Moo House & The Cow Shed
Tughall Steads near Newton by the sea
Moo House – aptly named, as the building was formerly a cow byre – is a recently renovated stone barn conversion at Tughall Steads, a hamlet situated on an organic coastal farm, only five minutes drive from the beaches of Beadnell and Newton-by-the-Sea. Light and bright, with a cosy lounge and spacious kitchen/diner, several garden areas to suit junior playtime or adult relaxation, and we’ve got it covered for the perfect break!
The Cow Shed, which adjoins the garden of Moo House, is exclusively available to guests – a perfect games room/chill out zone complete with pool table and table football/air hockey, sofas, music and books. Detached from the main house, guests can use the Cow Shed as a games room, garden room or somewhere to escape to for a bit of quiet TV watching or book reading.
Little Moo (sleeps up to 6)
During the Covid period where only reduced numbers of holidaymakers are allowed, we are making this property available with the use of just 2 or 3 bedrooms for up to 6 guests. Guests can choose to have either
1. the first floor 3 bedrooms and bathrooms (sleeping up to 6) or
2. the ground floor 2 ensuite bedrooms (sleeping up to 5) open for use
The remaining bedrooms will be blocked off during your stay but use of all other living space is as normal.
This configuration cannot be booked online and is at the owner’s discretion so please call us or email us for details.
PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the video tour below accurately shows the space in Moo House, some furnishings and decor have been updated since filming. A new video tour will come soon but, in the meantime, photos will reflect the up-to-date decor.
- Superb quiet countryside location just five minutes drive to the beach
- Newly refurbished oak finish kitchen/dining room with granite worktops and an electric range cooker with five burner induction hob
- Two newly refurbished downstairs bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms ideal for those less mobile
- Ocean Leisure Club Membership ( Entry fee applies)
- Lounge with cosy logburner
- Ample fridge space catering for large groups
- Artwork by the owners' favourite local artists
- A quirky but stylish and fun feel throughout
- Detached Cow Shed Games Room has TV, games, pool table, table football and lots more
- Enclosed garden off the kitchen ideal for barbecues with extra long table for outdoor dining to seat the whole party
- Additional play gardens with swings, sandpit, table tennis and football goal
- One double room with superking bed and additional full size single day bed with ensuite shower room
- Second double bedroom with king size bed and ensuite shower room
Large lounge with wood burner & flat screen TV
Large kitchen/dining room to comfortably sit 10/12 guests
Utility room with washing machine, dryer, sink and large fridge freezer
Entrance lobby and inner hallway
- Master bedroom with king size bed, fabulous en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, large walk-in shower and his and hers wash basins
- Double bedroom with hand painted oak furniture
- Triple bedroom with three single beds
Large family bathroom with shower and large corner bath
Parking area for several vehicles
Garden off the kitchen with table to seat up to 16
Private walled garden with BBQ and seating area which is detached from the house
The Cow Shed – detached indoor games room and chill out room accessed via back door over a small gated drive which has a flat screen 42″ TV, pool table and table football/air hockey.
To see how Moo House sits in relation to our other Retreats at this location, see the adjacent site plan.
Please note floor plans are not to scale but for illustration purposes only.
Prices and Availability
A quiet farm hamlet location, rural in nature but just minutes from the coast. Several holiday cottages have been converted from stone former farm buildings, giving the hamlet a community feel, very popular with families.
If you happen to look at Tughall Steads on Google Earth, please note that the apparent ‘airstrip’ shown nearby was last used in 1948!
For further information on the area, see our Tughall Steads section.
Please note: This house is a family owned holiday home and as such is unsuitable for holding large parties. Small gatherings are, of course, welcome but no ‘open house’ please! Tents, hot tubs and mobile homes on the property are not permitted. Please refer to our large group advice list for further information.
See here for what’s included in our Retreats stays
No pets at Moo House
Please note that all of our cottages are non-smoking
Facilities particular to Moo House
Cafetiere and dolce gusto pod coffee machine, three fridges plus a spare one in the Cow Shed.
Four bikes of various sizes (condition dependent on previous guests!).
Football goal, swings.
Cow Shed – pool table, TV/DVD, electric keyboard, table football.
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)
Large family gatherings, groups of friends, posh hen parties, walking parties. The house has regularly hosted several generations of the same family for special birthdays or wedding anniversaries.
Moo House qualifies for our highest 5 starfish rating in terms of child-friendliness with its two gardens, swings and outdoor toys, books, dressing up box and, of course, The Cow Shed Games Room where children will happily play for hours! There are numerous games, toys and dressing up clothes for indoor entertainment and a TV/DVD in the children’s room. A travel cot (please bring your own cot linen)and highchair are available on request.
