A chic second-floor apartment in the heart of historic Alnwick.
A sophisticated pied a terre in Alnwick and a central base from which to explore the spectacular Northumberland coast and countryside
Set in the heart of the historic town of Alnwick, Barley Loft is one of the most prized apartments in The Maltings complex, the sensitively restored 19th-century Alnwick Brewery and Malthouse. With a secure entrance set in the striking glass atrium, Barley Loft pairs the building’s original steel beams and stanchions with sleek contemporary interiors and striking mid-century furniture.
Channelling loft-style chic, Barley Loft comprises a sleek open-plan kitchen and living area with large windows affording triple-aspect views over the rooftops of Alnwick to the castle. One of the two king-size bedrooms features an ensuite bathroom with a large walk-in shower while the other benefits from access to a shared bathroom with a bath and shower over.
Finished to an impressively high standard, Barley Loft's contemporary design credentials are set against the thick stone walls and cast iron columns of the original building, keeping its connection with the past very much alive. Furthermore, the apartment places the many historical highlights of Alnwick within a ten-minute stroll or less away.
Amongst these is the town’s best-known attraction, the 11th-century Alnwick Castle and Garden, recognised across the globe as the set of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. Potter fan or not, a visit to the UK’s second largest inhabited castle rewards richly with its opulent Italianate State Rooms and fine and decorative art collections, while the acclaimed Alnwick Garden contains 4,000 different plants, the impressive Grand Cascade waterfall and the world’s largest collection of Japanese Taihaku cherry blossoms. The Garden is also home to the fairylight-bestrewn Alnwick Treehouse restaurant and new Lilidorei magical play village, both of which will delight young and old visitors alike.
It is entirely possible to spend a day or two exploring Alnwick Castle and Garden before even contemplating the many other attractions of the medieval town. Yet these are well worth delving into, notably the Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, celebrated Barter Books bookshop, leafy Hulne Park and weekly Alnwick market.
While you won’t need a car to explore Alnwick, Barley Loft does offer private parking, a welcome bonus in the bustling town. A car is also your ticket to capitalising on Alnwick’s setting just inland of the beautiful 20-mile stretch of AONB Northumberland Heritage coastline: the picturesque coastal town of Alnmouth lies just 5 miles from the apartment while Bamburgh Castle is a half-hour drive north along the coast, with Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve ten minutes further along. The rugged heather-capped Cheviot Hills lie to the west, with their hiking and biking trails, waterfalls and historic churches and houses.
The Barley Loft is a second-floor apartment in the historic Malthouse building just off the centre of Alnwick.
Secure access door into the main building and a communal hallway, with both a lift and stair access.
Access door directly into the hallway.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, double wardrobe with storage and hanging rail, small wall-mounted TV with Freeview, slimline dressing table with chair.
En suite bathroom with large shower (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, double wardrobe with storage and hanging rail, slimline dressing table with chair.
Bathroom with bath and shower over and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen space comprising:
Living room with two double sofas, large leather armchair, 44' Smart TV, dining space with seating for four.
Dividing island and kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer (3 drawer), full size dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, Nespresso Magimix coffee machine (pod type), Crockpot slow cooker.
The Barley Loft is a second floor apartment. There is no designated outside space.
There is a private numbered parking bay for one car in The Malthouse car park. Otherwise, a free public car park is immediately adjacent.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and high chair can be made available on request.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
Bed linen and towels are provided, along with hand soap and shower/bath wash. Duvets and pillows are hypo-allergenic 'feels like down'. A hairdryer is available in both bedrooms.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Fibre broadband is available - download speed approximately 45mbps. Mobile reception is good.
Gas central heating throughout.
The Barley Loft is a second floor apartment and forms part of The Malthouse building just off the centre of Alnwick. This building has been part of a multi-million pound redevelopment to create a luxury apartment complex.
You will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops in Alnwick. Wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including the Strawberry Lounge for a lovely afternoon cream tea.
For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Alnwick Deli for delicious local produce, cheeses, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked bread, pies and pastries. There's a market every Saturday, a Farmers' Market on the last Friday of every month, and a number of large supermarkets nearby including a Marks & Spencers, and Sainsburys, as well as a handy Morrison's supermarket just across the road.
There are several eateries nearby that come highly recommended: Lilburn's bar-bistro, serving local, seasonal produce; Sherkhan, offering dine-in or meals to take away; Cafe Tirreno for authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality, or alternatively Carlo's for classic fish and chips. For a dining experience with a difference, The Treehouse Restaurant nestled in the treetops of Alnwick Gardens offers cosy lunches and dinners in a magical setting (booking essential).
The Running Fox in Shilbottle (3.5 miles) has an artisan bakery and café not to be missed. Alternatively, head to the Cook & Barker Inn at Newton-on-the-Moor (6.5 miles) or the pretty fishing village of Craster (7.5 miles) to sample the legendary oak smoked kippers from L Robson & Sons. Finally for a sumptuous seafood treat, head to The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh - featured in the prestigious Michelin Guide in both 2018 and 2019.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area, including the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens for plenty of tours, talks, and history trails. The busy events schedule will keep everyone entertained, including a fabulous open-air theatre where you can pack a picnic and enjoy a unique outdoor experience in the gardens. Do check the Castle and Gardens 'What's On' pages for the latest updates and dates. Don't forget Lilidorei, the newest addition to The Alnwick Gardens, for some family fun in this magical play village.
For outdoor enthusiasts, everyone is welcome to join the weekly Saturday Alnwick Parkrun set in a fantastic setting along the river by the castle. A visit to the Aln Valley railway, a steam railway preservation project including the opportunity to ride on a steam train, is well worth a visit; and for fishing enthusiasts, the world-famous Hardy shop and museum celebrates 150 years of all things fly-fishing.
A must-visit is Barter Books - ‘a book heaven’ with thousands of paperbacks, hardbacks and collector’s editions based in a beautiful former railway station, or pop into the super Bakehouse Gallery showcasing the work of local artists and designers.
Set within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wide golden sands of Embleton are particularly beautiful offering great walking, cycling and wildlife or simply rest and relaxation with a picnic full of foods from the Northumberland heartlands. From here head north and south to explore the pretty coastal villages of Craster and Warkworth, or a little further afield will take you to the spectacular beach at Bamburgh or the very lovely Sugar Sands accessed from the village of Longhoughton.
For those seeking high energy adventures, the area is popular for surfing and kite surfing and there are a number of accredited surf and watersports schools up and down the coast for those looking to try something new in a relaxed teaching environment.
Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age.The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
For country sports, shooting is available on nearby Lemmington Estate which covers 2,500 acres over three valleys running up to the Alnwick moor producing spectacular high and challenging pheasant, partridge and duck shooting. Fishing is available on the River Coquet and on the many lakes and reservoirs around the area.
For something different, why not head to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.
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- Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday with the additional option of Monday during low season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The light filled living space, the touches of history, and the easy access into medieval Alnwick."Mike and Sue, owners of The Barley Loft