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Lions House

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

A magnificently restored Georgian house set on Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls with sophisticated interiors and unrivalled views.

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Overview

A magnificently restored Georgian house set on Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls with sophisticated interiors and unrivalled views.

The highest building in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lions House affords wonderful views of this historic town, the Tweed estuary and the Northumberland coastline down to Holy Island

You could say that Lions House is the one that got away from the celebrated painter L.S. Lowry. The Manchester artist frequently holidayed in the historic seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed and fell for the Georgian charms of Lions House in 1947. He was, however, deterred from buying it by talk of ‘rampant damp’ and the imposing building, guarded by two seventeenth-century Venetian lions set on plinths by the front entrance, fell into disrepair. 

The current owners of Lions House have sensitively restored the Grade II* listed property – named ‘an icon of the Berwick skyline’ by the Berwick Civic Society - to its full glory. Set on the bastioned Elizabethan town walls, Lions House is an imposing house with six-over-six double hung sash windows and a grand central front door topped by a fanlight. Step inside to discover an eye-popping entrance lobby with an exquisite ornamental plaster ceiling, rose and arch (created by a local craftsman of the period using real shells, which remain intact beneath the plaster coving) leading to a sweeping staircase.

The lobby’s soft grey walls, pristine white plasterwork, inky blue staircase and cast-iron radiator set the pared-back design tone of the entire house. The owners are avid art collectors, and their eclectic art and antiques collection decorates the property with impeccable taste while clean, neutral interiors keep the focus on the house’s period features and its breathtaking views. 

It’s well worth tearing your eyes away from the antique maps of Berwick in the fire-warmed snug and the vibrant Barbara Rae abstract landscape that hangs above the freestanding bath in the master bedroom’s bathroom to soak up those views. The highest building in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lions House delivers panoramic views across the Tweed Estuary, Berwick’s wide sandy beaches and out to the North Sea; framed to maximum effect by the large, white painted timber shutters that flank the lofty paned windows.

When viewed from the front, Lions House appears to comprise three storeys yet when you approach it from the rear, through a pretty walled garden, an additional lower ground floor level is revealed, complete with its own entrance. Guests will enjoy three expansive dual aspect en-suite bedrooms and a wealth of living areas, with a garden-view living room on the ground floor, a cosy snug/study on the first floor and a large, light-filled sitting room on the second floor.

All three bedrooms and much of the living space benefit from views both over the sea and over the town, creating a wonderful flow of light throughout. But, as is so often the case, it’s the kitchen where groups tend to congregate most: set off the entrance lobby, with two vast windows overlooking the town walls and the sea beyond them, the bespoke deVOL kitchen is the perfect spot for prolonged meals gathered around the rustic timber dining table.

Property details

Ground floor

Back door to garden and access to town.

Large access hall / boot room with plenty of storage space for outdoor wear.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.

Large utility room with sink, washing machine and separate dryer.

Living room with large sofa and armchairs, Smart TV, selection of books. Views over the rear garden.

First floor

Large hall leading out to the front access door with views over the ancient Elizabethan town walls and coastline.

Kitchen – bespoke deVOL kitchen with integrated appliances, double SMEG oven with grill, six burner gas hob, large fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher. Sonos wireless sound system. Dining table with seating for six. Sea views.

Study/snug with antique table with space for six, two armchairs, selection of books, wood burning stove.  Sea views and garden views.

Cloakroom with basin and WC.

Second floor

Bedroom one with Colonial mahogany king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe. Sea and garden views.

En-suite bathroom with corner shower (with rainforest head), roll-top bath, heated towel rail, basin and WC. Sea views.

Sitting room with large sofa and three armchairs, decorative fire, Smart TV.  Sea views and coastline views.

Third floor

Bedroom two with with zip and link which can be configured to super king double or twin 3' beds as required. Side tables, chest of drawers. Sea and town views.

En-suite shower room with rainforest head shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC. Sea views.

Bedroom three with super king bed, side tables, large writing desk, chest of drawers, peg rail with hangers. Sea and town views.

En-suite shower room with corner shower and rainforest head, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

There is a fully-enclosed lawned garden with patio to the rear of Lions House. A barbecue is not supplied.  Garden furniture will be available from Spring 2021.

Lions House is accessed from a shared courtyard and despite its elevated position, the rear garden area is overlooked by the immediate properties to the left and right.

Parking

There is on-street parking only and one resident’s parking permit is available for guest use. Please note there is no private parking. 

Babies & Children

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.

Dogs

Sorry, dogs are not permitted.

Guest amenities

Duck and down duvets and pillows are provided in the bedrooms one and three. Bedroom two has hypoallergenic bedding. A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom. Hand wash and shower wash are provided.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is provided with good speeds. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.

Heating & Water

There is gas central heating throughout with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, and electric underfloor heating in the first floor master bedroom.  Wood burning stove in the study/snug with initial basket of logs supplied. 

Please note that only the water supplied in the kitchen and utility room is drinkable. 

Guest privacy

Lions House is accessed from a shared courtyard and despite its elevated position, the rear garden area is overlooked by the immediate properties to the left and right.

Location

Lions House is perfectly located for short breaks or longer stays throughout any season and provides an excellent base to explore the wider Northumberland and Borders area. With the main East Coast Rail Line running through it, Berwick is also an ideal car-free destination served by good local services.

