Guest Feedback for Swansdown

Our visitors’ book at Swansdown is great to read through over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and provide a wealth of recommendations on the best places to eat and visit, as well as some useful tips to benefit other guests. We also send Guest Surveys to all our guests after their holiday and some of their comments are listed here too.

Many guests have listed recommendations for the same lovely places, such as Warkworth Beach, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Barter Books, Holy Island and the Farnes, but for the sake of avoiding repetition in this particular format, we have omitted these recommendations, but they can still be read in full in the visitors’ books in Swansdown.

Well appointed apartment, lovely views of the harbour! Swansdown was well equipped in terms of the kitchen and the parking was great as it was safe. The welcome basket contained useful items such as milk, bread, butter and scones which were a lovely addition.

Third visit, excellent! The spaciousness plus the fantastic view was what we liked best about this property! Everything at Swansdown is perfect as it is.

Fabulous property in every way! The location, comfort, space and facilities were all great! The guidebook app Coquet Cottages sent us prior to arrival was very easy to use and informative. The contents of the welcome basket was all useful.

Beautifully appointed apartment with fabulous views of the harbour, the estuary and Warkworth Castle. There were several good restaurants and walks close by. It was a great base from which to see Northumberland. We couldn’t fault the apartment – it really was excellent, and will definitely stay here again. The owners, Derek and Collette, provided a lovely welcome pack and Coquet Cottages made it very easy to book. It was very comfortable.

We enjoyed the view along with the scones and champagne!

It was absolutely fantastic, it was everything we wished it would be. It was simply lovey from beginning to end.

Perfect by way of appointments and its position. We would class it as the Ritz of the self-catering establishments.

Amble intrigued us from a visit during lockdown last year. It was a pleasure to deal with Coquet Cottages. The standards were very high throughout. We feel very lucky to have stumbled across Coquet Cottages and Swansdown was a lovely place.

This is a beautiful apartment with fantastic views.

First class in every way. Thanks for a fabulous stay. First class communication. Lots of very nice treats provided and there was a lovely view from the property. A superb experience from start to finish.

We love Amble and love a new modern place to stay. It’s central, has easy parking and was all brand new. The property was very clean and everything was easy to use.

Swansdown met with my expectations immediately when we entered the apartment. Well deserving of its awards. The view over the marina towards Warkworth were mesmerising. Watching the sunsets and the mist over the river were spectacular. The high standard and photos of the apartment on your website definitely made our decision easy when booking.

We booked the apartment last minute, as our holiday abroad was cancelled. What a lovely apartment, great location, great facilities and excellent welcome hamper. Plus Archie the dog could come with us too. We received really useful local tips from the owner. Coquet cottages seem to be to a very high standard and we look forward to using them again.

October 2020

Brilliant, we loved it! We felt very much at home, it was quiet and we loved the view.

We have had a lovely time. Your apartment was beautiful and Dexter happily sat on the balcony watching the world go by. It was his first time to the beach due to being a poorly pup, first with an operation for hip dysplacia meaning he can only use 3 legs to run, and secondly having pancreatitis. The weather remained pretty dry so all was good and we enjoyed a couple of afternoon visits to the little bar by the entrance following trips out. We loved Warkworth and visited the beach both there and at Low Hauxley. We can truly say we have found our new favourite place in the UK. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you. Christine, Andy and Dexter x

Dexter the dog at Swansdown at Coble Qauy in Amble

Christine and Andy with Dexter, stayed October 2020

A peach of a property in a nice position with a good outlook.

Jean September 2020

We are repeat Coquet Cottages customers and we have always had a great holiday experience. This time we stayed at Swansdown in Amble. It is in the Coble Quay development which is very smart and has a dedicated parking space. Derek, the owner, kindly contacted us to advise that Swansdown would be available earlier than the 6pm arrival stated in the information sheet.
The views from the balcony looking across the Marina to Warkworth Castle are superb. We had one rainy day, and I simply enjoyed looking out of the floor to ceiling windows, for quite some time.
Swansdown permits one dog which was just what we needed. We also took advantage of the dog sitting service in order to visit a local restaurant that did not allow dogs. It was worth it as the food served at Sea and Soil is fab. Swansdown is very modern and high spec. The usual touches were very welcome; a nice bottle of wine, flowers, doggie treats as well as delicious scones and nice bread. Milk and butter are also provided. I understand there are beach chairs etc, in a storage area but we did not investigate these.

