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The Retreat

(Ref. 1040640)

Embleton, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • building (7)
  • cottage (7)
  • pool (6)
  • everything (6)
  • beach (6)
  • comfortable (6)

18 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was well stocked with equipment, towels for swimming clean and warm."

    My only problem was the exit to the main road. The mirror did not always reflect oncoming traffic. The journey to the pool was on a path that says staff only so that needs to be updated.

    Reviewed by ShirleyNov 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing break Cottage had everything we needed and was clean, ..."

    Lovely relaxing break Cottage had everything we needed and was clean, comfortable and very handy for the beach Never got round to using the pool but it looked lovely

    Reviewed by RoyOct 2023

  • "Perfect place the garden is a suntrap with sea and country views walk to the beach on the field path 30 mins steady, beach perfect for dogs ."

    Joiners Arms has lovely food and ales 2 pubs in Embelton similar plus village shop we totally recomend The Retreat we had a freshloaf, milk,and bottled freshorange juice Nortumberland Butter 100+99% satisfied

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2023

  • "The Retreat was comfortable and well equipped."

    It had everything we needed for a family holiday. It was not chic or luxury but we knew that when we booked. Building work is continuing on the site and this directly affects the ambience and aesthetics of the place. It will be much nicer when that has finished. The pool was great, warm, and long enough to do lengths if you wish.

    Reviewed by RowanJul 2023

  • "Couple of things marred the experience, {something I have not experienced before with Sykes}."

    Firstly I was advised that adjacent building work would be completed by end of February, Wrong ! it was still in full flow all week with various vans plus a JCB back and forth and mud spattered all over my car. Secondly the Retreat is not covered by wifi "NFWIFI" but as I eventually discovered 3 days later it was "NFPOOL"! supposedly the link for studios and apartments only. Ms Nicola Snaith was not in her office to seek assistance on the three times I called between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. but then her office seemed to be a store for odd pieces of building materials. Finally I now note that you are operating a 30% discount due to the ongoing building work , something I would have preferred to receive .Net result is that I'm not a happy customer and as a regular customer I would expect some form of financial recompense. David Branchett 01/05/2023

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2023

  • "The situation & facilities were excellent."

    The Retreat WOULD have been fine BUT we were misled about the building work , particularly as we weren’t given any warning of the disruption and dangers , so this did impinge on our enjoyment. And we felt our complaint was initially dismissed before being satisfactorily resolved. Bath towels too thin & small, particularly when Northumberland weather can be cold & windy! So, a review of two halves!

    Reviewed by AnnieApr 2023

  • "Property cold on arrival but quickly rectified by the housekeeper."

    Excellent facilities and welcome pack. Beds comfortable and nice and clean. Shower and bathroom very good. Lounge nice and roomy. Garden good for the dog, enclosed with lovely views. Kitchen had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by LyndaMar 2023

  • "Lovely and peaceful."

    Stunning views. Easy walks to the beach and Embleton.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Retreat."

    Quiet, scenic location, beautiful grounds which all the holiday cottages shared. The Pool was a brilliant asset to the properties, good size and depth, and great to have to ourselves for 5 x 1 hour slots for the week. Fairly close to the beach, although took longer to walk than suggested, unless we took the wrong route. We were advised about building work going on, but we found no problems at all from this. Local restaurants all seemed to be booked up, so advise booking early once you arrive. All in all, we had a fabulous stay here and would strongly recommend. We did also have the bonus of great weather.

    Reviewed by LynnJul 2022

  • "We loved the peace of this cottage last year, but unfortunately this year, that was destroyed by noise from the building site in the field directly in front of us."

    Having paid considerably more for our stay this year, we would have appreciated being warned about the building operations. Sadly we shall not be returning to this beautiful spot, as we feel the new units when completed, will overshadow the cottage. The cottage itself however, is lovely, clean and comfortable, thank you.

    Reviewed by HeatherMay 2022

  • "Hello I want you to record that this was the most disappointing experience we have had booking with Sykes Cottages thus far."

    The accuracy of the listing was way off the mark as the cottage was located in the middle of a building site (photos attached). As the cottage was recommended by The Times newspaper I will be contacting them as well - I would welcome any comments you may have. Many thanks

    Reviewed by DominicMay 2022

  • "There was everything we needed in the cottage, and it was in a great location."

    You could walk to the beach and villages through the farms fields which was great.

    Reviewed by NormanApr 2022

  • "A cork screw would be handy."

    Access road from the cottage was a bit dangerous when trying to exit onto the main road. Could have been better if there was a mirror opposite. Apart from these points everything was great.

    Reviewed by AnnFeb 2022

  • "Your directions are to the main site."

    The retreat has a separate entrance from the road. This is confusing especially in the dark

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2021

  • "Fantastic location in a beautiful part of Northumberland."

    Access straight onto fields with amazing views and a footpath to coastal path. Also an off road path to village. Cottage very comfortable and practical. Had everything we needed. Porch very handy for boots etc Bit muddy at the moment due to building works - slight hassle to get to other cottages and pool. But the building works were not intrusive at all. They were quiet. Forgot to mention that the toaster didn't work.

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2021

  • "Fantastic accommodation and facilities that can be used whatever the weather."

