer-dryer, fridge with freezer compartment, slow cooker, electric blender wand, electric hand mixer, cafetiere, Nespresso machine, Nintendo DS with assorted games, hairdryer and straighteners.  Flat screen TV, DVD and Wii in lounge and flat screen TV in each bedroom, DVD/CD and IPOD Docking station.  Games, books, toys (indoors and out), selection of DVDs, CDs and Wii games for adults and children. BBQ., baby monitor, steriliser, baby bath and potty also available on request.

Additional services and Benefits offered

  • Guest membership of The Ocean Leisure Club in nearby Seahouses (20m pool, childrens pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym, health and beauty spa, cafe. £6 entry per adult and £3 for children over 2, babies free of charge)
  • Babysitting by arrangement
  • Private Catering (details on request)
  • Shooting can be arranged directly with the owners
  • Double Bank fishing rights on the small holding itself

Location and surrounding area (Map)

Budle Falls makes a great base for exploring the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and countryside, close to walks and cycle routes. It lies only 2 miles from Bamburgh with its historic castle, many amenities and beaches and the village of Belford inland. Close by is Holy Island, with one of the most important centres of early christianity in Anglo Saxon England, the Lindisfarne Priory. This cottage also has the benefit, despite its rural location, of being within walking distance of a highly recommended restaurant in the Waren House Hotel (for adults without children).


Couple looking for some peace and quiet in chic country surroundings or a small family where the children will love the open space. Bird watchers, cyclists, walkers and nature lovers will also love this cottage and the location on the edge of Budle Bay.Why not book it with friends who can have the neighbouring 2 bedroom cottage  Budle Haugh ? Budle Falls also makes an excellent photo shoot or film location.

Country Retreats Candid Comments ( giving you the only down sides we can think of about a property before you book!)

Budle Falls is quite compact. A family of 4 grown ups plus a dog may be challenging!!



Price Guide £ sterling

Seasons 2015 Short Break 7 Nights
Low 475 555
Mid 535 799
High 675 920
Peak 845 1245
Xmas/New Year 1135 1245

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Guest comments

"Our first time on the farm, but definitely not our last. We love this part of the workd and thoroughly enjoyed our few days; walking on the beaches, exploring the farm" and sipping tea and coffee (…and beer and wine!?!) Thank you for making us feel so welcome – it means a lot. Thanks for the extras too – and our son loved it here! Highlights? Low Newton to Dunstanburgh on the Beach, Craster to Howick and of course, Bamburgh - stunning (oh, and the Shoreline Café in Craster – nice cake!)"  Jude and family, March 2014

