Ambler’s Retreat in Amble
A Lovingly Restored Townhouse in the Heart of Vibrant Amble
Absolutely ideal for families holidaying together and larger groups who like everything on their door step, Ambler’s Retreat in Amble is the perfect holiday home at which to be based. Located in the heart of this vibrant little fishing town, Ambler’s Retreat is perfect to return to after exploring the sights and wonders of Northumberland. Being centrally positioned in Amble town means great restaurants, shops and of course, the sea, are just yards from your door, yet inside it is quiet and peaceful and true to it’s name; a retreat.
The interesting working Amble harbour is only a 5 minute walk from the cottage where you’ll find quirky weekend markets, local fish restaurants and the ‘Harbour Village’; a collection of pop-up shops leading down to the harbour walls. Ambler’s retreat in Amble is perfect for groups and for extended families who love to get together in a lively area and enjoy their own space in a loving and well-equipped home.
Ambler’s Retreat sleeps up 8 guests in 4 bedrooms and is dog friendly.
Discount for reduced occupancy. See terms below.
Ambler’s Retreat in Amble is a deceptively spacious cottage decorated in calm, Laura Ashley-inspired interiors, with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 shower room. It’s ideal for larger groups and families holidaying together as the location is so central within Amble town so everything is on your doorstep. The cottage is very old so whilst it’s centrally located, it’s very quiet inside due to the thick stone exterior. Nearby you’ll find Warkworth village, just a mile and a half northwards up the estuary. Here you’ll find Warkworth castle and a 5 mile stretch of golden sandy beach, as well as a handful of dog-friendly pubs and quaint gift shops.
Ambler’s Retreat is perfect in the spring and summer as it’s so close to the harbour and the coast, but in the winter time it proves to be just as cosy with a wood burning stove, huge TV and ample dining space to all get together on an evening or for a hearty breakfast.
There is free Wi-Fi broadband access available throughout the cottage and up to two well behaved pets are very welcome.
Entrance into Ambler’s Retreat is via the front door from North Street, just off the Amble high street. You enter into a spacious hallway with a bench seat to remove wellies and shoes.
The kitchen is spacious and incredibly well-equipped, with a lot of the cookware and dishes by Le Creuset. Spacious and airy, the kitchen is equipped with an electric oven and hob, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster and Nespresso coffee pod machine. There’s a wicker picnic hamper and picnic backpack to use too.
A very spacious room with ample dining space for 8 guests. It also has a reading area with 2 comfy chairs for those who want to escape the lounge or kitchen for some peace and quiet. There is a bookcase filled with books and a reading light too. Feel free to book-swap whilst staying here, as it keeps the collection fresh.
The cosy lounge is spacious with a wood burning stove, huge flat screen Smart TV with Freeview and a DVD player, with a super-comfy high quality leather corner sofa and an additional 3 seater sofa. XBox and a selection of games. An initial supply of wood or coal is provided for the wood burning stove between the beginning of October and the end of April. Additional supplies can be purchased from the local hardware store around the corner or at one of the fuel stations in the town.
The cloakroom is accessed from the kitchen and has a WC and wash hand basin.
Stairs lead from the dining area to the landing with 2 levels, leading to the 4 bedrooms, the bathroom and the shower room.
The largest of all the bedrooms with a super king size bed (6ft wide) that can be separated into twin single beds (3ft wide) upon request. There’s ample storage space with a large flat-screen TV and sofa seating for enjoying the pretty view which looks out to the estuary and Warkworth castle and a hint of the marina too (photo taken before the sofa was bought). Luxury bed linen, fluffy towels and a hairdryer provided.
This room has twin single beds (3ft wide), plenty of storage and a TV on the dressing table area. Luxury bed linen, fluffy towels and a hair dryer provided.
This calm and tranquil room has a double size bed (4ft 6″ wide), is very spacious with lots of storage space. Luxury bed linen and fluffy towels provided.
Located at the end of the hallway, this bedroom has a double-size bed (4ft 6″ wide) and far-reaching views of the estuary. There is limited storage space in this room (but plenty in others) so please bear this in mind. Luxury bed linen and fluffy towels provided.
