Porthole ref: MOE

Craster, Craster & Embleton Area

4 Stars



Local area

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  • Barbecue 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Sea View 
  • Open Fire 
  • Stairgate 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Waterside Breaks 


The Porthole is a beautiful 1906 Whinstone built traditional fisherman’s cottage which was extensively refurbished in 2019. Tastefully decorated the cottage offers cosy, comfortable accommodation to guests wanting to experience wonderful coastal views and walks, a superb base to explore from. The living room has views over the enclosed landscaped garden and harbour, while the spacious kitchen has an electric range cooker and slate flooring and two of the bedrooms enjoy views over the harbour. Craster is world famous for its kippers, smoked in the village for centuries and the smokehouse is a short walk from The Porthole. Also on the cottages doorstep is the imposing Dunstanburgh Castle, the walk to the castle has been voted in the UK’s top 10. The village also has an excellent gastro pub, a seafood restaurant, café/gift shop, art gallery and childrens outdoor play area. Alnwick is 6 miles away with its stunning castle and extensive gardens. The cottage is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists and golfers interested to experience what Northumberland has to offer. Shop 100 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to main entrance, level access at rear.
Living room: With open fire, Smart TV, DVD player, a selection of board games and books and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric Belling range, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and slate floor.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and single sofa bed (for child).
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Second floor

Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Shower room: With walk-in shower and toilet.

Third floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, superfast fibre Wi-Fi and coal for open fire included. Initial kindling for open fire included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Welcome pack


Front garden with garden furniture and BBQ, rear sitting-out area with garden bench. Parking for 1 car, parking permits for 2 cars nearby. No smoking or e-cigarettes. Please note: No public parking is allowed in the village.
  • Nearest town
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  • Restaurant
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
  • Railway station distance
  • Lake

About the local area

Craster is a small fishing village on the Northumberland coast and famous as the home of the Craster Kipper, a smoked fish exported to food lovers across the country. It has a small and attractive harbour and offers a view northwards along the rocky shore to the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research carried out by English Heritage indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was hitherto recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold.

This area is very popular with walkers and there are an abundance of footpaths to explore. The third stage of the Northumberland coastal path route starts in the village, heading north past the dramatic ruins of windswept Dunstanburgh Castle and onto the golden sands of Embleton Bay, keeping a lookout for the famous 'Andra Barton Rock'. Past the beach huts and on to picturesque Low Newton by the Sea, with it's village square and the Ship Inn, a perfect place to stop for well earned food and refreshments. Then to the vast expanse of Beadnell Bay and the village of Beadnell beyond, finally ending-up in the bustling holiday town of Seahouses, gateway to the Farne Islands.

Three miles up the coast from Craster is the village of Embleton, about half-a-mile from the beautiful bay which carries its name. The sandy beach is backed by dunes where a variety of flowers bloom: bluebells, cowslips, burnet roses and, to give it its common name, bloody cranesbill, amongst others.

Golfers can enjoy a good 18-hole links golf course overlooking the beautiful Embleton Bay.

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