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 All in all the photographs used to promote the cottage are outdated/edited to show it in a better light than what it actually is....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
I was nor going to write a review but after reading the last review I am incensed as we were the last people staying in the cottage prior to them and we did not leave it in a mess as was inferred. There was an issue with the kitchen tap which was very stiff but it was stiff on our arrival. The cottage needs many improvements,certainly painting,especially the door which does not give a good first impression. On our arrival. the cooker was very dirty and was setting off the smoke alarm every time we turned it on so I went out to buy oven cleaner and scrubbed it clean. I also bought the bags for the hoover as there were none available and it had been left full. The settees were especially uncomfortable as a previous review stated so were definitely not down to us. The showers are very low pressure and also the heating needed maintenance which we were told would be done but was not in the 8 weeks we were there and we had to periodically check it and sort out the leak as shown by the owner. Bed linen needs renewing and the towels are too small. The bed is not comfortable and I believe that it requires a new mattress.The very dirty oven tray was not down to us and indeed had never been used by us. We did think of throwing it out but did not think we should. The hoover was not easy to use on the carpet and I used to get down on my hands and knees to clean it. We were staying in the property whilst searching for our permanent home and although we had actually booked and paid for 8 weeks we actually left a week early so the owner had plenty of time to do soneme basic maintenance issues. In my opinion the owner is a very nice guy but is leaving too much to his cleaners who I feel are letting him down and not reporting issues - they must surely have noticed the tap in the kitchen whilst cleaning? The grassed lawn required cutting but was not done and to be honest we could have raised many issues but did not want to be seen as complaining. On a posirive note the cotrage is in an ideal location ans could be so much better wirh better maintenance and updating.
This is our second stay at Exchange Cottage in Warkworth, we spent a week this time. The cottage had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. There were a few issues upon arrival that the previous guests had left in an unsatisfactory way, but after a call to John these issues were quickly rectified. The cottage is clean and well equipped, the location is perfect. We visited most of the eating establishments in Warkworth and we're not disappointed with Bertrams being our favourite for huge portions of homemade cake! Great location to tour up and down the coast, spoilt for choice with dog friendly beaches. My only recommendations for the cottage would be to update the showers as they are not powerful and a link of paint to the front door!