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Farne House Holiday Homes - Seal’s Bay

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Enjoy a family holiday and fine views across the harbour, with shared use of indoor heated swimming pool.

"Views towards Bamburgh Castle over harbour and sea – within two miles of Beadnell’s sweeping sands . . ."

With fine views across the little harbour and its working quayside (not Gull’s Crest or Crag End), Farne House Holiday Homes are within a few hundred yards of the shops, restaurants, inns and other amenities of the fishing village and colourful seaside resort of Seahouses. Converted and refurbished to extremely high standards throughout, the properties here are grouped around a central courtyard only yards away from a fine indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. Available all the year round, the pool has a constant depth of 4ft 6in and features a south-facing glass sun living room to one side.
Within easy walking distance, the bustling harbour boasts a fleet of brightly painted fishing cobbles and a few larger boats, and the town itself provides a good range of facilities, including golf, sailing and horse riding. There are calm weather boat trips to the offshore Farne Islands, a wildlife sanctuary for puffins, oyster-catchers, kittywakes, guillemots and grey seals. The 28 islands form a nature reserve owned by the National Trust and, though half of them are submerged at high tide, landing is allowed daily in summer on the largest, Farne Island – where there is a nature trail, lighthouse and 14th-century chapel.
At Beadnell, 2 miles to the south, the dune-backed sands of Beadnell Bay provide ideal conditions for water sports. Formerly an important fishing village and smugglers’ haunt, Beadnell now enjoys a reputation as a centre for sailing and has the unique distinction of being the only East Coast port with a west-facing harbour. The sandy beach running the length of the bay is safe for swimming and is overlooked by 18th-century lime kilns. In the village stands a three-storey, 16th-century peel tower, which now forms part of an inn. Five minutes’ drive to the north of Farne House Holiday Homes stands the mighty fortress of Bamburgh Castle, easily visible across the wide stretch of sand from Seahouses.
Just a few miles further on is yet more historical, natural and scenic interest at Holy Island. Here, the fairytale Lindisfarne Castle was first a 16th-century fort, then a ruin which was redesigned by Edwin Lutyens in 1902 and is now owned by the National Trust.
Inland is a country of massive hills and moors, fast rivers and great forests. Between the Cheviots and the sea, there is easy touring through fields of corn and pastures dotted with solid stone hamlets and lined by dry-stone walls which patchwork the countryside. Shops 500 yards.

Entrance hall. Ground floor: Double bedroom with sea views. Modern bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Sitting room with sea and harbour views from full-length picture windows. Large kitchen with dining area. Twin bedroom. Cloakroom with toilet.

  • Shared facility charge £27 (July – September), £38 (October – June) per week; pro rata per short break

  • Bed linen included (personal and swimming towels and baby cot linen not provided)
  • Cots and high chairs on request
  • TV (Freeview)/DVD/video
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool and sauna (open 8am-8pm daily, all year round)
  • No smoking (throughout complex, internally or externally)


The seven cottages at Farne House enjoy the use of a superb indoor heated swimming-pool provided for the exclusive use of only these cottages. Available throughout the year, and open daily for guests’ use from 8am-8pm, the pool has a constant depth of 1.2m (4ft 6in) and has been designed to the highest specification. It is heated and benefits from the latest purification and de-humidification system. With its sunny, south-facing glassed conservatory lounge to one side, this all-weather facility makes Farne House a fine choice for a Northumberland coastal holiday, whatever the season.

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  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • No PetsNo Pets
  • Car Parking - Designated On SiteCar Parking - Designated On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 24/06/2016
    1. We would holiday there again. 2. Cottage well positioned with lovely view of the harbour and the Farne Islands. As we enjoy frequent holidays we are never sure what the accommodation will be like and we were pleased with Seals Bay apartment as both the lounge and master bedroom had great views, were in good decoration and very clean and tidy. 3. We enjoyed our 4 day break and did a lot of walking and eating in the good local restaurants and had great weather all week. 4. Both bedrooms had good beds but the duvet covers are too small and they do not stay in place when you move in bed. Need larger ones! 5. The ensuite master bedroom bathroom with shower was again clean with all the required facilities but had very poor water flow for the shower and it needs a power shower. 6. The kitchen has most appliances although basic but the cooker hob is defective as all the rings come on when you turn one on and this could cause a serious burn. 7. It was a surprise to find that we had to pay an extra £21.70 for the courtyard lighting and the pool changing room lighting for our 4 day break and ONLY AFTER we had booked and paid for the holiday. The courtyard lighting did not come on and while the pool was at a good temperature and nice to relax into after a day’s walking but the air temperature was so high it was uncomfortable, and my wife did not use the pool for that reason. Again the pool shower had EXTREMLY poor pressure and water flow and also needs a power shower to complete the nice pool. The pool heating equipment droned on all night and if the air temperature was reduced and if it was switched off at night then the extra payments could be reduced. Why not just add it to the rental cost up front?

