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

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

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

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

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

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

5 reasons to holiday with us in 2018

Visit Northumberland and the North East in 2018 and you won’t be disappointed. It’s an exciting time to head to this most northerly part of the country. We are already smitten with this region, but if you need a little convincing, here are five reasons that will have you hooked in and ready to explore… … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walks from our Retreats – The Lowry Trail

June: The Lowry Trail from Waterfront Painter LS Lowry holidayed in Berwick upon Tweed from the mid 1930s until the 1970s when he died. He was captivated by the town and its sea views. Those very views are what bring guests back time and again to our Waterfront Retreat on Pier Road. Lowry himself walked down … Continued

8 Totally Free Things to do in Northumberland

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. Even the numerous castles, which have an entry fee, can be viewed and enjoyed without even stepping inside. Add these eight free things … Continued

Coastal days out by bus

If you are visiting Northumberland without a car, or you’d like a day out without having to drive, you’ll find the following bus journey planners an excellent resource to easily get around the coastal region and see all the major attractions.

Walks from our Retreats – St Oswald’s Way

April: St Oswald’s Way from numerous Retreats This route is one of the most accessible from many of our Retreats. You can join the route at various points and walk as little or as much as you choose. Holy Island to Bamburgh The walk starts at Holy Island and passes south through Budle Bay where our … Continued

I want to ride my bicycle…

Our guide to cycling in Northumberland From family-friendly routes to off-road trails, Northumberland is a fantastic place to explore by bike. Whether you have your own cycles or want to hire some, here’s our guide of what’s on offer for those who like to get around on two wheels. First things first – where to … Continued

Easter Retreats: Where to stay and what to enjoy

Our selections for an Easter getaway Seasalt has always worked well for families with its easy Scandinavian feel and dedicated children’s room. An Easter break here is fuss free – a relaxing balance of nights by the log burner, and warm spring days sipping coffee in the garden. In addition to the private outdoor space, … Continued

Walks from our Retreats – St Cuthbert’s Way

In a new monthly series we will be showcasing some of the best walks from the doorsteps of our Retreats. February: St Cuthbert’s Way from Rosebud Nestled in the grounds of the Grade II listed Hetton Hall, near Chatton, Rosebud is ideally placed for walking one of two sections of St Cuthbert’s Way to either … 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

Where to visit: North East Christmas Markets

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. Top of our list has to be the magical … Continued

October half term breaks for families

Where to visit and stay on the Northumberland coast Beach break for young children Beadnell and the nearby hamlet of Tughall Steads is a good choice for families with young children. The wide, sandy bay at Beadnell, and its shallow waters, are ideal for paddling and making sandcastles. The beach also has its own car … Continued

Our pick of the cottages with the best sky views

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. … Continued

Bank Holiday Break Aways

It’s time to break away this August Bank Holiday and take one last end-of-summer getaway before the back to school/work blues kick in. Take your pick from our remaining 11 Retreats. City Quarters Highlights: Situated in an upmarket area of Newcastle, City Quarters is a quiet, three-bedroom apartment within walking distance of Newcastle City Centre … 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

Northumberland coastal breaks: what to wear

Struggling to know what to pack for a break in Northumberland this summer? Here’s our guide of what to wear so you can enjoy boat trips, beach visits, leisurely lunches and castle tours looking stylish and prepared for changes in the weather.

What to enjoy: Summer 2016

From outdoor theatre to music festivals and bonfires in August, there’s something for everyone in the North East this summer. So dig out your wellies, picnic basket and sunscreen and prepare for a good-old fashioned holiday in the UK outdoors. Outdoor Theatre in the grounds of The Alnwick Garden July 24 This one’s for the … 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

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

Romantic Northumberland

10 reasons why our Northumberland cottages should be your choice for a Valentine’s weekend break 1. In the summer months some 37,000 pairs of amorous puffins come to nest on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you. 2. The dreamy landscapes and bewitching castles … Continued

Guest Blog: Alan Smith Page

This month we spoke to Alan Smith Page, a Newcastle-based artist who paints people, landscapes and street scenes from Northumberland to New York. Have you always been an artist? Yes, I started at the College of Art & Industrial Design in 1961, aged 15. I worked professionally from the age 17 and became head of Advertising … Continued

Guest Blog – The Ocean Club

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. You’ve … Continued

A Northumberland Christmas to remember

For those of you who have booked a Retreats break, and for those who are toying with the idea, here are some of our recommendations to have a truly memorable Northumberland Christmas. For the kids (and the big kids!) Take a trip to Alnwick Gardens where its Sparkle installation will be lighting up the gardens … Continued

Guest Blog: Northumberland artist Mick Oxley

In the second installment of our guest blogs, we speak to Mick Oxley – a Northumberland-based artist with a gallery in Craster. What made you become an artist? A change in life circumstances, a move to an incredibly beautiful place, time, peace and an inspirational teacher. When did you open your gallery in Craster? The … Continued

Guest Blog: Storm Smith owner of Purple Aviation flying school

As part of a new series of guest blogs, we will be introducing you to some of the North East’s personalities and some fantastic experiences you can enjoy during your Coastal Retreats holiday. First up is Storm Smith, owner of Northumberland-based flying school Purple Aviation and our seafront Retreat Harbour Master’s House in Craster. When … Continued

A weekend with the kids in Northumberland

Try this three-day itinerary, sampling the best of Northumberland with kids. Friday 4pm: Arrive at your chosen Coastal or Country Retreat. The heating and lighting will have been turned on prior to your arrival, so put the kettle on and let the kids get stuck into the toys provided. 6pm: Settle down to an evening meal chosen … Continued

Best Retreats for Photographers

The camera loves Northumberland. There are literally dozens of iconic spots for any budding, amateur or professional to snap away at; add in those hidden places that the locals keep true and you have more than enough material to fill a week’s holiday. Here are our best Retreats from which you can capture some of … Continued

Best Coastal Stays for Golfers

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. 1. Bamburgh Six Golf writer Bernard Darwin said ‘There … Continued

Experience Northumberland by Foot

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 … Continued