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Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 400 m²
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Historic Pele tower on road to Scotland - 3 bedrooms, snooker, modern kitchen.

Your own castle... with log burning stove, snooker room, fully modern kitchen and bathrooms. Originally a fortified village refuge, built in around AD1250, this beautiful Grade 2* historically listed tower has been recently brought up to full modern comfort, but still with a barrel-vaulted basement (with full sized snooker table), large carved stone fireplace and modern kitchen.

It's positioned beautifully in Whittingham Vale, in the middle of its village. Eight miles (12km) from Alnwick with its famous gardens - and the castle which stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. 12 miles from Alnmouth and the beaches. It's just next to Thrunton woods for keen mountain bikers, and the Cheviot Hills for walkers and hikers. Rothbury and Cragside are nearby.

Further afield is the whole of the coast and castles of Northumberland : from Tynemouth Priory in the south, through Druridge Bay, Amble, Alnmouth, Craster, Dunstanburgh castle, Seahouses, Bamburgh bay and castle, through to Lindisfarne and Berwick. The border country is wild and open - you will be just on the edge of the Dark Skies national park, which leads to some great views of the Milky Way and good viewing of shooting stars, even the occasional showing of the Northern Lights.

It's fully equipped inside. The main living floor is the first floor (the ground floor is a fortified barrel vaulted room with no windows - but a full size snooker table). The kitchen has a wine fridge, large American style fridge-freezer with icemaker, induction hob, Miele double oven, microwave, platewarming ovens, and the usual dishwasher and washing machine (the drier is in the snooker room).

The main living room is a large room, with comfortable space for everybody with classic Bergere suite and leather chesterfield, a old family heirloom Grandfather clock and a log burning stove (we leave a starter basket of logs to get you going). Curl up with a book, watch a movie, chat by the log fire.

On the second floor lie the three bedrooms, family and ensuite bathrooms. These consist of one double room, one twin (which can be set up as a superking size double), the family bathroom, with large high pressure shower and double ended slipper bath, and the master bedroom. This has a superking size four-poster bed for the romantics amongst you. Off this is a dressing room - which can accommodate either a travel cot or a temporary bed for a seventh guest (both available on demand) - and an ensuite bathroom, again with high pressure shower with body jets.

Don't expect people to breakfast early - it's very, very quiet !

Outside is simple - a terrace, a large gravelled parking area, and two lawns sloping towards the River Aln. There is an outside hose for muddy gear and mountain bikes, and a wooden table and chairs in the shed for outside dining in good weather

More Details

Owner
Ben
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2017

About Ben

We've lived in Northumberland since we married - just over 26 years ago. We've a family of four - and enjoy the space, calm and sights of the border country. We've always loved old buildings and furniture, and want to make a place feel loved

Ben purchased this castle in 2015

Why Ben chose Northumberland

Why? It's your own castle. In an area where just getting there makes your heart breathe better. In a village surrounded by space and wild beauty. What can I say?

What makes this castle unique

Fully modern kitchen with (huge) American style fridge and modern induction hobs &co means great for keen cooks. Every time I walk into the basement and see the expanse of the snooker table, I grin. Every time I drive there and see the open vistas from the Coldstream Road (A697 now, Dere Street in Roman times) I go wow. After 25 years. So will you.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Whittingham, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Main bathroom with double ended slipper bath and power shower Ensuite bathroom with power shower (body jets) Small toilet at end of snooker room.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
  • Master bedroom, with super king four poster bed, ensuite and dressing room. Large chest of drawers, wardrobe. East/North facing. Dressing room suitable for child cot if required. Second bedroom - twin beds (3'3") antique bergere style. Can be brought together as a superking double on request. West facing. Third bedroom - Standard double, wardrobe. South Facing.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most amazing at the Pele tower. 6 adults and Pip the dog. The inside is sympathetically and beautifully furnished, plenty of attention to detail, it is a place that feels loved. The full size snooker table was loved by the boys. Plenty of space for everyone to spread out. Would like to keep this one a secret so it is available next time we want to book it! The fields around were full of sheep and lambs, so on lead walks in beautiful countryside. If you are looking for good off lead walks it is not too far to drive to the wonderful stretches of sandy Northumberland beach. Thank you for a fantastic stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous location in stunning accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend the property to anyone visiting Northumberland. The village is lovely and peaceful and situated so well for visiting most parts of Northumberland.

