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Stay in the Historic Craster Tower

Castle hosted by Fiona & Michael
8 guests4 bedrooms7 beds3 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the castle to yourself.
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Visit the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria, established after the departure of the Romans and the home of Celtic Christianity in England. Full of history (castles, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, historic houses), and encompassing some of the best coastal and hill walking in the country. Stay in the pele tower of a family that came over in the early twelfth century to help the Normans subdue the North, and is still here, with the top Visit England rating of 5* Gold. See our website for more.....

The space
This fabulous apartment occupies the entire top floor of historic Craster Tower, a superbly preserved Grade 2* country house dating from the fifteenth century, built around a 14th century Pele Tower. Craster Tower has been in the same family for over 850 years. Refurbished to the highest standard, the apartment provides elegantly decorated and furnished accommodation, with stunning views on all sides.

The rooms are exceptionally spacious, with many original features retained including decorative coving, ornate stone fireplaces and a fine Venetian chandelier in the drawing room. The apartment has its own front door, giving access to a large garden area with a patio with cheminea and lighting, garden furniture, barbecue and large trampoline. There is a tennis court available for the use of guests.

The picturesque fishing village of Craster is a short walk down a footpath through woods and fields. The tiny horseshoe shaped harbour was built to commemorate a member of the Craster family, which has been associated with the area since the early 12th century. The fishing industry has for centuries been the mainstay of the village economy, and today crabs and lobsters are the chief catch. The smokehouse, where herring are smoked to produce the renowned Craster kippers, is at the heart of the village and has been run by the Robson family since 1905.

There are exhilarating coastal walks passing some dramatic scenery, including one from the village along to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Alnwick Castle and Gardens are 7 miles away. Warkworth Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, the Farne Islands and the Cheviot Hills are all within easy reach. Superb beaches - sand-yachting at Bamburgh, jet-skiing at Beadnell and sandcastle-building at Embleton! Outstanding opportunities for ramblers and bird watchers. 5 golf courses are within 20 minutes. And of course "Dark Skies" at Kielder.

We are happy to welcome up to 2 well-behaved dogs, for which there is an additional charge of £20 per dog. We ask visitors not to smoke in the apartment. See below for the pricing structure for Short Breaks of 3 nights or more.

Guest access
There is a large garden outside the house, grass and trees, as well as a trampoline (used at guests' own risk). The hard tennis court is located through the owners' own garden, whose privacy guests are asked to respect. Guests should bring their own racquets and balls - and please! - no black soles on court.

Other things to note
PRICING - PLEASE NOTE We normally let for a week (Friday - Friday). We do not let for less than a week in High Season ( Bank Holidays, Easter, July/August, Christmas and New Year and school half-terms). For the rest of the year, however, short breaks are available (a minimum of 3 nights). For these we charge a percentage of the weekly rate - 66% for 3 nights, 75% for 4 nights, and 85% for 5 nights. 6 and 7 nights are charged at the full week. For all bookings guests should be aware that Airbnb will add a Guest Service charge.
Visit the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria, established after the departure of the Romans and the home of Celtic Christianity in England. Full of history (castles, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, historic houses), and encompassing some of the best coastal and hill walking in the country. Stay in the pele tower of a family that came over in the early twelfth century to help the Normans subdue the North, and is still her… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV
Washer
Dryer
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed

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Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Eating out in Northumberland has recently become possible! We now have a number of excellent restaurants within easy driving distance - whether the Jolly Fisherman or the Fish Restaurant in Craster itself (you can walk it!), or the Cottage Inn in Dunstan (a 3-mins walk over the road!) - the Tree House in Alnwick Gardens - the Mizzen in Bamburgh - or the Salt Water Cafe in Beadnell to mention but a few.
Eating out in Northumberland has recently become possible! We now have a number of excellent restaurants within easy driving distance - whether the Jolly Fisherman or the Fish Restaurant in Craster itself (you…

Hosted by Fiona & Michael

Joined in January 2012
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Hi I'm Fiona . I am listing our top floor apartment in Craster Tower , which has been our family's home since the middle of the 11th Century. So we've been here for the best part of 850 years, we're quite proud of it, and we're happy to share it with those who like an unusual and genuinely historical place to stay. Michael, my husband, was in the military, and during his service we lived in 30 different houses as far apart as England, Scotland, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna - amongst others. We may not always have had what we wanted, but my goodness I learnt what I didn't want! I designed the Apartment with those lessons in mind, with the aim of providing a real English country house experience for our guests, and so far most of them seem to feel that we have succeeded! If you look at our website I hope that you will agree, and that you will take the opportunity to come and try it out for yourself. We live in a beautiful part of the country with a whole mass of historical, cultural and outdoor possibilities - Northumbria is the cradle of English Celtic Christianity, as well as the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and the turbulent border between medieval England and Scotland. It has beautiful beaches and great hill-walking. Much of it is remote and sparsely populated - it has been known for a long time as the north's best-kept secret! We will be delighted to help you discover it...
Hi I'm Fiona . I am listing our top floor apartment in Craster Tower , which has been our family's home since the middle of the 11th Century. So we've been here for the best part o…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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