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

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

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

7 nights of a Northumberland summer

Last minute August Retreats where you can stay for a week The following Retreats are available for a week’s holiday during the month of August. We still have availability at other Retreats for short breaks of three or four nights, which are searchable via Find a Retreat. Prices shown are for a week. Moo House, … Continued

5 things we love about The New Dairy

1.It’s decadent. Truly deserving of its Platinum rating, it has fine linens, exquisite furniture, bathroom toiletries and hotel-style bathrobes. 2.Morning coffee in the front garden with views of Bamburgh Castle and the coast, just one mile away. 3.Candlelit soaks 4.Probably one of the best bedrooms in our collection. Perfect for a romantic getaway. 5.There’s luxury … 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

Seascape’s new look for 2018

It’s been all change at Craster’s family and group favourite for 10, Seascape. This four bedroom detached house with cinematic sea views, underwent a renovation of its bedrooms and kitchens during the autumn, emerging with a fresh new palette, ready for 2018. Hand painted in Farrow and Ball’s Hardwick White and Skimming Stone, the kitchen … 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

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

Our Christmas gift to you

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas Day, we are taking 10% off all our remaining Christmas and New Year breaks. Plus further reductions on a select number of New Year Retreats – please see Castlegate and The Old Paper Mill below. So if you have been toying with escaping the festivities, or … 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

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

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

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

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

May half term breaks: Let the summer begin

If Easter is that much-longed for holiday after a long winter, then May half term holidays are the promise of what is to come. Lighter evenings and warmer days. No coats and maybe even shorts. The sand is softer and the sea is calmer. In this northern corner of England, Northumberland is more than ready … Continued

Two stunning barn conversions with distant views of Holy Island

The Old Barn and Mulberry Cottage are two beautifully executed Retreats from the same owner at Budle Barns near Bamburgh. New to our collection, there are distant views of Holy Island from this former farm development, which has a rural away-from-it-all feel with a kiss of the coast. Both Retreats have been designed in boutique … 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

Our Newest Retreats

Joining our collection this month are Mulberry Cottage (Sleeps 2), Old Barn (Sleeps 8) – both in Budle Sands near Bamburgh – and Dairy Three (Sleeps 6) in Dunstan Steads, Embleton. Proving popular already, they are available to book now.  

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

Couple’s favourite, The Studio, returns to our collection

Ignite your creative side at the holiday home of Northumberland artist, Alan Smith Page, which returns to our collection for 2017. The Studio is a spacious barn conversion for two. Instantly recognisable as the home of an artist, paintings of iconic Northumberland landscapes sit alongside heaps of books, where you, too, can explore your creativity … 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

Our 2017 Calendar of Holiday Choices

Book now and get the dates you want                                                                                              

Best Retreats for Food Lovers

This time of year is all about great food and great company, so here’s 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 … Continued

Elegance and Bamburgh Majesty at Castlegate

*Castlegate is currently available for a 3 or 4 night stay at New Year. See our offers page. There’s something quite luscious about Castlegate. Whether that’s the chic hunting lodge style living areas with decadent furnishings, or the sun-drenched garden with its views of the Cheviot Hills. Part of our Platinum collection, Castlegate is glamorous … 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 … 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

May Half Term Breaks

With just two weeks to go until May half term holiday, and the arrival of sunnier and warmer weather, there is no better time to book a last minute UK break. Be inspired by our selection of remaining holiday cottages in Northumberland for either a week or three or four-night stay. Bamburgh Visit Bamburgh Castle … 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

5 things we love about Coral Cottage

Coral Cottage, sleeps 3/4, Budle Bay near Bamburgh 1. Coral Cottage has undergone a transformation over the winter months and we feel its bedroom is the highlight of its new look. The bold colour contrasts beautifully with the wooden flooring and brings the room to life. 2. Enjoying the view from the garden out to Budle … 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

Get The Chimney look

The Chimney, expertly styled by Harrogate interior designers, Richard Grafton Interiors, has a colour scheme of soft greys, whites and muted greens. The designers sourced beautiful and classic pieces from bespoke lamps to driftwood furniture when styling this Bamburgh retreat. There is a real emphasis on natural and rustic textures and we just love the storm lanterns, … Continued

Beat the blues with our February half term breaks

Places to snuggle up, entertain the kids and beat the winter blues this February half term. Family boltholes The Hemmel is suited to all the family’s needs. Bags of character and a log burner for the adults, bikes for adventures, a lovely children’s bunk room and a whole host of toys. You may also like … 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’.

2016: #WheretoStay

As we head into 2016, the popular destinations of Bamburgh and Craster again look set to win hearts this year particularly with our new Retreats of Mr & Mrs Smith’s and Harbour Lights. We are already excited by the changes underway at Smuggler’s Hide in Beadnell and grow increasingly fonder of our family friendly cottages … Continued

Christmas Escapes

Reserve a last minute Christmas stay at one of these exclusive homes, and as an early gift from us take £200 off the price. Family and Friends Christmas Gathering at High Mill, Tughall Steads From Christmas movies in the snug room to a hearty Christmas lunch in the large entertaining space of the kitchen/diner, High … Continued

Put the spark into your holiday at our new Harbour Lights

Let the deep blue waters, lush gardens and luxurious interior of Harbour Lights be the backdrop to your family and friends getaway or special occasion. New to our collection for December 2015 and set on the hillside above Craster village harbour, this house has a wonderful vantage point of the Northumberland coast from the outside … Continued

Press focus: Salt Air

Salt Air was recently featured in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine in its ‘Six of the Best British Beds by the Sea’, describing it as ‘beach-chic’ which ‘wouldn’t look out of place in Cape Cod’.  

Get the Salt Air look

A mix of urban and coastal styling, this Seahouses pad, Salt Air, packs a lot of punch in terms of its amazing sea view and interior. Newcastle-based Tatti Interiors has styled this first floor apartment blending an edgy industrial look with softer coastal hues. We particularly love the twin bedroom with its retro bedside cabinet and Penguin Classic Books … Continued

Take a break from the school routine

October half term getaways with the kids If the start of the new school year has left you feeling a bit frazzled: new timetables, more homework and early starts; then there is no better time to organise your October half term break. Here are our suggestions for a relaxing and fun getaway with youngsters. Beach … Continued

Our Top 5 Getaways for a Mini Moon

Melrose, Scottish Borders Close to the River Tweed, this area is known for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient abbeys and historic Border towns. Melrose itself has a stylish, contemporary feel and hours can be passed browsing its boutiques and great restaurants. Walk to Scott’s View – the inspiration of many of Sir Walter Scott’s romantic works … Continued

Pet Friendly Retreats

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 … 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