VisitEngland 4*. Next to Alnwick Castle & Gardens
from £90 /night help Price for guests, Nights
from £90 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2 Home 4495332
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Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2
Welcome to this beautiful and immaculately presented year-round accommodation. Awarded 4 Stars by VisitEngland. Encompassing the large ground floor of an impressive stone-built Victorian Villa, once owned by the Duke of Northumberland.
The spacious interior has been carefully renovated, it is stylish and comfortable yet retains many original features and charm.
The apartment is fully self-contained with it's own front door for your privacy. There is controllable central-heating for your convenience and a very pretty cottage garden.
Situated on Bondgate Without, in the heart of the beautiful and historic town of Alnwick, with all it's shops,cafes, restaurants and theatre. The famous 'Barter Book's' is directly opposite and Alnwick Castle (aka 'Hogwarts' and 'Brancaster Castle') and Alnwick Gardens are directly behind the property.
Wi-Fi is free of charge. Children are welcome. The apartment is non-smoking.
Sorry, no pets, other than assistance dogs. Short breaks available.
Holy Island, Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle, Warkworth and Cragside are all on your doorstep.
Saturday is changeover day during the summer season (July & August.)
Splendid Victorian Villa in the Historic Market Town of Alnwick. Four steps lead down from the lovely garden into the apartment (once inside, the apartment is all one level). A spacious entrance hall, perfect for boots and kitbags, leads through to a modern, well equipped fitted kitchen which has all the "tools" that Chef will require. Kitchen units are well fitted and provide ample storage. Surface space is plentiful and very well presented. The kitchen lighting is extensive and well positioned to allow flexibility. Appliances are very well provided and include a separate fridge and freezer. The floors are a continuation of the entrance hall and finished with individual, black and white ceramic tiles presented in a traditional chequer board fashion.
The large open plan living area is spacious, bright and stylish, with a south facing bay window that enjoys sunshine all day and looks out onto the garden. There is a large John Lewis sofa and a feather filled leather armchair to help you relax. Themed pictures hang on the wall as does a replica propellor, into the centre of which a clock has been fashioned. The oak dining table and chairs is situated to overlook the garden. The beautiful floor is solid oak with a large good quality rug to add warmth and comfort. There is an abundance of storage space.
The 'L' shaped bedroom is small, but perfectly formed. It is peaceful and very pretty. There is half-height wood panelling below Farrow and Ball® painted walls. There is feature exposed stonework, providing a perfect setting for the two hand-crafted "Bavarian" beds, each within its own private alcove. One bed is double (access one side only), the other is single. There is also an hotel standard foldaway jay-bed available for use in the lounge if you are holidaying with a friend. The bedding is a soft egyptian cotton for your comfort. Both feather and hypoallergenic duvet and pillows are available.
There is a well lit shower room with dressing area and dressing table, with hooks for robes. Mirrors are well poistioned and there is a socket and hairdryer available. The large walk-in shower (height 6 feet 4 inches, 195cm) has excellent water pressure and the temperature is instantly controllable. There is a large hand basin. A separate WC, with hardwood seating has its own hand basin. It is all finished to a very high standard.
Please note: the accommodation is unsuitable for those reliant on a wheelchair.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Alnmouth 5 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Northumberland 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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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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