• Harbour Master’s House Craster
    A light sitting room with a logburner to cosy up to
  • Harbour Master’s House Craster
    Relax on the terrace overlooking the harbour and Dunstanburgh Castle beyond
  • Harbour Master's House
    Harbour Master’s House Craster
    Top floor master bedroom with ensuite shower room and sea views
  • Harbour Master’s House Craster
    Prepare and eat your food with a view!
  • Harbour Master's House
    Harbour Master’s House Craster
    Ground floor double bedroom with king size bed
  • Retreat Rating
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  • 3


  • 2


  • No Pets

  • 2

    Child Friendly Rating

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 formerly the salt and fish store for the nearby smokery, still famous today for its traditional Craster Kippers. It is very handy for the new gastro pub in the village, the Jolly Fisherman, and for the smokery’s seafood restaurant.

Careful renovation, by its owners at the end of 2019, using natural wood and linens, opens up the living space to one large area with bi-fold doors to the views and outside space providing a striking focal point. Plantation shutters and contemporary bathrooms sit comfortably against the backdrop of original features in this cottage. The small external terrace for sitting and dining is the perfect place to watch the harbour activity and the changing sea from sunrise to sunset, with the familiar outline of Dunstanburgh Castle in the background.

Read a review of Harbour Master’s House in Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine.

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  • First floor Master bedroom with king size bed, ensuite shower room, TV/DVD and sea views
  • Prime location with bi-fold doors to a decked terrace for outside eating and enjoying the unrivalled views
  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen space with cosy logburner
  • Original beams, exposed stonework, slate floors and other interesting architectural features
  • Tastefully furnished in linens and natural wood tones and Plantation window shutters
  • Great village location, close to the pub, restaurant, cafe, art gallery and coastal walks
  • Guest Leisure Club Membership (admission fee applies)


Ground Floor
  • Living room with open fire, TV/DVD and two squashy sofas
  • Narrow galley kitchen/dining area with integrated appliances
  • 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 4 people and stunning views
  • Private gate from the terrace giving access to the harbour below (a bit precarious for children)
  • Parking for 1 car on the drive of the cottage.

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

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Harbour Master's House

Prices and Availability

Booking options

Monday 1st December

Harbour Master’s House is available for booking on the following durations.


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! The coastline is rocky at Craster, not a sandy beach.

For further information on the area, see our Craster section

Useful Details

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Please note that all of our cottages are non-smoking 
No pets allowed at Harbour Master’s House

There is no gas in Craster village, so Harbour Master’s has electric heaters with underfloor heating in the kitchen diner and a log burner in the lounge.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: 4pm ( 3pm from Nov-March)

Departure: 10am


Ideal for two couples wanting a village location or a family with older children. Perfect for bird watchers, sea lovers and walkers.

Children at Harbour Master’s House 

With a 2 starfish 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 a split level decked area. However, 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. A travel cot (please bring your own cot linen) and highchair are available on request.

Please note: 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.


Candid Comments

As there is no gas in the area, the heating here is a mixture of wall-mounted electric heaters, underfloor heating and an open fire.

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 its quite tight. The cottage is next door to the village pub so you may hear the early morning ale deliveries every now and then

Harbour Master's House

Guest Reviews

Thank you so much for arranging our stay in the Harbours Masters 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 4 people. The decision to book it was actually made from a telephone enquiry and I found your team both knowledgeable and helpful.
I will definitely look to use your company again at some point in the future.

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

Love the refresh and new furnishings - even better than the last time!

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!!

We have stayed in 4 Coastal Retreats and 2 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!

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

Thank you for the sanitiser, spray, QR code etc. The welcome pack was lovely too!

We have had many Coastal Retreats holidays and are always happy with the cleanliness, presentation and the look of the properties. The cottage felt clean and we liked the extra cleaning products left in the welcome pack - nice touch