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.
Delightfully quirky with bags full of coastal charm
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.
Sitting room with wood burning stove with logs provided, flat screen 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.
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.
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 on request. Chest of drawers, hanging space provided by door hook and hangers.
Family bathroom with bath with shower over and additional handheld shower, basin and WC.
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 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.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and highchair are available on request.
One well-behaved dog is welcome at Artist's Cottage with a charge of £10 per dog. Two small dogs may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept to the ground floor.
The beds are made up with high quality bed linen, feather and duck down duvets and pillows. A hairdryer is supplied in the master bedroom. Bath sheets and hand towels are provided for all guests. Guest hand soaps are provided.
Wi-Fi & 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.
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.
Artist's Cottage sits within a terrace of cottages in the village centre.
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.
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.
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Make your stay hassle-free with your own personal cookFind Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
"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 family
"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 family
"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 family
"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!"Ms Jeavons
"We had a wonderful honeymoon and really enjoyed the cottage. Thank you for all your help and please pass our thanks on to the owners. We will be back again."Mr & Mrs Ashton
"We thoroughly enjoyed our break in the absolutely charming Artist's Cottage in Craster. It is cosy, comfortable and filled with interesting objects. Very clean, very well equipped and in a super position near the harbour. The Shoreline café (next door but one) is lovely, as is the Jolly Fisherman which is just around the corner. Being able to park at the front of the property puts it apart from some of the other holiday rentals on offer in Craster. The underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom are divine!! We have already booked for another break through Crabtree & Crabtree. We love your website and the fact that you give full details of each and every property."Melville family
"We had a lovely stay. A beautiful little cottage. Great welcome pack."Mr Horn
"You made our booking experience very effortless and we liked your friendly approach. We were delighted with Artist's cottage. The welcome pack was the best we have received in many years of renting holiday homes. The house was warm and very homely and we really appreciated all the art and craft that was clearly representative of the artist (who we would have liked to know more about). Loved everything and would return tomorrow!"Ms Joiner
"We had a great time and really enjoyed our stay. The cottage is charming and we would highly recommend it."Mr Wilkinson
"Artist's Cottage sits in a superb location in the fishing village of Craster. Warm cottage. Cosy but spacious. Really well equipped. Comfy beds. Great location. Well equipped. Very clean and comfortable. Nice welcome pack. We all slept well then watched some spectacular sunrises from the cottage. Perfect position for easy walks or something more strenuous."The Walker Family
"We had a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage."Judi & Lawrence
"We had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay at the delightful Artist's Cottage. The interior furnishings were true to the cottage’s character and not the ubiquitous seaside theme. We were glad we found your company and would certainly use your services again. "Mr & Mrs Spinks
"We had a wonderful holiday. Artist's cottage was perfect! Like home from home with beautiful decoration, cosy wood burner and a brilliantly stocked kitchen. Great location in Craster. And an amazing welcome pack with lots of essentials. We’d love to stay there again."Ms Mallam
"We had a wonderful stay at the lovely Artist's Cottage in Craster. Clean, spacious, well equipped and welcoming."Ms Bogue
"We did have a great time at the cottage. The welcome pack of essentials was very thoughtful. The cottage is really cosy and well appointed. The beds are wonderfully comfortable and we enjoyed the quiet and the astonishing local scenery. It’s the perfect base. I hope to stay again."Ms Cahalane
"Had a great stay in a very comfortable cottage, Craster was perfect, with good eating options and walks on the doorstep"Ms Mclean
"We had a fantastic stay at Artists cottage. The place is so well equipped everything you could ever need. The welcome basket it just superb. The cottage is ideally placed and there is a fantastic cafe, restaurant and pub just a stones throw away."Mrs Brennan
"The Artists Cottage in Craster was a wonderful place to spend a week in February on the beautiful Northumberland coast. There was a very useful welcome pack of provisions left for our arrival which even included a bottle of wine! Craster doesn't have much in the way of grocery shops these days so every little helps. We were travelling by train and couldn't carry very much so we pre-ordered a delivery from Asda which arrived an hour after we did. We used the local buses a lot as they stopped just outside the cottage. We could travel all over Northumberland from Berwick to Newcastle for just £6.50 a day, but we limited ourselves to a trips along the coast. The cottage had open fires with an ample supply of logs which made our cold February stay very cosy indeed. There was a very well-stocked kitchen. The Owner was very helpful when we contacted her a few weeks before our stay. She even left an easel in case I had the urge to do some painting! All in all, a fantastic place to say in a fantastic part of Britain, thoroughly recommended."Mr Baker
"In short, great experience in a stunning location. It also helped that we had amazing sunny weather. All four of us were agreed it was a flawless stay."Mrs Howarth
"Lovely stay cottage as described very comfortable thank you"Mr Jones
- One dog is welcome with a charge of £10. A second dog may be considered on request.
- Typical arrival day: Friday during high season. Flexible out of high season.
- Arrival time: 3pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The collection of original artworks and delightfully quirky touches throughout the cottage."Emma, Crabtree & Crabtree