There is full oil central heating and a logburner in the lounge. The Cow Shed has electric wall heaters.
Please note: Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.
The Cow Shed Games Room is superb and ideal for summer use. It has wall mounted electric radiators but not full central heating, so in the winter, you need to put the heaters on for about half an hour before use. It’s not attached to the house so if its raining, you will get wet running the 10 paces from the back door of the house to the games room.
The play garden, with swings etc, is also 10 paces from the back door so you may want to keep your toddlers in the small garden off the kitchen if you want to watch them while preparing dinner.
The living room is a good size but may seem ‘cosy’ when full of 12 adults.
Just left Moo House after a most enjoyable weekend with the family and have to tell you again our joy was largely impacted both young and old by your lovely ‘home’. It was a delight and as well equipped as any ‘home’ we have ever stayed at... it is a credit to your listings and highly recommended from us all!!
Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone at Coastal Retreats for making my special birthday (70) weekend a fantastic weekend, both the Moohouse & Cowshed are a credit to your company, the 3 young grandchildren 3-5-9 thought the Cowshed
was out of this world, and as such the Adults enjoyed themselves even more, I could go on for ever but will keep it short, just to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone concerned at Coastal Retreats for a Job VERY VERY WELL DONE
kind regards on behalf of the whole party and thank you again - July 2018
Once again we thank you for our "extended family" holiday in Moo House. This is the second time we have hired Moo House and our third rental with you
Everything was first class as usual -a real home from home. We loved the changes you have made to the kitchen and the bathroom in the main bedroom. Our German grandchildren like to call it their second home!
The four grandchildren, English (5 and 2yrs) and German (16 and 13yrs) loved the cow barn which was well used after long walks on the beautiful beaches! Two of the party used the bikes to cycle in to Beadnell each day for the Telegraph. We had coffee/late breakfast around the seating area in front of the kitchen and adults and children enjoyed the swings and trampoline! We were so lucky that we had wonderful weather and could return to such a comfortable and well equipped property after the days activities. Your company really deserves the accolades that you have received from North east tourism. An example of your company's attention to detail- we were short of two towels for the children but we had a quick response to our call and towels arrived pronto!
I should mention that we had Fiona Burn to cater for us on the last evening. This was a great success- wonderful food, good portions, friendly helpful service, coffee served in the lounge and the kitchen left clean and tidy. We can thoroughly recommend her
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our stay at Moo House such a wonderful, memorable one. From the moment we stepped foot into Moo House, we knew the weekend was going to be a very special one! The lights and heating were on which made for lovely warm welcome, but better still, wine and pile of double-chocolate chip muffins were awaiting us in the kitchen!
Moo House was everything I had hoped for and more for my Hen Weekend. Every one of my guests thought it was wonderful, relaxing and a beautiful place to stay. Every room felt special in it’s own right, and the kitchen was the perfect venue to host our tapas meal. The fabulously comfy sofas were perfect when we wanted to chill out and chat, and the Cow Shed was fantastic! Never have we had so much fun playing pool whilst listening to a friend tinkling the ivories on the electric organ – such fun
I can't think of a thing we would've changed about it - even with a couple of days of rainy weather the children were more than happy to 'hang' in the cow shed; we all had a great time
There has been a lot of thought put into making the accommodation so comfortable & equipping it with everything the extended family needs.
Thank you & I think we will make a return visit some time.
Just simply a beautiful home that looks as if its loved by the owners. The care and attention throughout is quite astounding. Must take ages to keep the property so clean and pristine looking. The house worked for all ages of our family. From the babies to the teenagers to the oldies. It was such a special holiday and we have made some lovely memories here at Moo House. We definitely weren't ready to leave. We are already planning our next trip either back to Moo House or perhaps to one of your new ones by the beach. Best wishes and thanks to everyone who helped make this holiday special
Mootastic time had by our entire party! What a superb house, perfectly equipped for a large party. Coastal Retreats were very helpful in arranging a slightly early arrival time to help with our daughter and her medical needs. Couldn't recommend this beautiful Cottage or the professional agents enough.
Quirky, fun, spacious, well equipped, spotlessly clean, great handy location.....our friends who were staying in another cottage rented with another agent, were very jealous. The house was perfect for us and we would book again and perhaps invite some friends to book another cottage at Tughall. It was such a lovely place, very quiet at night but with a nice friendly feel about it during the day. There was several other families staying in the other Coastal Retreats cottages and so we managed to take a peek at the Apple Store and the Studio whilst we were there. They too were very nice
We felt exceptionally safe and comfortable during Covid in this gorgeous well equipped house
It was immaculate!