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St Oswald's Cottage

Holy Island, 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.

Garden: Small enclosed front garden and large enclosed lawn garden with borders to the rear.

Parking: Gravel driveway with parking for two cars.

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.

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
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Austin
    • January 2016
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    Location of the cottage on Holy Island.

  • Claire Ainsley
    • August 2015
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    Beautiful cottage

    St. Oswalds was a beautiful cottage in a special location. Highly recommended.

  • Laurence Donkin
    • May 2015
    • Tyne and Wear
    Loved it!

    Loved it. So much have already booked for next year. The location and views are second to none and the bedrooms and layout was excellent.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    Cottage itself was beautiful, great location and views. Wonderful cottage and island. Thank you

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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.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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