This former home of William Hardy the famous fishing tackle manufacturer was built in 1892 in the style of a Scottish country house and has been lovingly preserved with antiques and luxurious furnishings to retain its opulent character while offering modern comforts for a truly memorable holiday. Walk into Alnwick for the magnificent Castle with Harry Potter connections the renowned Alnwick Gardens a wide range of restaurants bars independent shops the market and Europe s largest second-hand bookstore and there are a golf club and tennis courts too. The sandy beach at Alnmouth is nearby with its coastal golf course as is Amble s fishing port and Warkworth Castle. Drive to Cragside the Armstrong estate in Rothbury and the breath-taking National Park. Four stone steps lead to the front door of this impressive property and into a welcoming vestibule. Turn left into the main lounge with a collection of rich fabrics and sumptuous leather sofas to relax on. The open fire set in the original feature fireplace adds to the cosy ambience and you can watch your favourite films on Smart TV or simply enjoy a pre-dinner drink. The kitchen has a casual country-house feel with a gas range-style hob and double electric oven fridge/freezer two microwaves and a dishwasher. Watch TV while preparing your meals and there is a breakfast table and seating where others can sit and keep the cook company. The utility area leads off the main kitchen housing a sink washing machine and tumble dryer and there is a separate Butler s kitchen beyond this room with a fridge and electric oven and hob. Spend quality time together entertaining in the spacious and elegant dining room at the front of the house with an open fire in the original fireplace polished wood flooring and a beautiful long table seating eighteen perfect for sociable meals and celebrations together. For the musically talented why not gather around the Grand piano for an old-fashioned sing-along. You can store and prepare drinks in the side-kitchen off the dining room. Head through to the conservatory to relax with after-dinner drinks or gather for morning coffee. For quieter moments there is a small reading room on the ground floor with a couple of easy chairs a TV and a wide collection of DVDs to watch during your stay. There is also a useful separate WC on the ground floor. All nine bedrooms are tastefully furnished with traditional furniture and harmonious styling. Each bedroom has its own TV so you can watch a little TV in bed and a seating area where you can read or enjoy a morning drink and each has an en-suite bath or shower room with beautiful features and tiled floors. Three of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor. The first has a double bed and the lovely en-suite bathroom has a rolltop bath. This room also benefits from its own separate lounge with a comfortable sofa and TV. The second bedroom has a magnificent king-size four-poster bed and an en-suite shower room with WC while the third offers a king-size manor-style bed and an en-suite shower room with WC. The remaining six bedrooms are upstairs where the large landing area has a range of comfortable seating options arranged around lamps and occasional tables. The grand fourth bedroom has a super-king-size four-poster bed and is decorated in warm rosy tones with a luxurious en-suite bathroom with a bath separate shower and WC all illuminated by a sparkling chandelier. Next is a king-size four-poster bedroom which benefits from an ensuite bathroom featuring a period bath separate shower and WC. The sixth bedroom has a king-size four-poster bed a cosy seating area in the large bay window a feature fireplace and an en-suite shower room with WC. The seventh bedroom also has a king-size four-poster bed and the en-suite bathroom has an elegant slipper bath to enjoy a soak in separate shower and WC. The eighth bedroom is decorated in peaceful colours with original polished wooden floors with an attractively designed manor-style king-size bed and a lovely en-suite shower room with WC. Finally the light and airy ninth bedroom has comfortable twin beds with dual aspect windows overlooking the mature garden and an en-suite shower room with WC. Outside the sheltered patio area invites you to take a dip in the hot tub with room for seven and spend some restorative time in the four-seater sauna. Head through the gate to the enclosed garden a lovely place for children to run around play hide and seek and discover the other outdoor seating areas. The property is accessed by a pillared entrance into a gravel parking area for four cars with additional parking at the rear. Need to know: 9 bedrooms 1 super king size, 6 king size, 1 double and 1 twin. 9 bathrooms 3 en suite bathrooms with bath, separate shower and WC, 5 en suite shower rooms with shower and WC, 1 en suite bathroom with bath and WC and 1 additional WC. Gas range style hob and electric double oven, fridge/freezer, 2 microwaves and dishwasher. Butler’s kitchen electric oven and hob, and fridge. Utility area washing machine and tumble dryer. Travel cot and highchair available on request. 2 dogs welcome. Smart TV in the lounge, TV/DVD in the reading room, TV in kitchen and TV/DVD in each bedroom. Open fire in the lounge and dining room. Enclosed garden with seating and hot tub and sauna on the patio area. Off road private parking for 8 cars. Beach 5 miles, shops, restaurants and pubs within walking distance.