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The Meeting House

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

A superb, contemporary apartment in the centre of the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with excellent amenities and easy access to the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast.

The Meeting House

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Overview

A superb apartment in the centre of the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with excellent local amenities and easy access to the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast.

A stylish coastal base whatever the season with excellent train links north and south

The contemporary design skillfully maintains the integrity of the original building with period details including characterful domed windows and original beams.

Inside, the apartment is exceptionally light and bright, finished in soft Farrow & Ball tones in keeping with its seaside location. Lovely locally sourced items offer a hint of what sits on doorstep with friendly independent galleries and shops, along with new artisan coffee shops and lunch stops.

The open plan living space is framed by the original arched window which floods the area with natural light, while a living flame fire adds a focal point to the room when cosy nights-in beckon.

The kitchen is extremely well equipped with high quality items from Le Creuset while the Nespresso machine will be a welcome touch for a lazy morning coffee overlooking the distinctive red pantile rooftops.

The apartment benefits from two bedrooms – one double and one single, each presented with crisp linens and homely warming touches.

On the doorstep, Berwick has a huge amount to offer with superb architecture and cultural events or the simple enjoyment of traditional fish and chips from the quayside.

Head to the beach for perfect walks and the freedom of wide open sands, watch dolphins from the Chandlery, or why not enjoy the wind in your hair and take a boat tour across the bay or up to Paxton House taking in the sights and sounds of this wonderful area.

Property details

Accommodation

The Meeting House sits on the third floor. The building operates a secure entry system with an entry phone. There are stairs and a lift up to the apartment.

Open plan sitting room/kitchen comprising:

Kitchen with ceramic hob and electric oven, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, small dishwasher, Krups Nespresso machine, microwave, selection of cook books. Dining space for four guests.

Sitting room with double sofa, armchair, Smart TV (no DVD player), contemporary living flame electric fire.

Bedroom one with 5’2” king size bed, side tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Bedroom two with 3’ single bed, side table and chest of drawers. Hanging space is provided by hooks and hangers on the door.

Bathroom with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Outside

Please note the property does not have any private outside space, however there are plenty of lovely spots for relaxation within easy walking distance including the Elizabethan walls with panoramic views of the Tweed estuary, the beaches, the river walks and the town’s recently renovated parks.

Parking

Private off-road parking for one car is available in a designated parking space to the front of the property. There is also ample on-street parking nearby and there are two local car parks close to the property which are free to use with a local parking permit (which will be left in the property for guests’ use).

Babies & children

A travel cot and Bumbo seat can be made available on request.

Dogs

Sorry, dogs are not permitted.

Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage

Wi-Fi is available. There is good mobile coverage on most networks.

Guest amenities

Duvets and pillows are hollowfibre. A hairdryer is supplied in bedroom one. Toiletries and high quality hand soaps provided.

Heating

Electric heating throughout which is thermostatically controlled.  Living flame electric fire to the sitting room.

Guest privacy

The apartment sits on the second floor within a newly renovated building comprising ten other apartments over three floors. It sits in a central location with excellent amenities on the doorstep.

Access

Access is via a secure entry system and the apartment sits on the third floor of the building. A lift is available.

Location

Sitting just off the A1, the Apartment is perfectly located for short breaks or longer stays throughout any season and provides an excellent base to explore the wider Northumberland and Borders area. With the main East Coast Rail Line running through Berwick it is also an ideal car-free destination served by good local services.

Sitting just a five minute walk from the town centre, the property benefits from excellent amenities right on the doorstep. In one direction, you will find a selection of characterful shops on Castlegate including a book shop, an antique centre, a deli and a fantastic vintage shop, as well as ‘Pier Red’ where you can sip a rich espresso whilst browsing art works and collectibles by popular Northern artists. Also look out for their regular jazz evenings where you can unwind to the smooth, mellow sounds of talented local musicians.

A walk in the other direction will take you to Marygate, the town’s main street where you will find a mix of high street names along with local traders. Other small independent names and quirky shops can be found around the cobbled lanes and closes of the historic old quarter, as well as Hide Hill shops and cafes for a coffee and cake stop. There is a good Antique Centre and gift/interior shops on Bridge Street including one or two great eating spots - Audela for incredible cakes and Gasparo for hearty Italian fayre. Two large supermarkets including a Marks & Spencers food outlet sit on the edge of town.

The area has a rich food heritage and there is something to cater for all tastes and budgets here from tasty fish and chips on the promenade to cosy pubs, characterful cafes or bistro restaurants such as The Maltings Kitchen serving tempting light-bites or a pre-theatre dinner.

Alternatively, why not pop the wine in the fridge and arrange for a platter of seafood to be delivered straight to your door by the Berwick Shellfish Company - oysters reared in the clear North Sea beds of Lindisfarne, lightly smoked kippers from traditional local smokehouses, or perhaps some freshly dressed lobster or langoustines - perfect for a romantic evening-in!

Activities

The Meeting House provides an excellent base for a break at any time of year with Berwick’s many amenities within walking distance. The town offers a good range of unusual, independent shops including galleries, antique and restored furniture shops and quirky gift shops. The town is also well served with pubs, restaurants and cafes. Foodies will be delighted with the supremely fresh fish, excellent local cheeses, Chainbridge Honey and other fine local produce on offer.

Enjoy a wander around the town’s historic Elizabethan Walls, the best preserved in Europe. Walk the Lowry Trail which follows in the footsteps of the great 'matchstick men' painter and allows visitors to experience some of the hidden gems of the town, which Lowry discovered on his many holidays in Berwick from the mid-1930's to the summer before his death in 1976.

Berwick has a thriving arts scene at the centre of which is the charming Maltings Theatre which hosts a packed diary of theatre, cinema, dance and comedy. There are three art galleries and the Watchtower also hosts a number of events including jazz live from Ronnie Scotts in London. For something a bit different, take a boat trip from Berwick upstream to Paxton House, a superb Adam mansion boasting an impressive collection of art.

Berwick hosts a number of events throughout the year including the Riding of the Bounds in May which follows the ancient tradition of riding the town’s boundaries to guard against the thieving Reivers, the Seaside Festival in August which includes street entertainers, Punch and Judy, live music, and sandcastle competitions. The Food and Beer Festival in September is a mouthwatering opportunity to sample all the region’s superb produce, and the Film and Media Arts Festival, the largest of its type in the region will bring a cultural touch to your stay.

The area has over 26 miles of fantastic beaches just made for lazy picnics. Spittal beach, Cocklawburn, Goswick and Cheswick beaches are all close by. The renowned beach at Bamburgh is only a 20 minute drive from Berwick.

For more action-based activities, windsurfing, kitesurfing and coasteering are available at Budle Bay, Beadnell and Bamburgh, while canoeing can be arranged on the nearby coastal waters or river systems. There are also extensive cycling and mountain biking trails in and around the area, including favourites such as the Coast and Castles route as well as the newly launched Sandstone Way.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is about a 20 minute drive from Berwick. This tiny, picturesque island linked at low tide to the mainland, is an overwhelmingly mystical place, home to the evocative remains of a ruined eleventh-century priory, a beautifully restored castle and the infamous Lindisfarne Mead.

There is excellent bird watching both on the coast around the town and also further afield at Bamburgh, St Abb’s Head and the Farne Islands, home to a resident colony of grey seals in addition to an impressive array of birdlife including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and terns.

There are two golf courses close by; Magdalene Fields five minutes from the town offers superb views of the famous Elizabethan walls, the cliffs leading into Scotland and the iconic castles at Bamburgh and Holy Island. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty six miles south of Berwick, Goswick is a highly-regarded links course selected as an Open qualifying course. In total there are 34 courses within a 30 mile radius including, in addition to the above, the well-regarded links courses at Bamburgh and Eyemouth and parkland courses at The Hirsel and Roxburghe.

Unusually for this part of the world, The Meeting House is one of very few properties where a car is not required. Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the main East Coast line which also links to the west coast and the station is about a 10 minute walk from the house. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is also an easy day trip, just 45 minutes on the train from Berwick.

 

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Historic houses and castles

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Wildlife

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Walking

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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.

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Fishing

Fishing

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.

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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.

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Golf

Golf

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Gardens

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.

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Local food and drink

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Museums, galleries and culture

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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.

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Art classes & workshops

Art classes & workshops

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Cycling & mountain biking

Cycling & mountain biking

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Children and families

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.

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Ancestral history research

Ancestral history research

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Spas and beauty treatments

Spas and beauty treatments

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

Cooks and Chefs

Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

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Location In the town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Dogs
  • Sorry, dogs not allowed
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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