Historic Pele tower on road to Scotland - 3 bedrooms, snooker, modern kitchen.
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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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Fantastic place to stay
An amazing property. We will definitely start again.
Lovely property within reasonable distance from fantastic tourist attractions in Northumberland. Great communication from Ben from the time of booking and throughout the stay.
Awesome castle and area
A real find. An amazing place which shouldn’t disappoint anyone! Spotless. Well furnished. Spacious. Luxurious. The snooker table is too big (or I may just be rubbish)
A magical Castle in Northumberland, perfect for a family getaway.
We are a family of 4, with two boys aged three and five. This 'castle' is perfect for us, We love renting properties and exploring the world so it's rare that we return to anywhere - but this place is so good we have been here three times in the last 3 years and we're not bored of it yet!
Northumberland is beautiful, and the Pele Tower is well located for accessing a lot of it. You will have to drive everywhere, though. There's no shops or pubs within walking distance, but who would need to go out to a pub when you have a castle to stay in! In winter it's cosy and snug; in warm weather it's cool and the garden is super for eating outside.
Alnwick is nearby for shops and amenities, which in turn is near to Alnmouth - our favourite beach in the world. You can also easily drive to Bamburgh, Craster and Holy Island from the Pele Tower.
You're near a lot of really awesome National Trust places and wild countryside, with the whole spectrum of outdoorsy-ness for all levels of ability and athleticism. I love road biking, and the hills are a challenge - but there are plenty of nearby places to do beginner family cycle rides. The Tower has ample storage for bikes on the ground floor.
The Pele Tower is a luxurious place. The master bedroom is as gorgeous as the photos show, and the other rooms are spacious and characterful. The bathrooms are super and large, with rain showers - there's a large bath in the main bathroom.
The kitchen is large and well equipped for the number of people who could stay here. The pans and utensils are well kept, and replaced regularly (we've been here 3 times and Ben keeps everything feeling new). We loved putting a slow roast in the oven in the morning and coming back to delicious smells after a busy day at the beach.
And of course there is an actual full-size snooker table in the barrel-vaulted ground floor, with cues provided. How cool is that!? Given that it's in a rental place, it's in very good condition, with ample space around it to play a proper game.
Only two things to be aware of when booking: the living area is up a flight of wide stairs, so be aware if you have little kids or if you've got restricted mobility. We were fine with it when ours were very young. Other than that, it's a perfect place to stay in any season.
We would come back again at any time, and I really hope we will do soon.
Absolutely fabulous accommodation. All the rooms were spacious and there was plenty of room for a family of 5 plus dog. The kitchen was well equipped and the sitting room was very cosy in the evening. The snooker room was fun!
It was a very welcome retreat after a busy day of sightseeing! Would highly recommend.
A truly unique building in which to stay ..
... this is an absolutely great property in which to stay, though sadly only some of the radiators were working - some areas (part of kitchen, bedroom and all of hallway were very chilly). Dishwasher had not been cleaned or emptied, two sweets were found under pillow in daughter's bedroom. The whole, particularly stairs, needed a good hoover. Outside has properties quite close and has views directly over same, which doesn't really matter, but is not apparent from pictures. Always piping hot water, lovely bath (friends' shower needed a clean) Lighting outside did not appear to work on our visit, with a general tidy up outside needed. Having said all this, if those matters were paid attention to/addressed, would be very happy to stay again - it really is lovely, with nice furniture and comfy beds. All matters mentioned would be easily rectified. Great spot from which to visit many attractions.
Hi Wendy, I can only apologise for the lack of completion of the cleaning, this is clearly not to our cleaning company's normal standard and it has been raised. We have found that if people change the heating controls that it 'unbalances' the heating (at least the ensuite will be piping hot!) - I've visited and reset this for our next guests. The lighting control has just been upgraded to a web control- the override switch unfortunately hasn't been labelled yet, so I can understand this. Finally, we've just replaced the main shower doors (after your visit, as timing would have it) with a cleaner frameless design; and the ensuite is next in line when we can get in to do it.
We do try and make sure everything is in line even with an old building - and would encourage any guest to raise any issue found as soon as possible, as then we have a chance to get it sorted! Ben
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.