Run-down chalets transformed into new tourist facilities

Sarah Gregory with her daughter Rose at The Hides, North Sunderland.
Sarah Gregory with her daughter Rose at The Hides, North Sunderland.

Former run-down diving chalets in a north Northumberland seaside village have been transformed into accommodation for visitors travelling on a budget.

The Hides, created by tourism aficionado Sarah Gregory, will provide much-needed affordable accommodation for families, couples, groups and independent travellers visiting Northumberland.

Sarah, who with her mother Julie, father Colin and brother Simon, owns and runs the successful Springhill Farm Accommodation holiday business on the Gregorys’ 400-acre working farm near Seahouses, spotted a gap in the market and 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.

“Alongside our five-star gold self-catering properties and campsite, 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. “

And while bed-only may sound basic, holidayers at the Hides have access to wifi, television as well as their own kitchen and dining area, laundry and extra facilities such as a drying room plus bike and secure storage.

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