If award-winning retreats, decked out with period character, but filled with modern style, are your kind of thing, then why not consider South Lodge for your next weekend away.

OIOIOSitting just five miles from one of the finest beaches on the Northumberland coast, in the little village of Belford, it’s a cosy hideaway for two – a place for some serious TLC, whether it be by the crackling fire, in the tub or outdoors at the nearby cosy pubs and secluded coves.

XZXZXZMeticulously restored to respect its grade II listed status, the gate lodge oozes period charm, dating right back to 1818 and designed by John Dobson – one of the most respected northern architects of his time, responsible for some of the finest Georgian houses.

BVBVHere, original features have been lovingly brought back to life to ensure that the history of the house shines through – think restored doors and shutters, stonework and salvaged industrial pieces. Furnishings and designs from Villeroy and Boch, Anthropologie, Fired Earth and Designers Guild all add to the feeling of quality and craftsmanship.

We love the deep vintage leather sofas, huge fireplace with wood burning stove and reclaimed wooden floors you’ll find in the living room, the calming quietness of the bedroom (made comfy with The White Company bed linen), with its fabulous roll-top bath and en-suite wet room (take advantage of the Liz Earle toiletries), and the small, but perfectly-formed, kitchen with artisan tiles and quality finishes. Very trendy indeed.

Outside, you’ll find a woodland garden with two seating areas, a BBQ and a fire pit. A great add-on this time of year, when the feeling of spring is (sometimes!) in the air. Raining? Don’t fear – catering can be arranged as part of your stay, including a homemade meal and wine delivery service.

YTYTYIf you fancy getting outdoors and exploring, the pretty village of Belford offers lots to do. Foodies can stop by Sunnyhills Farm Shop, great for stocking up on all your weekend essentials, from fresh eggs and Northumbrian cheese, to Lindisfarne oysters and Craster kippers. For boozers, why not stop by the nearby Ship Inn at Low Newton, famous for its seafood and microbrewery.