The Old Manse
A grand Victorian home with a dream location in medieval Alnwick.
An impressive family home with Alnwick’s most famous attractions on its doorstep
The medieval town of Alnwick is one of the most prized destinations in northern England, celebrated for its 11th-century castle, spectacular Alnwick Garden, atmospheric town, and proximity to delightful coastal and rural villages such as Alnmouth and Lesbury.
The Old Manse is a handsome stone building set on the corner of Argyle Terrace and Percy Terrace (the latter named after the Percy family, who have owned Alnwick Castle for over 700 years), in a peaceful residential corner of Alnwick. This prime location places all of Alnwick’s key attractions within 15 minutes’ walk from the house.
Dating to the mid 19th Century, the Old Manse is a classic Victorian beauty, complete with soaring four-pane sash windows, a grand portico and mature front garden that wraps around one side of the house. The striking period features continue inside, with original fireplaces, elaborate cornicing and lofty ceilings. It is, nonetheless, very much a comfortable family home, brimming with quirky antique and vintage pieces collected by the owner, whose exuberant love of colour also shines through in the décor.
On the ground floor, a spacious kitchen with mint green timber cabinetry and a small breakfast table leads into a large, traditionally styled dining room. The dual-aspect sitting room is warmed by a roaring open fire and richly decorated with antique furnishings while the snug, with its vibrant fuchsia pink wall, is the perfect bolthole for snuggling into the sofa with a book, tinkling the ivories, watching TV or catching up on some work.
A wide staircase, illuminated by a towering arched window, leads up to a large landing, off which you will find three spacious bedrooms, a spacious family bathroom with impressive slipper bathtub, and a separate bathroom with bath and shower over. While each bedroom features lovely big sash windows and antique furniture, each is quite different in décor: the master bedroom is painted in pale blue and topped with intricate cornicing, the second double bedroom is daubed in splendid sunflower yellow, and the twin bedroom features a wall dressed in elaborate Oriental wallpaper.
Main access door into porch and inner hall.
Drawing room with sofa and two armchairs, open fire (initial basket of logs supplied). Views over the front garden.
Dining room with seating for six.
Kitchen with gas hob, grill and separate oven, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher. Roberts radio.
Snug/Office - sofa, piano, bookshelf with a large selection of books and CDs, Smart TV, desk with two PC monitors which guests are welcome to use.
Impressive central staircase with feature window leads to the first landing which has a cloakroom with WC and basin.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, armchair, wardrobe with storage space. Radio.
Bedroom two with cast iron double bed, side table, chest of drawers, decorative fireplace, dressing table, wardrobe.
Bedroom three with twin beds, side table, wardrobe with hanging space.
At the top of the stair, are two bathrooms:
Bathroom one with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bathroom two - large family bathroom with large slipper bath, corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
There is a large lawned garden with herbacious borders planted to the front and side of the property. There is a bench seat with a bird feeder to the side of the property for enjoying some time in the garden.
There is on-street parking on Percy Terrace. This is not metered or charged, however at certain times, the parking can become more congested therefore it cannot be guaranteed that parking directly outside the property is possible.
Babies & Children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
One dog is welcome. A further dog may be considered on request.
All bed linen and towels are provided. There are hairdryers in the three double bedrooms. Hand soaps and bath/shower wash are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is provided. Mobile reception is generally good.
Central heating throughout the property. There is an open fire in the drawing room - initial basket of logs supplied.
The property sits at the end of a row of terraced period properties in the centre of Alnwick. The garden is to the front and the side of the property and there is no enclosed private space to the rear.
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 Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent 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, Sainsburys and a Nisa (Co-op).
There are several eateries nearby that come highly recommended: Lilburn's bar-bistro, serving local, seasonal produce; Thai Vibe, offering dine-in or meals to take away; Hardy's Bistro for relaxed lunches or dinners; Cafe Tirreno for authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality, or alternatively Carlo's for classic fish and chips.
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 family friendly activities, you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
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.
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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!Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Cooks and chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
- One dog is welcome. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The Old Manse is a shining example of a wonderfully preserved Victorian period property yet it feels like a reassuringly lived-in family home."Hugh and Nicola, owners of The Old Manse