Inspiration for your family summer holiday

In the middle of a long, hot summer we're here to inspire your holiday plans! From horse riding along beautiful beaches to learning essential bush crafts, beat boredom this summer on a Crabtree & Crabtree staycation designed to help families discover new skills outdoors.



Our large holiday homes have been specially selected for their exceptional entertaining spaces making them perfect for gathering all of the family together this summer. What's more, several of our larger holiday homes are newly launched to our portfolio and have plenty of availability for summer stays!


Tack up and tally-ho

Enjoy an equestrian escape with the family taking advantage of Northumberland’s beautiful coastline. With multiple riding schools catering for all abilities dotted across the coastal area guests will be spoilt for choice with opportunities to have lessons, guided or solo rides along Northumberland’s stunning beaches. Experienced riders can book a beach trail ride following in St. Cuthbert’s footsteps to the famous Holy Island and gallop along the white sands there.

Stay at East House, an impressive Grade II Listed Georgian house set within extensive private grounds, ideal for celebrations, multi-generational get-togethers and groups of families and friends. The setting is quintessentially country, yet the stunning natural playground of nearby Cheswick Sands offers exhilarating Northumberland beach wanderings all the way down to Holy Island.

East House sleeps 9+2 with a 25% launch discount available on dates between now and end of August 2018 | Horse riding


Beat boredom with bush craft

Children can channel their inner Bear Grylls this summer by learning the fundamentals of wilderness survival, whilst gaining valuable teamwork experience outside the classroom, at the Ranger Club on the stunning Bowhill country estate where for just £5 kids can take part in all manner of bush craft activities, from shelter and raft building to campfire construction and wild cooking.

Stay nearby in the captivating surroundings of the Yarrow Valley at The Mill, an outstanding conversion of a 19th century threshing mill with charm and character in abundance. Put the kids’ bush craft skills to the test and build a campfire in the garden before enjoying a spot of stargazing under the amazing dark skies of this area.

The Mill sleeps 8+2, with a 10% discount on all remaining dates between now and end of August 2018 | Bowhill House


Get hooked on…

Learning to fish on the mighty River Tweed! What better place to learn how to fly fish than on one of the UK’s greatest salmon rivers? Around 100 miles long from its source at Tweed’s Well to the estuary at Berwick-upon-Tweed, it draws life from over 1800 square miles of Border country. With local guides and gillies available at family-friendly beats, there's the perfect spot for every family to fish regardless of experience. 

Stay at Old Purves Hall which is newly launched and flaunts space for all the family over three floors. originally a 16th century peel tower, which has been sensitively restored into a charismatic holiday home for up to 12 guests, ideal for multi-generational family stays or parties of families and friends. With a network of riverside walks in the area, pack up a picnic and spend your day relaxing idly on the riverbank whilst improving your cast. At the end of the days fishing adventures retreat to one of the sociable entertaining spaces at the house, sharing stories over an al fresco garden supper, explore the surrounding woodland and enjoy a sedate pace of life away from the hustle and bustle.

Old Purves Hall sleeps 12 with some available dates in both August and September | Fishing


Perfect your paddling

Our area boasts a winding maze of tributaries perfect for all sorts of paddling, from open canoeing to river kayaking or sea kayaking courses in some outstanding locations on our heritage coast. Local adventure companies can deliver coaching or guided trips for all levels ranging from half-day, full day or multi day sessions on the Tweed, Till, Teviot and Whiteadder. Beginner and intermediate sea kayaking courses are also available in some outstanding locations on the Northumberland heritage coast and are a super way to enjoy the scenery and spot some amazing wildlife along the way.

Situated at the heart of this water network is Cranshaws Manse, a sublime country home designed with families in mind. Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Cranshaws amidst the rich, natural beauty of the Lammermuir Hills, the house is situated just 35 miles from Edinburgh and 15 miles from the coast and is remarkably accessible and well placed for day trips.

Cranshaws Manse sleeps 10 with some available dates in both August and September | Water and adventure sports


A wizarding world of adventures in Alnwick

Put on your best robes to join Alnwick Castle's wizarding professors for a week of magical mayhem! Inspired by the enchanting world of Harry Potter, experience a fun-filled day of broomstick lessons, sorcery and costumed characters. Discover the Castle locations where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and enjoy an 'Alnwick on Location' tour from a costumed guide.

The newly launched Beeswing House offers a spellbinding space with the accommodation designed around two outside spaces, optimising the light and views and making the most of the building’s wonderful original features. A table tennis table in an adjacent barn provides family entertainment whatever the weather!

Beeswing House sleeps 8 | The week of Friday 31st August – Friday 7th September overlaps with the Wizarding Week 


Feeling inspired?

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- Families and children

- Large holiday homes

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