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Dunstan Hall

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Craster, Northumberland
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Grade II listed country hall with an intriguing history and an abundance of period features. Stunning views towards Dunstanburgh Castle.

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.

Dunstan Hall (MRD) and Stable Cottage (MRE) can be booked together to accommodate up to to 22 guests.

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.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Electric range included
  • 4-oven Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • 1.7 acres of lawned grounds
  • Private parking for 8 cars
  • No smoking
  • Please note: No animals allowed, including guide dogs due to allergies.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2017
    We had a fantastic time at Dunstan Hall. It was a great size for a large group and the dining room in particular was a highlight as previously when we've been away together we've struggled to find somewhere we could all eat together. There are some lovely local walks and pubs. Lots to explore. We'd definitely come back.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Great property for large groups/ special family get togethers (ours was a golden wedding anniversary). There were 8 adults and 8 grandchildren, the youngest 5 weeks and the oldest grandchild 21 years. the grounds are fantastic for children to explore, play games and tire themselves out allowing adults to relax! The kitchen is well equipped and the dining room amazing for all to enjoy a meal together. The sitting room is a good place to relax together in the evenings but it could do with more comfortable chairs.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 10/07/2017
    We booked this as a family gathering place for wedding anniversary. Great for that. Be aware some of the bedrooms are accessible only through 2 of the double bedrooms - okay for families but not so good otherwise. Grounds were great for kids to play in.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/06/2017
    Had a lovely weekend at Dunstan hall, loved how the Hall was in keeping with the age with window seats, lovely antique furniture, so many rooms! etc Beautiful gardens, and outdoor sitting . Would definitely go again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 02/06/2017
    Fantastic building with loads of room. Perfect location for what we wanted. The cleaners need to clean more prior to the tenants arriving. Eg cooker was dirty. Some of the pots cups etc were stained. Thick cobwebs were everywhere especially in lounge and the top bedrooms. The chairs in the lounge were well worn,dirty and uncomfortable. Overall we had a fantastic stay in Dunstan Hall and Craster and we will come again. The house was great but for over £4500.00 P/W was very expensive when you consider the above issues.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/05/2017
    My only complaint was that there was no spare toilet roll in any of the toilets! We had to go and buy more, which seemed rather stingy when we had paid over £1600 for the 4 night stay. It cost less than £2, which is neither here nor there, but left a bad impression!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 27/03/2017
    What a beautiful place. Access to the beaches and Craster make it supreme. The house feels very special and the grounds are excellent. There's sun all day, on different sides of the house. The kitchen size is perhaps a little challenging for 17 guests, and some more glassware would be helpful ... though the dining room is perfection large groups, quite stunning. A second dishwasher / fridge might be an idea too. The piano was fabulous and I recommend you take a pianist and song books! Overall ... wonderful.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/03/2017
    A fantastic property with plenty of character & history . Great location with opportunities to walk and explore the local area. I would recommend this to anyone who is wishing to celebrate a special occasion there is plenty of space to party & dance the night away. If you have children the gardens are amazing for them to play outdoors and are safe. A place that will hold everlasting memories of a fabulous 40th Birthday . The only downfall was that it wasn't very warm on arrival but did get better the longer we were there so make sure you take plenty of warm nightwear & thermals 😄

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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