Custom House, 18 Quay Walls, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1HB


One of the finest Georgian houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed and positioned on the Elizabethan Quay Walls, Custom House affords superb views over the River Tweed and offers truly splendid period living. Built in the reign of George II, this fine period residence retains a wealth of original period features and exudes the charm and elegance of a bygone age. 


Giles Charlton
Sales Negotiator


Accommodation Comprises:

Upper Ground Floor: Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Grand Staircase, Study. 


First Floor: Landing, Kitchen-Breakfast Room, Three Double Bedrooms, Shower Room/WC. Master Bedroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom.

Ground Floor: Landing, Secondary Kitchen, Shower Room/WC, 


Lower Ground Floor: Hall, Workshop/Boot Room. 


Cellar: Two Large Vaulted Chambers with Front and Rear Access.


Outside: Private Garden Area, Off-Street Parking.


Berwick Railway Station 0.5 miles, Edinburgh 56 miles, Newcastle upon Tyne 56 miles

(all distances are approximate).



Custom House is situated in England’s most northerly market town of Berwick upon Tweed, on the towns historic Elizabethan Walls. The property is set in an elevated position overlooking the River Tweed and the town’s three road and rail bridges and is a short walk from the town centre and Berwick’s mainline east coast railway station.

The Elizabethan walls were 

Berwick upon Tweed is a well serviced town with a good range of shops, supermarkets, amenities and leisure facilities all within walking distance of the property. There are a wealth of cafes and restaurants nearby and the Maltings Theatre & Cinema which offer a wide choice of top class entertainment options. Berwick also offers numerous professional services and a wide choice of doctors and dental surgeries as well as the local hospital.


There are very well respected local schools for all ages in and near Berwick, including the local Berwick Academy and private Longridge Towers for day and boarding pupils. Further private schooling is available within a short drive including Belhaven Hill prep School in Dunbar for children aged seven to thirteen and St. Mary's prep School in Melrose. 


Beyond Berwick, there is a range of popular attractions including historic castles and villages dotted along the outstandingly beautiful Northumberland coastline, the renowned Holy Island, the Cheviot Hills and popular market towns of Alnwick and Kelso. Country and sporting pursuits are readily available, including hill walking, salmon and trout fishing, hunting and shooting, Golf is available locally at Goswick and Magdalene Fields, plus swimming, gym squash, indoor bowling and all-weather facilities at the Swan Centre.


The A1 trunk road provides easy, commutable access to Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh with Intercity rail and local long distance bus & coach services available all within walking distance of 9 Quay Walls. Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne international airports are also within about an hour and 15 minute’s drive away respectively.


Custom House was built in the 1740’s for a wealthy town merchant and his family and sits in an enviably position on the town walls. Beneath this handsome Georgian property is a stunning barrel-vaulted cellar with two large chambers, giving private access directly on to the quayside and used in the past to store shipments including rum and fish. The house was designed to impress the high society of the day and certainly does not disappoint, with an impressive entrance, handsome reception hall and principal reception rooms that would not look out of place in the finest of English country houses. The grand staircase simply takes your breath away and puts Downton Abbey to shame. As the name suggests, the house became the customs house for the town in the nineteen-fifties but had a variety of uses in its history including a mayoral residence, the headquarters of Berwick’s militia during the Napoleonic wars and a bank. Restored to a private residence in the twenty-first century, the property offers a buyer a fabulous period home in a wonderful and most sought-after location.


