We had a fantastic few days at the Old Police House. It was even better than we expected after reading the recent reviews. It was so big and spacious and ideal location. We booked the cottage next door for some other members of our family and we loved the shared garden. There is a lovely play area just around the corner so the little ones were happy, We were there for a family wedding at Newton Hall which is only a short car journey away. We will definitely be doing a return visit soon. Thank you Michael for your help and advice beforehand. The only problem we had was that there was no hand rail/banister on the top part of the staircase which proved to be quite difficult for our older members of the family.
An excellent cottage with full facilities and ample parking for the 3 cars. Great location for our visit. Most enjoyable stay for us all
Spacious accommodation, well equipped in a perfect setting on the Northumberland coast line close to Dunstanburgh Castle.
The sun shone on us in Embleton, not only because we had booked The Old Police House - an asset of Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel - and what an asset! Accommodated seven of us comfortably including our grandson - and the two dogs loved it too! Only returned last evening, having spent the first beautiful sunny weekend of the year at the above, all of which served to enhance (if that is at all possible!) the Old Police House and its environment. Having reserved a table to eat dinner on our first night at Grey's Inn (just around the corner!), all agreed it was a "good shout"! sitting in a convivial atmosphere with the glow from the real fire! On our first full day, a group of the party ventured down to the hidden gem of Embleton Beach, with gran and grandson barefooting it into the water to jump the waves, after which we visited Warkworth where we ate a lovely lunch and enjoyed the walk around town and castle before heading to Amble - a very worthwhile journey to sample wonderful ice-cream from the ice-cream parlour before touring the "pods"! Journeyed on to Alnmouth to check out 9-hole golf-course alongside a beautiful beach, then returned to ready ourselves for eating dinner at Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel - all thoroughly enjoyed it and finished off by relaxing by the fireside at "home" for the weekend! All slept well in comfortable beds! Day 3 the dogs were walked around Embleton while listening to the beautiful church bells chime before heading to Cragside (stunning!) in order to celebrate Mother's Day...no need to book for lunch - after eating that in the sunny Visitor Centre courtyard (step back to admire the towering pine trees behind!) - which on this Mother's Day were topped by a cloudless blue sky - we delighted in boarding the shuttle bus with good northern rapport from the driver who dropped us off at The House! From there we climbed and climbed via a range of steps, encountering wonderful photo-opportunity vistas along the way, to eventually reach the play area! Then gran and grandson ventured forth on the "Barefoot Walk", the finale of which was to walk through ankle-deep "freezing" dark wet mud!!! Oh the delight for gran to be a child again - and for the child to see that sometimes adults can return to childhood - if just for a little while! All too soon, the visit was over from this wonderful National Trust property, the extent of which cannot be covered in one visit! Returning "home" the decision was made to sit around the kitchen table and order take-away dinner (ssshhh!....pizza!) and then dessert was ordered from the hotel! This was promptly brought across to us by George and a female member of staff from the hotel - all served with a smile! Much enjoyed! Day 3 concluded our visit but not before Gran & Gramps christening their clubs at Alnmouth 9-holer with a great deal of help from their grandson! Checkout at 11am, so a quick run back to do that followed by all the family stopping off at Bamburgh for a lovely lunch followed by walking along the glorious beach behind the castle and a few races on the sandiest dune by various family members - grandson still claims to be the champion! Gran & grandpa chased the sun last September arriving in unknown Embleton and staying at the hotel! We enjoyed our visit then so much, that we brought most of our family this time to sample the delights of this Area of Outstanding Beauty - they were certainly not disappointed! All intend to return!!!.....I could not believe it when on Sunday late afo we went up to Greys Inn for a coffee. Who should sit down on the same seats as they were in last September but one of three couples with whom we had spent a great evening in conversation at that time!! They live south of Newcastle...and it was their first return (as it was ours) since we had last met!! Now, there's proof if ever it was needed! The area needs to be checked out!......but certainly not least the above accommodation in Embleton.