Where modern meets mediaeval

Embleton and Northumberland

Photo of golf ball in the sand, copyright Elizabeth Robertson 2007 Photo of Embleton Mill gardens, copyright Elizabeth Robertson 2007 Photo of Dunstanburgh Castle, copyright Elizabeth Robertson 2007 Photo of bouncing ball on the beach Photo of Alnwick Garden treehouse

So many things to do so many places to see, but here are a few suggestions.


Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club is on the doorstep, but also within easy reach, are Seahouses, Bamburgh, Alnmouth Village, Alnmouth Foxton and Alnwick. The prestigious Matfen Hall is a fifty minute drive and Slaley Hall a little over an hour.


Of these we are truly spoiled. Dunstanburgh, (a 15 minute walk from Spitalford), Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Warkworth, Edlingham and Alnwick are all within a 20 mile radius of Spitalford.

Farne Islands

Trips to the Farne Islands leave from Seahouses and the booths for booking are dotted along the harbour. They tend to run from Easter to October.
Some boats have licences to land on some of the Islands, although this may be restricted during the nesting season in May/June.


Alnwick Garden, the largest new garden in Europe for over a century, Howick Hall, a real gardeners' garden, the home of Earl Grey tea and beautiful woodland walks leading down to the beach at Howick. Spoil yourself with tea at The Earl Grey Tearooms situated in the Old Orangery. Like stepping back in time with tea strainers, étagères and delicious cream teas. Visit the Getrude Jekyll designed garden at Lindisfarne Castle.

Cragside and Wallington Hall are National Trust properties within a 45 minute drive.

Most of all our beautiful beaches...

Our beaches are legendary and need no introduction. For those not hardy enough to brave the North Sea without extra layers, but would like to have a go at body boarding, surfing or swimming, we do have a limited number of wet suits for hire either on a weekly or daily basis. There is also a possibility of surf board hire, depending on availability.
Please contact us for details: 01665576291


Embleton in North East England is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit for surfing. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Click here for the surf forecast for Embleton beach.

Photo of children playing cricket on the beach

"The very best cottage we have ever stayed in and the best English beach we have ever found."
Webster family Bolton, Lancs