Melrose, Scottish Borders
Close to the River Tweed, this area is known for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient abbeys and historic Border towns. Melrose itself has a stylish, contemporary feel and hours can be passed browsing its boutiques and great restaurants. Walk to Scott’s View – the inspiration of many of Sir Walter Scott’s romantic works as well as exploring this poet and novelist’s home Abbotsford House. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try your hand at salmon fishing on the River Tweed before unwinding at the spa at Stobo Castle or snuggling up by the log burning fire at Tweedswood.
Where to Stay: Tweedswood in the village of Redpath, near Melrose.
A favourite for weddings and honeymoons, Bamburgh with its iconic castle shielding the wide, sandy shore is home to many of our platinum rated retreats. Spend your days walking, horseriding, kitesurfing or sunbathing on the beach, which at some times of the year if you’re lucky can by virtually empty. At night eat oysters and mussels in the village if you love seafood or treat yourself with a meal at one of Bamburgh’s numerous restaurants.
One of the most secluded places, Embleton Bay will capture your heart with its glorious sunrises and sunsets over the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Experience an inspiring circular walk from the Bay to the fishing village of Craster where the famous Craster kippers are made. Or laze around at The Lodge with its river, orchard and woodland walks.
Where to Stay: The Lodge@Shirewater
County Durham and Newcastle
Steam railway journeys, walks through the grounds of a historic estate or the cobbled streets of Durham. Take a stroll along Newcastle’s Quayside and see the famous Tyne and Millennium bridges before heading into the heart of the city and catching a movie at the Tyneside Cinema with its sofa-style seats for two. Retreat to The Old Paper Mill at night with its attractive log fire and woodland setting.
Where to Stay: The Old Paper Mill
Pretty Alnmouth has everything for a romantic short break – beach, restaurants, boutique shops, charming colourful houses and easily accessible by train from Newcastle. Close by is the picturesque village of Warkworth where you can take out a rowing boat on the River Coquet.
Where to Stay: The Alnmouth Boathouse