This exceptional, Grade II listed, ten-bedroomed country hall lies in an AONB, just outside the picturesque coastal village of Craster, on the coast of Northumberland. Parts of the existing pele tower may date from the 11th century, and the rest of the house was built in the early 14th and 18th centuries, with the 18th-century wing rebuilt in the early part of the 20th century. The pele tower was rebuilt around 1310 as a watchtower for the nearby Dunstanburgh Castle, which was then being constructed. The unusual crowstepped top floor of the tower was created in the 16th century, when the then owners were no longer worried about maintaining defensive strength, and it was converted into a pigeon loft. Some of the fireplaces and stonework come from the lost Tudor house of Gloster Hill. There are spectacular coastal views to the east towards Dunstanburgh Castle. The beautiful beach at Embleton Bay is a mile or so north along a pretty bridleway. An excellent holiday base to enjoy the marvellous beaches, dunes and walks of the Northumberland coast. There is a wealth of historical and recreational sites, including Alnwick Castle and Garden, Bamburgh, Holy Island, Farne Islands, Warkworth and the Cheviot Hills. Craster itself is world famous for its kippers. Shops ¾ mile, pub 400 yards.Entrance hall with 15th-century fireplace. Living room with cleaded walls, Jacobean carved wooden fireplace attached wooden brattish (fireside settle). Drawing room with Queen Anne panelling throughout, grand piano. Dining room with 14ft long oak refectory table (seats 18), stone fireplace, Morris tapestries. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with large electric range. Breakfast room (seats 10) with 4-oven Aga. Reading room, stone vaulted ceiling. Utility/toilet. Separate toilet. Tudor stone staircase and early 20th-century staircase to first floor: Large double bedroom with magnificent 18th-century panelling, window seats, cupboard leading to blocked door to lost second tower. Master double bedroom with window seats on two sides, 18th-century panelling, leading to tower twin bedroom. Two further twin bedrooms, one looking west over the garden, one looking east to Dunstanburgh Castle. Bunk bedroom with panelling. Two single bedrooms, one with 2ft 6in bed (for +1 child). Two bathrooms each with separate shower cubicle, toilet. Shower room. Tudor stone staircase to second floor: 25ft long games room, TV. Double bedroom, mullioned window facing west, leading to tower twin bedroom (for +2) with window facing east to remains of a medieval garderobe.
- Elec, full oil CH, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi inc
- Freeview TV
- DVD (small library)
- Electric range inc
- 4-oven Aga inc
- 1.7 acres of lawned grounds
- Private parking for 8 cars
- No smoking
- Please note: No animals allowed, including guide dogs due to allergies.
: Dunstan Hall can be booked with Stable Cottage (MRE) to sleep up to 22 people