Northumberland offers up a great selection of holiday choices, some of which are just perfect for a short break without a long drive. Here, Antonia Brindle reviews one of the real gems of our coast - The Rockpool in Amble.
“Sometimes we all need a change of scene, but without having to travel too far.
“So started our search, with two other couples, for somewhere with a hot tub, walkable to pubs and restaurants, dog friendly, with a log burner, a decent kitchen and three double bedrooms. Quite a hard wish list it appears!
“On this occasion we knew the confines of a lodge or caravan would be too much, as the menfolk and two furry kids were coming with us, so something with more substantial walls and more space was needed.
“We found The Rockpool on Booking.com. Situated in Amble, less than a 45 minute drive, it ticked all the boxes. And at a decent price. The photos looked great, the reviews were good. And so, it was booked.
“And now it is rebooked for this winter. We never go to the same place twice. Ever. Until The Rockpool.
“What a fabulous property to take a break. Beautifully decorated to a high standard, clean as a whistle and complete with a completely private hot tub, which is in a nestled position in the yard with high stone walls that protects it from the winter month elements. Ideal for warming the bones after a brisk walk on the beach, whilst enjoying a glass of vino in the thoughtfully provided plastic glasses.
“The location of The Rockpool offers up shops in walking distance, lots of eating options from fish and chips to gourmet choices (even with doggo’s in tow) and numerous friendly pubs and bars to enjoy a tipple by a roaring fire or in a cozy corner. Despite that the kitchen in the cottage is so welcoming and practical, we still cooked a good few times and as the dining room offered plenty seating and space for our party, we ate together before settling in to play some board games.
“Retiring to the lounge, lighting the wood burning stove, we also enjoyed chilling and watching some movies together when the rain came.
‘My other half and I drew the lucky straw and bagged ourselves the top floor bedroom. A gorgeous converted attic, the room offers sea views, the comfiest of beds, plenty of head room and a stunning free standing bath for us to enjoy! Our friends were just as happy with their rooms, which all boasted large beds too and there was never a queue for the bathroom thanks to a ground floor and first floor option.
“For location, amenities, comfort and space we all gave the cottage 10 out of 10. With plenty of parking handy and a lovely welcome pack, we can’t think of anything the owners haven’t thought of already to improve it!”
The Rockpool can be found on booking.com, Air B and B, VRBO and a number of other reputable sites. Simply google The Rockpool Amble and choose your favourite booking platform.