The Gin Gan
A Divine Coastal Retreat a short walk from Seahouses
We are delighted to welcome The Gin Gan to our collection in gorgeous North Sunderland, just a short stroll from Seahouses. This beautiful property is nestled in the pretty development of Village Farm, a collection of honey-stone cottages in a quiet part of the village. The charming town of Seahouses can be reached in just 10 easy minutes on foot, along the lit pathway through the villages as they connect onto each other.
In Seahouses you can find the well-known working harbour which is fully open to the public. Admire the stunning heritage coastline with Bamburgh Castle standing proudly to the north, whilst the local fisherman bring in the catch of the day. For those who need their ‘fish and chip-fix’ there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Seahouses, along with a traditional green grocer, bakery and more gift shops and delicatessens.
The Gin Gan is very unique in design and caters perfectly for families who enjoy open plan living. The Gin Gan comfortably sleeps 6 guests and welcomes 1 dog.
The Gin Gan sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. On the ground floor there is a double bedroom with an en suite shower room, and on the first floor you will find the king size master bedroom and twin bedroom too. The open plan kitchen area contains the dining table and an additional seating area to relax in this bright and airy room. The separate lounge is snug and cosy, with the gas fire adding extra ambiance to the room.
The Gin Gan welcomes 1 medium size dog and has private parking for 2 cars. The garden is enclosed with a fence (but not completely secure for the small dogs a.k.a. escape artists!). Free WiFi throughout.
Facts & Features
Up to 6 guests and 1 baby.
One baby welcome. Travel cot, highchair and stair gate provided.
3 bedrooms; 1 double bedroom (4ft 6″ wide bed) on the ground floor, and 1 king bedroom (5ft wide bed) and 1 twin bedroom with 2 full-size single beds (3ft wide) that can be converted into a super king size on the first floor.
Bedding type to be confirmed.
There is 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms and a cloakroom WC. The bathroom has a fitted bath with shower attachment, WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and storage. The shower rooms each have a shower cubicle (each with steps up), WC, wash hand basin and towel rail.
Garden & Outside
The enclosed garden is lawned and has a pretty patio with a table and chairs.
There is no BBQ provided at The Gin Gan. You are welcome to bring your own, so long as the grass, furniture or patio aren’t damaged.
There are 2 private parking spaces for guests at The Gin Gan, just in front of the entrance gate.
Please be aware
There is a bedroom on the ground floor with an en suite, which ideal for guests who may find stairs difficult. The shower has a step up to get into it, so it is not entirely level access.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival Day: Friday or Monday
Arrival Time: 4pm
Departure Time: 10am
Where does my name come from?
Why the strange name? A gin gan, wheelhouse, roundhouse or horse-engine house, is a structure built to enclose a horse engine, usually circular but sometimes square or octagonal, attached to a threshing barn. Most were built in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
A Northumbrian Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes some lovely basics including bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee and wine! Complimentary toiletries are included. A bespoke property and local area guide tells you all you need to know to make the most of your stay. Gas-burning stove and free Wi-Fi for cosy nights in.
Integrated fridge/freezer, range oven with 5-ring gas hob, large belfast-style sink, kettle, toaster, microwave, Nespresso machine with an initial supply of pods, dishwasher, washing machine.
Large Smart TV in the lounge and a Smart TV in the dining kitchen. Free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation over 2 floors; open-plan kitchen/diner and lounge, a second separate lounge, cloakroom WC and 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room on the ground floor. On the first floor you will find the remaining 2 bedrooms (king size and twin bedroom), en suite to the king master room and family bathroom. Access into the property is through perfectly level patio and threshold leading into the open plan kitchen.
Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £34 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £200. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
A virtual tour will be available soon. The floor plan is below, please click on the image to enlarge it. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01665 710700 or email us.
Map & Local Area
The Gin Gan near Seahouses is superbly situated within walking distance of St. Aiden’s beach and the popular seaside village of Seahouses, with its many shops, restaurants, picturesque harbour and the famous ‘Olde Ship Inn’. It is also a great central location from which to explore all of Northumberland, including Bamburgh (just 10 minutes drive), Alnwick, Holy Island and The Borders. There are excellent swimming pools at Berwick (with flume and wave machine) and Alnwick, around 25 minutes’ drive.
The pretty close of Village Farm is a newly built, peaceful development which is a sun trap being not on the sea front. The newly refurbished restaurant at Longstone House is open every evening and for Sunday lunches, and has a great reputation for food. It’s just a couple of minutes walk away from the cottage and has a bar and beer garden too.
To find out the distance of The Gin Gan from your own home, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: The Gin Gan on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode. The postcode of the cottage is NE68 7TE.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
Tips from a local
Horse Riding along the Coast
Just behind the church in the village of North Sunderland is the Slate Hall Riding Centre. They offer treks for beginners and experienced riders either along the beach or in the countryside. A very relaxing way of exploring the area ‘on horse’!
Click HERE to visit their website.
Peter and Sian
Owners of The Gin Gan
We asked the owners of The Gin Gan what drew them to the cottage:
Driving north up the A1 to Northumberland the weight of our busy lives lifts from our shoulders as soon as we reach the county sign and life back home is forgotten. We are both Yorkshire tykes, born and bred, but have forsaken “God’s Own County” and, as hard as it may be for us to admit, Yorkshire has to play second fiddle to North Northumberland. The pace of life is slower, calmer and so very enticing, and so when the opportunity was presented to buy our dream retirement home at the coast we immediately leapt in the car and drove to Seahouses to search for one.
The first one we were introduced to was The Gin Gan situated in Village Farm, a collection of individual homes created from what was once a farm in the middle of the quiet village of North Sunderland, opposite the church and a two minute walk from the family run Longstone House restaurant and bar (a must), with a 10 minute walk into Seahouses for its shops, pubs and restaurants, and close to a quiet footpath to the beach, also ten minutes away.
Observed from the outside it is a honey coloured stone barn conversion with a strangely shaped conical roofed appendage, but once the front door was opened we were transported, Tardis-like, into the French Riviera or New England, being presented with the light flooded open plan kitchen, sitting and dining room painted in sun soaked sea hues and the feel of smooth cool Tuscan stone under our feet, which are then warmed to a toasty glow in winter with the underfloor heating. Every door which was opened revealed yet another beautiful room and we were unable to get the cottage out of our minds, despite common sense telling us that we had others to see. One by one they were all cast aside, and the fact that our dog is named Gin simply sealed the deal. It was Kismet.
We hope that you love sharing The Gin Gan with “The Gin Gang”, until the day when those tiresome journeys up the A1 from Yorkshire end, and it is our permanent home by the sea.
Not sure where to start?
We know Northumberland and all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!