Breakfasts worth leaving your Retreat for

We’d like to think that breakfast out is the ultimate treat. A chance to leisurely graze, lingering over second or third pots of coffee and eating enough to see you through to late afternoon. There’s nothing like a big hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, especially when you’ve got a sightseeing itinerary … Continued

Northumberland cottages for October half term

October half term offers the chance for a family getaway before the craziness of the countdown to Christmas begins. Autumnal sunshine, colours and feasts mix with log fires and spooky shenanigans for a holiday that’ll certainly blow away the cobwebs. Be inspired by these Retreats and our recommendations of what’s nearby to eat and visit. … Continued

Country Retreats that will leave you restored and replenished

OK, so you’ve tried one of our Coastal Retreats, but have you ever gone the Retreats country way? We have a small, but perfectly stylish collection of Country Retreats that are just as refreshingly different as our coastal ones… Tweedswood A 200-year-old traditional whitewashed Scottish Borders cottage, sleeping four, Tweedswood is a wonderful fusion of … Continued

Six Retreats with super-king beds for a great night’s sleep

Does size matter when it comes to having a great night’s sleep? All six of these Retreats boast super-king size beds. Plenty of room to spread-eagle without having to wait till you have the bed all to yourself. The Lodge@Shirewater, Embleton A couple’s cottage big on space, the bedroom at The Lodge is grand in … Continued

The appeal of the staycation (in Northumberland, of course)

No jet lag. No dubious aeroplane meals. No need for the pocket dictionary or google translate. A reduced carbon footprint and the security of knowing what your money is worth. Staycations are all the rage with Visit Britain figures showing they are up 9% year on year, with the main driver being short breaks. But the biggest pleasure of … Continued

9 August Bank Holiday Northumberland Coastal Breaks

Explore our last-minute escapes over the August bank holiday.   Bamburgh Coach House Sleeps 5. 2 bedrooms. 1 bath/shower. 5 star child friendly rating Why go? It’s close to Bamburgh, which was named Britain’s best coastal destination by Which? this year. It is also handy for travelling north to Holy Island and Ross Back Sands … Continued

Coffee shops worth the drive in Northumberland

We all have our favourite coffee haunts when we’re at home but getting your caffeine fix on holiday can often lead to disappointment when you don’t know where to go. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending days of drinking below par blends only to find coffee heaven on the last day. Northumberland isn’t London with … Continued

Seafarer’s to Holy Island

Shelley Franklin won a £100 Coastal Retreats voucher in July’s 24 hours with… guest blog competition for her review of her stay at Seafarer’s and trip to Holy Island. We’d checked the tide timetables, the weather forecast was good, so today we were going to Holy Island. The causeway wasn’t due to clear until 11.45am, … Continued

August Retreats with seven night stays

Still searching for a summer getaway? These seven Retreats all still have a week’s availability in August 2019. Short breaks are also bookable at these and some of our other cottages, searchable using your dates via our Find our Retreat section. Seasalt, Swinhoe near Beadnell: sleeps six This former farm worker’s cottage is set one … Continued

Discovering rare seabirds at Beadnell Bay

We recently visited the Long Nanny seabird nesting site between Beadnell and Low Newton where we discovered one of the ultimate long distant migrants and a rare chattering seabird with an aerial courtship display. Take a stroll to the southern end of Beadnell Beach to Long Nanny and you’ll find yourself in one of the best spots in the UK to see breeding … Continued

Your Northumberland ‘Ginspiration’

Enjoy a self-guided tasting trail of Northumberland’s artisan gins It’s the latest ‘It’ drink and soaring in popularity with its ever-expanding range of flavours. Gin is having a renaissance and craft gins from small distilleries are also having their boom. If it’s a ‘yes’ from you when it comes to this juniper-based spirit then you’ll … Continued

Northumberland’s most Instagrammable spots

Cameras at the ready, here’s 9 of Northumberland’s most picture-worthy places as captured on Instagram. Alnwick Castle   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Andrea David 🎬 (@filmtourismus) on Jul 23, 2018 at 10:34am PDT As one of the film locations for some of the Harry Potter movies, Alnwick Castle regularly … Continued

What to do and where to stay in Northumberland this July

July is one of the best times of the year to head to Northumberland. You can enjoy its unique coastline and scenery when the weather is warmer and much more pleasant than being in the city. With the coastal breeze on your back, you’ll definitely be glad to escape the sticky hot city streets for … Continued

