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Monkey Puzzle Retreat

Belford, Northumberland
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Luxury
Fishing on site / nearby
Internet access
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Shop nearby
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
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At a glance

  • Experience the countryside from this peaceful single-storey cottage
  • Make the most of the social open-plan living areas
  • Find peace in the woodland garden with towering trees and a soothing pond

Property code: OC-NB677

Watch your delighted dog explore the beautiful garden at this Northumberland retreat when you book a romantic break for two and take him with you. Sleeping two guests, the one-bedroom, single-storey cottage nestles in the village of Belford, 5.5 miles from Bamburgh. An idyllic place to relax together, it also makes a great base for forays out to dog-friendly beaches, as well as coastal walks and hikes through the Northumberland National Park.

Let yourselves in to find the retreat offers open-plan living with ample space for pups to pad about. The main lounge/kitchen/diner has doors that can be opened on to the pretty garden. There is also space to watch TV, prepare food in the kitchen, which is one step up from the rest of the living space, and to sit down to romantic meals at the dining table. At the end of each fun-filled day, make your way through to the double bedroom for a good night’s sleep. Open the French doors in here on summer mornings to bring in a breeze. Enjoy a hot shower before taking your happy hound out to nose about in the leafy garden while you have breakfast in the sunshine. Keep an eye on him near the pond. Guests will be given a permit for on-street parking.

Find plenty of walks to beauty spots and historic sites in your surroundings. St Cuthbert’s Cave, a sandstone cave where the saint is said to have lived as a hermit, is 6.5 miles from the cottage. Head to Bamburgh to explore the castle grounds with your furry friend and to let him bound free any time across the open beach here. Follow the Northumberland Coast Path from here for 3 miles to reach Seahouses. Venture 9.5 miles to reach Northumberland National Park, with its many footpaths.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath (with a fitted handrail) and WC
  • Oven, hob microwave, fridge, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Utility cupboard with washing machine and freezer
  • Welcome pack
  • TV with Freeview
  • Woodland garden with unfenced pond and garden furniture
  • Private parking
  • Pub and shop 200 metres, beach 4 miles
  • Sleeps 2+2: double sofa bed in the lounge available on request
  • Please note, dogs are not allowed on the sofas or in the bedroom
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • 2 dogs allowed. Additional charges may apply

Beth Aiston

This property is personally managed by Beth.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 47 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Dorothy 13th July 2024

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Very nice cottage lovely interior and good facilities Charlie the owner was friendly and informative about the area and gave a generous welcome pack not many holiday cottages do that ,we stopped at one place and we received nothing .

Reviewed by Beverley 6th July 2024

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Well tucked away in a quiet location. A lovely touch with the breakfast goodies, bread, milk, teas, coffees and selection of chocolate biscuits. The property was spacious with everything you could want for a lovely comfortable stay. A lovely garden too to enjoy sitting out if the weather allows. Charlie the owner was there to greet us and gave Read moreus a quick tour of the property with things we may need to know then left us to enjoy our weeks holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Susan 30th June 2024

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We had a good time and enjoyed the cottage

Reviewed by Wendy 22nd June 2024

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Comfortable, well equipped, in a quiet location, conveniently situated for days out, shop and pubs within walking distance, bus services, walks from the doorstep. We would definitely return.

Reviewed by Andrew 15th June 2024

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Lovely accommodation inside and out. Charlie gave us a warm welcome and was knowledgeable about the local area. The welcome pack was extremely generous and a great bonus. Our first visit to Northumberland did not disappoint and this is the ideal location for exploring. Wed definitely stay here again and would thoroughly recommend.

