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Budget beds for coastal visitors

Sarah Gregory at The Hides, new budget accommodation in Seahouses

Sarah Gregory at The Hides, new budget accommodation in Seahouses

Run-down diving chalets in Seahouses have been transformed into affordable accommodation for visitors travelling on a budget.

The Hides, created by Sarah Gregory, will provide much needed affordable accommodation for families, couples, groups and single travellers.

Sarah - with her mother Julie, father Colin and brother Simon - owns and runs the successful Springhill Farm holiday business.

Spotting a gap in the market for affordable, single night accommodation in the popular seaside resorts, Sarah purchased the chalets earlier this year.

Part of the former Diving Lodge public house in North Sunderland, the chalets had fallen into disrepair before Sarah set about transforming them into five, bed-only, en suite ‘Hides’ with shower facilities, each sleeping up to four people.

Sarah said: “There is nothing quite like the Hides in the locality that gives bed-only accommodation options for visitors, yet that isn’t a backpackers or a bunkhouse.

“We turned one of our cowsheds into a bunkhouse four years ago after realising there was a gap in the market for affordable but quality accommodation with single night availability too.

“That demand remains today, especially among smaller groups like school parties and clubs as well as walking, diving and cycling parties. People want to be able to enjoy Northumberland on a budget basis with accommodation that is flexible, affordable and a step up from camping but less formal than a B&B.”

And while bed-only may sound basic, visitors have access to Wi-Fi, Freeview tv as well as their own kitchen and dining area, laundry and facilities such as a drying room plus bike and secure storage.

Northumberland Tourism general manager Jude Leitch said: “The Hides are a super concept and help ensure Northumberland is truly able to offer a broad and versatile range of accommodation for visitors.”

 

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