Reasons not to sleep in on a Coastal Retreats holiday

The Coastal Retreats team shares some of their ‘early morning’ experiences and why resetting your outlook, and alarm, on the day ahead can reap unexpected benefits. Peace and quiet on Holy Island Fiona Mckeith, Director: There’s nothing quite like experiencing a major tourist attraction before all the tourists arrive! Holy Island has an otherworldly feel … Continued

6 Cosy Retreats with Log Burners for a Snuggly Autumn Break

Let these cottages with fires soothe your frazzled soul, recharge your batteries and warm your heart. If your toes are itching to escape, these Retreats may just be the place to pull on your big socks and hit the ‘out of office’. Moo House, Tughall Steads near Newton You can’t help but enter Moo House … Continued

Slow down and relax at our New Retreats

You don’t have to travel far to feel the benefits of exploring someplace new. With its miles of coastline and never-ending skies, there’s no reason not to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Northumberland’s landscapes from any one of these new Retreats. Shoreline Apartment You can’t get closer to the action than at this … Continued

The Studio, but not as you know it

Get to know the new owners of The Studio, now known as Samphire Barn, as they personally tell us the story behind its recent transformation, and what made them choose it as their holiday home. In the midst of a pandemic, Simon and Sanchia took the plunge to secure their dream of having their own … Continued

6 September Retreats to book now

With the summer season extending into September, our Retreats are booking up fast. Make the most of lower prices and good weather with these Six September Retreats to book now. The Forge Small and perfectly formed, The Forge is ideal for single travellers or couples. A studio-style layout with a separate bathroom means that when … Continued

5 things we love about Garden Cottage

1. There’s plenty of outdoor space. The cottage boasts two gardens, one has views of the surrounding countryside looking towards the coast and the other has a large lawned area with a patio, timber play equipment and a Wendy House. 2. The sense of history. A former farm worker’s cottage, it has a gorgeous inglenook … Continued

Retreats Itineraries: A week’s stay at The Lantern House

A place for family of for couples holidaying together, three-bedroom The Lantern House is like a sparkling seashell that catches your eye in the sand – a slice of beach house heaven with a New England clapboard style exterior and a glamorous French chic interior. Just minutes by foot from the sands of Beadnell Bay, … Continued

New to our collection: The Nelson

This coastal-meets-tropical-styled, marina view apartment has everything you may need for a relaxing break by the sea. Situated on the edge of Amble’s harbour, at the mouth of the River Coquet, The Nelson has panoramic views of the coast, Coquet Island and Warkworth Castle. Part of a recently built contemporary apartment building, it has a … Continued

Different ways to make an entrance

When the arrival sets the scene for what’s inside There’s something about approaching a holiday home that builds your anticipation for what’s to come. Whether that’s a long driveway up to a private gate, a dramatic sea view as you pull up or a welcoming entrance that isn’t piled full of shoes like the one … Continued

12 Retreats to see you through 2020

Look forward to your next Northumberland escape with our month by month guide of where to stay according to the time, the season and what’s happening locally. January After the excesses of Christmas, press pause on your everyday life and take some time out to focus on your wellbeing. A stay at two-bedroom Rosebud on … Continued

5 things we love about Bamburgh Five

1.The room with the breathtaking view. Best enjoyed with the patio doors wide open and a glass of something chilled. 2. The inviting chaise lounge with the industrial light. Pair with a novel. 3. The ornate bed spreads in the twin room. 4. The cleverly disguised TV. 5. The carefully selected artwork and pieces. Bamburgh … 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

5 things we love about Bamburgh Six

1. An impressive view with stately neighbours 2. The sophisticated interior of fine fabrics and Ralph Lauren wallpapers 3. Breakfast on the patio 4. The prime Bamburgh location 5. Walking to Bamburgh beach in minutes Bamburgh Six is a single-storey ground floor apartment with three bedrooms, sleeping five and centrally located in the village of Bamburgh. … 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

8 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Focus: Shoreline

‘Shoreline is perfect for family and friends looking for exclusive accommodation in a spectacular setting.’ That’s the view of Living North magazine who reviewed Shoreline in its Yorkshire edition this month. Shoreline joined the Coastal Retreats collection in December 2016 and is gearing up for its first summer of welcoming guests. Situated on Beadnell’s Harbour … Continued

Just added to our collection: Dairy Three, Embleton

A coastal gem where the garden and beach is your playground Dairy Three, located by the sparkling sands of Embleton Bay – recently named Beach of the Year by Countryfile Magazine – has a host of delightful features for young and old.   Take the large woodland garden; ideal for adventures off the sands when … 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

A Bright and Lively Beach Pad

Kick back and relax in this two bedroom apartment where the vibe is cool, bright and lively. A fun place to hang out in, it’s a high end surf style shack for those who like their accommodation to be unique. A glorious colour palette of yellows, oranges and blues create a happy holiday feeling topped off … Continued