4 Restyled Retreats for 2019

A closer look at four familiar Retreats where the owners have recently made notable or subtle upgrades. It’s not always the newest Retreats that get us the most excited. When a cottage that has been in the collection for a while decides to restyle, it instantly feels refreshed. These four Retreats have made practical changes … Continued

Family adventures at Bamburgh Six

Helena Ablard won a £100 Coastal Retreats voucher in May’s 24 hours with… guest blog competition for her write-up of her family holiday at Bamburgh Six. Like every other morning this week we couldn’t wait to open the curtains and see by far one of the best views we have ever seen from our window. … Continued

New to our collection: Miller’s Loft

In a prime position overlooking the waters of Budle Bay, just slightly north of Bamburgh, Miller’s Loft has lovely coastal views towards Holy Island through its quirky low level windows. Dating back to the 18th century, this high-living third floor apartment was part of the former Waren flour mill, and more recently the producer of malt … Continued

5 things we love about The Studio

1.It’s an artist’s holiday home. See the works of Newcastle-based fine artist Alan Smith Page on display here – like having your own private viewing gallery. 2. It is 15 minutes from the top Northumberland attractions of Bamburgh Castle and The Farne Islands. 3. Its’ flexible sleeping arrangements. Sleeping four in a master and double … Continued

The ultimate four-day itinerary to Northumberland

Our recommendations of where to visit on a mid-week break in Northumberland. With 30 miles of coast, 70 castles sites and numerous islands, you’d be hard-pressed to see everything in Northumberland in one visit. Here we’ve compiled what we think any first-time visitor should experience on a four-day trip to Northumberland. Where to stay From … Continued

Springtime at The Lodge@Shirewater

Liz O’Brien won a £100 Coastal Retreats voucher in April’s 24 hours with… guest blog competition for her springtime account of her stay at The Lodge@Shirewater. As I pulled into The Lodge@Shirewater for my second visit in four months, I wondered if the owners would notice if I never left. Unfortunately I suspect they are … Continued

10 Northumberland places to be seen at this summer

The wave of warm weather that was so welcome over the Easter weekend has certainly got us in the mood for summer days, which will be here a whole lot sooner than you think! In fact, with the first May bank holiday weekend landing so delightfully at our doors this weekend, we thought it was … Continued

Tweedswood’s new ‘room with a view’

A recent renovation at Tweedswood, our 200-year-old Borders cottage, saw its owners remodel the master bedroom to add an ensuite, transforming this Retreat into an even more luxurious space. Tucked neatly into the corner of the main bedroom, the ensuite shower room adds a new dimension to the cottage, creating a two-bedroom, two-bathroom Retreat and … Continued

24 hours with…guest blog competition

Write a blog about our Retreats and win a £100 gift voucher We’d love to hear what you think about staying in our Retreats, and so would our guests. Just tell us about one of your holiday days at a Coastal Retreat in the form of a guest blog and you could win a £100 … Continued

Northumberland for fans of ITV detective drama Vera

Chances are that if you haven’t watched the long-running series, Vera, you have at least heard about it. Characterised by her mac and rainhat, the TV drama about Detective Vera Stanhope was adapted from crime writer Ann Cleeves’s novels of the same name. Such is the popularity of the programme, that you can now take … Continued

Easter breaks in Northumberland

This year a later Easter means there is a greater chance of warmer weather for a Brexit-escaping (whatever your stance!) UK break. Treat the kids to a seven night or short break getaway to Northumberland, or just make the most of the two bank holidays with a weekend away. From contemporary chic on the Scottish … Continued

Coastal Retreats recommends…Saltwater Cafe

A cafe by day and a bistro by night, Beadnell’s Saltwater Cafe is one of our partners, offering guests 10% off before 7pm. It is a great place to stop for everything from breakfasts to coffees or an evening meal. Here’s why we like it…  See all our partner offers.

