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Old Stone Cottage By Dunstanburgh Castle



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
Cottage near Craster, Northumberland, England , A Few Minutes From St Oswald S Way And Dunstanburgh Castle

The cottage dates from the 1800s and is in a row of five. They are nestled by the farmhouse at the end of a pretty tree lined drive. It has an old fashioned porch leading to a sitting room. The kitchen and bathroom are on the grounfloor and three bedrooms are upstairs with beautiful sea and countryside views. It is positioned in a prime spot for visiting Dunstanburgh castle, Embleton, Craster and Newton by the Sea, and the beautiful beaches there. The Jolly fisherman pub and Craster village is ten minutes walk to the South along the coastal path known as St Oswald s way and The Ship Inn at Newton by the Sea is a forty minute walk North along Embleton and Newton beach.

Dunstanburgh links golf course runs within 20 minutes walk of the cottage and Embleton village with it s amenities is 30 minutes inland and to the North. The beautiful and unusual Howick gardens are a five minute drive away and Alnwick is a further 10 minute drive.

Alnmouth station is a 15 minute drive away.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I an doctor living in Newcastle upon Tyne with my husband, who is also a doctor and our two youngest children.

We lived untilin London until 2007 before moving to Africa for a few years.

My husband is from Johannesburg.

I have close links with this stretch of the Northumbrian coastline and we wanted our children to be able to keep this connection.

The cottage is one of the old farm workers buildings that I used to visit as a child whilst staying with my grandparents on at Dunstan Steads.

I grew up in London but spent most holidays up at Newton by the Sea.

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Speaks English, French, Afrikaans

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your place was lovely and very comfortable. I picked the back room and slept like a baby. Was without a doubt my best nights sleep.

We woke up before Sunrise and hiked to the ruins. What an amazing sunrise.We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you again and I would highly recommend your place!!
Sep 2015
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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location in the countryside with excellent walks on the doorstep. Great big kitchen and bedrooms. The facilities were easy to use - heating, cooker etc. Good value for money.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and we are very glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Old stone cottage dunstone

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage not far from the sea peaceful I would return again but for longer

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The outage is perfectly situated to reach some of the most spectacular sea views and walks. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking time to write a review.
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Good location- lovely views

  • 3 of 5

The initial impression was a little disappointing as the porch looked in poor repair. On accessing the property the downstairs was also a little disappointing with a very small and awkward sitting area. However the dining area with kitchen and the bathroom were lovely. The upstairs was beautifully presented with beautiful views over the countryside. An ideal property for dog lovers as it has good access to the beach and footpaths through the fields.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the cottage for a week and had a really lovely holiday. The area is beautiful and we all loved visiting the many castles in the area - especially the kids! The beach near the cottage, Embleton Bay, is stunning and there's hardly anyone there - even in July. You can walk there easily. It's also a lovely walk to Dunstanborough Castle across the sand dunes. There are great pubs in the area too: The Jolly Fisherman in Caster do amazing fish pie, and the Cottage Inn in Dunstan is also good with an adventure playground at the back which kept our kids happy.

