Christmas gift guide for interior lovers

From mirrors to throws, here’s our gift ideas from products all found in our design-led Retreats. 1. Handcrafted pieces make a particularly special gift, like this gin bottle lamp at The Apple Store. Made by Emily Hanvey to order. You can email her at 2. Fuel your children’s imaginations with this gorgeous wooden playhouse … 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

Discover Coastal Retreats with our new brochure, out now!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new coffee table Coastal Retreats brochure. With a whole new look and even more space to showcase our Retreats, we hope you’ll get a real flavour of what they are like before you book. There are many familiar faces alongside some of our newer Retreats for … Continued

The family behind The Bamburgh Coach House

Owners of The Bamburgh Coach House – The Jones family – reveal how they came up with its design and their favourite things to do in Northumberland. What does the Coach House mean to you? Every time we return as a family (Neil, Carole-Ann and daughters Sophie, Jessica and Isabelle), which is about three or … Continued

Win a weekend break at luxury Northumberland cottage Rosebud

We’ve teamed up with Visit Northumberland to offer you the chance to win a stay at our luxury Rosebud Retreat, with views of the Northumberland National Park and its dark sky status, and just 20 minutes from Bamburgh and the coast. Rosebud is a charming retreat nestled in the grounds of Hetton Hall. With its beautiful exposed roof … Continued

Debut novel from owner of House in the North

If you have stayed at our House in the North Retreat, then you’re sure to have picked up owner and writer Judith O’Reilly’s first book ‘Wife in the North’ which she wrote about her life in this small hamlet between the coastal villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses after previously living in London. She has now … Continued

Sweet memories of The Old Paper Mill

The Old Paper Mill owner, Alison Mckeith on a very special guest Last weekend, The Old Paper Mill welcomed a special guest who had booked her stay, some months ago, as part of her 70th birthday celebration. As this lady arrived at the door and walked into the cottage, her eyes filled with tears. She had … Continued

Working in, and with, our local communities

We are passionate about Northumberland and its people, supporting local charities when we can in the communities where our Retreats are based. Some of our most recent donations have involved projects, which not only encourage tourism, but make these communities sustainable long after the visitors return home. A skiff for Craster This coastal rowing boat, … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 4)

Introducing the work of Gabriel Owens, 12, Archie Bell, 5, and Thomas Osborne, 13, in our final instalment of shortlisted entries in our writing competition. The children all submitted some fantastic pieces of poetry or prose, and came very close to being successful. Congratulations once again to all of our budding writers, it has been … Continued

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 3)

In the penultimate instalment of our shortlisted writing competition, we showcase the work of Grace Colville, 10, Autumn Stewart, 12, Daniel Lassman, 10, and Ana Lawrence, 8. They all delivered some excellent pieces of writing and prose, and were very close to winning the prize of a stay at House in the North.

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 2)

Here is the next instalment of the poems and prose which were shortlisted in our children’s writing competition. Be entertained this week by the work of Chloe Alty, 7, Sophie Cockcroft, 11, Grace Lindsay, 9, and Lola White, 9. Thanks for taking part and congratulations on getting so far in the competition.  

Writing competition: Shortlisted entries (Part 1)

Following on from our announcement of the winner of our writing competition, we are delighted to share with you some of the shortlisted entries. We will be publishing the poems and prose of all those who were shortlisted over the coming weeks, so look out for your entry later this month if you can’t see it here. … Continued

Writing Competition winner announced

A huge congratulations to six year old Ruari McLoughlin from Dunfermline, Fife, who is the winner in our 500 Words in the North writing competition. Ruari wins a holiday at House in the North for himself and his family. Writer and owner of House in the North, Judith O’Reilly judged the competition and said of his entry: … Continued

Travel writing tips

Our writing competition for 5-18 year olds ends on Friday. To help you be in with a chance of winning that fantastic stay at House in the North for you and your family, writer and owner of this Retreat, Judith O’Reilly has put together some top travel writing tips so your piece can stand out from … Continued

Press Focus: Rosebud

‘A vibrant, brightly-coloured home that looks like it’s crossed the channel from continental Europe.’ That’s how Living North magazine describes Rosebud in its January edition, recommending some of the best cottages around our region.

Welcome to the new

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website with all of what you love about our Retreats in a much brighter, bolder and easier-to-search package. is the response to feedback from guests who asked for a better search facility for holiday cottages and an improved online booking system. Our new website … Continued