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The Loovre

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

A Grade II listed unique tiny home used until the 1950s as a Victorian ladies loo.

The Loovre

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Overview

A Grade II listed unique tiny home used until the 1950s as a Victorian ladies loo.

As seen on Channel 4's George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

This one-of-a-kind studio space, used more recently as an ice cream parlour, has been meticulously renovated by the owner with fully handcrafted and bespoke finishes. 

The light-filled living space boasts the original glazed bricks and timber match boarding. The kitchenette, which includes a small fridge, hob, microwave and fold-down dining table, was hand-built by the owner from scratch, whilst the kitchen worktop is reclaimed from an art college, its fabulous patina a nod to its former life. The owner commissioned the Shaker peg rail to allow for storage of the dining chairs when not in use and hand-built the bed (a fixed double so no messing about folding beds) and the open storage beneath which pays homage to vintage luggage racks. A small Everhot electric stove allows for the heating of food and provides ambient warmth. Additional heating provided by an electric ribbon radiator ensures the space is toasty. Leading from the living space is a small wet room with a shower, basin and WC.

Outside, a small courtyard to the rear provides a private spot for a morning coffee or sundowner, the raised seating area offering fabulous views of the town’s historic Walls.  The courtyard is secure and ideal for the storage of outdoor kit.

Located in a quiet corner of Berwick-upon-Tweed within the Elizabethan Town Walls, The Loovre provides easy access to the town and its cafes, restaurants, shops and train station (direct trains from London Kings Cross to Berwick-Upon-Tweed). The town has a thriving arts scene with galleries, The Maltings Theatre, independent bookshops and live music events. There are festivals throughout the year including the Berwick Film and Media Festival and the Food Festival. There are excellent independent shops and suppliers on the doorstep including The Green Shop for supplies, Mule on Rouge for coffee, microbrewery The Curfew and coffee roasters, Northern Edge. There are superb walks around the historic Town Walls, along the River Tweed estuary or along the many beaches which make up Northumberland’s spectacular Heritage Coast.

Property details

Ground Floor

The accommodation sits all on one level. 

Access into compact open-plan living space comprising:

Kitchenette with single-ring induction hob, small fridge, Belfast sink, microwave, kettle, cooking utensils, pour-over filter coffee set. Please note that there is no washing machine available.

Everhot electric stove with small oven facility for heating dishes.

Small fold-down dining table to seat two guests.

4'6" double bed with a super deep mattress.

Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, WC.

Outside

There is a courtyard at the rear of The Loovre with a cafe table and chairs for two. A charcoal barbecue is provided (guests must supply their own charcoal). 

Bicycles can be stored in the courtyard if required, and the gate can be secured with a lock.

Parking

While there is no private parking available at The Loovre, guests are welcome to stop outside the property to unload/load belongings. Free public parking is available just a five-minute walk away at Coxons Lane car park or the Castlegate Long Stay car park.

Babies & Children

Please note that The Loovre is not suited to babies and children under the age of two, so a travel cot and highchair are not provided.

Dogs

Sorry, dogs are not permitted within The Loovre.

Guest amenities

Bed linen and towels are supplied and guest hand soap is provided. Please note that a hairdryer is not provided. 

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is generally good.

Heating

The heating is provided by an electric ribbon radiator which can be thermostatically controlled and there is a small Everhot electric stove to provide additional heat.

Guest Privacy

The Loovre sits in a quiet corner of Berwick-upon-Tweed on its own and is not overlooked. Due to the unique nature of this property and its history, it may be possible that passers-by would stop to admire the building. 

Important

Please note that The Loovre has high-level windows to all sides, which provide wonderful light in the daytime. However, it does mean that light comes in when the sun rises and blackout blinds are not provided. Eyemasks are provided for light sleepers.

Location

The Loovre is superbly located for short breaks 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 in a quiet corner of the town centre and within (nearly on!) the Elizabethan Town Walls, this tiny home 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 artworks and collectables 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 & Spencer Food Hall 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 mini-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 - a 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 a fun splash park, while Cocklawburn, Goswick and Cheswick beaches all sit close by. The stunning beach at Bamburgh is 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 Loovre 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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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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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

Additional housekeeping

Additional housekeeping

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

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Wine delivery

Wine delivery

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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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Cooks and chefs

Cooks and chefs

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Location In the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Flexible.
  • Arrival time: 3pm
  • Departure time: 11am
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The Loovre situated in a quiet corner of Berwick-upon-Tweed
The little things we love...
"Tucked away in a quiet spot next to Berwick-Upon-Tweed's ancient ramparts, The Loovre offers a slice of town-centre tranquillity. "
Hugo, owner of The Loovre
email us or give us a call on 01573 226711 for details.

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