Crabcake Cottage at Craster
A Boutique Coastal Cottage in the Seaside Village of Craster
The cottage has been finished to the highest standard, with gorgeous contemporary furnishings yet still in keeping with the historic coastal theme of the village. With a cosy woodburning stove and views out to the sea from nearly every window in the house, Crabcake Cottage also has the benefit of being just a few minutes’ walk from the great pub and restaurant, The Jolly Fisherman.
This is the perfect cottage for a family or couples holidaying together looking for a chic Northumbrian coastal escape. Just 15 minutes’ from Alnwick and half an hour from Bamburgh, Craster is the perfect destination for a relaxing break away.
Sleeps up to 8 guests in 3 bedrooms, and 2 dogs are permitted to stay from 26th April 2019.
Located within the quaint fishing village of Craster, Crabcake Cottage is within walking distance to a great pub, cafes and restaurants within the village as well as the famous Craster Kipper Smokehouse. Sleeping up to 8 people in 3 bedrooms; one family room with a king size bed and a day bed that can sleep an extra 2 people; the master bedroom with a king size bed and an en suite shower room; twin room and finally a family bathroom.
The downstairs has a spacious entrance hallway with a large lounge with 2 seating areas and a Smart TV. There is also the sun room with a huge window looking over the garden and driveway to the sea – a perfect room to relax in and sink into a good novel while enjoying the changing colours of the seascape. The dining kitchen is contemporary, with a beautiful colour palette and all the usual quality appliances.
French doors lead directly onto the large patio and garden, with seating areas, play equipment for children and a summerhouse with a view through the adjacent houses to the sea beyond.
Initial entrance into Crabcake Cottage is through the glazed front door into a small entrance hallway, which then leads onto the main hallway. The sun room is accessed from the entrance hallway and the lounge and kitchen from the main hallway.
The lounge is beautifully finished with a relaxed, coastal theme. The corner sofa at one end of the room overlooks the rear garden. There is a Smart TV with DVD player and Netflix.
The other end of the lounge has another seated area opposite the huge window, overlooking the garden and with views out to sea.
There is also a fabulous wood burning stove with an initial supply of logs provided between October and April. Additional supplies can be purchased locally at the nearby village of Embleton.
A very comfortable room, the sun room has a large corner sofa opposite a large window letting in plenty of light. This room is perfect for some chill-out time with a book or newspaper, or for children to play and to enjoy the sea views – ever changing according to the weather and seasons.
The modern dining kitchen has seating for up to 6 as well as a breakfast bar island with 2 comfortable high stools. The kitchen has all the equipment you should need, including an electric oven, electric hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
There is extra storage in the pantry just off the kitchen too, and there are French doors leading to the garden.
The staggered stair case leads up to the first floor. Stair gates are available upon request for the top and bottom of the stairs.
Master Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room
A spacious room with views out to sea. King-size bed (5ft wide) and plenty of storage. High quality bed linen and fluffy towels are provided as well as a hairdryer. The contemporary en suite shower room has a large walk in shower, WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. Complimentary toiletries by The White Company are provided for adult guests.
A very spacious ‘family’ room, with views out to sea. King-size bed (5ft wide) and plenty of storage. There is also the addition of a ‘day bed’ that can be made up as a single or king-size bed to accommodate up to 2 extra persons upon request – ideal for family use. Please read the additional information regarding the day bed further down this webpage. High quality bed linen and fluffy towels are provided as well as a hairdryer. This room is perfect for a cot too, due to the size of the room, but only when the day bed is not occupied as a double bed. Complimentary toiletries by The White Company provided for adult guests.
A beautifully furnished and decorated room with full size twin single beds (3ft wide) and plenty of storage. High quality bed linen and towels are provided, as well as a hairdryer. Lovely side sea view.
The spacious family bathroom has a bath with mains shower over, WC and wash hand basin. Towels and complimentary toiletries by The White Company provided.
Laundry Room and Cloak Room
Accessed from the kitchen, providing additional work surface space, a second sink, a washer/dryer and plenty of space to hang wet coats, this room also has a downstairs cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. There is also a glazed door out to the rear garden.
