We stayed at Alnwick House during Easter 2014. Myself, my husband, mother in law, two children and dogs really enjoyed our stay here. We found the location to be absolutely perfect. Apart from a trip to the beach one day and a journey into Alnmouth to eat at Hooked (amazing by the way) the car was redundant as we walked the short distance to all of the local points of interest, restaurants, bars and shops.
The children LOVED the castle and we actually went every day to visit. We would highly recommend signing up for the 12 month pass when you pay your way in. At no extra cost, we weren't going to bother but I'm glad we did as we continued to visit throughout our stay. The children enjoyed just running round the castle grounds in the sunshine. The broomstick training was a hit too.
One of my favourite activities was sitting outside the Italian cafe in the square with the dogs and family (kids playing on the monument in the market square) having a glass of wine in the sunshine. We all commented that, at times, it felt like we were abroad.
The multitude of bars and restaurants were fantastic but one word of advice - book in advance! We really struggled to eat out on a couple of the nights as the town is really small and we were there during a busy time.
Not getting a booking in the restaurants allowed us to cook at Alnwick House and eat as a family round the spacious dining table. The house is really big with everything you need for a family break. Pool table is a nice touch, beds were super comfy, kitchen had everything we needed and more. We even had our own Easter egg hunt in the outside courtyard and garden and also chatted to the really friendly neighbours.
A lovely place, we had a brilliant time and I would definitely go back.
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