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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:
20 May, 2018

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 Whittingham

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
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:
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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 ...
  • Stereo ...
  • 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

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Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 48 reviews
5

Stunning property

  • 5 of 5

Best property we have ever rented. Do not look any further just book now.

Nothing more to say.

Bob

  • Review Submitted: 20/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I don't normally comment on reviews because they can speak for themselves... But this one I couldn't resist. Thanks!
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5

Fabulous place

  • 5 of 5

Unique property, in striking distance of Alnwick, Bamburgh etc. Large and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need provided. The whole family enjoyed the break in the north east and the castle was the icing on the cake. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 14/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

So neat to have an entire tower to yourself!

  • 5 of 5

This tower home has so much character and history! We felt like royalty during our stay, but didn't have to sacrifice modern conveniences, as the kitchen and bathrooms were nice and updated. We had a lot of room for our family of five to spread out. The area has a lot of great things to experience, and there are plenty of bigger towns within a few hours drive. Been and Eileen set us up with a great welcome package, including fresh bread, milk, butter, and a much-needed bottle of wine after a long day of travel. We would definitely return to this lovely home!

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely break in the country, in our own castle

  • 5 of 5

The castle is amazing, only two of us there with our dog, loads of room for a bigger party. Warm, cosy and everything you need for cooking etc,. Near to Alnwick and the coast, had a trip to Bamburgh.

  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing place, amazing owner, stunning property, great location, can you tell we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Firstly above everything I must call out how amazing, helpful, kind and considerate the owner Ben is. From my first contact with him, asking out of the norm things and arrangements, Ben was nothing short of amazing and kind. He helps with everything and went out of his way to help me arrange the weekend given some of my personal challenges and showed great empathy.

Now, i'm sure people want to know about the property! I can honestly say it is THE most luxuriously appointed place i have stayed in. To quote my sister who stayed with us, where else could you go for a weekend and have everything you need, and more, to cook a full sunday roast for 7 and a table to accomodate them! An unbelievably equipped kitchen, with gifts and other things left by Ben, to a lounge i never wanted to leave due to the cosy nature, warm log fire..... The beds were comfy, the rooms lovely, the view stunning, the bath and showers fantastic and the lovely snooker room topped it all off!

Dog friendly with lots of nice walks around, a nice garden to play in (including the little go kart and play house in hte large garden! All in the middle of a really beautiful sleepy village.

Simply stunning and a credit to Ben - won't be the last time we are there, the only challenege will be getting booked before everyone else does and finds this hidden gem!

  • Review Submitted: 12/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I can say is 'thanks' !
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4

Fantastic place to stay, felt like millionaires

  • 4 of 5

Even though we had over two feet of snow and couldn't get out for three days it didn't overshadow our stay in this magnificent place

Very warm, well equipped and comfortable.

The snooker table was a real bonus, especially with the bad weather

Lovely countryside walks and friendly locals

Highly recomend

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • 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

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit AU$268.99

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

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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