"This was our third visit to Budle Falls. The refreshed cottage is still as inviting and cosy as ever, and the new sofas are very comfy. Our son loved feeding there animals and collecting eggs. Apart from the farm, his favourite place was Barter Books in Alnwick. Can't wait to come back in the summer".  Heather and family February 2014.
"Lovely, lovely cottage. Warm and snug, especially with the log fire burning.  We had a fantastic week with good weather and good walks – sad to go home!" John and family, including pooch, December 2013.
"A wonderful cottage – the more you look, the more you find. We've had a fabulous time here, both "home" and throughout Northumberland.  The children loved the toys and all the outside space. Halloween party invite was a thoughtful touch by Allison, my appreciated by the little ones! We walked to Bamburgh a couple of times, catching the bus back; day at Alnwick Castle and it's gardens; saw plenty of seals at the Farne Islands and had a fantastic day at Cragside an Amazing National Trust house and estate. Many a memory has been had…" Charley and family, October 2013.
"Had a fantastic week at Budle Falls. Allison had laid on lots of special touches to make us feel at home. The kids loved playing with the toys. The farm is fantastic and the kids loved exploring, and feeding the animals. So much to do here that it was hard to encourage the kids away!  We did manage trips to Seahouses soft play/ crazy golf. Very windswept trip to beach. Barter Books is well worth a trip. The Ocean Club is fantastic. Alnwick Castle was good – we learnt to fly broomsticks and dressed as princes and knights – well worth a trip. Billy Shiels 90 minute boat trip around Farne Islands to see grey seals is great. We have had a superb week. Wellies a must. Hopefully see you next year! The Hughes family, October 2013.
 Fantastic week. Enjoyed the beautiful beaches, boat ride to see the seals, the amazing castle. Great food at The Castle Inn. Lovely warm welcome, Budle Falls has been one of our favourite holidays. Great to feed the animals and go round the trails. We will be back - thank you for a great stay."  Jane and family, September 2013.
"First of all we would like to thank Allison's daughter (7) for showing us around the grounds and showing us her amazing bike riding skills – what a delight she is. Feeding the pigs was a great adventure as was collecting the eggs and stroking the sheep. Pooh sticks was great fun for us – not so sure about the ducks!  We've had a great stay in your gorgeous cottage; your hospitality and welcome was wonderful and much appreciated. W will return – it's been a joy." Joanne and friends on a girlie break – September 2013.
"We were immediately impressed by this wonderful cottage and it's lovely surroundings. The little details such as the age appropriate toys for our son; the tour of the grounds and introduction to the animals are what made this holiday a cut above anywhere else we've stayed. Our lad particularly loved feeding the ducks and pigs.  Our favourite places were Alnwick Gardens (don't forget a change of clothes for the kids!); Barter Books – my personal favourite – I could have stayed all day; Low Newton beach – enjoyed a nice drink in The Ship Inn after; Our son loved riding the train at Ford and Etal.  All in all a fantastic holiday and we shall definitely return one day!  Thank you."  Shaun and family, September 2013.
"Big thank you to Allison and family for making our first trip to Northumberland very memorable. From the moment we arrived here at Budle Falls, we felt right at home. The farm was filled with jam packed fun and adventure for the kids, collecting eggs was the highlight of our daughter's morning. From visits to Holy Island, to beautiful beaches like Ross Sands and Bamburgh – there was something truly amazing around every corner. An absolute must if you have kids is a trip to the Heatherslaw Railway at Ford and Etal.  We were sad to leave but couldn't have asked for a better stay, a great trip before going back to school.. And this is to say nothing of our visit to Holy Island, the Farne islands, Dunstanburgh, Low Newton, Alnwick Castle, Barter Books, Berwick, not to mention every ice cream vendor on the East Coast. All this is a week thanks to the never ending fine suggestions of Allison's entire family! Thank you all for a very memorable trip and memories we will keep forever. P.S. – Moby will also miss his morning romp with Allison's dogs Bobby and Hamish!" Rob and family, August 2013.
"Lovely cottage, beautifully fitted out with some really nice touches. Great to have wifi, Sky, Wii, DS and DVDs. Fresh eggs were a delight and fun to collect. It was fun herding the hens and there was lots of fantastic play equipment. We loved Budle Peep. The whole coastline is beautiful but we especially recommend Dunstanburgh. Worth having National Trust membership and getting all day parking. We recommend Sunnyhill Farm Shop for lighter snacks, and the Coach Inn at Lesbury for bigger meals – best fish and chips we have ever eaten. Highly recommend to use the butchers in Bamburgh for excellent sausages, ham and sausage rolls – a Rick Stein Hero. Thank you for a lovely stay!!!" Paul and family August 2013.
"Our second visit and it was just as fantastic as we remembered first time!  We were greeted by the ever so friendly and polite owner's 10 year old son ho showed us around to see what had changed since our last visit and introduced our children to his sister and other children, which meant we could enjoy a beer in sunshine in the garden while the children played – a perfect start!  A perfect sunny day at Seahosues, picnic on the beach, visit to Bamburgh Castle, "daddy" successfully survived the triathlon despite the chilly sea, and of course we loved walking around the farm and seeing "Annabel" the sheep again!  Thank you for another wonderful weekend, in the words of Arnie, "we'll be back!""  Katie and family, July 2013.
What a fantastic little holiday, this was booked as a surprise for my 40th birthday. We had a wonderful time at Budle Falls. The children especially loved the time they spent with Allison's children and really did not want to leave – they particularly liked playing with the large leaves! Loved Bamburgh, the castle, little shops and pubs, we particularly loved our fun packed days on the glorious beach in the sunshine. We LOVE Northumberland! Melanie and family, July 2013.
"We have had the most amazing 14 days here. The weather was unbelievable, but we would have loved it even in bad weather. Thank you so much Allison for making our holiday the best ever – thanks especially for my husband's birthday tea and for sharing his party! My daughter would like to say thank you to Allison's daughter for being her "big sister" and teaching her bouncing tricks on the trampoline. Some places we enjoyed (bearing in mind we were looking for attractions suitable for a lively 4 year old) included Alnwick Gardens – fantastic lunch in the Treehouse restaurant and then lots of fun in the gardens,; Barter Books – amazing bookshop and café in the old railway station (a model train runs around above your head);  Sunnyhills Farm Shop – nice child friendly café with tractors and climbing frame,a nd great takeaway food in the shop; Heatherslaw light railway; fish and chips in Seahouses – pinnacles was delicious; Ocean Leisure Club is greta for swimming and has nice café afterwards; but of course, given the amazing weather we harm we spent most of our time on the beach. We tried a few but our favourite was Bamburgh in front of the castle." Fiona and family, July 2013.
"We've had a fabulous week – great weather after a dodgy start. The Welcome was great and our son has been playing with Allison's children on a fair few occasions, starting with camp fire marshmallow fest on our first evening! We've had trips to some great beaches – Ross, Bamburgh, Embleton and Seahouses. East 20 minute walk to Ross from car park, and Embleton and Craster via Dunstanburgh Castle is a brilliant walk after lunch at The Jolly Fisherman. One day we walked up the Cheviots – really just an excuse to go to another tea shop – this time at Heatherslaw. Our son liked (far too much) the crazy golf at Seahouses.  Thanks for a memorable week – and that was before Andy Murray! Hope to be back in the future." Sarah and family, July 2013.
"We came here for my 40th birthday… and oh my goodness, it has been amazing. Allison and all the family have been on hand with anything we needed – fantastic hospitality. We've had a camp fire, fed sheep, been to Bamburgh, Ross, Seahosues for a boat trip and loads more. The cottage is so, so homely, we we so comfy, despite being sleep deprived with our teething baby! I think our sone will totally miss the 2 pigs and lambs, as will we! Thank you very, very much for our holiday, we would l;one to return in the future." Jane and family, June 2013.

