Everyone should see… Budle Bay

Budle Bay view of the sea, Stablewood Coastal Cottages

Located on the Northumberland coast, Budle Bay is a birdwatching haven and peaceful spot in the county. This area has more to offer than you might think. Indoors and out, on land and sea – there is something for everyone.

A two-mile road journey from Heather House towards Bamburgh and you can’t fail to be intrigued by the sights unfolding before you.  The landmark castle – famously chosen as the filming location for the latest Indiana Jones movie, as well as the new Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight – is one of the most important Anglo-Saxon archaeological sites in the world. On our doorstep, this attraction provides family entertainment throughout the season, as does the huge expanse of open sandy beaches in the quaint village, which are continuously awarded as one of the best beaches to visit in the UK. 

A short walk from our cottages down to the privately owned beach at Budle Bay, this in itself offers a beautiful five mile walk to circumnavigate the bay (we don’t recommend you attempt to cross the bay’s mouth, even at low tide, for safety reasons, however tempting it looks) Additionally, the walk from here to Bamburgh offers one of the most spectacular walks and views in the country.

For watersports in the summer months, Budle Bay is a popular choice, where its natural beauty shines through. The safe, shallow conditions of the bay make this spot particularly good for kite surfing at any level. Other watersports such as windsurfing and jet skiing are also popular between April to October. Outside of these months, the area is an important bird sanctuary and the habitat of the thousands of migratory birds, needs to be protected, when thousands of wildfowl and waders come to spend the season on the bay’s mud flats. Budle Bay forms part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve afterall! 

Surrounding the local area, there are plenty of family friendly places to eat, namely the The Apple Inn gastropub in Lucker and the brand-new family-friendly country kitchen which opened earlier this year (a great find for afternoon tea) at The School House.  When it’s time for a massage, treatment or a peaceful evening dip in the pool, the award-winning Beau monde spa in Northumberland ticks all those boxes (and more) and is where we treat our guests to an exclusive discount. These spots are located just four miles away from Heather House.

When you arrive for your stay with us in Budle Bay, you will come across two gates, one route takes you to the cottages and the other path leads you down to your own private, beach, which long after your day in the sea, you can continue to enjoy the vast and unspoilt coastal views as you watch the magnificent sunset right from your cottage.

Self-catering cottage in Northumberland with sea view at Heather House

From the bay you can access many of the delights Northumberland has to offer, whether its fishing and seal spotting trips or even aboard the Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boats from Seahouses. If walking is your thing, then there are several coastal footpaths nearby where you can enjoy fantastic views over the nearby towns and out to sea.  Further down the road in Alnwick, the town offers a playhouse, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Barter Books…and there’s more! There are several beautiful golf courses in the area and for some ghostly sightings, even Britain’s most haunted historic castle resides in Northumberland at Chillingham Castle. With all that – and even more on offer – how can you not stay at Budle Bay?!

And one last fun fact from us, did do you know Budle Bay was used as a location for filming the popular Amazon Prime series the Vikings back in 2019? And guess who played host to some of the cast and crew members at Heather House

View from the garden at Heather House - Budle Bay