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The Old Ale House

Craster & Embleton Area, Northumberland Coastal
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Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Highchair available
Travel Cot available
Towels included
Fishing onsite / nearby
Internet access
Open fire / woodburner
Enclosed garden / patio
Decorated for Christmas
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
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At a glance

  • Quirky 18th-century ale house conversion full of rustic charm
  • Cosy cottage feel with a wood burner in the lounge
  • Pretty courtyard garden ideal for enjoying a meal or a drink alfresco

Property code: OC-566766

This attractive home is perfect for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Northumberland. Located in the little village of Dunstan, right on the green, this home is well placed for exploring the area. There is a great pub just down the road and another in the nearby fishing village of Craster less than a mile away. Craster has several sandy beaches to enjoy and there are some lovely walking routes up and down the coast from here, but especially to the north towards the striking ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle from which there are some spectacular views. The whole of the Northumberland Heritage Coast can be easily explored from here offering some very scenic days out. The charming town of Seahouses is just 11 miles away where visitors can catch a sightseeing boat trip out to the Farne Islands or enjoy the bustling harbour. If you fancy immersing yourself in 3,000 years of history, then Bamburgh with its impressive castle is only another 3 miles along the coast.

The charming cottage has been nicely renovated throughout retaining many original features to give it a quirky and rustic charm. The snug living room sofas are gathered around a stone inglenook fireplace with a wood burner making this a lovely, cosy spot to curl up in the evening. There’s a step down to enter the country-style kitchen/diner, which has flagstone flooring and a Belfast sink. The range cooker is a wonderful feature lending the room a genuinely homely feel. A back door opens from here to the garden. Upstairs on the first floor are the two spacious bedrooms and a family bathroom featuring a freestanding roll-top bath and a walk-in shower. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and a single sofa bed, whilst the second bedroom is a comfortable twin room.

The rear courtyard garden is a charming and sheltered space, fully enclosed by a combination of a stone wall and fencing. It has a gravelled area along with pretty flowerbeds and shrubs as well as a table and chairs set up for dining alfresco. There is a small unfenced front garden and a gravel driveway.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size (with single sofa bed, suitable for a child and available on request), 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with roll-top bath and walk-in shower
  • Range cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee maker, washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Welcome pack
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Wood burner with starter pack of logs provided
  • Smart TV
  • Please bring your own beach towels
  • Gravelled and planted enclosed (wall and fence) rear courtyard garden with seating
  • Private parking for up to 3 cars
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 0.2 miles, beach 1 mile
  • Sleeps 4+1
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • 2 dogs allowed. Additional charges may apply

Laura Watts

This property is personally managed by Laura.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 13 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sarah 27th February 2024

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As per email, the cottage is really lovely. My only feedback would be that the shower temp valve doesn't seem to work as it is scalding hot. Some glass tumblers would be good as there is nothing for soft drinks bar half pint tankards, 1 x tumbler & plastic tumbler. I couldn't get the CD player or radio to work, which like the water temp, seems to bRead moree commented upon in the guest book - it would be nice to be able to listen to music. And a battery for the large torch would be helpful as it's there as a safety measure in case of power cut. Beyond those small things, I had a great stay. Loved the location, really well appointed, top notch furnishing/decor. I'd def return! Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 27th February 2024

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Such a cosy, well equipped holiday home in our favourite area of the country. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Claire 14th November 2023

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The Old Ale House was the perfect cottage for us. The location was amazing as we had a dog with us so it was a short walk into Craster and to the beach. The yard was secure so we could just let him out there without any concern. The cottage was cosy with a lovely kitchen to entertain in. We would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Michelle 21st October 2023

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Reviewed by Stella 14th October 2023

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Reviewed by Kirsty 7th October 2023

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I always stay in Bamburgh but decided to go a little further down the coast and, for a change, book the Ale House. The accommodation was warm and welcoming, only half a mile from Craster. Wonderful sleepful nights with a quality bed and bedding. The power shower was incredible after the long walks. We walked our two dogs to Craster most days and Read moretreated ourselves to an amazing lunch at the Jolly Fisherman. The food there was fabulous. The location is perfect for Beadnell, Seahouses and Alnwick where there's a wonderful farm shop called Turnbulls. The Ale House is in the perfect location if you want to see more of Northumberland than just the 'tourist' areas. Hide

Reviewed by Diane 16th September 2023

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Reviewed by Samantha 9th September 2023

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Reviewed by Gail 20th August 2023

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Reviewed by Lucy 5th August 2023

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Lovely well presented, well equipped cottage

Reviewed by Janice 25th June 2023

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Reviewed by Chris 8th November 2022

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The cottage was immaculately clean and comfortable, had everything we wanted and we had a lovely short break, we are looking for another date to re-book.

Reviewed by Henrietta 30th July 2022

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