The Old Ale House

Alnwick, Northumberland

An old village house opposite the green, filled with upcycled and hand painted furniture, vintage fabrics and with an old pub feel


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


This old ale house, formerly run by the wife of the smithy, faces the green in the small village of Dunstan – it’s semi-detached, painted white and has a pleasingly vintage interior – less Cath Kidston, more old country pub. You’ll find a sitting room with a wood-burner (logs too), wooden floors, old mirrors decorating one wall, a ship’s wheel above the fireplace and plantation shutters. The kitchen has a Belfast sink, a ‘battered’ stainless steel topped table, duck egg blue units, slate tiles on the floor and an original painting of cows; a utility room and porch give space for coats, wellies, fishing nets and the like. Upstairs to peaceful bedrooms with vintage fabric curtains, wooden furniture hand painted in different colours, cosy rugs on the beds, views over the green and a bright white bathroom with a claw foot bath and a separate shower. Settle on sunny days in your own enclosed gravel garden with table and chairs, walk to the pub for meals if you feel lazy, or set out to explore Northumberland. Stunning castles, the best beaches, fishing villages, puffins, Holy Island and more are all on your doorstep.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog £25. Max. 1.

Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £72
Weekly price
from £499
Damage deposit
3 night weekend or 4 nights midweek from £490 to £899.
1 House for 4
From £723 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona McKeith

  • Close to one of the UK's best coastal walks from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle dropping down onto the white sands of Embleton Bay
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Howick Gardens, former home of Earl Grey (namesake of the tea)
  • Visit The Alnwick Garden - one of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed in the last century. Spectacular water features and a treehouse restaurant plus see where parts of Harry Potter was filmed over at the castle.
  • Breathtaking beaches stretch throughout the Northumberland coast. Our favourites include Bamburgh, Ross Back Sands, Beadnell, Embleton and Druridge Bay.
  • A short drive away you can feel the excitement of braving the tide to cross the causeway to Holy Island or that first glimpse of a seal from the boat heading out to The Farne Islands. Amazing coastal views and wildlife, including dolphins and puffins.
  • The world-famous Craster kipper is smoked here at L Robson and Sons smokehouse. This smokehouse has been producing some of the finest smoked kippers and salmon for nearly 100 years. The family also has its own eatery on site, the Craster Fish Restaurant.