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Newton Retreat

(Ref. 940785)

Embleton, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful cottage in an idilic location."

    Would love to revisit in better weather to enjoy the outdoor space. Cottage is very comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday (could have done with a dish cloth for washing up!!) Only criticism was an unpleasant oder in the larger bathroom - like stagnant water - would be good if someone could investigate. I see the property is up for sale, will watch with interest to see what happens when it sells.

    Reviewed by Alexandra4.7Apr 2024

  • "The cottage was really nice."

    The main drawback was that the track to reach it from the road was an un made cinder track and if we had met another vehicle it would have been a long way to reverse as this track was a quarter of a mile long. The other thing not mentioned is that if you need a shop it is about 4miles to 5 miles away. For nature lovers it is lovely

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "A very comfortable stay at a peaceful location, which was very convenient for visiting the area's attractions."

    The only minor downside was the extreme heat in the evening when returning to the farm, where we had to open all the doors and windows to regulate the temperature. Perhaps not a problem on most weeks of the year!!

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Aug 2023

  • "Newton Retreat is a comfortable and well equipped cottage in lovely countryside."

    There are walks from the door. Many beautiful beaches are within a short drive. We had a couple of issues which were sorted by the friendly owner Jeremy. We had a fantastic week. (Please note that you need to let the owner know if you need the twin bedroom made up as a twin rather than a king size.)

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable it contained a great deal of information on places to eat and visit ."

    It is situated in peaceful location with an abundance of wildlife in the surrounding area.The owners were both friendly and helpful .Would have no hesitation in returning there and recommending it to others .

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2023

  • "I'd give 6 stars if I could."

    We had a wonderful time, quite the best cottage we've stayed in. So comfortable, lovely friendly owners. There were a couple of hiccups that were soon fixed. A really lovely place.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2023

  • "So quiet. Space for four with great facilities."

    Wildlife walking past the window - hares, roe deer and lots of song birds. Comfortable warm and a welcoming host. Close to loads of places of interest and very beautiful and quiet beaches. Second visit and would come back

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2023

  • "A great holiday cottage with all mod cons and country views from all directions making Newton Retreat a superb base to explore the area or simply chill ."

    Very well equipped kitchen with good quality facilities for cooking and eating. Bedrooms with lovely large beds tastefully decorated and furnished. Ideally located near to Alnwick and the surrounding beaches. Thank you for a very pleasant home for the week and a big thank you for your kind gesture of not only the welcome basket but the chocolates and card for my birtdayday, greatly appreciated.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really enjoyable stay in a fantastic house."

    All mod cons, clean and comfy. Beautiful views from every aspect, a real relaxing holiday. The only thing I would mention is the farm track leading to the property which is badly potholed and hard to navigate. This did not detract from our wonderful holiday but needs addressing at some point.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property was welcoming, signs etc around and Jeremy popped in which was nice to say Hi."

    Property was nice and clean. The heat of the property was very over powering. We tried turning thermostat down but still so hot, the boiler producing heated water was clearly warming everything up, and a glitch seemed to have some radiators warming up even when off, eventually we put heating on holiday mode to end when we left. Nice views around property, but the decking around the back of the property is lethal when damp. We moved settees to face TV and fire rather than face each other. The settees were a little deep so felt like always lying back. Location was great, private, quiet and apple's to pick for a crumble. A little disappointed that getting a couple of left clothes sent is proving a mission impossible, hopefully it will get resolved. Visited Alnwick Castle and Gardens, also Cragside National trust site.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Oct 2022

  • "Our holiday was badly threatened by a depressing recent review (Aug 22) which we read before leaving home but which turned out to be totally misleading."

    Having visited 16 Sykes cottages in the last 8 years we consider ourselves to be seasoned and are used to high standards. However we had an excellent holiday and Newton Retreat is a good centre for visiting very many lovely locations and is a quiet haven after a long day sight seeing. Our pleasure was increased by deer almost at our doorstep, owls hooting at night and not a dog or lawn mower or farmer ploughing in earshot! As we do all our own cooking and never eat out we appreciated the fabulous, well-equipped kitchen...the oven/hob was sublime. The quality of everything was noticeably above average. Both rooms being en-suite, with lots of hot water and very comfortable beds was also appreciated. There are three lovely areas of decking, easily accessible from patio doors and/or external steps with countryside views. We found the cottage light and airy. As advised by Jeremy we closed the blinds when out during the day as it was very sunny, then once back opened the patio doors and the windows (easily disabling the safety catches!) which quickly cooled and ventilated all the rooms. The garden areas surrounding the cottage were well maintained and a pleasure to relax in. The owner (Jeremy) was very helpful and friendly, but not at all intrusive. Thank you for the thoughtful welcome pack and we are still enjoying the apples and plums.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Sep 2022

  • "Yes the property looks great and has been done to a high spec but I think this was done some years ago now and once you scratch the surface it feels now that it is style over substance."

