I picked out this B&B because it has a central location in the village, is reasonably priced (we paid £80 a night for a small en suite double) and gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor (there are to date relatively few Lindisfarne accommodation reviews here on VT). It proved to be a very friendly, comfortable base for our two night stay on the island, so a good choice.
The Bamburgh View has three rooms – a large double en-suite with a sofa bed for a third person on the ground floor, a smaller double en-suite also on the ground floor, and a double with a separate private bathroom on the first floor. We chose the middle of these and it was indeed small – if we return (and I think we may well do so) I would book the larger room which was only £10 a night dearer.
Our room though did have the benefit of being the only one of the three (I think) to be at the back of the house, overlooking the small garden and the (quite distant) view of Bamburgh Castle that gives the property its name. The bed was comfortable, with good quality linens, and there was a flat screen TV (which we didn’t watch so I have no idea what channels are available). A refreshment tray had hot chocolate and filtered water as well as the usual tea and coffee. Hanging space was very limited – no wardrobe, only a few pegs and hangers on the wall. This is not a problem for a stay of only a few nights but might be for those making a longer visit – again, the larger room would suit better as it seemed to have a wardrobe from the glance I got.
The good-sized bathroom had an excellent shower and was well supplied with thick towels, but no toiletries apart from hand-wash – slightly disappointing given the thoughtfulness displayed elsewhere in the accommodation, but not a problem as we’d brought our own. Update: I've since heard from Carole that they do usually provide shower gel (the same Faith in Nature seaweed-based brand as the handwash, which was lovely) but had run out at the time of our visit.
Breakfast is served in a small dining area and was excellent – full cooked breakfast with good local produce, cereal and fresh fruit before that (delicious local strawberries!), and toast with a wide selection of locally made preserves to follow. The generous cafétiere of coffee was also good.
Jamie and Carole are very good hosts, friendly and full of helpful information about good places to eat and things to do. I would very happily stay here again on any future visit to the island.
Detailed directions: (too lengthy to fit below)
On arriving in the village, ignore the visitors’ car-park (as a “resident” you can park on the street), drive straight ahead, then left on the cross road (Marygate) and first right opposite the Ship Inn. The B&B is on the left about halfway along, and you can stop briefly to unload before parking where directed to by the owners
So now we have settled in, let’s start our exploring with a visit to the Priory.
We booked on the spur of the moment at this B&B situated on Holy Island, near Fiddlers Greeen. We later learnt we had got a cancellation here and were fortunate - the few properties available on the island tend to get booked up well in advance.
This one is reputed to be one of the best on the island too. Well I can't comment on the others - we've only stayed in this one but it was very comfotable, lovely room with en-suite bathroom. The owner was friendly and provided us with a delicious cooked breakfast served in the dining room on a long table with her other guests. Very professional service by Mrs Barbara Kyle who has been doing so for 20 years. Car parking availbale outside.
Highly recommended. Cost £25 pppn Note credit cards not taken but village store can get cash for you on your card if needed for a small fee.
Bear in mind that accomodation on Holy Island is limited - about 40 rooms on the island so to avoid disappointment it is best to book ahead - we were most blessed to get a cancellation.
We nearly stayed at this place - the Open Gate which is a christian guest house retreat....but we were only stopping a night and continental breakfast was offered here as opposed to a good fry up!
No set rates but trhe following are given as guidelines:
£27.00 per person per night - two persons sharing
£32.00 per night single occupancy
£7.50 Evening Meals
The Lindiosfarne accomodation link below provides further info on this and all the other guest accomodation on Lindisfarne as well as the surrounding area.
We received a great welcome at The Ship. Janice and Andrew, the owners, are there to make sure that you are comfortable and that you have everything you need.
The Inn dates back to the 18 century and is on the road to Lindisfarne Castle.
We had a very pleasant room and everything was first class. The room was en-suite and there was a TV with CD/DVD.
There is a pleasant garden at the Inn and food can be served out there.
The restaurant was excellent.
In December 07, in need of a short injection of peace and tranquillity, I went for an overnight stay on Lindisfarne, a beautiful, historic island off the Northumberland coast which, when the tide is out, you can access by car accross a causeway . Out of season, it was the perfect escape from an otherwise hectic lifestyle. I stayed at the Crown and Anchor Inn, which is run by Keith and Rachel Shell, both of whom were raised on the island, and who provided a very warm and friendly personal service. Keith is a trained chef, so the food was great, and I also loved my large room with views across the fields towards the harbour and ancient priory. It's a short walk to the fairy-tale Lindisfarne Castle. The longer walks around the remoter parts of the island are just stunning. Returning to the warm and cosy inn after a couple of hours in the bracing sea air made for a perfect retreat.
Traditional old-world charm of the country inn
Unfortunately, we did not get to try out the pub itself as we were treated to a tirade of bad tempered abuse from the obnoxious landlord. He clearly despises the tourists that provide his living for him. Save your money and go next door where the welcome is warm and genuine. Appalling experience. One to avoid!
Obnoxious landlord - Amusing but sad.
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