The cottage is very cosy and has everything you need, however, the only bathroom is downstairs which isn't great for nighttime toilet visits. We could have done with keys for the upstairs window locks because our kids are very young and boisterous, so leaving their windows unlocked makes me nervous..apart from that, we'd love to come back and stay soon as there's much more to see and do in the area. Thanks v much!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thanks for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the stay. We take note of the window keys comment and will try and get some replacements. We have a long term plan to make a shower room and toilet upstairs as we also have kids and elderly relatives and the stairs are steep!
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Fantastic location if you want to escape to the countryside.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for a week but would happily have stayed longer. The cottage was spacious,well equipped, warm & cosy. The beach at Embleton was fantastic with golden sands and within walking distance. We had views of the countryside from every window with Dunstanburgh Castle in the background. The cottage is ideally placed as a base for visiting nearby villages. Alnwick Castle & Gardens was a great day out as well as Holy Island. The local village of Craster, also walking distance, has as smokery selling very tasty kippers and the Jolly Sailor very tasty crab sandwiches. We also walked to Howick Gardens along the coastal path for a pot of Earl Grey tea & cakes. If you are looking for a base in Northumberland, I would recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are grateful for all reviews and always take feedback seriously. In this case we felt the giuests were ideally suited to the cottage and expressed views that we hope all our guests will echo. Thank you
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A Fantastic Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Although my family and I only stayed for two nights, this was a fantastic base to explore the beautiful Northumberland coast. The cottage was perfect and exactly as described. We loved everything about it but especially the kitchen and bathroom (with underfloor heating) and cosy living room. We will definitely be booking this cottage again for a longer break and cannot recommend it more highly. Incredibly peaceful location and neighbours were very pleasant and always waved if we passed. Didn't want to come home!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This is a magical and timeless spot. Off the beaten track it holds the potential for lovely memories. Ancient monks and prehistoric folk walked here by the rocky whinstone ledges separating the land from the North sea. The rocks are rugged and beautiful. On a warm day in summer the blue sky seems huge with the larks singing in the heavens. The yellow gorse, green grass, white clouds and blue sky outbid each other for attention and are breath taking to see. The North sea looks huge as it rolls into Embleton Bay and its colours change daily from blues to greens to greys. There is ample wildlife to enjoy with nearby bird watching at Newton Pool and seal and puffin watching at the nearby Farne Islands. This place is very special ..

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : newcastle at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Craster at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : newcastle at 35 Miles Nearest Golf : Dunstanburgh at 1.5 Miles Nearest Train : alnmouth at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Dunstan Square at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : embleton at 1.5 Miles Car: necessary


Approx. 1 mile from embleton beach


Newcastle airport approx. 40 miles

Edinburgh Airport approx. 100 miles

Alnmouth Mainline Station approx. 10 miles

Alnwick is the largest nearby town about 10 miles away


Craster 1.5 miles

Embleton 1.5 miles

Newton by the sea 3 miles

Further Details:

The Jolly fisherman provides a very tasty meal in Craster.

The Oxley gallery is in Craster

The Ship inn at Newton by the Sea is in walking distance

The Dunstanburgh hotel, Dunstanburgh golf course clubhouse and Sambucca Italian are all within walking distance in Embleton

Howick tea rooms are a 5 minute drive away as are the beautiful Howick gardens.

Eleanor s byre tea rooms and gift shop are a short walk away in Embleton

The banks and supermarkets are a 15 minute drive away in Alnwick along with the playhouse and Barter Books

There is a post office with a cash facility in Embleton and a small village store.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring term
9 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter holidays
8 Apr 2017 - 24 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer term 17
25 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 17
8 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Book online
Booking confirmed on payment of full fee
Full fee to be paid by bank transfer

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Friday starts and Sunday finishes will be negotiable

Arrivals and departures:
Arrive after 4pm of first day
Depart by 10 am on departure day

Leave linen on beds
Discounts offered for guests bringing own laundry

Please leave the cottage as clean as you have found it

Please put the green bin out at the front on Wednesday evenings for the bin collection

Please inform owner directly by email of any damage noted

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From the Owner

The tranquillity and beauty of the house position is unique. This is a great place to walk and be near to the sea whilst slightly off the beaten track. We appreciate being within walking distance of Craster and Dunstan where you can get some good food and in Craster the gallery is a pleasant visit. The views for the upstairs windows are beautiful and you get a real sense of open space. The row of cottages are set quite high overlooking the surrounding fields and the ridge of gorse separating the land from the castle and seashore.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, heated shower rail and underfloor heating
  • One bathroom with bath and shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, can be converted to twin
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed Bedroom 2 bunk beds Bedroom 3 twin beds


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: This property is newly renovated Outside: Large garden Utility Room: Vacuum cleaner, high chair Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included 1 set per stay Cleaning and laundry service available at holidaymakers cost if desired

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