August 2020

Amazing apartment, immaculately kept, everything you could need provided. Excellent service, could not be made any easier. Everything you could need supplied, could not fault this apartment. Everything was excellent and much appreciated. It was welcoming but most of all immaculately clean, plus all bedding was of the top quality. Keep up the excellent work! We have stayed at most of the apartments at Coble Quays and this one is by far the best.

Absolutely perfect! Stayed there before and know how good it is. (Also very close to Spurelli’s and many good eating places!) Booked by ‘phone – could not have been more friendly and easy. Thanks for another great break in Northumberland. (How did you fix the weather to be so good?)

Another wonderful week in a most comfortable luxurious apartment. Thanks

A very comfortable stay, Thank you! Enjoyed the lovely view out of the window every morning, great location for sightseeing. The beautiful coast and mainland.

Beautiful apartment in a great location, enjoyed walk to Warkworth and along the beach. Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle, recommend Sea + Soil and Boat House in Amble.

Another wonderful weekend in Swansdown, thank you for the generous welcome pack, much appreciated! We will be back!

Wonderful place to stay for our Pre-Christmas break. Don’t want to go home, thank so much for everything. Radcliffe’s serve lovely tapas food.

Beautiful apartment – lovely touches – Holy Island was lovely, lots of amazing birds – Thanks!

Another wonderful holiday in Northumberland. Accommodation perfect, welcoming, modern, comfortable, well equipped and with a spectacular view over the marina, up the river Coquet to Warkworth and it’s castle. The property is well sited for strolling to many excellent places to eat and a stone’s throw from possibly the best ice cream parlour in England. Amble is well placed for visits to the beaches up and down the coast, nature reserves, castles, Alnwick etc and there is always plenty to do. Even the weather was good!

William March 2020

Second time to Swansdown – 6th time to Coble Quay, as always a haven – thank you.

Great stay in a lovely quality apartment.

Our second stay in this lovely apartment to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Fabulous stay and thank you to much for the bubbly – very thoughtful and much appreciated!

Great apartment in a fantastic setting – A lovely break in great weather and super days out – Cragside was worth a visit and Jasper’s is Amazing – Thanks!

Very enjoyable stay, lovely weather, beautiful walks along the coast. Jasper’s is good for dinner, friendly service.

We had a very enjoyable stay here, it is in a great location for visiting the Northumberland Coast. We also visited Cragside. Wooler and another time would like to see the Chillingworth Cattle. It was in a good location for the Northumberland Coast. We also thought that the view over the harbour would suit my elderly mother in law should the weather be changeable, as it happened we enjoyed sunny dry weather most of the time. The view was lovely to look out on when eating breakfast. Lovely to have wine/beer after a long drive, but also great to have bread, milk and ginger cake so we could get settled in comfortably. We loved the view over the harbour and the lovely clean, light living area. Good election of games and books.

Absolutely wonderful. Didn’t want to leave. Home from home. Dog friendly and the view as very appealing. Cannot fault this property at all. Comfortable!

Beautiful apartment – perfect in every way. Have loved our week in Amble – wish we were here for longer. Would recommend Jasper and The Old Boathouse for evening meals – both excellent. Hope to return next year.

Fabulous apartment with everything you need. Can recommend boat trips to the Farne Islands and Bamburgh Castle. We will be back as still need to visit Cragside – could not fit everything in. Thank you!

Extremely well wanted, beautiful relaxing views. Would love to return some day!

Excellent, everything we hoped for and more. 10/10.

A wonderful stay, many nice touches and superb quality. Some great recommendations that we followed up. Would love to come again!

What a superb apartment. So clean, beautifully furnished and with everything you might need. Have had an excellent stay. Thank you for the roses, the welcome hamper and for your text. All much appreciated.

Lovely week, beautiful apartment and stunning views. Our 3rd visit to Swansdown (Bobs 1st). Once again a fabulous holiday. Highlights were warkworth beach, newton beach & ship inn for fresh crab sandwiches and kipper paste. Fab pet shop and gift shops in Alwnick (Happy Bob!) and Alnmouth beach! We will be back. Thank you for all your thoughtful touches.

Thanks for a great stay! Amazing view and best equipped holiday place we’ve ever stayed in. Weather was great too!

BEST holiday. The weather was beautiful & the apartment perfect. Thank you!

