The Lodge@Shirewater

Craster & Embleton Area, Northumberland Coastal

  • 4 Star Gold
  • Special Offer£100 off 7 night stays during 2024 as the property is celebrating being 100 years old

You can book this property from:

  • £763 per week
  • £109 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Bathrobes and slippers provided
  • Welcome pack
  • Sea or coastal views

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Garden, courtyard or patio
  • Outdoor storage
  • Private parking
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Rural location


  • Walk-in shower
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 10:00

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Coastal Retreats want to make everyone’s stay as enjoyable as possible, and are committed to providing suitable
access for all our guests, whatever their individual needs. We aim to accurately describe our facilities and services to
give you the confidence to book the right property for you. There is a full description together with photos and a
video tour of the property on our website
At a Glance
• This is a two-storey property.
• It sleeps two and has one bedroom and two bathrooms.
• No bedrooms on the ground floor.
• The kitchen, dining and living space has level access and has stairs to the first floor.
• There are parking spaces for two cars, directly outside.
• The front entrance has stepped access. The outdoor space has stepped access.
• Externally there is a rear garden with stepped access.
• Dogs are not permitted in the property.
• No smoking or vaping is permitted in the house.
• The property is best reached by car. It is situated on the outskirts of Embleton village; there is a driveway to
the front of the cottage and a parking space in front of the house. The front door is accessed via the
driveway and there is a key safe by the door at 148cm height.
• Public transport, the property can be reached by rail; the nearest mainline railway station is nine miles away.
• Taxis are available from the station. A list of taxi companies can also be found via our website link above.
• Information about local bus services can be found on the Northumberland coast bus service website
• Local food partner Food Heaven ( can deliver and unpack groceries prior to your
arrival and items can be ordered up to 48 hours before arrival. Other supermarkets deliver to the area.
Alnwick (18 miles away) has large supermarkets, small independent shops, garages and all the local
• The brochure is printed in standard font size with pictorial representations of the main features. Our aim
with the design of our website is to make it as easy to use and understand as possible. We want visitors with
disabilities to be able to gain the same benefit from using our website as those who are able-bodied.
• Mobile phone reception may be poor within this area and we cannot guarantee a full signal.
• There is WiFi and a landline phone but the functioning of these cannot be fully guaranteed and any external
fault is beyond our control.
• The nearest NHS walk-in centre is in Ashington, which is 26 miles away, and the nearest A&E unit is in
Cramlington, which is 37 miles away. The nearest doctor’s surgery is eight miles away in Alnwick. Further
information is in the welcome folder.
Access to the Property
The car parking is approximately eight metres from the entrance and the front door is accessed via a gravel
driveway. There are no handrails or ramps on the approach to the building. The path is three metres wide and
provides a level access.
Entrance to Property
• From the car, the front door is accessed via a paved and gravel driveway. There are no handrails or ramps on
the approach to the property.
• The door is side hung and manual and the width is 73cm with three steps of 9cm up to the front door.
• Once inside the surface is tiled and the area is fully lit by a ceiling pendant light.
Any other comments and relevant information; access into front hall and cloakroom with a further 9cm step through
internal doors.
Halls, Stairs, Landings, Passageways
• The entrance hallway areas are lit by a ceiling pendant light and the floor is covered by black and white tiles.
• The 17 stairs are carpeted and are beige in colour, the walls have been decorated in a cream patterned
• The width of the passageway is 190cm.
Any other comments and relevant information; stairway accessed from the lounge.
Sitting Room/Lounge
• The living room is accessed from the entrance hall with a door opening of 76cm and is furnished with a two
seater sofa and an additional comfy chair.
• It is all on one level with no steps and the floor is covered in a beige coloured carpet.
• The walls have been decorated a cream patterned colour.
• There is one coffee table located in the centre of the room and three lamp tables which can easily be moved.
