Get ahead with half term holiday plans

Enjoy a fun-filled family adventure with Crabtree & Crabtree this October

If the rush on holiday bookings left you without a plan for a family break this summer, fear not as there’s still plenty of time to drum up a spectacular staycation for all the family this October half term.

Crabtree & Crabtree offers fun-filled family holidays across the North of England and South of Scotland and we are all about the good old-fashioned family adventure: building dens, splashing about in streams, riding bikes and building sandcastles on the beach. Think: Famous Five meets Swallows & Amazons. It’s time to rewild your child on an epic autumnal escape…

From long sandy beaches and wild and windy national parks, to working farms, medieval castles, lighthouses and remote islands, this corner of the world has so much to offer families who love the great outdoors. What’s more, you’re never too young for a Crabtree & Crabtree adventure with our C&C Tots package: perfect for pioneering pre-schoolers!

Let us help you wean your kids off screens and boggle their curious little minds with our handy little black book of great things to see and do. Check out some of our nifty ideas here. And, of course, we have the perfect home-from-home for every family, whether you’re after a remote hideaway or a property in a buzzing market or seaside town. Here are some of our top picks for this October…


Leuchie Walled Garden | North Berwick, East Lothian

A tale of two homes, Leuchie Walled Garden blends a 200-year-old gardener’s cottage with an avant-garde mid-century modern house: an architectural triumph! Set in five acres of gardens within the 60-acre Leuchie estate, this property offers the ultimate Secret Garden adventure. Plus, kids will love the extraordinary perk of an exclusive landing on Bass Rock, the bird sanctuary situated in the nearby Firth of Forth, described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the 12 wonders of the natural world’.

Explore Leuchie Walled Garden | Sleeps 12



Oat Grass Lodge | near Bamburgh, Northumberland

A stylish Scandi lodge perfect for nature lovers, this property is set in a former quarry, surrounded by wildlife on a pristine stretch of the Northumbrian coastline. Oat Grass Lodge is perfect for families that love to walk: the nearby beaches will keep budding adventurers and any canine companions entertained for hours. 

Explore Oat Grass Lodge | Sleeps 6



Rennington House | Rennington, Northumberland

One for beach lovers, Rennington House is a stone’s throw from Alnwick in one direction and Northumberland’s stunning beaches in the opposite direction. This beautiful Georgian pile is ideal for large families, with a cosy Aga-warmed kitchen, stacks of space for muddy wet outdoor kit, games room, outdoor BBQ area, an enclosed garden (for little monkeys that like to escape!) and even stables for those who like to take their horses on holiday.

Explore Rennington House | Sleeps 10+2



East Bay Beach House | North Berwick, East Lothian

The ultimate seaside escape: this beach house is just a hop, skip and jump away from the sea, with idyllic views and a bustling seaside town on the doorstep. Light, bright and airy, East Bay Beach House has a cool contemporary vibe. Perfect for families - come rain or shine - this beach house has a playroom with masses of toys, games, a basketball hoop, TV, Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation.

Explore East Bay Beach House | Sleeps 6+2



Tweedswood | Melrose, Scottish Borders

Perfect for smaller families, this quaint period cottage lies at the heart of Border country - not far from the River Tweed - and is just the ticket for those looking for a true rural retreat. Tweedswood has a lovely large lawn and cracking play fort and swing to keep little ones busy, as well as great walking from the doorstep and pretty market towns and villages nearby.

Explore Tweedswood | Sleeps 4



The Shepherd’s Huts | near Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland

Calling all glampers! Teasel, Cow Parsley and Foxglove are three small but perfectly-formed Shepherd’s Huts, ideally placed to explore both beach and countryside. These three beauties are the answer for those families seeking a taste of the good life, but with a little touch of luxury. We’re talking: well-appointed kitchens, lovely bathrooms and even electric stoves that you’d swear blind were woodburners. Perfect for families with a passion for the great outdoors.

Explore our Shepherd's Huts | Sleeps 2+2 (per hut)




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