Fabulous apartment well equipped with lovely welcome with flowers and wine. Thank you – will be booking again.

We have loved our stay at Swansdown. The weather has been fantastic. We’re going to miss the view over the marina but we hope to be back before long.

A fabulous stay – apartment had everything we required, lovely touches and even a birthday gift! We have explored the coastline until our feet ached. Have all enjoyed every moment. Thank you

Wonderful week. Fantastic weather, beautiful apartment. Fabulous view and not enough time! Weill return. Thank you!

Superb apartment – lovely location and very tastefully furnished with so many thoughtful extras. Our first visit to Northumberland and we were so lucky with the weather! Fabulous trips to Cragside, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Berwick and Farne Islands. Good food in Sea & Soil, Old Boathouse and a takeaway from the Harbour Fish Bar.

Fantastic apartment we have had a lovely week, high standard of personal touches. ie Gym passes, hamper, the list is endless. Will definitely be coming back.

Excellent apartment in a great location. Would recommend Cragside National Trust and trip out to Farne Islands will recommend to anyone coming to this area. Would be lovely to come again in better weather. Fantastic apartment, great holiday.

What an incredible apartment with stunning views. We all had a brilliant and memorable week. Thank you for the added extras also.

Wonderful apartment and great views. A fantastic visit. Thank you and for the thoughtful touches.

What a fantastic apartment, beautifully furnished and clean with superb views. Welcome pack was a nice touch and appreciated. Owners and agents both very attentive and responsive. Hopefully we’ll be returning next year.

Fabulous break – even the ‘Autumn’ weather couldn’t spoil our time. Love little shore and catching ginormous crabs!

Lovely apartment, we’ve had a brilliant stay. Nice to meet you.

Great apartment, blessed with the weather. Northumberland as its best. Good to meet you.

Beautiful apartment – lovely touches – Holy Island was lovely. Lots of amazing birds.

Second time to Swansdown – 6th time to Coble Quay – as always a haven. Thank you

Great stay in a lovely quality apartment.

Our 2nd stay in that lovely apartment to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Fabulous stay and thank you for much for the bubbly! Very thoughtful and much appreciated.

Great apartment in a fantastic setting – A lovely break with great weather and super days out – Cragsides worth visiting and Jaspers – AMAZING. Thank you.

Very enjoyable stay, lovely weather, beautiful walks along the coast. Jaspers good for dinner, good food, friendly service.

Comfortable, well equipped apartment with a lovely view from picture window and convenient parking. We liked the view over the marina and Coquet river. The homemade cake in the Welcome Hamper was great. The welcome package showed that the owners were caring for their guests. A voucher left to compensate for potential television reception issues was appreciated. Contact from the Coquet Cottages office before arrival advising of a small change to television provision was also appreciated.

Very comfortable and well equipped. Luxury apartment with lovely views. Beautiful coastal walks and cycle rides close by. Restaurants within walking distance. Everything was first class, very welcoming. It was very thoughtful to leave bread, milk and tea etc. The views and the general level of the accommodation which was very luxurious.

An absolutely fabulous property. The touches from owners – the welcome basket plus a bottle of fizz for my husbands birthday and the personal notes were tremendous.

Absolutely superb Have stayed in many Coquet Properties and this is the very very best. Spotless. Beautifully furnished and equipped -all you could ever need during your stay ! Location perfect. What a view during your stay. Really really appreciated the message from Derek and Colette received before arriving. Perfect welcome basket. Would not change anything and loved the Roses and the Easter Tree. Cannot emphasise enough how superb this property is. Booking with Coquet Cottages is always a joy. Everyone without exception is extremely helpful. Please don’t lose your phone exemplary customer care as your company expands.

Thank you for a great stay.  Amazing view and the best quipped holiday place we’ve ever stayed in. The weather was great too!

What a superb apartment! The view is mesmerising. Very luxurious and comfortable, we had a lovely week.

Our third stay at Swansdown. Beautiful apartment, fabulous attention to detail, very comfortable and the views are fabulous.

Had a fantastic stay in Amble, right at the heart of the harbour. Excellent location, apartment 5 stars. Welcomed in the Swansdown apartment with a fantastic hamper wine , cake tea coffee etc the dog was also welcomed with treats there and a ball, I couldn’t of asked for more. Cant wait to book up again!

