Stay right by the sea inside the quaint fishing village of Craster.
Full of light and style, this home is perfect for Northumberland coast explorations
As close to the sea as you can be without being on the beach, Sea Breeze is a chic seaside bolthole for six that’s positioned so close to the shoreline that you could almost dive straight into the water.
While also being right on the coast, Sea Breeze, is set in the quaint fishing village of Craster, whose narrow lanes and picturesque harbour have barely changed over the centuries. Named in The Times as one of the UK's top seven quirkiest seaside villages, brightly coloured fishing boats still slip out of the harbour in the early hours to bring in the catch of the day. With a kipper smokery at the heart of the village, plus an excellent pub, The Jolly Fisherman, seafood is rightly lauded here.
Back at the cottage a traditional stone exterior belies the chic, soothing interiors: where a calming coastal theme runs through the cottage, drawing on a sophisticated palette of soft blues, creams and taupe lifted with joyous pops of coral, rattan touches and elegant furniture made from reclaimed wood.
Breaking all the usual lay-out rules, Sea Breeze includes one bedroom on its ground floor and then throws in an upstairs sitting room. This latter space is so positioned to further capitalise on those majestic views — past offshore rocks and out to sea as the coast continues southwards. Large picture windows allow for happy sea gazing, making this room a delightful spot to settle down with a sundowner – shaken up at the drinks trolley in the corner. Or, if you’d prefer to feel that sea breeze on your face, this room leads out to a balcony.
There’s another, snug-like sitting room downstairs, centred around a warming log-burner, as well as a narrow sunroom in which you might sit with a cup of tea in the morning and enjoy a moment of calm before the rest of the house awakes. Just beyond is the patio, elevated to afford those same seaside vistas, featuring sofas and a dining table you’ll no doubt enjoy al fresco breakfasts, lunches and dinners here when the weather is fine. Then comes the fully enclosed lawned garden with wrap-around patio.
The ground floor also contains a white-panelled kitchen, offering direct access to that outdoor dining table plus its own indoor version. Catching the eye, a jet-black range cooker here typifies Sea Breeze’s chic interiors.
On the ground-floor there’s a chic double bedroom with a French-style upholstered headboard and adjacent shower room. The other two bedrooms can be found upstairs. One is a twin which can be configured to a super king, and the other a large double with an en-suite and its own sea views. This floor also benefits from an additional first-floor family bathroom with a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi bathtub.
Ideally located, Sea Breeze is just one minute’s walk from Craster, which also contains an art gallery, café and seaside playground; that harbour is great for rock-pooling, too. Not only that, but you’ll also possess two of Craster’s hottest commodities: parking spaces.
For those looking to explore further than the village itself, the long sandy sweep of Embleton beach is well worth a visit. The Northumberland Coastal Path also heads north from here across dune-lined headlands to the ruined Dunstanburgh Castle. Always accompanied by uplifting doses of salty sea air, you can walk all the way to Warkworth or just loop back on yourself and enjoy a pub lunch back in Craster. Or, for adventures by car, Holy Island is within a 45-minute drive, as are more great sandy beaches and more classic castles at Alnwick and Bamburgh.
Access directly into the kitchen.
Kitchen with Rangemaster cooker with double oven and grill, five burner gas hob with hot plate, fridge/freezer (3 drawer), microwave, full size dishwasher, washer/dryer, Nespresso Virtuo coffee machine (pod type).
Small hall with hanging rail.
Ground floor shower room - shower with rainforest head and separate mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom one - king size bed, side tables, open hanging rail and storage, armchair.
Ground floor sitting room with large double sofa, two armchairs, Smart TV, wood burning stove.
Sun room with bench seat, leading out to the patio (one step down) and lawned garden.
Stairs to the first floor which split two ways, leading to:
Second sitting room with large sofa, three armchairs. The windows allow stunning panoramic views across the sea. Door to the upper balcony.
Bedroom two with sea views - king size bed, side tables, open hanging rail and storage.
En suite with corner shower, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with 3' twin beds with zip and link option which can be configured to a 6' super king, side tables, open hanging rail and storage.
Family bathroom with corner Jacuzzi jet bath, separate shower, basin and WC.
Enclosed lawned garden with stunning views across the sea and coast. Patio area to the rear with garden furniture.
Private parking for up to four cars to the front of the cottage via an access gate.
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 AND CHILDREN
Sorry, the property is not felt to be particularly suited to babies and children under the age of 5 years.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
Bed linen and towels are provided, along with hand soap. A hairdryer is supplied for guest use.
Due to the coastal location of the village, Craster can experience occasional power cuts. Torches are provided to assist guests should this occur during a stay.
WI-FI & MOBILE COVERAGE
Wi-Fi is available.
Mobile reception is poor in the village of Craster with most networks unable to pick up any signal. Wi-Fi calling should offer the best option for calls within the property.
Central heating throughout. Wood burning stove in the ground floor sitting room. An initial supply of logs will be provided.
Sea Breeze is semi-detached and sits at the very end of the lane. The property benefits from fantastic sea views, but it should be noted that a public right of way runs through this section of the coastline and along the garden perimeter.
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 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.
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"We are just back home from Sea Breeze in Craster and it was fantastic! Brilliant location, looking out at the North Sea and the cormorants. We enjoyed it so much that I have already booked us for a week back at Sea Breeze next Easter holidays. Thank you!"The Britten Family
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The coastal artwork – from huge seashells and driftwood sculptures to metallic seabird wall hangings, tasteful touches abound. "Flora, Crabtree & Crabtree