East Burton enjoys the very best of both worlds. Situated down a single track where a passing car is a rarity the views to the West overlook open countryside to the west. Whereas to the east there are uninterrupted views towards Bamburgh castle and the sea with the Farne Islands on the horizon. Yet, the picture postcard coastal village of Bamburgh is just over a mile east where the commanding presence of the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, with its impressive film and TV pedigree, dominates the coastline. This esteemed tourist destination offers several restaurants, charming pubs and quaint tea rooms along with ample local facilities including a convenience store, butcher (home of the famous Bamburgh banger and a Rick Stein Food hero), gift shops and an art gallery as well as the Grace Darling Museum, all within a few minute’s drive from Little Haven. The wide expanse of golden and often empty sandy beach that Bamburgh is renowned for is idyllic for those who yearn to inhale the invigorating sea air, feel the sand between their toes and listen to the lap of the waves as they gently reach the shore… The tidal island of Lindisfarne, known locally as Holy Island, is regarded as the birth place of Christianity and can be viewed from the shoreline. The causeway leading onto the island is swept by the North Sea but safe to cross twice daily. Two miles north of Bamburgh is the bird sanctuary at Budle Bay where at low tide a vast expanse of mud flats is home to countless thousands of wading birds making this location a haven for bird watchers. Offering views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands, the Cheviots and Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh golf course is one of the most beautiful links course in the world.
The traditional fishing port of Seahouses is only three miles down the coastline with its good range of local shops including a Co-op and the Chinese takeaway and Indian restaurants are well worth a try. Watch the trawlers return to the harbour with their daily catch or take a boat trip to the Farne Islands – famous for bird sanctuaries and the seal colony – or set sail to test your fishing skills! There are several golf courses, some of them at championship level, in the area and horse riding is available close by too.
The elegant Georgian town of Berwick, which straddles the salmon-rich river Tweed, is 17 miles north and the bustling market town of Alnwick with its own magnificent castle is the ancestral home to the Duke of Northumberland (and film location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy) also offering many facilities around 15 miles away. Alnwick Garden is a popular visitor attraction with its grand cascade waterfall and restaurant set within the largest tree house in Europe.
Why not taste a little bit of heaven at Little Haven; it will certainly appeal to those seeking exclusive accommodation in a truly spectacular setting giving easy access to explore the twenty miles of Heritage coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.