Absolutely fabulous apartment -very luxurious and comfortable with lots of thoughtful touches. The view is wonderful. This time my husband is recovering from a serious injury and the lift access with accommodation on one floor with a walk in shower was important. Because he couldn’t go out for such long walks as we would usually enjoy, the view was extra important and it surpassed our expectations. We could gaze at it for hours!

Swansdown in beautiful and in a perfect location for visiting the local area. Good walks are available straight from the front door. It was lovely to return to Swansdown each afternoon and enjoy the ever changing view from the balcony.

Thank you for a wonderful week staying in your excellent apartment. We keep saying we wish we were back there looking out on that fabulous view from the lounge window. The weather may not have been brilliant but it did not stop us from getting out and about. We did see the Christmas lights switch on in Warkworth (man on hands and knees under the tree putting the plug in!) as well as Santa and his Rotary helpers (I am a Rotarian, and am a few bob lighter now!). We also saw a wonderful TV programme about Warkworth on BBC TV that week and did some enjoyable exploring around the village as a result. We will probably be back next year, but in the meantime we send you our very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  [‘Pubs, Ponds and Power – the Story of the Village’ featured Warkworth village and was aired by BBC in November, it’s available on the BBC iPlayer on catch-up nd will be repeated on BBC4 in January.]

Mr and Mrs Jones, stayed November 2018

Fantastic property, fabulous holiday even with the poor weather -wing and rain – did not stop us doing what we wanted too. Best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in, and dog friendly too. The view from the lounge window is fantastic – could have spent all day watching the marina, river, wildlife and the birds. Property was extremely well equipped. The beds were so comfortable we may buy one for our home.

Bill Jones

Swansdown lovely lay out, and beautiful furnishings. Nice view. We liked that there was TV’s in every room, the sliding doors were ace and the balcony was great. Really satisfied and will come back for another short holiday break or even longer.

Swansdown was an excellent holiday and we had an amazing time. The location was great and so was the views.

We initially chose Swansdown as it allowed us the opportunity to bring our dog and stay in an apartment with spectacular views. Online, it appeared to be very well presented and had a homely sense but when we arrived it was even more amazing than we imagined there was a welcome basket for my family and i and even for our dog! We loved everything about our stay at Swansdown, everything was catered for. The beach hut was a lovely touch we made good use of it watching the sun set on an evening.

Immaculate property with lovely views overlooking the marina. We loved the balcony!

The apartment didn’t feel like a holiday let, every detail of it had been well thought out, location and views were superb too. The welcome basket had everything to get your holiday off to a good start! Thank you to Coquet Cottages for a easy booking system and standard of holiday lets you provide. Also a big thank you to the owners of Swansdown who were very helpful and easy to deal with and have provided a super well thought out apartment for the perfect holiday.

A fabulous apartment in a spectacular location. This place certainly has the ‘wow factor! We have had a lovely break with highlights being the Puffin Cruise from the harbour and delicious food from the local restaurants. We love Amble and we will certainly return to Swansdown. Thank you for everything.

Many thanks for the warm welcome that was waiting for us when we arrived at Swansdown, last week. We have had a fantastic week walking the coastal paths and into the hills. Swansdown, once again, provided us with a very comfortable retreat. We will miss the view (and the sunshine)!

Stunning apartment with great views! Enjoyed our week here very much.

Beautifully appointed. We’ve had a wonderfully lazy week admiring the view!

This is probably the best apartment we have stayed in. Perfect view, well appointed – loved it! Many thanks.

Fantastic apartment with an amazing view! We’ve had a lovely stay

Wow! What a superb apartment and location! We’ve had a wonderful holiday so thank you

We have had a splendid time here. Lovely apartment, views, and the sunsets have been spectacular.

Honoured to be your first guest – lovely flat enjoyed exploring the area

Swansdown is absolutely beautiful! Have enjoyed Amble and Alnmouth beaches today. We are full of admiration for your thoughtful arrangement of everything and really felt very warmly welcomed with your wonderful hamper – generous treats for all the family and even treats for Josh [dog].

Beautiful flat and stunning surrounding area! This was our first trip to Northumberland and we will definitely be coming back!

Stunning, everything we could have asked for and more. Our stay in your wonderful apartment has now come to an end. We have had a great time. Thanks for everything.

We have had a lovely time, the apartment was very comfortable and well-equipped. We enjoyed the amazing view over the marina

We have had a lovely few days in your gorgeous apartment. Thank you for the wonderful welcome.

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