To the rear of the cottage, there is a large, beautifully landscaped garden which is part decked and part lawned. There is a pretty summer house with rattan armchairs to bring out in the warmer months – perfect for chilling out with a glass of wine – and you can see the sea from the garden too. In the centre of the garden there is a wooden play area for children, as well as a large round picnic-style table with benches.
At the front of the cottage there is a lawned front garden, which is not enclosed, and a path leading to the cottage.
Outside and Parking
There is a private, off-road parking on the driveway of Crabcake Cottage for 1 car and another 2 cars can be parked on the roadside directly outside the cottage as long as there is no obstruction to any of the neighboring properties. The cottage is located in a square of other, quiet, residential properties and is at the very end of Craster village, so there is no passing traffic apart from the handful of cars belonging to the residents.
The famous and picturesque Northumberland Coastal Path is just a few yards from the cottage and you can walk to the harbour from the cottage in just a few minutes. There is a small public play area just before the entrance to the square which runs alongside the sea which is perfect for little ones. The excellent pub in the village is called The Jolly Fisherman and also has a fantastic restaurant facing straight out to sea with beautiful views.
There is also the Shoreline Cafe, the Craster restaurant and Robson’s Craster Kipper Smokehouse all just 5 minutes’ walk away too. The Shoreline cafe also sells some basic essentials and does takeaway lunches too. A locally renowned art gallery is also just 2 minutes walk from the cottage, owned and exhibited in by Mick Oxley, he also sells some lovely local art works, scuptures and jewellery.
Crabcake Cottage at Craster
Design-led Coastal Luxury
Fine fabrics, Ercol furniture and a soothing contemporary colour scheme to reflect the coastal colours of Craster’s bay makes Crabcake Cottage a divine retreat – right on Northumberland’s beautiful coastline with gorgeous sea views.
Facts & Features
Up to 6 adults, 2 children and 1 baby welcome.
Welcome hamper including luxury White Company toiletries, bespoke Property and Area Guide and wood-burning stove. Dressing up box for children available upon request.
One baby welcome. Cot, highchair and stair gates available upon request.
Two double bedrooms both with king-size beds (5ft wide) and one twin bedroom with single beds (3ft wide). One of the double rooms has a day bed that can be made into a single size (3ft wide) or super king size (6ft wide).
Synthetic duvets are provided on each bed. Pillows are a mix of feather and synthetic provided on each bed. There is no alternative available.
One family bathroom with a shower over bath, WC and basin with heated towel rail. The en suite shower room to the master room has a walk-in shower, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
Use of the Day Bed
Please be aware that although there is the day bed in the Family Room accommodating an additional 2 guests, the cottage is generally only equipped for 6 guests. There are 6 seats around the dining table although there are an additional 2 seats at the breakfast bar. The lounge has plenty of seating in the room for 8 guests however. If you do not request the use of the day bed it will not be permitted to be used as a bed and won’t be set up for sleeping. Please request this when booking or a minimum of 14 days before your holiday.
Care of the Property
Our ‘Coquet’ cottages are much-loved privately-owned holiday homes into which our owners have lavished much care and investment to create beautiful places for their guests to enjoy. We therefore require a cautionary Good Housekeeping Deposit to protect our owners’ property, so that if damage/breakages occur or exceptional cleaning over and above the usual changeover clean is required up to the value of the deposit, the owner can be recompensed.
You have the option of paying either a £250 refundable Good Housekeeping Deposit or a smaller non-refundable £46 Deposit Waiver, which covers you to the value of £250. Please choose which option you prefer when booking. Click HERE for more information.
Fridge/freezer, electric oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and kettle. Nespresso coffee machine. Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board and vacuum. Hairdryer, books, music and films. Wood-burning stove.
Smart flat screen TV in the lounge with Netflix, Freeview and DVD player. Free Wi-Fi.
Accommodation on 2 floors; on the ground floor there is the lounge, sun room, dining kitchen, laundry room and cloakroom. On the first floor there is the 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. Please see below for the Access Statement.
The private rear garden is accessed via the back door or French windows leading from the kitchen. The garden has a children’s play area with play equipment, summerhouse and large picnic table.
There is no BBQ provided at Crabcake Cottage, but you are more than welcome to bring your own disposable one and use responsibly.
There is private, off-road parking for 1 car at Crabcake Cottage and parking for an additional 2 cars on the roadside directly outside the cottage.