Your Top 5 Northumberland places

Earlier this year, we revealed which were your favourite Northumberland beaches, as voted by you. In a subsequent Facebook competition, we also asked you to name your favourite Northumberland place. It was a close-run contest, with not much difference in the vote between the places in the top three spots, but the overall winner was … Continued

5 things we love about The Lantern House

1.Its exciting beachside location, just metres from Beadnell Bay, where you’ll find sand, surf, a whole raft of watersports and some atmospheric coastal walks north and south. 2.The double height dining space which adds a touch of grandeur to the open plan living area with feature log burner and contemporary kitchen. 3.French coastal chic in … Continued

Coastal Retreats recommends…Food Heaven

Food Heaven is our recommended partner for your Northumberland holiday food shopping. Not only is it great to support a local business but their produce is locally-sourced too. What’s more, they can unpack your online order so when you arrive the boring bit of self catering is all dealt with. Visit our partner offers section for … Continued

Exploring Northumberland at February half term

Get outdoors and beat the winter blues with a Northumberland break this February half term. We’ve compiled some of the best experiences to enjoy at this time of year to add a little brightness to the school holiday. 1. Be the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ of the castle Let history come to life at Bamburgh Castle … Continued

Your favourite Northumberland beaches

In a recent Facebook competition, we asked you to tell us what is your favourite Northumberland beach. Many of you found it hard to decide, and we don’t blame you, each of Northumberland’s beaches has something special about them so it was a difficult decision to make. But Bamburgh made it the top with a … Continued

The Coastal Retreats wish list

Working at Coastal Retreats means we get to spend lots of our time in, and looking at, some pretty gorgeous holiday cottages. But where would we like to stay? Here our team reveal the places they are most excited about visiting in 2019. The Arch Caroline Kalu, PR & Marketing: When I go on holiday, … Continued

Christmas gift guide for interior lovers

From mirrors to throws, our top 10 gift ideas from products all found in our design-led Retreats. 1. Handcrafted pieces make a particularly special gift, like this gin bottle lamp at The Apple Store. Made by Coastal Retreats’s Emily Hanvey to order. You can email her at emily.hanvey@btinternet.com 2. Fuel your children’s imaginations with this … Continued

5 things we love about The Wood Store

1.The Wood Store’s cosy, forest lodge style interior with wood burning stove makes it perfect for a snuggly winter or Christmas break. 2. Its farmhouse kitchen with exposed beams and dining table for eight. 3. It’s dog friendly and just a short drive to two of Northumberland’s best beaches – Newton and Beadnell – where … Continued

North East Christmas Markets 2018

Get into the festive spirit and establish a new tradition with a Christmas market weekend break this November or December. Ideal for picking up some unusual gifts or decorations for your home, as well as marking the countdown to Christmas with a glass of mulled wine. Here’s our top picks: Edinburgh Set in the city’s … Continued

Christmas Coastal Retreats style

Choose any of our Retreats for Christmas and you’ll be immediately dazzled by the warmth of our welcome and the comfort and finesse of your surroundings. All our Retreats are festively styled from the beginning of December and we provide our complimentary hampers with a seasonal twist for bookings including Christmas Day. Sprinkle into this mix some … Continued

Why Coastal Retreats, by SANCHIA

Welcome to Coastal Retreats. We’re not your usual kind of holiday cottage agency. We’re a small, family run company and see ourselves as that friend at the end of line who can advise you on the best place to stay for you, recommend our favourite places to go, help you organise a special occasion during … Continued

Get The Apple Store look

A new owner meant a full makeover for this three-bedroom barn conversion earlier this year when it was re-invented and renamed The Apple Store. Taking inspiration from the abundance of fruit in the garden’s orchard, injections of colour and cleverly redesigned vintage pieces were added to the previous neutral palette to create a Retreat with much … Continued

Our Best Cottages with Real Fires: Part 2

Part 2: Retreats sleeping six or more Whether you are looking for an autumn or winter break, a Christmas getaway or somewhere to take the chill off a spring night, here are our recommendations of some our best cottages with real fires or smokin’ hot log burners. For cottages sleeping five or less, jump to Part 1 of our … Continued

Our best cottages with real fires: part 1

Part 1: Retreats sleeping five and under Whether you are looking for an autumn or winter break, a Christmas getaway or somewhere to take the chill off a spring night, here are our recommendations of some of our best cottages with real fires or smokin’ hot log burners. The Arch, Craster An 18th century period cottage for … Continued

5 things we love about Rosebud

1. Its views of Northumberland National Park by day and starry skies at night. Rosebud is at the edge of Northumberland’s dark sky park which means it is one of the best places in the UK for astronomy and a chance of seeing the Northern Lights, particularly in the winter months. 2. The fact that it … Continued

