Legendary rock band, Status Quo, is performing in the estate grounds of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland on Saturday 20 August 2011 - book now and stay at one of our beautiful Quintessential Bed and Breakfast homes in Northumberland.
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, and has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309, making this year the 700 year anniversary.
The earliest mention of Alnwick Castle in the history books appears soon after 1096 when Yves de Vescy became baron of Alnwick and erected the earliest parts of the Castle.
The Castle was first restored, primarily as a fortress, by the 1st Lord Percy of Alnwick in the early 1300's and portions of this restoration remain today, including the Abbot's Tower, the Middle Gateway and the Constable's Tower.
Since then generations of Percys have continued to make their mark. During the late 17th century the Castle fell into decay until Elizabeth Seymour and her husband, Hugh Smithson, later to become the first Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, took up the challenge and turned it into a family residence of "gothick" style with the help of architect, Robert Adam, and the landscape designer, Capability Brown.
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We continue to bring you fabulous places to stay in two of Italy's dreamiest medieval towns, Siena and Montepulciano....
This Spring newsletter is focused on Italy where we are slowly unearthing some of the most glorious places to stay. There are more to come, not only in Italy but also some stunning properties in the South of France. Keep an eye out. We certainly are. Our Quintessential Europe properties exude style, elegance, comfort and history. Here you can have a holiday of a lifetime and live the dream. Our hosts spare none of the comforts of 21st Century hospitality in each of these fabulous homes....