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Artist's Cottage Craster

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Bursting with character, charming Artist’s Cottage sits in a superb location in the centre of the idyllic fishing village of Craster home of the famous Craster kippers and just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque harbour, a good pub, restaurant and café, and a well equipped children's playground.

The former home of renowned local artist Pete Green, today the cottage is still in the family who have retained her fabulous artworks in the cottage to be enjoyed by many. The cottage is furnished in a delightfully quirky style with a fantastic selection of original artworks painted by the former owner alongside objects d’art collected over the years by the family.

Packed with characterful features, artisan touches and vintage finds, the design flair of the owner is evident throughout the property. The sitting room is a cosy spot to roast chestnuts in front of the large inglenook fireplace along with a good book and a rocking chair, while the dining room is a wonderfully warm space where you can while-away an afternoon exploring your creative side with a little painting if you're feeling inspired! The kitchen is well stocked with all the special little touches for holiday living, while the two upstairs bedrooms are warm and comfortable with wonderful antique pieces and finishing details.

There is a pretty enclosed cottage garden with paved sitting area which faces south and gets the sun for most of the day, making it an ideal spot for that first cup of coffee or last glass of wine.

Local amenities

The cottage is set in an excellent location just a few minutes’ walk from Craster’s pretty harbour and local amenities include the highly-regarded Jolly Fisherman pub and restaurant; the lovely Shoreline Café for a steaming cappuccino and home-made cakes (dogs welcome too!); and the Mick Oxley Gallery where you will find wonderful artworks and artisan gifts. There is also the Craster Fish Restaurant, part of Robson's Smokehouse overlooking the harbour and home of the famous Craster Kippers. Pop next door and you can purchase a selection of smoked delicacies from the shop as well as fresh fish, shellfish, cheeses and other delicious local produce from the Northumbrian heartlands.

A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (7 miles) with an eclectic selection of specialist shops, including a deli, bakery, award-winning butcher’s, charming coffee and gift shops, as well as a number of supermarkets for holiday provisions. It is also home to the extraordinary Barter Books, one of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe where you can spend a blissful few hours browsing or relaxing in a comfy armchair in this characterful and beautifully restored former railway station. Also not to be missed is the wonderful Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens set high in the treetops for a very unique dining experience.

Activities & attractions

The beautiful scenery at Craster is a haven for walkers, photographers and artists who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks around Craster regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. Walk or cycle northwards along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline; take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony; head south to explore the sheer diversity of the landscape on a coastal walk to Cullernose Point; or discover the hidden cove of Rumbling Kern once used as a cache for whisky smuggling and bootlegging.

Embleton Bay (3.5 miles) and Low Newton-by-the-Sea (5.5 miles) cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families, children and dogs where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families.

You can try kitesurfing, bodyboarding, coasteering and kayaking with a number of accredited schools and instructors across the area, and the bay offers excellent conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing. Jetskis and boats can be launched here, and there are a number of diving and snorkeling clubs with a host of popular dive sites close by including the wreck of the Somali, a ship that was bombed in 1941.

A short drive will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of puffins as well as roseate tern, one of the country’s rarest nesting seabirds.

For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Dunstanburgh, Alnwick, Alnmouth and Seahouses, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the River Coquet for sea-trout, or book a sea-fishing charter from the harbour at Craster or Amble.

History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle or Chillingham Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter or test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest. For garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens or Howick Hall is an absolute must, with spectacular spring and autumn colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.

Finally why not take a journey inland to Ingram to experience a star-gazing treat under the outstanding dark skies of the Northumberland National Park, or pack your mountain bike, walking boots and climbing kit to experience the endless traffic-free trails and dramatic open landscapes of the Cheviot and Simonside Hills, taking in iron-age hill forts, Hadrian’s Wall and some amazing panoramic vistas along the way.

Ground floor

Sitting room with wood burning stove (logs provided), flatscreen TV with Freeview and DVD player, books and games.

Dining room / study with dining table (seats 4), wood burning stove, desk.

Kitchen with underfloor heating, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher. Large pantry with ample storage.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and basin.

Cloakroom with WC.

Boot room - secure, heated boot room accessed from the back hall and from outside which is ideal for the storage of outdoor kit such as bicycles, golf clubs and walking and beach gear and is a great place for doggy guests.

First floor

Bedroom one with 5’ bed, chest of drawers and large cupboard / wardrobe.