    Really enjoyed the views from the property, would 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by SabrinaAug 2021

  • "You have listed the property as having WiFi which is not the case."

    This made my holiday stressful as I had planned to work on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Thank you for your feedback. All of our properties have wifi, however the service can be poor in rural Northumberland and when the site is full and everyone's trying to access Internet in the local area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RosieJul 2021

  • "Would highly recommend this cottage."

    It is comfortable, well equipped clean and warm, and in an ideal location, with a twenty minute walk through the fields to a stunning beach. An added bonus to this accommodation is the excellent swimming pool, which is managed in such a way that you have exclusive allocated time slots. We loved our stay here and hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by HeatherMay 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Shared play area on cottage complex.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Garden with lawn and furniture
  • One well-behaved small/medium dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Shared children's play area on cottage complex
  • Note: Beach is accessed via owner's land
  • Note: The swimming pool is available for all guests staying in our 13 cottages and 4 apartments
  • Guests must go to the pool entrance area to sign up for the swimming slots they would like to use, using their property name
  • Each stay is allocated a number of slots, 7 night stay - 5 slots, 5 night stay - 3 slots,3 night stay - 2 slots
  • The same time slot is not available to each property each day
  • Note: Caravans/ motor homes/ commercial vehicles (eg vans) are not permitted to be parked outside the properties, there is alternative parking opposite the properties, just off the main site (it is still covered by our CCTV) This is available by prior arrangement at a cost of £20
  • Please note: There are building works happening on a nearby property, with a maximum 3 workmen who work between 10am and 4pm , Monday - Friday and the works may last until the start of July 2023, Any booking made for a holiday stay between now and 1st of August 2023 qualifies for a 30% discount, please call to add the discount
  • Please Note: This property will only accept a check-in on a Friday
  • This property has a good housekeeping bond of £200

The property

Enjoying a lovely position on North Farm, a short stroll from the rest of the cottages, is this delightful ground-floor semi-detached stone cottage, The Retreat.

Sitting near the coast, within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you are wonderfully connected to the gorgeous Embleton Bay, as well as the village, and many surrounding attractions.

Enter this quaint abode and be welcomed into the porch and down the hallway, finding the charming sitting room on the left; here you can relax on the leather sofas and armchair before the TV as you wind down into your evening.

Continue past the traditional interior and find a pleasant dining room offering a social spot to gather in at mealtimes, with the kitchen down the hall hosting a great range of appliances for your self-catered stay.

Enjoy having a dishwasher, fridge, and washing machine all at hand, making your holiday a breeze.

Freshen up within the spacious shower room, and settle into either the lovely twin bedroom or the king-size, each with ample storage and elegant furnishings.

Enjoy sitting out in your own garden space on a summer evening, or a bright morning.

The Retreat will be a welcome escape in Northumberland for you and your loved ones.

Note: This property can be booked alongside Refs. 917240, 924725, 930497, 930498, 936518, 947951, 949760, 970049, 970136, 970137, 970138, 1040639, 1040642, 1112310, 1120842, 1122318, 1122319, 1122320, and 1122321, together sleeping a total of 87 guests.

North Farm Cottages

A group of tastefully decorated, luxury cottages with panoramic views towards Embleton Bay. Each cottage at North Farm has been individually styled with great attention to detail; with dining tables for those celebratory meals, sleek kitchens and large living areas to accommodate you and your loved ones, spacious bedrooms with soft beds and bathroom facilities, all of which help to provide a superb base for touring this beautiful county. Relax on the peaceful patio area or perhaps enjoy a dip in the newly-built swimming pool. North Farm was once a busy working farm and is still surrounded by lush green fields. A safe, gently sloping farm track leads from the farm down to stunning Embleton Bay, with little extras along the way to make the walk more exciting. Guests can say hello to the three deer, stop off at the old pill box for a rest or relax on the beach and spend the day making sandcastles and paddling. From the beach, turn left and take a stroll to the Ship at Low Newton, famous for its microbrewery and scrumptious food, or for a more ambitious walk, turn right and take in Dunstanburgh Castle. Head to Craster, where you can sample the delights of a crab sandwich in the Jolly Fisherman, or pick up some kippers from Robson's famous smokery. There is so much to see and do in Northumberland, with Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Holy Island, Bamburgh, Warkworth and Berwick all within easy reach. These delightful cottages are perfect for a beachside Northumberland break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Craster 3 miles; Beadnell 4 miles; Alnwick 7 miles.

The pretty village of Embleton is ideally placed for exploring one of the most attractive stretches of Northumberland's Heritage Coastline. A beautiful grassy path runs from the village to neighbouring Craster, alongside the sea and past Dunstanburgh Castle - the largest ruined castle in Northumberland. Embleton itself has a village pub and a local hotel, and there is an excellent range of amenities in nearby Alnwick. The gardens at nearby Howick Hall are open during the summer and are noted for their beauty, whilst Alnwick Castle and Garden are a 'must-see' when visiting the area. For the keen golfer, Dunstanburgh Links Course is about 1 mile away - just one of several excellent courses in the vicinity.

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Please Note: This property will only accept a check in on a Friday

Swimming pool bookings cannot be made in advance of your stay.