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Special feature: Fisherman’s Retreat, Seahouses, England

Fisherman's RetreatLast year  we stayed at Coastal Retreats‘ five-star self-catering Fisherman’s Retreat in Seahouses in Northumberland  in the north-east of England. This traditional coastal hideaway is a 17th Century grain store in the oldest part of Seahouses, a traditional British seaside town famed for its picturesque harbour and fish and chips restaurants.

Fisherman's RetreatThe property can sleep 6 and is a stone’s throw from the very popular Ship Inn and the town centre beyond. The sea is visible from outside the front door of the cottage and the harbour is just a short walk away.   From here you can take boats to the Farne Islands and view seals and seabirds, or learn about the amazing story of local heroine, Grace Darling.

Fisherman's RetreatFor those that simply like to relax back at the property, there is a small table where you can sit out during the summer months and breath in the sea air from within a small courtyard.   This is one of the old fishermen’s squares and would have been used to mend nets and bait lines, whilst the buildings provided some protection from the elements.

Fisherman's RetreatThe interior  of the property has a clean, contemporary feel. Downstairs there is a modest fitted kitchen (but ample space for a week away), a lavatory, a dining area and a spacious  lounge in which to relax.  The stylish  appearance inside  is thanks to  a combination of the architectural skills  of Roger Copestake  and Fiona McKeith’s  eye for interior design.

Fisherman's RetreatUpstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom with a nautical theme and plenty of fluffy towels provided. The cottage is  very homely and  offers a true haven to get away from it all and to immerse yourself in the local way of life.   Just up the road is Swallow Fish where you can buy traditional oak-smoked kippers for breakfast, from the last fully operation 19th Century smokehouse in Seahouses.  

If you’re ever  planning on visiting the area, Fisherman’s Retreat is definitely worth considering, as are the other properties run by Coastal Retreats, which accommodate anything from 2 to 10 people.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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