Reviewed by Jennifer 26th May 2024

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What a fabulous week weve had. Lovely little place, so comfortable and well equipped. Probably the most well equipped and homely cottage weve ever stayed in. It was nice to come home to every day, and especially on the one day the rain was torrential! Very comfy bed! The welcome pack was much appreciated, and the extra touches of biscuits and cerRead moreeal, even coffee pods, although owner has reignited the husbands love affair with Tunnocks tea cakes. Friendly, kind and informative host. We enjoyed several walks on Bamburgh beach, and on Beadnell beach, and one day we walked from Boulmer to Alnmouth and back along the beach. We visited Berwick for the first time - what a surprise it was. A lovely town with a nice walk around the walls, some great independent shops and a very cute cafe tucked under the bridge. Weve enjoyed watching the birds in the garden and the pigeons nesting in the monkey puzzle tree. We were very sad to leave and hope we will returnthank you. P.S. we couldnt look at the picture by the dining table without seeing Mick Hucknell. Hide

Reviewed by John 19th May 2024

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Monkey Puzzle retreat was perfect for us, we enjoy quiet places with lots of interesting places near. The bungalow is immaculate, well equipped and comfortable with many windows it feels more like a well loved home than a holiday let with a magical natural garden. Charlie the owner is charming, he lives next door so always easy to contact for adviRead morese or any problem, although quiet its very close to a well stocked Supermarket Pharmacy Cafe pubs and a lovely Norman Church. We would certainly enjoy a return visit. Hide

Reviewed by Matthew 12th May 2024

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Comfortable and well appointed base for exploring all of the major local sights. Tucked away and quiet, but with good local amenities.

Reviewed by Lesley 29th April 2024

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Reviewed by Judith 21st April 2024

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Couldnt fault the cottage never have we had such a well equipped cottage it was warm and cosy which was great as the weather was dreadful. Charles was a great host and I would recommend this cottage.

Reviewed by Joan 16th April 2024

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It is great cottage placed idealy equipment brilliant ly

Reviewed by Carol 18th March 2024

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Due to the recent storms the drive way and garden needs some TLC , was very muddy being mid March , however it didnt spoil the weekend

Reviewed by John 11th March 2024

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Ideal location for tourism. The interior was nice apart from an uncomfortable sofa. The exterior left a lot to be desired. The first impression was poor

Reviewed by Carolyn 4th March 2024

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A well equipped bungalow within easy walking distance of local amenities. Location is excellent for the coast or country. Highly recommend

Reviewed by Lyn 25th February 2024

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Corner plot, lovely bungalow and would stay again. Great location for visiting Northumberland. Bungalow is a good size, but cosy. Bed very comfortable. Charlie is lovely and welcoming. Generous welcome pack. Good value for money and would recommend.

Reviewed by Shona 22nd February 2024

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A very comfortable cottage with a lovely garden. It was very clean and had excellent equipment. Handy position as it is just off the A1. There are shops and pubs in walking distance. Plenty places to walk the dog.

Reviewed by Mark 13th February 2024

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We had a wonderful stay, excellent location and amenities, the owner is lovely, great quiet location, Will definitely return.

Reviewed by Geraldine 10th January 2024

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The bungalow was beautiful had everything you needed the bed was so comfortable and it was so warm we had to turn the heating down not a bad problem ha ha Charlie the owner was very helpful and welcoming the breakfast was a great idea and delicious. This place is perfect except for where it is its just a bit out of the way.

Reviewed by Amanda 25th November 2023

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Great property, very well equipped brilliant location really friendly people

Reviewed by Carolyn 21st November 2023

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A warm welcome from the owner. The bungalow is beautifully furnished and the standard of cleanliness is excellent. The welcome pack is very generous. The location is great a short walk into Belford you will find three pubs, a supermarket and paper shop. The beautiful Northumberland coast is only a few miles away. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Joanne 26th October 2023

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The monkey puzzle cottage was ok, to be fair it was lovely and clean, bed linen n towels were lovely, but could have done with a lighter duvet as we were boiling in bed at night! The cottage was well appointed and in great area for all the tourist attractions. Outside the cottage the gardens were very untidy? Impossible to sit in the garden with Read morethe dog as garden not secure and really needed tidying up! The only other complaint was the combi boiler, it was situated on the same wall as the bed head and at 6 am when the boiler awoke it was a terrible noise that reverberated into you in bed n gave me migraines! Hence, you must turn off the boiler before you go to bed at night. The tv was also not where you would sit on the settee but to the side of the settee????? Plus electric fire wasnt working! But really, the house was well appointed, just needed fine tuning. Hide

Reviewed by Lynne 25th October 2023

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Reviewed by Derek 19th October 2023

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Reviewed by Robbert 14th October 2023

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Cottage is well situated in a woodland garden. The interior is well decorated and comfortable with all the equipment you require. The owner Charlie is very welcoming and friendly and there was a very good welcome pack.

Reviewed by Georgina 7th October 2023

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Cottage was perfect, in a great location to explore the beaches and attractions, a real home from home. Beautifully presented and really comfortable.

Reviewed by Terry 17th September 2023

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Great cottage extremely well equipped, owner even provided a welcome pack with a variety of provisions, everything we needed (and more) was there for our use, would say to anyone looking for a holiday in this area, to consider this property.

Reviewed by Steven 6th August 2023

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Reviewed by Cathy 31st July 2023

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Reviewed by Amanda 16th July 2023

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Reviewed by Wayne 10th July 2023

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Reviewed by Peter 5th July 2023

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Good and very well appointed cottage located in a quiet village with a couple of pubs and a shop only slight downside was its quite a walk to the coastline along unpaved country roads which can be a little unsettling given how fast some people drive

Reviewed by Catherine 18th June 2023

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Beautiful cottage with everything that you need for a comfortable stay.It also had a Beautiful garden which was an added bonus.

Reviewed by Pamela 4th June 2023

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Property was immaculately clean and great location with us having a large, well behaved dog.

Reviewed by Arran 29th May 2023

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The most well equipped cottage I've ever had Immaculately presented and sparklingly clean We like the fact that your company doesn't bombard us with emails /ads like Sykes

Reviewed by Frank 14th May 2023

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The property was located just where wanted, is well maintained and very comfortable. Very handy for Bamburgh, Holy Island, Berwick and the Northumberland coast

Reviewed by John 6th May 2023

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One of the best equipped accommodation we have stayed in and ideally located for the coast and countryside. Welcoming food pack was excellent and Charlie was most helpful Can definitely recommend

Reviewed by Janice 19th March 2023

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The bungalow was lovely and clean, well equipped and comfortable. It was warm and cosy.

Reviewed by Jennifer 12th March 2023

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The cottage was very comfortable clean and well equipped.There was everything there to enjoy our holiday. There was a welcome pack which was very helpful as we had had a long journey.Its thoughtful extras like the welcome pack that are much appreciated. We met Charlie the owner who could not do enough to help us and he also gave us useful informatiRead moreon about places to go and visit while in Northumberland. Hide

Reviewed by David 28th November 2022

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The accommodation was very comfortable, extremely well equipped and with quality furniture and fittings. The reservation process and information provided by you was first class throughout.

Reviewed by William 2nd November 2022

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couldn't fault anything

Reviewed by Anjie 1st November 2022

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Fantastic accommodation-Fantastic welcome package, couldn't fault it, If I had to be critical I would say the garden was disappointing but that was all.

Reviewed by Karen 16th October 2022

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Lovely cottage, well equipped, clean, could not fault it at all. The owner has clearly created a property which is literally a home from home

Reviewed by James 10th October 2022

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Nice location, lovely bungalow and garden, close to local attractions.

Reviewed by John 2nd October 2022

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Great location first class accommodation friendly helpful host in a great place what more could anyone want?

Reviewed by Lisa 16th August 2022

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Reviewed by Sue 24th July 2022

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Very well equipped cottage and the best welcome pack Ive ever had, also friendly owner.

Reviewed by James 17th July 2022

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Perfect location, the best equipped cottage we have had, the host was very helpful

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