We enjoyed a lovely family break at Exchange Cottage . The Cottage is lovely and cosy,great fenced garden , private parking space , fantastic location .The pretty Village of Warkworth is on the doorstep .Very dog friendly pubs , lots of walks from the door . The beautiful beach is in walking distance .John at Cosy Retreats is very professional and helpful . We enjoyed it so much that we are already planning a return visit next year .
Warkworth village is stunning,the amenities are fantastic! Masons Arms a must visit for fabulous food, friendly staff,a lovely traditional english pub. Warkworth beach is only 15mins walk away,clean sand,beautiful sea, a little piece of heaven. Unfortunately I am not as enthusiastic about Exchange Cottage. First impressions count,the front door is peeling and tatty (needs sanding/painting) all of the windows are unsafe, not secure, a burglars paradise. You aren't allowed to check in until 4pm due to housekeeping/cleaning, it was very evident that this hadn't been done (dust, cobwebs) We weren't told NOT to use the oven, there was a fault with the element which tripped the whole electricity supply.
Mattresses need replacing too soft/hard. All in all the photographs used to promote the cottage are outdated/edited to show it in a better light than what it actually is....
I'm not one for normally writing reviews. A few words in a guest book is normally my limit but after our stay at Exchange Cottage I felt I had to pass on our experience to others looking for somewhere to stay in Northumberland.
We have holidayed in many cottages in Northumberland over the last few years with our 2 young children (and the two dog). I have to say that Exchange Cottage has been our favourite to date.
The weather wasn't kind to us on our visit and we had three days of being confined to the cottage due to the rain. Thank goodness the cottage is so spacious giving the kids room to play. In between the showers, the enclosed well maintained garden was a god-send allowing us to let the kids and the dogs run around outside, content in the knowledge that they were safe.
When the weather did allow us to venture further afield, we explored the town itself, which has many family (and dog) friendly places to visit, eat and drink. In particular the food at the Mason's Arms was outstanding! We also explored the local area and were delighted with how much there was to do within walking distance. The last thing I want to do on a holiday is have to drive every day!
The Cottage itself was perfect. Immaculately clean on arrival - it's the first cottage we have visited where my wife hasn't decided to clean the kitchen, oven and sink before using them! Bedrooms were cosy with comfy beds and a very handy ensuite (ideal to have 2 bathrooms when you have little ones!). With having young children we spent most of our evenings in the cottage and can testify that the sofas are extremely comfortable, so much so that an afternoon nap on them became a regular occurrence.
All in all, a fantastically well maintained cottage with everything you could possibly need to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a lovely part of the country. Looking forward to re-booking for the Autumn or early Spring!
We've had a fabulous stay at Exchange Cottage and couldn't have asked for a more perfect base for exploring the beautiful Northumberland coast.
The bungalow style accommodation and fenced garden provided a hassle free and safe environment for our energetic 18 month old!
The cottage was equipped with everything we needed for our stay. However if you decided to eat out, a short walk takes you to the local village where there is a great choice of eateries pretty much on your doorstep.
Thank you Cosy Retreats for looking after us so well. We will definitely return!
Nice and spacious -everything you need in a well equipped kitchen .... well located to see all the sights and a stone throw way from the river /sea