From party goers who love to socialise to those searching to escape the New Year’s hype, here’s our round up of the best of where to stay to welcome in 2020.
Best for Romance
If the adage ‘two’s company, three’s a crowd’ fits your ideal New Year scenario then these romantic cottages have the dreamy surroundings and log fires to suit you and your significant other. The Old Paper Mill, hidden down a woodland track, is your fairy tale gingerbread house while The Lodge@Shirewater – more grandiose in size – has its own river and both country and coastal walks nearby. At Rosebud, close to Northumberland’s dark sky park and one of the best places in the UK for astronomy, the stars may just align and put on a show in the form of the Northern Lights. Studio cottage, The Forge is for when you have no intention to leave your Retreat. Its layout means you’ll never have stray too far from the warmth of the log burner or the bed! For somewhere that is equally snug, but which has a pub in walking distance, try The Arch for its exposed beams and open fire in cast iron surround.
Best for Socialising
The Deck House, Miller’s Loft, Seagrass and The Plaice all have great open plan living spaces where you can co-exist and socialise whether you are taking part in a competitive game of cards, reading the paper or just chatting over morning coffee. Come New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to sit back with something chilled and take in the view across Budle Bay at Miller’s Loft, watch the boats bobbing on the waves at The Plaice or see Bamburgh Castle lit up in the distance from Seagrass. At The Deck House that New Year’s Day reviving walk isn’t too far away with Beadnell Bay situated just metres from the door.
Best for Group Getaways
With most of our big houses already booked, it may seem like an impossible feat to get your party together for New Year at this late stage. Thankfully, our Driftwood, Seasalt and Nook End cottages have the answer. This row of cottages sleeps up to 18 when booked together and are particularly ideal for parties with children. There’s pubs and the beach nearby in Beadnell and a cool wood-fired pizza restaurant in walking distance called Box. (check Instagram for their weekly openings throughout the winter months).
Best for Luxury
Set the tone for 2020 with a stay at Bamburgh Five or Bamburgh Six. These two apartments in an Edwardian villa overlooking Bamburgh Castle are a real treat. High-end furnishings, one of the best locations in Northumberland and a host of excellent restaurants close by. Equally decadent is our new Lanchester cottage, Number Nine with far-reaching views of the County Durham countryside. At any of these Retreats you can enjoy leisurely lie-ins, cosy nights in bed or curl up on the sofa and drink in the view.
Best for Kids
If you have young ones, celebrating New Year away from home can be the perfect tonic after a Christmas of gift buying, excitable children and family feasts. At Bamburgh Coach House the outdoor heated games room, visible from the lounge is ideal for letting the kids expend energy while you recharge your batteries from the comfort of the main house. Similarly, the outdoor swings and enclosed front and back garden can be a lifesaver when needed at Garden Cottage.
Best for being by the Sea
Take in a healthy dose of vitamin sea at The Beach Pad or Bluegrass in Seahouses. Both these apartments have sea views and are just a short walk from Seahouses beach where you can catch a breath of fresh air on the coastal path north to Bamburgh or south to Beadnell.
Best for Log Burning Fires
The Old Ale House’s inglenook fireplace is the centrepiece of this former village pub dating back to the 18th century. Cosy and snug, this characterful Retreat like its neighbour The Old Gardener’s, is made for hibernation and days filled with board games. The Old Gardener’s is perfect for guests looking for a home away from home with its traditional feel and comforting spaces. There’s also a pub nearby to both these Retreats if you can tear yourself away from chilling by their fires. Likewise, Seafarer’s in Seahouses old quarter is situated near one of the best real ale pubs in the area, The Olde Ship Inn – a great spot to see in the New Year.