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Dunstan Hall

Craster, Northumberland
Grade 4 Star rating

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14/05/2019
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Sleeps18
Bedrooms10
Bathrooms5
Pets0
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Description

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

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. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet, looking west over the garden. Further twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 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. Twin 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
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Electric range inc
  • 4-oven Aga inc
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • 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.

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. Golf available locally. Shops ¾ mile, pub 400 yards.

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

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
    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

  • 10

    21/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2019
    One of the very best rented houses we have stayed in. So much space and everything you could have needed in the kitchen. A fabulous house and gardens. I would highly recommend.


  • 9

    12/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2019
    A great place for a bank holiday weekend with a group of friends


  • 10

    27/04/2019
    Confirmed guest, 26/04/2019
    A fabulous house and garden great location. Especial thanks to housekeeping staff as it’s a large place to maintain! Plenty of towels and the kitchen was very well equipped and thank you also for the welcome goods. Thank you for enabling us to have a great family holiday


  • 9

    13/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2019
    Had a great weekend at Dunstan Hall. So much space and lots of impressive space. Two living rooms, an incredible dining room, many comfy bedrooms. There is no phone signal in the area and the wifi struggles at one end of the house because it's so big and walls are really thick so make your plans ahead of time! Big gardens that had rabbits and pheasants wandering about. If you want a real country home with a big group and switch off it's perfect.


  • 8

    05/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/03/2019
    Thoroughly enjoyed the place one we got over the quirkiness. For example nowhere in the literature does it tell you that you have to bend double to access the games room and the 2 tower bedrooms (which you have to walk through the first room to get to the second, which is ok for a family with 2 kids but not ideal for couples) literally the doorways are only 4' high. The access to the 2 tower bedrooms and the games room is up a winding very worn stone staircase. No good if you're at all unsteady on your feet. Access to one of the other twin rooms is through one of the double bedrooms. As far as I could tell nowhere did it mention that one of the twin rooms and one of the double rooms were en-suite. Cleanliness when we arrived left a lot to be desired, unl as I'm seriously underestimating how quickly spiders can spin webs! My main complaint would be the lack of information on arrival. For example there are fire places in many of the rooms. It's pretty obvious that the ones in the bedrooms shouldn't be lit. But the ones in the music room and dining room it's not so obvious. We were lucky as when we stayed it was the hottest February week since records began. But in a normal February it would have been nice to have a blazing fire to sit round. Similarly there was no info on the heating or hot water. What time it went on and off for instance. Again I didn't really bother us. No info on what was about, we were lucky as we'd explored the area on previous holidays but for first timers it could be a problem. Very vague information on the requirements for recycling found the info (such as it was) on the third day on the inside of one of the kitchen cupboard doors, then had to go and re-sort it all. A floor plan sent out with the booking confirmation would be handy. Or better still if it were available on the website before you book so you could see if Dunstan Hall suits you needs before you book and plan who's sleeping where. Again we were lucky and it didn't cause us a problem, but I could see it perhaps would for some and could ruin their holiday. Found the kitchen a little small for catering for 18 people, especially the restricted fridge space. Having said all that everyone in our party had a great time and if i ever have the need to get so many people together again in great surroundings in a great location I wouldn't hesitate to book Dunstan Hall again.


  • 8

    08/01/2019
    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    We had a lovely time in the cottage it was very spacious, nice surroundings a great garden, a big and very efficient kitchen with everything inside to cook.(the only down thing i would mention are the trays some of them were quite rusty and dirty please change them:)), . The game room and the piano room are a plus you can spend time playing and enjoying the music. In total a very good experience and i would highly recommend it to spend family holidays in that beautiful cottage.


  • 9

    05/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2018
    A characterful property, with plenty of space for a large family gathering, which was well equipped for our needs. Some of the lounge settees could have done with sit pads on them for added comfort and it would benefit from a real log burner for cosy nights in during the winter months. The dining room was superb for gathering a large family together for meals and we enjoyed times around the piano too.


  • 10

    27/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/11/2018
    We had a great weekend at Dunstan – it was a perfect venue for my birthday celebration with plenty of room for our party of 15 including a table in the dining room that seated us all comfortably. We also found it really well equipped, we loved the houses quirky features - great for a game of Sardines! and we loved it’s location with walks to Dunstanburgh castle, Embleton sands and lunch at the Jolly Fisherman.


  • 7

    10/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/11/2018
    This was a good, well equipped property and we enjoyed our stay there. The information that dogs were not allowed due to allergies was very clear; we were nonetheless disappointed not to be able to bring them for that reason when the property was so dusty - surely if the owners have issues with asthma, dust is as much of a problem as dog hairs? The property looked beautiful on the website and the reality was a bit disappointing - not as luxurious as it looked, or as the price indicated it would be. On the plus side, it was comfortable, there was plenty of hot water and plenty crockery, glassware, cutlery, etc (and yet strangely short of serving spoons!), and it was never cold, as properties of that size and age can be. We tried our best with the recycling; the information was well presented and yet it still seemed confusing - I hope we got it right.


  • 10

    02/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/10/2018
    Very nice property, interesting because of its age, and its combination of the original watchtower, Kitchen work surfaces were a little limited, but using the additional room with Agar cooker made it possible to cater for 11 people. Its the first time our annual trip was arranged for this area, and we found the are just perfect for a base to explore the coast and castles nearby, we plan to come back next year if the dates are possible


  • 9

    30/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    Beautiful and very well equipped.


  • 9

    07/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    The Hall was very special, most historic and interesting and the gardens absolutely beautiful. We found it very suitable for a large family party, but it would perhaps not be ideal for very small children. My 90-year-old mother tripped up several times on the step between the entrance hall and living room (and some other party members also did so) as it is not easy to see, so the owners might consider a a white strip on that step (although I realise it would have an adverse effect on the look of the carpet). We made good use of the piano which was well maintained. Overall we really enjoyed our stay.


