One of three newly converted stylish homes, converted recently from an ex rural Bank. It has a new Kitchen, Bathroom, furniture & decor, giving a very smart and comfortable home for up to two couples or a family of five (including an infant). Everything in the property is new and the highest quality designed to give our guests a happy and luxurious stay.
Leading in from the foyer with entrance to downstairs cloakroom, this home has an open plan spacious Lounge and Kitchen leading upstairs to two large bedrooms with built in wardrobes and family Bathroom. Also available is a Utility/Storage area suitable for storing bikes, etc.
No. 1 is just off the Market Place, whilst close to amenities it is still quiet and peaceful, thanks to the very thick walls of the old Bank, there is also a pleasant outlook onto the Market Cross and over to the local Church. A very good vantage point during local festivities such as New Year Eve and St. Georges Day Parade.
The Counting House
Recently converted from what was once a large well known rural Bank, McLaren Holiday Cottages are three holiday homes offering spacious fully equipped and luxuriously furnished accommodation for up to four adults or family of four plus baby. All have new Kitchens, Bathrooms and furniture & fittings. Everything in each home is new and the highest quality, including luxury bed linen and towels for your stay, the kitchens all have new appliances and new crockery/cutlery and are fully equipped to satisfy any cook. Entertainment is provided by Smart TV/DVD with freeview and wifi.
All bedrooms are spacious with matching oak furniture, choice of single/double/king size beds,luxury bedding and tasteful decor.
Bank View looks out on to the ancient stone cross at the Market Place, set out colourfully with flower tubs.
The Counting House, in the middle, makes a perfect home to relax in after exploring our wonderful countryside.
Vault Cottage has a completely private rooftop garden with views over the rooftops of Belford and surrounding hills, ideal for alfresco dining, enjoying the sunshine or just relaxing, the outdoor furniture is most comfortable. We have a smart TV and wifi. There is also a communal locked storage area, ideal for storing cycles, etc. available to all homes.
Situated just off the Market Place down a quiet lane, McLaren Cottages are ideal for enjoying the hostelry of local restaurants and bars and thanks to the thick stone walls well insulated from any noise outside and our English weather.
We hope to provide our guests with the luxury of a hotel and the freedom of self catering in these delightful homes.
Every guest receives a Welcome Pack on arrival which includes tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and a selection of local products.
We are also flexible on arrival and departure times depending upon how busy we are.
Top Traveller Review
Immaculate cottage with homely feel
About the Owner
About Jacqui McLaren
We live and work locally. Have lived in Northumberland all our lives, have a wealth of information regarding attractions and sights to see. Basically we love where we live.
Jacqui McLaren purchased this house in 2013
Why Jacqui McLaren chose Northumberland Coast
The vacant Barclays Bank building was purchased in 2013 and has been converted into 3 luxury holiday homes to a very high standard. They are ideally situated for the local amenities and offer any visitor a good base for exploring our County and the immediate area.
What makes this house unique
The properties are convenient for local amenities but in a quiet area. Bank View offers spacious surroundings, peace and quiet whilst still looking out on to the Market Place. The Roof Top Garden in Vault Cottage gives a private sheltered area for dining or just relaxing. It also offers views over the surrounding roof tops and local hills.
(5 traveller reviews)
Immaculate cottage with homely feel
Jacqui met us at the cottage with a warm welcome and left us a basket of tea, coffee,biscuit's and jam. The house was spotlessly clean and had all we needed to make our stay comfortable. The pub across the road was great for food and drink, also child friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
Well presented and immaculate property.
We had a week in the property and found it to be a very rewarding retreat. The furnishings, equipment, linens, electricals, comfort and location, in fact everything about this place, were nothing short of amazing.
We would definitely return to this property and also recommend it to friends and family.
Very pleasant stay at this very conveniently located property
We liked the
emails and phone messages from owners
hand over of the property
the welcome pack
new decor and equipment
comfortable beds and plenty of towels
heating and plenty of hot water, good shower
easy car parking
closeness to shops, post office, pubs, cafe etc
interesting church and museum opposite
easy to get to the coast, Cheviots and attractions in Northumberland
There is no outside space to sit
We recommend this property and would stay there again
Fabulous Home from Home
It is a fabulously spacious, smart, clean and well equipped property. It couldn't have been better equipped with washer/dryer, ipod speaker etc.- a real home from home (even Balsamic/ Olive Oil and herbs in the cupboard!) and the contact from the owner was really good (including a welcome hamper) specially selected pink fairy duvet for my daughter and even milk in the fridge.
The location is great, right at the heart of a lovely village with lots of amenities and perfectly situated only a few miles from amazing beaches and a host of attractions and historic sites.
We already have recommended this property to friends and would happily book it again.
We went to over 2 dozen places and beaches and don't really know where to start in terms of recommending things but all the beaches are awesome (Bamburgh is something else inc. fab Castle and Grace Darling Museum) and Farne Islands trip is a must do Alnwick Castle and Gardens are lovely (book early for dinner in the treehouse) and at the opposite end of the scale the totally madcap Chillingham Castle and the wild cattle are out of this world and Cragside is a great day trip.
Wonderful place to stay
The owner was extremely helpful and welcoming right from the time of booking. She was their at our arrival to welcome us to the property with an added array of wonderful local products as part of a welcome package.
The location of the property was central for visiting the local beaches and castles as well as being in a village of local history.
The property itself was spotless, well furnished with high quality products and equipped with everything that you could possibly desire and more.
I would definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting to visit this wonderful part of the country and would certainly book again.
From the Owner
“The vacant Barclays Bank building was purchased in 2013 and has been converted into 3 luxury holiday homes to a very high standard. They are ideally situated for the local amenities and offer any visitor a good base for exploring our County and the immediate area.”
Activity and Interests
Award winning Northumbrian Coastline 10 minutes away by car. Award winning sandy beaches ideal for long walks, swimming and water sports. Also Northumberland Coastal Path.
Newcastle International Airport 50 miliels and Edinburg International Airport 7050 miles. Newcastle Port of Tyne is approx. 50 miles. East Coast Mainline station at Berwick upon Tweed is 15 miles. Local direct bus service between Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle upon Tyne hourly both directions.
Use of a car is recommended but not essential.
Berwick upon Tweed - 15 miles
Alnwick - 15 miles
Northumberland Coastline - 3 miles
Newcastle upon Tyne - 50 miles
Belford is a small picturesque former coaching village with a small Co=op supermarket with cash point, a newsagents, a hairdressing salon, a beauty salon, 2 public houses, a hotel/restaurant and an award winning farm shop/coffee shop
From the Owner
“The properties are convenient for local amenities but in a quiet area. Bank View offers spacious surroundings, peace and quiet whilst still looking out on to the Market Place. The Roof Top Garden in Vault Cottage gives a private sheltered area for dining or just relaxing. It also offers views over the surrounding roof tops and local hills.”
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- Long-term Renters Welcome
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- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Downstairs Cloakroom/WC
- New fitted family Bathroom includes built in cupboard and luxury toiletries provided. Cloak/WC downstairs to right of Foyer.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, with large built in storage
- Both bedroom have large built in cupboards, oak drawers with vanity mirror, oak bedside tables with touch sensitive bedside lights and hair dryers. Linen is to hotel standard. Bedroom 1 has a King size bed which can be converted to make two single beds ideal for children, complete with girl/boy bedding.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Utility/Storage room suitable for storing cycles etc.