Your favourite Northumberland places

It’s easy to see what you like, and what you really love from our social media feeds. We’ve gone back over the last year and selected the most-liked photos on our Instagram page, revealing some of your favourite Retreats and Northumberland destinations. Which one do you like best? 1: Newton Beach 2. Beadnell Beach 3. … Continued

Why Coastal Retreats, by KATE

Welcome to Coastal Retreats. We’re not your usual kind of holiday cottage agency. We’re a small, family run company and see ourselves as that friend at the end of line who can advise you on the best place to stay for you, recommend our favourite places to go, help you organise a special occasion during … Continued

5 things we love about Tweedswood

1.Cosy afternoons by the fire 2.The kitchen window seat – a perfect spot for chatting, reading or just daydreaming 3.The gorgeous White Company bed linen and tartan throws from local mills 4.The views of Melrose’s Eildon Hills from the garden and the multitude of Borders valley and river walks from the doorstep 5.Close to the … Continued

Three dog friendly holiday cottages for groups

We know group get togethers are certainly not the same if you have to leave part of your family behind, but these three Retreats all welcome dogs and are places that you will equally love. They all have large gardens, great entertaining spaces and are in walking distance, or just a short car journey, from … Continued

To the country: days out in Northumberland National Park

Why you should consider a day trip to Northumberland National Park All but a handful of our Retreats are situated along the Northumberland coast, and although our love of the beach is definitely strong, heading inland to the Northumberland National Park for at least one day of your holiday will certainly give you a flavour … Continued

7 nights of a Northumberland summer

Last minute August Retreats where you can stay for a week The following Retreats are available for a week’s holiday during the month of August. We still have availability at other Retreats for short breaks of three or four nights, which are searchable via Find a Retreat. Prices shown are for a week. Moo House, … Continued

5 things we love about The New Dairy

1.It’s decadent. Truly deserving of its Platinum rating, it has fine linens, exquisite furniture, bathroom toiletries and hotel-style bathrobes. 2.Morning coffee in the front garden with views of Bamburgh Castle and the coast, just one mile away. 3.Candlelit soaks 4.Probably one of the best bedrooms in our collection. Perfect for a romantic getaway. 5.There’s luxury … Continued

Your Instagram Retreats moments in Northumberland

If you were on a Coastal Retreats holiday, what would be your ‘Instagram moment’? Our guests shared their stories of holidays in Northumberland. This wildly beautiful, inspiring and uncrowded part of England has some of the best beaches in the country, numerous castles, amazing skies and picturesque fishing villages. But don’t just take our word for … Continued

2018 Northumberland Summer Events

Our Top 10 things to do guide to some of Northumberland’s year-round highlights is a great place to start planning your getaway, but for those one-off seasonal events that will take your holiday from being memorable to unforgettable, look no further than this compilation of what’s on this summer. Festivals The 80-day Great Exhibition of … Continued

The July edit: summer breaks with Coastal Retreats

If you’re looking for the complete package for your summer break then this selection of Retreats all deliver on location, luxury, nearby attractions, great experiences and relaxation. Prepare to be smitten… Craster Retreat A former fisherman’s cottage, sleeping 8, overlooking Craster harbour. Location: Craster is one of the most popular destinations on the Northumberland coast … Continued

5 things we love about Skyfall

1.The chance to laze on its glass balustrade balcony with panoramic views of the Cheviot Hills and the vast Northumberland skies, easily accessed from the first floor living, dining and kitchen space. 2.Its interior design mix of pastel and coastal shades for contemporary living, in particular its sofas and kitchen chairs. 3.The nearby attractions of Bamburgh … Continued

Hot June breaks along the Northumberland coast

Make the most of the summer with this selection of Retreats for June. Places where you can make the most of the weather on the nearby beaches or chilling in the garden with a glass of something cold in hand. DUNESIDE HOUSE Featured in The Guardian’s ’20 great UK and Ireland beach cottages for summer breaks’, Duneside House is a … Continued

Our best cottages with games rooms

Never hear the cry of ‘I’m bored’ from your offspring at these Retreats where the many entertainment options will keep them occupied and leave you free to relax. Bamburgh Coach House Whatever the weather, Bamburgh Coach House’s games room makes a perfect hideout for little and big kids. A self-contained outbuilding, overlooked from the main house, … Continued

