No.1 Duke Street in Alnwick
A Beautifully Restored Georgian House in the heart of Alnwick
No.1 Duke Street at Alnwick is a beautifully restored townhouse dating back to 1870, located in the heart of historic Alnwick and lovingly renovated and styled by the renowned interior designer Sherry Wales. With a mid-century aesthetic and touch of the Arts and Crafts movement – which has such great links and history in the town of Alnwick – this is a house to be appreciated by lovers of design and who want a comfortable base for exploring Northumberland.
No.1 Duke Street is perfectly situated for exploring on foot a great range of amenities and attractions on offer in historic Alnwick, such as Alnwick Castle & Gardens and the famous Barter Books. There is a wide range of restaurants, pubs, shops and cafes within easy walking distance of the cottage.
With both the Heritage Coastline and the beautiful National Park inland to explore – all within easy driving distance – this interesting cottage is the perfect base for a holiday in Northumberland.
The attention to detail is evident from the moment you walk into the beautifully decorated and furnished lounge. It doesn’t stop there however, as every room has this emphasis on providing a balance of comfort and design. Click here for more information on the lovely town of Alnwick and the surrounding area, including things to do and places to see.
Entrance and Hallway
Front door with outer hallway for hanging coats and depositing boots, opening onto a spacious hall with a beautiful original staircase leading to the first floor. Door through to a light and airy open-plan lounge and dining room.
Open Plan Lounge
Feature ornamental Arts and Crafts fireplace in the lounge with realistic living flame gas fire (a real wood burning stove is in the dining room). Large comfortable corner sofa, perfect for stretching out on. Beautiful bird screen prints hung above the sofa are from the talented illustrator Andy Bridge.
TV with digital channels and DVD player. Large selection of DVD’s, books and board games. iPod dock/CD player/radio. Free Wi-fi.
The lounge leads to an open plan dining room with a wood burning stove. With an original Arts and Crafts solid oak table seating 6, it’s perfect for socialising with friends and family.
The pretty yet contemporary kitchen is imaginatively designed with a high quality finish. The kitchen is light and airy and has a Smeg range style cooker, along with all of the usual appliances, including Dualit toaster and kettle, Fisher Paykel fridge freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. Leading from the kitchen there is a small courtyard furnished with a table and chairs – perfect for breakfast or lunch on a warm day. Nespresso machine with initial supply of pods (available from 1st Dec).
The original, restored staircase leads to the first floor with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom with a further separate WC/washroom.
Luxurious super-king size bed (6ft wide), pocket sprung mattress and luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen. Large bespoke wardrobe and flat screen TV, with a large window overlooking Duke Street. Hairdryer and fluffy towels provided.
A gorgeous double bedroom with luxury king-size (5ft wide) pocket sprung mattress and top quality bed linen. Large bespoke wardrobe, fitted bookcase and dressing table area. Hairdryer and towels provided.
The Single Bedroom
The single bedroom has an arts and crafts daybed by James Mayor. Complimented with playful ‘Running Hare’ printed wallpaper. Large bespoke wardrobe. Hairdryer, fluffy towels and luxury bed linen provided. There is an additional full-size single bed that can be pulled out to allow a 6th person to stay.
The family bathroom is spacious and has a period style roll top bath, large corner shower enclosure with mains shower, wash hand basin and WC. There is an additional, separate WC/washroom adjacent to the family bathroom. Towels and luxury complimentary toiletries by The White Company provided.
To the rear of the house leading from the kitchen, there is an enclosed courtyard with a table and chairs for 6. To the front of the house – which is south-facing – which is a traditional townhouse garden there is additional garden seating, perfect for sitting out in the warmer months and very much a sun trap as its south-facing.
No. 1 Duke Street in Alnwick
Arts & Crafts Style
This lovingly restored town house has been carefully renovated back to it’s former Arts and Crafts interior, providing a sumptuous balance of comfort and design.
Facts & Features
Up to 5 guests.
Welcome Hamper including luxury toiletries and bespoke area and property guide. Wood burning stove in the dining area and free Wi-Fi.
3 bedrooms; one king size room (5ft wide bed), one super-king size room (6ft wide bed) and one single bedroom with a truckle bed that can pull out from underneath for a 6th person upon request.
Synthetic duvets are provided on each bed. Feather pillows are provided on each bed. Alternative synthetic pillows can be provided. If you require the bed to have synthetic pillows, please inform us at the time of booking or a minimum of 7 days before your holiday.
1 bathroom with period style roll top bath, large corner shower, wash hand basin and WC. Additional WC next door.
Accommodation on 2 floors; the ground floor has the lounge, dining room and kitchen. On the first floor there are the 3 bedrooms, family bathroom and additional WC.
Nearest EV Charging Point
Click here to find the nearest EV charging point – use postcode NE66 1QU.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
COVID-19 Special Arrangements
New arrival and departure times have been introduced from July 2020 to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocols necessary to ensure the safety of guests and housekeeping staff.
