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The Old Sweet Shop

Alnwick, Northumberland (Ref. 1022774)

4.9

Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Review(s)

  • Sarah

    “The cottage was lovely, very spacious and one of the best equipped we’ve ever stayed in!”

    there was even a bed & blanket for the dog. In one room there was a huge selection of toys which was greatly appreciated. It was very clean with plenty of available cleaning products for us to use along with spare dishwasher tablets. There were other essentials like tea & coffee, salt & pepper etc left for us too. Communication & instructions from the owner before had were both very clear & good which enabled us to get to and into the house with no problems.

    there was even a bed & blanket for the dog. In one room there was a huge selection of toys which was greatly appreciated. It was very clean with plenty of available cleaning products for us to use along with spare dishwasher tablets. There were other essentials like tea & coffee, salt & pepper etc left for us too. Communication & instructions from the owner before had were both very clear & good which enabled us to get to and into the house with no problems.

    - Sarah, April 2024

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedback and your kind words. I'm glad you had a good stay and found all the things necessary in the house. We've found the games are quite handy for rainy days/ when kids need distracted! Property Owner

Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: Second floor 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First floor: 1 x king-size, 1 x super-king (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner (seating for 4)
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Dining room (with small lounge area)
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart 4K TV, further HD TV, DVD player, WiFi (high end fibre broadband), selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • On-street free parking to rear of property or nearby side street
  • Well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 40 yards, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Pets are only allowed on the ground floor
  • Note: There are sloped ceilings and exposed beams in the second-floor bedroom, please take care
  • Please note we cannot accept check-ins on a Sunday.

The property

Located in the heart of Alnwick, Northumberland, is this large three-storey Victorian terraced house; The Old Sweetshop. Originally built as a shop and dwellinghouse in 1899, this was converted into one large family home and has been successfully modernised and updated. With four bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests, this pet-friendly accommodation (downstairs only) has spacious living and sleeping areas and high-quality modern facilities, Alnwick has historic sites, luscious countryside, and the stunning coast all within easy reach. The ground floor hosts a stylish kitchen/ diner, it is sure to please any budding chef with its spacious feel and electric range cooker (fan oven, conventional oven, top oven and grill), 5-burner gas hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave (washing machine located in the cupboard in hall). The separate dining room with seating for eight guests contains a small sitting area with TV, DVD player, books and selection of toys; ideal for little ones to play, whilst the adults enjoy a glass of something refreshing. Find less formal seating in the main sitting room with sumptuous leather sofas, fabric winged armchairs and a coffee table, a 4K Smart TV and a selection of board games are available for entertainment, or alternatively snuggle up with a good book by the warmth of the woodburning stove for a quieter evening after a busy day. Completing the ground floor is a compact shower room with WC and heated towel rail. On the first floor you will find three well-appointed double bedrooms. Bedroom 1 is a large room with superking size bed (can be converted into twin beds on request) and sofa, bedroom 2 contains a kingsize bed, and bedroom 3 has two single beds, a bathroom with a bath, shower over, and heated towel rail completes this floor. A staircase leads you to the second floor landing with a handy desk for any office work that may be required and access to a bathroom containing free-standing bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail, the bedroom on this floor contains a king size bed with dressing area and comfortable poang chairs, for increased privacy there is the option to lock the bathroom door access from the landing and use this bathroom as an en-suite accessed from the dressing area.When you are ready to explore the area, a short stroll (5 minutes) leads you past the iconic Barter books (pop in to peruse the second-hand books) and onwards to the cobbled streets of Alnwick town centre, filled with independent shops, galleries, cafes, pubs, restaurants and a weekly market, here you will find the Alnwick Playhouse (arts centre, theatre, cinema and tourist information), Alnwick Castle (featured in many well-loved TV and movie series including Harry Potter, Downtown Abby and Transformers) and The Alnwick Garden (home to the world’s largest tai Haku cherry orchard, a grand cascade water feature, bamboo maze and poison garden). For more active leisure, the Willowburn sports centre (15 minute walk) has a swimming pool (including separate shallow pool for younger guests), soft play, climbing wall and fitness gym, in addition to badminton courts and sports hall for hire. Alnwick Castle golf course (non-members welcome) is situated 0.5 mile from the house, tennis and squash facilities are 0.3miles from the house. If you're looking for a day by the sea, Alnmouth is a short drive away with a lovely sandy beach, teashops, restaurants and wonderful sea views, Carry on to Warkworth with its picturesque ruined castle or to Amble, proudly known as “the friendliest port in England”, other costal highlights in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are Bamburgh beach with its imposing castle, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Seahouses (take a boat to the National trust Farne islands to watch grey seals and puffins) and Craster, where you can sample some traditional kippers before you walk to the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle. If idyllic countryside is your preference, you'll have many beautiful walks on your doorstep, especially through Hulne park with landscape inspired by Capability Brown, slightly further afield, Northumberland National Park has 410 square miles of pristine rivers, waterfalls, hills and valleys to explore, in addition to some of darkest skies in the country, giving an opportunity for star gazing at the Kielder Observatory. For a cultural day trip, we would recommend taking the train from Alnmouth Station to Edinburgh, Newcastle or Durham, all of which can be reached within approx 1hour. However you spend your family-friendly holiday in Northumberland, you will find everything you need at the Old Sweet Shop.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location

ALNWICK

Alnmouth 4 miles; Bamburgh 15 miles; Rothbury 10 miles.

The attractive and historic market town of Alnwick is dominated by Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. The Castle Gardens, opened in 2002, are home to Europe's largest cascading water feature, a fabulous (and enormous) treehouse, a delightful rose garden and a beautiful, walled ornamental garden, which will delight novice and experienced gardeners alike. The castle is also famous as the setting for Hogwarts School featured in the Harry Potter films! The town's narrow streets have seen little change since the days when the London to Edinburgh stage coach passed through and the Market Place, with its stone cross, is still the central feature and the ideal venue for the weekly Saturday market. Alnwick offers a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat and there is plenty to see and do, with miles of golden sandy beaches, numerous castles and boat trips to the famous Farne Islands all available nearby. Altogether a superb location for exploring Northumberland and its stunning Heritage Coastline.

Please note we cannot accept check-ins on a Sunday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas