Decorated with warm, coastal colours and boasting picturesque views of Amble’s marina and out to sea through the wall-to-wall glass sliding doors, Breakwater, on Coble Quay, is perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding coastline. This apartment sleeps up to four guests (plus baby), so is ideal for a family getaway or vacation with friends. There’s also a west-facing balcony with table and chairs, so you can sit and take in the gorgeous views.
Our Highlight: Stroll along the promenade and you’ll end up at the harbour front, which hosts a great market on a Sunday. Stroll a little further and you’ll find The Old Boathouse a seaside bistro perfect for sea-foodies and Spurelli’s amazing ice cream parlour, or drop into Jasper’s in the village – a great local bistro.
Coastal Treat: There are plenty of places to venture to on your doorstep – the rockpools are perfect for exploring, and the pier has clear views of Coquet Island.
Amble NE65 0DJ
The popular seaside village of Alnmouth is a great place to enjoy an off-season break, and Estuary View makes the most of exactly that – its estuary view – meaning you can still enjoy a beach-side retreat even when the weather is less than friendly. Tucked up a private driveway beside the water’s edge, there’s an open-plan living area with large picture windows and two large bedrooms, sleeping four (plus up to two dogs are welcome). Outside (should the weather be kind) is a large patio and grassed area overlooking the water.
Our Highlight: The patio is perfect for bird watching and the ever-changing tidal estuary has a constant stream of small craft bobbing about.
Coastal Treat: Walk round the estuary into Alnmouth village where you’ll find Scotts, a great deli-cum-café, and The Red Lion, a cosy pub, popular with the locals, serving classic pub grub beside a welcoming fire.
Waterside, Alnmouth NE66 3QL
Set within 37 acres of landscaped gardens with a striking cliff top location, this immaculately-restored Georgian country house is one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the region. Each suite is individually designed and comes with thoughtful touches, like fresh fruit waiting for you in your room. We recommend a stay in a sumptuous garden suite, complete with a private garden and Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub.
Our Highlight: Winner of the Good Spa Awards 2019, Seaham Hall’s Serenity Spa is the perfect place to wind down and revitalise after a day of exploring what Seaham has to offer.
Coastal Treat: No more than a five-minute walk from Seaham Hall’s clifftop location is Seaham Beach. A popular activity unique to the beach is glass collecting – thanks to an old Seaham company that created glass bottles, discarding their unused glass into the sea, over the years Mother Nature has churned the glass into smooth, polished stones. The hotel will even arrange for any glass you collect to be made into a unique piece of jewellery.
Seaham, SR7 7AG
0191 516 1400
At the gateway of the River Tyne in South Shields, with substantial views of the river and Little Haven beach, is Little Haven Hotel. The hotel has 62 rooms ranging from cosy junior rooms to luxuriously-appointed penthouse suites with stunning sea views, all tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. Their Boardwalk Restaurant is a brilliant spot to watch ferries and fishing boats going in and out of the River Tyne.
Our Highlight: The Hotel hosts a plethora of evening entertainment featuring live music nights; rock, reggae, 80s discos – you name it, there’s more than likely a night for it.
Coastal Treat: The renovated promenade within walking distance of the hotel features some beautiful, contemporary art work and state-of-the-art lighting. The beach is steeped in history, too, as it was once used as a WWI RAF airbase – on a good day you may be able to see faint traces of the old landing strip near the lighthouse.
Littlehaven NE33 1LH
Beadnell Towers, a recently renovated Grade II-listed boutique hotel, blends modern comfort and ease with traditional Northumbrian hospitality, in the heart of Beadnell village. The rooms may all be individual in design but they are all as luxurious as the next. The Craa’s Nest is our favourite of the lot – it’s perched on the top floor of the hotel and boasts magnificent views of the sea on one side and the Cheviot Hills on the other (there’s even a handy telescope that comes with the room).
Our Highlight: Sandy from walking along the beaches or muddy from venturing through the countryside? The Hotspur Bar doesn’t care – they encourage you to come in, get comfortable and enjoy their eclectic menu of wines, local beers and spirits beside the fire.
Coastal Treat: Beadnell Towers is just a few miles away from plenty of coastal culture and castles, though in our humble opinion, Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden are must-sees. The castle is the second-largest inhabited castle in the country (you may recognise it from Harry Potter), and Alnwick Garden hosts a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover.
Chathill NE67 5AY
Located in the heart of the historic old town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and overlooking the tranquil River Tweed is The Walls B&B. The three tastefully-appointed rooms available have been extensively refurbished with cosy features and modern amenities – the Tweed and Swan rooms even have enviable views across the river.
Our Highlight: It wouldn’t be a quality B&B without a scrumptious breakfast – The Walls’ morning menu is full of delicious local produce, giving you a great taste of what Northumberland has to offer.
Coastal Treat: The Berwickshire Coastal Path, stretching from Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders to Berwick-upon-Tweed is rich in history and offers uninterrupted views of the sea – you may just spot some seabirds and coastal flora along the way.
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HB
From its elevated position above the quaint harbour and with breathtaking views north to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, this characterful cottage means you can enjoy seaside living whatever the weather. Formerly the salt and fish store for the nearby smokers which still produces the world famous Craster Kippers, this cute hideaway sleeps six comfortably and a recent refurb has opened up the living space. The small external terrace is great for just enjoying the sea views, from sunrise to sunset.
Our Highlight: When the weather is less than kind you can cosy up beside the log burner and watch the waves crash over the harbour wall through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And when you don’t want to bother cooking, the Jolly Fisherman pub is on your (back) door step.
Coastal Treat: Most guests walk north towards the majestic ruins of the castle, but heading south you’ll find the coastal path which leads you past the Howick Bathing House to the often empty, surf-friendly beach at Sugar Sands.
Craster NE66 3TR
0191 285 1272
This contemporary and spacious first floor apartment has an enviable position right on the seafront at Saltburn, with stunning sea views from the open-plan living area. A great place for couples to cosy up, you can enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of the sitting room. Saltburn itself has plenty to offer with its famous pier and cliff lift. The Cleveland Way runs along the top of the cliffs above Hazel Towers – a whole 110 miles of beautiful coastline to explore – whilst the beach below is popular with surfers and walkers alike.
Our Highlight: The proximity to the beach, and the town of Saltburn with all manner of shops and pubs as a distraction just yards away, make it the ideal winter retreat.
Coastal Treat: Whatever the weather walk just a bit of the stunning cliff-top Cleveland Way to blow away Christmas cobwebs.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1BX