Sitting just a five minute walk from the town centre, the property benefits from excellent amenities right on the doorstep. In one direction, you will find a selection of characterful shops on Castlegate including a book shop, an antique centre, a deli and a fantastic vintage shop, as well as ‘Pier Red’ where you can sip a rich espresso whilst browsing art works and collectibles by popular Northern artists. Also look out for their regular jazz evenings where you can unwind to the smooth, mellow sounds of talented local musicians.

A walk in the other direction will take you to Marygate, the town’s main street where you will find a mix of high street names along with local traders. Other small independent names and quirky shops can be found around the cobbled lanes and closes of the historic old quarter, as well as Hide Hill shops and cafes for a coffee and cake stop. There is a good Antique Centre and gift/interior shops on Bridge Street including one or two great eating spots - Audela, Gasparro's, Atelier and The Mule on Rouge to name a few. Two large supermarkets including a Marks & Spencers food outlet sit on the edge of town.

The area has a rich food heritage and there is something to cater for all tastes and budgets here from tasty fish and chips on the promenade to cosy pubs, characterful cafes or bistro restaurants such as The Maltings Kitchen or The Queen's Head serving tempting light-bites or a pre-theatre dinner.

Alternatively, why not pop the wine in the fridge and arrange for a platter of seafood to be delivered straight to your door by the Berwick Shellfish Company - oysters reared in the clear North Sea beds of Lindisfarne, lightly smoked kippers from traditional local smokehouses, or perhaps some freshly dressed lobster or langoustines - perfect for a romantic evening-in!

Activities

With its rich history, charming Georgian architecture, vibrant cultural and arts scene, golden beaches, superb wildlife, extensive leisure opportunities, as well as links to long distance walking and cycling routes, the whole area is quite simply packed with interest.

Walk the outstanding Elizabethan walls of the Old Town taking-in ancient bastions, watchtowers and gun batteries - testament to Berwick’s turbulent past defending England from the Scots. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of the coast and Tweed estuary before a visit to the Hawksmoor-designed Berwick Barracks with three separate museums showcasing its military history, as well as part of Sir William Burrell’s art collection.

Next follow Berwick’s Lowry Trail and discover the cobbled streets and seaside scenes depicted in the paintings of the great ‘matchstick men’ painter who was captivated by the town and the area. If that sparks your creative side, why not spend an afternoon out-and-about drawing and painting under the tuition of a renowned local artist.

Berwick has a thriving arts scene at the centre of which is the charming Maltings Theatre which hosts a packed diary of theatre, cinema, dance, comedy and music. There are also a number of galleries in the town, including the Watchtower which hosts a diverse number of events, guest artists and musicians. For something a bit different, take a boat trip from Berwick upstream to Paxton House, a superb Adam mansion which is home to the largest private gallery of any country home in Scotland with an extensive collection of paintings dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many of which have been loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The town hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Riding of the Bounds in May which follows the ancient tradition of riding the town’s boundaries to guard against thieving Reivers; the Seaside Festival in August which includes street entertainers, Punch and Judy, live music, and sandcastle competitions; the Food and Beer Festival in September which is a mouthwatering opportunity to sample all the region’s superb produce; and the Film and Media Arts Festival, the largest of its type in the region.

The area has over 26 miles of fantastic beaches just made for lazy picnics and outdoor adventures. Spittal beach is popular with families with wide golden sands, an attractive promenade and fun splash park, while Cocklawburn, Goswick and Cheswick beaches all sit close by. The stunning beach at Bamburgh is a also a must-visit, sitting just a short 20 minute drive from Berwick.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is about a 20 minute drive from Berwick, only accessible by a causeway at low tide. A designated National Nature Reserve, this tiny, picturesque island is often described as ‘The Jewel of the Northumberland Coast’. It is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

There is excellent bird watching on the Tweed estuary around the town and also further afield at St Abb’s Head and the Farne Islands - home to a resident colony of grey seals in addition to an impressive array of birdlife including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and terns.

There are two golf courses close by; Magdalene Fields five minutes from the town offers superb views of the famous Elizabethan walls, the cliffs leading into Scotland and the iconic castles at Bamburgh and Holy Island. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty six miles south of Berwick, Goswick is a highly-regarded links course selected as an Open qualifying course.

For a city day out, Berwick Station is about a 10 minute walk from the apartment offering an easy day trip to the magnificent sights of Edinburgh, just 45 minutes journey by train.

Children and families

Children and families

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Fishing

Fishing

Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Historic houses and castles

Historic houses and castles

With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.

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Gardens

Gardens

If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.

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Wildlife

Wildlife

Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!

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Shopping, arts and crafts

Shopping, arts and crafts

We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

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Walking

Walking

From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.

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Museums, galleries and culture

Museums, galleries and culture

Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.

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Golf

Golf

There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.

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Services

Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cook

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Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Babysitting and nannies

Babysitting and nannies

Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.

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Dog sitting

Dog sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Location In the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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Morning sunrise over the North Sea from Lions House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Little Things We Love...
"Enjoying a coffee watching the sun rise over the North Sea, casting its glow over early risers and dog-walkers on the Elizabethan walls."
Paul and Liz, owners of Lions House
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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