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The Old Gardener's




Gardeners can leave their fork and trowel behind and enjoy a relaxing stay in the midst of some of Craster's gardening history. The Old Gardener's, part of a small row of cottages, dates back to the late 19th Century and was the former home of the gardener to the nearby historic Craster Tower.
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A truly classic cottage with period features and Farrow and Ball colours, you can catch the sun all day long from the oasis-like front and rear enclosed gardens with their carefully tended flowers and plants, or watch the world go by from the conservatory entrance to the cottage. There is an innate sense of Englishness to The Old Gardener’s, from its decadent roll top bath and large antique bed, to the Belfast sink in the kitchen and the log burning stove in the lounge. The word homely does not do this place justice. It is timeless, enchanting and well-loved. An English garden cottage by the sea.
Features and Highlights
  • Period cottage in Dunstan, Craster with distant views from the upper floors of Dunstanburgh Castle and the coast
  • Dining kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine
  • Lounge with log burner and stripped floorboards
  • Master bedroom with king size antique bed
  • Bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower enclosure
  • Two enclosed patio gardens, both with seating
  • Conservatory entrance with seating
  • Within 10 minutes walk of Craster with its harbour, pub, restaurant and art gallery
  • Just a stone's throw from The Cottage Inn for a traditional pub meal and a pint
  • Private leisure club membership (entry fee applies)
The Space
Ground Floor
  • Conservatory entrance hall, with small sitting area
  • Characterful living room with log burner
  • Fully equipped dining kitchen
First Floor
  • Master bedroom with antique king size bed and ensuite shower room
  • Twin bedroom
  • Family bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower enclosure
Second floor
  • Double bedroom in the eaves of the house
  • Front garden off the living room with flower beds and picnic table
  • Rear decked seating area with flower pots and BBQ area
  • Off street parking for one car outside the cottage (additional cars can be parked in the off-street car park of the nearby Cottage Inn by prior arrangement)
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
  • 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
  • Cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Nespresso Coffee machine
  • Washer/dryer
  • 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 a washer/dryer but no separate 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
Set in the small village of Dunstan, just outside of Craster. A short walk from The Cottage Inn pub and a couple of hundred metres from another Coastal Retreat The Old Ale House. The cottage enjoys a quiet location within 15 minute's walk via a pathway to the sea at Craster and its village with eateries, an art gallery and Robson's smokery. There you'll also find the start of the walk to Dunstanburgh Castle and the sandy shores of Embleton Bay beyond.

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 two enclosed gravelled gardens.
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