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St Aidan's Beach, Northumberland

The Times Top Beaches in Northumberland

There’s nothing quite like having a day out at the beach. While the UK might not be tropical (although our recent heatwave would beg to differ!), when the weather’s good, it’s hard to beat England’s coast and this year we’re very proud to say that not one, not two, but three beaches near our Little Hideaways in Northumberland have made The Sunday Times Top 50 Beaches in the UK

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Easter in Northumberland

How is it April already! The weather might not be able to decide what it’s doing but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a plan for Easter. The holidays are only a ‘bunny’ hop, skip and a jump away so we wanted to share our short guide to what’s on over Easter in Northumberland.

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The heritage of Swallows Rest

Last week saw the unveiling of Swallows Rest. The fifth property to be added to the Little Hideaways portfolio. A unique and outstanding property that stands proudly on the family farm, but it wasn’t always like that and over the years the site has seen a great deal of change.

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Why the UK staycation can no longer be classed as the underdog.

It finally feels like we can all let out a big sigh that things might be starting to get back to normal doesn’t it! 2022 travel feels like it might finally be back on the cards, and I know that we have got our holiday bookings locked in early. Gasp, that the people who make a living from UK holiday lets have booked to leave the country. Of course, we have! Just like everyone else we can’t wait to hop on a flight! However, I have to admit, we did book our UK staycation first before we booked flights out of the country.

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Brace yourselves!

Last week Northumberland saw storm Arwen arrive in the region and what a storm it was! I don’t think anyone was quite expecting it to cause the destruction that came with it and the clean-up operation that followed.

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The Autumn Equinox

Quieter beaches, dark, star filled skies and walks in the fresh air. Albeit it at a slower pace. So it’s time to dig out that chunky knit and your wellington boots, pack and join us for an Autumn escape to Northumberland… We thought we’d let you in on a few of our favourite Autumnal things to do.

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Experience Northumberland with our Activities and Wellness!

If lockdown taught us all one thing, it was that our mental and physical health should be our main priorities. Staycations should be about immersing yourself in the local area, soaking up the atmosphere and showering yourself in the full experience of all there is to offer.

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The Wonder of the Farne Islands

One of the best things about Seahouses (as well as excellent fish and chips!) is it's the gateway to the Farne Islands. A short walk from any of our coastal cottages, you will find yourself in the harbour. Boat trips run to the Farne Islands each day in good weather. We made this visit in June and would recommend pre-booking your tickets where possible.

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What’sup

Growing up in Northumberland there's something magnetic about the coast when you move away, it always pulls you back. With the last year or more not being able to get a Coastal fix we couldn't wait to get back there this Spring. One catch shoe horn yourself like a sausage into a wetsuit and be prepared to get wet... you know what we'll take it!

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Wild Swimming the stress busting freedom sport

Whether you want to reap the health benefits of the cold water, hate the idea of restricted swim times in the pool post covid or just want to introduce yourself to some mindfulness exercise. Northumberland has a myriad of beautiful options for wild swimming, but make sure you do your research. Known for increasing endorphins, your immune system and general wellness, wild swimming is a hot topic.

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What the summer 2021 staycation looks like

Things might look a bit different this year for your holiday plans. With uncertainty over travel overseas why not have a holiday at home and make yours a staycation. With fantastic beaches and national parks to explore Northumberland is a great place to call home for your break away. Renowned for its wide-open skies, beautiful coast line and as a county of more castles than any other county in England, there’s so much to do, we think you’ll have to return again and again.

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Nature and Nurture

Grab your brightest sweater and wellington boots and join us on a little escape....... We want you to jump in the puddles Vicar of Dibley style not just avoid them! It seems ironic that as we write this, we are on a laptop with the tv on in the background, devices pinging and surrounded by distractions. What we should be doing is put pen and paper outdoors, sit down, switch off with only nature as the soundtrack (It’s just been a bit snowy!)

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NORTHUMBERLAND’S FINEST FESTIVE COCKTAILS

Well that’s lockdown 0.2 finished, and the festive season is suddenly upon us! Whether you’re socialising distanced or virtually, the occasion calls for some high-grade Christmas cocktails concoctions, which we know are a sure-fire way to get everyone into the holiday spirit (quite literally!) Here is our edit of the best locally-owned spirits and recipes:

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5 of the best walks in Northumberland

Northumberland has oodles of space and with a county that boasts some of the best coastline in the country we wanted to bring you our top five picks for walking in Northumberland and the Northumberland Coast. If we have whetted your appetite to go out exploring, we’ve also included a short list of useful items if you’re heading out walking.

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It’s National Seafood Week

We can’t think of a better plaice (sorry, we had too!) to enjoy fresh seafood over national seafood week than, Northumberland! As Brits we’re probably pretty unadventurous fish eaters, historically known for our love of good old fish and chips. Nationally, we do seem to be getting better at enjoying seafood but often when I think of fishing villages, places like Cornwall spring to mind. I’m not sure if that’s because we used to visit Cornwall when I was a child and before my family moved to Northumberland, or if it’s the exposure Cornwall get as a national coastal gem. However, we think, Northumberland offers just as much opportunity for tourism and seafood as it’s southern counterpart.

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10 reasons to visit Northumberland

When it comes to Northumberland 2020 has proved to be a year of two halves. From the silence and deserted streets of lock down, to the huge number of visitors desperate for a stay-cation in one of Britain’s most scenic counties. More people than ever are discovering Northumberland this season and for those of you who haven’t been yet, we’re giving you our top ten reasons to visit Northumberland.

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Book in advance

With many visitor attractions, pubs and restaurants opening on 4th July, many are operating on reduced capacity to meet government guidelines. We's advise booking in advance.

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Opening 4th July 2020

Hurrah! We’re opening on Saturday 4th July 2020 This is a huge and very welcomed step but not without its complexities. As holiday cottages, social distancing is much easier than in some hospitality establishments. However, as an accommodation provider, we must provide a safe environment for all guests and teams working at our cottages. Given that we will all be delighted for a change of scenery and to be able to have more freedom, this comes with some additional responsibilities for everyone.

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Hiking Cheviot in March.

Whilst you sit in isolation let us take you on a trip to Cheviot that we did back in March, in the hope that when we all return to some sort of normality it may inspire you to explore the area for yourself. After all, you can probably apply social distancing pretty well in the depths of the hills.

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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

A message from our family to your family. All our cottages still remain closed and anyone who has a booking up until 1st June have been contacted and bookings being moved to later in the year or 2021 where possible. Many guests have also opted to hold bookings on account until they can arrange new holidays around work and life commitments. We are awaiting another announcement from our government before we make our next move. If you contact us and we can’t answer your questions about whether we’ll be open later in the summer, it’s because we unfortunately don’t have the answers until the government release the information, we hope to be open as soon as possible. However, our advice would be, if you have a booking beyond the 1st June 2020 and you do not have to self-isolate for three months due to being in the high-risk category, we’d ask you to remain patient until we know more. I’m sure we’d all like to take that holiday as soon as we’re able. We are coming to guests in turn and offering alternative dates.

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Northumberland in February, seriously?

Take a look at a recent trip, in the midst of storm Ciara! Howick Hall Gardens opened up for the season this week and is now open daily. Most people visiting Northumberland head straight to Alnwick Garden as a more well-known visitor attraction. If you’re looking for a more natural garden then we love Howick Hall Gardens.

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Who are Little Hideaways?

Little Hideaways is a collection of family owned holiday properties in the heart of Northumberland. Three hidden gems located in Seahouses, offering cosy charming stays, close to unspoilt beaches, ancient castles and access to stunning wildlife on your doorstep.

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