Coastal Retreats Blog
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Finding romance on the Northumberland coast
23 January 2017
Do you like your romantic gestures to be grand, full of jaw-dropping surprises and deliciously-wrapped wow moments?
Or do you take pleasure in small, everyday things – being prepared a meal, evening conversations by the fire or long, leisurely walks.
Each of the following cottages have their own romantic flavour. Match your loved one with the one that suits them the most and you could bag yourself some brownie points for the rest of 2017.
The Story behind ‘Skyfall’
9 January 2017
This mews house on the former Glororum farmstead at Bamburgh was named more for its panoramic sky views rather than a reference to the James Bond movie of the same name. But, like the film Skyfall, it certainly delivers on the drama. So what makes Skyfall a destination of choice?
28 November 2016
If you’re new to Northumberland, and are toying with a 2017 holiday in this region, then a good place to start is Bamburgh. Previously named in The Times as one of the 30 best places to have a second home, this historic coastal village has all the elements required for a perfect getaway: beach, castle and a good selection of places to eat. You never know, you may find yourselves falling in love with this dramatic slice of Northumberland and end up purchasing your own seaside getaway like some of our previous guests…
Where to visit: North East Christmas Markets
21 November 2016
Get into the festive spirit with a visit to one of the North East's Christmas markets. With our Retreats at low season prices, it is an excellent time to take in a short break, a little relaxation and some shopping away from the crowded high streets.
Our pick of the cottages with the best sky views
22 September 2016
If you fancy a spot of star gazing near to home, then why not try Northumberland? This county offers the darkest skies in the UK, greatly enhancing your chances of catching a sight of the Northern Lights. Make a trip to this Northern land and be truly blessed by awe-inspiring vistas with very little light pollution.
Just added to our collection: Rosebud
15 July 2016
A charming retreat nestled in the grounds of Hetton Hall with views of the Northumberland National Park’s Simonside Hills, Rosebud is the perfect spot for a family holiday or romantic getaway. With its beautiful stone exterior and rural location, this two-bedroom cottage has been lovingly crafted by guests turned owners who have created a hideaway where tranquillity can be found.
Guest Blog – Food Heaven
24 March 2016
Our Northumberland-based food partner, Food Heaven, provides locally-sourced groceries, unpacked and put away in your holiday cottage prior to your arrival. We spoke to them about this stress-free service and their family business dating back to the early 1920s.
Guest Blog – The Ocean Club
21 December 2015
The Ocean Club in Seahouses is a private members club where you can swim, enjoy spa treatments or fitness classes and relax in its coffee shop. Complimentary membership comes with your Retreats stay, with a small entry fee. We spoke to the Club about their recent refurbishments and their recommendations for treatments during your stay.
Pet Friendly Retreats
4 August 2015
Summer vacations need not mean a couple of weeks of boredom in the local kennels for your four-legged friend, but rather an enjoyable break along the coast or in the Northumberland countryside.
We understand that some guests want to bring their dogs on holiday with them so we have a small portfolio of properties happy to accept animals.
Here are some of the best and why they work well for pets:
Best Coastal Stays for Golfers
22 May 2015
Be inspired by our round up of our Best Luxury Retreats near Golf Courses in what is one of the most popular regions for this sport. These apartments and houses are all close to, and some within putting distance, of spectacular golf courses, and make great post play hangouts.
Experience Northumberland by Foot
21 May 2015
Walk in the footsteps of kings and knights and tread the paths of our Stone Age and Roman ancestors. See parts of Northumberland inaccessible by car and capture some of its iconic spots in different lights and from unusual angles.
To really experience this vast, wild and seductively beautiful county, there’s no better way to do it than by foot.