Enjoy bright, breezy interiors behind a classic façade in the quaint fishing village of Craster
It caters to couples or a family with children all year round thanks to a sunny garden and log-burning stove
Set in a 200-year-old whinstone terrace amid Craster’s ancient harbourside lanes, Red Herring seems sure to be snugly when viewed from the outside. But that’s where its name makes sense, for a surprise beckons: airy coastal interiors with a touch of Nordic flair.
Once upon a time, this was the old village butcher’s shop, then a small school house. Subsequent, extensive renovations have added brightness, practicality, vintage finds and bespoke wooden furniture while wisely retaining some original features.
Thanks to patio doors feeding onto a rear courtyard garden, the open-plan sitting room bursts with natural light. Yet there’s cosiness here, too: the large sofa, loveseat and armchairs frame an impressive old inglenook fireplace whose log burning stove is ready to combat chillier days. Low ceilings, bookshelves and a wall-mounted Smart TV further enhance the homely feel.
This area flows through to ones reserved for eating or cooking. Cleverly separated by bespoke local sycamore panelling, the stylish kitchen is well equipped with a pod coffee machine and counter-top hob, however your eyes might first be drawn to its bespoke copper and turquoise abstract splashback, inspired by the old village fishing boats. Opposite is the dining table, handmade from local sycamore and beech wood, and a Bluetooth speaker should you fancy some chillout music to accompany your evening meals.
Accessed via those patio doors, the garden is south-facing – which means plenty of sunshine – and contains an additional dining table framed by rattan sofa chairs. Fencing ensures plenty of shelter and festoon lights illuminate an outdoor cooking area featuring a coal barbecue and grill.
Head upstairs past a Velux window to find both bedrooms. The first is en-suite, king-sized and rendered romantic by dint of its Juliet balcony, from where you can see over rooftops as waves roll into Craster’s harbour. A second can be arranged either as a twin or super-king, and blends tongue-and-groove panelling, another exposed roof timber and nautical artworks. The family bathroom comes equipped with a tub and shower above.
It’s a very short stroll from Red Herring’s gated driveway to Craster’s acclaimed Jolly Fisherman pub and restaurant, serving sought-after fresh fish boards just 100m down the lane, and to the village’s old Robson’s smokery, which produces kippers beloved of British royals. You’ll also find a gallery, a café and a seaside children’s playground, while that boat-lined harbour is great for rock-pooling or paddling.
Ready to venture further afield? A wonderful, easy walk crosses dune-lined headlands to ruined Dunstanburgh Castle. Holy Island is within a 45-minute drive, as are more classic castles at Alnwick and Bamburgh.
Entrance leading into an open-plan living space.
Sitting room with one large sofa, one love seat, two armchairs, coffee table/pouffe, wall-mounted Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker, side tables, and shelves with books. Impressive stone inglenook fireplace with log burner.
Large patio doors opening out onto the courtyard garden creates a bright but cosy space.
Well-equipped kitchen with four ring induction hob and electric fan oven, microwave, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, integrated dishwasher, and freestanding Swan fridge/freezer. There is a washer/dryer combi in the cupboard between the kitchen and sitting room. A stunning rusted iron-effect turquoise splashback, inspired by the old boats of the fishing village, adds to the stylish decor.
Dining table with four chairs and bench seating.
Bedroom one with kingsize bed, handcrafted english ash and elm wood bedside tables with lamps, occasional chair, large chest of drawers, Smart TV and DVD player, built-in cupboard with hanging space and shelf storage, and full-length mirror.
A balconette offers views out at the front of the cottage looking onto the lane, with sea views in the distance – watch the waves rolling into the harbour.
En-suite shower room with corner shower, WC, small basin with illuminated mirror above, heated towel rail, and shaver point.
Bedroom two with 3' twin beds that can be set up as a super king double upon request. Featuring bedside tables and lamps, built-in wardrobe with hanging space and shelf storage, dressing table area with a shelf, large mirror, vanity mirror and a stool. Lovely coastal pelmet and blinds add to the stylish decor alongside tongue and groove panelling, coastal artwork, and exposed wooden beams.
Family bathroom with rainforest shower head and additional attachment over a bath, WC, basin, heated towel rail, mirror and shaving point.
A Velux window on the landing allows for more natural light to flow in creating a bright and airy upper floor.
South-facing, enclosed courtyard garden with festoon lighting, offering a sheltered outdoor space for guests. Rattan sofas and a dining table are situated on a patio. alongside an outdoor kitchenette with a coal BBQ and grill - please note guests will be required to bring their own charcoal for use.
Gated off-road parking is available for 2 to 3 cars to the rear of the property.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
For safety reasons, we do not permit electric vehicle or hybrid car charging at this property. If you’re travelling by EV, discover your nearest electric vehicle charging point here.
BABIES & CHILDREN
A travel cot and highchair are available for guest use on request.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
Quality bed linen and fluffy towels are provided.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available. Mobile coverage is good on most networks.
Electric heating throughout in addition to the log burner in the sitting room with an initial supply of logs provided.
The property is a terraced cottage in the village of Craster.
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; 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 snorkelling 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.
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- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday or Monday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
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