Dorothy Forster Court ref: UK3062

Alnwick, Alnwick & Alnmouth

4 Stars

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Bedrooms
2
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Bathrooms
2
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No pets
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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Quirky Exterior 
  • Unique Cottages 

Description

Dorothy Forster Court is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Alnwick. This charming Grade II listed property dates back to the 17th-century and is located only a few yards from the entrance to Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland. The property is accessed via a private doorway on Narrowgate where a small passageway leads to its independent entrance. The accommodation is well presented over the first and second floors of the property and is stylishly furnished throughout. The adorable arched door leads to three steps then a further eight to the first floor where there is a bright and airy open plan living space, there is also a bathroom and bedroom which overlooks a delightful courtyard. Further stairs leads up to the second floor where there is a king size bed nestled within beautiful original solid beams and views to the castle.Although the owner’s do not provide a cot, guests are welcome to bring their own.

Dorothy Forster and her brother Tom originally lived in Bamburgh Castle, which had been owned by the Forster family from the 16th century. During the Jacobite Rebellion, Tom enlisted to fight for the Stuart cause and was captured and put in Newgate Goal, London. In a daring plan Dorothy disguised as a servant, travelled to London and using a duplicate key, helped her brother escape and he fled to France. Dorothy arranged for a coffin to be filled with sawdust and placed in the family vault at Bamburgh to outwit the authorities. After Tom’s death in 1738, his body was returned to England and laid to rest in St Aidan’s Church in Bamburgh, and Dorothy was buried alongside him.

There is a wide array of amenities including a cinema/playhouse, restaurants, independent shops and a variety of pubs available within a gentle stroll from Dorothy Forster Court. Alnwick Castle, the film location for ’Harry Potter’s Hogwarts’ is a popular visitor attraction, or visit the Alnwick Gardens, a spectacular interpretation of a formal garden, including a grand cascade waterfall and poison garden. Visitors can also dine in the restaurant of the largest tree house in Europe. Dorothy Forster Court is an excellent choice for those seeking a unique base that gives easy access to explore the beautiful 20 mile stretch of Heritage Coastline, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east and the wild and lonely expanses of the heather-capped Cheviot Hills to the west. Beach 4 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub 20 yards and restaurant 50 yards..

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

First floor

11 steps to entrance.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, combi microwave/grill, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Second floor

Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, beams and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.

Miscellaneous

Courtyard (shared). Parking permit for 1 car included. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
    Alnwick
  • Shops
    150 yards
  • Distance
    Central
  • Restaurant
    50 yards
  • Nearest railway station
    Alnmouth
  • Pub
    20 yards
  • Railway station distance
    4.0 miles
  • Lake
    4 miles (beach)

About the local area

Alnwick is in the heart of Northumberland, famous for its unspoilt beauty, and is one of the most picturesque areas of countryside in England - with long sandy beaches, quiet friendly villages, the Simonside and Cheviot hills, well preserved medieval Castles, and gardens.

There are numerous Stately Homes in the area including the fantastic Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and often referred to as "The Windsor of the north". The medieval market town originally prospered as a staging post, being only a day's ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north and Newcastle upon Tyne in the south. It still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings which now house a range of specialist shops and family businesses as wells as some of what once totaled over 50 inns.

Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke of Northumberland, provides a wonderful day out for all the family. It has magnificent spacious grounds designed by Capability Brown, domineering medieval towers, a 14th century dungeon, beautiful State Rooms and there are various museums covering the region's military and archaeological history. Next to the Castle is the spectacular Alnwick Garden where you can experience The Grand Cascade with its many weirs and fountains, The Ornamental Garden with more than 15,000 plants, The Rose Garden of walkways heavily scented with climbing and shrub roses, clematis and honeysuckle, and there are many 'secret' gardens where you can sit amongst the pergolas, fruit trees and individual pools. Because it is a continually developing garden with major projects always underway, it provides something new for those that return time after time.

The Alnwick countryside is also a great area for walking, short and long hikes, cycling, fishing, and in fact every kind of country pursuit. South east lies the valleys and heather topped expanses of Coquetdale and the Simonside Hills around Rothbury - a haven for hillwalkers and cyclists and a gateway to the Northumberland National Park.

The coastline of the Alnwick region consists of over 20 spectacular miles of golden sands, rocky outcrops and sand dunes which provide fun days out for all the family and peaceful beach strolls along the sweeping sands of Druridge Bay and Cresswell. Coastal villages include the lively harbour town of Amble, beautiful Warkworth with its magnificent castle, and picturesque Alnmouth, home of the oldest golf course in Britain.

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