Fully tiled and all recently refurbished, there is a shower over a bath, heated towel rail, WC and wash basin. Complimentary White Company toiletries are provided.
Next door to the bathroom there is a separate shower room with a walk-in shower, WC and wash hand basin with a heated towel rail. Complimentary White Company toiletries are provided.
Although there’s no garden, there’s a huge original garage with wooden doors opening out to the private parking area that guests have access to, that contains seating and a table tennis table. This outdoor space is ideal for children and teens to let off some steam and have their own area to chill out in close to the house.
There’s private, off-road parking for up to 3 cars opposite the cottage on the driveway in front of the garage for Ambler’s Retreat. The parking isn’t attached to the property.
Luxury townhouse in the heart of historic Amble
Facts & Features
Up to 8 guests and 1 baby welcome (to sleep in a travel cot).
Welcome Hamper including luxury White Company toiletries. Bespoke Property and Area Guide and a wood burning stove in the lounge. Wicker picnic hamper and picnic backpack to use too.
One baby welcome. Travel cot and highchair available (bring your own cot linen). Small selection of children’s toys.
Fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee ‘pod’ machine. Washing machine, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films.
Large Smart TV in the lounge and master bedroom, and a smaller TV in the twin bedroom. Nespresso pod coffee machine (initial supply of pods provided) and free unlimited Wi-Fi. XBox and a selection of games.
Ambler’s Retreat is spread over 2 floors, with the lounge, kitchen, dining room and cloakroom on the ground floor and on the first floor; 4 bedrooms, family bathroom and the shower room. Bedroom 4 is up a further half-flight of stairs from the first floor landing. Click here for our Accessibility Guide for Ambler’s Retreat.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
COVID-19 Special Arrangements
New arrival and departure times have been introduced from July 2020 to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocols necessary to ensure the safety of guests and housekeeping staff.
Arrival: from 6pm Departure: by 9am Click here for more details.
Please be Aware
Ambler’s Retreat is in a central town location which is fantastic for having everything on your doorstep in a charming fishing town, but cannot be deemed in a peaceful and tranquil setting due to it’s central location. You benefit hugely by not having to jump in the car for anything as the lively town has a great selection of restaurants, shops and markets just around the corner, which naturally means there will be foot and minor car traffic outside of the cottage at most times. Due to the thick walls of this old townhouse, you shouldn’t be disturbed.
4 bedrooms; 1 super-king-size room (6ft wide bed) that can be separated into twin single beds upon request (3ft wide); 2 double bedrooms (4ft 6″ wide beds) and 1 twin room with 3ft wide single beds.
Hypo-allergenic anti-allergy bedding and pillows are provided on each bed. There is no alternative available.
There is a family bathroom and a separate shower room on the first floor and a cloakroom WC on the ground floor. The family bathroom is fully tiled with a shower over bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. The separate shower room has a large shower, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail.
Opposite the cottage there is a huge, private garage which is accessible to guests with a suntrap area to sit out at the front, with private parking in front too. You can open the wooden doors to the garage where there is seating inside, football game table, table-tennis table, dart board, pool/snooker table and extra drinks fridge. This is a great, secure space for storing bikes and canoes and for relaxing in the sunshine.
There is a large BBQ provided at Ambler’s Retreat all year round. A full set of utensils and trays are provided. Please bring your own charcoal. Please ensure the BBQ is cleaned prior to your departure.
There is private parking for 3 cars in front of the private garage opposite the gable end of the cottage.
Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £250 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £46 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £250. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
Reduced Occupancy Discount
Ambler’s Retreat offers a discount for reduced occupancy.
1-3 guests staying – 20% off
4 guests staying – 15% off
5-6 guests staying – 10% off
This discount cannot be used in conjunction with the returning-customer discount. Valid all year round except high and peak seasons.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
Click on the image to view our 3D tour and explore all areas of this beautiful house, as well as the 2D floor plan. Please call us on 01665 710700 or email us if you have any queries.
