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Whinstone House

(Ref. 1074663)

Craster, Northumberland, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely, comfortable house in a beautiful village with all the equipment available that you could need."

    The Jolly Fisherman is the only pub/restaurant you can walk to, but well worth it (pre-book), and Alnwick is still close enough to drive to for a meal out. Be aware that Craster has no mobile signal (3 different networks tried), but wifi is available in the house and at the Jolly Fisherman. Don't rely on Google maps to get you there, the GPS is delayed and you need to turn before you get the instruction and then the signal disapears completely. The only issue I have with the house, is with the cleaning, which was well below the standard I would expect. Although on the surface the house looked clean, we had to clean the fridge, microwave and shower room (amongst other things) before use. After saying this, once we had cleaned, it didn't spoil our holiday and it wouldn't put us off returning.

    Hi, I am so please you enjoyed your stay. I am so sorry about the issues you had with the cleaning. We have taken this up with the cleaners and action has been taken. Many thanks Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Oct 2023

  • "Broadly, we enjoyed our stay very much."

    Cons: The dining table is supposed to seat six, we had five people and once we were all seated it was impossible to move around the table so the people on the end were in charge of serving etc. and that was fine, but if we had eight people (as per the beds available) we wouldn't have been able to sit together. My wife and I were sharing the en suite bedroom, it was impossible to walk normally around the bed. I had to side-step around the bottom and side to get in on my side. There is no window - only the door, so if you want fresh air at night, be aware you'll have an open door. My mother was in the front double bedroom and there was no dresser, I spotted in the next door house that there were baskets under their bed and suggested she look and so that's the wardrobe for that room if you need it. My brother + his partner were in the back double bedroom, they kept having to coordinate entering and leaving the room because there wasn't enough space to open the door and walk in because the bed was in the way. The doorknob for the family bathroom kept coming off when people would use it. There is a big coffee table in the middle of the seating area upstairs that cannot be reached from any of the sofas. We decided to do a jigsaw puzzle on it. Unfortunately, it was slightly too tall for someone to sit on the floor next to it and it was slightly too short to sit on a chair and work on the puzzle too. We ended up kneeling on cushions. Basically, it is uncomfortable to move around the house. It has everything one needs, but there's a claustrophobic feeling about the place even though there's plenty of room. The kitchen extractor fan hood is giant and made of glass and two of our party regularly hit their heads on it. There is only one clothes airer that we could find and when we did one little load we had to get creative with hanging it up to dry. Pros: The location is brilliant, we'd each check our sea view from the one window every day. The open space upstairs was a real joy to share with each other. The number of windows and light coming in was lovely and made for a cheerful space. The kitchen facilities were very good and we had no trouble producing some great meals. There were soaps, towels, loo roll, dish washer tabs, sponges etc. all included so we didn't need to worry about those things. The house is cozy and warm and when it was stormy out we were glad to be indoors.

    Hi Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am pleased to hear that you did enjoy your stay. I am sorry that the house was not as you had expected. The house is as advertised in the pictures and mostly we receive very positive feedback about the house. We certainly take on board your point about the lock on the bathroom and this shall be fixed. Thanks Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely house in perfect location."

    Coastal walks from the door. Jolly Fisherman highly recommended- good food and great service. Agree with most of the earlier reviews. Only four of us for this stay, so plenty of room. Sophie available if we had any questions.

    Thank you for the lovely review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! We hope to see you again! Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Sep 2023

  • "Very well furnitured with good appliances."

    A lot of thought has gone into the presentation of the house.It was the little things that were missed.Silly little toilet roll holders on a steel spike that was very difficult to pick off the floor next to the toilet.No baskets in the shower,you had to put things on the floor.A rubber mat would be useful for the shower floor.One big thing that missing was storage space in the kitchen for food .A house for six people would have a problem dealing with a Sainsbury deliverery.These items do not spoil the holiday but would make things easier. It still is a very nice house

    Hi Michael, Thank you for your feedback. We have new shower holders on their way. As for the kitchen storage, we have tried our best to keep some cupboards clear for guest storage. Thanks again Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael1.3Sep 2023

  • "Our family had a wonderful stay at Whinstone Cottage."

    The location was perfect for exploring beautiful Northumberland. We loved the village of Craster and nearby Dunstanburgh Castle. Just a short walk for Craster kippers and The Jolly Fisherman which served delicious food (book in advance)! The cottage was beautiful, clean, comfortable with everything we needed for a short break. Outdoor space, easy to park, and a view of the sea one of the windows upstairs! Highly recommended!!!

    Thank you for the lovely feedback Mindy! We are so glad you had such a great stay. Hope to see you again. Thanks Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mindy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely contemporary holiday house, enjoyed our stay very much."

