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The Book House

(Ref. 1122237)

Warkworth, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (15)
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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Front of cottage looking 'tired', front room is dark and uninviting, but rest of cottage is of a very high quality, the garden is delightful, I would stay here again."

    Lock to front door is worn and difficult to use.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Nov 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage with a fantastic garden in a really convenient location."

    It is spacious and comfortable. However, as mentioned in other reviews, the bedroom wardrobe smells so musty that it makes it unusable. Some handsoap wouldn't have gone amiss in the bathrooms. All in all though, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Matt3.4Sep 2023

  • "What a lovely charming house this is."

    Bed so comfy, kitchen is well supplied and we didn't need anything. We loved the area too, great parking as we parked right outside front every day. I will certainly stay here again in the not to distant future. From the flagged floors to the beautiful garden. We loved it.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful week at this lovely property."

    It was clean and well equipped and we absolutely loved the delightful garden. Warkworth is a charming village. Both the owner and Northumbria cottages, worked really hard to make sure our holiday was thoroughly enjoyable, which it was.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Aug 2023

  • "Book House is set in a beautiful location and has a lovely garden."

    However, the property needs to be updated in several areas: damp smell in bedroom, cupboards not emptied, broken lamp, not able to easily access the freezer, Netflix not available. Please be aware you must take your own rubbish out daily to the public bin on the High St: this is not stated within the property listing. Issues reported to Sykes.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback. We are really glad to see you enjoyed the house and garden – it’s a great time of year to appreciate the outdoor space and those views of the castle! Based on your feedback we have removed some items so there’s more space and we have removed the broken lamp. We do experience a bit more damage during peak season and we remove items quickly if there has been a breakage. With it being an old property in a small town we do need to ask people to remove their rubbish and place in the bins close to the property. We are looking at alternative options on this to make it easier for guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by George1.9Jul 2023

  • "Shower heads in en suite and bathroom were MOULDY and hence unhealthy."

    Even after cleaning there remained a residue. Damp/musty smell upstairs, especially in double room wardrobe. Clean clothes stored in wardrobe acquired the smell and had to be rewashed when we came home. Items in first aid kit: up to 14 YEARS past expiry date. Much crockery/glassware chipped/cracked. Some cooking utensils very badly worn (non-stick surfaces so badly chipped and worn they were unusable). Derisory amount of cleaning materials provided (e.g. thimbleful of washing up liquid, three dish washer tablets). Minimal amount of toilet roll provided. No change of towels/bed linen offered for a 2-week stay. In this day and age it is unbelievable that there is no provision for recycling glassware, paper etc. in the cottage. Regarding refuse there was a hand-written note to take rubbish out daily and deposit in public bins, No mention of what should be done when said bins were overflowing. The property and contents need a thorough overhaul, proper maintenance, and proper management. Given the cost, this was very poor value for money. The “Customer Reviews Policy” states “If you have negative feedback about a property that you’d like Sykes to publish when you return home, please raise it with the Owner or the Owner’s representative when you are there and try to resolve it, rather than the feedback be the first time an Owner hears about it.” Given that this information was on a link from an email we received AFTER RETURNING HOME it is difficult to see how we can comply with this requirement. This review is given in good faith and photographic evidence can be provided for some of the above comments.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry to see that you experienced some issues whilst at the Book House. On your booking details there is information regarding how to get in touch should you experience any issues – as we endeavour to resolve any concerns quickly. The property is a unique place to stay in an old town and as such there is a requirement for us to do something creative when it comes to the bins – hence the request in asking guests to place these outside as that is the only way the council will come to collect. On inspection we didn’t find any evidence of broken crockery, however we have replaced the cooking utensils. Regarding the shower this is hard water residue however we are looking at getting this replaced. It is a self-catering property, therefore you do receive a pack to get you started for your stay which includes toilet rolls, washing up liquid and a few dishwasher tablets. Someone from the customer services team at NCCC is going to get in touch to establish what more we can do at the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane2.5Jul 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, the house is charming and definitely quirky, but comfortable, and the garden is just heavenly to sit out in when the weather is good."

