Retreats Itineraries: A week’s stay at The Lantern House
A place for family of for couples holidaying together, three-bedroom The Lantern House is like a sparkling seashell that catches your eye in the sand – a slice of beach house heaven with a New England clapboard style exterior and a glamorous French chic interior. Just minutes by foot from the sands of Beadnell Bay, it’s a blissful holiday Retreat for those who like to relax or those who like to explore.
Forgo the cooking on your first night and indulge in a takeaway from Bait at Beadnell food truck in the car park by the beach. Open most days in season but check its Facebook page for opening times and menu. You can tuck in fuss-free on the beach while watching the sunset or head back to The Lantern House and eat the ‘posh’ way around the dining table with the log fire burning in the background.
Get a feel for the vastness of this region and its glorious coastline with a walk south along Beadnell Bay, past the secret nook of Football Cove, to Newton. You’ll be greeted with long range views of Dunstanburgh Castle as you come around the headland and the opportunity to pick up some refreshments from The Ship Inn. At lunchtime enjoy local specialities such as locally-caught crab sandwiches, Swallowfish of Seahouses kippers, Carters of Bamburgh ham or Berwick Edge cheese, all washed down with a glass or real ale from its own brewery.
By now everyone should be in holiday mode so why not try something new? Beadnell Beach is known for its watersports and you can learn how to kitesurf or stand up paddle board with KA Kitesurfing who are well established in the area.
Take a short drive up the coast to Seahouses where you can hop on a boat and enjoy a tour of The Farne Islands. Sometimes called the ‘Galapagos of the North’, this crop of 15-20 islands, depending on the tide, are famously where puffins come to nest in the spring/early summer as well as being home to grey seals and various seabirds. You’ll also encounter great views of the Longstone Lighthouse where Victorian heroine Grace Darling and her father set off from to rescue survivors of the Forfarshire shipwreck in 1838; Inner Farne Lighthouse and Bamburgh Castle on the mainland. Whatever the season, taking a Farne Island boat trip is a real treat.
Make the most of what The Lantern House has to offer by enjoying a lie-in and a leisurely morning out on the deck or around the log burner, depending on what time of year you choose to visit. After lunch, head over to the private tennis courts for a game of doubles or singles at one of two courts that are exclusively for the use of those staying at Beadnell Point.
Fuel up for a day of exploring with breakfast at nearby Saltwater Café. For the day’s activities, we’d recommend choosing either;
– Discovering centuries of history at Bamburgh Castle and an afternoon walk on Bamburgh Beach or;
– Venturing inland to get lost in the bamboo maze, marvel at the water displays and learn about poison plants at The Alnwick Garden.
Whatever you didn’t do on day 6 – do today!
You may also like to check out:
– The lime kilns at Beadnell Harbour
– Artic and little terns at the National Trust’s Long Nanny bird sanctuary
– The Craster Arms Wednesday quiz night
– The Ocean Club in Seahouses for swimming and spa treatments. Exclusive membership is included in your stay (small entry fee applies).