Budle Cove in Waren Mill, Northumberland

What to Expect

Part of a mill conversion overlooking Budle Bay’s Lindisfarne Nature Reserve, this second-floor apartment has views out to Holy Island. It is three miles from Belford and an equal distance south to Bamburgh village and its award-winning stretch of coastline.

With its accommodation all on one level, the apartment is easily accessed by a lift. The two bedrooms sleep four and there is a double sofa bed in the sitting room. The master bedroom benefits from an en-suite shower.

The communal gardens are on the edge of the bay’s tranquil waters that teem with waders and wildfowl at low tide and one of the country’s best beaches is only a few minutes drive away.

At A Glance

Quiet location
2nd floor
All on one level
Sea view
Mill conversion
Bamburgh 3 miles


Parking for 3 cars
Communal garden

About Budle Cove

Accessed by a lift, this spacious second-floor apartment in a 1700s’ mill conversion sleeps up to six. There are two bedrooms, the main with an en-suite with a shower over the bath, and a twin. There is a shower room off the sitting room with one of its sofas conveniently converting to a double bed.

The well-equipped kitchen overlooking the dining table for six includes a dishwasher and washer/dryer.

There is secure parking for up to six cars and guests have access to a communal garden is on the edge of the bay.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Waren Mill

Guests of Budle Cove are the envy of serious bird watchers, especially over autumn when the “jet set” fly in and feed on the mudflats at low tide. These VIPs include thousands of barnacle, pink-footed and light-bellied brent geese. Summer sees shell and eider ducks, egrets, oystercatchers and even pairs of swans. If it’s a family break, this is an ideal opportunity to tear the little tykes and teens away from the TV to instil a passion that will last a lifetime. There is plenty of seating in the communal outdoor area that backs right up to this exceptional estuary, although the outlook from the apartment is literally a bird’s eye view.
The beach at Budle Point is one of the Northumberland Coast’s hidden gems largely because it can only be accessed by foot. From the mill, head along the bay on the main road, heading south and before long, you’ll reach a track that will take you down to the point. The turquoise sea here has been likened to the Caribbean. Depending on the tide, it’s possible to walk along the beach to the village of Bamburgh, dominated by a 1,400-year-old castle. The view as you approach the village is second-to-none and in this quaint seaside settlement.

If you have worked up an appetite, then treat yourself to some alfresco dining at the upmarket Lobster Pot in Bamburgh. Here, meals with provenance prevail, such as a cup of Sim’s smoked haddock chowder with crusty bread or six Lindisfarne oysters with lemon and shallot vinegar. For real ale lovers, then a stop-off at the Lord Crewe is going to be hard to resist. Here, in the shadow of the castle, you can enjoy a pint from the local Anarchy and Alnwick breweries.

Last Word

To know the history of Waren Mill is only going to enhance your stay here. It has managed to reinvent itself over more than 800 years going from a basic granary in the 1200s to the substantial building that the apartment now forms part of. Budle Bay was once a bustling harbour with an endless stream of flat-bottomed “lighters” transferring corn from the ships anchored at sea to the mill. Out-going vessels carried the flour away to various destinations up and down the English coast.

From its deep-set windows to its wood-striped flooring, this well-presented apartment has managed to retain some of the mill’s original features. It might be on the second floor, but access has been made easy thanks to a newly installed lift. The kitchen is well-equipped and overlooks a spacious dining area and the sitting room has views out to one of the coast’s most iconic islands.

If you are after peace and quiet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then Waren Mill is where you should head. Don’t forget to pack the binoculars and camera because Budle Cove is a homely hide that overlooks the mudflats that are part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

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