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Planning an Autumn staycation? Coquet Cottages have a Northumberland holiday home for every occasion

Be it a romantic retreat or a pet-friendly escape, a long-awaited gathering or even a hot tub holiday, Coquet Cottages have got the perfect staycation property for you.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 17.09.2021

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Sleeps: 2

If your idea of romance is nestling yourselves away in an idyllic retreat right in the heart of the Coquet Valley for a night or two, then you’re in luck – Grey Hens ticks all the boxes.

Just for two, this incredibly stylish yet super-cosy bolthole provides a real oasis of calm amongst its blissful gardens and serene countryside. When the sun shines, discover the vegetable patches, pond garden, flower patches and rockery while soaking up the sights of the rugged Northumberland landscape that surrounds you. Or visit Grey Hens in Winter for ultimate The Holiday vibes – complete with a wood-burning stove, roll-top bath and fluffy bathrobes. You and your other half can enjoy lazy mornings dozing by the fire and soaking up each other’s company, while the weather rages outside.  

If, to you, staycations are all about those extra-special touches, Grey Hens is most definitely going to impress. Renovated by local artist Marie Stansby, the design-led décor would be enough for anyone here. But at Grey Hens, you’ll also be treated to a Northumbrian Welcome Hamper by Marie on arrival. Plus, you’ll find homemade, ready-to-cook meals in the freezer, if you don’t feel like cooking.

While secreted away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Grey Hens is just a 10-minute drive away from the market town of Rothbury, and 20 minutes away from Alnwick, while the closest beach – while Warkworth village is only half an hour away, ideal for a romantic stroll along the sand.

While Warkworth village and beach, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Rothbury, Bambugh and the rest of Northumberland are only ever a car ride away.

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Sleeps: 6 

This stylish seaside retreat is about one thing and one thing only: utter luxury. Boasting breath-taking views across the North East coastline, inside you’ll find modern amenities, plush furniture, stylish décor and space to well and truly unwind. 

Perfectly positioned to enjoy everything this little nook of Northumberland has to offer, Hemingway’s is just around the corner from natural hotspots Hauxley Nature Reserve and Druridge Bay, while Warkworth village and beach, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Rothbury, Bamburgh and the rest of Northumberland are only ever a car ride away.

The real talking point here is most definitely to be found on the balcony: the hot tub. With panoramic views across some of Northumberland’s most picturesque harbour coastline, here you can soak away the stress of the ordinary and indulge – cracking open the bubbly and watching the sunset fade into starlight.

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Sleeps: 11

Now we know it doesn’t take all that much to make a group catch up special – a picky tea, a bottle of something sparkling and everyone together is usually all you need. But every now and again you want to go that extra mile to make an occasion one you’ll all remember for years to come – and The Old Manse near Seahouses promises to do just that.

This quirky, uber-cosy holiday home sleeps 11, so no-one need miss an invite. And with two king-size rooms, two twin rooms (which can both be converted into super-king rooms) and one bedroom with three single beds, there are plenty of options for all party types. Plus, there are four shower rooms and one family bathroom – complete with a newly fitted spa-style bath – so you can all enjoy time away, while still enjoying your own space.


The lounge area is cosy and colourful, with interesting artworks adorning the walls and a big wood-burning stove to curl up around when the nights draw in. Plus, the dining room has ample space for everyone to laze around and enjoy a hearty Sunday breakfast. You even have your own garden room here, which is the perfect space to relax with a cup of coffee.

If it’s warm and snug you really want, then The Old Manse has got the pièce de resistance for you: the Kota. Totally unique (you’re not going to find many of these), the Kota is an all-season BBQ house in The Old Manse’s spacious, entirely enclosed garden. Fully equipped with all the BBQ gear, there’s no better place to stoke up the fire, snuggle up in your blankets and toast some marshmallows.

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Sleeps: 8 adults, 2 children, and 2 infants and 3 dogs 

The best thing about staycations is that you’re escaping the everyday, without that feeling of being in a totally alien environment. We all want to feel comfortable and confident in our surroundings, especially when we’re going away with our families, and often the home-from-home holiday experiences are the ones we treasure forever. And that, for many of us, can be because no-one needs to be left behind – not even our beloved dogs.

Coquet Cottages has an enviable selection of pet-friendly properties to choose from, but one of our favourites is Lyndhurst. This 5-star coastal retreat, tucked within the charming hamlet of Foxton (near Alnmouth), has space and luxury in abundance – so much so that it even has a coveted Gold Award by Visit England. 

With original period staircase, a living room with inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove, large windows overlooking an attractive south-facing garden and French windows opening out onto large, furnished patio, Lyndhurst exudes old-school character, charm and luxury. This spacious seaside holiday home has the ideal…seaside staycation spot has the ideal layout for a large family get-together: sleeping up to eight adults and two children very comfortably across five bedrooms.

Lyndhurst is also perfectly positioned for a pet-friendly family gathering. For one, the beach is just a short walk from your front door, so long strolls along the sands are only ever five minutes away. Not that you’ll even need to travel that far for a little fun al fresco – Lyndhurst’s large lawned garden has a spacious south-facing patio, furnished with a large table and chairs, and a vegetable patch overlooking Alnmouth and Foxton Bay. But it’s the attention to detail that really makes your stay here extra-special. Think a Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine with a selection of drinks pods, a Hi-Fi with mp3/iPod connection and BT Vision Unlimited (featuring BT Sport and Netflix) on the TV. So come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. 

Better yet, Coquet Cottages will make sure your pooch gets the VIP treatment. With complimentary dog treats, water and food bowls, doggy disposal bags, buckets, dog towels, leads, stair gates and dog beds all available on request, they’ll make sure your four-legged family member is treated like one. And while they don’t permit dogs to be left unattended in any of their properties, Coquet Cottages can also provide a personal dog-sitting service –so you can still visit pet-free attractions without worrying about your dog.

HLN’s Top Tip: Use code ‘KONG’ when booking your dog-friendly holiday with Coquet Cottages and receive a free KONG Wild Knot bear* toy for your dog. (*One toy per booking).

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Coquet Cottages are our new favourite holiday home provider. Experts in staycation style and luxury, their amazing attention to detail and signature concierge service sets them apart from the crowd. After all, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by letting your cares slip away knowing everything is taken care of?  Nothing is ever too much trouble for the Coquet team.  

With all the information you need to choose your perfect holiday home at your fingertips – be that comprehensive photographs, detailed descriptions, location maps or Coquet’s ground-breaking 3D Virtual Tours – booking a Northumberland staycation has never been easier. Plus, Coquet’s range of properties will ensure that no-one need be left behind, with plenty of accessible and pet-friendly accommodation in a range of sizes to choose from. 

Book with confidence knowing that if a lockdown or strict Tier restriction came back into play which legally prevented you from travelling, you’d get a full refund from Coquet Cottages, or deferral to a later date so you can still enjoy the holiday you’ve booked when it better suits. 

So what are you waiting for? Escape the ordinary and book your next Northumberland staycation with Coquet Cottages – we promise you won’t regret it. 

For more information, inspo and advice, visit Coquet Cottages website, Facebook or Instagram 

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