    Some adjustments would make it a much more useable and efficient property. The Kitchen is very good I thought. #1 The number of cushions and pillows was frankly ridiculous. Looks good but realistically you need an extra room just to store them as they are mostly not required. #2 Unnecessary clutter (bowl of fake lemons wasting valuable counter space and 3 huge candle boxes on the dining table wasting space). #3 Very expensive (out of date) speaker system for Ipods or the like. Has a massively out of date docking connector making the whole thing unusable. Looks good but isn't functional. #4 Windows nearest the dining table don't open which is very odd. #5 The rear decking and view is amazing but is lost as you can’t access the rear decking from the kitchen/dining area (only through the main bedroom). This is a missed opportunity and leaves the rear decking unused, It’s a shame. If there was a rear door in the kitchen/dining area leading to the rear decking it would be a game changer. We got there at 5pm and the place was like an oven, it cooks in the summer heat. The windows have a security lock so can only be opened a smidge which meant we couldn't really get any proper air flow to cool the place down. Only at the end of our stay did we work out how to override the lock and open the window wider. This information on how to open the windows wider could have been shared given the heat. Mid-way through our stay there must have been muck spreading in the area, not the owners fault but it smelled really bad for a few days there was a constant smell and then you'd get a fresh waft in the face that floors you. I get farm smells but that was on another scale. The owners dog decides to bark from 9pm onwards non-stop with no-one telling him the shut up. I almost cracked at one point. Strangely as well we also didn't feel very welcome either even though there was a nice welcome basket with wine and biscuits, it just felt fake. I sent the owner a nice friendly message asking him a question about the use of the washing line outside, he ignored my wife’s message and I got a one word answer back after I sent another message. Regardless of his intention it felt rude and we felt unwelcome. He also mowed his lawn/fields pretty close to where we were staying and so the whole 'Retreat' aspect of the property was lost as we were subjected to various noisy periods during our stay. We really looking forward to staying there but on the whole it was style over substance and I get the feeling that he doesn't like having people on his land but it’s a necessary evil as the money he's raking in must be huge.

    Reviewed by Jamie3.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely stay in a great spot."

    Cottage beautifully furnished. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful stay at Newton Retreat last week."

    Our third stay in Northumberland and definitely the last time we need to think about where we might stay on another trip. Could not fault anything with this property. We stayed as a couple and found the property perfect in every way. A family of four or two couples would be just as suited as plenty space and storage for up to 4. When we return we are going to book for the “summer” months to hopefully enable us to use the available outdoor space and surroundings when the temperatures are warmer to sit outside in the evenings. The only noise you will hear are that of birds, the owners’ dogs when they are having a run around the farm or the occasional train but so quiet, relaxing and peaceful. A lovely welcome hamper of milk, biscuits, wine and crisps was much appreciated. Fabulous location for exploring by car, on foot or as we did mainly by bike. A good five mile return walk to Embleton but perhaps only two or three to the local pubs in Criston Bank or Rennington if you do want to walk to the village pub for a pint or two. Can’t wait to return in 2023.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    Spacious and light.Well specced, with all the facilities needed. Large comfortable beds and hot showers. Quiet and secluded, but attentive owner close by. Well positioned for exploring the Northumbrian coast. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2022

  • "Newton Retreat was exactly what it says on the label, a beautiful, quiet, calm place where you can appreciate nature, relax and enjoy a break from the hubbub of everyday life."

    The cottage was clean and warm and welcoming, we would definitely recommend it to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Cleveland5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful, peaceful and well equipped cottage."

    Great location near to our favourite places and close to those fabulous beaches. We had a lovely stay here, one of the best cottages that we have stayed in. Sadly didn’t get to use the fire because we had fabulous weather which was a bonus early November. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great location and very good holiday home, Jeremy is a great guy and is always on hand to help with any issues you may have."

    Certainly would recommend Newton Retreat for your perfect break in Northumberland!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely place, excellent quiet rural location."

    Lots of places to explore. Great host too.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is a truly lovely property; luxurious (wasted on the kids but we loved it!"