    The only difficulty we had was that the kitchen was very small for 6 people and we all kept banging our heads on the extractor fan! The location was fantastic though and the house was so clean and comfortable.

    Thank you so much for the feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thanks again Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4May 2023

  • "Fantastic house fantastic position will be definitely booking it again"

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glynn5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a wonderful property providing a really comfortable stay."

    The house is modern and tastefully decorated. On a practical level all appliances, including the central heating are all simple to use. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you might need. Even the cooker was easy to use! No need to google instructions! The location is wonderful. We have stayed all over Northumberland but it was a real treat to be in the centre of Craster. Would highly recommend this house. The owners clearly take pride in making sure everything is ready for the next guests. Would love to stay again in this house.

    We are so delighted that you enjoyed staying at Whinstone House. Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We hope to see you again soon! Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful house, comfortable and well equipped."

    A very quiet and peaceful location for a very relaxing holiday. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you for the lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wonderful location in Craster and very impressed with our stay at the house - clean, modern and well maintained."

    Beds were very comfortable. Slight sea view from the windows in the living room which was an unexpected surprise! We hope to be back to stay with you again soon.

    Thank you for the lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2022

  • "A very comfortable and well appointed cottage"

    Glad you enjoyed your stay! Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was lovely, clean and comfortable and we were made to feel very welcome."

    It is in an ideal location close to the little harbour beach to build a few sandcastles and for a spot of crabbing. Close to several lovely beaches which are also accessible by bus from the village. All in all a lovely place to stay whilst exploring the area. Thank you.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely property in a great location and you can even see the sea from the lounge!"

    Loved the open plan set up in the living area and it was a really pleasant place to be. Great to have quality matching glasses, plates, cutlery etc. and the appliances are high quality too. 6 of us stayed and our kids are 12 and 16 so it got a bit cosy at times and with 8 of you I can see it feeling a bit cramped. Overall the property is precisely as advertised and was nice and clean on arrival although one bedroom had a pile of nail clippings lurking behind a door. Not to put anyone off though, we would stay again without a doubt. Great holiday.

    So pleased you loved the location and enjoyed your stay. We are so sorry about the nail clippings. That isn’t nice to find at all. We will speak to the cleaners to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We hope to see you again soon. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful holiday home in a wonderful location, will definitely be back, thank you Sophie and Peter."

    Please may l recommend venetian blinds in bedrooms apart from main bedroom with on-suite and just side window in front double room for privacy. Regards B

    Thank you so much for the feedback! We are so glad that you loved the house and location. We hope to see you again soon. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable house, very well situated, in excellent order."

    Minor niggles were no food cupboard space,there for food had to be left on the table. Not enough cooking utensils ie pans..frying pans. Difficult heating system to understand .

    Hi Thank you for your feedback. I’m so pleased that you found the house comfortable and loved the location just as much as us. We have made every effort to ensure that the kitchen is as well stocked as a home kitchen. Thanks again for the feedback. Sophie and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernadette Jeanovine3.8May 2022

  • "Immaculate house with all modern comforts in the heart of Craster."

    The off-road parking was a bonus. Craster is beautiful and great coastal walks directly from the front door. Bedrooms are very small so 8 people would be a squeeze.

    Thank you so much for your positive comments, it's lovely to hear that you like the modern comforts as much as we do and that parking was convenient for you. We have made every effort to ensure that the property is advertised in it's true light. The images clearly show the size of the bedrooms and we have a lovely large living area for families and friends of 8 to socialise. Thanks again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property just as we were expecting."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very comfortable for 2."

    Would think it was rather small for 8 as advertised.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're really glad you enjoyed your stay. The property is as advertised with a large open plan living area upstairs and the description regarding the sleeping arrangements it's true. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely contemporary accommodation in the beautiful village of Craster."

    The owner was very helpful in providing everything we needed to make our family holiday extremely comfortable and she also gave us helpful recommendations for local places to visit/eat. A fantastic week in a perfect coastal location.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property was superb."

    Very clean and brilliant location. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to stay in this area.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent property, we loved the open plan living space upstairs."

    There was parking for 2 cars and it was just a short walk to the jolly fisherman pub/restaurant.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Oct 2021

  • "Whinstone House was a superb place to stay."

    The house was extremely comfortable, and stylish with top quality furnishings and plenty of kitchen/dining facilities. Sophie was very helpful and the location was wonderful, 2 minutes walk from Craster harbour and beautiful coastal and country walks.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was very well equipped, in pristine condition, great location and in all contacts with the owner she was very helpful."

