Let the Summer begin: Retreats for July and August 2020

Coastal Retreats Blog 3 July 2020

Dunstanburgh Castle Craster

Summer holidays are no longer cancelled. Have a well-deserved break from your own home with a stay at one of our Retreats in July and August.

While everyone has been rushing to book since the Government announced holiday cottages could reopen, we do still have some seven night and short break availability. To make it easier for you to see at a glance which Retreats are still available, we have compiled this list of where’s still left to stay plus which attractions are open when you get there.

Where to stay

Rural bliss in County Durham

For a rustic hideaway where you won’t be disturbed, head to couple’s cottage The Old Paper Mill, a renovated stone mill dating back to the 1700s. Ideally placed for visiting the cities of Newcastle and Durham, and the famous Beamish Museum, it makes a great base for days out before returning to a slice of country life and a barbecue in the outdoor courtyard. Available for a short break from Fri, Aug 7.

Old Paper Mill view of woodland and lane

Just for two on the Northumberland Coast

Fling open the patio doors at The Forge to bring the outside in at this cosy studio cottage with characterful features reminiscent of its past as a former blacksmith’s forge. Its large spacious garden with countryside views is great for relaxing and at just a short drive to Newton and Beadnell beaches, the Northumberland coast is easily accessible. Available for a short break from Fri, Aug 21.

The Forge
The perfectly proportioned, The Forge

The best of the rest

Tughall Steads (between Newton and Beadnell) – Garden Cottage, sleeps 6. Weekend break from Aug 28.

Seahouses – Seafarer’s, sleeps 7. Weekend break from Aug 28.

In these ever-changing times there is the possibility that we may have some cancellations. If you want to add your name to our waiting list, please email info@coastalretreats.co.uk with the dates or Retreat you are interested in.

What’s open in Northumberland


All the beaches along Northumberland’s 40-mile stretch of coast from Amble up to Berwick upon Tweed.
Holy Island is open to visitors, but Lindisfarne Castle is still closed.
Bamburgh Castle open now
Dunstanburgh Castle open now
The Alnwick Garden – open now
Alnwick Castle plans to open for the summer season but no dates have been announced yet.
Howick Hall Gardens is already open, but its visitor centre is closed.
Boat tours to the Farne Islands – running now
Cragside gardens (except the formal garden) and woodland are open.
Beamish Museum – open from July 23
Warkworth Castle – opening in August
Chillingham Castle – part of the castle, gardens and grounds open now.
Barter Books – now open
Gibside – gardens and woodlands open. Need to book in advance

Most restaurants, pubs and cafes are reopened on July 4, but please check their websites or social media pages for up to date opening times.

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