    It’s proved a good base to stay to see the coastline and also with the beach in easy walking distance .

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Jun 2023

  • "Just returned from this lovely property."

    Somebody in a previous review described the house as a tardis totally agree. We really enjoyed the garden and the rear access to the river. Yes there were a few niggles, lampshades that were unstable, bulbs out and a central heating system that had a mind of its own, non of this took away what was a great week away. Have even looked at re- booking 10th May 2024 but can’t see how you can justify nearly 25% increase in price.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1May 2023

  • "We had a nice stay, and first impressions were positive."

    Garden is very nice. However, property decor looks tired in quite a few rooms , and several lights were either dangerously unstable or not working - not good. We would not book this particular property again in current condition.

    Reviewed by Keith3.1May 2023

  • "We have stayed in Warkworth several times and The Book House has by far been our favourite cottage."

    The Book House is very Tardis like: from its cute exterior you would never imagine how HUGE the back garden is… which our Border Terrier appreciated. The weather was so lovely, we also made good use of the garden and enjoyed many evenings there with a glass of wine after busy days exploring the lovely coast. The cottage has everything you might need, it’s incredibly comfortable and thoughtfully laid out. Its close proximity to beaches and places of interest make it a perfect location for exploring the Northumberland Coast. We did not want to leave and would recommend The Book House to anyone thinking of visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Clancy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Tremendous property and beautiful garden ."

    The location was truly wonderful too. Had the most amazing break at The Book House

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property is lovely Beautiful garden Lovely inside, comfy beds Good facilities Unfortunately not clean when arrived no beds made and rubbish and dirty bedding towels left."

    However when reported to Sykes promptly sent a cleaner around and sorted Cleaning Staff were fab

    Reviewed by Gail3.8Mar 2023

  • "Pros - Great location, comfy sofa, well equipped kitchen, great bathrooms, lovely chaise lounge, quirky, fantastic garden and furniture Cons - Dusty especially upstairs bedrooms, Very soiled duvet cover left in guest wadrobe, large bundle of unopened Final Reminders and letters left in main bedroom wadrobe and downstairs utility cuboard, half empty bottles of red and white wine in utility cuboard, half empty bottles of perfumes and echinicea vitamins in bathroom cabinet, no handsoap in any bathroom which is awful, 1 loo roll in each bathroom to last a week really tight!"

    , so odd was the large framed family photographs on bedroom walls facing bed, broken lamp base in guest room, scattered tatty old bits of written instructions left around kitchen, house freezing on arrival as all radiators on low, synthetic sheepskin throw on sofa led to hairs all over our clothes and sofa, laundry room upstairs an absolute mess with paint tins and soiled laundry bag on floor, pillows desperately need replacing ( filling is so poor that even 2 were no support), no mattress protector on bed, invisible wadrobe! in bedroom which I discovered on 5th day when I lent on wall!! And you have to empty your rubbish daily into local bin outside house I have photos of most of this if Sykes or owner would like to check The only review I have made in years as I felt it had to be done with so many things I wasnt happy with. No, I didnt raise a complaint at time as these things came to light during the stay. This place needs a rating inspection. The fact that bills are all left in a wadrobe, soiled linen in wadrobe and with personal items all over place made it feel I was in someone's personal living space. If all of the above was sorted I would return but not in current state.

    Many thanks for your note and really pleased you liked the cottage. You raised some good feedback which we will action for future bookings. Kind regards Piers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane2.5Feb 2023

  • "Beautifully furnished, comfortable beds and wonderful garden - loved sitting out in the evening with the garden lights on and a glass of wine."

    Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage fully equipped and extremely well presented in an excellent location."

    Aug 2021

  • "Cottage was charmingly appointed, cosy but plenty of space for everyone."

