The Craftsman's Cottage
A spacious townhouse in the heart of Alnwick, the Craftsman’s Cottage combines a dream location with distinctive interiors.
A period property that oozes character and is located just a short meander from Alnwick Garden
The medieval town of Alnwick is one of the most prized destinations in northern England, celebrated for its 11th-century castle, spectacular Alnwick Garden, atmospheric town, and proximity to delightful coastal and rural villages such as Alnmouth and Lesbury.
Set on the southern corner of Alnwick Garden (just a few yards from the legendary Barter Books second-hand book shop, which is set in a former Victorian railway station and spawned the renaissance of the now ubiquitous WW2 Keep Calm and Carry On slogan ), Craftsman’s Cottage places all of Alnwick’s key attractions within 10 minutes’ walk. Guests can stroll along the town’s cobbled streets, admire the Grand Cascade waterfall and other horticultural creations within Alnwick Garden and, of course, relive the magic of Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle.
Cottage is arguably something of a misnomer when it comes to the Craftsman’s Cottage, which comprises spacious living areas and four generous bedrooms. Stepping through the sunny yellow front door brings you into a light-filled hall with a large sitting room to your right, entered through double glass doors. Two windows, both with window seats, overlook the gentle bustle of Alnwick while a striking stone fireplace, beautiful antique furniture and a discrete television set an elegant yet relaxed tone.
Follow the hallway through to the dining area, which is set by full-height glass windows and a door that leads out onto a small patio. From here, you can head into the country kitchen, complete with lime-washed timber beams and a fabulous old brick fireplace containing a wood-burner, or towards a pretty ensuite bedroom, which benefits from direct access to the patio. Cleverly, the kitchen can be accessed from both the dining area and the sitting room, achieving a lovely sense of flow and convivial vibe throughout the ground floor.
Just outside the kitchen and dining area, a striking timber and black-painted steel spiral staircase curls upwards, ushering guests to the impressive master bedroom. Beneath whitewashed timber beams and illuminated by a double window with window seats, you’ll find a sumptuous antique bed, an inviting seating area and ensuite bathroom with shower. After a long day’s broomstick training at Alnwick Castle, when only a bath will do, there’s a family bathroom on this floor as well, in addition to a twin bedroom. A further double bedroom is located on this floor.
Main access from the front of the property (three steps up to the front door).
Access hallway with hanging rail.
Sitting room with large sofa, two armchairs, Smart TV, decorative fireplace.
Kitchen with small central island unit, ceramic induction hob, electric oven, 3/4 dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, wood burning stove.
Dining area with seating for eight with doors leading out to a tiny rear patio with cafe table and two chairs.
Bedroom one with 4'6" double bed, built-in wardrobe, dressing table, side door leading to the rear patio area (this is the same patio area accessed via the dining area).
En suite bathroom with shower, wall-mounted hairdryer unit, basin and WC.
A spiral staircase with handrail leads to the first floor with a door with juliet balcony. Please note the stair is quite steep and may not be suitable for guests with restricted mobility or younger children.
Family bathroom at the top of the stairs with bath and shower over (rainforest head and separate mixer), heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with 6' super king bed, side tables, dressing table, chest of drawers. This large room also benefits from its own sitting area with sofa, two armchairs, a large window seat, decorative fireplace and a Smart TV.
En suite bathroom - shower with rainforest head and mixer, heated towel rail, wall mounted hairdryer, basin and WC.
Bedroom three with a 5'2" king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, two chairs, Smart TV.
Bedroom four with twin 2'6" twin beds, side tables, large wardrobe, wall-mounted Smart TV.
There is a tiny patio area to the rear of the property offering some privacy. This has a cafe table and two chairs for sitting out. The size of this space means this would be limiting for outside dining, however the doors from the dining area do open up to allow fresh air and sunlight to flood in. A barbecue is not provided.
Due to its position on the street, there is no private parking provision. Street parking can be found a few hundred yards from the property or in the public car park nearby.
Babies & Children
The property is not felt to be suitable for babies therefore no travel cot or high chair is provided. It is important to note the spiral stair leading to the first floor which may not be particularly suitable for younger children.
Sorry, dogs are not permitted at The Craftsman's Cottage.
All bed linen and towels are provided. The bedding is hypoallergenic. There are wall mounted hairdryers in the bathrooms. Guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Wi-Fi is available at good speeds. Mobile reception is generally good.
