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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Retreats for Food Lovers

Some of our best places to be together and enjoy some fabulous dining out experiences at the same time. Alnmouth Stay at The Alnmouth Boathouse and warm up with tea and crumpets at Bistro 23 – a tea room in the day and a fully-licensed restaurant in the evening. Berwick-upon-Tweed Stay at Waterfront and dine … Continued

Love Craster? Then why not try retro-styled Waves

Retro in style with fifties flourishes and modern luxury elements where it matters, Craster Waves is the vision of the owners of adjacent Craster Rocks whose style has been reciprocated in this sea front cottage. Built in the same architectural style as Rocks, Waves compliments its big brother and gives guests a smaller version of … Continued

Visiting, Eating and Enjoying near the Northumberland National Park

Rosebud is our first property to be situated close to the Northumberland National Park with its unique dark sky status. Here’s what to do in this part of Northumberland. Where to visit There are numerous opportunities to explore the National Park from picnics and wild swimming at Linhope Spout Waterfall and walking in The Cheviot … Continued

Just added to our collection: Rosebud

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 … Continued

The Perfect Romantic Weekend

Let us help you plan the perfect romantic weekend in Northumberland.  From dining to relaxing – we’ve got it covered. Choosing a romantic retreat For sea views head to The Alnmouth Boathouse; for sheer luxury Bamburgh Five is a clear winner; for a seriously snug getaway with a log burning fire it’s got to be … Continued

A ‘glass half full’ stay at The Old Ale House

Experience what it is like to stay exclusively in your own country pub at this former 18th century ale house just a short walk from the popular coastal village of Craster and new to our collection for the 2016 summer season. From the beautiful vintage furniture to the grand inglenook fireplace, this Craster holiday cottage … Continued

A Short Break at Driftwood

Friday evening My son is an impatient traveller. Seconds into any journey his six-year-old brain decides we have been going too long and he comes out with the wearing and familiar phrase ‘How long til we get there?’. So this was the beginning of our journey to Driftwood. Two adults, a six year-old boy and … Continued

Visiting, Eating and Enjoying in Amble

Quayside is our first Retreat in the coastal village of Amble. Here’s what to do in this part of the Northumberland coast. Where to visit On the seafront at Amble you’ll find the new Harbour Village – a lovely shopping experience of 15 wooden retail pods selling cards and prints, bespoke gifts and food and … Continued

Guest Blog – Food Heaven

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. Tell us a bit about your family business… Our business originally began in 1923 when Graham’s … Continued

Girls Guide to Northumberland

Planning a weekend break with friends? Then look no further than the Northumberland coast. A hidden gem of unspoilt beaches and countryside, this area offers plenty of opportunities to relax – all just a few miles from Newcastle City. Where to Stay We have a number of cottages perfect for girls get togethers, whether that … Continued

An Easter weekend in Northumberland

Where to stay and what to do on an Easter weekend in Northumberland. Why go at Easter? All the major attractions reopen in time for the Easter holiday with many offering Easter egg trails or special one-off events for the four-day weekend. Northumberland was also recently described as ‘England’s most tranquil location’ by Countryfile, winning … Continued

Guest Blog: Owner of St Aidan Bistro, Rob Tait

This month we spoke to owner of St Aidan Bistro in Seahouses, Rob Tait, about his food inspiration. How did you get into the restaurant business? A degree in tourism and hospitality took me to train in Dublin. From here, a career was carved in hotels, restaurants and bars. I initially studied tourism because I … Continued