Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our stunning period, stone built Cottage is situated in an idyllic rural Hamlet and offers views of the coast and Dunstanburgh Castle from the upper floors, perfect for a relaxing holiday. It's just a short walk to the coast from the front door of the Cottage, with miles of stunning beaches, fishing villages and famous castle ruins nearby.
Our three bedroom Cottage was fully refurbished in 2011 and offers excellent accommodation for six people, with one master double bedroom with a spacious en suite, one twin bedroom and a further double bedroom. There is a stylish and comfortable lounge with a cast iron log burner, modern kitchen and dining room and a beautiful bathroom with a roll top bath. Downstairs there is a conservatory to fully enjoy the sunny weather and outside there is an enclosed decked seating area to the rear and a lovely flower garden with picnic table to the front. Families are welcome in Curlew Cottage, we also accept one well behaved dog and have off street parking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Craster 700 m|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle 50 km, Nearest railway: Alnmouth 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Curlew Cottage is accessed through a beautiful, light and airy Conservatory with plenty of seating to enjoy the sunshine, even when the seasons change to the colder months.
The Conservatory leads into the modern and stylish Kitchen and Dining Room. The Kitchen has top of the range modern appliances including an electric oven and hob, microwave, integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. This light and spacious room also has a dining table that comfortably seats six people.
The Lounge is a very well proportioned and comfortable room with lots of character and style. There is a beautiful log burning stove (initial supply of logs included), a colour LCD TV with freeview and DVD player, CD Player with iPod Dock, comfortable leather sofas and additional seating.
On the first floor the Master Bedroom has a lovely antique kingsize bed with matching bed side tables, a fantastic antique style wooden wardrobe, chest of drawers and full length mirror. The Master Bedroom also has a large en suite with toilet, washbasin, heated towel radiator and double walk-in shower. The Second Bedroom on this floor is also generous in size and has twin beds, bedside tables and a wardrobe.
The modern and beautiful Bathroom has a roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, wash hand basin, low level WC and tiled flooring. A landing area has stairs leading up to the second floor which has a further Double Bedroom. This room offers the most spectacular views in the Cottage, looking across the countryside towards the Coast and Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance.
|Further details outdoors||
Leading from the lounge are the stairs to the second floor and a lovely bright porch that leads to an enclosed garden with flower beds and a picnic table. There is also a decked seating area to the rear of the Cottage with plenty of seating, beautiful flower pots and BBQ facilities.
Curlew Cottage is available all year round. Changeover day is a Saturday unless otherwise stated.
Northern England region
The Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's easy to see why.
With it's glorious beaches, dramatic cliffs, stunning Castles (more than any other County in the UK) you'll struggle to decide what to do!
The beautiful and peaceful Hamlet of Dunstan is the location of Curlew Cottage. It is a rural Hamlet and perfect for a quiet getaway near the coast. Just a short stroll from the Cottage is the wonderful Cottage Inn which has a very strong reputation locally for it's food and drink, fantastic if you don't fancy cooking!
This area is fantastic for wildlife, look in the fields round for deer and hares, in the woods around the Cottage for foxes, badgers, woodpeckers, bats, owls and red squirrels. Also frequently seen are buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks and of course curlews to name but a few! If you enjoy and appreciate wildlife, Curlew Cottage is an ideal base in Northumberland. Dunstan and nearby Craster are both well served by public transport. Arriva run a 'Coast and Castles' Service, so if you would like to leave the car behind and explore Northumberland's stunning coast by bus, it's very convenient.
CRASTER (0.5 miles)
Nearby Craster is an ancient Fishing Village with a rich history and heritage. Craster is named after the Craster family who had held the estate since 1272. The harbour was built to commemorate the death of a member of the Craster family who died while serving in the army in Tibet in 1904. The memorial is still visible on the harbour wall, as are the remains of a much taller structure at the end of the harbour that was used to lift stone from the nearby quarry (now the main car park) on to the boats in the harbour. The stone from the quarry (which was shut down in 1939) was shipped to London where it was used for kerb stones, it is now a nature reserve under the protection of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
The Village has a lot to offer with it's attractive harbour and good amenities. It is also an excellent place for the food lover to visit, it has been nominated in the past for a Google Street Award for best 'Foodie Street'. This is mainly down to Craster's world famous Kippers (cured herring) that are still produced by L Robsons and Sons. The Shoreline Cafe in Craster has great coffee and light meals with (it has to be said) odd sounding cake to die for, in very relaxed surroundings - great after a bracing walk across the cliffs (dogs are welcome at he outside seating). Or why not try a crab sandwich at the Jolly Fisherman, recently taken over this pub offers great views and offers free internet access. Pop into the Mick Oxley Gallery (Opposite Robson's Smokehouse) for beautiful seascapes and contemporary ceramic and jewellery.
Northumberland has a huge range of attractions to explore, in fact there's far too many to mention them all here! Some of our favourites include: Farne Island Boat Trips, Dunstanburgh Castle, Howick Hall and Gardens, Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island and Cragside House and Gardens. All of these places are easily accessible from a base at Curlew Cottage.
Being so close the to the sea, there are beautiful coastal walks right on your doorstep when you stay at Curlew Cottage. Stage three of the Northumberland Coast Path starts in nearby Craster (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe. But for those who take walking a little more seriously than just a gentle stroll in beautiful surroundings, Northumberland has a huge amount to offer. It's not only the stunning coast, but a short drive into the Northumberland National Park (into the Cheviot hills) brings some amazing scenery and excellent walking opportunities.
The county has a huge number of attractive golf courses. The nearest being Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, a lovely course that offers beautiful views of Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Bay that are difficult to beat! Others nearby include: Alnwick Golf Club, Alnmouth Golf Club, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, Morpeth Golf Club, Rothbury Golf Club, Warkworth Golf Club, Seahouses Golf Club and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club to name just a few. More than enough choice to please even the most ardent golfers.
With its central location within Northumberland the Cottage is also an ideal base for a day trip a little further afield. Edinburgh is just over an hour away on the train from Alnmouth and a is a beautiful City to explore at any time of year. Driving up to the Scottish border via Otterburn and to Jedburgh and Kelso offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. This route also lets you take in Carter Bar, the border point between Scotland and England. The views on offer here have to be seen to be believed. Newcastle City Centre and the Metro Centre (the largest shopping centre in Europe and home to the North East's only IMAX Cinema) are also about a 45 minute drive away, and well worth a visit for the museums, culture, dining and shopping opportunities.