The Gin Gan
A Divine Coastal Retreat a short walk from Seahouses
We are delighted to welcome The Gin Gan to our collection in gorgeous North Sunderland, just a short stroll from Seahouses. This beautiful property is nestled in the pretty development of Village Farm, a collection of luxury cottages near Seahouses in a quiet part of the village. The charming town of Seahouses can be reached in just 10 easy minutes on foot, along the lit pathway through the villages as they connect onto each other.
In Seahouses you can find the well-known working harbour which is fully open to the public. Admire the stunning heritage coastline with Bamburgh Castle standing proudly to the north, whilst the local fisherman bring in the catch of the day. For those who need their ‘fish and chip-fix’ there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Seahouses, along with a traditional green grocer, bakery and more gift shops and delicatessens, and the iconic ‘Ship Inn’ historic pub on the quayside – unmissable if you like traditional pubs.
The Gin Gan is very unique in design and caters perfectly for families who enjoy open plan living. The Gin Gan comfortably sleeps 6 guests and welcomes 1 dog ad benefits from membership at The Ocean Club in Seahouses.
The Gin Gan sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. On the ground floor there is a double bedroom with an en suite shower room, and on the first floor you will find the king size master bedroom and twin bedroom too. The open plan kitchen area contains the dining table and an additional seating area to relax in this bright and airy room. The separate lounge is snug and cosy, with the gas fire adding extra ambiance to the room.
The Gin Gan welcomes 1 dog up to medium size, and has private parking for 2 cars. The garden is enclosed with a fence (but not completely secure for the small dogs that may be escape artists!). Free Wi-Fi throughout.
You first enter The Gin Gan straight into… the Gin Gan! Designed around the wheelhouse of an old mill, you’ll be impressed as soon as you walk through the door. In here you’ll find the dining, kitchen and casual living space.
Open Plan Living
The Gin Gan area is perfect for gathering together and enjoying each other’s company. In the kitchen you’ll find all of the usual appliances such as a gas hob, electric fan oven, built-in fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, microwave, cafetiere and Nespresso coffee machine (initial supply of pods provided).
The dining space is comfortable for 6 guests. In addition to the table and chairs, there are 3 bar stools in the kitchen area.
The casual lounge space offers seating for up to 8 guests across 2 x 3 seater sofas and 2 lounge chairs. The Smart TV is handy to have whilst cooking or enjoying a lazy afternoon.
The cosy lounge is perfect for snug nights in around the gas fire. The Smart TV is ideal for a movie night and there is seating for up to 6. In the lounge you can find a range of board games, toys and DVD’s for all ages.
Downstairs WC Cloakroom
The spacious WC has a WC and wash hand basin.
Downstairs Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room
This bedroom is accessed just from the hallway next to the open plan living space. As the bedroom and en suite are on the ground level, this bedroom is ideal for guests who may struggle with stairs. Double bed (4ft 6in wide), plenty of storage, small TV, luxury linens and towels provided, as well as a hairdryer. The en suite shower room contains a shower (with a step up to the tray), WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and complimentary toiletries by Noble Isle.
On the first floor you will find the master bedroom and the twin bedroom, both with an en suite.
Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom
A very pretty room with a king size bed and deep window seat for catching up on your latest novel or magazine, which lets in lots of natural light. TV and sky lights with blackout blinds. Plenty of storage, luxury linens, towels and a hairdryer provided.
The en suite bathroom contains a bath with shower attachment, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel tail. Complimentary toiletries provided by Noble Isle.
Twin Single/Super-king Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room
A very spacious room containing two 3ft-wide single beds that can be converted into a super-kingsize (6ft wide) for adults upon request for a charge of £10. This bedroom has lots of storage as well as some games and books for children. Luxury linens, towels and a hair dryer is provided.
The en suite shower room has a shower (with a step up to the tray), WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. Complimentary toiletries provided by Noble Isle.
The pretty lawned garden can be accessed via the lounge or from the front door. It has lounge seating with a table for 6 and is enclosed for dogs. There are two egg-shape chairs at the front door for relaxing when returning from a walk.
There is designated parking for up to two cars at The Gin Gan.
