The Gap ref: UK11593

Boulmer, near Alnwick, Alnwick & Alnmouth

4 Stars



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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Ground Floor Wet Room 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


The Gap is an attractive, stone-built cottage nestled around ½ mile from the peaceful coastal village of Boulmer. This property is divine. Oozing charm and character, there are many beautiful features ensuring the cottage offers a relaxing holiday retreat. Sitting at the roadside of a small terrace of three, The Gap enjoys privacy with its own independent access. There is a gorgeous wood burner in the living room, making this a suitable choice regardless of the season, and French doors leading to the garden enhance its natural light. The kitchen/dining room with its lovely slate flooring has good quality appliances. Two of the bedrooms and the family bathroom are conveniently on the ground floor too. An open staircase leads from the central hallway to the first floor where the master bedroom boasts en-suite shower facilities. There is the added bonus of a snug/second living room on the first floor with a large window making the most of the glorious views across open farmland towards the sea as a back drop. The large garden is mainly laid to lawn and there is storage for bicycles available; particularly suitable for those cyclists who enjoy the challenge of the National Cycle Route 1, which The Gap is situated on.

Boulmer (pronounced Boomer) is a pretty coastal village with very little through traffic. Once the haunt of smugglers, it is one of the true Northumbrian fishing villages which remains virtually untouched by time. Meander along the water’s edge and watch the fishermen return with their daily catch of lobsters, crabs and salmon. The picture perfect seaside village of Alnmouth is less than a 3-mile stroll along the coastline and where there are pubs, shops and tea rooms available. There are two golf courses here too.

A short drive inland brings you to the historic market town of Alnwick where there is a wider array of facilities available. Visitors will enjoy a trip to Alnwick Garden with its grand cascade waterfall and tree house restaurant. Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and film set for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, is well worth a visit. The Gap is a superb choice for those seeking stylish self-catering accommodation conveniently situated only a gentle stroll from the seashore of the beautiful Northumbrian coastline which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beach ½ mile. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room 1: With wood burner, Smart TV and French doors leading to garden.
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Kitchen/dining room: With range with electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and slate floor.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
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Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
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Bathroom: With freestanding bath, walk-in shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
Separate toilet: With washing machine.
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First floor

Living room 2.
Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and 2 steps to en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included.


Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a step to the patio. This property has a security deposit of £100.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3.0 miles
  • Distance
    6.0 miles
  • Restaurant
    0.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    0.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    3.4 miles
  • Lake
    0.5 miles (beach)

About the local area

Alnwick is in the heart of Northumberland, famous for its unspoilt beauty, and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in England - with long sandy beaches, quiet friendly villages, the Simonside and Cheviot hills, well preserved medieval Castles, and gardens.

There are numerous Stately Homes in the area including the fantastic Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and often referred to as "The Windsor of the north". The medieval market town originally prospered as a staging post, being only a day's ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north and Newcastle upon Tyne in the south. It still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings which now house a range of specialist shops and family businesses as wells as some of what once totaled over 50 inns.

Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland, provides a wonderful day out for all the family. It has magnificent spacious grounds designed by Capability Brown, domineering medieval towers, a 14th century dungeon, beautiful State Rooms and there are various museums covering the region's military and archaeological history. Next to the Castle is the spectacular Alnwick Garden where you can experience The Grand Cascade with its many weirs and fountains, The Ornamental Garden with more than 15,000 plants, The Rose Garden of walkways heavily scented with climbing and shrub roses, clematis and honeysuckle, and there are many 'secret' gardens where you can sit amongst the pergolas, fruit trees and individual pools. Because it is a continually developing garden with major projects always underway, it provides something new for those that return time after time.

The Alnwick countryside is also a great area for walking, short and long hikes, cycling, fishing, and in fact every kind of country pursuit. South east lies the valleys and heather topped expanses of Coquetdale and the Simonside Hills around Rothbury - a haven for hillwalkers and cyclists and a gateway to the Northumberland National Park.

The coastline of the Alnwick region consists of over 20 spectacular miles of golden sands, rocky outcrops and sand dunes which provide fun days out for all the family and peaceful beach strolls along the sweeping sands of Druridge Bay and Cresswell. Coastal villages include the lively harbour town of Amble, beautiful Warkworth with its magnificent castle, and picturesque Alnmouth, home of the oldest golf course in Britain.

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