Victorian Period Property in Central Alnwick
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Recently awarded 4 Stars by VisitEngland.
An immaculately presented holiday apartment situated in the Alnwick conservation area facing onto the war memorial. Barter books is directly opposite and the theatre, restaurants and bars are a two minute walk. The location is superb as everywhere is on hand.
Newly refurbished for 2014 to a high standard the apartment retains plenty of original features. There is a delightful enclosed garden for your own private use with garden furniture should you choose to relax outside or enjoy a meal al fresco. You enter the apartment down 4 steps, once inside the apartment is all on one level. The spacious entrance hall is perfect for leaving your walking boots and outdoor gear.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped.
The lounge is spacious and stylish, enjoying sunlight throughout the day. The original sash windows look out onto the garden. The sofa and armchair are leather and very comfortable, to help you relax.
The pretty bedroom is panelled. Feature stonework provides a perfect setting for two hand crafted "Bavarian" beds, one double (access one side only) and one single, each within its own alcove. There is also a further folding double bed in the lounge (hotel standard). All bedding is soft Egyptian cotton. Both feather and hypo-allergenic duvets and pillows are available.
The shower room is well lit and has a dressing table with a large mirror and stool, a large walk-in shower and a hand basin. The separate toilet room also has a hand basin.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alnmouth 5 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
Northern England region
Seahouses is geared up for tourism. Its harbour is the place to get a boat trip to the Farne Islands. Boat trips last about 2-3 hours. The attraction for visitors to the Farne Island is the wildlife: birds such as the puffin and seals. If you are a National Trust member take your card or you will have to pay to get off at the Islands. Some boatmen are not licensed to land passengers so do check. Also take a hat as a wise precaution against bird droppings!
Built by the Earls of Tankerville, related by marriage to the Grey family. The Greys often fought against the Scots and the Percys. Much of its appearance dates from 1344. In 1933 it was left empty after its contents were sold and during the Second World War soldiers used it as accommodation. In the 1980's Sir Humphrey Wakefield, related to the Greys, bought the castle and returned it to its present glory. It is reputed to be the “most haunted castle in England”.
The castle dominates the village and the coast. The golden sand beaches are also popular in summer. The castle looks very medieval and the great Whin Sill Crag that the castle sits on has been defended since the Iron Age. Northumbrian Kings have been crowned here, Vikings have invaded the fortress and it fell to the Normans who began the stone castle some of which stands today. Thought to be totally impregnable it was the first castle to be taken by the artillery during the War of the Roses. In the 19th century it was put to use as a hospital and as a school. Derelict until bought by Lord Armstrong he restored it in a Victorian style.
The village can get very busy in the summer.
Also to see is the Grace Darling Museum
A picturesque fishing village its harbour is still used today. Famous for its kippers, buy them in the shop and even get them posted home! The smoke house smells delicious when it is in use.
A mile south of Craster, the gardens surround the house (not open to the public). It was the home of the 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister in the 1830's. He gave his name to Earl Grey Tea. There is fine woodland, paths and glades with rare plants, formal terraces and alpine beds. If you're lucky you may even catch sight of a red squirrel! Refreshments can be bought in the tearooms.
A romantic ruin on the windswept coastline. It is said to be haunted by Sir Guy the Seeker, who failed to awaken an enchanted princess here.
Etal & Ford
Etal has Northumberlands only thatched pub, the Black Bull, and the Post Office serves tea and freshly baked cakes. The main street is very pretty and leads to the castle. The former chapel has displays about the Battle of Flodden.
Heatherslaw has a 15-inch gauge steam railway, which runs for 2 miles alongside the River Till from the corn mill to the castle.
Ford has Louisa, Countess of Waterford to thank for its atmosphere. She cared for the villagers and commissioned artist friends to paint murals in the village.
A main centre for Christianity in the Dark Ages, the Island was given to St Aidan in AD635 by the King of Northumbria. St Cuthbert whose life and teachings acted like a magnet for pilgrims died here in AD687.
The causeway gets immersed by the sea twice daily, check the tides before crossing.
Shakespeare, who set three scenes of his Henry IV here, called the ruins of Warkworth Castle “this worm-eaten hold of ragged stone”. The keep is actually spectacular and was partially restored by the Duke of Northumberland in the 19th century. Georgian and Victorian houses lead down from the castle to the church and the fortified bridge. The Old Pretender was proclaimed here in 1715. Warkworth is very attractive with lovely tearooms and some craft shops. The beaches are long and sweeping.
Alnwick has been the stronghold of the Percy family since 1309. The former railway station is opposite the apartment and houses 'Barter Books' one of Britains largest second hand bookshops. Refreshments are available in the old waiting rooms.
Hulne Park which is a stroll through town makes for a peaceful walk. It leads to Hulne Priory a stately ruin. This medieval park is open all year from sunrise to sunset. Dear roam freely and dogs are not permitted.
Grateful farmers erected the huge column to the left of the Airmans Watch when the 3rd Duke of Northumberland lowered their rents. The 4th Duke raised them again and the column subsequently became known as “Farmers Folly”.
Column cottage is directly opposite the apartment. It is also known as "Wager" cottage. Apparently it was a wager between the Duke and Duchess a few centuries ago that it could not be built in a few days. It was.
Alnwick Castle's strong walls and round towers owe their outline to the Normans. Its barbican is the best surviving in Britain and the impressive gateway with stone figures mimic an ever-watchful garrison.
The 4th Duke transformed the medieval interior into a Renaissance Palace in the 19th century. Paintings by Canalettoe, Titan and Van Dyck adorn the walls. The castle grounds are famous as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
The park was landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, a Northumbrian man and has been restored and updated by Duchess.
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2 Jul 2014
Just returned from a lovely relaxing weekend in Alnwick. The accommodation is beautiful and clean, and the accommodation owners are friendly and helpful. Also enjoyed being so close to Harry Potter… More
1 Jul 2014
"A delightful & well-situated apartment that I would happily book again."
This self-catering apartment is a real little gem.
It is immaculately presented throughout; exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated. My two young sons and I had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The main living area is especially nice as it gets lots of sun and looks out onto a pretty enclosed garden. There was also plenty of space for my two young boys to spread their toys out and play!
It is very conveniently located with plenty of free parking spaces nearby and my two boys especially liked the bookshop/cafe (just diagonally across the road) that has a model railway running around on top of the bookcases!
The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful and I would definitely book another stay there again.
26 Jun 2014
"Homely and comfortable accomodation"
We stayed for the weekend in this beautiful apartment. It was tastefully decorated and very clean with excellent cooking and washing facilities. The bedding and linen was clean and fresh and the beds were very comfortable. Ideally located within short walking distance to the shops and with plenty of country walks on the doorstep. The whole experience was very warm and welcoming.
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