The Bathing House

Craster & Embleton Area, Northumberland Coastal

  • Fabulous setting and secluded position on the cliff edge with a sandy cove below

You can book this property from:

  • £1,636 per week
  • £234 per night


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sea or coastal views

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 3 miles
  • Shop 3 miles

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Travel cot available however please bring your own mattress as one is not supplied.
  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 09:00

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Access Statement for The Bathing House


The Bathing House is situated on the coastal cliffs at Howick, Nr Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3LB. It is a 3 bedroomed detached house which sleeps 6 people. Access is via a farm track onto the cliff tops.


  • The nearest town, Alnwick, is 6 miles away.
  • Public transport is not nearby (half a mile away) and access to main road is via cliff tops and farm track.
  • There are no 'special access' vehicles operating on this route.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

  • Car parking is nearby just outside the property with three spaces for three cars available to the property.
  • The surface from the car park to the main entrance is grass and gravel.
  • There is rear access to a vehicle once it is parked.
  • The entrance to the property is on level ground. 

Main Entrance, Reception & Ticketing Area

The main entrance is level.

Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc


Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc


Public WCs



Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area, Take Away & Cafe






Treatment room/s


Leisure Facilities


Outdoor Facilities


Conference & Meeting Rooms, Banqueting


Clubs & Entertainment



Bedrooms & Sleeping Areas

  • There is one twin bedded double room downstairs.
  • There are two double bedrooms upstairs .


Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [Ensuite or Shared]

There is a private bathroom downstairs (not en suite) approx 10m from the bedroom. The floor covering is vinyl. The width of the corridor (with a slight turn) to the bathroom is 90cm. The door opens inwards and the space measures 65cm. There is a walk-in shower.

There is a bathroom upstairs (not en suite) with a shower over the bath. The height of the bath is 55cm and the width is 67.5cm. The width of space between the bath and wall is 142.5cm. 

Self-Catering Kitchen

  • The kitchen at the Bathing House is accessible to wheelchair users and on flat ground from the entrance.
  • The cooker, sink, freezer and crockery storage are all above 900cm high.

Caravans, Holiday Homes & Twin Units


Touring Facilities (Holiday Parks)


Boats - Narrow Boat, Cruiser & Hotel Boat


Attractions (Displays, exhibits, rides etc.)


Grounds and Gardens


Future Plans

The Bathing House is located on the coastal cliffs at Howick and access is via a farm track.


This truly unique and most charming Grade II listed cottage stands in possibly the most idyllic and desirable location on the Northumberland coast. Set in a superb and secluded position on the cliff edge with a sandy cove below, it commands panoramic coastal views from every window. The majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle can be seen in the north, whilst to the south there are distant views of Coquet Island. The coastline in this region is characterised by a mixture of rocky inlets and lovely sandy beaches with attractive walks along the cliff tops. A 14 mile coastal footpath between Beadnell and Alnmouth passes nearby providing the opportunity of walking through some of the most outstanding coastal scenery in the country, this part of the Heritage Coast is designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" as well as being a "Site of Special Scientific Interest". The Coast and Castles cycle route passes nearby. The Bathing House is approached by a 400 metre private track and is ideal for a family holiday or for those seeking a secluded, romantic coastal location. It was built in the early 19th century by the 2nd Earl Grey who was the Prime Minister responsible for the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 and whose monument stands at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle upon Tyne. He had 16 children and the house was built specifically for the family to go bathing. The design of the house includes a large upstairs sitting room (now the main bedroom) where Lady Grey used to sit and watch the children bathe, and where tea was served by the caretaker who lived below. The Bathing House is now owned by Howick Trustees Ltd, a charitable trust who also own Howick Hall. Craster is 2.5 miles north. Alnwick is 7 miles.

Ground floor - Living/dining room with inglenook fireplace, multi-fuel stove, TV with Freeview, DVD and stunning views out to sea from the window seat. 

Kitchen area with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. 

Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. 

Bedroom 1 - Twin beds. 

Bathroom with walk-in shower and WC.  

First floor - Bedroom 2 - Super King-size bed, TV and impressive window commanding panoramic sea views. 

Bedroom 3 - Double bed and views of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Bathroom with over bath electric shower and WC. 


Electricity and oil central heating included.  Fuel for stove provided. Wi-Fi.  Phone.  Shaver point.  Travel Cot (no mattress supplied) and highchair.  Private grassed terrace garden with stone barbecue (charcoal) and furniture.  Off road parking for 2-3 cars.  Storage for bikes.  Shop/PO/pub/TIC 2.5 to 3 miles.  Duvets with linen and towels.  2 Pets welcome at an additional charge. 

Saturday to Saturday only


Fantastic place, great location and we want to book it again for next year. Keith

Mr B,

For a coastal retreat there can hardly be a better location. Well supplied, warm and cosy. Great views, the ever-present sea and lovely walks provided everything we wanted.

Ms B,

The Bathing House is an exceptional holiday house and we feel privileged to have spent a week there. The situation is stunning. Hearing the roar of the sea as we lay in bed, or sitting on the window seat upstairs watching the crashing waves, whilst warm and cosy was wonderful. We also dipped in the bathing pool below the house, which is a great way to start the day. Plenty of walks and cycle rides from the house or a short drive away, there's an OS map in the house for route planning. Before we arrived I had an email from the housekeeper, asking whether there was anything we needed on our arrival, this was a really lovely touch, and it was great to know that there was a contact should we have any problems, which we didn't. We arrived in the dark, but the house was warm and welcoming, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Beds and sofas were really comfy, there was an unlimited supply of logs and kindling. Hope that we can visit again sometime.

Mrs C,

Fabulous location and well appointed

Mrs S,

This cottage is fabulously located. The coast path runs right by the house, but this isn't intrusive. It is well-equipped and cosy, with some nice touches. There are some small features which show the history of the building, and its alterations over the centuries. Access is non-trivial requiring negotiation of a farm track and gates. A torch would be a useful after dark. Hope to return soon

Ms P,

The best place we have stayed in. Considered refusing to leave.

Ms E,

A unique property in a unique location , six adults shared this cottage easily and so did the dogs !

Mrs C,

The Bathing House is a wonderful combination of outstanding location and top quality accommodation.

Mrs G,

Lovely as always. Thank you to the team.

Previous Customer,

It would have scored higher but a couple of the mattresses were extremely uncomfortable and I found out this was a known issue.

Mrs Karen H,

A truly wonderful holiday home.

Mr Ian A,

Unique house. Stunning views

Dr Lesley L,

Accuracy of property details. Very good communication.

Mrs Katrina M,

The Bathing House was just gorgeous. We had a wonderful week, and will be booking again.

Mrs Yvonne B,

Bathing house was absolutely amazing, everything you could possibly need was available in the property. Views were stunning. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Hopefully will return in the future.

Mr Nigel T,

The master bed is very uncomfortable and really should be changed as soon as possible. Otherwise everything was very good.

Dr Caroline K,

This is a lovely property in an amazing location. Anna was very friendly and attentive when she came over. However, I feel, the correspondence from OC, imparts the information in a very emphatic manner which I found slightly off putting.

Mrs Alexandra W,

The kitchen does not seem adequately stocked for 6. There was only four of us and we struggled with finding dishes/pans that were large enough

Ms Helen K,

Not impressed at having to leave by 9.00 Not impressed by a 250 security deposit, having visited this property 7 times before. Not impressed by availability for 2024 not accessible. Everything about the property is excellent

Mrs M J,