Bedroom two with two 3’ beds which can be pushed together to make a comfortable super-king. Chest of drawers, hanging space provided by door hook and hangers.

Family bathroom with underfloor heating, bath with shower over and additional handheld shower, basin and WC.

The cottage has electric central heating throughout with underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom and additional heating is provided by log burners in the sitting room and dining room. Logs are provided.

There is a lovely small enclosed cottage garden to the front of the property which includes a paved sitting area. This faces south and gets the sun for most of the day. The herbaceous planting is a haven for bees, butterflies and birds (feeders and food provided) but if you like lawns and straight lines it may not be for you!

There is parking for one car on the gravelled area (not on the flagstones) in front of the cottage. There is limited on-street parking nearby.

Wi-Fi and mobile coverage
There is Wi-Fi at the cottage. There is limited or no mobile coverage on most networks in this area. A landline is provided for emergency calls.

Guest amenities
The beds are made up with high quality bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hair dryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided. Logs are provided.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

Welcome pack
A welcome pack is provided.

Artist’s Cottage can be taken on a purely self-catered basis, or a cook is available throughout guests’ stay, for breakfasts or dinners only or to provide one-off celebratory meals for a special occasion. A homemade meal delivery is available which is popular for guest’s first night and wine delivery is available in conjunction with renowned wine merchants Corney & Barrow.

One well-behaved dog is welcome at Artist's Cottage. Two small dogs by prior agreement with the owners. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor. There is a small fee of £10 per dog.

Guest privacy
Artist's Cottage sits within a terrace of cottages in the village centre.
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"We loved Artist's Cottage - it was lovely and felt like a home from home, and I hope to go again sometime. The welcome pack was very generous, with delicious contents!" - Jeavons

"We have stayed in loads of self catering cottages in the UK over the last few years and this was one of my favourites. I have lots of good comments. We really enjoyed our week there. Particularly liked the fact the owners had left all the books and nicknacks etc to make it feel so homely/cosy. Lots of care and attention to making the house feel like a loved home. Also, mattresses were comfortable (very important to us!). Everything worked. Loved the boot room. Location was great. Parking out front valuable. Welcome pack on arrival really great, we bought eggs with us but the eggs in the welcome pack were so much tastier! I also wanted to say that dealing with Crabtree & Crabtree was a good experience. In particular, I can tell that you take care to ensure your properties are well presented rather than just being an ‘agent’ and not really caring (I have come across that attitude more often than I would like). We are planning to come up to the area again next year and as a result of your care to ensure your properties are good quality, we will either stay in Artists Cottage again, or will find another of your cottages." - Nation

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Artist's Cottage. We've stayed in many cottages but never one with so many little touches and details. Lovely and clean. Great location." - Symes

"We had a wonderful stay at Artist's Cottage and found it very cosy and clean on our arrival ... lovely to have good bed linen and towels too! We hope we shall return to Northumberland again, it is quite beautiful." - Neale

"Artist's Cottage was perfect. We loved it and will certainly look at staying there again. Your welcome basket was great too." - Edwards

"I've just returned from my week at Artist's Cottage. I have to say that if anything the cottage exceeded my expectations - it looks even better than the photos. It is hands down the most tastefully decorated and arranged rental place I've stayed at in the UK. This was a working holiday for me, and it suited my needs down to the ground. You should advertise it as a perfect retreat for writers, though I can see that it would be ideal for families and hikers also. I will explain - the vast majority of holiday lets seem to revolve around a huge TV set - I need space to work. The owners should be commended for their attention to detail and good taste. Crabtree & Crabtree service has been exemplary, thank you. I will remember you the next time I'm looking for something that is different from the standard." - Hoskins

"Well what can I say! Artist's Cottage is a little Gem! Everything is just wonderful attention to detail is superb. Comfortable, relaxing and peaceful - we felt at home. A generous welcome pack and fresh flowers to add to the cosy cottage. We just loved everything about the cottage and Craster. We will definitely return, the area is amazing. And of course we will be using Crabtree & Crabtree again as we find you very efficient." - Biggins

"We had a wonderful time thank you! The cottage was perfect...charming and full of lovely arty finds as well as everything you could possibly need. It was homely, comfortable and immaculately clean! The boot room was a god-send for containing the mud and sand after walks and runs along the coast; and for storing the pushchair...and the dogs. Overall we had a great weekend and have recommended the Artist's cottage and Crabtree & Crabtree to friends & family already. We'll certainly be using you again in the future." - Parkes