    I would definately be happy to return to this property. The property is advertised as sleeping 8, which it does. However I do not feel it accommodates 8 guests as there was not enough lounge seating for 8, two of the bedrooms had no wardrobes and double bedrooms were cramped for 2 people. There were only 4 of us therefore these matters did not cause us any problems.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We do have another chair on order for the lounge, but due to COVID its delivery been delayed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Sep 2021

  • "We had high expectations and were not disappointed."

    The house is set in its own quiet road and a short walk to the harbour and the start of many fine walks. The house is new, well equipped and the owners cannot do enough to help. We had a fantastic holiday exploring Northumberland and would highly recommend Whinstone House.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Four bedrooms: Ground-floor king-size with TV, en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x ground-floor double (one with TV) , 1 x ground-floor bunk bed
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Baby friendly
  • Gas dual zone central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher, Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine, microwave
  • 3 x Smart TVs allowing access to Netflix and Amazon Prime (will need own log in details)
  • Alexa Bluetooth speaker
  • Children and Adults board games and books available
  • WiFi
  • Highchair, Cot and Ironing Board available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles, pub 0.1 miles

The property

Embleton 3 miles.

Resting on the edge of Northumberland's stunning coast, in the charming fishing village of Craster, is the stylish and contemporary Whinstone House, built in February 2021. Just a mere stone's throw away from Craster harbour and its stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle, Whinstone House is the idyllic dwelling for a family or group of up to 8 looking to explore the delights of the Northumberland coastline and fantastic surrounding attractions. Whinstone House is reverse-level, so venture upstairs after a day of taking in the spectacular sights and un-wind in the open plan living space while admiring the tranquillity of the sea.

Prepare a delicious meal for family and friends in the fully equipped kitchen.

Enjoy your scrumptious meal together at the large dining table, while planning the days ahead, taking advantage of the superb location. Unwind in the sitting area on the sofa and flick on the Smart TV, as you escape reality for a couple of hours with your loved ones.

As the evening draws to a close, retire to the master bedroom where you can freshen up with a rinse in the en-suite shower before climbing into the king-size bed. Choose between two more double bedrooms or a bunk-bed bedroom, with ample storage space and flooded in natural light from the great windows; a refreshing way to be woken up in the morning. The ground-floor is complete with a contemporary, family bathroom where you can take a leisurely soak or opt for an invigorating shower in the morning. Those staying in the master bedroom can benefit from the sea air drifting through the French doors; step outside and appreciate a steaming cup of coffee, as you soak in the tranquillity of the village. Dine out at the local pub, The Jolly Fisherman Inn, for breathtaking views of the coast and Dunstanburgh Castle.

Sample its famous crab sandwiches, or delicious sea food platters all with locally sourced mouth-watering seafood.

Try some of the ‘Craster kippers’ from L.

Robson and Sons world famous smoke house.

The area hosts an array of activities to do with your family; treat the younger ones to a visit Lilidorei, The Alnwick Garden’s newest and world’s largest play area.

While you are there why not take the children to Alnwick Castle to see the famous filming location of Harry Potter or view the beautiful Alnwick Gardens.

Tour the magnificent, 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle for some engrossing history.

Take a boat trip from Seahouses and see dolphins and puffins.

Spend the day meeting the residents of Northumberland Zoo or try out some water sports in Beadnell. If you are keen cyclists or walkers there are miles of coastal paths and cycle routes, providing breathtaking views of the Northumberland coast right on your doorstep.

For any avid golfers there are 3 local links courses set against outstanding backdrops of castles and the Northumberland coast, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club and Seahouses Golf Club. Head to the spectacular village of Bamburgh for a golden sandy beach and stunning views of the castle and enjoy ‘the best fish and chips’ at The Potted Lobster, as awarded by The Hairy Bikers on their BBC programme The Hairy Bikers Go Local.

Enjoy and discover the best of Northumberland with a stay at Whinstone House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Alnwick 7 miles; Embleton 3 miles.

Perched in the idyllic village of Craster, on the spectacular Northumberland Coast near the Heritage Coastline. Boasting traditional inns, a pretty shop and a popular smokehouse, Craster is brimming with potential for a seaside break in Northumberland․ Sample the catch of the day fresh from the sea, relax on the sandy beach, or lace up your boots and walk the 0.5-mile route to Dunstanburgh Castle to soak up some history. Embleton itself has a village pub and a local hotel, and there is an excellent range of amenities in nearby Alnwick. The gardens at nearby Howick Hall are open during the summer and are noted for their beauty, whilst Alnwick Castle and Garden are a 'must-see' when visiting the area. For the keen golfer, Dunstanburgh Links Course is about 1 mile away - just one of several excellent courses in the vicinity.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas