Lookout Cottage

Alnwick, Northumberland

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Saturday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 2 What's this?
  • Reference 017001

About Lookout Cottage

A former lookout, this simple but snug cottage is next to a HM Coastguard radio room.

Standing tall in a dreamy position just above the golden sands of Embleton beach is this former lookout. It was built in 1822 and was used to combat smuggling on the coastline. Inside, quirks of its 19th-century past remain, from the wood-panelled walls to the original bunkers where the coastguards used to sleep. There’s an outside toilet too, which is built into the walls of its garden. 

Snug and homely inside, Lookout Cottage has one four-sleeper bedroom, a shower room and an inviting living and kitchen area, which when the log-burning is going, feels exceptionally cosy. As this is partly still a working coastguard service, the north room of the cottage houses HM Coastguard radio equipment.

From here you’ll be able to walk along the vast silver sands of the coast. And if conditions are right, you may even be able to witness the Northern Lights in the winter months. Your walks could lead you to coastal castle Dunstanburgh, or you could drive there in 10 minutes. 

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ not available


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  • 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.

Notes for guests

Access: The access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see those images in the main website page

Heating: Electric heating included.

Access: 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.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level such as Bird How which due to its stunning yet remote location doesn’t have a caretaker through to 5 Acorns at the highest level – such as Shute Barton.

Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

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