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Your own castle in the borders of Northumberland.

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 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 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.

Location

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Whittingham in Alnwick

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • 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 4.9473686 based on 38 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-Nov-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

Long weekend in November

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Pele Tower last year and had a fantastic time. This time we brought two others with us and it was great to see the place through their eyes and it definitely did not disappoint. We will be back......

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Magnificent border castle for family getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a place! This is such an incredible venue. We (mum, dad, 2 young kids) stayed for four nights in the autumn, and it was just brilliant. It is definitely in an out-of-the-way location, in a small, very-rural village. All the residents were friendly and welcoming. The tower's garden fence has the river Aln on one side, a stone manor on another, and a sheep field on the other. All perfect for story-making and adventures of dragon-hunting and pooh-sticks.

For young families, the castle is just magical. Our little ones loved the playhouse at the end of the garden and helping daddy 'play snooker' in the beautiful cellar. Be aware if taking very little ones that the stone staircase is wider than most stairgates but with a bit of care it's as safe as anywhere could be.

We're keen cooks (just as well as there are no shops or restaurants of any kind within walking distance) and the kitchen is well enough equipped to satisfy us. There's a huge USA-style fridge/freezer so visit a supermarket and stock up well before arriving: you won't want to leave once you get settled in.

The master suite is even better than the photos suggest, and the family bathroom is also gorgeous.

Whilst you're not going to be able to walk to major tourist attractions, there is loads to do nearby. Alnwick is beautiful, and Alnmouth and Druridge Bay compete for the best UK beach in our opinion. Round every corner there's another castle, panorama, waterfall, picturesque town, observatory or mansion. We were even lucky enough to have two clear skies and I have never seen the milky way with such clarity in the UK before.

Unless it wasn't clear, we love the place. So much that we're going back in February half term!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks :) And looking forward to your return!
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5

So, so great.

  • 5 of 5

One of favorite vacation rentals to date, and we stay in quite a few. Our children loved having a "castle" to ourselves. Plenty of room for 4 adults and 3 kids. Lovely grounds, beautiful finishing inside, perfect kitchen. Can't say enough about it! While staying there we visited Alnwick Castle and it was a highlight of our whole trip.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! If you're looking for a quiet get away from it all place then this is it! Located in a quiet village yet close to Alnwick and surrounding areas for the tourist attractions! This property really has it all, very well equipped, spacious and the most amazing showers! You really do have to experience it for yourself!

Excellent communication from the owners, very helpful with suggesting restaurants and tourist information! The welcome pack and bottle of wine was also a very nice touch - thank you!

Only one minor negative point is the settee and chairs in the living room are not all that comfortable. Other than that I can not fault this property and would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

A very nice , well kept house with very good facilities , beds , furniture etc ,.

  • 4 of 5

Good quality conversion , lots of cooking equipment . Very nice bathrooms , could do with one more or at least a toilet on the first floors. Snooker room very popular . Village quiet peaceful and friendly .Ben the owner very helpful both before and during , sorted out our one problem with the cooking hob very quickly . The area is lovely , lots of good dog walks , dog friendly pubs etc - a must for two of our group . There is so much to see and do . History everywhere Holy Island , Bambrough , Craster , Alnwick etc. Great sea food everywhere but particularly at Amble. All in all a very good spot from which to sample all that Northumberland has to offer . After a week we have just scratched the surface but we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Whittingham, North East England

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas2017
22 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,040
for 4 nights
From
£260
£1,600
 
 
Easter 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,300
for 7 nights
£1,300
 
 
Early Summer
22 Apr 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£540
for 3 nights
From
£180
£990
 
 
High Summer 2018
15 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Christmas-NY 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 4 nights
From
£270
£1,700
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£495
for 3 nights
From
£165
£950
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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 for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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