Guest Reviews

We are proud to have achieved five star ratings on trip advisor, google business and free index ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

*5 stars – and that’s just for the accommodation and the food (wow! The food!!)
Mike and Janine are also wonderful hosts and this is recommended, whether you’re cycling the C2C, taking part in Janine’s birthing school (as we were) or holistic therapy, or just looking for a quiet, luxury B and B.
Thoroughly recommended! My wife and I took Janine’s birthing course and were overwhelmed by their quality of service. More on the birthing later 🙂 ) Google review

* Pure luxury (especially when you’re cycling). What more can I say! Our guest book

* Beautiful house, very comfortable. Wonderful place to stay. Our guest book

* Friendly welcome, beautiful room with view to match, TV for Match of the Day and great breakfast. Spot on! Our guest book

* Brilliant accommodation and breakfast. Hot fire a godsend at the end of a wet day. Our guest book

* This is an absolutely lovely B&B! My father and I stayed here on our last night if the Coast to Coast bike ride. Our bikes were out away safely and we were welcomed warmly by Mike and Janine! Our room was lovely and the beds were extremely comfortable! I’m the morning we had a wonderful breakfast, including home made jam… Trip advisor five stars ⭐️

* Greeted with a warm welcome and a cup of coffee after a long day in the saddle was just what the doctor ordered. The B&B is in a great spot for those doing the 3 day C2C bike ride as it leaves a relatively relaxed third day. the rooms were really comfy, the breakfast was superb. Trip advisor five stars ⭐️

*“Spectacular views, fantastic location, lovely hosts”
The cottage was spotless, it was equipped with everything we needed. The views were breathtaking, perfect location for those who like walking. Owners very friendly and helpful. We were welcomed with home made scones, raspberry jam and bread ( the best we’ve ever had). We were allowed to take 2 dogs with us (even if the advertised allowance is 1). Property was equipped with towels and beds for dogs. Overall impression – everything exceeded our expectations. We are hoping to come back to the cottage some time this year. Sykes cottage holiday

*“Week long stay in July 2016”
5 of 5 stars
We rented the cottage for a week at the end of July. Our party consisted of three adults, two children and a Jack Russell. We had a fabulous time. Mike and Janine made us feel very welcome and the cottage was lovely, clean, cosy but spacious. It was great because we felt that we could ask for any help or advice on where to visit, but our hosts were not intrusive in any way. The cottage had all of the amenities that we could have asked for, a well equipped kitchen, games for the children and interesting books for the adults. The cottage was just a five minute walk away from the pub and cafe in the village. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a peaceful place to stay, with lots to do on the doorstep. We would love to return again.

*“Coast 2 coast bed & breakfast”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile Trip advisor
Mike & Janine are perfect host’s. On arrival after a long cycle ride we were offered tea and biscuits and shown to our room which was very nice. Comfy bed and good shower. We also had a sitting room to ourselves which was great once the fire was lit and roaring away. Breakfast the next morning was perfect looking out over the hills.

*“B&BB: Bed and Brilliant Breakfast”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 July 2016Trip advisor
This has to be one of the best B&Bs in the country. Location – superb. Facilities – superb. Hosts – superb. Distance to pub – superb. Beds – better than superb. And the breakfast, well it lasted us to the coast and back to Newcastle, that is how good it was.

Room Tip: all rooms are superb
Stayed July 2016, travelled with friends

* “Definitely worth a second visit.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 23 May 2016 Trip advisor
Stayed overnight during the C2C and it was absolutely fantastic. The most welcoming host’s we could have asked for and everything else was just a bonus. The house was lovely, living room area with a fire place, dining area with plenty of room and 3 bedrooms, all of which were beautifully looked after. Our beds even had electric blankets, something I’d never seen in a hotel/B&B before, not that we needed them as the fire let off enough heat to keep the whole building nice and cosy! Breakfast in the morning was fantastic and had everything you could have wished for. Again thanks for the hospitality, amazing people and amazing place.

Stayed May 2016, travelled with friends

*I’m so glad we found Janine. With both extensive midwifery and hypnobirthing experience, her advice was practical, calming and more than encouraging. I am now looking forward to the birth of our first child instead of fearing it. I can’t thank her enough for the ‘tools’ she’s equipped us with to positively breath through our birth.
If you’re looking for ways to help you birth naturally then look no further.” – Karen, Whitley Bay (KG Hypnobirthing site)

*Hot Stone Massage and Facial is absolutely fantastic. As a customer you feel really looked after and receive exceptionally good service. The treatment room is relaxing and beautifully done. I am a person who finds it hard to relax, but the therapist has more than made sure that I am relaxed and feeling pampered after my treatment. She explains all the products that she uses (all organic)and ensures you feel comfortable. I often go to expensive spas and salons but my treatments at Blacketts Retreat have far exceeded these places. I would highly recommend this to anyone. 5 star! (Free Index review)

*Spent a night here after a days walking in the area and it was a lovely experience. Welcoming hosts, super room and great breakfast. The location is perfect and the property is really well maintained. Five stars 🌟 Trip advisor

*Huge thank you to Mike & Janine for their hospitality & friendliness. Myself and two ladies were into our second day of our C2C challenge and Blacketts Retreat met our every need after a very challenging day cycling hills ! Warm friendly welcome , rooms clean and very comfortable, it was like home from home , breakfast was amazing , { rhubarb & ginger jam … mmmm } thank you again to you both and we will definitely be recommending & staying at your retreat again in the future x Five stars 🌟 Trip advisor