An exceptional newcomer to the Craster holiday scene

The Arch is the kind of Retreat you’ll want to return to time and time again. Not only is it snuggled in the picturesque fishing village of Craster, within walking distance of the gastro pub, harbour and the sea, but from the skylights of its master bedroom the views of Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland … Continued

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, art nouveau and The Lodge

In celebration of what would have been Scottish artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150th birthday on June 7, we spoke to the owner of The Lodge@Shirewater whose couples’ Retreat in Embleton was influenced by the works of this leading figure of the Arts and Crafts movement and the European art nouveau. Anne Galbraith … Continued

Last minute family holidays for May half term

If the sunny weekend has left you longing for a coastal break when the next bank holiday arrives in two weeks’ time, then look no further than these experiences within walking distance of our Retreats. David Attenborough’s favourite Sir David has said The Farne Islands is his favourite spot in the UK to see nature at … Continued

Reading Northumberland: Books to devour before you visit

Transport yourself to the wildly beautiful scenes of Northumberland, from its castles to its coastline, through our recommended reading list of books all set in this wonderful part of the UK. 1.The Vera Stanhope Mysteries by Ann Cleeves Many of Ann Cleeves’ crime novels about the middle aged, overweight DCI Vera Stanhope and the cases … Continued

Discover Coastal Retreats with our new brochure, out now!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new coffee table Coastal Retreats brochure. With a whole new look and even more space to showcase our Retreats, we hope you’ll get a real flavour of what they are like before you book. There are many familiar faces alongside some of our newer Retreats for … Continued

A sneak preview of The Apple Store

The Apple Store will welcome its first guests on Friday (March 30) after weeks of renovation transforming it into a rustic meets luxury getaway where fun, family and friendship comes together. The Coastal Retreats design team has knocked down walls and made bold interior choices to really open up the space – creating a living … Continued

The family behind The Bamburgh Coach House

Owners of The Bamburgh Coach House – The Jones family – reveal how they came up with its design and their favourite things to do in Northumberland. What does the Coach House mean to you? Every time we return as a family (Neil, Carole-Ann and daughters Sophie, Jessica and Isabelle), which is about three or … Continued

A Northumberland Easter staycation

The lowdown on some of Northumberland’s best destinations for a four-day Easter staycation Bamburgh A finalist in Channel 4’s Village of the Year competition, Bamburgh has a lot to offer for such a small place. After all, how many villages can say they have an iconic castle and a wide sandy beach that stretches into the distance. Bamburgh … Continued

5 things we love about The Old Gardener’s

The Old Gardener’s, sleeps 6, Dunstan near Craster, Northumberland 1.Basking in the sunshine in either its conservatory or the oasis-like front and rear gardens 2. It’s period features from the timber floorboards and wooden beams to the king size antique bed and the Belfast sink 3. Unwinding in the decadent roll top bath 4. Snuggling up … Continued

Things to do in Northumberland this February half term

Our 7-day guide of family-friendly activities to make the most of the school holidays Day 1 Start the day at the ‘king’ of castles, Bamburgh Castle, which reopens daily from February 10. Feel like royalty in the Great Hall, scare yourself silly in the dungeons and see all kinds of unusual contraptions in the medieval … Continued

The Angel of the North celebrates its 20th year

Seen by one person every second and with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 757, the chances are even if you have never visited the Angel of the North, you are still likely to have seen it or heard about it. This steel angel sculpture overlooking the A1 motorway in Gateshead celebrates 20 years since it … Continued

Our best last minute family Retreats for February half term

We’ve selected these Retreats with families in mind. Places where children can roam free and get back to nature, and where parents can snatch some peace and relaxation this February half term.   Craster Retreat Style: Traditional fisherman’s cottage for eight with 21st Century luxuries Location: Overlooking Craster harbour For kids: Great location for playing … Continued

The Retreats Valentine’s Experience

There are times when you need to get away – just the two of you – for lie-ins, lazy days, long lunches and evenings by the fire. Tempted? Book our Valentine’s experience at one of the following Retreats from February 9-18, and take advantage of some added extras that will make your stay even more … Continued

