If you fancy staying in Bamburgh Castle’s 1,400-year-old walls and taking in the incredible sea views in a holiday apartment that also happens to overlook one of England’s most famous village cricket pitches, then you’re in luck.
Bamburgh Castle’s owners have restored a former medieval bell tower into Northumberland’s most unique self-catering holiday apartment – The Clock Tower. There, guests can savour the ultimate experience of staying within the castle’s walls while taking in its showstopper views.
Now available to book, The Clock Tower looks out across the stunning Northumberland coastline to the east and the Cheviot Hills in the west. And thanks to its elevated position 150 feet above the coast on a volcanic plinth, guests have the added perk of grandstand seats above the village cricket pitch, where play takes place on the castle’s Green below.
The Clock Tower links the castle’s restored medieval curtain wall to a vast 13th century tower and turret on which the 125-year old William Potts clock is set.
Legendary figures and royals who have stayed at Bamburgh Castle include the Anglo-Saxon kings of the real Last Kingdom era, along with a succession of monarchs from Henry I through to Queen Mary in the 20th century.
Stake your own claim to Bamburgh Castle – albeit on a temporary basis – by staying in The Clock Tower, which is available to rent through Crabtree & Crabtree who specialise in sought-after holiday accommodation in the North of England and South of Scotland.
The Clock Tower has an en suite master bedroom, while a second double and single bedroom are spread across different floors. An open plan living, dining and kitchen area has dual aspect views of the sea towards Holy Island and the Cheviot Hills.
While Bamburgh Castle’s 14 staterooms and grounds are open to the public on each day, come closing time, guests staying in the Clock Tower, along with the castle’s residents, get to enjoy the grounds and terraces of this Northumberland jewel exclusively to themselves.
Bamburgh Castle owner Francis Watson Armstrong said: “The Clock Tower embraces all the glorious quirky character and charm a castle tower should have in bags. The sumptuous colours and furnishings give it a contemporary feel without losing the extraordinary atmosphere Bamburgh Castle has.
“Quite apart from the unique experience of staying in one of the largest inhabited castles in the country, I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where you can watch the dolphins leaping out of the sea below, while the sun sets beyond the Cheviot Hills. During the cricket season you can settle back and watch play unfold on the marvellous cricket pitch below that has become famous the world over.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming guests to what is a magical place to stay.”