The Artists Pad


TAP doesn’t just offer a spacious and comfortable place to stay, it also offers a whole world of inspiration. From furniture collected by the owners over the past 10 years to the artwork on the walls from some of the finest photographers and artists both local and internationally renowned alike.



The Artists Pad, created by Neil Bedford and Ben & Leanne Benoliel, is a unique retreat in the heart of the peaceful seaside town, Saltburn~by~the~Sea. Created by artists for either the tasteful traveller searching for a unique getaway by the beach, or for fellow artists looking for a little downtime or inspiration outside of their studios.

TAP doesn’t only offer you a spacious and comfortable place to stay, we also offer a whole world of inspiration. Once inside you will see our walls covered in artwork from some of the finest artists, both locally and internationally renowned alike, to our rooms being adorned with furniture collected by the founders over the past decade. And this, combined with over 100 carefully curated photography, illustration and design books for you to read and take inspiration from during your stay, we are striving to ensure that TAP offers you inspiration at every turn, like nowhere else.

Our ever expanding art collection already showcases pieces by Daft Apeth, Kevin Cummins, Alex Soth, KAWS, Ritchie Culver, Robin Mellor and Bob Mitchell with furniture by New Boosbeck Design, Seletti, Kartell, Samsung and Tom Dixon as well as personally signed pieces of work and objects to the owners from a host of influential subjects they have met along their own creative journeys.

We are passionate about mental well-being and through those anxieties and fears we opened The Artists Pad's ‘Artists in Residence’ programme where we invite creatives to come and spend a few nights with us should they need time away. Perhaps during times they may need inspiration, be it for new commercial briefs or new personal work, we want to help you find that peaceful space where your ideas can flow. Or perhaps you simply need to escape the stresses and anxieties of the creative world and would like the support to do so. And for those moments you need to escape everything, we are just a 3 minute walk away from the beach front where you can take solace from the stresses of emails and phone calls and appreciate the beautiful World we all live in. This is a completely free programme for anyone in the creative industry, with one space a month opened up to applicants who feel they may need that opportunity. To date we have had photographers, illustrators and musicians stay with us, all leaving a piece of artwork to be displayed for the next artists or holiday makers. 

Since 2015, Saltburn~by~the~Sea has been a constant source of inspiration and calm for TAP's founders. Having all shared busy lives in the Capital city, the founders wanted a space where they could work and forget the stresses and anxieties of living in London and Saltburn~by~the~Sea was their answer. 

TAP now opens its space and our concept for others to benefit from and we hope to welcome you to our special little place in the North East of England.

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Love and loving,
Ben, Leanne & Neil