• There is a log burning stove and radiators to heat the room.
• The room is compact with plenty of space to move around.
• There is a digital TV which has full digital access/subtitles, the TV rests on a unit.
• Lighting is natural daylight with a mix of ceiling spots and table/floor lamps.
Any other comments and relevant information; open plan living/dining/kitchen area.
Dining Area
• The dining area is situated in the kitchen/living room with level access via an opening which is 190cm wide.
• The dining room floor is carpeted which is beige in colour and the walls have been decorated in a cream
• Seating around the table is for two people, with upright chairs without arms. A wheelchair can easily be
pulled up to the table if needed.
• The dining table has legs on each corner, which are 71cm from the floor to the lowest point of the table
(under space) and is 72cm high. Lighting is natural daylight with a mix of ceiling spots and table lamps.
Any other comments and relevant information; square glass table.
• The door opening to the kitchen is from the dining and living area and the opening width is 190cm.
• The kitchen has level access with a tiled floor.
• The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
• The doors of the oven drop down and the handles are 46 and 75cm above the floor. The hob is 91cm above
the floor.
• The worktop and sink are 90cm above the floor. The wall cupboards are 138cm high.
• The sink taps are single mixer lever taps.
• The highest shelf in the fridge is 67cm and the lowest drawer in the freezer is 46cm.
• The kitchen is lit by downlighter spots/under cupboard lights.
• The kitchen flooring is tiled which is light stone in colour and the walls have been decorated in a cream
Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas
General Information
• There are no ground floor bedrooms.
• On the first floor there is one bedroom comprising of a king size bed with ensuite bathroom which is reached
by 17 stairs.
Specific bedroom information (one for each bedroom)
Bedroom one is on the first floor and has a king size bed
• The clear door opening into the bedroom is 70cm wide.
• The height of the bed from floor to mattress top is 56cm.
• The space to the side of the bed is 150cm.
• There are two bedside tables which are 60cm high.
• Lighting is via a mix of ceiling spot and bedside table lamps.
• Flooring is carpet and beige in colour, with white and dark red coloured walls.
• There is one wardrobe, eight drawers and storage space. The wardrobe rails are 163cm high and they cannot
be adjusted.
• Bedding is hypo-allergenic.
• There is a digital TV.
• See photos and video tour on our website for more details.
Any other comments and relevant information; large ensuite bath/shower room.
Ensuite bath/shower room is connected to Bedroom one
• Entrance is all on one level with a clear door opening width of 70cm.
• The shower is separate and has a raised lip of 5cm.
• The shower has no door and has a detachable shower head.
• Height of the WC floor to seat is 45cm.
• Wash basin height is 84cm with a pedestal under the sink.
• All taps are twist taps.
• There is a shelf over the sink which is 93cm high and 220cm wide.
• There is no grab rail.
• The bathroom is lit with ceiling spot lights and mirror lights.
• It has tiled flooring which is light stone in colour with cream coloured walls.
• For a photo please see the website.
Any other comments and relevant information; large shower and freestanding bath.
Family bath/shower room is on the ground floor
• Entrance is all on one level with a clear door opening width of 70cm.
• The shower is hand held over the bath, and has a raised lip of 54cm over the edge of the bath.
• Height of the WC floor to seat is 42cm.
• Wash basin height is 90m with a cupboard under the sink.
• All taps are twist taps.
• There is no shelf over the sink.
• There is no grab rail.
• The bathroom is lit with ceiling spot lights.
• It has tiled flooring which is cream in colour with cream half tiled walls.
• For a photo please see the website.
• The garden area can be found to the rear of the property which is accessed immediately from the lounge via
doors with a step of 10cm and clear access width of 155cm. There are a further 3 x 18cm steps down onto
the patio area.
• The areas within the garden are stepped.
• It has a decked patio and lawned area.
• Table and seating are in this area, which is suitable for a wheelchair to pull up to with a table height of 70cm.
There are four chairs which are upright chairs with arms and a bench seat.
• The width of the footpaths are 110cm and the surface is decking. The width and length of the patio is 4
metres x 4.3 metres.
• There is some outside lighting which are manual switch lights.


