Heritage accolade for accommodation at Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle has been '˜highly commended' at a heritage awards ceremony.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 1:35 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:45 am
Neville Tower, part of Bamburgh Castle, is now available as a holiday property. Picture by Tracey Bloxham

The iconic castle received the accolade in the best accommodation category at the prestigious 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards.

Last summer, the castle launched the refurbished Neville Tower - a two-bedroom property formed from the former Smith Tower and Smith Gate - to the tourism market.

It was renamed after Richard Neville, Lord of Warwick, who was responsible for the downfall of Bamburgh Castle in the siege of 1461.

It is marketed by holiday letting agency Crabtree & Crabtree, following work by Bamburgh Castle Estate and Savills.

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The property spans three floors of the tower, with the highlight being an impressive top-floor living area with views across Bamburgh beach and out to the Farnes and Holy Island.

The award was won by Combermere Abbey, in Shropshire.

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, CBE, chairman of VisitEngland, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London.

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently-judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

Sarah Greenwood, director at Hudson’s, said: “The finalists in 2017 showcase an amazing range of experiences just waiting for us all to enjoy at Britain’s heritage places.”