Discover a Northumberland autumn this October half term

Coastal Retreats Blog 1 September 2017

North Yorkshire autumn

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 of Earl Grey who was famed for the tea of the same name. Here you will see the yellow leaves of the birch trees, red maples and orange beeches. We’d recommend the Long Walk to see the tree and plant displays in full and some 65 acres of woodland. It also takes you all the way down to the sea.

Old Ale House living room with fire

Retreat highlights:
  • Snug lounge with gorgeous inglenook fireplace and wood burner
  • Range cooker for hearty suppers
  • Close to The Cottage Inn pub for cosy nights out
  • In walking distance of Dunstanburgh Castle and the Craster coast
  • Welcomes pets
How much?

£995 for 7 nights and £735 for a short break

Driftwood, Swinhoe, near Beadnell (Sleeps 6)

Hulne Park, Alnwick is just a 20-minute drive south of Driftwood and has a wonderful array of horse chestnut trees. At half term there may still be conkers to find, but if not the colours of the leaves alone with leave you feeling merry. Downton Abbey fans may also recognise this park from the show as some of the filming took place at this location, and at nearby Alnwick Castle.

Nook End garden pod

Retreat highlights:
  • Garden pod to catch the evening sunsets
  • Log burner and stacks of board games for evenings in
  • In walking distance of Box artisan pizza
  • Cool kids room with galley style bed for pirate adventures
How much?

£1050 for 7 nights and £760 for a short break

Best for sunsets and stargazing

Dark Sky Northumberland

Rosebud, Hetton Hall, near Belford (Sleeps 4)…

is the perfect place for seeing some sparkly night skies due to its proximity to the Northumberland National Park and its dark sky status. Front and rear gardens means it is also ideal for catching some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This is definitely a place where you will feel you have got back to nature.

Retreat highlights
  • Quiet setting where you can truly unwind
  • Close to The Percy Arms gastro pub
  • Bright and light interior to lift your mood
  • Cream enamel log burner for chic days sipping coffee on the couch
How much?

£1050 for 7 nights and £760 for a short break

Best for creating beach art

The Studio, Tughall Steads (Sleeps 4)

With not one, but two beaches a five-minute drive away, The Studio is just the place to soak up the coast. Newton and Beadnell beaches can be walked together in one day (although you may need to stop at The Ship for lunch, at the edge of Newton beach), or you can visit them separately. Collect shells, pieces of driftwood and autumnal leaves on your way and then head back to The Studio where you will be inspired by this artist’s holiday home to create your own works of art.

Studio living room

Retreat highlights
  • Inspirational artwork by artist and The Studio owner Alan Smith Page
  • Double height living area with exposed beams and feature log burner
  • In a quiet nook of Northumberland but still close to the coast
  • Welcomes pets
How much?

£775 for 7 nights and £570 for a short break

Best for spotting seals

Seals on The Farne Islands

Bluegrass, Seahouses (Sleeps 4)

October is a great time to take a boat trip around the Farne Islands from Seahouses harbour and see thousands of grey seals and their newly born pups. A few remaining birds can also be spotted before they migrate for the winter.

Bluegrass balcony with sea view

Retreat highlights
  • Sea views from this apartment adjacent to Seahouses harbour
  • Close to The Ocean Club pool, gym and spa
  • In walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants
  • Two beds and two bath/shower rooms
How much?

£840 for 7 nights and £670 for a short break

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