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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 & North East England
Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

In England's spectacular North East, Yorkshire and Northumberland are both counties that offer something for everyone. Yorkshire is world renowned for the beauty of its countryside and its scenery, reaching from the Dales in the west to the Moors in the east. There are also historic towns and cities, a spectacular coastline, much of which is in the care of the Trust, and some of the most magnificent historic houses in the country. The cathedral city of York, where the Trust has two holiday apartments, has a huge variety on offer to visitors - from magnificent York Minster to the medieval Shambles, an area steeped in history and now rich in gift and antique shops alongside fashionable boutiques. Northumberland too abounds in magnificent scenery with wide open stretches of moorland and a long and dramatic coastline. Steeped in history, protecting the border with Scotland since the days when Hadrian's army built the famous Wall, the county also has a wonderful collection of historic houses and castles including Cragside, Wallington and Lindisfarne, all of which are in the care of the Trust. The Trust now has cottages close to Hadrian's Wall itself and in many other spectacular locations including Alnwick and Fountains Abbey, a World Heritage Site.

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. 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.

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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

  • Chris Clegg
    • December 2014
    • UK
    Made special by:

    The bird life and easy walking. There was much more 'on' in Lidisfarne than your info mentioned, by the way. The cottage had two loos / bathrooms, but your on-screen info does not make this clear. This was a great help - once discovered! Excellent, prompt service - when we had a query about the hall heaters the Caretaker responded quickly

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • ----------------
    Peace and tranquillity

    Appreciated the welcome note and hamper on arrival. St Oswalds is well equipped and comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We do have one small suggestion, that is perhaps doormats maybe a useful addition. Especially enjoyed the peace and tranquillity. We felt it was truly special as if we had the whole place to ourselves when the causeway was closed.

  • Katie Broady
    • November 2014
    • Berkshire
    Wonderful stay

    Unique location, spectacular views, warm, comfy and cosy cottage, , utterly relaxing We left a note thanking the caretaker for an excellent job, and a wonderful stay

  • Ally
    • May 2013
    • Scotland
    A wonderful cottage with fantastic views

    A wonderful cottage, with fantastic views of the castle and only a few steps away from the harbour. Went there for a long weekend to get away from it all and was not disappointed. A visit to the castle, the winery and the priory a must. I took my dog and we walked for miles enjoying the peace and quiet.

  • Adrian Fallon
    • March 2010
    St Oswald's is an absolute jem of a cottage

    St Oswald's is an absolute jem of a cottage.My wife and I stayed here early March 2010 and throughly enjoyed our time at this wonderful cottage. The cottage is in such a tranquil setting and at night time it was so quiet,great!! The cottage is very well equipped and the beds are huge,very comfortable as well.We will certainly miss the view of Lindisfarne Castle from the lounge window,what an outlook! The village of Holy Island is so very charming with its narrow lanes and picture postage card houses and cottages. We frequented the Ship Inn during our stay and highly recommend their food and beer,the Holy Island Blessed Bitter being rather agreeable! Adrian + Elaine

  • Steve, Julie, Katie & Laura
    St Oswald's was lovely in late summer

    St Oswald's was lovely in late summer: warm, comfy cottage, lots of space, beautifully presented and spick-and-span. Great fun in the evenings to light the log-burner, open a couple of bottles and play Cluedo into the wee small hours. Or get up early to look out of the sitting room window to see the sun rise behind the castle and watch the light spill across the castle field towards the cottage: worth the bleary eyes! It made such an inviting place to come home to after a day exploring Cragside, Dunstanbrough or the wild, sandy, empty beaches on the north of Holy Island.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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  • 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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