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South View House, Alnmouth - A high-tech & spacious family (and dog-friendly) apartment by the beach | Our stay with Walton Robinson

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If you have yet to visit Alnmouth in Northumberland, you are missing a treat. Situated just 4 miles East of Alnwick, this small coastal village has a population of less than 500 and is a lovely place to get away from the stresses of everyday life. The beach is neverending and offers fantastic views out to Coquet Island and Alnmouth's main street is quaint and filled with beautiful tearooms, county pubs and fantastic restaurants (with seafood being a little bit of a speciality). 

South View House, Alnmouth - A high-tech & spacious family (and dog-friendly) apartment by the beach | Our stay with Walton Robinson


We were invited to spend the weekend in Alnmouth courtesy of Walton Robinson. They let the gorgeous South View House for short breaks, holidays and long-terms lets. If you'd like information on availability, booking and the best prices and offers, email Chris@waltonrobinson.com for details.

South View House was pretty easy to find, with ample free parking outside. Comprehensive self-check-in instructions were sent on arrival and check-in was hassle-free. I have to say as we opened the door to our first-floor apartment we were absolutely blown away by the size of this place. We are pretty sure the whole apartment was bigger than our house!  


We adored staying at South View House and I honestly nearly cried when we had to leave. It's the kind of place you dream about living and I was very sad to leave. If you're looking for a place to really treat your family, I can't recommend enough. I received a few messages over the weekend asking if this place was child-friendly and I can 1000% say it is. I'd be super happy to bring a toddler or baby here as well as my own children, it's quite minimalist so there's actually nothing they can break. The apartment is also dog-friendly too. 

Our top 5 reasons to book short break at South View House in Alnmouth


It's fair to say we fell head over heels in love with this property. Regular readers will know it's our plan to retire by the sea someday and our mini break at South View House was able to give us a little peek into what this actually might be like. 

1 - So much living space



South View House is a first-floor apartment. The apartment can sleep 6 across three bedrooms (one double, two twin). There's an open plan living, kitchen, dining area, three bathrooms, a utility room and a stunning sunroom overlooking the beach. There was more than enough space for us all. Every single room was large, bright and airy and it was nice and warm too. It was -2 outside but you'd never guess - we even had the balcony doors open at one point. 








2 - You get to play with lots of technology



South View House is packed with technology - I've never stayed anywhere where technology is at the forefront of design like this. There are a couple of 'hubs' around the home and they basically control everything. From closing the blinds in every room, to opening the bin, turning the speakers on (which are fitted in every room) to controlling the TVs, the temperature and the lighting in every room. If you love technology, you'll have lots of fun with all the tech and gadgets you can use here.  We especially liked the lights that were integrated into the lower levels of the wall that automatically turned on as you walked past. Super practical when you're staying somewhere new or if you have kids who wake in the night to climb into your bed.



3 - Stunning views and the beach is on your doorstep



The main reason I loved this house was the stunning views of the Northumberland coast and estuary. Sitting in the sunroom was an absolute joy at every time of day - from breakfast over sunrise, to beautiful blue skies in the afternoon and watching a wonderful sunset in the evening, it's a view I really don't think I'd ever tire of. There's plenty of comfortable seating in this room and sitting with a nice coffee and my feet up just watching the world go by was super relaxing.





The sunroom captures the best views but you can also see the sea from the main living area and kitchen too. There's just something about a sea view that just makes you feel instantly happier I think.




You can see South View House in the picture below which will hopefully give you some idea of just how close the apartment is to the beach. Literally, just a hop, skip and a jump away. Perfect for family walks, plodging in the sea, sunny days building sandcastles, do walks and lots of other adventures. Alnmouth beach is one of my favourites in Northumberland. It's nice and sandy and clean and the sea is usually nice and calm too. We braved below zero temperatures and still had a blast hunting for shells and skimming stones. 



We really could have been in the med.....



4 - A kitchen to die for



Steve is a bit of a budding chef and it's safe to say this is the best kitchen he's ever cooked in. It's very well equipped with high-end utensils, crockery and pans and there's not one but two dishwashers which was a big help when cooking a big Italian family feast on Saturday night.  With integrated appliances too, this kitchen really was a dream to cook in. I imagine if we'd stayed here for a week we'd definitely be buying lots of delicious local food and staying in as much as going out.





5 - High-end luxury bathrooms



Often when we stay in apartments or cottages, the bathrooms are a bit of an after-thought but that's definitely not the case here. There are three bathrooms in total - one with a bath and shower and two with just showers. They are large, spacious and feel super high-end with their fancy taps, rain showers, double bathtub and marble finish. I managed to escape into the bath for 30 minutes before the kids found me and it was bliss.





South View House is very well-located for exploring the village of Alnmouth and the main high street is just a 30 second walk away. Alnmouth is home to a couple of cute tearooms, a handful of pubs and a couple of very nice restaurants too. I love that you can easily walk to pubs and restaurants and leave the car at home so both grown-ups can enjoy a drink and not have to worry about parking. Alnmouth also has it's own train station.  I'll post more about what there is to do in Alnmouth soon, but for now here are a few ideas for exploring the immediate area. Alnwick, Amble and Warkworth are all within 10 miles of Alnmouth:
We loved our stay at South View House and it was perfect for us but I don't think it's for everyone - if you struggle with technology, I would not recommend staying here. There are instruction manuals but some of the settings can be confusing. We turned off the TV to go to bed and could not figure out how to stop the sound playing through the ceiling speakers. We got there in the end but if you're the type of person who isn't a fan of modern technology, I don't think this house is for you.

If you like clean, minimalist design that's aesthetically pleasing, you'll love South View House but I do think this meant the apartment is sometimes lacking in home comforts - there are no cushions on the sofas or curtains (only blinds) so if you're looking for somewhere cosy over somewhere modern, again this apartment probably isn't for you. 

If you're looking for a luxurious, spacious and modern apartment to use as a base to explore Northumberland with lots of mod-cons, spectacular coastal views, free-parking and is dog and child-friendly with a handful of tearooms, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, South View House in Alnmouth ticks all of those boxes and more. I know it's going to be somewhere I recommend to people a lot over the next few years. 


How to book South View House, Alnmouth 

We stayed in the first floor apartment. You can also stay in the Penthouse suite or ground floor apartment which are furnished to the same high standard. South View House is available to book for long terms lets, holidays and short breaks via Walton Robinson. Contact Chris@waltonrobinson.com for availability, booking enquiries and last minute deals. Walton Robinson guarantee you will always get the best price when booking with them.



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  1. Honestly this looks actually stunning. I’ve only been to Alnmouth once last summer. It was raining and missrible and I had to run 14 miles. I wasn’t Best pleased haha. I’d love to take Fenton some where like this. I’m sure he’d feel well at home. Katie x

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  2. This is exactly the kind of place we look for when we want a uk trip away. They are hard to come by. I’m definitely adding this to my list of mini breaks, I’d love to go here this year. It would be perfect for us!

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  3. This place looks absolutely STUNNING. I love Alnmouth and had no idea that places like this were there, but it's definitely somewhere that I'm going to look into staying at some point!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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  4. I think I’ll have to email Chris! This looks and sounds absolutely amazing- and we’ve never visited Alnmouth! X

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  5. Wow this looks incredible. We're trying to take the dogs more places so going to definitely look into this place. Love the beach front location!

    Rachael xox

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  6. I had no idea that Walton Robinson did holiday lets! Wow!

    My hubby would love all that technology (I bet he'd love our house to have all those gadgets) and I love that view, can just imagine reading a book by those beautiful big windows! Living the dream!

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