Family-friendly Retreats for February half term

Warm and inviting family-friendly Retreats for a February half term getaway. Mark the end of the Winter season with either a short break or a 7 night stay at one of these Retreats. House in the North Vintage pieces mix with splashes of the family’s personality at this five bedroom barn conversion between Bamburgh and … Continued

Finding romance on the Northumberland coast

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 … Continued

The Story behind ‘Skyfall’

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? Traditional but contemporary, this stone … 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. Berwick-upon-Tweed Stay at Waterfront and dine at The Magna Tandoori, voted one of the best places for curry in the UK. Or head a little further south to the Barn at Beal. The location of this cafe … 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

Beguiling Bamburgh

If you’re new to Northumberland, and are toying with a 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 … Continued

Christmas at our Retreats

Festively-styled Retreats, complimentary Christmas hampers, log burning fires, magical castles, wintry beach walks and hearty meals in stunning locations – these are what a Northumberland Christmas at one of our Retreats are made of. So whether you are looking to have an extra special Christmas, or escape this yearly tradition, we may just have something … Continued

Guest Comment on The Lodge @Shirewater

What our guests say… The Lodge@Shirewater, Embleton ‘We consider ‘The Lodge’ to be the gem in your property portfolio. The wooden-floored, ultra-modern accommodation in your brochure is very popular, but we are glad that you have room for something that little bit different, offering the same very high standards that clients expect from your Company, … Continued

Just added to our collection: The Old Gardener’s

The entrance of The Old Gardener’s makes you smile. It conjures up images of cottages on large country estates, with its conservatory entrance almost orangery-like in style. It is somewhat fitting then that this classic cottage with its period features and Farrow and Ball colours was the former home of the gardener to the nearby … Continued

Coastal Retreats given Best UK Accommodation Group Runner Up award

We are delighted to be named runner-up in the Best Accommodation Group category of the Family Traveller Awards. This is a fantastic achievement for us in a competition where national and global brands were nominated. Our lovely county – Northumberland – where the majority of our holiday cottages are situated also had huge success after … 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

Hygge and hearths for a cosy Autumn break

Embrace the Danish way of life this Autumn with a spot of Hygge at one of our cottages. Don’t know what Hygge is? Well, it is essentially being kind to yourself, getting together with friends and family, lighting a fire, sharing good food or just having some quiet time on your own with a book. … Continued

Family Traveller Awards

Vote for us We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Best UK Accommodation group category of the Family Traveller Awards 2016. At Coastal Retreats we pride ourselves on being family-friendly and it was our desire to enjoy luxury, design-led holidays with our own children that spurred us on to create … 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 Craster Waves; for sheer luxury Bamburgh Five is a clear winner; for a seriously snug getaway with a log burning fire it’s got to be The … 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

Celebrate in style at Tughall Steads

The former coastal farm steading of Tughall Steads, nestled between Newton and Beadnell, has played host to numerous celebrations from wedding gatherings to milestone birthdays and anniversaries. So what is so special about Tughall Steads and what makes it great for large gatherings and celebrations? Oodles of space, with character properties and gardens all in … 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

Press Focus: Nook End

Family Traveller calls Nook End a ‘countryside meets coastal idyll’ in its May/June issue. Recommended along with Northumberland as a place your kids will love, writer Jane Anderson highlights Coastal Retreats and Nook End for its ‘generous supply of toys and books, funky bunk beds, highchairs and travel cots, proper kids’ crockery and cutlery, games … Continued

5 Great Outdoor Places for Summer Stays

Let us guide you through the summer holidays with our picks of stylish breaks where the luxury doesn’t stop at the door. 1. House in the North, Elford, near Bamburgh From the large lawned garden of House in the North there are open views of the surrounding countryside – with the sea and Farne Islands … Continued

Summer Getaways

20 Coastal Retreats Summer Experiences Plan your summer escape with these experiences unique to our cottages. Get the family together, light the barbie and hang out at party pad Moo House Enjoy the summer sun from the patio at The Beach Pad with an icecream from Coxon’s Imagine you are on the continent at the exquisite … 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

Smuggler’s Hide Makeover

An unexpected edge of purple in the dining area has transformed Smuggler’s Hide into a bright, new, bold coastal cottage. Updated by Coastal Retreats and its new owners, this cottage, which has been in our collection from the start, now feels exciting, contemporary and somewhere we can’t wait to go and stay. We particularly love … 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

Press Focus: Tweedswood

Scottish Wedding Directory Magazine say you’ll never want to leave Tweedswood in their winter issue. Recommended as a honeymoon staycation because it’s the ‘perfect place to unwind after your wedding’.