The impressive front door on the Quay Walls gives a visitor a hint of the grandeur and opulence that lies within with a beautiful round-headed traceried window and Tuscan fluted pilasters. The door opens into the impressive reception hall with a beautiful stone floor, elegant and intricate cornicing and ceiling roses that are repeated throughout the house and the original hand painted wall decoration, uncovered by the current owners and preserved for future generations. Either side of the hall are two large and imposing mahogany doors, original to the house, they both lead into the stately reception rooms. The drawing room is an impressive reception with two large round-headed sash and casement windows to the front of the house with working timber shutters. The room has an elegant ceiling rose and cornicing and exposed timber flooring and a wonderful open fireplace, with detailed surround and mantle and a marble hearth. The sitting room or Long Room is to the opposite side of the main hall and is another grand reception room. It too has two large round-headed sash and casement windows with working timber shutters to the front of the house, exposed timber floorboards and a handsome period fireplace, with ornate surround, mantle and marble hearth. As in much of the rest of the house the ornate cornicing continues with another beautiful ceiling rose. From the main hall and directly opposite the front door, another original mahogany door with a halfmoon window above opens into the grand staircase, a truly remarkable Georgian cantilevered stone staircase that sweeps the inhabitants to the upper and lower floors in grandeur. The original wrought-iron balustrade and mahogany handrail are a stunning detail and entire staircase is flooded with natural light from a glass cupola and there is a most attractive stained-glass window on upper ground floor landing to the rear of the house. Off the landing on this floor is another reception room currently used as a study with a sash and casement window to the side of the house. The study has inbuilt book shelves and cupboards, an Edinburgh press and a fireplace with a marble surround. This room could also serve as guest bedroom or snug.


Ascending to the first floor there is a landing and a door giving access into a hall with two storage cupboards. The kitchen-breakfast room is on this floor with a large sash and casement window to the front of the house with fine views over the River Tweed. The kitchen has a ceramic tiled floor and a bespoke country style fitted kitchen with timber countertops and ceramic subway style splash back. There is a Belfast sink and an impressive range cooker with a five-ring gas hob and an extractor hood over. There is a dishwasher and space and existing plumbing for a washing machine and American style fridge freezer. Also off the hall are three generous double bedrooms, all with large sash and casement windows to the front of the house with superb views and one with a fitted wardrobe. Completing the accommodation on this floor is a fully tiled bathroom with a sash and casement window and Velux and comprising a large walk-in shower, WC and a vanity with hand basin. On the ground floor there is a landing with a contemporary bathroom and a secondary kitchen that has access to the vaulted cellar on the lower ground floor via a staircase. The kitchen on this floor has a delightful barrelled ceiling with a window overlooking the rear of the property. It has a modern fitted kitchen with timber countertops and a ceramic sink and subway style splash back. The room has a black and white tiled floor and an integral electric oven and hob with extractor over. There is also plumbing for a washing machine or dishwasher and space for an undercounter fridge.


A door gives this kitchen direct access via a steel staircase into the large cellar beneath, which in turn gives access directly onto the quayside to the front of the house and to the garden and parking area to the rear. Also on this floor is a stylish fully tiled bathroom with a window to the side of the house and comprising a walk-in double shower, dual vanity, WC and chrome wall-mounted towel radiator. On the lower ground floor is a generous black and white ceramic tiled hall with a storage cupboard. The hall leads into a workshop/boot room and the back door, leading out into the garden and private parking area. There is also a external door with steps leading down into the large cellar. The cellar itself consists principally of two impressive stone vaulted chambers, with a double timber door leading out onto the quayside, a steel staircase leading up to the secondary kitchen and steps leading to a door giving access to the private garden and parking area. Because the house was used commercially in the past, the current owners have considered using the amazing cellar space as a hospitality venue and also to utilise the secondary kitchen and bathroom on the floor above to support the enterprise. They have also considered using one of the grand reception rooms as a tearoom. We understand that the local council were favourable to these options subject to the relevant permissions and can provide a new owner with an exciting new business venture as well as a fabulous home.



To the rear of the house is a most attractive cobbled courtyard garden with a raised bed and parking for several vehicles. This space has direct access onto Palace Street.

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Fixtures and Fittings

All fitted carpets, blinds and light fittings are included with the sale.


Listing and Conservation

The property is Grade I listed and is in a conservation area.



Mains electricity, mains water, mains drainage, gas central heating.


Council Tax:

Band E.


Energy Efficiency Rating

EPC Exempt

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