We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Another stay in the tower

  • 5 of 5

Lovely accomodation in a beautiful area.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic historic building tastefully modernized

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully historic 12C Pele tower, nicely modernized. Great showers, bath, kitchen, comfortable living room with full sized snooker table for evening entertainment. Comfortable beds with I nice wood burning stove should you visit in the off season. Would certainly revisit.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Hogmanay in your very own castle!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in The Pele Tower. It was even nicer than in the pictures and had everything you could want for a stay with friends. Great open fire, amazing bath big enough for a swim and great games room. Lovely extras like wine, juice and jam and a really homely feel and a well equipped kitchen. Great area for exploring the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic festive break in Northumberland.

  • 5 of 5

Four nights spent over Christmas at Pele tower with family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed by all of us.

We didn't know what to expect from an old fortified tower but it turned out to be a really nice cosy surprise.

Bags of room for seven of us. Facilities were excellent. Snooker table (full size) TV with Netflix. Selection of books to read. DVDs and player. Log burner in the lounge, ideal for those winter days and a Welcome pack from Ben which was much appreciated.

Set in a small village surrounded by beautiful countryside ... what more could you ask for.

It's one of those places we will definitely come back to in the future.

All in all, 5/5 and a big Thankyou Ben for a great Christmas break !! 👍𣐼􏏼👍𣐼􏏼

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Newcastle
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Glanton
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Newcastle
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Alnmouth
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Alnwick for Alnmouth
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
A1(M)
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Alnwick
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Alnmouth
Car: necessary

The Tower is positioned beautifully in Whittingham Vale, in the middle of its village. Eight miles (12km) from Alnwick with its famous gardens - and the castle which stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. 12 miles from Alnmouth and the beaches. It's just next to Thrunton woods for keen mountain bikers, and the Cheviot Hills for walkers and hikers. Rothbury and Cragside are nearby.

Further afield is the whole of the coast and castles of Northumberland : from Tynemouth Priory in the south, through Druridge Bay, Amble, Alnmouth, Craster, Dunstanburgh castle, Seahouses, Bamburgh bay and castle, through to Lindisfarne and Berwick. The border country is wild and open - you will be just on the edge of the Dark Skies national park, which leads to some great views of the Milky Way and good viewing of shooting stars, even the occasional showing of the Northern Lights.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Whittingham, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer
23 Apr 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$312
A$1,644
 
 
High Summer
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,596
 
 
Christmas2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
A$450
A$2,769
 
 
Easter 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,250
 
 
Early Summer
22 Apr 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
A$312
A$1,713
 
 
High Summer 2018
15 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,769
 
 
Christmas-NY 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
A$467
A$2,942
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$268
A$1,471
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$259.59

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Should the property be left in a state that makes it not possible for the subsequent guests to stay, you will be liable for the costs incurred including rectification of the damage and loss of income up to a maximum of two weeks rental.
Damage deposit will refund automatically 7 days from end of reservation unless damage is noted and a claim made. We do not consider normal wear and tear as damage: this only refers to damage that means that the item requires repair or replacement before continued use.
Please feel free to report observed issues of any kind in the property at any time - we will endeavour to rectify these as soon as possible, not least because the maintenance of a historic building requires constant vigilance.
Whilst there is a telephone available for incoming calls, it is not for outbound calls (other than notification of arrival, calls to owner or emergencies). We strongly suggest use of the wifi/internet (EE Wifi Connect, Three Intouch, Skype, Google, Whatsapp) if you need to make calls - this is no cost to you, or us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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