Arrival: from 6pm Departure: by 9am Click here for more details.
Please be Aware
This cottage is ideal for a couple or a group of adults and not suitable for children under 6.
Pets are not permitted at No. 1 Duke Street.
The single bed in the 3rd bedroom has an additional full-size single bed, suitable for an additional adult or child over 6 years old.
No children under the age of 6 including babies.
Sorry, we are pet-free at No. 1 Duke Street.
Fridge, freezer, Smeg range cooker and gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and kettle. Washer/dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films. Wi-fi. Nespresso machine with initial supply of pods (from 1st Dec).
TV in the lounge with Freeview and DVD player, TV in the master bedroom. Hi-fi, free Wi-fi.
No. 1 Duke Street has a seating area to the rear of the property that’s private and enclosed, for seating up to 6. The front of the house – which is a traditional townhouse – is south facing with additional garden seating.
Parking is available on the roadside outside the cottage.
There is no BBQ provided at No. 1 Duke Street, but you are more than welcome to bring your own disposable one and use safely.
Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £200 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £34 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £200. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
Video of No.1 Duke Street in Alnwick
Including fabulous aerial views of Alnwick town, which is all easily accessible on foot directly from No. 1 Duke Street.
Virtual Tour & Floorplan
Click on the Virtual Tour below to take a virtual walk around the house and see all areas. The floorplan is provided for general information only, it’s not entirely to scale and may not include minor features. Call us on 01665 7100 or email us if you have any specific queries..
Map & Local Area
No.1 Duke Street is located in central Alnwick, making it the perfect spot for exploring this beautiful market town on foot and the rest of Northumberland by car. Alnwick sits at the foot of the Cheviot hills and is just 4 miles from the best beaches on the Northumberland Heritage Coastline. You can walk to iconic Alnwick Castle from the house, which is the setting for Harry Potter’s ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ and featured heavily in Downton Abbey, and to the equally world-famous Alnwick Garden and Treehouse, with its magnificent cascading fountains, ‘Poison Garden’ and renowned restaurant housed in the Treehouse itself.
Barter Books, one of the largest secondhand book stores in the UK is also just a short walk from the cottage and where many an afternoon can be spent browsing their fantastic range of books over a cup of tea or coffee. The rest of Alnwick’s main street, walks and interesting places to explore can all be found on foot without even having to get in the car!
To find out the distance of this cottage from your own home, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: No. 1 Duke Street on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode. The postcode for No. 1 Duke Street is NE66 1QU.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
This cottage has the ‘WOW’ factor! It was impeccably clean and beautifully designed – our friends were very impressed (they took loads of photos!). We liked its welcoming feel and high luxurious quality. All beautifully and thoughtfully kitted out – everything had been thought of to make it a relaxing break and the welcome pack was greatly appreciated and very thoughtful. You’ve set the bar for standards in truly luxurious holiday accommodation.
Mr and Mrs CarlingEscape the ordinary read our guest book
Tips from a local
Head up to Barter Books in Alnwick, which is an old Victorian train station converted into the most fabulous bookstore, about 10 minutes’ walk from the cottage. Every book you can imagine is here, even some very valuable first additions on display. They have a lovely café converted from the old waiting rooms in the station if you wanted a nibble and something hot to drink.
As the name suggests, you can bring old books into Barter Books and exchange them for credits so you can buy something new (or old!) to take home. Pick a good book and get settled in front of one of their many open fires. Dogs and snoozing welcome!
Tips from a local
Take a walk around Hulne Park in Alnwick, once the hunting grounds of the Percy family and open to the public during the day. Click here to download some routes around Hulne Park, but unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed.
Tips from a local
Cragside is a must when staying in this area of Northumberland. Cragside was the first country house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power, pioneered by Lord Armstrong, a key figure in Northumberland. As well as the incredibly interesting and beautiful house, the whole estate is open to the public with its magnificent walks and country trails, as well as a huge children’s play park and a very nice café too.
It’s ran by the National Trust, click HERE to visit the website, it’s about 15 minutes drive from Alnwick.
Owner of No. 1 Duke Street
We asked Sherry what made her fall in love with No 1 Duke Street:
“After my first visit to Alnwick, I knew I wanted to purchase a holiday home there. I was completely enchanted by the quaint charm of the town, and felt it was of a bygone era.
The abundance of beautiful, large old trees as you enter the town, the stunning historic architecture of the town and castle as well as the multitude of independent shops and amenities such as cafes, restaurants, pubs and even a theatre and cinema meant I didn’t have to use the car once after I arrived to fully enjoy all that the town had to offer.
The friendliness and generosity of the locals, who embraced me as one of their own, reminded me very much of the small village life I enjoyed as a child growing up in a small town in North Carolina. It was something I really wanted my children to experience. We visit the house half a dozen times throughout the year and we absolutely love staying and recharging our batteries whilst catching up with those we now consider extended family.”
Not sure where to start?
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