If Easter is that much-longed for holiday after a long winter, then May half term holidays are the promise of what is to come. Lighter evenings and warmer days. No coats and maybe even shorts. The sand is softer and the sea is calmer.
In this northern corner of England, Northumberland is more than ready to embrace its visitors.
Whether you want glorious gardens or salty sea views, here’s a selection of our available Retreats so you can get your summer off on the right foot.
Retreats with sea views
Who doesn’t love a sea view? With a week’s holiday available at The Beach Pad in Seahouses and bank holiday weekend breaks remaining at Bluegrass, Salt Air and The Plaice in Seahouses and at Craster Waves, there are still a number of options to suit different tastes. The Beach Pad, Bluegrass and Salt Air are all contemporary apartments, which are centrally located in the village and perfect for families of four. The Plaice, sleeping six, has a more traditional feel to it with its direct views of the harbour, while Craster Waves (sleeps four) is a retro-styled house with a garden, balcony and ideally situated at the start of the walk to Dunstanburgh Castle.
Prices for these Retreats are: The Beach Pad (£1325 – 7 nights, £895 – 3 or 4 nights), Bluegrass (£780 – 3 nights), Salt Air (£895 – 3 nights), The Plaice (£985 – 3 nights) and Craster Waves (£925 – 3 nights).
Retreats welcoming pets
Pets are welcome at The Studio, sleeping four, or The Forge, for two, both at Tughall Steads where there are numerous countryside walks from the doorstep of your Retreat. In addition, the beach is a short drive away at Beadnell or Newton for enjoying coastal walks with pub stops dotted along the way. Families of four/five would be ideally suited to The Old Ale House in Dunstan, Craster. The master bedroom and twin room sleeps a family comfortably, and there is the addition of a sofa bed on request. Finally, Seafarer’s in Seahouses is one of the few places remaining, which will sleep a larger group. Sleeping seven, three couples or two families could enjoy a weekend getaway here with restaurants, leisure club, beach and shops close by.
Prices for these Retreats are: The Studio (£670 – 4 nights), The Forge (£699 – 7 nights, £645 – 3 or 4 nights), The Old Ale House (£895 – 3 nights) and Seafarer’s (£870 – 3 nights).
Retreats with great gardens
Garden Cottage boasts two gardens to the rear and the front of the house, so you’ll never have to miss out on the sunshine. At the back, there’s a Wendy house, swings and toys for the children and some beautiful views of the countryside. Sleeping six, this Retreat scores highly for children and families. Similarly, Driftwood in the hamlet of Swinhoe, has all the hallmarks of a family-friendly escape. It has its own private garden, accessed from the patio doors of the lounge and a communal shared garden with the neighbouring Coastal Retreats, Nook End and Seasalt. Here, there is ample space to kick a ball, play equipment and a stylish covered pod where the adults can relax. Further inland, near the Northumberland National Park but only 20 minutes drive from Bamburgh, is Rosebud. This place is a real treat with its two large gardens, both with outdoor seating. A peaceful location, Rosebud’s real pull is its amazing night skies due to its proximity to the dark sky park. If there are just two of you, then The Lodge@Shirewater is our romantic retreat in Embleton. This is a spacious house where you have your own private garden, but also use of five acres of woodland and river, as well as enjoying long distance sea views from the decked area outside.
Prices for these Retreats are: Garden Cottage, Driftwood and Rosebud (£1340 – 7 nights, £925 – 3 or 4 nights) and The Lodge@Shirewater (£1280 – 7 nights, £870 – 3 or 4 nights).