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 Borders to retro styling by the sea, here’s a selection of our country and coastal cottages still available for Easter.
Family friendly cottages for a week or a short break
Rosebud (Sleeps 4)
Near the picturesque villages of Chatton and Belford, Rosebud is a lovely old Northumberland stone cottage with a bold, contemporary interior. Close to the Northumberland National Park for stargazing, cycling and walking, it is just the place for families who love the outdoors. When you’re not soaking up the landscape, there’s the nearby gastro The Percy Arms, known for its locally-sourced seasonal produce and The Ocean Club in Seahouses with its 20-metre pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, only 20 minutes away on the coast. Book before the end of March 2019 with code ROSEBUD10 and receive 10% off.
The Beach Pad (Sleeps 4)
For an authentic beach trip, this colourful and lively apartment has sea views from the living room, is just yards from the beach and is set in the heart of Seahouses village. Take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to spot seals, seabirds and occasionally dolphins, from the nearby harbour or head up the coast to Bamburgh to visit its castle and popular beach.
Seasalt or Nook End (Both sleep 6)
For larger family groups, these farm cottages just outside of the centre of the coastal village of Beadnell, are great Retreats for entertaining the children while the adults relax. Both cottages have private gardens and an additional large lawned communal area for playing football, outdoor table tennis and trampolining. The interiors are real home-from-home spaces with log burning fires, children’s rooms with galley beds and well-equipped kitchens. They are great booked together for friends or larger families.
The Old Ale House (Sleeps 4/5)
This period cottage, the former pub of the village, can be found in Dunstan, 10 minutes’ walk from the popular Northumberland destination of Craster and the coast. There’s a small enclosed patio garden at the rear of the house while inside you’ll find a roll-top bath, an impressive log burning fire set in an inglenook surround and some beautiful vintage furniture. The family dog is welcome too.
Luxe getaways for the four-day Easter weekend
The Alnmouth Boathouse (Sleeps 2)
With its unique timber-clad exterior, The Alnmouth Boathouse has impressive sea views from the living room, a lovely private walled courtyard and is in walking distance to the beach, golf club, shops, restaurants and art gallery. Its interior is just as charming as its façade with a shaker style kitchen and antique wooden furniture. At just one mile from Alnmouth train station, it is understandable why you might want to hole up at this intimate bolthole for the whole weekend.
Tweedswood (Sleeps 4)
Surrounded by the green rolling hills of the Tweed Valley on the Scottish Borders, Tweedswood is styled in natural, earthy tones from the squishy Loaf sofas to the stripped back woods of its fireplace and coffee table. Having just undergone a refurbishment to add an ensuite to the master bedroom, this enchanting 200-year-old cottage is a picture-perfect Retreat ideal for two couples or a family of four.
Quayside (Sleeps 4)
The popularity of Amble has been increasing ever since the marina apartments, of which Quayside is one, and the harbour shopping village were built in this Northumberland port. Overlooking the marina, and with far-reaching views out to sea, the balcony of this first floor apartment is an ideal spot for alfresco dining or just simply watching the world go by. The open plan living area offers a spacious Retreat and the ensuite wet room is a real pleasure. The town of Amble is on your doorstep where you’ll find the Harbour Village – a lovely shopping experience of 15 wooden retail pods – boat trips out to Coquet Island, many watersports and some of the area’s best places to eat.
Bamburgh Five (Sleeps 4) or Bamburgh Six (Sleeps 5/6)
Close to one of the most beautiful beaches in Northumberland and with direct views of Bamburgh Castle, these two apartments within an Edwardian villa certainly have a breathtaking location in the centre of Bamburgh. Their interiors are more high-end style than cosy cottage – expect designer fabrics, underfloor heating and tasteful furnishings – and there’s gourmet restaurants and lovely boutiques just a short walk away.
For all our available Retreats for and Easter break in Northumberland, visit Find a Retreat