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Barbican View, Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

Barbican View, Alnwick, Northumberland

- luxury self-catering holiday apartment
- town location directly opposite Alnwick Castle
- Visit England 4 Stars with a prestigious Gold Award
- sleeps 2
- free Wi-Fi
- dog-friendly

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Barbican View is a beautifully refurbished (2019), luxury, Grade 2 listed, self-catering holiday apartment in the Alnwick conservation area. It takes its name from the absolutely stunning view of the grand Barbican entrance to Alnwick Castle seen from its windows. Barbican View is the ultimate place to stay in Alnwick, especially for those who wish to experience this magical historic castle at close proximity. The family home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, this medieval castle dates from the 11th century and is the second largest occupied castle in England. It is the setting for many famous films and TV programmes such as Blackadder, Robin Hood, Downton Abbey and, of course, Harry Potter.

Lounge / Dining

Occupying the full ground-floor of a town house, with a pretty enclosed courtyard garden, Barbican View provides a superb base for exploring the town, as well as all the other Northumberland attractions, including Bamburgh Castle and beach, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Alnmouth, Newton-by-the-Sea, Dunstanburgh Castle, Cragside and Hadrian’s Wall, which are all just a short drive away. The apartment is close to the many walks and meadows (including Hume Park) surrounding the castle, but is also less than a five-minute walk from the centre of town, where there are many local shops, gift shops, cafes and tearooms, pubs and restaurants. There is also a market in the town square every week.

Barbican View has been awarded 4 Stars Gold by Visit England for excellence in self catering. Sleeping two (plus a baby in a travel cot), the apartment is also dog friendly and welcomes up to two small, well-behaved dogs. There is free on-street parking via a residents' permit which we provide for guests.

Alnwick is a famous market town, steeped in history, and it's also the home of the world famous Alnwick Garden and Treehouse. The treehouse restaurant is totally unique and a must-see! The apartment is also only a minute's walk from the Bailiffgate Museum, which is dedicated to local social history.


Furnished to a luxury standard, Barbican View has been awarded a 5 Stars Gold rating for self-catering accommodation by Visit England. Decorated in restful Farrow and Ball colours, the house provides a relaxing atmosphere enhanced by a selection of beautiful original artwork by local artists. The house is also one of the few luxury properties in the area to welcome dogs, with free dog beds and a doggy welcome pack to make your pet feel at home.

Self-Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation

Access is from the main street, where four steps lead to the red front door. This entrance is shared with two other apartments in this historic townhouse. Once inside, the shared entrance hall, up one step, you will find the Barbican View's front door. The apartment has a spacious, open-plan hallway leading to the kitchen area, which also leads to the lounge / dining area. This cosy holiday apartment is on one level, making it very appealing for less mobile guests, although please note that there are two steps up to the bathroom door, which is accessed via the bedroom.

Lounge / Dining Room
There is a large comfortable sofa, stunning window seats, a large flat-screen Smart TV with HD Freeview and a Blu-Ray player, a hi-fi with MP3 docking station, and a range of books, music and DVDs are provided for your enjoyment.

The kitchen has been thoughtfully redesigned to make the best possible use of space, with oak cabinets, integrated appliances and plenty of work space. It is well equipped with a ceramic hob over a fan-assisted oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, slow cooker and dishwasher. A half glazed door leads from the kitchen to a private, south-facing courtyard garden.

This is a lovely spacious room, with an original feature inglenook stone fireplace. The king-size bed has a luxurious pocket-sprung mattress. Fluffy white towels are provided and luxury bathrobes are also available on request. There is a built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table and chair. A Smart TV, clock radio and hairdryer are also provided. Please note that the landline telephone is for incoming and emergency calls only. A travel cot can also be placed in the room on request.

A very light, spacious, luxury bathroom with spa bath, separate walk-in shower with dual heads, wash basin, wc and heated towel rail completes the living accommodation. Fluffy white towels and complimentary luxury toiletries are provided. A utility cupboard contains a washing machine, ironing board and vacuum cleaner.

Courtyard Garden
The attractive, private courtyard garden is fully enclosed and furnished with a bistro-style patio set and a painted wooden bench. Planted with a variety of leafy and flowering shrubs, the space also boasts a soothing water feature. Outside space of this nature is rare in the centre of town. The garden really is a wonderful, peaceful oasis in the heart of the town, providing an outdoor room to enjoy al fresco breakfasts, lunches or early evening drinks after a day exploring. A hosepipe is fitted for guests bringing dogs.

Please note that, as they are in the same building, Barbican View and Castle Retreat can be booked together for couples holidaying together or for extended families who require extra space.

Barbican View
Barbican View

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Our prices and availability are always accurate as they are updated in real time as bookings are made. If the holiday cottage and dates you want are shown as available, you can book on-line instantly. You can also book by telephone. Payment can be made by credit / debit card on-line, cheque or bank transfer.

Garden Courtyard

Where is Barbican View?

Barbican View is in the most stunning location for experiencing the very best of what Alnwick has to offer. Alnwick Castle is literally just across the street, and The Alnwick Garden is just a few minutes away. Barter Books is a 10 to 15 minute stroll to the other side of the town centre.

Alnwick Castle
The Alnwick Garden

Alnwick is a perfect central hub for exploring Northumberland. Bamburgh Castle, Cragside House and Gardens, Dunstanburgh Castle, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland Heritage Coast and Northumberland National Park are all easily accessible by car.


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