    ) and comfortable and surrounded by fields. Simply idyllic. There were hares and deer in the field behind, the kids could go off and explore and it was very quiet. Jeremy the owner was very friendly and helpful. There are two other holiday properties on the farm but Newton Retreat is set slightly apart and we barely saw or heard anything of the other families staying there. There is so much to see and do in the area, we hardly scratched the surface; it was our first time to Northumberland but certainly will not be the last. I would absolutely love to stay again. Thank you Jeremy for this wonderful place.

    Reviewed by Amelia5.0Jul 2021

  • "We were not able to stay at Newtons Retreat because we had to covid isolate."

    We took out covid insurance with Sykes, however it didn't covid isolating - so the cottage remained empty all week and we lost all our money. We'll never use Sykes again.

    Reviewed by David2.5Jul 2021

  • "Exceeded expectations in a great location for what we wanted to do ( Dunstanburgh castle, Seahouse, Holy Island and ride out in to the border towns (Kelso is a good place to visit))."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "An absolutely perfect cottage."

    Luxury accommodation, had everything you could need and spotlessly clean. Beautiful and peaceful location, with wildlife abundant. Jeremy was so helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent!"

    Reviewed by Matt5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely house beautifully furnished great wee touches like white company toiletries."

    Seating outside to watch the sun go down and so many birds around to watch and listen to. Jeremy was a great host and we had everything we needed for a really relaxing week. It was a cold week so we lot the stove some nights and just relaxed in the comfy sofas. Kitchen was really well equipped too.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2021

  • "Really peaceful & comfortable - even quieter than at home."

    Very welcome when some people out & about are not observing social distancing & we wanted to go back to the cottage more often than usual - it lived up to its name of retreat! TV & WIFI were excellent - very helpful for the wet days so we could enjoy relaxing the whole time we were away. All the kitchen facilities we needed to cook & eat in the cottage, also particularly welcome in the current climate. Some lovely walks from Walks on the Northumberland Coast by David Haffey - best enjoyed getting out early before the crowds though there is always space on the lovely wide beaches. Only an hour to the Scottish borders which were lovely to enjoy on the wet days - abbey ruins & some gorgeous galleries. We would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2020

  • "The accommodation was extremely well kitted out, and beautifully presented."

    We appreciated the attention to detail, it was like staying in a luxury hotel with the benefit of added space. Jeremy was very welcoming- we would definitely recommend Newton Retreat to anyone.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2020

  • "We just came back from a wonderfull week in Newton Cottage, a lovely, super tiny, clean house, everything you need is there."

    We spended x-mas there, with lovely weather, blue sky, no rain! The owners of the house Elaine and Jeromy are sooooooooooooo ,nice, funny, kindfull, helpfull. Thanks for the whisky Jeromy ;-) We were also allowed to get to know the dog family....5 of them….how cute and friendly!!! You find some good restaurants/pubs near by the house (10-15 min drive) the local people are very friendly and kind, helpfull, out of the ordinary!!! We slept so well in the beds in the cottage, very good mattresses, in the kitchen, you find everything for cooking, good WiFi reception, nice bathrooms and everything very, very clean!!!! To greet us we found a great welcome packet with coffee, tea, cake, cookies, prosecco, water, milk and much more….so nice THANK YOU!!!!! The Cottage and the area absolutely recommendable…...and of course the owners!!!! Hope to be back soon!!!! Lovely greetings from Germany Carolin und Uwe :-)

    Reviewed by Uwe5.0Dec 2019

  • "Superb accommodation, with very friendly and welcoming owners."

    Perfect location for exploring Northumberland.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is a wonderful cottage."

    Modern, clean and has all you need for a comfortable stay. Loved the welcome goodies too. The location was outstanding, from the babbling brook behind us to the expansive country views. The Barn Owl hunting in the field next to us was amazing too. Would definitely recommend and we will most certainly be back to enjoy the comforts and relaxation that Newton Retreat has to offer.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2019

  • "Wonderful location, excellent accommodation, beautiful places to visit along the Northumberland coast."

    We have stayed here twice and plan to return again and again...

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent location for a relaxing holiday in a warm and inviting cottage Very welcoming owners"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2019

  • "This was our 2nd visit to this property & as before we were impressed with the home from home feel, the furnishings, the full range of kitchen equipment, the 2 en-suites, the location is so quiet with stunning sun rises and a perfect base to explore the north east."

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Oct 2018

  • "The lodge was excellent; maintained to a very high standard."

    It was a real home from home- well equipped and had lots of little well thought of touches to make it an even more enjoyable stay. It was very peaceful - just what we wanted. Although it was well off the main road you were not faced with driving up dirt tracks to get there. Jeremy our host, was very welcoming when we met him and then we were left in peace to enjoy the rest of our time there. The Rock/Christon Bank area is a great base for being able to visit lots of places. We think The Newton Retreat is an excellent place to stay at any time of year. FEEDBACK CAN BE PUBLISHED BUT NO NAMES PLEASE.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2018

  • "The standard of the accomodation was 5 star, and far exceeded our expectations."

