• Welcome to Blackett’s Retreat, Allenheads on the C2C

    Welcome to Blackett’s Retreat, Allenheads on the C2C

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Mike and Janine Swindale are the owners of Blacketts Retreat. Based at Newhouses in Allenheads Northumberland, we welcome you to this beautiful area and our property which is set in quiet seclusion above the village. SELF CATERING BREAKS AVAILABLE FROM 11TH JULY 2020 UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2020 AT A RATE OF £650 PER CALENDAR WEEK WITH A SATURDAY CHANGEOVER (dependent upon Government guidance) *NB Deposits WILL be refunded if guidance by the Government prohibits travel to holiday destinations away from place of residence.

WELCOME TO BLACKETTS RETREAT…IDEALLY SITUATED SELF CATERING FOR COAST TO COAST CYCLISTS, STARGAZING ENTHUSIASTS, WALKERS AND THOSE SEEKING OUT SOME PEACE AND QUIET….

HERE AT BLACKETTS RETREAT YOU CAN RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM THE PRESSURES OF LIFE. THERE’S EVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A RELAXING COMPLIMENTARY THERAPY DURING YOUR STAY, IN THE COMFORT OF OUR CHARACTERFUL GRADE 2 LISTED PROPERTY WHICH WAS A ROW OF LEAD MINERS COTTAGES IN ITS FORMER LIFE.

There are plenty of things to do in Northumberland

You will never be short of stunning sights and unforgettable days out when you visit us.

The brand new North Pennines Observatory is our next door neighbour and has events running throughout the year (its only a five minute walk away) There are plenty of lovely walks for all ability levels around the North Pennines, as well as lots of lovely cafe’s and pubs.

If you’re looking for accommodation in an beautiful rural setting, you can be sure to find a relaxing retreat in our lovely Grade 2 listed cottage. Please be aware that access 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 1600 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,ducks and geese free range around our grounds and will happily visit you when you open the door, which is always a hit with children. We also have visiting red squirrels in our garden and you may well see one during your stay with us. Our accommodation is a particular favourite with walkers exporing Northumberland and the stunning Isaac’s Tea Trail (a 58km walk through the North Pennines), Coast to Coast cyclists cycling the ‘original’ sea to sea route, as well as star gazing enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird watchers. From early May the Curlews call can be heard clearly and these beautiful wading birds fly over our property to nest in the fields above us, a rare treat.

Arrival and Departure

Check in is available from 4pm to 8pm (16.00 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 the cottage by 10.00am (10:00) on the morning of departure.