Newton by the Sea
My husband and I have always loved the glorious Northumberland coast but Newton by the Sea stole our hearts, and we decided it was time to move here permanently twelve years ago. For several years it was a pipe dream of ours to run a bed and breakfast at Low Newton and, after years of commuting to jobs in Newcastle, in 2020 it became a reality. The location of Newton Haven Bed and Breakfast could not be better. We are literally a stones throw from the glorious sandy beach of St Mary's Haven (also known as Newton Haven) which leads to the stunning beach of Embleton Bay with the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle to the south. The walk from Low Newton to Craster, that takes in Dunstanburgh Castle, has featured in the Guardian Newspaper's top ten walks in the UK. Situated in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we offer a peaceful space from which to explore this breathtaking coastline.
We are lucky to have two award winning pubs in the village, The Ship Inn (& micro brewery) here at Low Newton and The Joiners Arms at High Newton (ten minutes walk away) both offer excellent food and beverages. Dogs are welcome at both venues.
We have many happy memories of days spent in and around the area with our two children, but the Cragside estate near Rothbury will always hold a special place in our hearts. Cragside was created by Lord William and Lady Margaret Armstrong who had a passion for engineering, innovation and a love of natural sciences. In 1977 the estate was acquired by the National Trust and it is well worth a visit.
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, a legacy of its turbulent past. Some are now romantic ruins while others can be seen in all their fully restored glory. Towering 150 foot above the sea, Bamburgh Castle looks every inch the mighty citadel it once was. Head ten miles inland to Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England, occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland (also known as the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!).
On the Northumberland Coast there are many treasures within easy reach, including the spectacular Farne Islands, famed for its bird life and Atlantic grey seals (boat trips from nearby Seahouses are wild and memorable!); Alnwick Castle and Gardens, home of the first two Harry Potter films; Holy Island, a little gem easily reached across a causeway (must check the tides…), and some of the best surfing and water sports, golf, field sports, walking and country pursuits you could wish for.
Dunstanburgh Golf Club is a few minutes drive away in the neighbouring village of Embleton, but is also accessible on foot for a beautiful walk. The course wraps around the magnificent Embleton Bay and stretches up towards the ruins of the 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle.
Whether you want to follow in the sandy footsteps of King Charles III (Prince Charles when he visited Low Newton) and Robson Green, lose an hour or two in Barter Books at nearby Alnwick or just lie on the beach and take in that fresh sea air... whatever your preference you are guaranteed an unforgettable stay.