The cottage sits to the south-end of the small village of Cresswell, on the bottom edge of Druridge Bay in Northumberland. The cottage forms what was once called ‘Fisher Row’, built back in the 1700’s.
Cresswell is a small and beautiful fishing village with a lovely ice-cream shop and cafe within walking distance. It is a popular area for anglers, walkers, cyclists, artists and birdwatchers, who enjoy the wonders of the natural coast for 9 miles up to Coquet Lighthouse in the North. Cresswell is also the start of a 64 mile coastal walk which stretches right up Northumberland’s beaches and seaside towns, to Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
For those who want peace and quiet, the village is perfect during term time and winter. School holidays are a bit busier, but due to the location of the cottage, you’re never quite close enough to be bothered by the hustle and bustle of tourists.
A car is advised due to the rural location of the cottage.
Food & Shopping
Ellington (1.5 miles away): Bank Top Stores newsagents, cash machine & Post Office.
Lynemouth (2 miles away): Co-operative Food, cash machine, Post Office & Pharmacy.
Ashington (5 miles away): Asda Superstore, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland.
Morpeth (10 miles): Morrisons, Marks & Spencer Food, Lidl.
Local Restaurants & Cafes
The Drift Cafe in Cresswell serves homemade cakes and light bites and is open most of the year.
The Plough Inn in Ellington Village (1.5 miles away) serves pub food and local ales See Menu
The Widdrington Inn in Widdrington Village (2 miles away) serves locally sourced food with an award-winning chef See Menu
The Old Boathouse in Amble (9 miles away) is a bistro style seafood restaurant located on the harbour See Menu
The Running Fox Bakery in Felton (10 miles away) serves a lovely afternoon tea and homemade cakes of all varieties See Menu
Nature in Cresswell
The beach is made up of soft white sand, and when the tide goes out, you have up to a mile of fresh rock pools to explore right in front of the cottages. You can find lobsters, fresh crabs, mussels, starfish, eels, and many a type of fish throughout the year.
Many of our guests at Bank Top Cottage have seen seals and dolphins from the balcony. Baby seals often come to shore to rest while the mother hunts out to sea and dolphins can be seen swimming just off the coast, usually in the early morning or as the light is fading in the evening.
Birds are amany along the beautiful Druridge coast; perfect for twitchers and holidaymakers alike. A few types of bird that have been spotted recently are: Red Kite, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Barn Owl, Ruff, Great White Egret and so many more.
The cottage sits right at the edge of the bay, which is dark enough to view the aurora borealis. Many great photographers have captured this marvel, at all times of the year. If you’re lucky enough, try to book the cottage when there is a meteor shower – the dark skies are perfect for viewing them at their best!
Recently, the bay has seen much interest from surfers, kite-surfers and canoeists in the summer. With the variance in tides, it’s the perfect area to unwind and maybe try something new.
The area has many historical links including stories of witchcraft, (supposedly 23 witches were executed!), war stories throughout the centuries and still visible architecture. Pele Tower is a 15th century watchtower which was built by the Cresswell family who lived there. The part-remains of Cresswell Hall can be explored carefully; this was also built by the Cresswell family in the 1800’s where they were said to be very generous in hosting a Christmas party every year for all of the locals in the village.
On the beach, the tank defenses are visible that were put there during WWII along with the pillboxes that can be found further up the beach and dunes. These prevented any possibility of invasion.
For sat-nav users, the cottage addresses are:
Bank Top Cottage
You can find Northumberland Beach Cottages by following these directions:
Driving from the South:
On the A1 North at Washington Services keep in the left hand lane for A1 North. After 16 miles up the A1 North take the slip road A19 signposted Cramlington/Blyth/Ashington and at the Seaton Burn roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A19 Tyne Tunnel/A189 Ashington.
Approx. 3 miles to the Moor Farm roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto the A189 North signposted Ashington. Straight on up the dual carriageway for approx. 8 miles. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit A189 (position yourself in the left-hand lane) signposted Alnwick and just over a mile at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted A189 Alnwick. At the mini roundabout take the 1st exit signposted Alnwick. Continue along for 2 miles and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A1068 signposted Ellington. 1 mile along to the top of the roundabout take the 2nd exit into Ellington Village.
Past the Plough Inn on your right and the local store on your left, take the first major left turn signposted Cresswell. Straight along for roughly 1.5 miles and down into the village of Cresswell. At the T-junction turn right past Cresswell Ices on your left, the Village Hall and immediately past the two bungalows turn immediately left down the private road and just around the corner is Bank Top Cottage.
Driving from the North:
Head south on the A1 until you reach the turn off for the A19 Tyne Tunnel and follow directions as above.
Driving from the West:
North up the A1 turn off at the A19 Tyne Tunnel and follow the above directions.
You can travel to us by train. Both Newcastle Central Station (25 miles) and Morpeth Station (10 miles) have taxi ranks.
You can find train times and fares at www.eastcoast.co.uk/travel-information.
You can book taxis at www.eastcoasttaxis.com.
You can travel to us by plane from Newcastle International Airport (25 miles). Taxis and hire-cars are available.
You can find flight and airport information at www.newcastleairport.com.
You can travel to us by boat from the International Ferry Terminal in North Shields (20 miles).
Information can be found at www.dfdsseaways.co.uk.