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The Old Ale House




Experience what it is like to stay in your own country pub (sorry beer not provided!) at this former 18th Century ale house just a short walk from the popular coastal village of Craster. From the beautiful vintage furniture, handpainted as part of its recent renovation, to the grand inglenook fireplace, this cottage has a real sense of history with appealing contemporary flourishes.
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The Old Ale House is a real gem of a holiday cottage. Let your cares drift away in the freestanding, claw-footed bath, snuggle up by the log burner, or try your hand at the owner’s favourite seafood recipe on the wall of the dining kitchen. At just a minute’s walk from the pub, and 10 minutes from the centre of Craster village with its dining options, you’ll be delighted that The Old Ale House is now your holiday home and no longer a pub! Fun and quirky, this house will offer couples, or up to five guests (with a sofa bed on request), a great getaway.
Features and Highlights
  • Period cottage in Dunstan, Craster with many original features
  • Cosy living room with log burner set in stone inglenook fireplace
  • Dining kitchen with range cooker and door opening onto the courtyard garden
  • Bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower cubicle
  • Sofa bed for fifth child guest in master bedroom (on request only)
  • A short walk from the nearest pub and a 10 minute walk from Craster's pub, coastline and eateries
  • Private leisure club membership (entry fee applies)
The Space
Ground floor
  • Entrance hallway
  • Living room with log burner
  • Down one step to kitchen/diner
  • Utility area
  • Rear porch
First floor
  • Bedroom 1 with king size bed and single sofa bed to suit child (to be requested at time of booking)
  • Bedroom 2 with twin beds
  • House bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower cubicle
  • Gravelled parking to the front for up to 3 cars
  • Gravelled and planted rear courtyard garden area with seating
Floor Plan

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

Accessibility Statement
Useful Information
  • Oil central heating
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • A welcome tray of milk, tea, coffee and sugar
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Toiletries for the first night of your stay
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Range cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Coffee maker
  • Washing machine
  • 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


The Old Ale House is situated on the narrow road through Dunstan village into Craster. It is not a busy road at all but those with young children may wish to take note. The rear courtyard garden is fully enclosed. There is a washing machine but no tumble dryer.


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
Located in the heart of Dunstan village, on the outer edge of Craster, just a 10 minute walk to the harbour and sea via a pathway. The Old Ale House overlooks the village green and is just a stone's throw from the modern day village pub serving real ales, or a little more walking takes you to The Jolly Fisherman in Craster. In Craster village you'll also find the start of the coastal walk to Dunstanburgh Castle, a seafood restaurant, café and art gallery.

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 an enclosed gravelled garden to the rear. The front garden is not fenced and leads straight onto the road. It also offers flexible sleeping arrangements with the addition of a sofa bed in the master bedroom. Please request this amenity at the time of booking.
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Guest Reviews
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
The cottage is really well presented with very attractive decor throughout. We had a lovely week, the cottage was ideal for us, warm and well equipped and we would definitely go there again.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We have stayed in many holiday cottages and villas over the years and the Old Ale House is amongst the very best. Very impressed with your standards and will not hesitate to use Coastal Retreats again.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
I was very happy indeed with the Ale House. I appreciated the quality of the welcome pack , the lovely fluffy towels and quality sheets and such a well equipped kitchen.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
Clean, comfortable, cosy, warm, stylish, full of character and in a good location for exploring the area and walking down into Craster.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
Best website. Best customer care. Best service. Best cottage for the week we needed. Thanks to everyone who looks after the Ale House and keep up the good work!
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
Close to Craster, close to Bamburgh, close to Alnwick. A great little location for this cottage. Perfect for us as we were out exploring somewhere new every day. The cottage was great. No problems at all and we felt it was our home for the week. We settled in very quickly and were very impressed with the décor and the whole service provided by Coastal Retreats.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We really loved this cottage. My children didn't want to leave. The walk down to the village was great and we enjoyed our stroll down to Craster on a few evenings having supper in The Jolly Fisherman and the restaurant next to Robson's smokery. Hardly used the car. When we did, we didn't have to travel very far to find interesting little villages, a local pub and a fabulous beach. This was our first time in Northumberland and we're now hooked. The children have asked for us to come again next summer.
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