Gas central heating throughout the property. There is a wood burner in the kitchen with an initial basket of logs supplied.
The cottage sits on the main road leading into the centre of Alnwick and as such guests should be aware there may be some associated street and traffic noise, particularly from the principal front facing rooms of the property.
You will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops in Alnwick. Wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea!
For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Alnwick Deli for delicious local produce, cheeses, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked bread, pies and pastries. There's a market every Saturday, a Farmers' Market on the last Friday of every month, and a number of large supermarkets nearby including a Marks & Spencers, Sainsburys and a Nisa (Co-op).
There are several eateries nearby that come highly recommended: Lilburn's bar-bistro, serving local, seasonal produce; Thai Vibe, offering dine-in or meals to take away; Hardy's Bistro for relaxed lunches or dinners; Cafe Tirreno for authentic Italian dishes and warm hospitality, or alternatively Carlo's for classic fish and chips.
The Running Fox in Shilbottle (3.5 miles) has an artisan bakery and café not to be missed. Alternatively, head to the Cook & Barker Inn at Newton-on-the-Moor (6.5 miles) or the pretty fishing village of Craster (7.5 miles) to sample the legendary oak smoked kippers from L Robson & Sons. Finally for a sumptuous seafood treat, head to The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh - featured in the prestigious Michelin Guide in both 2018 and 2019.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area, including the magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens. For family friendly activities, 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; test their knightly courage in the Dragon Quest; or explore a world of wobbly rope bridges and treetop walkways within the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens.
A must-visit is Barter Books - ‘a book heaven’ with thousands of paperbacks, hardbacks and collector’s editions based in a beautiful former railway station, or pop into the super Bakehouse Gallery showcasing the work of local artists and designers.
Set within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wide golden sands of Embleton are particularly beautiful offering great walking, cycling and wildlife or simply rest and relaxation with a picnic full of foods from the Northumberland heartlands. From here head north and south to explore the pretty coastal villages of Craster and Warkworth, or a little further afield will take you to the spectacular beach at Bamburgh or the very lovely Sugar Sands accessed from the village of Longhoughton.
For those seeking high energy adventures, the area is popular for surfing and kite surfing and there are a number of accredited surf and watersports schools up and down the coast for those looking to try something new in a relaxed teaching environment.
Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age.The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
For country sports, shooting is available on nearby Lemmington Estate which covers 2,500 acres over three valleys running up to the Alnwick moor producing spectacular high and challenging pheasant, partridge and duck shooting. Fishing is available on the River Coquet and on the many lakes and reservoirs around the area.
For something different, why not head 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.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
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
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
Nannies and babysitters
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring a fully qualified registered and experienced nanny or babysitter to come to your house.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
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
"We have stayed at The Craftsman's Cottage before and loved it. It is cosy, beautifully designed and furnished and a great base for exploring Northumberland. The owner, is so friendly and lovely - we will come again!"Ms Robertson-Booth
"Just to say we have had a lovely week and undoubtedly one of the best holiday cottages we’ve stayed in. It’s in a great position and is beautifully fitted out with everything thoughtfully provided."Brown Party
"We loved our stay at the Craftsman Cottage. It was warm, welcoming, clean, cosy and full of character. The location is great and we enjoyed exploring from the doorstep. Only 10 minutes drive to the beautiful coastline at Alnmouth too. The kids have asked that we come back in the summer!"Tuck family
"We had a great stay at The Craftsman’s Cottage. The property was spotless clean and the owner was extremely helpful and easy to contact. I would stay in the cottage again."Ms Wells
"We had an excellent week staying at Craftsman’s cottage. There were 5 of us, and we all loved the cottage. It is beautifully restored, with bags of character. We were particularly impressed with the floors and all the woodwork. It was superbly situated within easy walk of castle, shops etc. We had thought that parking might be a problem but we had no trouble unloading outside, and parking nearby (free). We have barely scratched the surface of the attractions of Northumberland, and we hope to come back in June to see puffins. We highly recommend the Serenity boat trip to the Farne Islands."Ms Tyler
"We had a super week in Northumberland (my home county) and the Craftsman's Cottage is superb."Ms Robertson
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the option of Monday during low season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Having all the vibrant best of Alnwick within strolling distance yet being rewarded with blissful tranquillity once you close the cheery yellow front door."Evie, owner of The Craftsman's Cottage