Mike and Janine Swindale are the owners of Blacketts Retreat bed and breakfast, self catering and Retreat 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.
Things to do in Northumberland
You will never be short of stunning sights and unforgettable days out when you visit us.

Of course, there's the world famous Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain's biggest building project that still dominates the county's landscape almost 2,000 years after it was constructed. American newspaper USA Today described the wall as "better than Stonehenge". There’s Roman Vindolanda fort and museum, The Sill UNESCO World Heritage Site and Housesteads Roman Ford to name but a few! Travel through time, to remote Roman forts and luxurious villas, baths, temples, amphitheatres and fascinating museums,our unrivalled collection brings Roman Britain to life.

There are signs of ancient civilisation in the mysterious cup and ring stone carvings that dot the county. Christianity was nurtured at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland Coast, and Northumberland was often at the centre of various disputes between England and Scotland.

If you are a lover of gardens and grand stately homes, Northumberland has plenty to offer. Of course you will have heard of The Alnwick Garden, the finest contemporary garden in the UK, but other equally delightful gardens can be found at Howick Gardens & Arboretum, Belsay Hall and Cragside Estate to name but a few.

The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds and there are few better places to see them up close than on the Farne Islands. This rare bird is a firm favourite with our visitors from April to July, offering endless photo opportunities in the height of the breeding season.

Enjoy beautiful scenery on horseback at Sinderhope Pony Trekking centre which is just a short drive away. The centre is based on a traditional working hill farm in Northumberland. Surrounded by miles of beautiful moorland, the wildlife is plentiful with many examples of upland birds of Great Britain, such as the Black and Red Grouse, Curlews, Snipe and Lapwing.

Beamish Museam is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s

If you are unlucky enough to have timed your visit to Northumberland during one of the few rainy days, there are plenty of all weather attractions to enthral you. Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archivess is home to a fascinating exhibition on the mining heritage of Northumberland as well as ever changing interactive exhibitions. Killhope mine is a short drive from the property. Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Here you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. Museums and galleries can also be found within many of our great castles and along Hadrian's Wall. Hexham Abbey has been a place of solace and refuge for over 1,300 years, and welcomes visitors to enjoy its beautiful architecture and atmosphere and to explore its fascinating history. The Old Gaol Hexham: Step into the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Descend into the dungeon, peer into the gloom and imagine confinement in the dark awaiting trial in the nearby Moothall. Meet the gaoler to learn about the treatment of criminals then put yourself in the prisoners’ shoes and try the stocks for size!

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.

And last but by no means least, there is the Northumberland countryside, home to some of our greatest landscapes. However, these are not just pretty landscapes; they are landscapes that are perfect for outdoor activities, with everything from walking and cycling, to fishing and wildlife watching.

If you're looking for a short break with bed and breakfast or self catering accommodation, you can be sure to find a relaxing retreat in our lovely Grade 2 listed cottage. Please be aware that acces to the property is via a rough farm track and may not be suitable for low slung vehicles. 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 over 1400 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.

Arrival and Departure

B & B 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.

Arrival for self catering guests is 15.00 and departure is 10.00