3 (all year)
Dunstan Hall is gorgeous. The Grade-II* listed holiday rental is perfect for getting your family and friends together. Plan the ideal reunion or celebration in this beautiful stone building, the oldest parts of which date from the 1100s. The location in the Northumberland Coast AONB is as spectacular as the house. Occupying a prime location in Dunstan village, you're 400 yards from the village pub and a ten minute walk to Craster, with a gastro pub, café and fish mongers, selling the famous Craster kippers. 100 yards along the road is the start of a bridleway which leads to Embleton beach. It's ideal for a self-catering break in any season. There is space for 18 people to sleep in ten beautifully appointed bedrooms, with two other private holiday cottages on-site, increasing the potential accommodation to 29 people.
Northumberland is wonderfully peaceful, yet there's always plenty to do. Its beaches are breathtaking. Whilst you might not want to take a dip in the North Sea in autumn and winter (and possibly even spring and summer), they are popular for SUPs, surfing, coasteering, diving, snorkelling, and kiteboarding. The Englands Coastal Path is great for walking, bird and wildlife watching. The county is renowned for its magnificent castles and fortified buildings. Now great places for a day out and a picnic, castles like Dunstanburgh, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Warkworth and Chillingham served an essential purpose when England and Scotland were unsteady neighbours. Limited cycle storage can be arranged on request (local bike hire is available) for cycling routes like the picturesque Coast to Castle, with mountain bikers enjoying trails through the Cheviot Hills. Golf and seasonal fishing are two more wonderful ways to enjoy the landscape.
Local attractions include Alnwick Castle, used as a filming backdrop for the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise. A converted train station in Alnwick is home to Britain's biggest second-hand bookshop, giving even more reason for bibliophiles to love it. Alnwick Castle's gardens are spectacular, as are those at Howick Hall and Cragside House. The owner of Cragside pioneered hydroelectricity to power his home, and many of its features were incredibly forward-thinking. Cross the causeway to Lindisfarne or book a seat on a wildlife spotting tour to see resident puffins and seals on the Farne Islands.
The owner of Dunstan Hall is keen to ensure your holiday is everything you could dream of. They can help arrange guided photography walks, a private chef to cook a special meal, performances by local musicians, a talk and walk with an expert in local history, restaurant recommendations, etc.
Jane Riley at Beach & Quiet joined Independent Cottages in April 2022
The oldest part of Dunstan Hall, the tower, is thought to date from the 11th Century. The central part of the house was built between the 14th and 18th Centuries with rebuilding and updating over the years, leading to a unique layout with lots of quirky period features. Far from feeling like a museum, Dunstan Hall is a comfortable, welcoming home that invites you to be part of its history, even if only for a few days.
Outside: The hall has a garden walled on two sides and parking for eight cars. Other grounds are shared with guests of the other two holiday cottages.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all included when hiring Dunstan Hall. Smoking, naked flames and pets are not allowed, making this property suitable for guests with allergies.
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| Mon, 8 Apr 2024 for 4 nights, £2100
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