    Beds comfy, bathrooms spacious, all rooms well furnished to a high standard. Cottage had everything to cater for all needs, with good instructions provided to operate all equipment easily. Garden was beautiful , and if you couldn’t park outside the front, there was usually places to park around the back. There was. nothing not to like and we had a most enjoyable stay in a truly lovely cottage. Warkworth was central to all areas, another plus.

    Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped."

    Lovely garden and very well presented. Would love to return.

    Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in first class location."

    Wonderful well kept relaxing garden. Cannot wait to return.

    Aug 2018

  • "A well equipped cottage situated on the heart of Warkworth."

    Lovely enclosed garden, perfect for our little dog. Close to all amenities, river walks and the beach.

    Aug 2018

  • "Lovely property with super interior design."

    Everything you need for a luxury break. Garden well designed and lots of space to relax. Perfect for couples and dogs are welcome.

    Sep 2017

  • "Marvellous property with beautiful garden."

    Jun 2017

  • "A great property, well positioned in close proximity to the village shops and attractions."

    Nice garden backing onto the riverside path. Well furnished with artistic flair. Steps up to decking/garden have handrail but are a little steep and unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties.

    Jun 2017

  • "Beautiful and comfortable property, very well equipped and in a great location in a lovely village."

    We had a very relaxing break and also chilled in the lovely garden.

    Jun 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and grill, ceramic hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Unallocated roadside parking nearby
  • Enclosed gardens, patio area, patio furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles, beach 1 mile
  • Refundable service charge applicable

The property

Nestling in the heart of picturesque Warkworth, Northumberland, The Book House is a delightfully presented property which boasts a wealth of period features whilst offering all the home comforts any discerning guest would expect.

Ideal for a family on holiday or couples travelling together, the property is bursting with character with the inviting sitting room boasting exposed ceilings beams, original stone flooring and a feature ornamental fireplace; somewhere you can imagine gathering together to enjoy quality holiday time.

The open-plan kitchen and living area is incredibly spacious with a stylish fully fitted kitchen providing everything needed to produce hearty food for the whole family.

The adjoining dining area is suitably sociable with a large dining table waiting for guests to pull up a chair and sit down for long, leisurely meals together.

The addition of a seating area adjoining French doors opening onto the gardens creates an extra space for socialising or simply curling up and reading a good book (you are staying at The Book House after all!) while enjoying the views over the gardens and beyond.

The gardens are a particular feature with lawns, shrubberies and a patio area, the perfect spot for exploring the gardens or just reclining in a chair and soaking up the countryside views.

Come bedtime and there are two beautifully presented bedrooms, a king-size and a twin; both are tasteful and welcoming, offering the ideal space for chilling out after a tiring day getting out and about exploring.

Talking of exploring, the property is situated in the centre of the pretty village of Warkworth with more country walks in the local area than you can shake a stick at.

Warkworth is known for being home of the dramatic ruins of a 12th century castle.

Its link to the past continues with the village’s selection of antique shops and galleries and it also has a beach and a golf course.

Attractions in the area worth visiting include Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, the Farne Islands and Alnwick Gardens.

Other beaches nearby worth packing a bucket and spade for include Alnmouth, Cresswell, Embleton and Newton Haven.

The beautifully presented and ideally located Book House is a holiday haven where happy holiday memories are made.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Alnwick 5 miles; Alnmouth 3 miles; Amble 1 mile.

Lying in the loop of the River Coquet on the Heritage Coast, Warkworth is a picturesque village, dominated by the dramatic ruins of its 12th century castle. The history of the village and the castle are intertwined with the Percy Family who took over the castle in 1332. The Percys’ other home is nearby Alnwick Castle, most recently associated with Harry Potter as the film location of Hogwarts School. The main street is lined with Georgian and early Victorian houses and there is an exceptional range of galleries, antiques shops, a village shop/Post Office, pubs, restaurants and gift shops to suit all tastes. Warkworth has its own stretch of sandy beach and a 9 hole pay and play golf course. Also within easy touring distance are Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, the Farne Islands, several wonderful beaches and Alnwick Garden with its remarkable water cascade and Tree House Restaurant.

Refundable service charge £50 applicable

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas