Oakwood in Alnwick, Northumberland

What to Expect

Country Life magazine gave Alnwick its Best Place to Live in Britain award in 2016 and this first-floor apartment is in the heart of a Northumberland destination that comes complete with a world-renowned castle.

Only four miles from award-winning Alnmouth Beach, a 30-minute drive to historic Bamburgh, and just 35 miles from vibrant Newcastle. The Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) is on the edge of the market town and offers waymarked walks and cycling trails, as well as an observatory where you can stargaze.

Once an imposing townhouse, it has been converted into two holiday homes retaining many of its original features such as the wooden shutters, stripped wood flooring and a cast iron open fire range in the kitchen.

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At A Glance

Town centre location
Edge of AONB
All on one floor
Beach 4.5 miles
Window shutters
Townhouse conversion


Roll-top bath
Walk-in shower
Cast iron range
Free car park nearby

About Oakwood

This first-floor apartment is part of an original Georgian townhouse and sleeps four in two double bedrooms, one en suite with a roll-top bath and heated towel rails. There is a walk-in shower room too.

You have a choice of where to dine, either in the open plan living area with comfy sofas and a formal table for four or unwind at the kitchen table in front of the open fire cast iron range.

There is a choice of off-road parking, £1 for two hours, but the car park is a five-minute walk from the apartment for a longer and free of charge stay.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Alnwick

There is no way you can miss the castle that has put this quaint market town on the map. It is still the seat of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and comes with a history dating back to William the Conquer times. The courtyards and baileys were the locations for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. The Inner is where Harry and Ron crash-land the Weasley family’s flying car and the Lion Arch led to Hagrid’s cabin and the Forbidden Forest.

The Duchess’s labour of love is the exceptional 12 acres of parkland with awe-inspiring water features surrounding the fortification. There’s the Forgotten Garden and even one dedicated to poisonous trees and shrubs. You have to book a slot on the castle’s website and there is the Pay for a Day, Visit for a Year ticket option.

Who needs to trek to either Norway or Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis, known as the Northern Lights? The ink-black Northumberland sky is darker and clearer in the winter months and the perfect time to see shades of vibrant green, purple and blue shooting across the skies. Just six miles from Alnwick is Boulmer, one of the best coastal spots to see nature’s own light display. Wrap up warm, pack a midnight feast, a camera and a pair of binoculars and from a sand dune, watch the lights with only the sounds of waves lapping the shore. You’ll be in for an experience of a lifetime. If you need to be pointed in the right direction, NASTRO’s (Northumberland Astronomical Society) website is worth checking out.

Last Word

This first-floor apartment gives the four of you the privilege of an escape to a part of the country that has its own unique selling point, steeped in history and an AONB that is on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. It’s a town location with pubs and restaurants on your doorstep and an award-winning beach is a few minutes’ drive from Alnwick’s town centre.

Other than the castle with its staterooms and sweeping gardens, the town offers a range of independent shops that will provide endless hours of fun. One fine example is Barter Books, the UK’s biggest second-hand bookstore, in Alnwick’s old Victorian railway station. Here you can sit beside its open fires and read, enjoy a meal from the Station Buffet, and marvel at the model railway linking the book columns and perusing its 40 antique glass bookcases. For families with young children, there is a room just for them filled with toys to keep them occupied while you browse.

Oakwood is well-presented and spacious with touches such as a cast iron open fire range in the kitchen and a free-standing roll-top bath in the en suite. It’s the ideal base that you can call home during your stay in a part of the country that is full of surprises.

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