    Rent this property and you will want for nothing, and you'll bathe in the biggest deepest bath you've ever bathed in. You are so far from the road there is zero traffic noise. All you will have for company is the birds and the occasional passing hare.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2018

  • "From the moment we arrived at Newton Retreat we knew we would have a lovely time."

    It is a really comfortable place with everything you need for your stay. Little extras from the owners Jeremy and Elaine from the welcome pack luxury toiletries make it extra special. We were met by Jeremy who explained how the technical things worked and also gave us information about the local area and places to eat. The outside space is amazing lovely gardens and we did manage to sit outside and take in the lovely views. Newton Retreat is a lovely tranquil place and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in this part of the country.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Jun 2018

  • "Such a lovely quiet spot."

    Ideal for a relaxing holiday to top up the batteries. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week at Newton Retreat in Northumberland."

    The open plan cottage was absolutely gorgeous, with everything you could possibly need, including a welcome pack filled with goodies. The furnishings were stylish, beautiful and top quality, which made our stay really luxurious. We enjoyed a lovely sunny walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh castle, then ate a delicious seafood lunch at The Jolly Fisherman. Bamburgh and Alnwick castles were both worth visiting and our sons, 9 and 10 really enjoyed them. We had a lovely day at Berwick where we walked round the old walls and took in the views. All in all a great area and a beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Apr 2018

  • "Newton Retreat is a very comfortable property with good quality furnishings and equipment."

    There was nothing we needed and easily surpassed other properties we have stayed in for equipment. It is an ideal cottage for both winter and summer visits. The views are stunning. The owners are very helpful and available at all times. We highly recommend and will return.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Dec 2017

  • "Info could usefully point out the walk to Embleton could be very overgrown!"

    And indicate clearly where the route is.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2017

  • "Had a wonderful time, a beautiful cottage ideally situated."

    Had a relaxing and busy week exploring places near to the cottage, some beautiful beaches & wildlife walks close by. Would highly recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jun 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double with en-suite wet room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Utility
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric range cooker with oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with basic Sky Package, WiFi, Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden areas with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Shop and Beach 3 miles
  • Note: Very shallow burn runs to the rear
  • Note: There is a small unfenced pond at the far corner of the meadow
  • Please note: Car charging is not permitted at the property. Minimum of 3 nights stay

The property

Embleton 3 miles.

A detached, single-storey, south-facing cottage in tranquil, unspoilt countryside, three miles from Embleton and the fisherman's hamlet of Newton-by-the-Sea, on the Heritage Coast, Developed to a high specification and offering countryside views, this cottage near Newton-by-the-Sea is perfect for couples or families to enjoy that long-awaited break.

This Newton-by-the-Sea cottage features luxury accommodation; individually styled and furnished to offer character features including open beams, trusses and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The living area at this Newton-by-the-Sea cottage is spacious and bright with a toasty woodburner and doors to a south-facing veranda, an ideal place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun descend behind the Cheviots to the west.

The living area exudes real style, and the bespoke kitchen includes a Rangemaster cooker with five induction rings, unique black granite sink and worktops and a freestanding central island unit.

The bedrooms in this Newton-by-the-Sea cottage have both been tastefully furnished with great attention to detail.

The king-size double bedroom with en-suite marble wet room has doors to a patio area overlooking fields and the burn, which gurgles past on its way to the sea at Embleton.

The second bedroom has a super king-size zip/link bed; this can be two singles if required so it’s suitable for couples or children, with a marble en-suite wet room and fabulous freestanding cast iron bateau bath.

Outside this Newton-by-the-Sea cottage there are two areas for sitting, a lawn and the property nestles on the edge of the owners’ seven-acre smallholding; the fields are there for your enjoyment.

This Newton-by-the-Sea cottage is in a superb position for local attractions.

Popular pub and restaurants are just a short drive away, and the rest of the delights of Northumberland are all within easy reach, including the castles of Warkworth, Dunstunburgh, Bamburgh and Alnwick, and those empty, long endless golden beaches, are just waiting to enchant you.

This really is a very special Newton-by-the-Sea cottage, and the perfect destination to chill out and recharge in peace and tranquillity.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 1153 and 1786, and together they sleep 12.

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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: Car charging is not permitted at the property.

This property has a minimum of 3 night stays

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas