|Sleeps||Bedrooms||Bath/shower rooms||External||Beach||Pets||Price Band||Leisure Club Membership|
|2||1 ( or 2 * )||2 ( or 3 * )||Small patio and parking||3 minute drive||No||A1 or B1 *||Yes|
Furnished, equipped, styled and presented to 5 star GOLD Visit Britain standards and awarded a GOLD award from Coastal Retreats for 2014
This cottage is a delightful surprise to those who enter via the rather unassuming stone hemmel arch which houses the entrance door. Inside opens up to a cosy and characterful stone farm building converted with real care and attention to detail. Located in the small and quiet village of Elford within a working farm environment (you will see and hear the odd tractor and farm worker) , not far from Bamburgh and not far from Seahouses (about 2 miles to each village), it offers an excellent holiday base for couples or a small family
- Spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with table to sit up to 4 guests, full height patio doors, large flat screen TV with freeview and DVD player
- Small but well designed kitchen area
- Cosy (some would say small) Master bedroom with king size bed, ensuite shower room and small flat screen TV/DVD player.
- Additonal small dressing room or, if you are coming with a baby, an ideal baby room with travel cot and baby change area. This also has some additional storage space for your clothes
- Ground floor bathroom with bath
- * ON REQUEST an additional twin bedroom with ensuite shower room can be made available. This is in the eaves of the building with velux windows and a flat screen TV/DVD player with two huge floor cushions - would suit children perfectly. The cottage would then be priced as a Group B1
- Professionally landscaped enclosed courtyard with patio area with bistro table and 4 chairs, along with parking for 2 cars
Special features and feel of Flying Ducks
- Beautifully furnished throughout with designer wallcovering and sumptuous soft furnishings
- Original features of the farm building maintained where possible including stone hemmel arches
- French high count Egyptian cotton linen and hand made fully pocketed sprung king size bed (ensuring a good nights sleep!)
- The Mulberry 'Flying Ducks' wallpaper featured in the living room inspired name of this cottage. Interestingly, since the time of St Cuthbert, Eiders, the heaviest & yet fastest-flying ducks in the UK, have sought refuge on nearby Coquet Island - see more in location details.
- Bespoke, painted and well-designed fitted kitchen with integrated hob, electric fan oven, dishwasher, washing machine and complete with filtered water supply
- A feast of Farrow and Ball paint tones and an eclectic mix of tasteful accessories.
- Living room with freestanding cast iron log burner, very large flat screen TV, large patio door giving lots of light to the space and looking out to copse of trees.
- Beautifully completed bath and shower rooms, although small, have a 'spa-like' feel with rich slate tiling, sleek chrome Hansgrohe taps, extra long and deep bath and a monsoon shower.
- Two adult wet suits with wet shoes available for use
- Ocean Leisure Club Guest Membership ( Entry fee applies)
- Outdoor tap for washing said wet suits etc
- All ground floor accommodation may suit those with limited mobility - the walk from car to door and from living area to bedroom/bathroom area has no steps ( apart from the lip of the front door) and allows for a standard wheelchair ( although tight in places) but the shower has a slight step up and is not wetroom style
Children at Flying Ducks
With a 2 starfish rating, this reflects the fact that there are no special facilities or toys for children here but children are welcomed and the additional twin bedroom ON REQUEST would be ideal * . A travel cot, highchair available on request but the cottage is not really set up for toddlers.
Location and Locality (Map)
A stone-built former cart shed in Elford hamlet on one of the back roads from the A1 to Seahouses and Bamburgh. The hamlet has no facilities as such and is simply a collection of farm buildings within a working farm environment along a quiet country road. For further local information see our Local Information section and Planning Your Stay on this website.
The Flying Ducks name not only alludes to the beautiful wallpaper in the living room, but also to the famous Eider ducks which can be seen locally and are particularly knowN to take refuge on Coquet Island, a little further down the coastline near Amble. Coquet Island has been a place of sanctuary since St Cuthbert, an early Northumbrian saint, landed there in AD684. The Duke of Northumberland owns the island, including its unusual square-towered lighthouse, which was built in 1841. The island has been occupied since the 7th Century, initially as a monastic cell, then later a lighthouse station and now it's occupied by RSPB wardens, who live on the island throughout the spring and summer. Birds are everywhere on Coquet Island and the walls and gardens are home to several hundred nesting Eider ducks. The island is a designated sanctuary so is unfortunately not open to visitors but there are boat trips daily from Amble which will take you around the island
Perfect for couples looking for a quiet retreat just a couple of minutes drive from the coast and ideal for single travellers who want some space and a rural but not deserted location. With a handful of cottages nearby and a working farm, there is always someone to say hello to.
* PLEASE NOTE - For those wishing to book the house with the use of 2 bedrooms, the upstairs twin bedroom with small ensuite shower room can be brought into play. The price banding for Flying Ducks when two bedrooms are booked and the house set up for 4 guests, will be Group B1 but this will need to be booked over the phone or by email (not available to book online as a two bedroom cottage)
'So much bigger than it looks on the photos and so gorgeous. We loved it'
'We felt at home immediately. All the rooms were so beautifully presented and we loved all the little finishing touches'
'Great location. We we walked to Seahouses adn Bamburgh most days nad hardly used the car throughout the whole holiday'
'Log burner, squashy sofa, a lovely shabby chic feel to the cottage and a really comfy bed'
'This was our 4th Coastal Retreat holiday. We would return to Flying Ducks. My boyfriend proposed here and so we will hopefully return on our anniversary. Thanks to the Coastal Retreats team for everything'
There is no garden as such but a yard for private parking and there is a pleasant walled patio area looking towards some large farm buildings and trees opposite. The parking area is still rather rustic in nature, having been part of the original farm yard, and there is a large modern agricultural building which can be seen from the outdoor area and the approach, but views of the copse of trees and farm animals compensate to the other side, if this cottage is booked with use of the upstairs twin room * Please note that this is in the eaves with sloping ceilings and limited headroom in places- lots of character though!
Price Guide £ sterling
Group A1 when booked with just one master bedroom
|Seasons 2014||Short Break||7 Nights|
|Seasons 2015||Short Break||7 Nights|
Group B1 when booked with additional first floor twin bedroom and shower room (not bookable this way online - please call or email)
|Seasons 2014||Short Break||7 Nights|
|Seasons 2015||Short Break||7 Nights|