Don’t miss the Great Exhibition of the North, 2018

Another enticing reason to visit Northumberland and the North East this coming year Fresh from its fourth consecutive win as runner up in the best UK holiday region category at the British Travel Awards, Northumberland is gearing up for a great year ahead. The City of Newcastle was named by the Rough Guide as the … Continued

New to our collection: The Lantern House, Beadnell

French coastal style at Beadnell’s exciting new beachside location The Lantern House joins another of our newcomers – The Deck House – at this prime location with pathways leading down to Beadnell Bay where you’ll find a crescent-shaped beach, a hive of watersport activity and some lovely coastal walks heading both north and south. Part … Continued

Our Christmas gift to you

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas Day, we are taking 10% off all our remaining Christmas and New Year breaks. Plus further reductions on a select number of New Year Retreats – please see Castlegate and The Old Paper Mill below. So if you have been toying with escaping the festivities, or … Continued

Where to visit: North East Christmas Markets 2017

With advent beginning this weekend, now is the time to truly get into the Christmas spirit and embrace the decorating, the present-buying, the parties and the Christmas markets. With scents of mulled wine, twinkly lights and wafts of chestnuts, there is no where better to get in the mood for the festive season – plus … Continued

Get the Tweedswood look

Tweedswood is a 200-year-old Borders cottage lovingly cared for by its owners, who have renovated it internally with appreciation for the building’s heritage, preserving original features where possible. Its fine furnishings allow its character to shine, and at the same time, create a welcoming and homely feel to this country retreat. Here’s how to get the … Continued

New to our collection: Seagrass near Bamburgh

Spectacular Bamburgh Castle and coast views from this cleverly-designed eco lodge You will be immediately struck by the view and the unique surroundings of Seagrass. The floor to ceiling windows in the dining kitchen give you direct views of Bamburgh Castle in the areas where you are most likely to hang out. Step outside to the … Continued

Why you’ll want to escape to Northumberland this Christmas

If you like your Christmases traditional, cold and wintry, with hearty food, twinkling lights and dashes of festive magic, then Northumberland is for you. Imagine a Narnia-esqe destination where you’ll wrap up warm and walk the wide sandy beaches with magnificent castles marking your way and find quaint pubs at the end of your journey … Continued

Win a weekend break at luxury Northumberland cottage Rosebud

We’ve teamed up with Visit Northumberland to offer you the chance to win a stay at our luxury Rosebud Retreat, with views of the Northumberland National Park and its dark sky status, and just 20 minutes from Bamburgh and the coast. Rosebud is a charming retreat nestled in the grounds of Hetton Hall. With its beautiful exposed roof … Continued

Debut novel from owner of House in the North

If you have stayed at our House in the North Retreat, then you’re sure to have picked up owner and writer Judith O’Reilly’s first book ‘Wife in the North’ which she wrote about her life in this small hamlet between the coastal villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses after previously living in London. She has now … Continued

Sweet memories of The Old Paper Mill

The Old Paper Mill owner, Alison Mckeith on a very special guest Last weekend, The Old Paper Mill welcomed a special guest who had booked her stay, some months ago, as part of her 70th birthday celebration. As this lady arrived at the door and walked into the cottage, her eyes filled with tears. She had … Continued

Rainy day adventures

Classic British weather need not spoil your fun on a Retreats holiday. There are still lots of adventures to be had – you just need to know where to find them. Here’s our inside knowledge of what to do when you get served a slice of umbrella weather in Northumberland. Have your pick of the … Continued

Working in, and with, our local communities

We are passionate about Northumberland and its people, supporting local charities when we can in the communities where our Retreats are based. Some of our most recent donations have involved projects, which not only encourage tourism, but make these communities sustainable long after the visitors return home. A skiff for Craster This coastal rowing boat, … Continued

Experience new passions on your Northumberland holiday

We’ve always said that holidays are precious, a chance for some downtime and to escape to something special, where time with family or friends, away from life’s humdrum or hecticness, could actually make a refreshing difference. It is also an opportunity to discover experiences you may have always wanted to try but can’t find the … Continued

Our Best Honeymoon Retreats: The 2017/18 Edit

A guide to where to stay if you are looking for your perfect honeymoon, whether a mini break, or longer, in Northumberland, including our top places with balconies, romantic bathrooms, glamorous bedrooms, rooms with views, near the region’s best restaurants, and one or two hidden gems. Bamburgh Five, Bamburgh village A dazzling view of Bamburgh Castle … Continued

