**Handpicked Staycations for October Half Term **
This October half term leave the passports in the drawer and forget about all the arduous admin involved in taking the kids abroad, and instead head to Northumberland or the Scottish Borders for a Great British autumnal escape with Crabtree & Crabtree. With a wide selection of properties from remote rural farmhouses to cosy coastal cottages, Crabtree & Crabtree will find something suitable for families of all sizes.
BEST FOR WEARING THEM OUT:
Cranshaws Manse | Scottish Borders | Sleeps 10
Available for 7 nights from 14th – 21st or 21st – 28th October, £1500.00 per week
Nestled in a tiny hamlet amidst the rich, natural beauty of the Lammermuir Hills, this sublime country home reflects the importance of family and friends with warm sociable spaces where guests can come together, but with plenty of cosy nooks in which to enjoy a little time-out.
There is a large walled garden laden with seasonal fruit for guests to pick, and for children, the addition of a sand-bunker, swings and slide will offer plenty of hours of fun outdoors. A separate play-room adjoining the kitchen is a fantastic space in which to keep an eye on the younger members of the party on wet-weather days, while a separate outbuilding with ping pong table and darts board will keep the older members of the party entertained too.
BEST FOR REMOTE RURAL RETREATS:
Croft House, Rothbury | Northumberland | Sleeps 7
Available for 7 nights from 13th – 20th October or 20th – 27th October, £875.00 per week
This wonderful country home oozes character and warmth with breath-taking views across the rolling Coquet Valley. With the Simonside hills on your doorstep Croft House is a fantastic base for an active family, keen to explore nearby walking and cycling routes.
Also within easy reach are the award-winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
BEST FOR ALL AGES:
Overthwarts Farmhouse, Near Alnwick | Northumberland | Sleeps 7+3 littlies
Available for 7 nights from 13th – 20th October, £1,145.00
Overlooking the glorious landscape of Edlingham Vale, this south-facing five bedroom farmhouse is a place where families and friends can retreat and enjoy some together-time amidst the rich tranquil beauty of the Northumbrian countryside.
This family home has personality and character offering spacious accommodation where guests can spread out and relax. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished in a classic yet understated style and a charming children’s bedroom with bunk beds, additional truckle bed, and rocking horse will appeal to younger members of the party. The fully enclosed rear garden with big sky views is ideal for country loving families with excitable dogs.
BEST FOR THE BEACH:
The Shieling, Bamburgh | Northumberland | Sleeps 10
Available for 7 nights from 14th – 21st or 21st – 28th October, £3450.00 per week
The Shieling has the feel of a Hamptons beach house, enjoying a sought after position on the edge of the dunes with iconic the Bamburgh castle as the stunning backdrop. This is truly a home for all seasons and in Autumn it is perfectly positioned for bracing walks along the beach or on wet days cosying up in woolly jumpers and cooking up an autumnal feast for the family in the vast open plan kitchen.
A large games room to the rear of the property is likely to be the social hub for teenagers and possibly the adults too! Outdoors, guests will find a large enclosed garden with outside seating and overhead canopy to the rear and a lawn with outdoor seating to the front for those Indian summer evenings. This leads down to a lane which will take you directly onto the dunes and beach in a matter of minutes.