10 Bedroom Country Hall near the Coast in Craster, Northumberland, England
- Country Houses
- Near the Sea
- Village / Rural
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Other rental properties on site
Dunstan Hall is an exceptional Grade II* listed country hall in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, less than a mile from the pretty coastal village of Craster in Northumberland. Sleeping up to 18 people (or up to 29 if you book the two additional cottages on site), it’s a perfect setting for a group get together of family and friends, oozing history, with large grounds, and easy access to the delights of the beautiful Northumberland coastline.
The hall has stunning views to the east towards Dunstanburgh Castle and is just a mile along a pretty bridleway to the beach at Embleton Bay. There’s a host of historical and recreational sites to visit in the vicinity, marvellous beaches and coastal walks, as well as visits to local castles, gardens and islands. Something for everyone in the group. The hall itself has a wealth of history - parts of the existing pele tower are thought to date as far back as the 11th century, whilst the rest of the house was built in the 14th and 18th centuries. Some of the fireplaces and stonework come from the lost Tudor house of Gloster Hill. There are two smaller properties adjacent and opposite, which sleeps 4 and 6 respectively, so if your group is larger, you can book all three places to accommodate up to 29 guests in total.
If you can drag yourself away from the beautiful setting in which you’ll be staying, there’s no shortage of places to go and things to see in the vicinity. You’re based just one mile from the sea and Craster harbour, from where the beautiful coastline stretches north to Dunstanburgh, Embleton, Beadnell and Bamburgh, and to the south following the sea as far as Alnmouth. Within a 40 minute drive you can find yourself at no less than six castles, and there are also some beautiful gardens nearby, not least the famous Alnwick Gardens. For the foodies amongst you, there are several renowned places to eat and drink, and in fact Craster itself is world famous for its kippers! Biking, watersports, hiking, golfing, fishing, bird watching - all these activities are available locally.
Directions provided on booking.
Local pub, 400 yards
1 mile to Craster
3/4 of a mile
The hall has 10 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 18 people in 3 x king size rooms, 4 x twins, 1 x bunk, 1 x single and 1 x single with 2ft 6 bed for a child. The main bedroom has window seats on two sides and 18th century panelling. Two of the bedrooms have en suite shower rooms and then there are an additional three shower rooms (one also with a bath) and two additional separate toilets. The entrance hall has a 15th century fireplace. There’s a large sitting room with cladded walls and a Jacobean fireplace, and a separate drawing room with a grand piano and Queen Anne panelling. The dining room seats 18 at a long oak refectory table also has a stone fireplace, and is adorned with Morris tapestries. The farmhouse style kitchen is very well equipped with a large electric range and the separate breakfast room (seats 10) also has a 4 oven Aga. Cot and high chair provided. The second floor is accessed by a Tudor stone staircase and is home to two of the twin bedrooms (one in the tower) as well as a 25ft games room with TV.
The hall has very generously sized lawned grounds and walled gardens on two sides of the property. There is parking for approximately eight cars in the driveway.
Conditions of Rental
Arrival and departure days are Friday or Monday. A welcome pack of essentials is provided. To ensure guests with allergies can be comfortable, there are no pets allowed and non feather bedding is provided. Please note that parts of the hall date back to the 12th century and as a consequence there are a number of steps / staircases which can be uneven in nature, and some low doorways. If you have any concerns about accessibility, don’t hesitate to enquire. There are a variety of other concierge services on offer so you can tailor make your holiday to suit you. Learn the art of natural photography on a coastal photography walk, book a professional chef to cater in house for you for a special meal, join a local history walk, or simply have some treaty indulgences, chocolates, champagne or flowers for example, to be left in the property with a special message for a loved one. Just enquire to find out more about what can be arranged for you.