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England's northernmost county is spectacular in the summer months, with dramatic sunsets, sun-dappled walking trails and stretches of beach. Northumberland also has a fascinating Roman history and Monastic heritage, memorialized now as grand fortresses and tidal settlements. Keen hikers can explore the Cheviot Hills before sampling traditional meade in a Lindisfarne tavern. Nature lovers will enjoy the Farne Islands, home to 23 different bird species and over 37,000 puffins! Northumberland's history comes alive at Bamburgh’s castle, situated on a rocky plateau overlooking the stunning coastline. Rent bicycles and explore Northumberland National Park, or the Pennine Cycleway. Alternatively, try kayaking, sailing or snorkelling with your partner off the coast of sandy Beadnell Bay, winner of a Blue Flag Award in 2005 for its rugged beauty. For golf-loving couples, the links courses in Berwick upon Tweed and Alnmouth can't be missed.
Reflect on the serene landscapes, dizzy heights, and majestic castle sites with your loved one, before retreating to one of our Northumberland holiday homes.
Top five destinations for romantic summer retreats in Northumberland
Summer holidays in Craster
The small fishing village of Craster is home of the Craster Kipper, an area of superb restaurants with the village's picturesque harbour as a beautiful backdrop. Bird watch or leaf through seaside inspired artworks at the Mick Oxley Gallery. Cycle the shore-skimming route to Dunstanburgh Castle, and find an ideal picnic spot, or venture to the hidden cove of Rumbling Kern. At the Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve, watch for wrynecks and red-breasted flycatchers, and enjoy the park's stretches of unspoilt greenery.
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Summer holidays in Embleton
Embleton is a quaint village and inspiring holiday retreat famed for its picturesque bay, glorious stretches of sandy beach, and untouched landscape. The village’s vast stretches of coastline have a number of walking routes. Spot seabirds and wildfowl, or take the Embleton Heritage Trail to retrace the region’s local history on one of six routes. For evenings out, dine at Grey's Inn or the Blue Bell Inn before planning an adrenaline-inspired itinerary with one of the local adventure centres.
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Summer holidays in Newton-by-the-Sea
Visit Newton-by-the-Sea for spine-tingling scenery, marine wildlife and dazzling bays. Enjoy birdwatching at Newton Pool Bird Reserve, overlooking the serene freshwater lagoon Newton Pool. Circle the natural rock harbour and pristine beach at Newton Haven, or visit the beautiful 18th century fishing village at Low Newton Square. Sample local cusine in the hamlet’s historic pub, or experience awe-inspiring views at Newton Point's coastal lookout.
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Summer holidays in Bamburgh and Seahouses
Investigate Northumberland’s rich history by visiting the coastal village of Bamburgh, famed for its majestic castle and status as the former official seat of the Northumbrian Kings. The village’s outstanding beauty, tree-lined village grove and adjacent 12th century church encapsulate the area's unique charm and staggering heritage. From the quaint nearby village of Seahouses, tour the Farne Islands and Holy Island, or practise sea angling from the village’s harbour.
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Summer holidays in Lindisfarne and Belford
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne offers an unique insight into early Celtic development, and mustn't be missed by history lovers. Moreover, the island is arguably home to some of Britain's most dramatic coastline. Embrace the island's heritage and visit the Lindisfarne centre to learn about the religious significance of the region. Then wander to the peak of Lindisfarne Castle for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast, and explore the world-famous Lindisfarne Priory for a truly unforgettable experience.
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Holiday Rentals in Northumberland
A stylish, peaceful hideaway, Brunton Burn is the perfect retreat for couples just a few minute's drive or gentle two mile amble across fields to the beach.
From the immaculate rear courtyard, steps from the front door lead to the light, bright a...
Set in the pretty village of Branxton, this enchanting cottage is the epitome of a romantic, rural retreat, complete with white picket fence, pretty cottage garden, cosy sitting room with open fire and a charming summer house.
The cottage exudes ...
A chic retreat with fabulous views and beautifully-presented accommodation ideal for families and couples, Mill Race is just a few minute's drive or a two mile stroll across fields to the beach.
Inside, the newly-renovated accommodation is light,...
48 High Street is a fantastic, mid-terrace cottage in the heart of the seaside town of Amble, near Alnwick in Northumberland. The cottage can sleep five people, offering three spacious bedrooms, which include a double, a twin, a single room and a ...
40 Ravensdowne is a delightful, Grade II listed town house set within the town walls of Berwickupon-Tweed. With five bedrooms over four floors (one with 2' 6" twin beds), each with their own en-suite, this cottage sleeps ten people extremely comfo...