Our Best Honeymoon Retreats: The 2017/18 Edit
A guide to where to stay if you are looking for your perfect honeymoon, whether a mini break, or longer, in Northumberland, including our top places with balconies, romantic bathrooms, glamorous bedrooms, rooms with views, near the region’s best restaurants, and one or two hidden gems.
Bamburgh Five, Bamburgh village
A dazzling view of Bamburgh Castle from the lounge and dining room is the attraction at this opulent apartment in the centre of Bamburgh village. The beach is a short walk away, where we can guarantee you will never tire of the view of the coastline with the castle as its backdrop. Some of the region’s best restaurants are just a short walk away, among them The Mizen Head and The Potted Lobster, both famed for their seafood, and a good selection of gastro pubs. Exquisitely furnished, Bamburgh Five definitely feels like a fitting start to married life.
The Lodge@Shirewater, Embleton
This Retreat blends art deco style with 21st Century luxury. Inside the overall character is one of contemporary elegance inspired by the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with beautiful fabrics and wallcoverings. The extensive grounds make for some wonderful walks in the woodland and along the river, and The Lodge is just a 15-minute walk from the sparkling sands of Embleton Bay. Perfect for any time of year, you can return to your cottage and warm up next to the cosy log burner. The master bedroom is delightfully spacious with a superking bed and large ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower big enough for two.
Skyfall, Glororum near Bamburgh
This cool, luxury house on the outskirts of Bamburgh village shows upside down living at its best. The first floor living/dining/kitchen area opens out onto a wide glass balustraded balcony with spectacular countryside views and beautiful sunsets. Rooms echo the character of the area with rich coastal blues, driftwood neutral tones and oak doors and flooring. The handsome French gray painted oak kitchen is both chic and functional and the whole space takes on a decidedly cosy feel when lit up by the glow from the gas-fired log burner
Rosebud, Hetton Hall, near Belford
A bright, contemporary Retreat that lies close to the Northumberland National Park and is far removed from the tourist trail. The interior of this hidden gem is all 21st Century luxury, from the log burner and well-equipped kitchen, to the bathrobes and slippers provided in the master bedroom. Floor to ceiling windows flood this cottage with natural light, creating a serene atmosphere. If the skies are clear you will be blessed with amazing starry skies from either the front or rear gardens. In short, if you are looking for somewhere to truly escape after your big day, then Rosebud is the answer.
Tweedswood, Redpath near Melrose, The Scottish Borders
Tweedswood scores top marks for history, romance and for its backdrop of rolling country hills. This intimate 200-year-old cottage feels like a warm hug on a rainy day. Here, you’ll find White Company bed linens and rich-coloured throws from local mills, soft Loaf sofas, a log burner and cosy window seats. Its recent renovation has preserved many of its original features from the quirky wooden staircase to the wooden beams in the living room. Without a doubt, this slice of Scotland will certainly get your ‘happily ever after’ off to a good start.
The Old Paper Mill, near Beamish, County Durham
Secluded and approached via a woodland track, The Old Paper Mill is a 250 year old stone mill renovation, where you might easily catch sight of a either a deer in the woods or a red kite flying above. Come to enjoy the simple pleasures in life; sitting by the wood burning stove with a book, taking a walk through the surrounding Derwent Valley, or indulging in peaceful lie-ins. The attention to detail and personal touches make The Old Paper Mill a truly exceptional romantic Retreat.