Please be Aware
Parking for 2 additional cars outside the cottage is fine so long as there is no obstruction to any other the neighboring properties.
An initial supply of logs are provided between October and April only.
Mobile signal in Craster is poor. A house telephone is provided for essential calls only.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
COVID-19 Special Arrangements
New arrival and departure times have been introduced from July 2020 to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocols necessary to ensure the safety of guests and housekeeping staff.
Arrival: from 6pm Departure: by 9am Click here for more details.
Map & Local Area
The famous and picturesque Northumberland Coastal Path is just a few yards from the cottage and you can walk to the harbour from the cottage in just a few minutes. There is a small public play area just before the entrance to the square which runs alongside the sea, perfect for little ones. The pub in the village is called The Jolly Fisherman and also has a fantastic restaurant facing straight out to sea with beautiful views. There is also the Shoreline Cafe, the Craster restaurant and Robson’s Craster Kipper Smokehouse all just 5 minutes’ walk away too. The Shoreline cafe also sells some basic essentials and does takeaway lunches too. A locally renowned art gallery is also just 2 minutes walk from the cottage, owned and exhibited in by Mick Oxley, he also sells some lovely local art works, scuptures and jewellery.
‘Chloe’ has penned a brilliant blog post about her day trip to Craster, which gives a fabulous potted overview of how interesting Craster is. and how much it has to offer. Click here to read it and see more fabulous images of Craster.
You can explore the location of Crabcake Cottage on the map below which gives you a good idea of the area. The postcode of the property is NE66 3TN. To find out the distance from your own home to Crabcake Cottage, how long it will take to drive there and other options for alternative transport, click here: Crabcake Cottage on Googlemaps and enter your home postcode in the box provided.
Click the map to view local facilities and other cottages in the same area and generally explore the location.
Tips from a local
Dine at The Jolly Fisherman in Craster. This authentic pub and restaurant does one of the best seafood platters in the county, and with views straight out to sea from the restaurant, it really is a must when visiting this part of the coastline.
Tips from a local
Take a boat tour out to the Farne Islands with Billy Shiel’s boat trips. The tours leave from Seahouses harbour and sail all around the Farne Islands. Some stop at the islands where you can get off the boat and have a tour by one of the local rangers, and each boat tour differs depending on the season and what is nesting/breeding around the island. Billy Shiel’s tours are the largest operator in the town, still ran by all the members of the Shiel family who are the most knowledgeable about the area. Make sure you book in advance as they are incredibly popular, especially after being featured on Robson Green’s famous ‘Tales of Northumberland’! TV series.
Tips from a local
Take a walk along the beach and across the headlands to Dunstanburgh Castle. This impressive ruin can be seen from numerous beaches along the coast and is really something else, especially if you manage to catch it at sunrise or sunset. If you’re up for it, continue on past the castle to the next bay and visit Newton by the Sea for some great pub grub at The Joiners Arms or The Ship Inn.
Tips from a local
Have dinner waiting for you in the cottage upon your arrival
The Stable Yard at Craster Tower is not only a gorgeous coffee shop on the outskirts of Craster, they also offer ready meals made with all homemade local produce that they can deliver to the cottage or you can collect.
The coffee shop is gorgeous in the summer, as is their small plant nursery, so worth a visit whilst staying in Craster.
Owner of Crabcake Cottage
We asked Clare, the owner, what made her fall in love with Crabcake Cottage:
“My husband, kids and I spend as much time as we can on the North-East coast. We feel that we’re incredibly lucky to live so close to this beautiful untouched landscape. Craster is no exception and we’ve been drawn there for years. It has a breath-taking rugged charm with its working fishing dock, kipper smokehouse and excellent local pub called the Jolly Fisherman. The rocky shoreline is ideal for rock-pooling when the tide is out and it’s only a short walk North to the historic ruin of Dunstanburgh castle.
In looking for a holiday home, Craster was the obvious choice of location for us. We wanted a place we could stay that was a home for all seasons. It had to be cosy, comfortable and modern; one where you can enjoy the outdoors when it’s fine but also where you can light the fire and curl up with a good book when it’s not. At night time in Craster you feel blissfully shut away from the outside world, the place is so peaceful with the soothing irrepressible sound of the sea at all times. We love Crabcake Cottage and we hope you will too.”
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