  • 10

    21/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2019
    One of the very best rented houses we have stayed in. So much space and everything you could have needed in the kitchen. A fabulous house and gardens. I would highly recommend.


  • 9

    12/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2019
    A great place for a bank holiday weekend with a group of friends


  • 10

    27/04/2019
    Confirmed guest, 26/04/2019
    A fabulous house and garden great location. Especial thanks to housekeeping staff as it’s a large place to maintain! Plenty of towels and the kitchen was very well equipped and thank you also for the welcome goods. Thank you for enabling us to have a great family holiday


  • 9

    13/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 11/03/2019
    Had a great weekend at Dunstan Hall. So much space and lots of impressive space. Two living rooms, an incredible dining room, many comfy bedrooms. There is no phone signal in the area and the wifi struggles at one end of the house because it's so big and walls are really thick so make your plans ahead of time! Big gardens that had rabbits and pheasants wandering about. If you want a real country home with a big group and switch off it's perfect.


  • 8

    05/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/03/2019
    Thoroughly enjoyed the place one we got over the quirkiness. For example nowhere in the literature does it tell you that you have to bend double to access the games room and the 2 tower bedrooms (which you have to walk through the first room to get to the second, which is ok for a family with 2 kids but not ideal for couples) literally the doorways are only 4' high. The access to the 2 tower bedrooms and the games room is up a winding very worn stone staircase. No good if you're at all unsteady on your feet. Access to one of the other twin rooms is through one of the double bedrooms. As far as I could tell nowhere did it mention that one of the twin rooms and one of the double rooms were en-suite. Cleanliness when we arrived left a lot to be desired, unl as I'm seriously underestimating how quickly spiders can spin webs! My main complaint would be the lack of information on arrival. For example there are fire places in many of the rooms. It's pretty obvious that the ones in the bedrooms shouldn't be lit. But the ones in the music room and dining room it's not so obvious. We were lucky as when we stayed it was the hottest February week since records began. But in a normal February it would have been nice to have a blazing fire to sit round. Similarly there was no info on the heating or hot water. What time it went on and off for instance. Again I didn't really bother us. No info on what was about, we were lucky as we'd explored the area on previous holidays but for first timers it could be a problem. Very vague information on the requirements for recycling found the info (such as it was) on the third day on the inside of one of the kitchen cupboard doors, then had to go and re-sort it all. A floor plan sent out with the booking confirmation would be handy. Or better still if it were available on the website before you book so you could see if Dunstan Hall suits you needs before you book and plan who's sleeping where. Again we were lucky and it didn't cause us a problem, but I could see it perhaps would for some and could ruin their holiday. Found the kitchen a little small for catering for 18 people, especially the restricted fridge space. Having said all that everyone in our party had a great time and if i ever have the need to get so many people together again in great surroundings in a great location I wouldn't hesitate to book Dunstan Hall again.


  • 8

    08/01/2019
    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    We had a lovely time in the cottage it was very spacious, nice surroundings a great garden, a big and very efficient kitchen with everything inside to cook.(the only down thing i would mention are the trays some of them were quite rusty and dirty please change them:)), . The game room and the piano room are a plus you can spend time playing and enjoying the music. In total a very good experience and i would highly recommend it to spend family holidays in that beautiful cottage.


  • 9

    05/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/12/2018
    A characterful property, with plenty of space for a large family gathering, which was well equipped for our needs. Some of the lounge settees could have done with sit pads on them for added comfort and it would benefit from a real log burner for cosy nights in during the winter months. The dining room was superb for gathering a large family together for meals and we enjoyed times around the piano too.


  • 10

    27/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/11/2018
    We had a great weekend at Dunstan – it was a perfect venue for my birthday celebration with plenty of room for our party of 15 including a table in the dining room that seated us all comfortably. We also found it really well equipped, we loved the houses quirky features - great for a game of Sardines! and we loved it’s location with walks to Dunstanburgh castle, Embleton sands and lunch at the Jolly Fisherman.


  • 7

    10/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/11/2018
    This was a good, well equipped property and we enjoyed our stay there. The information that dogs were not allowed due to allergies was very clear; we were nonetheless disappointed not to be able to bring them for that reason when the property was so dusty - surely if the owners have issues with asthma, dust is as much of a problem as dog hairs? The property looked beautiful on the website and the reality was a bit disappointing - not as luxurious as it looked, or as the price indicated it would be. On the plus side, it was comfortable, there was plenty of hot water and plenty crockery, glassware, cutlery, etc (and yet strangely short of serving spoons!), and it was never cold, as properties of that size and age can be. We tried our best with the recycling; the information was well presented and yet it still seemed confusing - I hope we got it right.


  • 10

    02/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/10/2018
    Very nice property, interesting because of its age, and its combination of the original watchtower, Kitchen work surfaces were a little limited, but using the additional room with Agar cooker made it possible to cater for 11 people. Its the first time our annual trip was arranged for this area, and we found the are just perfect for a base to explore the coast and castles nearby, we plan to come back next year if the dates are possible


  • 9

    30/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    Beautiful and very well equipped.


  • 9

    07/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    The Hall was very special, most historic and interesting and the gardens absolutely beautiful. We found it very suitable for a large family party, but it would perhaps not be ideal for very small children. My 90-year-old mother tripped up several times on the step between the entrance hall and living room (and some other party members also did so) as it is not easy to see, so the owners might consider a a white strip on that step (although I realise it would have an adverse effect on the look of the carpet). We made good use of the piano which was well maintained. Overall we really enjoyed our stay.


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