The Gin Gan near Seahouses
A Beautiful Cottage with Unusual Features
The Gin Gan is quite distinct with its unusual round living area, which was designed around the original wheelhouse of an old mill. Every corner of this cottage has been thought of and there are beautiful, thoughtful touches wherever you look.
Facts & Features
Up to six guests and one baby.
One baby welcome. Travel cot, highchair and stair gate provided upon request.
Three bedrooms; one double bedroom (4ft 6″ wide bed) on the ground floor, and one king bedroom (5ft wide bed) and one twin bedroom with two full-size single beds (3ft wide) that can be converted into a super king size (£10 charge) on the first floor. Hairdryers provided.
Each bed has non-feather ‘feels like down’ duvets and pillows.
There is one bathroom, two shower rooms and a cloakroom WC. The bathroom has a fitted bath with shower attachment, WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and storage. The shower rooms each have a shower cubicle (each with a step up), WC, wash hand basin and towel rail. Luxury towels and Noble Isle complimentary toiletries provided.
Garden & Outside
The enclosed garden is lawned and has a pretty patio with lounge seating and a table and chairs.
There is no BBQ provided at The Gin Gan. You are welcome to bring your own, so long as the grass, furniture or patio aren’t damaged.
Please be aware
There is a bedroom on the ground floor with an en suite shower room, which is ideal for guests who may find stairs difficult. The shower has a step up to get into it, so it is not entirely level access.
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.
Where does my name come from?
Why the strange name? A gin gan, wheelhouse, roundhouse or horse-engine house, is a structure built to enclose a horse engine, usually circular but sometimes square or octagonal, attached to a threshing barn. Most were built in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
A Northumbrian Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes some lovely basics including bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and wine. Complimentary toiletries are included by Noble Isle. A bespoke property and local area guide tells you all you need to know to make the most of your stay. Gas-burning stove and free Wi-Fi for cosy nights in. Membership at The Ocean Club.
The Ocean Club Membership
The Gin Gan is a member of the exclusive Ocean Club in Seahouses. Members can use the pool and spa facilities as well as the gym for a fee of £7 per adult and £4 per child, as well as enjoy the excellent licenced cafe too. Towels from The Gin Gan must not be used, as they will be provided at the club.
Integrated fridge/freezer, range oven with 5-ring gas hob, large belfast-style sink, kettle, toaster, microwave, Nespresso machine with an initial supply of pods, dishwasher, washing machine.
Large Smart TV and DVD player in the lounge and a Smart TV in the dining kitchen. Free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation over two floors; open-plan kitchen/diner and lounge, a second separate lounge, cloakroom WC and one double bedroom with en suite shower room on the ground floor. On the first floor you will find the remaining two bedrooms (king size and twin bedroom), en suite shower room to the king master room and family bathroom. Access into the property is through a level patio and level threshold leading into the open plan kitchen.
There are two private parking spaces for guests at The Gin Gan, just in front of the entrance gate.
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 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 £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £34 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £200. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
Here is a 3D virtual tour of The Gin Gan. Click on the image to start the tour and use your mouse or touch-screen to move around the cottage exploring all areas. Click on the image of the floor plan to enlarge it. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we’d be delighted to help. Call us on 01665 710700 or email us.
Map & Local Area
The Gin Gan near Seahouses is superbly situated within walking distance of the wide and sandy St. Aiden’s beach and the popular seaside village of Seahouses, with its many shops, restaurants, picturesque harbour and the famous ‘Olde Ship Inn’. It is also a great central location from which to explore all of Northumberland, including Bamburgh (just 10 minutes drive), Alnwick, Holy Island and The Borders. There are excellent swimming pools at Berwick (with flume and wave machine) and Alnwick, around 25 minutes’ drive.
Village Farm is a recently built, peaceful and very attractive development of an old farm steading, which is quite a sun trap being away from the sea front. The newly refurbished restaurant at Longstone House, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the cottage, is open every evening and for Sunday lunches, and has a great reputation for food. It has a bar and beer garden too.