"Thank you for making our holiday so comfortable and enjoyable.  We've all got such happy memories of our time a Budle Falls, and of sunning ourselves at Bamburgh Beach, and cooling off in the sea.  And having birthday tea outside on the lawn was a wonderful highlight." - July 2013

We loves these photos on Flickr posted by one of our guests!

Recent Mumsnet reviews

'The four of us; me, hubby and two children Sam aged 8 and Sophie aged 4, have just returned from a short break at Budle Falls. The facilities and attention paid to the children staying in this property are second to none. The secured gardens, play facilities, lamb, hen, pig and pony feeding all provided such a lovely opportunity and experience for them both and they loved it. We were aware that Budle Falls was surrounded by a vast amount of land but hadn’t appreciated or expected for that matter the effort and time that was to be afforded to us by Allison and her family. This is a huge selling point for this property and takes you by surprise when you get there.   We have stayed in a number of Coastal Retreat properties over the years and have always loved the experience, however, this property is definitely the jewel in the crown where young children are concerned. If you had a 6 star duckling rating then this property should get it. The sooner they complete the second cottage the better' - Jones party 8-11 June 2012

"We had the most fabulous time! The cottage is great – a real home-from-home with extras! Our children loved playing with Allison's daughter and meeting the animals. Feeding the lambs was a highlight.  I enjoyed the spectacle of hubby shearing a sheep and I know he enjoyed it too – not so sure about the sheep though! Thank you for a wonderful stay!"
Victoria and family – June 2013
"Like so many others, our highlight has been feeding the lambs. We love the pigs too but they are not quite so cuddly!. We only wish we had longer.  Thank you Allison and the team for all the finishing touches and hospitality." Sam and family, May 2013
"We have really enjoyed our first proper family holiday at Budle Falls. The cottage is perfect and so child friendly. I will be recommending to my friends with kids. Allison and the family are extremely friendly and helpful. The grounds and the animals make this a unique place to stay. Hope to come back soon xxx". Clare and family including 6 month old daughter - May 2013
"This is our second visit to Budle Falls. We have had a fantastic time. The cottage is beautiful and has a feeling of home.  The children have loved being here and we are sad to be leaving.  Thank you for making our long weekend memorable one (again). Feeding the lambs has made  my 2 year old's year. We will be back again. X" Rachel and family - April 2013
"Lovely cottage with home form home comforts. The log burner is a real treat especially in the evening. On arrival we were met by Allison and her daughter and my daughter and hers immediately bonded and went off playing on the trampoline.   We were given a guided tour of the farm and saw all the new born lambs and sadly two orphans (Allison rescued from another farm). Our girls enjoyed feeding the two orphaned lambs and collecting fresh eggs. Thanks to Allison's children for sharing everything." Kev and family - April 2013
" We had a truly amazing week at Budle Falls -  a welcome break from London and certainly worth the 8 hour drive!!! Thank you so much to Allison for being so warm and welcoming and giving our city kids a real taste of country life! The highlight certainly had to be bottle feeding the orphaned lambs and waking up to discover the gorgeous new born lambs. This may be what makes Budle Falls unique. My son had a fantastic time playing war games with Allison's son  and our daughter bonded with Allison's daughter while bouncing (!) and looking after lambs.  Thank you too to Allison's children for the lovely welcome and for sharing everything. We would love to cop me back here one day and will certainly recommend it to friends! THANK YOU!!!!" Miranda and family - March 2013.
"Beautiful cottage and grounds, we had a lovely stay here. Feeding orphaned lambs, sheep, hens, ducks, pigs – collecting eggs for breakfast!
 Special thanks to Allison and family for being so friendly and welcoming , providing all sorts of extras and making our holiday extra fab!! Xx" Aaron and family - March 2013.
"Had a wonderful time, the girls really enjoyed feeding the animals. They loved the toys and Sky TV! Cottage is lovely and it is the little touches that make the difference. Wonderful area too. Thank you Allison and daily for the hospitality, which was second to none. Hope to come back as spoon as possible." Paul and family -February 2013.

'The cottage was immaculate and smelt largely of the flowers that had been left for us...everything was supplied for us - far more than expected...especially impressed with all the added touches like the free range eggs.'

'We'll be booking again, thank you so much. Please say a big thank you to Allison for looking after us so well'


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