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Craster Retreat




This 200-year-old stone double-fronted fisherman's cottage holds a prime position in the village of Craster with commanding views over the harbour and coastline. Its quaint period architecture belies the owners’ forward-thinking philosophy, evident externally from the solar panels on the roof, and internally from the stunning contemporary styling and the presence of so many 21st century luxuries. The owners have painstakingly renovated this former house using traditional materials which now offers the warmest of welcomes to Coastal Retreats guests with its thoughtfully designed interior and finishing touches.

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Craster Retreat retains much of its original features such as the inglenook fireplace with log burner, wooden beams, vaulted bedroom ceilings and exposed stone work. In contrast the interior design is all 21st century luxury from the beautiful Lulu Guinness linen in one of the two master bedrooms with ensuites, to the kitchen with its two ovens and full range of cooking utensils for gourmet dining at home. Watch the world go by from the front garden with its sea views or let the little ones run around on the small rear lawn while you relax on the decking.

Sleeping eight and within steps and sight of several of our other Craster cottages, it is ideal for a groups of friends or family holidaying together.
Features and Highlights
  • Former fisherman's cottage by Craster harbour
  • Close to the start of the Dunstanburgh Castle coastal walk
  • Careful renovation with exposed timbers & beams, stonework and inglenook fireplaces
  • Living room with log burner
  • Two superb ensuite master bedrooms with side views over the harbour, each with king-sized beds and distinctive Lulu Guinness bed linen.
  • Small enclosed rear garden with well designed timber decking for dining and small lawn for toddlers
  • Contemporary artwork by Mick Oxley and Alan Smith Page
  • A short walk from the village pub, restaurant, café, art gallery and children's play park
  • Private leisure club membership (entry fee applies)
The Space
Ground Floor
  • Large kitchen/dining room with oak table to seat up to eight and freestanding American style fridge freezer
  • Lounge with log burner and large flat screen TV
  • Second lounge/reading room/games room with enamel electric stove and TV
  • Downstairs WC and lobby
First Floor
  • Two master bedrooms, each with king-sized beds and ensuite shower rooms
  • Twin bedroom, ideal for children or adults
  • Third bedroom with versatile zip and link bed – superking or twin (please state at time of booking how you want this made up otherwise it is 'as found')
  • Family bathroom with bath and shower cubicle
  • Small enclosed rear garden with decking area with outdoor furniture and lawn
  • Larger front garden with lawned areas, decking and seating
  • Parking for two cars
Floor Plans

Please note floor plans are not to scale but for illustration purposes only.

Accessibility Statement
Useful Information
  • Oil central heating
  • Solar-powered hot water
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Double oven and hob
  • Microwave
  • American style fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Washer/dryer
  • Clothes line
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  • Smart TV
  • Books and magazines
  • Landline telephone with honesty box
  • Toys and games
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Key safe for independent arrival
  • Leisure club membership (small entry charge applies)

Extra linen and towels (charges apply)


Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)
Departure: 10am


There is no separate tumble dryer just a washer/dryer and a retractable washing line in the garden. The rear garden is small with no view and no room for kids play equipment but enough for a table and seating.. The front garden is prettier and sunnier but not enough privacy for dining but lovely for sitting with a glass of wine at the end of the day and watching the world go by.
Please note the sea views are to one side, not straight out of the front of the house, and mobile reception is almost impossible in Craster.


This house is a family owned holiday home and as such is unsuitable for holding large parties. Small gatherings are, of course, welcome but no ‘open house’ please. Tents, hot tubs and mobile homes on the property are not permitted. Please refer to our Large Group advice list for further information.

All of our Retreats are non-smoking.

Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.


Terms and Conditions
Craster is a quaint and friendly fishing village and this Retreat holds a central position overlooking the small harbour, close to amenities such as the well-known Jolly Fisherman pub and restaurant, a café, art gallery, seafood restaurant and home of the famous Craster kippers, Robson's Smokery. To the north of the harbour is the popular walk to the iconic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which dominates this stretch of rocky shoreline. Beyond the castle is the white sands of Embleton and another much-loved walk around the headland to Newton.
For further information on the area, see our Craster section.

Reviews and Ratings
Our cottages are graded according to how stylish they are and how welcoming they are to children.

To assist you in finding the perfect place to stay, we have awarded our cottages a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum style rating. This is based on our own standards and the award is given according to a mixture of criteria - location, aesthetic appeal, standard of luxury, facilities offered and style factors.
For example, a Platinum award goes to our most stylish and all round exclusive properties and a Bronze award may go to a cottage that may be a little less refined in places but still meets the high standards necessary to fit into the collection.


It is suitable for children of all ages and includes a small private garden, books and toys, quirky features and fun wallpapers in the twin bedrooms. The harbour is steps away and fantastic for rock pooling and building sandcastles when the tide is out.
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Guest Reviews
On Thursday, 19 Nov 2020
We loved the Northumberland coast and the roomy cottage was perfect for our needs. It was great being in easy reach of the beach and rock pools to say nothing of the nets being thoughtfully provided.
On Thursday, 19 Nov 2020
We had a great week at the Craster Retreat, a lovely house that I would be pleased to recommend without reservation. The dressing up box for the children was a particular hit! We were lucky with the weather and spent most of our time on lovely, sandy beaches - practically deserted, even over the Bank Holiday weekend. A day out at Alnwick Gardens was also a highlight of our holiday. It was all too short and we will certainly be back again.
On Thursday, 19 Nov 2020
When we arrived in the dark after a long tiring journey from Southampton, the welcome we received was unbelievable...the house was warm, cosy, beds were made, the lamps were on for us and there was milk in the fridge and a cake on the table for us...we couldn't believe our luck. The house looks great on the website but in reality, its even more impressive.
On Thursday, 19 Nov 2020
Just had four nights at 'Craster Retreat'. Amazing cottage, the owners have obviously put a lot of thought into making the place comfortable and relaxing. Beds are very good with beautiful luxurious bedding, showers are powerful, kitchen is very well supplied & fitted and there was a good supply of logs for the wood burner. Lovely village with plenty of walks and beautiful beaches nearby.
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