Discover a Northumberland autumn this October half term

From colourful treetop displays to crackling log burning stoves and deep pink and orange sunsets; here are our best picks of our remaining cottages where you can see nature come alive this autumn. Best for seeing the changing colours of autumn The Old Ale House, Dunstan, Craster (Sleeps 5)… is close to Howick Gardens, home … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 4)

Introducing the work of Gabriel Owens, 12, Archie Bell, 5, and Thomas Osborne, 13, in our final instalment of shortlisted entries in our writing competition. The children all submitted some fantastic pieces of poetry or prose, and came very close to being successful. Congratulations once again to all of our budding writers, it has been … Continued

The Summer Edit: Seasalt

Beautiful Retreats in unforgettable locations for Summer 2017 Why go? Holidays at Seasalt are fuss free for families. There is so much to entertain the children that you will definitely have the chance to relax, whether that is on the decked area in the private garden or on the comfy Loaf sofas in the Scandinavian chic … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 3)

In the penultimate instalment of our shortlisted writing competition, we showcase the work of Grace Colville, 10, Autumn Stewart, 12, Daniel Lassman, 10, and Ana Lawrence, 8. They all delivered some excellent pieces of writing and prose, and were very close to winning the prize of a stay at House in the North.

New to our collection: Duneside House, Beadnell

Scandi coastal styling just metres from the sand Duneside House is a luxury beachside Retreat with a pared back look and high-end features. Sleeping 10 it is perfect for those planning a family or friends getaway, enjoying an enviable location within walking distance of Beadnell Beach and village. Farrow and Ball colours have been used … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 2)

Here is the next instalment of the poems and prose which were shortlisted in our children’s writing competition. Be entertained this week by the work of Chloe Alty, 7, Sophie Cockcroft, 11, Grace Lindsay, 9, and Lola White, 9. Thanks for taking part and congratulations on getting so far in the competition.  

The Summer Edit: High Mill

Beautiful Retreats in unforgettable locations for Summer 2017 Why go? High Mill, sleeping up to 10, has ample space for entertainment and relaxation making it an ideal getaway for family and friends get togethers. Enjoy some unforgettable feasts around the table for 10 in the open plan living area or head out to the large … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 1)

Following on from our announcement of the winner of our writing competition, we are delighted to share with you some of the shortlisted entries. We will be publishing the poems and prose of all those who were shortlisted over the coming weeks, so look out for your entry later this month if you can’t see it here. … Continued

Arctic terns and little terns at Long Nanny, Beadnell

Take a stroll to the southern end of Beadnell Beach to Long Nanny and you’ll catch sight of arctic and little terns – two rare seabirds nesting in this area. The National Trust has been protecting this nationally important breeding site since 1977, which has seen numbers of these species increase year on year. Rangers … Continued

Writing Competition winner announced

A huge congratulations to six year old Ruari McLoughlin from Dunfermline, Fife, who is the winner in our 500 Words in the North writing competition. Ruari wins a holiday at House in the North for himself and his family. Writer and owner of House in the North, Judith O’Reilly judged the competition and said of his entry: … Continued

Summer in Northumberland: festivals, feasts and fun

Our guide to what not to miss during your Retreats holiday Theatre Rory Bremner will be live at The Maltings in Berwick upon Tweed on July 5 with his Partly Political show. Expect a satirical take on Brexit, Trump and Boris. Heartbeak Productions return to The Alnwick Garden on July 16 for another open air … Continued

Guest comment on Rosebud

What our guests say: Rosebud, near Belford “Everything was perfect. Such a beautiful cottage. So well presented. Just perfect.”  

The Summer Edit: The Beach Pad

Beautiful Retreats in unforgettable locations for Summer 2017 Why go? The Beach Pad is a high-end surf shack-styled apartment, sleeping four, with retro and contemporary furnishings and a fun, relaxed summer vibe. Wake up to sea views from the bedroom and spend the evenings enjoying those very same views from the lounge. Close to the … Continued

Get The Old Ale House look

This former ale house was given a new lease of life by Coastal Retreats director Fiona Mckeith last summer when it joined our collection. Stripped floorboards and doors, a stone inglenook fireplace and a deep Belfast sink were just some of the characterful features brought to life in its makeover. Many of the cottage’s existing … Continued