Map & Local Area
Ambler’s Retreat in Amble is situated just off the main high street of Amble, heading towards the Braid and the coast. The best feature of Ambler’s Retreat is how central you are within this vibrant fishing town and how much is on your doorstep. You could have an entire holiday without needing to get in the car.
Restaurants such as Zecca’s, newly opened La Famiglia Italian restaurant, The Old Boathouse award-winning fish restaurant, Sea and Soil, the rustic Fish Shack and Indian restaurant Taj Mahal, are all within 5 minutes or less of the cottage – you’re completely spoiled for choice!
Amble is most well-known for it’s interesting working harbour and quirky weekend markets, as well as their delicious fish and chip shops on the harbour. You can walk to Warkworth easily in less an half an hour, where you’ll find a quaint street of pretty shops, cafes and dog-friendly pubs, as well as the castle, leafy river walks and of course, the beach.
Amble has a small beach called The Little Shore, which is no more than 10 minutes walk from the cottage. It’s dog friendly out of season, between the months of October and April. Alternatively you can walk to Low Hauxley beach along the coast heading south and onto Druridge Bay, which is dog friendly all year round.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
Wow!! What an amazing place. Beautifully decorated throughout in all my favourite Laura Ashley. Attention to detail throughout and amazingly equipped kitchen. Such a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful home. Thank you for all your hard work in making this such a delight for so many to enjoy. Our little yorkie, Missie, loved her treats too. Welcome basket was lovely thought. 5*. We will definitely come again and will recommend to everyone!Escape the ordinary read our guest book
Tips from a local
Pick up some fresh bread and other deli goodies from either La Famiglia or The Amble Butcher on the high street, pack a picnic and head down towards the Braid, just a few minutes from Ambler’s Retreat. They have picnic benches there you’re on the coast, so you can see the boats going in and out of the marina.
You’re so close to the cottage and the main street that if you forget something or want more scrumptious treats, you’re almost just around the corner!
Tips from a local
Make sure you pay a visit to Druridge Bay Country Park which you can easily reach by car in 5 minutes or on foot which will take a bit longer.
Not only is it a pretty country park with a 100 acre lake fringed with woodland and meadows, it also has a huge 7 mile stretch of golden sandy beach and has several nature reserves tucked behind it’s dunes.
Druridge Bay is a hub of activity, hosting the national Park Run every Saturday, the annual VW Campervan Festival and the lake is home to many watersports activities all year round. If watersports is your thing, visit Northside Surf School, based in Amble.
Tips from a local
Hire some pedal bikes and explore the coastline from your doorstep.
As Amble is on the Northumberland Coastal Path, you can cycle as far as your legs will take you! Head south towards Druridge Bay and Cresswell (have a pit-stop at The Drift Cafe for a coffee and something sweet) or head north towards Warkworth and take the cycle path heading up to Alnmouth, admiring the Balamory-style houses as you tootle along.
You can even head further north towards Boulmer (a really pretty fishing village with a good pub) although you may want to get the bus back after that (or certainly after a pint).
Maria, Jeff and Family
Owners of Ambler's Retreat
A Little Note from the Owners…
“One sunny weekend in the summer of 2016 we visited Amble for the first time and instantly fell in the love with the village, the people and the surrounding areas. The marina, the harbour and the community spirit are the reasons Amble is our first holiday home venture. We had been visiting the Northumberland coastline for over ten years, however had never been to Amble, within two weeks of our first visit we had bought Ambler’s Retreat and so began the hard work!
Our home on North Street is our own little patch in beautiful Northumberland, when its time to go home we never want to leave, in the winter it is so warm and cosy with the wood burner and in the summer the sunsets from the master bedroom are absolutely gorgeous.
We are a family from Teesside; Mam, Dad and three daughters who are now spread over Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Edinburgh. We met regularly to refurbish the house to its current state having a great time whilst doing so! We hope you enjoy our home as much as we do – and add to its 200-year-old history through the memories you make while you’re here on holiday.”
Not sure where to start?
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