Mike and Janine Swindale are the owners of Blacketts Retreat bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation. Based at Newhouses in Allenheads Northumberland, we welcome you to this beautiful area and our home which is set in quiet seclusion above the village.
If you're looking for a short break with bed and breakfast accommodation or self catering accommodation , you can be sure to find a relaxing retreat in our lovely Grade 2 listed cottage. We cater for cyclists on the original coast to coast route, star gazing enthusiasts, birdwatching and anyone in need of a getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Steeped in character and local history, Newhouses is over 200 years old and was built in 1788 by Sir Thomas Blackett, thus the name for our business Blacketts Retreat. Set in the North Pennines and standing 1500 feet above sea level, Allenheads is one of the highest villages in England. Newhouses was originally a short row of cottages provided for workers in the Allenheads Leadmines. Today it is warm and comfortable with welcoming fires and the most amazing views over the Allen Valleys and fells. Our chickens and ducks free range around our grounds and will happily visit you when you open the door, which is always a hit with children of all ages. We also have visiting red squirrels in our garden and you may well see one during your stay with us. Bed and breakfast accommodation is available to guests and is particularly popular with coast to coast cyclists completing the 'original' sea to sea route as well as star gazing enthusiasts. The brand new North Pennines Observatory is our next door neighbour and has events running throughout the year (and its only a five minute walk away) For the less energetic there are plenty of lovely walks for all ability levels around the North Pennines, as well as lots of lovely cafe's for those who wish to relax and simply take time out from busy life.

Arrival and Departure

Check in is available from 3pm to 8pm (15.00 to 20:00) on the day of arrival. Check-in times outside of those specified must be confirmed with us prior to arrival.

We ask that you please vacate your room by 10.00am (10:00) on the morning of departure.