To find out the distance of The Gin Gan from your own home, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: The Gin Gan on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode. The postcode of the cottage is NE68 7TE.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
Absolutely amazing five star cottage with everything you could wish for and more, high quality throughout along with an excellent location, couldn’t have asked for any more, the best we’ve ever encountered. Extremely thoughtful and helpful owners, highly recommend. Lovely selection, something for everyone and wasn’t expected. Beautiful fresh flowers also. Helpful starter too for having breakfast foods of bread, milk, tea coffee, fresh orange butter and jam. Had excellent communication with the owner, very helpful.
The Richmond Family, July 2019Escape the ordinary read our guest book
Tips from a local
Watersports and Yoga on Beadnell Beach
Want to try something a bit different or adventurous? Yoga sessions at Beadnell beach from 8am on Saturdays and Sunday with BOX yoga. Please remember to bring your own yoga mat, or towel.
KA Kitesurfing and Adventure Sports are a recognised school in kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, coasteering and surfing. The meeting point for all lessons, sessions and activities is at Beadnell Bay Car Park.
Tips from a local
Visit The Farne Islands
The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the Castle of Bamburgh. There are between 15 and 20 islands depending on the state of the tide. From April until the end of July, these islands are dominated by one of the most exciting seabird colonies in the United Kingdom with unrivalled views of 23 species, including tens of thousands pairs of puffins, the sight is a joy to behold. The islands are also the permanent home for a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals and one of the top grey seal pupping sites in England.
We would recommend taking a boat tour out to the Farne Islands with Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips. This is ‘a must’ when you come to Northumberland, especially as The Gin Gan is located so close to Seahouses. Make sure you book in advance as they are incredibly popular, especially after being featured on the much-loved TV series ‘Tales from Northumberland’ with Robson Green.
Tips from a local
BOX Hand-made, wood-fired pizzas, and more…
Less than a 10 minute drive from The Gin Gan you will find BOX. Perched atop the hill in Swinhoe BOX offers some of the best in rural outdoor cafe-dining experiences on the Northumberland coast, providing locally sourced homemade pizzas and foods with the best in local drinks in beverages.
Tips from a local
Horse Riding along the Coast
Just behind the church in the village of North Sunderland is the Slate Hall Riding Centre. They offer treks for beginners and experienced riders either along the beach or in the countryside. A very relaxing way of exploring the area ‘on horse’!
Click HERE to visit their website.
Peter and Sian
Owners of The Gin Gan
We asked the owners of The Gin Gan what drew them to the cottage:
Driving north up the A1 to Northumberland the weight of our busy lives lifts from our shoulders as soon as we reach the county sign and life back home is forgotten. We are both Yorkshire tykes, born and bred, but have forsaken “God’s Own County” and, as hard as it may be for us to admit, Yorkshire has to play second fiddle to North Northumberland. The pace of life is slower, calmer and so very enticing, and so when the opportunity was presented to buy our dream retirement home at the coast we immediately leapt in the car and drove to Seahouses to search for one.
The first one we were introduced to was The Gin Gan situated in Village Farm, a collection of individual homes created from what was once a farm in the middle of the quiet village of North Sunderland, opposite the church and a two minute walk from the family run Longstone House restaurant and bar (a must), with a 10 minute walk into Seahouses for its shops, pubs and restaurants, and close to a quiet footpath to the beach, also ten minutes away.
Observed from the outside it’s a honey-coloured stone barn conversion with a strangely shaped conical roofed appendage, but once the front door was opened we were transported, Tardis-like, into the French Riviera or New England, being presented with the light flooded open plan kitchen, sitting and dining room painted in sun soaked sea hues and the feel of smooth cool Tuscan stone under our feet, which are then warmed to a toasty glow in winter with the underfloor heating. Every door which was opened revealed yet another beautiful room and we were unable to get the cottage out of our minds, despite common sense telling us that we had others to see. One by one they were all cast aside, and the fact that our dog is named Gin simply sealed the deal. It was Kismet.
We hope that you love sharing The Gin Gan with “The Gin Gang”, until the day when those tiresome journeys up the A1 from Yorkshire end, and it is our permanent home by the sea.
Not sure where to start?
We know Northumberland and all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!