Located on the outskirts of this pretty coastal village, just a short stroll to Embleton beach, The Lodge is an independent wing of an early 20th century country house which has been lovingly refurbished by its owner, Anne, who taking inspiration from the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has styled this couple's Retreat in homage to the Glasgow Style.

2024 is a year of Celebrations at The Lodge@Shirewater as the house is 100 years old as well as it being 15 years in April since Anne first started letting it out. Any new bookings with an arrival date in 2024 will benefit from special price reductions to celebrate. 

The Lodge is a peaceful haven for a couple looking to relax, take strolls around the extensive five-acre grounds of river, orchard and woodland or wander down to the white sands of Embleton Bay. Arriving to freshly baked bread, this property is romantic and inspiring, there are walks along the river and through the woodland and orchard at this 20th Century art nouveau era country house with its clever blend of contemporary wallcoverings, beautiful fabrics, quirky items, oak and painted furniture, relaxing colours and up to the minute kitchen and bathrooms - all of which would not look out of place on the pages of household interior magazines. Spend the evenings on the decked area outside the cottage enjoying some freshly cooked produce from the garden, which is complimentary for guests, or snuggle up in the spacious lounge with its stylish log burner. The exceptional master bedroom has a large ensuite with double shower and free standing bath, and there is an additional ground floor bathroom.

  • Independent wing of an early 20th Century country house on the outskirts of Embleton
  • Within 20 minutes walk of Embleton Bay
  • Open plan living area with log burner
  • Well-equipped kitchen with window seat
  • Grand master bedroom with choice of twin or superking beds (please request on booking)
  • Bathrobes provided
  • Shower with grabrail
  • Tranquil country setting with access to five acres of beautiful grounds, including a river, orchard and woodland
  • Distant sea views from the living room, bedroom and outside decked area
  • Covered storage for cyclists and use of two mountain bikes with lights and locks
  • Within walking distance of Embleton's pubs, restaurants, village store, golf club and tea rooms
  • Golf clubs and balls available to use

Ground Floor

  • Roomy porch
  • Large open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room with patio doors to the garden and cosy log burner
  • Family bathroom/WC

First Floor

  • Spacious upstairs master bedroom with en suite bathroom and large walk in wet room style shower and free standing over sized bath.


  • Large timber decking area and private garden space with garden furniture
  • The use of five acres of woodland, orchard, lawn and river frontage
  • Shed for storage of bikes


  • Oil central heating
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair


  • Cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • George Forman Grill
  • Juicer, blender and food processor
  • Bread maker - with an easy recipe card
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • DeLonghi Caffe Treviso Espresso machine
  • Washer/dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Binoculars to watch the wildlife on the doorstep
  • Smart TV
  • Books and magazines
  • Landline telephone with honesty box
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Use of two bikes (please bring your own helmets)
  • Golf clubs
  • Key safe for independent arrival


Extra linen and towels (charges apply)


Almost perfect!

The Lodge is attached to the owner's house but privacy should not be an issue, although you may see the owner walking past to the greenhouse occasionally! Mobile reception can be erratic at the Lodge and in Embleton generally, but there is a landline phone.


Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.

Really only suitable for a babe in arms, but The Lodge has played host to a few toddlers too.


Comfortable property, ideal for a couple. Quiet location, but convenient for the village of Embleton and the Northumberland coast. Helpful owners. Always enjoy the homemade bread.

Mr G,

Wonderful cottage.

Mr F,

This place is a real gem in every way. The property is in a perfect location, quiet, peaceful, close to nature (you'll probably have a close encounter with a hare during your stay - he 'mows' the grass island in front of the kitchen) and only 5 minutes' walk to the three pubs (the Dunstanburgh Castel Hotel has a great beer garden) and excellent shop (post office/farm shop/delicatessen/general store). The walk into Embleton is down a quiet road where drivers take care approaching walkers and cyclists. You can be on Embleton beach (which is lovely) after a 25-minute walk or, via Dunstan Steads, it's an easy walk to Dunstanburgh Castle (about 45 minutes). The property is immaculately clean and beautifully furnished and equipped with great inside and outside space. You also have access to the owners' wonderful gardens. This must be one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on and having two full bathrooms is a real touch of luxury. A generous welcome hamper greets you as does a freshly baked loaf in the bread-maker. There are maps, guides, books on local interest, fiction, DVDs, CDs, games etc - you couldn't be better provided for. Owners (and Danny the golden retriever) make you very welcome and are on hand if you need them. Embleton itself is well located for access to all the local points of interest. One of the best places we've stayed, and we intend to return at the first opportunity.

Dr J,

Superbly appointed, nothing was skimped on much better equipped with all kitchens and bathroom basics supplied than many of other cottages we've stayed in and owners lovely and helpful, heartily recommend as a base for exploring the area

Mr R,

Loved the accommodation. Provided with all you could want and extras like the bread, wine and eggs. Did find the chair in the living room a challenge to get out of. But very comfy. Bed was fantastic. Thanks for a wonderful stay. Anne and husband were lovely.

