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Harbour Master's House




From its elevated position above the small harbour of Craster village, this character stone cottage offers charm, style and, from its dining area and deck, the most breathtaking views of the rocky coastline, beaches and the captivating ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Harbour Master's House was the former salt and fish store for the nearby smokery, still famous today for its traditional Craster Kippers. It still retains much of its character and is very handy for visiting the village gastro pub, The Jolly Fisherman, and the smokery's seafood restaurant.
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Careful renovation, by its owners at the end of 2019, using natural wood and linens, has opened up the living space at Harbour Master's House to one large area with log burner and bi-fold doors providing perhaps one of the best views in Craster and leading out onto the small external terrace. Here you can relax or dine, watching the harbour activity below or the changing coastal patterns from sunrise to sunset, all with the familiar outline of Dunstanburgh Castle in the background.
Features and Highlights
  • Seafront character cottage in central village location
  • Open plan kitchen and dining area with bi-fold doors to outside deck for eating and enjoying the unrivalled views
  • First floor master bedroom with king size bed, ensuite shower room, TV/DVD and sea views
  • Lounge area with log burner
  • Original beams, exposed stonework, slate floors and other interesting architectural features
  • Close to the pub, restaurant, cafe, art gallery and coastal walks
  • Private leisure club membership (entry fee applies)
The Space
Ground Floor
  • Large open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, opening on to terrace with harbour views
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom (note beds are in l-shape)
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, underfloor heating and separate shower
First floor
  • Master bedroom with king size bed and ensuite shower room
  • Split level decked terrace with table and chairs for four people and stunning views
  • Private gate from the terrace giving access to the harbour below (a bit precarious for children)
  • Parking for one car on the drive of the cottage.
Floor Plan

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

Accessibility Statement
Useful Information
  • Electric heating
  • Underfloor heating
  • Log burner with starter supply of logs
  • Electricity
  • 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
  • Oven and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Coffee maker
  • Washer/dryer
  • Clothes line
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  • 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


As there is no gas in the area, the heating here is a mixture of wall-mounted electric heaters, underfloor heating and a log burner.
The twin bedroom is quite small but perfect for children or teenagers.
Mobile reception is almost impossible in Craster.
There is a parking bay for one car and it's quite tight. The cottage is next door to the village pub so you may hear the early morning ale deliveries every now and then.


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
Harbour Master's House is at the heart of this quaint fishing village and with the most spectacular position overlooking the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle. Craster has a pub, restaurant, tearoom, famous Kipper smokehouse and popular Mick Oxley art gallery. Both the Jolly Fisherman pub and The Craster Seafood Restaurant are superb places to eat and drink, but be warned, booking is almost essential!
Beyond the rocky Craster coastline you will find the sparkling white sands of Embleton Bay, and to the south Howick Hall Gardens and its renowned Earl Grey Tearoom.
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.


With a two star rating, it is perhaps more suited to older children, as the cottage is perched on the rocks above the harbour. Not ideal for toddlers as there is no garden, but there is a split level decked area. The cottage caters for infants and young children with a range of toys and books for rainy days and the Coastal Retreats sponsored village playground is just a few minutes walk from the house, as is the harbour which is fantastic for rock pooling and building sandcastles when the tide is out.


Named in The Times 'Britain's 20 best beach houses list'.
Read a review of Harbour Master's House in Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine.
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Guest Reviews
On Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020
Thank you so much for arranging our stay in the Harbours Master's cottage in Craster, it was everything I hoped for. Quaint charm and and fabulous aspects of the sea. View from the main bedroom was fabulous. I would like to state again that it was a perfect setting and a great choice for four people. The decision to book it was actually made from a telephone enquiry and I found your team both knowledgeable and helpful.
On Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020
We walked past this cottage last summer and thought then that it would be a lovely place to stay. The photos in your brochure of the Harbour Master's House look so inviting that we knew we had to make a booking. We have not been disappointed. The cottage is fantastic and we really enjoyed waking up in the morning to that fabulous sound of the sea. We will be back without a doubt.
On Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020
The view will bring us back to this cottage. The service from Coastal Retreats was highly professional. The coastline here is stunning. We are in no doubt that we will return. 10/10!!
On Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020
We have stayed in four Coastal Retreats and two Country Retreats - all of them completely different but all with a similar degree of comfort and sense of style and good taste. The Harbour Master's is no exception. The highlight of this cottage is of course the stunning sea and harbour view. On a wild winter's day, this was simply spectacular! We would like to return here in warmer weather when we can sit outside on the deck with our bottle of wine enjoying a lazy summer lunch!
On Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020
Very handy for the Jolly Fisherman. The evening meals were really delicious and well presented. We ate there twice and had the best lobster ever.
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