Last minute holidays for May

Coastal Retreats Blog 27 April 2021

Child running on the beach

Sprinkle a bit of May time magic into your days with one of these experiences all within walking distance of our Retreats.

*Special offer: £100 off seven night stays in May 2021 or £50 off a short break if you book via email.

David Attenborough’s favourite

bird life on the Farne Islands

Sir David has said The Farne Islands is his favourite spot in the UK to see nature at its best. Choose one of the many boat trips out to The Farnes from Seahouses harbour and you’ll be met by stunning scenery, see the lighthouse where Grace Darling lived – the famous Victorian heroine who rescued those shipwrecked from the Forfarshire – and see a whole host of sea life from grey seals basking in the sun to nesting puffins. If you’re lucky, you may be greeted by a pod of dolphins, increasingly seen in these waters, and if you are really lucky, you may even see orcas, which were spotted here recently.

Stay at:

Driftwood (May 7, 3 nights, £700)

Seasalt (May 14-21, 7 nights £994, 3/4 nights £700)

Nook End (May 17/24, 4 nights £700)

The Milky Way: Northumberland’s view

Dark Sky Northumberland

Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park, nestled within the Northumberland National Park, is a rare find in the UK where you can see the Milky Way in all its glory, free from light pollution. In mid-summer because the nights don’t get properly dark, you will be blessed with beautiful skies and are more likely to see planets, although you will still get glimpses of stars.

Stay at:

Rosebud (Now booked for May, but with availability for a short break in July and for holidays from September 2021)

Digital detox

House in the North sea view across the fields

The great thing about Northumberland is the fact that even in the height of summer its beaches are not crowded, and you can experience that feeling of getting away from it all that you might not find in other parts of the UK. While our Retreats do have WiFi, Northumberland is the perfect excuse for a digital detox as its remoteness means high-speed connectivity is not always possible. With no distractions you can spend your time rock pooling, walking, chilling on the beach and nature watching.

Stay at:

Seagrass (May 10, 4 nights £886)

The Apple Store (Available May 7-14, 7 nights £1303, 3/4 nights £886)

The Fold@Rock (May 24, 4 nights £758)

Samphire Barn (May 10, 4 nights £700)

Stand-up paddle boarding in Beadnell

One of the fastest growing watersports, and one of the easiest of outdoor activities to learn, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, lets you explore the coast while taking in the views and working your muscles at the same time. KA Kitesurfing offers lessons on the Beadnell coastal stretch or along Northumberland’s rivers. Similarly, Northside Surf School has individual and group sessions. Coastal Retreats guests receive 10% off any of Northside’s services.

Stay at:

Moo House (Available May 7 – 17 and May 21-28, 7 nights £1844, 3/4 nights, £1401) *Lower rates are available at this Retreat for use of two or three bedrooms only prior to May 17. Please email to enquire.

Garden Cottage (May 24, 4 nights £597)

High Mill (Available from May 7 – 14 and May 17 – 21, 7 nights £1646, 3/4 nights £1210) *Lower rates are available at this Retreat for use of two or three bedrooms only prior to May 17. Please email to enquire.

The Wood Store (Available May 10, 4 nights £700)

Beach38 (Available May 7-28, 7 nights £1844, 3/4 nights £1401)


Aerial view of Mizen Court Bamburgh

Bamburgh is a previous finalist of Channel 4’s Village of the Year competition, and without a doubt, it has more to offer the traveler than a picturesque village centre. Bamburgh has everything you could wish for in a break. History enthusiasts will love Bamburgh Castle, known as the king of castles, the Grace Darling Museum and the Anglo-Saxon skeletons unearthed by archaeologists in the sand dunes by the castle and now interred at St Aidan’s Church. There are numerous places to eat from seafood restaurants to gastro pubs and cafes. And of course, there’s the beach – a wide, dune-backed, beast of a beach from which we’d defy anyone to find a better sandy spot in the UK.

Stay at:

North Star House (May 10-21, 7 nights £2724, 3/4 nights £2127)

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