A BAMBURGH holiday escape with a fairytale tower has wowed judges of the Unique Holiday Cottages national awards.
The Ducket at Outchester Farm has scooped the prestigious award for ‘Best Unique Retreat’.
The Judges, who were united in voting The Ducket recipient of the top award, felt the combination of luxurious interiors and individuality gave it a winning edge.
The Ducket’s 65-feet fairy tale tower, which enjoys spectacular views of Budle Bay and Holy Island, was transformed by John and Heather Sunderland into luxury self catering accommodation.
With its mystical Rapunzel-esque feel, its no surprise that this unique and enchanting tower has inspired painters and poets, and prompted marriage proposals.
Owner John Sutherland said: “Winning this award is a terrific encouragement for us because it not only acknowledges the very special, magical feel of the Ducket, but also recognises the work we all did to convert it from a ruined historic stone tower to a 5 star holiday retreat.
“It makes the eight long years of restoration well worth it!”
Also fairing well in the Unique Holiday Cottage awards is The Gate Lodge at Cheviot Holiday Cottages, Ingram, which was named runner-up in the ‘Best Unique Property’ category.
Set in the heart of the countryside on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, the brand new replica gate lodge is located at the approach to a grade II listed 18th century former rectory.
Owned by Tyrsha and Graham Stephenson, The Gate Lodge impressed the judges, who said its interiors and the service were outstanding.
They also commended the detailed research carried out by Trysha and Graham to find out what guests wanted when staying in a holiday cottages in the UK.
The research revealed that people are now looking for a 5 star hotel experience, but with the surroundings and freedom that luxury self catering offers, and with the emphasis on space.
Trisha said: “We are delighted to be a runner up in the Unique Holiday Cottages Awards ‘Best Unique Property’.
“The Gate Lodge is a romantic Northumberland hideaway offering a new concept for couples seeking the very best quality self catering.”
The stunning holiday cottage, which was awarded a very rare 100 per cent by Visit Britain, includes its own private infrared sauna, Harmon Kardon sound system throughout, bicycles and a remote controlled log burner.