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St Oswald's Cottage


Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

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St. Oswald's, on Holy Island, is a substantial three bedroom detached stone built cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle. It is the last dwelling in the village on the road to the castle with stunning views to open countryside and Holy Island harbour. The spacious accommodation is on one level with gardens to front and rear. The cottage which is Grade II listed was designed in the early 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson who at the time owned the castle. The cottage echoes a number of recognised Lutyens features such as the pan tiled roof and original style doors and windows.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Dining/kitchen, sitting room with wood-burning stove, bathroom with shower over bath, three bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 spacious single and 1 large double with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: Gravel Driveway for 2 Cars.

Garden: Small enclosed front garden with main enclosed garden to the rear looking towards Lindisfarne Castle.

Please note: The island is accessible by a tidal causeway. This will affect when you can gain access to the cottage, please check on booking.

Please check safe tidal crossing times for access to Lindisfarne.

Please note: Lindisfarne Castle is closed to the public until Spring 2018 while it undergoes conservation refurbishment. Due to the exposure to the elements, this has led to the deterioration to the fabric of the building. This is the first project of its kind in over 100 years. The Shop, Garden, Castle field, Lime Kilns and headland will remain open during this time.

During the winter months the pub and two hotels are only open on a limited basis. Please also note that during the winter months it is a very quiet and tranquil place.

Due to the design of the wood-burning stove and hearth, the nursery fire guard in this cottage must be requested at the time of booking. This fire guard will be fitted ready for your arrival and must be left in position for the duration of your stay as it cannot be folded or moved due to its special design.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Single storey
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • Access statement


Things to see and do nearby

Yorkshire and the North East
Close view of the sunrise from Pule Hill, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire © Joe Cornish

From the wild natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales in the west, the purple heather moorlands of the Yorkshire Moors in the east, the magnificent coastline (much of which we care for) and Northumberland National Park to the north a holiday with us will give you the chance to explore some or all of this fascinating area. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also historic towns and cities and stories after stories in the historic houses we care for.

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland. © Joe Cornish

Long ago, Northumbria was a land at the very edge of a great empire. And even today, the wind sweeping across the hills still seems to carry the distant sounds of Roman legions marching along Hadrian's Wall. From the wild and natural beauty of the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park in the north, magnificent castles and coastline to the east and Hadrian's Wall Country to the west, the scenery is as unspoilt as it was in those far-off times: it will certainly appeal to those wanting to discover high and lonely places and untouched beaches. The National Trust owns a range of historic buildings in the area including Lindisfarne Castle, Wallington, Cragside and the shore- based Souter lighthouse. As if that wasn't enough, there are also historic towns and cities

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place to visit
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  • Alnwick Castle
  • Alnwick Garden
  • Northumberland National park
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Bird watching
National Trust places to visit
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views, transformed by Lutyens into an Edwardian holiday home
Farne Islands
Farne Islands Rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle Massive ruined castle in an impressive coastal setting
Cragside Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and estate -- the wonder of its age


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Beaton
    • December 2016
    • Fife
    Clean and tidy cottage

    The cottage was very well appointed especially as we were away for Christmas and had to cook a full Christmas dinner. On arrival the cottage was spotless, clean and tidy. Views from the lounge window were of Lindisfarne Castle which was spectacular. Loved the shop and the pub that was open. Great to people watch outside the lounge window. Great situation for visiting attractions around the area.

  • Mrs Lane
    • April 2016
    • Lincolnshire
    Best holiday!

    Made enjoyable.....Everything. What a position. What a view. I still see it in my imagination now I am home. Peace, tranquility. The children were able to wander, run, bike and shop freely. They enjoyed making two films about the holiday. It was summed up by my seven year old grandson when he said, "This is the best holiday I have ever had". We all came back thoroughly refreshed and relaxed. Thank you.

  • Timothy Waller
    • March 2016
    • Cambridgeshire
    Wonderful location

    Made enjoyable by... it's just the location really - NT cottages are always in stunning locations, by their very definition. I'd think about using a Landmark trust house, but they are quite expensive and dont have TVs! It's nice to be in beautiful locations AND have mod cons. It'd be nice to have more info on the history of the building you're staying in. St Oswald's cottage was built by Lutyens for Hudson apparently, but it would be nice to know why it was built and used lived in it. It would be helpful to be able to burn candles - I know that this is an H&S issue, but it's useful to be able to do so to get rid of doggy smells! Thanks again for a wonderful holiday.

  • Chris Gomersall
    • February 2016
    • Cumbria
    Found what I was looking for!

    I craved a holiday with no cars where everything is accessible only by foot or by bike. Being cut off on this island, walking all the way round, bird watching, collecting drift wood for the fire, no shops, few people, great views, I found what I was looking for. A holiday at human pace where time didn't matter.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
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