Ms C,

One of the best cottages we have stayed in. Well equipped, clean and roomy for 2 people. A delightful wellcome pack waiting for us when we arrived. The cottage is in a very good position to explore the coastline particularly: can walk to the beach in 15 minutes. Would go there again.

Mr C,

Comfortable, cottage in a quiet location, just outside Embleton. Good village farm shop. About a mile or so to Embleton Bay, either through the village to Dunstanburgh Golf Club or down to Dunstan Steads; Craster village a bit further.. Friendly and helpful owners.

Mr G,

What a special place Shirewater is. A very warm welcome from Anne and Peter. Walking into the smell of freshly baking bread in the kitchen was the perfect start. The food hamper was beautiful. Don’t miss out on Tilda’s eggs from the hens next door. The lodge has everything you could wish for. It was immaculately clean ( and I am very fussy!). The super king bed was incredibly comfortable and sitting in bed with a morning cuppa looking at the distant sea view was lovely. The roll top bath in the en-suite was perfect after miles of walking on the nearby beaches and coast paths. Shirewater is a little slice of heaven. The orchard was not only bursting with the juiciest plums but masses of butterflies! The heron was fishing on the lake and the grounds are simply beautiful. Expertly landscaped to make the most of the natural environment. What an absolutely wonderful time we had. We shall be back without doubt.

Mrs A,

This is a beautiful place. We had a great week exploring the area. The owners were so friendly and welcoming. The goodies hamper and loaf of freshly baked bread in the bread machine were delightful. Absolutely nothing negative to say!

Mrs S,

The property is ideally located to enjoy Northumberland. You can walk down to Embleton beach and enjoy a walk along the coastal path. Easy to drive to other locations as well. A mix of castles, beaches and walks. The property itself has a lovely layout with an open kitchen area, dining table, comfortable chairs and a TV (make smart by an Amazon Firestick) and DVD player. Games, books and advice on what to do in the area (it's all there). Really enjoyable stay and the owners are really friendly and helpful.

Mr H,

A quiet location with a delightful garden which we were at liberty to explore. The lodge is spacious, very clean, light and bright and beautifully decorated. Our hosts were welcoming, helpful and lovely to talk to. We appreciated the generous hamper of good quality food which we found on arrival.

Mr G,

The property was excellently presented and we received a warm welcome (including some lovely goodies). We would highly recommend.

Mrs Angela M,

Accommodation was excellent. Very clean and well looked after. everything you needed was there. the Owners next door extremely welcoming and friendly. No hesitation in recommending the Lodge to our friends.

Mr Colin M,

This was our fourth visit to this property and it did not disappoint

Mr L,

Comfortable, well equipped property. Quiet location, friendly owners. Outstanding coastline nearby.

Mr Robert G,

Excellent property with everything you could want lovely grounds short walk to nearby pubs and beach and lovely welcome pack

Mr Michael M,

Location suited us perfectly and we were made to feel very welcome. Freshly baked bread awaiting our arrival was a particular treat. We were very happy indeed with our break away.

Mr James H,

Perfect Cottage for a relaxing break. Attention to detail in providing everything we needed, friendly, welcoming hosts

Mrs Janet D,

The Lodge at Shirewater was delightful. Though the booking staff at Original Cottages were very pleasant, they appeared somewhat disorganised. I asked for twin beds when booking - this request was ignored. I subsequently telephoned to repeat the request, and was assured this had been done. My client account still showed a king double. I changed to twin on the account . I was not surprised on arrival at Shirewater to discover the bed made up as a double. This does not inspire confidence.

Mrs Jill W,

Fantastic service and the owners of the property were exceptional

Mr John I,


On the outskirts of Embleton village, in a quiet location adjoining its owners' large country house. Within walking distance of Eleanor's Byre for delicious cappuccinos and a browse through some of the upmarket gifts/accessories in the little emporium. Walk in the other direction and you have a couple of pubs, Greys Inn and The Dunstanburgh Castle Inn, plus a small Italian bistro for good food, two little village shops (including a Post Office), a play park and the golf club at your disposal. The beautiful white sands of Embleton Bay are a little further with the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland.

For further information on the area, see our Craster and Embleton section.