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2016
    Terrible beds, very hard mattresses. The whole apartment is very tired looking and needs a complete over haul. Nobody has done anything to it in a very long time. We shall not be recommending this apartment to anyone. We are very disappointed indeed.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2016
    The view from the sitting room over Seashouses Harbour is wondrrful as is the indoor swimming pool. This is comfortable if rather dated accomodation but it is our third time staying in this working town and the best proprty by far. There is plenty to do in the area. I think we will return to Seal's Bay again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/03/2016
    We had a lovely 4 days, and Seals Bay was a wonderful base for exploring the area. It was a warm and comfortable place to return to after being out and about.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 15/08/2015
    We booked this property with only 2 days to go as another property we'd rented in Seahouses fell through at the last minute. Seal's Bay is one of 7 properties at Farne House looking out over Seahouses Harbour. It was clean and well equipped although it would have been nice to have a standalone shower instead of one over the bath and the rings on the cooker take an age to heat up. The main bedroom and bathroom are downstairs and the second bedroom, kitchen, toilet and living room upstairs. The living room has a very large picture window looking out over the harbour with views of the Farne Islands and Bamburgh Castle. As the property is on the SE end of the harbour it gets the evening sun and some beautiful sunsets over Bamburgh castle. The main bedroom is on the ground floor at the front of the property and there were cars parked right in front of it all week. This isn't really a problem for views as the living room upstairs has the best view but the road is always busy with tourists and people walking into Seahouses from the caravan park so can be a bit noisy first thing in the morning. The swimming pool is small, looked clean and well maintained but we didn't use it so cannot comment further - we saw plenty of people use it during the week. By far the most annoying thing about Farne House is the parking which is in a courtyard at the back of the property. There is room at a stretch for 7 cars but a) 2 apartments had 2 cars each b) the spots are not allocated c) it's a tight fit and d) 3 large planters (1 of which was falling apart) stop cars parking right up to the swimming pool. We arrived first and a gentleman who looks after the apartments moved his car so we could park in what he described as our alloted spot under cover right outside the door to Seal's Bay. We went out for a meal and when we came back our spot was taken and there was no room in the car park. Although there is room for around 2-3 cars out the front on the road and people were directed to this area, there are some double yellow lines at the corner and the road is narrow. It might not sound like a big deal but every time you go out in your car, when you are coming home you never know if you are going to get parked. We often ended up parked up under a tall sandstone wall and every morning when it rained overnight our car was covered in dirt and sand which was particularly annoying given a) we had a space under cover someone had taken and b) we have a soft top car. A simple way to sort this out is to clearly state in the booking only one spot per apartment and to allot spaces beforehand then if someone parks in your alloted spot you at least have grounds to ask them to move. It is only a few minutes walk to pubs, a coop, banks, cashpoints, loads of takeaways and a few restaurants. There are some fantastic beach walks south of Seahouses from Beadnell and Craster and north from Bamburgh into Budle Bay at Waren Mill (park on the road to Bamburgh Golf Course and walk down to the beach). There is also St Cuthbert's Way from Belford and a number of nature reserves within easy reach. Of course, there is always a boat trip to the Farnes but if you're going for Puffins check the time of year as they've gone usually by August and if you are not a National Trust member it will cost you around £6-7 to step onto the main island. If you like really good restaurant food I'd highly recommend the Waren Mill Hotel (a short drive through Bamburgh to the end of Budle Bay), not cheap but well worth it. We weren't so impressed with the Italian restaurant on the high street but the Indian by the roundabout was quite good. Bear in mind Seahouses is exceptionally busy during the summer and especially at weekends. The Northumberland coast is fantastic and we'd go back to this property if the parking arrangements were improved.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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