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Ben

Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french

Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.

18 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Whittingham holiday castle

Historic Pele tower on the road to Scotland - 3 beds, 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
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ben (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french

About Ben

We've lived in Northumberland since we married - just over 25 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 takes some getting used to after our normal home - which has a 40 year old aga. 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.

Reviews

5
based on 18 traveller reviews

Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

Cozy medieval retreat

  • 5 of 5

What can we say? A highly unusual place to stay, very tastefully furnished and cozy feeling during our blustery autumnal weekend. The kitchen was well stocked, and equipped for luxury self catering. The welcome food and drink was a special touch. Walking in the region was fantastic, a beautiful forest park nearby, and the coast in easy reach by car. Would love to stay again

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
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5

A perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property - very well equipped and totally charming. The castle is within easy driving distance from so many places. We would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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5

Character property in beautiful Northumberland

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed three nights, but enjoyed our stay immensely. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Princess Castle in Northumberland

  • 5 of 5

Rented this tower for a friends 50th birthday and what an amazing, unique weekend stay!

Check in was so easy, tower is so impressive from driving into the grounds. All the rooms in the tower were decorated to high standard and we loved it from the minute we entered.

Great for a family or friends stay, house is perfect for entertaining or chilling.

Around 8 miles from Alnwick, which we visited.

5* and would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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5

Spacious and comfortable in an ideal location for visiting the area.

  • 5 of 5

A unique and fun place to stay, deep in beautiful countryside but close to all the major attractions. The snooker table was a real bonus too! If you are lucky enough to get a clear night the sky is amazing too.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Pele tower is a great place to stay. Has everything we needed, great welcome pack, comfortable to stay in. Specular building set I lovely countryside. Snooker room a great bonus.

Recommending already

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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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
 
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$440
A$2,707
 
 
Easter 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,115
 
 
Early Summer
23 Apr 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$305
A$1,607
 
 
High Summer
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,538
 
 
Christmas2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
A$440
A$2,707
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$262
A$1,438
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$508

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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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
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:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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