Easter is the first bank holiday of the year when the weather is starting to warm up and the landscape is emerging from its winter slumber. Whether you’re looking for a long weekend or a family break, these Retreats will kick off your Spring.
An exceptionally stylish cottage with countryside views. Sleeps 4
Highlights…Log burner, Netflix, 15 minutes’ drive from Durham City
Best at Easter for…Feeding the lambs and seeing the fluffy chicks at Hall Hill Farm
You may also like to…Visit Beamish Museum, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year.
The Alnmouth Boathouse
A seafront cottage with uninterrupted coastal views from its first floor living space. Sleeps 2
Highlights…Sea views, walking distance to the beach, golf club, shops and restaurants, romantic Retreat
Best at Easter for…Walking the St Oswald’s Way coastal path from Alnmouth to Craster
You may also like to…Visit the former home of Earl Grey, Howick Hall and Gardens, for a spot of his namesake tea.
A Scandi chic first floor apartment on Seahouses harbourside. Sleeps 4
Highlights…In walking distance of a beach, restaurants, leisure club, shops and pubs, sea views, private garage for storage of bikes/surfboards etc
Best at Easter for…Taking a boat out to the Farne Islands to see the first puffins arriving
You may also like to…Enjoy a spa treatment at the nearby Ocean Club.
Spectacular views of Bamburgh Castle from this ground floor apartment in an Edwardian villa. Sleeps 4
Highlights…Castle views, in walking distance of a beach, shops and restaurants, top end design
Best at Easter for…Visiting Bamburgh Castle
You may also like to…Walk across the dunes to Bamburgh Beach.
A group getaway for 8 situated between the coast and Alnwick
Highlights…Wood burner, large garden, pet friendly
Best at Easter for…Visiting The Alnwick Garden and taking part in its dinosaur egg trail
You may also like to…Visit Alnwick Castle, location of two Harry Potter films, which reopens on March 27.
A contemporary marina view apartment at Amble. Sleeps 4
Highlights…Sea views, decked balcony overlooking the marina, walking distance to restaurants, harbour and shops
Best at Easter for…Enjoying some Good Friday fish at The Old Boat House, a short walk away
You may also like to…Have dessert at boutique ice cream parlour, Spurreli.
The holiday home of North East artist Alan Smith Page. Sleeps 4/6
Highlights…Log burner, flexible sleeping arrangements, a short drive from Beadnell and Newton beaches
Best at Easter for…Igniting your creative side and getting the children involved in some Easter arts and crafts, inspired by The Studio’s arty feel.
You may also like to…See pizza creation in action at Box Restaurant for yummy wood-fired pizzas in a cosy, converted shipping container in nearby Swinhoe.
The Beach Pad
A cool, bright and lively sea view, two-bedroom apartment in Seahouses. Sleeps 4
Highlights…Sea views, walking distance from the beach, harbour and village, ground floor apartment
Best at Easter for…Having a surfing lesson with Northside Surf School (10% off with Coastal Retreats booking)
You may also like to…Take a boat trip out to Holy Island from the harbour.
Panoramic countryside views from the rear balcony at this coastal house for four, just one mile from Bamburgh
Highlights…Coastal views at the front, country views at the back, garden and balcony
Best at Easter for…Baking with the kids and Easter egg rolling in the garden
You may also like to…Head out to the balcony at night to witness some beautiful Northumberland starry night skies.
The Old Paper Mill
A 250-year-old renovated stone mill situated within woodland in County Durham. Sleeps 2
Highlights…Wood burner, close to Newcastle and Durham cities, secluded Retreat
Best at Easter for…Visiting Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage site
You may also like to…Walk around the 18th Century landscaped garden of Gibside, owned by the National Trust.