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The Retreats Valentine’s Experience
18 January 2018
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 blissful.
Where to visit: North East Christmas Markets 2017
28 November 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 you might just pick up a unique gift along the way.
Working in, and with, our local communities
21 September 2017
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.
New to our collection: Duneside House, Beadnell
1 August 2017
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.
8 Totally Free Things to do in Northumberland
22 May 2017
You don’t have to have a large budget to experience what Northumberland has to offer. Much of it, especially the coastal and country landscape, is there for you to enjoy, at no charge. Add these eight free things to do to your Northumberland bucket list.
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.