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Press information Highest Regional Tourism Accolade
We are delighted to have been awarded the highest regional honour of Gold Award in the Self Catering category of North East Tourism Awards 2010 for our large party house - Moo House and The Cow Shed Coastal Retreats is a unique collection of child-friendly 5 star graded self-catering holiday cottages in prime locations on the Northumberland Coast. We will be delighted to help you with any questions you may have or will arrange to show you around one or all of our properties at your convenience. For media enquiries, please send an email to Fiona Mckeith or Alison Mckeith at or call our office on 0191 2851272 or 07799451545 For press editorial, high resolution images of those seen on this website are available. Please call to enquire.

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Sunday 10th July 2011 Keep up to date with our latest news and special offers by registering with us. email:

Travel Supplement 'Northumberland lends itself to free-spirited cottage stays rather than hotel swishness. Especially since interior designers Roger Copestake and Fiona Mckeith set about turning salty old fishermen's roosts into startling penthouse style holiday pads. There company, Coastal Retreats now has more than 20 lodgings sprinkled along the shore - places such as Pampas, which sleeps 2 and brings angular scandinavian chic to the seafront' login=false&

Glad to see the hard work that goes into our brochure is appreciated!

June 2010

Retreat to the countryside and click Sunday Times 24 January 2010 on our sister site..............

100 Coolest Cottages 71 Craster Rocks, Craster, Northumberland Sleeps 6 Talk about makeovers. This modest, semi-detached seafront house has had the works. Huge windows look out onto the water, and the whole of the ground floor is open-plan. Leather sofas, reclaimed wooden floors and a wood-burning stove all add to the effect. High £1,250, low £600; 0191 285 1272,


Couples Retreats

Coastal and
The Lodge@Shirewater - The 65 Budle Falls, Waren Mill, Northumberland Studio - Pampas Apartment - Sleeps 4 Coral Cottage The Alnmouth Boathouse Any child with imagination will have a ball here, with access to nine acres of land, a bridge for

Country poohsticks and the wonder of Britain’s finest beachfront castle, at Bamburgh, just two miles to the south. This barn conversion may be small, but it’s artfully done, and it’s packed with gadgets —
Budle Falls - The including a Wii — in case the weather won’t co-operate. Boathouse - The Old Paper Mill - Spring High £1,100, low £490; 0191 284 0134, Cottage token=null&offset=48&page=5

North East Life - October 2009
'Beside the Seaside' - The Plaice, Seahouses

1st August 2009 The Guardian Travel
Bluegrass Apartment @ The Viking 'I don't think I have come across another website that has made me hyperventilate with excitement as much as Coastal Retreats has........Why is a site such as this still the exception, not the rule?' Read the full article at:

The Guardian Travel 28th May 2009 featured Moo House, our large family get-together, reunion venue with
ground floor facilities catering to those of limited mobility if necessary. Great for Grandparents!!! Read the article at: Susbcribe Now!

Country Living July 2009

Saturday 7th March 2009

Five chic seaside rentals
Get the most from Britain's coast at one of these sophisticated waterside retreats. By Andy Szczuka
Saturday, 7 March 2009

The Harbour Master's House in Northumberland overlooks the harbour of Craster village and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle © In pictures: Five chic seaside rentals

The Harbour Master's House, Northumberland Formerly a salt and fish store for the renowned nearby smokery, this stone cottage overlooks the harbour of Craster village and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Original features including wooden beams, exposed stone work, open fires and slate flooring, which sit alongside contemporary design and artwork. Ships' wheels and model sailboats add to the nautical atmosphere while harbour views can be enjoyed from the decked terrace. The Harbour Master's House, Haven Hill, Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland. Contact Coastal Retreats for further information (0191 285 1272; Rental starts at £550 per week; sleeps four.

'50 cool cottages in Britain and Ireland' 25 January 2009 Sunday Times said... "CONTEMPORARY COOL THE LOOK OUT, Northumberland When designers Fiona McKeith and Roger Copestake had children, they embarked on a mission: to prove that family holiday homes could look just as stylish as their favourite boutique hotels. The Look Out is proof of the pudding, a startling penthouse-style pad on four storeys, decked in nautical chic and with a gull’s-eye view of Seahouses harbour. Altogether the couple have overhauled 25 fishermen’s roosts along the Northumberland coast, adding funky, family-friendly interiors to every one of them. Sleeps 8, £1,155/£1,500; "

May 2008

Living North, Interiors Directory - Spring 2008 Click on image for full article

Jane Anderson, Travel Editor, Junior Pregnancy & Baby Magazine, who stayed at Moo House.............. "From the beautiful crib and bag stuffed with everything from breast pads to Aventi bottles in our bedroom which was worthy of any five star boutique hotel, to the pristine high chair pulled up to the mighty French oak table in the kitchen, The Moo House is a hit for new parents looking for a glamorous self-catering option. Its' Northumberland location is a revelation with sweeping beaches, low-key spas and salty dog pubs just a drive away." Zoe Jobson, Marketing Manager of who stayed at the Mariner's 'I have to say it was one of the nicest long weekends I've had! The accommodation exceeded my expectation...which is always a good start! The sun shone and the Northumberland coastline was truly breathtaking. Everything had been thought of and catered for at Mariners. It was really refreshing staying somewhere that had all the toddler equipment there already, not to mention the toy bags, books and video's. I met with Fiona and saw Moo House , which again I have to say I thought was fabulous'.

'The Granary appeals to style conscious couples and using classic seaside colours and accessories, Fiona has succeeded in creating a stylish home away from home'.....Living North Interiors ‘Coastal Retreats; a name that has now become synonymous with ‘that little bit extra’ and the ‘finishing touch’… Living North ‘ …beachcomber chic, minimal retreats on the Northumberland coast by designers Fiona Mckeith and Roger Copestake’ …. The Good Web Guide ‘The attention to detail in the interior design is matched by thoughtful extras placed in the well equipped kitchens’… '...a collection of high-quality holiday properties featuring chintz free stylish interiors, thoughtful layouts and contemporary touches...' Informnorth '... Nook end and Driftwood near Beadnell...perfect for weekends away for larger groups..' BBC Olive '...those looking for a chic boutique experience should check out Coastal Retreats...' Red, April 2009 '....chintz free holidays with Coastal Retreats.....Woman's Own, March 2009

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